“Five years ago I could not get up out of bed in the morning or stand and walk from sitting to go upstairs without excruciating back pain. I was diagnosed with degeneration of my spine and advised to have steroid injections and not to go fell walking any more.”
Photograph courtesy of The Fibre Co.
Today, Karen Douglas de Fenzi walks the Lake District fells like a mountain goat and is leading a normal life, due to her personal practice of Hanna Somatic Movement. She is a certified Hanna Somatic Educator, based in Cumbria, having qualified at The Novato Institute for Hanna Somatic Research, Education and Training in California, in February 2019.
Karen has been involved with the field of education for over twenty years, teaching GCSE Science and ‘A’ level Biology to high school students and bringing up her three children. She has also read Psychology with The Open University and carried out research into how women experience Caesarean birth. Karen gained a Certificate of Professional Study in Child and Adolescent Counselling Skills with The University of Cambridge in 2011.
It is from Karen’s experience of trauma, overwhelming inertia and inability to free herself from the circumstances she found herself in for many years that she understands the significance to you of resolving your pain at a deeper level and going back to the person you know yourself to be. You may feel you are continually challenged and are a ‘prisoner’ within your own body or your own home. Pain, injury and trauma bind and restrict your movement and activities because your muscles are continually contracting, getting tighter and tighter when you do not know what to do about it, somatically. You may have tried all the techniques and formulas you know so far but still feel tired, stiff and sore. You may love to do yoga or go training and you can’t because it hurts and this is temporary and can be changed because you can learn how to take care of yourself Hanna Somatically.
Maybe you have never had any pain, but what would you do next week if you did? You may be saying to yourself as you read this: “But I have always been able to recover by going to bed and sleeping for a day and then I’m as right as rain”. But what would you do if you didn’t improve? What would you do then?
Karen is an exceptionally good teacher and with her guidance, empathy and channelling of her experience through your sessions, you will learn how to free yourself from pain. Karen Supports you so that you progressively develop your movement practice and unleash your potential for free movement.
Photograph of Karen Douglas de Fenzi with Eleanor Criswell – Hanna at The Novato Institute, California, in February 2019