About Kelly Mckay
Working in the field of health and wellbeing for over two decades has been such an amazing path to have travelled. It’s expanded my perspective in so many unexpected ways. However, my professional motivations and interest have been influenced by far more than clinical training and experience alone!
AWRDS: Best Cranial Osteopathy Service Provider,” central London 2022 (Greater London Enterprise Awardee).
PROFESSIONAL TRAINING: Osteopath, Holistic Massage, Life Coaching, CBT, NLP, Counselling.
INTERESTS: Simplicity, meditation, wisdom, mindfulness practices, natural environments, travelling and creativity.
REGULAR PRACTICES: Meditation, Qigong & Cycling.
FAVOURITE QUOTE: ‘Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is enlightenment.’ — Lao Tzu.
FAVOURITE EXPRESSIONS: Where the mind goes, the energy flows.
Yoga & Meditation
In 1997, I began practising yoga, initiated my now 25 year interest in meditation. I’ve recently restarted my yoga practice after a 10 year gap (and loving it).
My meditation practice has continued to develop and grow as I enjoy a daily practice. It supports my intention to continue growing in self awareness and step more fully into my potential.
Because I appreciate the power of mindfulness in my own life, I’ve naturally found myself incorporating simple meditation techniques to support into my therapeutic approach. It ties in nicely with my holistic treatment approach.
Shaolin Kung Fu, Tai Chi & Qigong
I started training in Shaolin Kung Fu (along with my son) in 2014. In 2018, I extended my practice to include (Chen style) Tai Chi and Qi Gong with our teacher Shifu Yang of Shaolin Culture (a 34th generation Shaolin Disciple since the age of 9). I feel blessed to be training under the guidance of such an authentic, and accomplished expert in the field. I’ve really enjoyed the discipline, mindful and meditative aspects of the practice, and the vitality it so often brings. Regularly training alongside Shifu Yang and his team has truly been a pleasure.
Osteopathy & Body Talk
Since the beginning of my practice as an Osteopath in 2001, I have enjoyed cultivating a growing body of knowledge and experience through helping others to realise their goals. Throughout my career, I have been fortunate enough to observe the mental, emotional and spiritual relationship to many physical symptoms. It has been most fascinating!
Overtime, I’ve harnessed an understanding of ‘Body Talk’ and my hands on appreciation of the way in which our internal state of harmony or dis-ease expresses on multiple levels
(illustrating the inseparable nature of mind-body-soul). It’s served to deepen my understanding of the metaphors and symbolisms expressed through the body’s physical symptoms. My training, professional and personal experience haveall played a significant role in these understandings.
Subtle Energy & Mind-Body connections
The continued practice of the Cranial approach (working with the body’s involuntary mechanism) over two decades has enhanced my trust in my palpatory (a highly specialised sense of touch and ability to read the body’s subtle involuntary expressions) and intuitive skills. Working with the body’s subtle expressions has only served to deepen my interest and appreciation of the Mind-Body connection.
A keen interest in metaphysics continues to add to my capacity to pick up the subtle energies at play (which I
appreciate has come about as a result of the time and attention given to observing others over the years — a process reflected in the esoteric saying,
‘Where the mind goes, the energy flows’
meaning, what you give your attention to magnifies in your life experiences. Over the decades, I have learned to trust my intuitive guidance and growth in ways which are uniquely my own.
Wellbeing coaching is a journey that began through a two decade long career as an Osteopathic practitioner. Through my practice, I found myself spending more and more time offering increasing amounts of psychological support through the emotional aspect of their healing journeys. I quickly came to appreciate the verbal communication as an integral part of the physical healing. It’s pretty amazing when you observe life’s synchronistic flows – and where they aim to take you!
My life coaching approach has become yet another avenue for deepening insight within myself, and others — which I really love. It’s a skill that I’m grateful to be able to harness. There’s really nothing better than holding space for others to find their way towards the clarity and motivation they need to instigate change in their lives. It’s extremely rewarding.
Travelling has provided me with many wonderfully expansive experiences. I’ve enjoyed meditation and yoga practices in the ashrams and temples of Thailand and India, to the spiritually uplifting sounds of traditional African drumming, chanting and dance in West-Africa, and the healthful influences of veganism in Jamaica. It’s certainly opened my mind to many great health and well-being practices.
In 2018, I travelled with my son to China where we were fortunate enough to train with several 34th generation
Shaolin disciples for two weeks of consolidated Kung Fu, Tai Chi and Qigong Practice. We trained amidst the beautiful backdrops of Langya mountains and heights of Wudang mountains, as well as receiving a private invitation to the prestigious Shaolin Temple —Dengfeng. I was fortunate enough to have participated in meditation training, talks, demonstrations, as well as a Traditional Chinese Medicine consultation delivered by several local indigenous practitioners.
I like to think that my life experiences will continue to lead me towards greater levels of insight and awareness. This to me is a most exciting prospect!