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Keryn Barnes
Kerry Churchill
Sarah-Jane Humphry

Keryn Barnes

Aquatic Physiotherapy harnesses the unique properties of the aquatic environment and the body’s natural ability to heal through movement, to facilitate your healing.

Whether your movement is impaired by pain, disease or disability; Keryn Barnes  Physiotherapy exists to partner with you in restoring quality of life through thorough assessment, individualized care and hands on therapeutic intervention in the water.

Aquatic physiotherapy can benefit people with the following conditions:

  • Post surgical rehabilitation
  • Joint replacements
  • Fractures
  • Amputations
  • Spinal surgery
  • Chronic Pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Other Inflammatory and degenerative joint conditions
  • Neurological conditions
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Brain injuries
  • Peripheral nerve injuries
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Gullain Barré Syndrome
  • Persons with high levels of stress and anxiety
  • Pregnancy
  • Obesity
  • Physical impairments relating to old age

Our team:

Keryn Barnes is a qualified physiotherapist with 8 years of experience, working with a variety of disabilities. She has been working in the water since 2012 and has completed a course in Advanced International Aquatic Therapy Techniques and International Paediatric Aquatic Techniques. She is currently based in Cape Town and manages the practice from there.

Katherine Jamieson is our hands-on physiotherapist. She qualified in 2009 from the University of Cape Town and since then has worked with patients with various conditions including joint pain, post-surgical rehabilitation, stroke, brain injury, and spinal cord injury, both in the pool and on land. Katherine’s aim with all her patients is to get them moving as freely as possible in their daily lives and loves to see the joy it brings to her patients to work in the water.

Group exercise classes are offered weekly. The classes are designed to incorporate people at all levels of mobility and aim to improve cardiovascular fitness, muscle strength, joint range of movement, flexibility, posture and breathing.

For more information about Aquatic Physiotherapy or to book an appointment, please contact Keryn on 0716718590 or 



Kerry Churchill

Aquatic physiotherapy is conducted in a heated pool. It utilizes the properties of the water along with the skills and knowledge of the physiotherapist to attain optimal functional gains in the rehabilitation process. It has many benefits including improved balance and stability, improved strength and endurance, decreased abnormal tone, improved functional mobility skills as well as enhanced mood.

Kezphysio aquatic physiotherapy focuses on working with children with special needs as well as children with any condition which results in pain, muscle weakness, reduced mobility or function. Sessions involve one on one therapy in the water which follow a tailored individualized programme depending on the needs of each child.

Aquatic physiotherapy can benefit children with the following conditions:

Cerebral palsy

Brain injuries

Neurological conditions

Developmental delay

Syndromes eg. Down syndrome

Guillain-Barre Syndrome

Spinal cord injuries

Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis

Other inflammatory and degenerative joint conditions

Muscular dystrophy


Peripheral nerve injuries

Kerry Churchill is a qualified physiotherapist with a special interest in paediatrics and aquatics. She completed her NDT training (Neuro Developmental Therapy) in 2010 and her MAES training (Movement Analysis and Education Strategies) in 2017. She has been working in the water since 2007 and has completed courses in international paediatric aquatic techniques for healthcare professionals as well as advanced international aquatic therapy techniques. Kerry has completed her APDL 2 (advanced professional development level) in aquatic physiotherapy.

For more information on paediatric aquatic physiotherapy or to book an appointment please contact Kerry on 082 739 2630 or


Sarah-Jane Humphry

Humphry Biokinetics offers Aqua-therapy rehabilitation as a form of “final phase” rehabilitation.

Biokinetics is a profession which uses physical activity, specific exercise and movement as a therapeutic modality in order to prevent injury, poor health, improve physical condition and quality of life. Biokinetics includes the “final phase” of rehabilitation to allow individuals to function optimally whether it be functional activities such as gardening or returning to competitive sport after various orthopaedic injuries, cardiac or chronic diseases.

Each patient undergoes a thorough assessment conducted by a Biokineticist. Based on the findings, a rehabilitation program is then designed in order to meet each individuals needs and to address the problematic areas hindering ones well-being.  A Biokineticist will focus on correcting the cause of the individual’s condition rather than just treating the symptoms.  This is done in order to prevent the condition from reoccurring.


  • The purpose of Aquatic rehabilitative exercise is to:
  • Increase Range of motion to ensure joint mobility is maintained
  • Increase muscular Strength
  • Improve Balance and proprioception
  • Ensure correct muscle firing patterns
  • Reduces muscle tension and relieves pain
  • Improve walking ability, including stairs and uneven surfaces


The purpose of pre- and postoperative rehabilitation is to provide a rapid recovery utilizing the best possible exercise programs. Our Biokineticists maintain close communication with your doctors in order to fully understand the scope of your needs.

Our  Team

Sarah-Jane Humphry received her BA (Human Kinetics and Ergonomics) degree from Rhodes University in 2003 and her Sports Science Honours degree from the University of Durban Westville in 2004 and her Biokinetics Honours degree from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal in 2005. Sarah-Jane has been practicing for thirteen years and her special interest lies in Orthopaedic rehabilitation, aquatic therapy, pre and post-natal exercise, sporting injuries, chronic pain and Pilates.  She qualified through the University of Durban Westville under the guidance of Aqua Therapists Ingrid Price and Desiree Humphry.


Lisa van Der Walt completed her BA degree in Human Movement Science at the North-West University of Potchefstroom. She then completed her honours degree in Biokinetics at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein and has completed her Master’s degree in Biokinetics with the main focus on treating patients with scoliosis. She has an Aqua therapy qualification through the University of Free State.

Jessica Davies completed her undergraduate Human Movement Science degree at the University of Pretoria in 2016. She then went on to complete her honours in Biokinetics at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2017. Jess completed her Aqua Therapy qualification at the University of Johannesburg.


Contact Details:          079 923 3413 / 011 783 5535  (phone) (e-mail)