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Case Studies

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 Lesley L.

Lower Spine Fusion

Why did you start Pilates?

Had my lower spine fused so had to build up my core

 

How did you hear about Danielle?

Recommendation from a friend

 

Did you have any particular conditions if so what were they?

Needed to start from scratch learning Pilates techniques including breathing so didn¹t do any further damage

 

How did your 1st session go? What were your 1st impressions?

First session was excellent, Danielle was very patient & explained everything perfectly

How long did it take before you started to feel/notice a difference?

After a few weeks wasn¹t thinking so deeply about the breathing & felt my back was getting looser

 

What do you like best about Danielle¹s approach?

Danielle had a very sensitive approach, she was very knowledgeable & knew when enough was enough - was very tired in the beginning

 

What did you find most helpful?

Being taught how to do a “roll up/roll down" correctly without putting pressure on lower back

 

Are you still doing Pilates, if so how long has it been and how do you feel now?  

I am now attending Pilates lessons at my gym - out of choice would have continued one to one but unfortunately needed to make use of the gym membership

 

What advice would you give someone who is contemplating starting Pilates?

Definitely start with private lessons first to get the understanding & DEFINITELY recommend Danielle

David B.

Long-term non-specific back pain

Why did you start Pilates?

Because of problems with my back .

I wanted to strengthen my core sand see if I could improve my lack of flexibility.

 

How did you hear about Danielle?

via a Friend

 

Did you have any particular conditions if so what were they?

Bad back. Very limited flexibility.

How did your 1st session go? What were your 1st impressions?

Very different to other treatments I had tried over the years. I was not sure about the speed of the exercises having being used to rush exercises whereas Pilates is slow and methodical

 

What did you find most helpful?

Her encouragement

 

How long did it take before you started to feel/notice a difference?

probably after 3 or 4 sessions

 

What do you like best about Danielle¹s approach?

She is kind and just has a lovely manor about her. And she is very knowledgeable.

 

Are you still doing Pilates, if so how long has it been and how do you feel now?  

Just over 8 months .  I feel that there  is some improvement  to my posture , my back and to  my flexibility.

 

What advice would you give someone who is contemplating starting Pilates?

I wish I had stared Pilates 40 years ago, so my advice is to take it up asap.

Jo B.

Recovering from back injury

Why did you start Pilates?

I had previously hurt my back and wanted to get back to exercising but didn’t have faith my back would hold out so I decided to start with Pilates.

 

How did you hear about Danielle?

Danielle was recommended to me by a sports massage therapist I had been seeing for my back.

 

Did you have any particular conditions if so what were they?

I have hypermobile joints which can cause me problems particularly in the hips.

 

How did your 1st session go? What were your 1st impressions?

First session was mostly assessment to see what I was able to do and more importantly what I couldn’t do. Danielle was very understanding and made me feel at ease even when I couldn’t do the simplest things!

How long did it take before you started to feel/notice a difference?

I noticed a difference after the second session, my body seemed to remember how to work/stand properly.

 

What do you like best about Danielle's approach?

Danielle is not judgemental and is always positive. She is very meticulous in her approach to Pilates and wants everything to be done properly, no short cuts or cheating! She is also very mindful of ensuring no injuries are exacerbated and explains how to reduce further injury. She is very knowledgeable on body anatomy but also appreciates that everyone has different limits.

 

What did you find most helpful?

I was provided with a list of simple exercises to do at home which definitely helped in the first few weeks. I am more aware of how I should exercise properly and when I am doing things wrong.

 

Are you still doing Pilates, if so how long has it been and how do you feel now?  

I have been doing Pilates with Danielle for approx. year now and will continue to do so, I am back doing some of the exercise that I used to.

 

What advice would you give someone who is contemplating starting Pilates?

Do it, if you enjoy cardio exercise it will feel slow at first but it’s amazing when you slow things down how little you can do properly, this makes it a challenge in itself.

Jon B.

Chronic Long-term back pain

Why did you start Pilates?

I had various physical issues that were preventing me from effectively participating in my love of water sports.

 

How did you hear about Danielle?

Search engine

 

Did you have any particular conditions if so what were they?

Neck pain, upper back pain, lower back pain, stiff and painful shoulder plantar fasciitis in my foot.

 

How did your 1st session go? What were your 1st impressions?

I was very nervous on my first session as I was clearly in a lot of discomfort from my back issues I didn't think I would be able to complete the class. I booked a one to one session so there was no where for me to hide! Booking a one to one sessions with Danielle was the best way for her to assess me and work out a programme that addressed my issues, and the best way for me to benefit from the detailed demonstrations and directions Danielle gives you.

 

How long did it take before you started to feel/notice a difference?

I started to feel the benefits of Pilates after 3-4 weeks, but mentally felt the benefits immediately as I felt I had found a teacher that I could work with and a form of exercise that I could slowly build on each week and feel the benefits slowly but surely in my back pain reduction!

 

What do you like best about Danielle¹s approach?

Danielle is intelligent and extremely knowledgeable about the human body. She has gained a deep knowledge of the abilities and movement of the body through her life as professional dancer, dance and Pilates teacher coupled with the many courses she has attended. This has given her a deep understanding and fascination in the movement of the human body. This experience has made her into a formidable teacher of Pilates and yoga. Couple that with her eagle eyed attention to your Pilates postures and positions and you can only ever do the positions correctly which is hugely beneficial and helps avoid injury.

 

What did you find most helpful?

Danielle's ability to convince me that stretching is largely controlled by the mind and with the right mental attitude anything is possible. I have gone from not being able to stretch my hands past my knees to being able to place my hands flat on the floor.

 

Are you still doing Pilates, if so how long has it been and how do you feel now?  

I have been doing Pilates with Danielle for 8 months and feel truly so much better for doing so! All my aches and pains previously mentioned have gone. Through Danielle's enthusiasm I have become a massive fan of Pilates and now practice for my own enjoyment and not to just keep my former back pain at bay.

 

What advice would you give someone who is contemplating starting Pilates?

Go for it! Don't delay if you have back pain or feel stiff and inflexible non of these things should stop you. Danielle will quickly asses your needs,  devise a plan and you are off. Danielle's charm, enthusiasm, gentle encouragement and deep understanding of what anybody can achieve through Pilates will transform your life.

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