Talia Avenell is a passionate person! She has travelled the globe, lived abroad, has a love for cultural diversity and an entrepreneurial spirit. As a mother of two herself and inheriting another two as a blended family, it was her personal experiences with beautiful births (many years ago) that ignited a deep admiration and respect for a womans body during pregnancy - and all birthing people. She knows the body well after working with people of all ages and stages of life for the last 15 years, and is as passionate today as ever before about using exercise to increase longevity & quality of life.
Fully certified by the internationally recognised STOTT Pilates method initially, she has a strong background in classical & clinical pilates principles. These are based on thorough anatomical assessments and addressing postural imbalances in the body, then uses a specific exercise prescription and set of exercises to restore balance and increase function. This method also supports pelvic floor and deep core activation for foundational strength and pain reduction. A true Pilates convert, Talia then completed further Clinical Pilates certification with Breathe, as well as a Cert IV in fitness, a Cert IV in Allied Health Assistance in the Physiotherapy stream and both Pre & Post Natal certifications, which have since become specialty areas for her.
Talia has mentored many students over the last 10 years and is a wonderful example of how to bring classical & contemporary knowledge together, for successful outcomes in the Pilates & Movement industry. She is one of the few Pilates instructors around to have both classical & contemporary training, meaning she can adapt her teaching to suit the individuals needs and goals. One thing she is passionate about is reducing the amount of fear around exercise, in particular during pregnancy or in later years of life.
She regularly monitors current health & exercise guidelines and follows the latest evidence, but also understands that every person has a different set of circumstances that need to be considered before using a cookie-cutter approach. People are individuals and for true quality care, this must be considered when implementing an exercise plan.
Originally opening her first coastal Pilates studio in 2014 - Surfcoast Mindful Movement in Jan Juc, then co-founding The Perinatal Hub in it's place, Talia relocated her studio to another temporary Jan Juc location, before Village Birth & Village Wellness found it's new home in Torquay early 2022. Having owned and operated a boutique Pilates studio in a small community for a decade - Talia knows the industry and the local people. She values connection, collaboration & education so people can make lasting changes to their health & wellbeing feeling empowered.
Talia's passion for supporting women through pregnancy and motherhood meant there was a place to offer services that strengthen both body and mind, with amazing results for women and babies. Alongside teaching her pre/post-natal pilates classes, Talia is also a certified birth doula supporting women during labour, as well as a certified childbirth educator, teaching pregnant couples the Hypnobirthing Australia™ Positive Birth Program. Her knowledge and professional experience is unique, with many layers of expertise. She brings all her knowledge and passion to her clients in her teaching, and her warmth and care to her Village community.