About Us

Rachel Whorton

Director of Pointe Ahead Ltd, Pilates Instructor & Personal Trainer

Qualifications and Specialities:

  • STOTT Pilates® – Fully Certified Instructor (Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair & Barrels – Essential, Intermediate & Advanced)
  • STOTT Pilates® – Injuries & Special Populations
  • YMCAfit Advanced Diploma in Personal Training (Level 3)
  • YMCAfit Diploma in Ante & Postnatal
  • YMCAfit Exercise Nutrition
  • YMCAfit Diploma in GP Referral

Part of the reason why Rachel feels so confident sharing the benefits of Pilates with her students is because she is a living example of them. After undergoing two back operations in 1996 and 2010, Pilates was one of the main techniques Rachel used to regain and maintain her strength in order to lead an active life during and post recovery.

Before moving to Edinburgh in the summer of 2019, Rachel worked as a Pilates Instructor and Personal Trainer in London. Here, she learnt one of the many contemporary Pilates methodologies, STOTT Pilates® and became a fully certified instructor. STOTT Pilates® builds upon the original exercises developed by Joseph Pilates whilst incorporating today’s more advanced knowledge of body mechanics and athletic performance enhancement.

Rachel has an extensive background in fitness and dance, having trained as a classical dancer and working in the profession from the age of 9. She has worked with many clients from all backgrounds and abilities, helping them to achieve strength, control and flexibility. She thrives on training clients to reach levels that they never thought possible whether they are professional athletes, office workers, mums or those requiring rehabilitation. Her enthusiasm and dedication has helped many people improve their fitness and take control of their own health through Pilates – which is only fitting, as the original name for Pilates was ‘Contrology’.

Amanda Xue Hai

Pilates Instructor 

Qualifications and Specialities:

  • BASI Global Comprehensive Pilates teacher training (Mat and Pilates Apparatus)
  • Body-Mind Centering® technique “The Skeleton System”
  • Gyrotonic®
  • The Feldenkrais Method®

For Amanda Pilates is not only a physical exercise, but a tool and a movement language to help you to align your body and mind to its highest potential. Regardless of your background or the physical level, as a Pilates instructor, she wants to take her students on a journey through precise movement to find strength, flexibility and grace with a touch of playfulness. She strongly believes that physical well-being and mental well-being are the keys to a productive and fulfilled life. She will create programs and building blocks that help her students to reach these goals.

Amanda’s classes are built on the BASI Pilates Block System® principles and combining anatomical and somatic knowledge she gained through out her Contemporary Dance education and professional dance career in Switzerland, Denmark and Belgium. To recover from her dance injuries, Amanda moved back to The Netherlands in 2016. She took Pilates classes with Amy Cox at The Movement Practice, where she discovered the BASI Pilates method. Through Pilates, her body alignment improved and she regained her full body strength. Having experienced these benefits, Amanda decided to share it with others by becoming a Pilates instructor. She completed her BASI Comprehensive Global Teacher Training in Amsterdam and have taught in both Amsterdam and Edinburgh.

When not learning, teaching or living, she does Yoga and Meditation to delight her spirit.

Laura Cochrane

Pilates Instructor 

Qualifications and Specialities:

  • Lolita’s Legacy Comprehensive Pilates teacher training 500 Hour program
  • Barre Concept Training Method
  • 200 Hour Vinyasa & Yin Yoga Teacher Training 
Former dancer and movement enthusiast, Laura found that her true passion was helping people transform their lives through fitness and mindfulness. As well as being a fully qualified 3rd Generation Pilates instructor, Laura also gained her Yoga qualification in Thailand and studied Barre and Pilates in London. 
 
She has taught classes all over the world never losing sight of her original goal of effecting positive change in the lives of those she teaches. With a gentle command, her classes will leave you feeling worked out, energised and strong, yet surprisingly peaceful and calm. 
 
She can’t wait to share her practice with you all and hopes to see you in a Pilates or Barre  class soon!

Joseph H. Pilates

‘Contrology’, or what we know today as Pilates, was developed by Joseph Hubertus Pilates in the early twentieth century. As a child, Pilates was afflicted by a variety of medical conditions, so it’s understandable that his passion in adulthood focused on improving people’s health and wellbeing.

During WW1, German nationals like Pilates were interned in camps on the Isle of Man. It is believed that Pilates worked as a hospital orderly during the war, helping to rehabilitate soldiers by building equipment out of any materials he could find, including bedsprings, to support their limbs. It is said that this equipment served as the prototype for the apparatus Pilates instructors use today in their classes, such as the Reformer and the Cadillac.

After the war, Pilates moved to New York, where he set up the Pilates Studio. He created over 500 exercises which emphasised the importance of breathing technique, core strength and correct posture, as well as the connection between the body and mind. He died in 1967.

STOTT Pilates®

In 1988, former professional dancer Moira Merrithew built upon the foundation laid by Joseph Pilates by developing the STOTT Pilates® method. Incorporating contemporary knowledge of anatomy and athletic performance enhancement, STOTT Pilates® is designed to emulate natural breathing patterns and uses neutral spine and pelvic alignment to restore the natural curves of the spine.

Although the techniques may have changed over the years due to a more sophisticated understanding of the human body, the practice and instruction of Pilates has only ever thrived. Now, almost a century later, people are practising Pilates all over the world. This longevity and popularity, more than any other qualities, are testaments to Pilates’ effectiveness and its ability to revolutionise people’s lives.

"Rachel’s been my PT for over 4 years and I have loved her energy and her dedication to helping me reach my goals. One of the aspects that I really think encouraged me about Rachel’s sessions is the fact that she listened to me, and thinks on her feet. I had persistent issues when we started (back, stiff neck) that flared at any moment and Rachel adapted my sessions accordingly. Her method of starting our journey together slowly, correcting techniques and gaining my trust has meant that I very really cancelled a session. When she got her qualifications in Pilates all her clients, me included, got a renewed trainer. The Pilates course that she added to my sessions meant I gained a new level of fitness. Rachel’s friendly nature, laughter and genuine love her job of helping me, as I said, has meant I’ve reached goals and gained new ones. I wish Rachel lots of luck in her future, I’ll miss our sessions but where ever she goes her clients will be luckiest and most looked after clients around!"
Corinne
Nanny