Kelso Health & Wellness brings together a collection of outstanding independent practitioners in Kelso’s stunning and historic Corn Exchange. Services offered include podiatry and chiropody, counselling, psychotherapy, massage and more. This is also a venue for classes including barre concept, callanetics and dance as well as for discussion groups and workshops.
Matthew Aplin, owner of Kelso Foot Clinic, set up Kelso Health & Wellness in April 2019. Few would disagree that lives have become busier and more frenetic in recent years. To counter this lifestyle, more people are looking to access the services of independent therapists. What they are looking for is services which support self-care, whether in terms of their health or within a more holistic “wellness” category.
Matthew also realised that many other independent therapists in the Kelso and wider Scottish Borders area would be interested in sharing treatment room space. By adding a Kelso location to their existing clinic list, practitioners are able to provide their services to more people in the region than before.
Clients and patients also benefit from the new network of the practitioners and instructors at Kelso Health & Wellness. For example, Matthew finds there are times when a referral from Kelso Foot Clinic to other independent practitioners or instructors is useful. For example, to massage therapists, physiotherapists, osteopaths, sports therapists and to complimentary therapists. The same is true for practitioners in the other fields represented in Kelso Health & Wellness and, indeed, it’s next door neighbour the Gentle Touch dental practice.
And so, this collection of independent health and wellness professionals has started to build. We exist to support the health and wellness needs of the people of Kelso and the wider Scottish Borders.
ABOUT THE CORN EXCHANGE, KELSO
The Corn Exchange has been a feature in Kelso since 1855. The building cost £3000 of money raised through a public subscription process. An architect – David Cousin – designed the two-storeyed building you see today. The style is known as ‘Cotswold Tudor’. Today, you can see lots of features typical of Tudor buildings.
The original purpose of The Corn Exchange was as a venue for weekly corn markets. Later, it because a venue for ‘Hiring Fairs’ where farm labourers could find employment. These ended after World War II with the introduction of the labour exchange.
Prior to its life as Kelso Health & Wellness, The Corn Exchange was home to Countryside Kitchens – they have left their mark with a variety of beautiful stone floors throughout the building.