What my amazing clients say …
“The anxiety attacks had control over me and my recovery, and now I feel like my old bubbly self again.”
I was exercising at home and at one point when doing the step ups, I stepped down onto my ankle rather than my foot. I dislocated my right ankle and fractured the tibia and fibula.
I had faith about my physical recovery longterm, however, I didn’t know how to recover mentally and emotionally from this trauma. I was shocked by how much it was affecting my daily mental health. I was suffering from anxiety attacks all the time – whenever I thought or talked about my accident when I would imagine falling during an everyday activity and I also felt anxious about going anywhere new.
Maya is the biggest blessing! She taught me techniques to cope with anxiety attacks as they were happening. They started decreasing right from the start of our work together.
As the anxiety attacks were decreasing, incredibly, the flexibility of my foot and ankle started increasing, so Maya’s mindful approach really improved my recovery.
Now I am less fearful and therefore can push myself more, physically. I have been able to enjoy social situations again without feeling anxious before going. I feel more positive and I worry less about what could happen. I don’t get as emotional anymore when I think about my accident. I have stopped crying daily! I feel like my old bubbly self again!
I feel so lucky that I discovered Maya and was able to work with her. She turned my life around and I will forever be grateful.
“I went from being extremely nervous, depressed and tensed to being positive, confident and back on my feet faster than I could imagine.”
I had an accident in December 2016, a few days before Christmas. A motorbike hit me and I suffered a tibial plateau fracture.
My biggest concern was not knowing if things would ever go back to normal. I was extremely nervous, depressed and tensed constantly. I began to realize that this was more of a mental battle than a physical one. That’s when I realized I needed a different kind of help – and I reached out to Maya.
While working with her I began to feel more positive and confident. I felt supported and knowing that she was speaking from experience helped immensely. Slowly one by one she helped me overcome those mental roadblocks and that helped speed up my recovery. I finally felt that I was beginning to take charge of my recovery and I could make a difference to my healing.
My doctor was amazed at my speedy recovery and the range of movement I gained. Maya played such a huge role in it and I’m so grateful for her help. A few weeks ago I visited the beach for the first time after my accident. I was exhilarated to finally walk there without any problem. And the bonus is that she not only helped me with the recovery but with her help, I became healthier as well.
“My depression is gone, I know how to handle panic attacks, and the best part – my ankle stiffness finally began to reduce.”
I had an accident in a climbing park. I was on a zip line flying freely but the pace was really fast. I did not lift my leg high enough and I hit my right ankle on the landing platform. That second changed everything – I sustained a bimalleolar fracture with dislocation.
Things were really difficult for me. I was crying daily, being afraid, sad, worried, and even though I was trying very hard to stay positive, depression creeped in. I didn’t recognise myself anymore. I also felt like a burden!
Maya really understands what is happening in someone’s head and heart. The coaching sessions I had with her changed everything. She not only put things into perspective but her strategies made a huge difference in my progress.
Now I am more hopeful, calm and cheerful, and my depression disappeared. The best part – the stiffness in my ankle finally began to reduce! So many things changed for the better in just 2 weeks!
Maya, I love you to bits and I am so grateful for all your help and guidance.
“I went from frustration and fear about my ankle recovery to 175 lbs deadlift and 8-mile hike.”
I broke my ankle by accidentally stepping off our moving van ramp the day my fiancé and I were moving. I ended with a trimalleolar fracture with dislocation. I’m a hiker and nature photographer and I really wanted to get better so I could hike again.
This ankle fracture really put my life on hold and changed my plans completely. I don’t think I have seen as many tears in the rest of my life combined as I have since the accident. It was hard. Really hard for me – both emotionally and mentally. The hardest thing was the fear of not being able to do the things I used to do in the outdoors and the fear that my ankle would get worse instead of better.
Maya’s help and guidance were so helpful in my recovery. Since I started working with her, I had so many breakthroughs: I deadlifted 175 lbs and I took my first “running” steps which was amazing because previously I could not run at all – I could not even get both feet to clear the ground. I am now able to pick up my little 47lb cousin and carry her around and I even started wearing heels again.
8 months and 8 days after my accident I did an 8-mile hike with my backpack. I was so grateful at the end of the hike and I was in tears of joy and relief. I can’t believe how far I have come!
Working with Maya has truly been a game changer for me and my recovery! I feel normal again.
“After losing my independence, I got my freedom back, and said goodbye to my fears and worries.”
I was checking a newly constructed site with my business partner in October when all of a sudden the floor collapsed. I fell from the 2nd floor and fractured my right femur and calcaneus.
In the first couple of months, I was in a lot of pain, not sleeping well, non-weight bearing and spending most of the time in the bed. If this wasn’t enough, I was also very emotional and I was constantly crying. I wanted to have my freedom back but instead, I was worried and anxious. I was afraid this injury would make me scared of life.
Maya’s kind, humble and caring approach made a huge difference in my recovery. After three months of her VIP coaching program, I’m walking mainly without a stick – which feels like flying to me! I said goodbye to the emotional breakdowns and the fear of pain and re-injuring myself.
With her help, I became more positive and optimistic about my future. I am now more focused and my clients can feel the difference as well. I am compassionate, forgiving and patient with myself and others. Plus, I finally moved back to my apartment after months of living with my parents!
Now I know that Injuries are not just a physical matter – they are a psychological thing which really needs to be handled to heal in the best possible way. I am really grateful for Maya’s help and thrilled about my progress.
“I went from pain and awkward moving to walking without any limp or stiffness in just a few weeks.”
“I was in a dark place and Maya helped me get through it and heal.”
I broke my nose right after moving to the Carribean coast. Instead of enjoying my new surroundings, I found myself locked in a room, a not-so-cute bandage in the middle of my face and with an anxiety growing. I was really in a dark place and thought there was something wrong with me. Thankfully, I reached out to Maya.
With all the black thoughts coming through, I wasn’t about to heal soon! She helped me understand the importance of the mental health for recovery and she always listened without judging my feelings.
I’m now 2 months since the accident and feel so much better. The anxiety is gone, I am happier and enjoying my life again. My nose is mostly healed, although the doctor told me it takes a year for the nose to come back to a normal state.
I am so grateful for Maya’s insight, experience and support. I feel more equipped to affront unexpected events, whether psychological or physical.
“I went from being afraid and not believing in myself to full recovery and a 100km bicycle ride.″
I fell from a boulder while attempting to climb to the top of it and I ended up with a trimalleolar fracture of my right ankle.
At the beginning, everything looked easy but soon my feelings started to change – sometimes I was afraid I would always be crippled, then I was angry at myself, and there were times when I was also enjoying the excuse to lie in my bed all day and do nothing. Before I started working with Maya I had lots of fears, I did not believe in myself and I felt like I was not good enough. I was focusing on the negative too much.
Maya’s VIP program helped me to see things differently, to be more positive and present, and to believe in myself. I started learning to unconditionally love and accept myself. And now I’m more mindful, I allow to put myself first and I’m also more dedicated to my yoga practice.
I completed over a 100km bicycle ride while working with Maya and I’m now able to do everything I was doing before the accident.
Her experience and knowledge have been invaluable to me and Maya’s kindness and caring nature have really worked for me. I always felt understood and heard. The feeling of being in good hands helped me overcome my challenges so much easier. I am grateful for her knowledge and effort she puts into coaching and how thoroughly she does everything.
Working with Maya changed my recovery and life.
“I feel like I have my own personal physical therapist in my home with me.”
I am really happy with your ankle exercises in Iron-Built Flexible Ankles.
Your videos are beautifully done and explain super clearly how to do all the exercises. Plus if I need a refresher I can always go back and re-watch them.
I feel like I have my own personal physical therapist in my home with me. Thank you!
“I remember thinking there was no light at the end of this tunnel…”
So a year since I broke my ankle… I remember thinking there was no light at the end of this tunnel, especially when I got told I needed surgery and my recovery would take longer than expected.
But I got through it all and I am in such a good place and I’d like to thank you again for everything you did last year.
Honestly, your advice and your motivation really helped me through.
“The Iron-Built Flexible Ankles program is so supportive and encouraging…”
Even if you are going to physical therapy, Maya’s program is so supportive and encouraging, and it gives me an idea of what I can expect in the coming weeks and months.
I can see in the advanced exercises that I will be able to walk without crutches, safely, and I’m eager to keep progressing.
“After being told I may never be able to run again I completed my first half marathon…”
Thank you so much for your guidance during my recovery!
Since my injury, I’ve really learned how much my body is capable of. After being told I may never be able to run again I completed my first half marathon which just goes to prove how much you can accomplish when you have someone who’s been there helping you along.
“If I hadn’t come across Maya I would not have made such a spectacular recovery.”
Maya has been such a critical part of my recovery after breaking my talus in August of 2015.
Much like Maya, my prognosis was grim at best. The doctors told me it would be unlikely that I would be able to walk normally and pain free ever again. Shocked by the news I frantically started searching for ankle injury success stories on YouTube. I first watched one of Maya’s videos about doctors not always being right in September of 2015. I remember her talking about running and jumping again and never in a million years imagined I would be able to do that again too.
By October of that year, I was tuning into Maya’s periscope for recovery advice, motivation, and wellness tips. Through Maya’s focus on the power of the mind and positive thinking, I slowly started changing my mindset. Not all at once but as much as I could. I convinced myself I could be the success story and visualized myself walking and running every night before bed. I believed in the power of my mind and its connection to my body through insights and advice from Maya and something crazy happened. I started getting better.
My surgeon was surprised to see that my avascular necrosis (anyone who has broken their talus knows this term very well!) had disappeared from my X-rays. I slowly started making progress in my recovery. By February of 2016, I was given full weight bearing status. By July of 2016, I was able to increase my impact exercise as tolerable. (Running, jumping, etc) By next year, who knows!
What I do know is if I hadn’t come across Maya I would not have made such a spectacular recovery. Maya is my angel here on earth and I am forever grateful for her and the work she is doing.
Kevin Maas – Columbus, Ohio, USA
“Maya showed me that if you can manage your mind, you really can have unbelievable achievements!”
I broke my talus two and half years ago while exercising barefoot. I couldn’t imagine that I could break such an important bone so easily, but the x-ray confirmed it and my world went dark… I needed surgery and got three long screws in my talus… 3 months not allowed to walk and 7 months on crutches. And my doctors never had anything positive to say to me.
Luckily I found a video online that totally changed my attitude towards my ankle injury. In that video, Maya was saying that doctors are great but not necessarily all the things they say come true. She said that your body follows your thoughts and I really believe that. Once I started focusing on it, I didn’t just avoid avascular necrosis (what you hear most often from the doctors) – I created a great recovery that is still continuing. Maya showed me that if you can manage your mind, you really can have unbelievable achievements!
Mohammad Falahi – Tehran, Iran
I’ve been following Maya for a year and a half. I have learned so much from her about nutrition, physical fitness, and recovery from an injury. In just the first week after I started with her program, I lost three pounds and it felt so good eating clean, plant-based food.
My injury was a broken ankle and when I am eating right and losing weight it makes things so much better. I thank Maya so much for her advice and coaching which is getting me healthier and stronger everyday! She is awesome!
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