It had been 3 years that I had been suffering from what I thought was a tight hamstring muscle and back pain. I had seen 3 physios, been taking prescription strength pain killers and taken many weeks out of training. All were well-meaning people but none managed to diagnose nor cure my pain. I received temporary relief because all focused on symptoms and not the cause.

As a student yoga teacher attending your workshop "Is your yoga getting on your nerves?" I had a real light bulb moment, "that sounds like me!" So I booked a consultation with you at the Stillpoint Practice. Your examination was the most thorough I have received and I was grateful for a diagnosis - finally. You DIAGNOSED me with a sciatic nerve problem not a hamstring injury, and the treatment was completely different. I had 4 treatments in six weeks and three months later, I am 95% there and still progressing – pretty good, given how chronic my situation was! Most importantly, the progress is sustained which means we (sorry, you!) have gotten to the cause.

Several times I have been close to tears due to my inability to be properly functional. It is remarkable how chronic pain can affect one psychologically. Exercise was just one big frustration, a bit of a drawback for someone who exercises twice a day, six days a week. That is not the case anymore and I notice how much more energy and positive attitude I have at the end of the day versus fatigue and despondency.

You were the first to look at my situation as an individual one. Almost everyone else just followed a tried and tested treatment route. That "one size fits all" just DOES NOT work and it is so hard to tell who is a good physio and who is not.

And I've also become a firm advocate of acupuncture since the way you used it was so effective to clear up some residual inflammation in the nerve. It made a huge difference in my recovery, even though I hated needles!

JW 2013, personal trainer 

I came to Lesley with an on-going back problem which had been causing me pain for more than 2 years. During that time I had been to see the doctor, another physio, had acupuncture and tried to "cure" it through my yoga practice. None had worked. My appointment with Lesley was very systematic and she quickly picked up my problem - my right gluts were just not working. I went away armed with lots to practice and within days my back started to feel better. I have since been back with a shoulder problem and again through working logically through the functioning of the body, Lesley picked up the reason, explained it to me and through targeted exercises it is now fine. I live over 60 miles away but would not consider going to anyone else.

JN 2013, yoga teacher 

I have suffered with chronic pain in my right hip & back for 18 years, originally diagnosed as a groin strain. Having seen/had treatments with Physiotherapists/Chiropractor/Sports Therapists/Yoga Teachers, had XRays/MRI’s/Accupuncture, no one has really ever got to the bottom of what is causing my pain.

Initially when starting my treatment with Lesley, I did not have much confidence that my injury could or would ever be repaired. Lesley was so confident she would get to the bottom of the cause & we have worked tirelessly over the last couple of months from one trigger point to another. In the first 6 weeks Lesley gave me acupuncture, deep tissue manipulation, specific small exercises to take away & do at home. She made me laugh AND I cried too! It was so painful but very rewarding physically & mentally. There were times I just wanted to give up, but I somehow don’t think Lesley would have let me! I am in such a good place now, on a scale of 1-10, 10 being the pain I was in, I’m sitting at a very happy 2

Lesley is & continues to be a very professional, knowledgeable, positive and approachable practitioner & I can’t thank her enough. I don’t think I will ever need to find another practitioner, as Lesley is the one I’ve always been looking for.

I highly recommend Lesley, especially if you have a complex long standing injury.

LC 2013

In all honesty I had expected to come back & pay you & your wonderful wisdom a visit, I can't believe its now been 20 weeks. As we all reflect at the end of the year, every time i get on my mat i do still think about just how much you have improved my life, i still have some pain/discomfort & tightness but since the last visit in August, its no longer enough to distract me mentally from that wonderful 2, i'm now 0.5, i'd even say I have a good 10cm extra movement in all directions on that right side & although we still do a strong practice, i spend a lot of time at home doing Yin/Restorative

C, my partner, says he no longer has that tender spot in the middle of his back & although he is tip top he still does his exercises you gave him "Slump"/knee extension/head movement ('sheath cleaning' he calls it) when he feels a niggle in his nerve & it goes away. Marvellous!

When I look back to this time last year, we were 6 weeks in & I really wasn't in a good place & now I am so happy/healthy & looking forward to next year.. I honestly believe this time next year that 0.5 will be a 0.. 

Thank you, people like you need medals for the work you do, i don't have one of those, just a huge space in my heart for you

L and C 2013

Lesley, thank you for your caring hands, your truly listening ears, verbal reassurance and empathy throughout our attempts to fix my back. Thank you for constantly adapting and investigating to find a solution, but most of all, the self-awareness and humility to realise it was time to let me go and pass me on to a surgeon. Thanks for your guidance when choosing someone to trust with such an important task!
SM, 2014

You have helped me manage and reduce chronic pain and to feel that I have some control with my body.  This has given me hope and enabled me to maintain and increase the daily activities that are important to me. I really appreciate your diagnostic and assessment skills and you communicate clearly and well suited to my level of understanding. I feel like we work in partnership, everything is negotiated and is very insightful and last but not least, is FUN!!

SC, 2014

Thank you so much for helping me with my back pain and enabling me to go on my cycling holiday in Sri Lanka.  You really care, don't you, you aren't just going through the motions... thank you!

JC, 2014