Andrew Kemp and Claire Kedward are the current custodians of the Chiron Centre in Bristol. We both share the same passion to honour and develop complementary healthcare within our area, working in harmony and co-operation with conventional medical healthcare. This is why we prefer the term ‘complementary healthcare’ to ‘alternative medicine’. The Chiron centre stands in a striking and prominent building in Westbury-on-Trym, the perfect environment to put our vision into practice.
We are both kinesiologists by training and the number of clients seen at the centre makes it one of the busiest, if not the busiest, kinesiology centres in England.
Please do browse through the various headings on this website. You can learn about the therapies we have on offer and the therapists who practice them. If you have a particular requirement or are unsure who would be best placed to help you, please give us a call or send us an e-mail. Our reception staff will be happy to help you decide the best way forward.
Why the Chiron Centre?
The inspiration for the name of the Chiron Centre comes from Greek mythology. Chiron was a centaur – half man half horse – who rejected the rowdy lifestyle of his compatriots to pursue a lifetime of teaching and healing. His students are reputed to include Achilles, Jason and Asklepios, the herbalist and surgeon who is the founder of modern medicine and whose serpent-entwined staff is the familiar emblem of the medical profession.
He is called the ‘wounded healer’ because he was conceived out of violence and then wounded by an arrow imbued with poison he had provided. He could not heal his own wounds so sacrificed his immortality to avoid an eternity living in a poisoned body. He then became the constellation Chiron that shines for us all in the night sky.
Our intent at the Chiron centre is to embody the powerful, heroic, version of this story, the version of Chiron who chooses to embrace his mortality (his shadow, his emotional wounds) on the path to transformation.
The Education of Achilles by the Centaur Chiron
Baron Jean-Baptiste Regnault (1754 – 1829), Louvre