My Irish Eyes Are Smiling

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March is finally here. Can you believe it? This year is flying by although I can’t say winter has been bad around Philadelphia at all. YAY!

This month marks a couple of big anniversaries for me both personally and professionally, and I am ready to celebrate.

First, my Irish eyes are smiling brightly because March 17th signifies a great beginning. One year ago, on St. Patrick’s Day, I officially started in my new practice and space in Narberth, Pa (right outside Philadelphia).

For several years prior, I worked for yoga studios, a personal training company and a massage studio. In addition, I traveled all over the city working with corporate and private clients, and it took a toll as it was a struggle to maintain my energy. Moreover, to make ends meet, I was also a pet-sitter, but that career wasn’t my calling and it took up a lot of my time.

I needed to focus my energy on what I loved: helping people relax. So I decided to take a massive leap of faith and open my own practice where I could hone my skills and knowledge, and Katy Kern Restorative Massage emerged.

There are not enough words to communicate how unbelievably lucky I feel and how wonderful this last year has been for me. I have met so many lovely, amazing people who put their trust in me to help them. This inspired my thirst for knowledge to grow exponentially and my business shifted from primarily bodywork to now include CranioSacral Therapy, and self-care lessons and workshops (and soon traveling across the country) all to help people reduce the effects of stress and anxiety.

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I must admit thinking about this past year, I get a little overwhelmed. I am eternally grateful to everyone who has come to see me and supported me on my journey.

What a year, right? I am so looking forward to what comes next.

Second, March 23rd is another significant date for me.

Ten years ago, I underwent open-heart surgery to have a double valve replacement after contracting endocarditis from strep throat. It was a scary time, indeed. However, my life changed forever that day and it sent me down a path, although rocky at times, that brought me to this place and time.

I don’t say this often, but getting a heart infection was the best thing to happen to me because it forced me to pause and evaluate my life. Unfortunately, I didn’t like what I saw, so I took steps to change and it took some time, a lot of education and some trial and error. Fortunately, I am stronger now than I have ever been and content.

So, just a little update on my health status, last October I saw my cardiologist, and he said my heart was perfect. In fact, he couldn’t get over my health. He asked what I do to maintain my heart health. I told him I followed a passion and am living a life that brings me the greatest joy. That, and I also practice a lot of yoga and self-care ;)

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Lastly! Mark your calendars for Saturday April 6th from 2-4 pm. I am teaching another self-care workshop at The Yoga Garden in Narberth ( <—click here to sign up). Now I mention this a wee bit early because my last workshop sold out. So sign up early.

This workshop will focus on specific type of deep tissue self-massage technique. We will use therapy balls to get into the areas of tension in the body to allow these areas to release or soften safely then follow up with some yin and restorative shapes that it will feel like you had a 2-hour massage.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Warmest regards,

Katy

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