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About Us Rachel Whorton

Rachel Whorton

Director of Pointe Ahead Ltd,

Pilates, Barre Instructor & Personal Trainer

Qualifications and Specialities:

  • STOTT PILATES® – Instructor Trainer (Matwork & Reformer Level 1 and 2)
  • STOTT PILATES® – Fully Certified Instructor (Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair & Barrels – Essential, Intermediate & Advanced)
  • STOTT PILATES® – Injuries & Special Populations
  • Total Barre®
  • YMCAfit Advanced Diploma in Personal Training (Level 3)
  • YMCAfit Diploma in Ante & Postnatal
  • YMCAfit Exercise Nutrition
  • YMCAfit Diploma in GP Referral

Rachel originally trained as a classical ballet dancer and worked in the profession from the age of nine. She started Pilates at the age of 14 as part of her rehabilitation for a prolapsed disc. After undergoing two back operations in 1996 and 2010, Pilates has enabled her to regain strength and control. It was only natural that she would end up becoming a Pilates instructor after understanding how beneficial this way of working is. Following her second back operation she became a personal trainer, a STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor and then a Merrithew® Instructor Trainer.

She has worked with many clients from all backgrounds and abilities, helping them achieve strength, control and flexibility. She thrives training clients and instructors to reach levels that they never thought possible. Her enthusiasm and dedication have helped many people improve their fitness and take control of their own health.

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Fiona Carter

Pilates Instructor 

Qualifications and Specialities:

  • STOTT PILATES® – Trained Instructor (Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair & Injuries and Special Populations)
  • The Pilates Foundation
  • The Heritage Training Program®
  • The Kane School of Core Integration
  • Body Control Pilates – Comprehensive Training Program
  • Madeline Black Method – Centered
  • Adore Your Pelvic Floor – Coach Club
  • C.H.E.K Institute – Certification level 1
  • Gyrokinesis – Level 1

Fiona’s interest in movement started at the age of seven when she took up Yoga as a way of managing pain from a spinal injury.  This set Fiona on a path to learn more about the body and how it moves and functions… in 1989 Fiona qualified as a personal trainer and sports massage therapist, then in 1991 Fiona discovered and fell in love with the Pilates method. 

Over the last thirty years Fiona has studied many movement modalities including TRX, Gyrokinesis, Aerial Yoga, Static Trapeze and Kettlercise.  She has also completed multiple Pilates teacher trainings in both mat and apparatus with several schools/styles of the Pilates method, including the Kane School of Core Integration, The Pilates Foundation, The Kathy Grant Heritage Training, Body Control Pilates and The Madeline Black Method.  Fiona brings all of this eclectic knowledge to her teaching and believes firmly that Pilates is never a one size fits all deal.  

Fiona is also an Adore Your Pelvic Floor coach and the teacher trainer for Scotland and is increasingly in demand for her understanding of pelvic floor disfunction  As well as rehabilitation of spinal, hip, neck and shoulder issues.  She approaches each client with patience and humour, and is passionate about empowering her students to build awareness and confidence in their own bodies.

Amanda Xue Hai

Amanda Xue Hai

Pilates Instructor

Qualifications and Specialities:

  • BASI Global Comprehensive Pilates Teacher Training  (Mat and Pilates Apparatus)
  • STOTT PILATES® – Chair, Cadillac, Injuries and Special Populations 
  • Body-Mind Centering® “The Skeleton System”
  •  Gyrotonic®
  • The Feldenkrais Method®
  • Active Breath

For me, Pilates is not only a physical exercise, but a tool to help to align the body and mind to maintain a productive and fulfilled life. Regardless of your background or your physical level, as a Pilates instructor, I want to take everyone on a journey through precise movement to find strength, flexibility and grace with a touch of playfulness. My classes are built on Pilates principles and combining anatomical and somatic knowledge I gained throughout my dance career. Whether you are recovering from a specific injury or preparing for/recovering from a pregnancy or simply to challenge one’s physicality, I will create programs and building blocks to meet your needs.

My love for movement started throughout my childhood and continued with a contemporary dance education and a professional dance career in Switzerland, Denmark and Belgium. 

Life throws curve balls at you sometimes, that’s the start of my Pilates journey to recover from a few dance injuries. Through Pilates I regained my full body strength and realigned my body. Having experienced these benefits, I decided to share it with others by becoming a Pilates instructor. I completed a full pilates apparatus BASI Comprehensive Global Teacher Training in Amsterdam with BASI Pilates® and to deepen my Pilates movement understanding I am doing a continuing education with STOTT PILATES®. 

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Rebecca Johnstone

Pilates Instructor

Qualifications and Specialities:

  • Lolitas Legacy – 3rd Generation teacher (Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Ladder Barrel)

Rebecca’s love for movement started at a young age. Playing all sports in school and being part of the junior Scotland gymnastics squad. Learning from a young age the importance of body conditioning, purposeful and mindful movement. Rebecca practiced Pilates through the years and found it resonated with her deeply. Connecting mind and breath to body, creating flow and challenging strength and stability through total body control is what she loves! Rebecca completed her degrees in Sociology and Primary school PGCE before having her daughter in 2020. She used Pilates as the primary source to get back to health. And was amazed at how quickly she returned to full activity and how it enhanced all other aspects of fitness and life.

She decided to do her 2 year, fully comprehensive training in Pilates mat and apparatus. Combining her vocation to teach and her love for movement. Rebecca likes to create a warm and supportive space for clients to come and feel at ease. Working through the Pilates principles to create strong and mindful bodies along with the confidence to challenge themselves. Rebecca has worked with a range of bodies from physio referrals to athletes and will tailor any session to their needs.

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Meghan Burns

Pilates Instructor

Qualifications and Specialities:

  • Power Pilates, NYC – Mat I and II
  • The Australian Physiotherapy & Pilates Institute (APPI) – Reformer Certification Series I, II and II
  • STOTT PILATES® – Matwork Trained Instructor

Meghan is excited to share her passion for Pilates. She believes Pilates can benefit all bodies and levels of fitness and that this system of exercise builds a level of functional, full body strength that is truly unique.

Whether you are new to Pilates looking to learn the fundamentals, or a more experienced student looking for a challenge, Meghan’s classes can be tailored to suit all bodies and levels of experience. Her teaching style is clear and engaging and her classes have a strong focus on precision of movement and progressive flow.

Meghan has a B.Sc. Psychology from the University of Toronto and has studied and taught Pilates in both Canada and the UK. She has experience teaching both 1:1 sessions and group classes. Meghan is currently continuing her Pilates education with STOTT PILATES® and is looking to get specialist designations in Athletic Conditioning and Post-Rehabilitation Conditioning.

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Laura Weavers

Pilates Instructor

Qualifications and Specialities:

  • Pilates Apparatus Sessions
  • Pilates Mat classes
  • Teacher Training
  • Yin Yoga
  • Hatha Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Mentoring
  • Massage / Bodywork
  • Pre/ post natal

“I teach Pilates yet I’m not “just” a Pilates Teacher , I teach Yoga yet I’m not “just” a Yoga teacher, I’m qualified in many different massage & bodywork methods yet I’m not “just” a massage therapist, I’m a Master NLP Practitioner yet my skills in this field now far exceed the qualifications I gained 13 + years ago …get the picture ? THE most important quality to know about me is that I’m fiercely & passionately committed to my own growth and transformation which means by default THIS is exactly the energy I embody AND the energy in which I hold each and every one of my clients When I teach my intention is to educate, to help you embody the priceless skills and concepts The Pilates Method delivers that serve you inside and outside the Pilates Studio I am a space holder. I energetically hold powerful, safe FUN & transformative space for you to just be yourself. From which you learn, grow and develop the most incredible relationships with ALL your bodies…. physical, energetic, emotional and spiritual As a second generation Educator I bring 15 + years of experience to every class “Growth is not a linear process, approach your own unique journey with curiosity and you will always be exactly where you’re meant to be” – Laura Weavers

Elif Tarakci

Elif Tarakci

Pilates Instructor

Qualifications and Specialities:

  • STOTT PILATES® – Reformer Certified Instructor
  • Pilates Institute – Mat work
  • Antigravity – Yoga
  • Antigravity – Suspension Fitness
  • Antigravity – Airbarre
  • Freestyle – Yoga Diploma
  • Yogacourse – Yin Yoga

Elif has been teaching Pilates since 1999. She injured her spine as a child and as a result was in constant pain. Having always been an active person she wasn’t prepared to stop all physical activity. The longer Elif practised Pilates the more she can do. As time went on she was able to dance, train in yoga and antigravity yoga too, even going on to try flying trapeze.

Elif now teaches reformer which is absolutely the mecca for Pilates lovers. She believes in self healing: Positive thinking, breathing with intent and exercising keeps the mind and body connection, which leads to deeper understanding and realisation of the power we hold within.

About Us Fiona Diack

Fiona Diack

Pilates Instructor

Qualifications and Specialities:

  • STOTT PILATES® – Reformer Certified Instructor
  • STOTT PILATES® – Matwork Certified Instructor

Fiona began taking Pilates classes as a teenager to help with injuries from Highland Dancing. Fiona found Pilates to be the best way not just to rehab from injuries but also to build body awareness and focus on alignment and functional movement. Working in the corporate world for the last 20 years she has also found Pilates a great way to counter sitting at a desk for long periods of time.

After almost 30 years of taking classes Fiona decided to train as a STOTT PILATES® instructor and completed her reformer training in 2022 and her Mat training in 2023.

Taylor McKinney

Pilates Instructor

Qualifications and Specialities

  • STOTT PILATES® – Matwork Level 1 and 2 Trained Instructor
  • STOTT PILATES® – Reformer Level 1 and 2 Trained Instructor
  • STOTT PILATES® – Chair Trained Instructor

After years of working in fitness as a side hustle in the United States, Taylor moved to Edinburgh and trained as a STOTT PILATES® instructor. She brings an enthusiastic and creative approach to both Mat and Reformer whilst firmly grounding her classes in the STOTT method. With a diverse sporting background ranging from Basketball to Cheerleading, Taylor discovered her love for Pilates whilst looking for challenging workouts that minimised the risk of injury. As a result, her classes are high-energy and aim to leave you feeling stronger and empowered. She believes Pilates is an inclusive form of exercise anybody can benefit from, and works closely with her clients to find a level that pushes them whilst making sure they feel safe.

When not at the studio, you can find Taylor exploring Scotland, on the hunt for Edinburgh’s best cup of coffee or watching a True Crime documentary with her miniature dachshund Otto!

"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