Success Story – Danielle

February 29, 2020 7:13 pm / Posted in

“It was around this time two years ago that I unassumingly stepped into the shower, as I do every morning.  A few minutes in, a wave of relief washed over me.  I started to cry, not a whimper, but the kind of cry that you do after a long battle, after enduring something you didn’t think you would survive.  I was experiencing my first pain-free moment since before I was pregnant.  My daughter was now three.  For almost half a decade I couldn’t even tolerate getting out of bed or a car.  I started to dread my beautiful girl asking for an “uppy uppy”; because lifting her up hurt too badly.  Maybe for days.

I tried physio, massage, dragged myself to the gym, yoga class or anywhere else I thought might cure what ailed me.  But years of poor form, crashing on the ski slopes and a difficult labour had taken their toll.  I had all but given up on ever being able to turn my skis the way I once could.  In a moment of despair, I shared my utter hopelessness with my friend Tara.  Tara suggested I meet with her trainer and a two-year journey with Burke to reclaim my physical strength and my stamina began.

When I first met with Burke, I’m sure I overwhelmed him with all that ailed me, but we settled on my first goal: putting on my socks without pain.  I was 37 years old.  This was ridiculous, but it was my reality.

We started very slowly, realigning my muscles so I could stand up straight before we even tried adding any weight.  We explored through movement, what hurt and what didn’t to see my range. He gave me exercises that I (mostly!) did on my own when my busy and frenetic life allowed.  After waiting 9 months for an MRI – we finally learned that 3 bulged discs in my lower back were to blame.  We’d already done some much to repair the damage and it served to confirm what I already knew. I needed to be stronger to offset the damage.  Thank you for giving me strength when I had none.

Happy 2nd Workout-Aversary Burke.  For the first time in years, I feel like myself again.  I still hurt here and there, and sometimes I dread the 6 am wakeup, but I wouldn’t miss our session for anything.  You make bluebird days on the snow with my family possible!”

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