Aug 3, 2014
Kathy Kerber is a great practitioner! I came across her when looking for a Somatics practitioner nearby. I hardly knew about Hanna Somatics then, but a friend of mine advised me to try it for my lower-back stiffness and recurring backpain, which had started getting worse.
Kathy was very attentive and mindful from the very first session, especially when I was constantly answering “don’t know” and “I’m confused” to her questions about my feelings after doing a movement (at that time I was not yet able to feel response from my body and muscles). At first I did not notice any changes. But after three or four sessions on one moment I realized that my usual lumbar pillow in the car was bothering me. I just threw the pillow away and never used it since then. My lower back has flattened! This was the first visible progress.
I like that Kathy always gave a lot of explanations and taught me how to listen to my own body. She has found that not only my lower back, but also the ribcage muscles, belly muscles, upper back and legs all have accumulated chronic tension. She was also very thorough about finding various “irregularities” in my muscular patterns, explaining them, giving me specific movements to feel and realize them. After each session she provided a set of movements to do at home to release specific muscles, help me overcome the wrong patterns and establish a correct muscular interaction. And it was not about the muscles only – after each session with Kathy I felt myself deeply relaxed, calm, balanced and self-sufficient. This was a wonderful feeling! Now after a period of my work with Kathy I feel that I am much more confident about my back and the whole body. I feel that my body has got much more flexible and agile. And no backpain so far!
About a month ago I got a chance to “stress-test” my progress. I decided to join my friends on a week-long backpacking trip in Canadian Rockies. This was not an easy decision – with long-time backpain history and 20+ years since my last backpacking! I was in doubts, but Kathy encouraged me and supported my decision. She was very helpful in providing the exercises specifically for my backpacking (to release back, shoulders and legs). She also gave me very useful advice on “correct” use of muscles on a mountain trail. And she was right! It was an awesome trip in the Jasper National Park: 7 days of backpacking, 50 miles of mountain terrain, several passes, breathtaking views of mountains, glaciers and lakes. I was excited to discover my good shape, strong performance on the trail, and reliable work of my back and the whole body. When hiking, I tried to use the knowledge and feeling of my body I had acquired during my work with Kathy, so that even with a 40-pound backpack I felt myself quite comfortable on the trail.
I am so thankful to Kathy for her knowledge, care and support, and for introducing me to Somatics. She is a highly-professional and creative practitioner. I would strongly recommend working with her, either for certain pain or trauma-related issues or just for progress in physical (and mental) wellness.