1. What made you decide you wanted/needed to start a pain recovery therapy programme?
I had been experiencing back pain for 2 years, which I had believed was caused by a particular injury. I had seen physiotherapists, had acupuncture, saw an osteopath, had been prescribed various painkillers, as well as done regular stretches and exercises as recommended by doctors. A few things I felt worked were the painkillers and 2 particular stretches, but I couldn’t pinpoint exactly what was causing my pain as it was unpredictable. I had the flexibility back in my shoulders and arms that I had struggled with immediately after the accident, yet everyday chores would particularly exacerbate the pain – yet only sometimes. I found Maria online and when she said she deals with the emotional side to pain too I was intrigued. I had been feeling very low at the time and was struggling to find counselling support.
2. What results have you achieved since starting your recovery therapy programme?
I no longer experience the same level of pain, and when I do have pain it is very minor. I am able to identify what is causing my pain and address it.
3. What do you like best about the recovery coaching programme?
I liked that Maria listened to me and provided me with techniques that would work for me. She was very supportive in that she would tell me I would make a recovery – before this I had convinced myself I would be in pain for ever. I appreciated hearing case studies about clients that had had similar pain to me and their recoveries. The books she recommended were very useful and easy to read.
4. What would you say to someone on the fence about having pain recovery coaching?
That they should definitely go for it!
5. Is there anything else you would like to share? Any other improvements you’ve noticed?
Working with Maria was one of the best things I've ever done. I went to her about my chronic back pain, which I had attributed to an accident 2 years ago. I still can't believe that I no longer experience the same level of pain. Maria listened to me and provided me with the techniques to identify what was causing the pain. The most helpful techniques included writing dialogues; conversations between myself and specific people, which would lead to breakthrough realisations about my personality. I am learning to be more compassionate to myself and this is helping to calm me down when I start to feel overwhelmed. Another activity involved writing down the opposite statement to my negative intrusive thoughts such as instead of telling myself "I'm an indecisive person" I will now say "I am learning to trust myself and my choices". Her methods are extraordinary. I had felt skepticism when I initially arrived and experienced awful back pain and grit teeth in our first session. But as I practiced what she suggested I realised how brave I could be and how logical it is - stress is causing my pain. I will still experience stress and pain throughout my life but I have been provided with excellent mechanisms for not only coping but also improving. Maria suggested some books to read that I have really enjoyed, further realising there are many people who have experienced the same emotions as me and have developed new ways of thinking to help have a happier life. I have started to notice when stress causes physical pain to those close to me too and have recommended Maria to friends. I would 100% recommend Maria to anyone with chronic pain who is committed to getting rid of it.