“Get back to the life you love and the things that matter most”
Does this sound like you?
Is your life different or on hold because of your stoma?
Have you lost confidence?
Are you worried about what exercise or activities you can do?
Have you become less active since your stoma?
Have you stopped doing the things you used to?
Do you want to do core exercises but don't know where to start?
Do you feel like you've not had any support or advice?
Are you missing on 'stuff'? on all the fun and activities you love?
Do you want to live a normal life and get back to work?
Are you feeling scared and vulnerable about movement and exercise?
Are you worried about developing a hernia?
Do you just want to get on with life? make a recovery and get back on track?
Then you're in the right place. I can help.
How I can help you
I am incredibly passionate about helping people overcome the fear associated with living a stoma, restoring your confidence and rebuilding your body after surgery.
Why do I care so much? because I have a stoma too. I get it. I understand how it feels to be vulnerable, scared and worried about exercise, how to move and what's safe.
When I had my stoma surgery in 2010 I realised that there was very little support and advice about exercise and rehabilitation. The advice I did get was confusing and conflicting and everyone just kept telling me to 'rest'. Which didn't seem intuitive to me at all.
Even though I had a MSc and 20 years of experience as an exercise professional, I still felt lost and unsure about what was safe to do. So I set about researching and developing safe and appropriate exercise programmes. Since then I've worked with thousands of patients, spoken at international conferences all around the world and trained hundreds of nurses, both in the UK and around the world. I'm now recognised as one of the UK's leading experts in rehabilitation after stoma surgery and exercise with a stoma.
My approach is centered on the importance of rehabilitating the abdominal and deep core muscles in a safe and appropriate way before and after surgery. This forms the foundation for everything else and a 'springboard' to help us rebuild confidence, movement and good alignment.
I developed the industry leading me+recovery programme for Convatec and then wrote my book The Bowel Cancer Recovery Toolkit. I was also recently invited to collaborate and input on 'stoma' in the new ACSM guidelines for cancer survivors.
I use my training in clinical pilates, biomechanics and movement coaching to understand the implications of stoma surgery on the body and biomechanics. I use a 'step-by-step' approach to recovery and rehabilitation and teach you how to move safely and appropriately.
How does it work?
I offer 'in person' coaching at my studio in East Sussex, or 'virtual' coaching via video.
I combine mentoring, coaching and 'core rehabilitation' depending on what your needs are.
I can teach Pilates and core rehabilitation exercise via video link, which means that wherever you are in the UK or world, you can access this specialist service.
I can work with you at any stage - before or after surgery, even many years later. It's never too late.
And conversely, it's never too early! The current Association of Stoma Care Nurses (ASCN) guidelines state that everyone undergoing stoma surgery should commence core exercises within 3-4 days of surgery. Ideally if you can start before your surgery you'll benefit even more.
Your mentoring and coaching programme could include:
Nutrition and hydration
Return to exercise or sport
Rebuilding confidence in general
Training for a specific event
Becoming active & overcome barriers
I work closely with consultants, physios and nurses and have a extensive referral network if needed.
You can book me to start straight away after surgery or start at any time when you feel ready.
Contact me to arrange an initial free 10 minute chat.