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Meet the Team

Our Team is here to create a friendly environment and make it their aim for you to get the most from your sessions and aftercare.

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Hi I am Laura Harney

I studied Sports and Human Rehabilitation BSc (Hons) in Carlow IT. During my final semester of college I saw first hand the benefits of Pilates so once I finished in Carlow IT, I went on and studied to be a Pilates instructor. This was a huge stepping stone in finding out what direction I wanted go and specialise in. I continued with my Reformer Training and I am on regular training and workshops to keep up to date with latest research.
Since starting my own family, my interest and education has grown in Pre and Post Natal Pilates. From my experience I really feel the benefits of my Pilates and I want to serve others who are going through these stages with as much information as they need.
Growing up I was always involved in sport and fitness, as a qualified fitness instructor it has helped me in my practice for prescribing rehabilitation programs to clients along with being able to do my job to full potential.

laura harney on reformer

Hi I am Sinead Sheenan

From Galway originally I discovered Reformer Pilates 12 ago and found it to be an excellent form of exercise especially post natal.

I’ve always been into fitness and health and was previously an avid horse rider. Following a career as a Veterinary Nurse, a move to Clare and some time off to raise my kids I qualified as a Health Coach with IINH in 2015 and in 2016 after rediscovering Reformer Pilates ( having tried every other fitness craze ) I decided to study the Stott Pilates method and get qualified as both a Reformer and Mat Instructor. I recently completed an intensive Injuries and Special Populations course to acquire the skills required to address a broad range of physical challenges among our clients.I

’m truly passionate about watching clients improving their body awareness, health and over all fitness.

Hi I am Patricia O'Donnell

Tricia is a MSc level Certified Athletic Therapist & Graduate Sports Rehabilitator. She specialises in the assessment, treatment & advanced rehabilitation of sports & activity related injuries.

Tricia really believes that movement & rehab are vital components in managing most musculoskeletal issues. Often we are not moving enough! And/or we could improve our movement patterns & increase our strength & mobility regardless of age!

Tricia teaches Mat & Reformer Pilates enabling people to move better & get stronger. During lockdown Tricia has been doing lots of CPD (continuous professional development) training on Pilates and injury rehab topics. She has updated her Mat Pilates training by doing 2 APPI (Australian Physio & Pilates Institute) courses online on Zoom! She updated her Mat Pilates and did the Ante & Post Natal Pilates courses! When the world gives you lemons, make lemonade!

In the clinic, she will assess your injury & provide treatments such as soft tissue therapy & trigger point dry needling. Be sure that you will get rehab to do at home too.

When not on the reformer or in the clinic, you will find her working with athletes at busy Soccer & Camogie training sessions & matches.

In her downtime, she loves hanging out with family & friends, walking her dog, practicing Pilates & working on her garden or allotment.

Hi I am Shane McNamara

Shane studied Sports Rehabilitation and Athletic Therapy (Bsc) in IT Carlow and is currently studying a Msc in Strength and Conditioning in IT Carlow part-time for the next 2 years. He is working through his hours to get his certification for both mat Pilates and reformer Pilates.

For the last year of his 4 year degree, he has had numerous placements in different fields.  He was with various teams around Carlow, including the underage county.  Shane was a volunteer for the GAA World Games in 2019 and he did his placement in Excel Physiotherapy in Co. Clare.  Through that placement he found an interest in Pilates and decided to pursue it.  Currently he is the athletic therapist for the Clare Senior Footballers.

Shane’s interest in rehab and helping people recover from injuries or improving performance has really grown since starting Pilates. ‘I find Pilates and injury prevention are a very good combination. I feel a combination of what I have learnt from the Bsc, Msc and the pilates all contribute towards improving everyday activities, sport performance, recovery, injury rehab and prevention’.

What our clients are saying

I started attending Laura’s pilates classes 2 years ago with the aim of strengthening my legs (especially knees) for long distance hiking. I also wanted to maintain and improve my flexibility. I found classes with Laura and her fellow instructors very enjoyable. It wasn’t long before I was attending twice a week. I personally prefer the reformer machine as it makes me push myself more. My knees don’t bother me anymore and my flexibility has improved.

Laura and her team set up a WhatsApp group in order to keep us fit during lockdown of Covid-19. They sent daily exercises and set 30 day challenges!

Delighted that the class banter has continued onto WhatsApp too. Laura also has a more structured weekly mat class which can be enjoyed on Zoom or You Tube. This class is for all levels of fitness, as Laura gives alternative movements throughout the video to cater for the different abilities.

Thanks to Laura and her great team for keeping us motivated to stay fit during lockdown.
Susanne Ward
Liscannor
I have attended Laura’s Pilates since I was 16 weeks pregnant, in my second trimester. I am now 22 weeks post partum and I am feeling stronger every week. It has really helped with my core in pregnancy, to support the extra weight and now to strengthen and tone everything back up.

Having a personal one on one for me with Laura has been invaluable on the whole journey, as different weeks different niggles or shifts in my body would happen, Laura could personalise our session to work on that. I could really feel the effects, I surfed up until 7 months pregnant, and was back in the water after 6 weeks, I could really feel the strength in my core from the classes. I will keep attending Pilates with Laura now, to help with my posture through breast-feeding and having a young child. It’s my weekly hour to myself, and I wouldn’t spend it doing anything else! Thank you.
Sally Smith
Moy Hill
I’m doing Pilates with Laura for 3 years, they have been the best 3 years of well-being. Absolutely love it! I love the progression of the class, the core workouts are built into every exercise.

You will bill the burn, get more flexibility, feel better!

Laura gives everyone such a special attention. Cannot wait for my next class!!!
Charo Egan
Egans Bar, Liscannor
I am forever grateful to Charo for introducing me to Laura’s Pilates Studio. Laura’s Pilates Studio is a Hidden Gem on The Wild Atlantic Way close to the beautiful village of Liscannor.

I have been having two Pilates sessions each week with Laura for the past three years and I thoroughly enjoy each and everyone of them. Laura is a dedicated and experienced teacher, she is enthusiastic about the exercises and techniques and she always focuses on ensuring that your posture and breathing are correct.

She has helped me progressively develop and improve my core strength, fitness and balance to a remarkable extent. Now I have great flexibility, my posture is perfect and my spine has definitely lengthened. It is the best exercise I have ever undertaken. The results are amazing.

I thoroughly enjoy each workout and I look forward to my sessions with Laura. Her vast knowledge, sensitive manner and constant encouragement are the perfect combination for the best results. She focuses on each client by tailoring the session to suit their needsPilates has been life changing for me. I highly recommend Laura, she is a wonderful teacher.
Mary
County Clare
I’m attending Laura for both floor and reformer Pilates for about 2 years, I started to help improve my flexibility for golf and to help with hip and back issues, the classes have helped greatly.

I really enjoy them as Laura is a superb instructor, classes are always varied, the time flies and she is also a lovely person, couldn’t recommend her enough.
Angela Cullinan
County Clare
I have been going to Laura twice a week for 3 years. She is highly profession, completely knowledgeable and extremely good at what she does.

Not only have I noticed profound differences in my body, I have also completely reversed the pain I had been experiencing in my lower back.

In addition to this, Laura has somehow managed to deliver a different workout and class every single time I go. Thank you Laura.
Michelle Moroney
Cliffs of Moher Retreat Centre