RELAX * REJUVENATE * RESTORE
My Self-Care Journey:
A short time after open heart surgery in 2009, my life took a turn which sent me down a path filled with anxiety and depression. I tried speaking with therapists and taking medication, but nothing helped all that much and as a result, suffered for years in silence.
A simple decision, however, to return to yoga in 2014 changed it all. By the end of my first yoga practice, I felt relaxed, peaceful, and calm - something I hadn’t felt in a long time. I wanted to learn more to restore my balance and sanity, and it worked. And I soon became a Hatha yoga instructor. Next, I immersed myself in adjunctive modalities.
Over the next four years, my inquisitive self-care journey led me to learn more yoga styles, become a Thai Massage Therapist, and then a licensed Massage Therapist with a focus on relaxation techniques. And recently I added in the deeply relaxing modality of CranioSacral Therapy.
Not long after opening my own location, I discovered people longed to learn relaxation techniques and develop their own self-care routines. In turn, I added in self-care lessons, workshops and Intensive Relaxation programs.
As I expanded my passion for learning and of helping and teaching others to relax, rejuvenate and restore their minds and bodies, people began to call me a relaxation specialist and a self-care coach, and I don’t mind it one bit.
From that one yoga practice, taking the time to heal myself, and constantly learning, I discovered my passion (purpose) in life: Helping people relax to find balance and peace.
Katy Kern, LMT, RYT
Experience & Qualifications:
Thai Yoga Massage, Lotus Palm Thai Yoga Massage, Montreal, Quebec
Massage Therapy Cortiva Institute, King of Prussia, PA
CranioSacral Therapy The Upledger Institute
Classical Hatha Yoga 200-Hour YTT with East Eagle Yoga, Havertown, PA
Alignment-based Yoga 200-Hour YTT with Maha Yoga, Philadelphia, PA
Yin Yoga YTT Wake Up Yoga, Philadelphia, PA
Wall Vinyasa YTT Main Line Shala Yoga, Narberth, PA
The Roll Model Method with Jill Miller Yoga Tune Up
Lotus Palm Newsletter featuring Katy Kern's story
Having bodywork done by Katy has truly been an improvement to my physical and mental health. Since having a few Thai massages, I've noticed that my body muscles are learning the memory of relaxation. In moments of stress where my body naturally tenses up, my mind notices that my muscles are uptight and my muscles are now quickly "dissolving" the tension and releasing into a relaxed state from what they've learned during the massages. It's an amazing feeling and the awareness of my body and it's tendencies has given me greater power to overcome stress.
I've also had the pleasure of being one of Katy's yoga students, which has also aided in my mental health of being able to better focus, think, and live in the moment. Yin yoga, her specialty, has taught me how to better manage life's uncomfortable moments because I'm able to overcome the uneasiness that creeps up while engaging in yin yoga positions. My journey with Katy has really been life changing, and I'm very grateful for her personal interest in continued learning, because every new technique or practice that she learns, she ultimately passes along to her students for their benefit.
Brittney K - Philadelphia, PA