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Kelly Victoria Thorn
Owner & Senior Instructor at Inner Power Pilates

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I came to the Fylde coast from Yorkshire via Brisbane and it was in Australia where I decided to study as a Fitness Specialist, strength and conditioning coach, and then finally I discovered this thing called Pilates… I had no idea what it was, but I thought I had better learn that as well, so off I went to do a Matwork and then some Apparatus teacher training… Unfortunately, it was around this time that I was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and after surgical treatment I decided to come back to the UK, briefly abandoning my dreams of working in the Pilates industry.

After recovering from this setback, I decided I needed a challenge and one of the things I love to do is trail running. After my physio and podiatrist both told me that I wouldn’t be able to do more than 15 miles a week (at the time I had foot problems, collapsing arches, ‘shin splints’, hip pain, knee pain, foot pain, developing bunions, arthritis in my big toes), I decided to sign up for the Himalayas 100 Mile Stage race. I started running distances up to 40 miles at a weekend and over a year developed the stamina to complete the 100 miles out in the Himalayas – one of the highlights of my life.  Although this is a great achievement, and one which I am proud to say resulted in not a single blister in the entire 100 miles, it was still apparent that something was very wrong.  Why did everything hurt when I was apparently fit and healthy?

It was this question that led me to studying the Pilates method in greater detail, but with many different providers… Polestar, Body Control and many, many others.  I then expanded my interests and studied with Katy Bowman, Liz Koch, John Gibbons, Brea Johnson, Donna Farhi and, most recently, Holly Murray… if all goes according to plan I’m going to be doing some workshops with Anula Maiberg in October 18 and then my life will be complete 🙂  Pilates is like magic.  It has created balance in my body and a greater sense of precision and alignment in my own movement.  It is THE intelligent exercise method and nothing else comes close.

I opened the Inner Power Pilates Studio in January 2014 on a wing and a prayer – it wasn’t fancy, it didn’t have the best equipment, I was teaching one person at a time in a group class, but I persevered.  At the time I didn’t have the greatest experience or the best Pilates qualifications, but I persevered.  Now, five years later, Sarah (who was the first of my students to qualify as a teacher) and I are both very excited to have been accepted onto the Full Comprehensive Training Programme with Holly Murray (who trained with Romana… Pilates nerds know who this is…).  This starts in July 2018 and is a very big step forward for both us as teachers and the studio in general.  Reaching five years is a milestone and, like any small business, we have had our ups and downs.  Now we are finally getting to the point where all the hard work and sweat and tears have paid off and we are set to become the ONLY fully comprehensive, classically trained studio in the area.  Our teachers are trained by us and by other respected teachers and have or are headed towards the highest Pilates qualifications available.  We hope to one day run our own fully comprehensive programmes here too 🙂

By stepping across the IPP threshold, you are walking into a professional Pilates studio where we are passionate about the Pilates method and what it can do for you and your body!

Sarah and I also run the area’s only Pilates Teacher Training (Inner Power Pilates Teacher Training Ltd) based at the studio.  You can read more about the courses we offer here.  I am also a Level 5 qualified Sports Therapist and offer appointments at Highfield Sports Injury Clinic, 70 Highfield Road, Blackpool FY4 2JF.   To book call me on 07510 744242, or the clinic on 01253 348926.

Qualifications and Experience
(These trainings and qualifications have been completed over the last 11 years and are listed here in order of subject area rather than chronologically)

Body Work/Manual Therapy
Gary Carter Anatomy & Myofascial Movement (June18-June19)
Cervical Spine Masterclass – John Gibbons
Knee Masterclass – John Gibbons
Shoulder Masterclass – John Gibbons
Hip & Groin Masterclass – John Gibbons
Muscle Energy Techniques  – John Gibbons
Vital Psoas & Glutes Masterclass – John Gibbons
Advanced Soft Tissue Techniques – John Gibbons
Pelvis Sacroiliac Join and Lumbar Spine Masterclass – John Gibbons (Sept18)
Neurological Testing – John Gibbons (Sept18)
Kinesiology Taping for Athletes – John Gibbons (Sept18)
Spinal Manipulation & Mobilisation – John Gibbons
BodyMaster Method Practitioner Diploma (currently studying)
Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Clinical Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation
Sports Massage III and IV
Introduction to the Hendrickson Method
Hendrickson Method – Lower Limb
SFMA (Selective Functional Movement Assessment) – Functional Movement Systems
Healthy Foot Practitioner – Nutritious Movement

Online Training
Buff Bones Programme – Rebekah Rotstein
The Origins of Misalignment: Focus on Forward Bends – Doug Keller
Healthy Back, Healthy Body: Yoga for Flexibility and Back Pain Relief – Eva Norlyk Smith
Mobility Based Conditioning: Bodyweight Drills for Stronger Yoga Asana – Jules Mitchell
Donna Farhi: Anatomy of a Centred Body – Resolving Structural Imbalances in the Body – the Psoas
Donna Farhi: Anatomy of a Centred Body – Resolving Structural Imbalances in the Body – the Cylinder of Support
Restore Your Core – Lauren O’Hanyon
Cadillac Flow – OCO
Shoulder Home Programme for Professionals – OCO
Shoulder Wow Factor for Professionals – OCO
Shoulder Stabilisation and Precision in Rehabilitation – OCO
Yoga for High Blood Pressure: Principles for Prevention and Practice – Baxter Bell
Balancing your Foundational Core: Pelvic Floor Health for Men and Women – Leslie Howard
Creating Embodiment: The Role of Yoga in Healing Somatic Amnesia – Thomas Myers
Avoiding Yoga Injuries: Common Mistakes in Back Bends and Lateral Bends
Pilates for Scoliosis – Madeline Black
Lumbo-Pelvic Pain – Polestar Pilates Inside Bone Health – Rebekah Rotstein, Kane School, Pilates Anytime
Before the Hundred – Cara Reeser
Kathy’s Cats – Blossom Leilani Crawford

600 hour Full Comprehensive Training Programme – Holly Murray
Level 4 Certificate in Instructing Pilates Matwork (due end 2018)
Level 4 Back Pain Specialist
Level 3 Award in Designing Pre- and Postnatal Pilates Programmes.
Level 3 Award in Physical Activity (Pilates) and Health Considerations for the Older Adult.
Level 3 Award in Designing Pilates Programmes for Bone Health
Studio Pilates Specialist Qualification 350+hrs (studying towards)
Pilates Apparatus Studio Induction 20hrs
Studio Repertoire 1, 2, 3 60hrs
Advanced Gait Course – Polestar Pilates
Lonna Mosow’s: Pilates Programme Design & Progression
Lonna Mosow’s: The Art of Teaching the Art of Joseph Pilates
Essential Reformer – Michael King
Understanding Stretching and Flexibility – J Pilates
Intermediate Matwork – Body Control Pilates
Standing Pilates – Body Control Pilates
Studio Pilates, Studio Equipment & Matwork – Studio Pilates International
Reformer Level 1 and 2 – Marie Claire Prettyman
Trigger Point Pilates – Lydia Campbell

Movement / Fitness / Coaching
MovNat Elements – MovNat
12 hour Psoas Workshop – Core Awareness Liz Koch
Strength and Conditioning Level I – KBT Education
Kettlebell Training Level I and II – Australian Kettlebell Institute
Athlete Support Level 3 – Australian Institute of Applied Science
Diploma Fitness Specialist – Australian Institute of Applied Science
Crossfit Level 1 Coach
Crossfit Mobility Trainer
Cert III Fitness  – Australian Institute of Applied Science
Sports Coach Level 3 – Australian Institute of Applied Science
Specialist Biomechanics Coach
I Move Freely Coach

The Modern Yogi Immersion – Brea Johnson Heart & Bones Yoga
Sustainable Yoga 2 Day Intensive – Brea Johnson Heart & Bones Yoga
Yoga Alliance 200+hr Yoga Teacher Training (Vinyasa)
Yoga Alliance 300+hr Yoga Teacher Training (PENDING)

QCF Level 3 Award in Education and Training
AIQ Teaching Pilates Matwork Level 3 Diploma

Restorative Exercise
Restorative Exercise Specialist – Nutritious Movement (Dec17)
Healthy Foot Practitioner – Nutritious Movement (Mar17)

Yes, I know this list is ridiculous and, yes, it is the reason why I can’t afford a holiday or a car… but it has been sooooo worth it to spend this much time with some amazing teachers, mentors and others.  Unfortunately, I believe that the more you dive into human movement, the less you actually know 🙂 I can’t promise to have all the answers, but I can promise that I will be there to help you figure it out.

Here’s Sarah doing her fabulous unicorn impression – it has become a bit of a challenge to see which pics I can get away with and for how long before she spots ’em 😀

Sarah Wilson

I am not naturally an active person I would much prefer being curled up on the couch watching a film, however this is a sure way to guarantee my hips and/or knees won’t make it to old age.

I believe our bodies require natural movements i.e. Movements found in nature and lots of them all day everyday to to give stimulation to our cells and to maintain optimum health.

After working in a fairly sedentary profession for 20 years I started to notice there were certain movements I had lost somewhere along the way. This sparked my interest in movement. I found Pilates, decided that teaching movement was what I was actually wanted to be doing and decided to train initially as a Pilates teacher. I now teach Pilates, Restorative Exercise and Hatha Yoga with alignment and restorative influences. I am also blessed to now train and assess new Pilates Teachers under Active IQ and Inner Power Pilates Teacher Training LTD.

I am a big believer in lifelong learning and constantly seek to improve my knowledge and understanding from a wide range of sources, all with a similar theme of living a healthy, happy, balanced life. I am hoping that by incorporating different movement practices into my sessions will enable me to become a more well rounded holistic movement teacher. My intention has always been to help other people, and empower them to take charge of their own bodies and futures.

I believe many of our modern diseases are caused through our unhealthy sedentary lifestyle and poor food choices unfortunately when the culture around you tells you everyone else is doing the same you accept it as normal when it’s far from it. I want to challenge the beliefs of our culture one barefoot step at a time.


Pilates Apparatus Studio Induction 20 Hours May 2015
Studio Repertoire 1, 2, 3 60hrs
Lonna Mosow’s: Pilates Programme Design & Progression.
Lonna Mosow’s: The Art of Teaching Joseph Pilates.
Trigger Point Pilates Teacher Level 1 Lydia Campbell November 2015
Advanced Gait Polestar Pilates November 2015
Trigger Point Pilates Teacher Level 2 Lydia Campbell November 2016
Healthy Foot Practitioner Restorative Exercise Institute January 2017
MovNat Elements MovNat February 2017
Level 3 Award in Designing Pilates Programmes for Bone Health
Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Mat Pilates.

12 Hour Psoas Workshop Liz Koch July 2017
HFE Level 3 Yoga Teacher Diploma August 2017
The Modern Yogi Teacher Development Brea Johnson Heart and Bones Yoga. August 2017
Restorative Exercise Specialist, Nutritious Movement December 2017.
QCF Level 3 Award in Education and Training January 2018
Level 4 Certificate in Instructing Pilates Matwork Body Control Pilates (completion due 2018)
Body Control Pilates Intermediate Mat Pilates
Level 3 Award in Designing Pre- and Postnatal Pilates Programmes.
Level 3 Award in Physical Activity (Pilates) and Health Considerations for the Older Adult.

Jess Fell

Jessica Fell

Apprentice Teacher

Jessica is our newest teacher.  She is joined by Christine.  They both completed the Inner Power Pilates Matwork Teacher Training with us and are now embarking on their Pilates career at the studio.

Jessica’s interest lies in young adult/teen sport and injury prevention and using Pilates as a tool to support youngsters in their sporting endeavours.

Full bio to follow.

Christine Cottam

Christine Cottam

Apprentice Teacher

Christine is also a new teacher fresh out of our teacher training programme.  She is also a personal trainer, so you’ll be seeing some PT options coming through soon.

Amanda Donnelly

Amanda Donnelly

Vinyasa Yoga Teacher

Bio awaited.