Kerry is an ex-international athlete who progressed from junior to senior level, and competed in both sprints and horizontal jumps. She was invited to elite training sessions with World 400m Record Holder Michael Johnson, and was selected as one of the faces of the online “Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games” campaign as a potential competitor at the games.
In 2007, when her international athletics career came to an end due to injury, she gained coaching qualifications to stay somewhat involved, but ultimately was driven to enhance her understanding of the body’s capabilities and limitations, and studied a BSc Honours in Physiology in relation to Sport at Glasgow University. This in turn led her to further study both Swedish and Remedial & Sports Massage, (a therapy she had greatly relied upon as an athlete) at the accredited Scottish Massage Schools.
In attaining these qualifications, Kerry is now a registered member of the Scottish Massage Therapists Organisation (SMTO), and these diplomas have greatly helped in her understanding of the vast range of benefits this type of therapy aids in – from pain relief, to relaxation to bettering sporting performance.
Experience wise, Kerry has had the opportunity to work with the New Zealand All Blacks and was recommended to work with the Australian Wallabies. She was also given the opportunity to work with the Edinburgh Rugby Team which involved working with some of the Edinburgh-based 6 Nations players. Kerry has also worked with the Scotland 7s and South African 7s Rugby teams, the Scotland Woman’s Rugby team, the Edinburgh Capitals Ice Hockey Team and some players from both Ayr RFC and Marr RFC.
In the last year, Kerry has worked with former professional footballers, Strictly Come Dancing stars, and various Olympians across a multitude of sports. She also worked at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games as a Sports Massage Practitioner in the Medical Team in the Athletes Village providing massage to the athletes across all of the competitive disciplines.
In amongst all of this work, Kerry became certified in Advanced Remedial Massage for the lumbar and cervical spine at the accredited Western School, became certified in Spinal Manipulation, as well as completing Levels 1 & 2 of the Kinesiology Taping course. Kerry continues to run her own clinic in Ayr, but is very much looking forward to being part of the friendly Achilles Heel Clinic Team!