A couple of years ago I suffered a partially slipped disc, which left me in chronic pain from sciatica down my right leg. Physiotherapy and steroid injections into my spine helped but did not entirely cure my symptoms. Both my GP and physiotherapist recommended Pilates so I signed up for private sessions with Mary. I didn’t know much about Pilates beforehand and wasn’t sure it would work. However, I soon began to see results. Mary is an excellent instructor - very patient, knowledgeable and kind. I work from home and really appreciate the fact she can come to me. She assessed my needs and devised a gentle programme of stretches and exercises designed to improve my core strength and flexibility. It took time but gradually my symptoms and pain began to subside. As things began to get better, Mary created new routines to suit my strength and ability. I am now virtually pain-free, my posture has improved significantly and so has my strength and flexibility. I would recommend Pilates for other people with back problems and the tailored approach one-to-one sessions provide. I would certainly recommend Mary.
I'm a reasonably active person and before I was worried my lifestyle would be limited by chronic pain. I now I feel a lot more confident about the future and working with Mary has inspired me to continue exercising to stay fit and healthy.
I had felt for quite some time that my digestive system was not functioning as it should. I have candida which contributed to this feeling. I rarely felt hungry so ate small and probably unhealthy small meals and snacks. A bowl of cereal in the morning would fill me up for most of the day and l would not want to eat anything. I knew this was not as it should be.
As well as this l had put on a lot of weight- a contradiction, l know, but I was not eating well or sensibly. I had also gone through a number of very stressful personal and family matters over the last two or three years. I also had an operation last year and felt that l had not fully recovered from that low spell. All of these culminated in me knowing that l needed to 'do something' but l did not know what.
The Kick Start Slimming Programme and Health M.O.T seemed like a good idea and something l had never done before. I had some reservations because it was different to anything I had tried before.
Following the Kick Start Slimming programme, I had a Health M.O.T with Mary and she gave me a bespoke nutritional plan tailored to my individual needs. For me the whole experience has been fantastic. I have lost over 2 stone in weight, but more importantly I feel so well, healthy and much stronger. I have changed my eating habits considerably and surprisingly l do not miss or crave all the 'damaging' foods.
Mary has been a wonderful mentor and support in guiding me through the programme, always there at the end of the phone should l need to ask or check anything with her.