Dr Tara Walker is an Osteopath and Yoga/Pilates Teacher with a strong interest in health and wellness. She is passionate about inspiring her patients to lead happier and healthier lives. Tara’s background in osteopathy, yoga and pilates, along with her extensive anatomy training, has given her an intricate understanding of the structure and function of the human body.
She was drawn to osteopathy because of its uniquely holistic, patient-centred approach. She completed her Bachelor of Clinical Sciences with a double major in Osteopathic Studies and Human Structure and Function (2014) and Master of Osteopathic Medicine (2016) at Southern Cross University, graduating as Dux in both courses.
Tara has completed postgraduate studies in women’s health and pregnancy, paediatrics, rheumatic disorders and cranial and visceral osteopathy. She has also studied Neuroplasticity with Norman Doidge in 2016 and 2018, and Fascia and Kinesthetics with Thomas Myers in the US in 2017. She recently attended a Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilisation Intensive (2019) with the World Surf League Medical Director, Dr Chris Prosser.
Tara enjoys treating patients of all ages, from infants through to the elderly. Her particular interests are in women’s and children’s health. Drawing on the full breadth of osteopathic techniques learnt whilst at university, Tara uses a blend of soft/deep tissue massage, stretching, myofascial release, joint articulation and mobilisation, manual adjustments, balanced ligamentous tension, cranio-sacral and visceral osteopathy.
She is a caring practitioner, who listens attentively and likes her patients to feel genuinely heard. Osteopathic treatment may involve detailed case history, whole body physical assessment and diagnosis, hands on treatment and management advice. Tara has previously worked in senior corporate roles in Sydney and understands first-hand the physical and mental demands of this work. She has also rehabilitated herself from injuries including rib fractures, and takes a particular interest in helping her patients optimise their breathing.
Tara has been teaching yoga since 2009 and pilates since 2015 in Sydney and Byron Bay. Her yoga training has included an Ashtanga Yoga apprenticeship with Trevor Tangye; a Yoga Synergy apprenticeship with Simon-Borg-Olivier and Bianca Machliss; a 200 hour Akhanda hatha yoga training on the Gold Coast; and a 100 hour Classical Kundalini training with Yogrishi Vishvketu in Rishikesh, India. She has also completed trainings in Restorative Yoga at Qi Health & Yoga; Advanced Vinyasa at Power Living, Kids & Family Yoga with Rainbow Kids Yoga in Byron Bay, and has studied asana and pranayama with Clive Sheridan. Tara has a Certificate IV in Polestar Pilates Mat and is undertaking the Polestar Pilates Diploma of Studio/Rehabilitation Pilates.
Outside of practice, Tara is actively involved in Permaculture, environmental and ocean care, and community health events on the Northern Beaches. She loves dancing, being in nature and surfing.
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