By Eric Elliott
Special to the Pioneer
It’s been a dream more than seven years in the making, but on Saturday, January 13th, Kelsey Walker will officially open the doors to her very own athletic therapy studio in the Columbia Valley.
Located in the heart of Invermere, Achelois Sports and Athletic Therapy will house treatment from various practitioners along with Athletic Therapy Treatment provided from Ms. Walker who has been living in the Valley and treating people part-time at Mountain Om Wellness and Yoga since she moved here in the spring of 2016.
“I came to a point where I wanted more; I wanted to be able to treat my clients my way and have the freedom to pursue other ventures at the same time,” she said.
Ms. Walker said she originally got into athletic therapy after having her athletic dreams cut short as a soccer player, suffering several ankle injuries that plagued her from ever getting back to full strength. What’s kept Ms. Walker going through her career to opening day is the smile she sees on a client’s face when she’s able to alleviate the suffering they thought was permanent.
“This is the type of transformation that makes my heart, ‘humm,’” she said. “Pain is not only physical, it is emotional, it is mental and it is debilitating. I don’t mean this in the spiritual way, I mean this in the way it affects all aspects of your life. This is where I want to help, ‘drive the pain away’.”
It’s for this reason she insists that athletic therapy is for absolutely everyone, regardless of whether or not you consider yourself an athlete. To her athletic means active which encapsulates anyone from the child hockey player all the way to the mother working from home.
Treatments range from electrical stimulation and Japanese cupping to massage, myofascial release, active release and deep tissue massage. For those looking to learn more about her clinic, treatments and various modalities, visit her website at https://acheloistherapy.ca/ or meet her at her open house Saturday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.