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MEET THE TEAM

Your Local Experts

CLAIRE GORDON

Studio Owner
Back Pain Rehabilitation Specialist
Studio and Matwork Pilates Instructor
KCR/CTR Therapist

Claire Gordon is the owner and founder of Blue Sky Pilates.She trained with Polestar Pilates in London back in 2007.Since then she has continued developing her knowledge and now specialises in back pain rehabilitation.With over 2000 hours training and 20000 hours teaching she certainly knows her stuff. She works closely with physiotherapists at Taylor Physiotherapy and other medical experts in Edinburgh and the surrounding area. 

In 2016 she trained in Kinetic Chain Release and Connective Tissue Release.She is an Accredited KCR Practitioner

Claire enjoys keeping fit.She loves to Stand Up Paddle Board,Run and Snowboard. 

FIONA CARTER

Studio and Matwork Pilates Instructor
Specialist Pelvic Floor Instructor

Fiona has been in the health and fitness industry fo rover 30 years. She has had many rolls including PT, Sports Massage Therapist,TRX Trainer, Ariel Yoga ans Gyrokinesis teacher.

Fiona initially qualified as a Pilates teacher 20 years ago through Body Control Pilates. Since then she has trained in several Pilates Schools including The Kane School, The Pilates Foundation,The Kathy Grant Heritage Training and the Madeline Black Method.

Fiona has recently completed her Adore your Pelvic Floor training and is now specialising in pelvic floor rehabilitation and recovery. She works closely with the Womens Health Physiotherapists at Taylor Physiotherapy.


In her spare time Fiona likes to walk her Frenchie Pinkie Binkie. 

KAREN ROBINSON

Studio and Matwork Pilates Instructor

KCR/CTR Therapist

Karen originally trained as a dancer and graduated from Edinburgh Telford College with a BA HONS Degree in Dance.

It was during her degree she found her love of Pilates . She went on to train with Total Body Approach in 2005 and is qualified in Matwork and Studio Pilates. She has worked with HMFC and other sports professionals.

Karen is also trained in BarreConcept, which is a fusion of Ballet,Pilates and Yoga.

Karen is also an Accredited KCR/CTR Practitioner. 

AMANDA XUEHAI

Certified BASI Mat and Studio Instructor

Amanda was born in Inner Mongolia and moved to the Netherlands as a teenager. She was introduced to Pilates during her dance education in Copenhagen and used the method to recover from injury.

Amanda is a fully qualified BASI Mat and Studio Instructor. 

Besides pilates Amanda has taken workshops in other relevant somatic approaches such as Gyrotonics, Feldenkrais, and Mind Body Centering technique

RACHEL WHORTON

Stott Pilates instructor and Level 3 Personal Trainer

Rachel originally trained as a classical dancer at Arts Ed London and dedicated many years to maintaining the extreme level of fitness required to perform. She enjoys keeping busy and is always looking for new ways to challenge both the physical and psychological aspects of exercise.
Having had two major back operations, she discovered Pilates through rehabilitation about 20 years ago. Rachel now uses the method to continue building strength and flexibility in a safe and effective way.
Rachel is a fully certified STOTT Pilates® instructor and is also a Level 3 qualified personal trainer with YMCAFit. She loves teaching clients at all levels of fitness and fascinated with how the body works, especially that everyone is individual. Rachel’s classes are designed with a focus on building strength, flexibility and confidence, whilst still having fun!
Every week Rachel partakes in parkrun both in Edinburgh and as a tourist and is currently training for the Edinburgh Half Marathon next year. She loves challenging clients with some of the advanced STOTT Pilates® exercises and keeps social media updated with the “fun” ones.