All Testimonials for both Children & Adults - written and video
Testimonials for Children with Special Needs:
"I am a mother of 4; one of my children is diagnosed on the Autism spectrum (ASD) and also labeled ADHD & DCD (development coordination disorder) and OCD.
My 12 year old son started to see Leanne last year, but just a day here and a day there. Although he really enjoyed his time with her, and she taught ME a lot, I did not have the luxury of seeing a huge benefit at that time. It wasn’t until I took Leanne‘s advice and booked my son for a one-week intensive, (meaning 5, 1 hour sessions, 5 days in a row) That we saw a massive improvement / difference!
During and after the one week intensive, he was more vocal, he was actually offering more information than just his usual one word answers, he was more affectionate toward myself and his younger sisters, and he was more involved in family activities. He had a calmness that I haven’t seen in a very long time.
I was so incredibly happy to see these behaviour changes in him, that I decided to do a second one week intensive following immediately after the first one. I feel that this definitely established and solidified what was learned in the first week, and In the second week he was able to be more aware of his self regulation. Although his repetitive behaviours have not completely seized, he is able to be more self-aware, and the occurrences are less frequent. These may seem minuscule to the average parent, but having a child with ASD can be a real struggle and even the smallest advances are huge milestones and miracles in our world. We have booked our third set of lessons with Leanne Scott and I am excited and proud to tell everybody what wonderful work she and her partner Dale are doing for our community. I strongly encourage anyone struggling with chronic pain or any disorders of any source to give ABM / MOVE Therapies a try. I myself have enjoyed a few lessons and will continue in group sessions to help with my fibromyalgia/chronic pain issues."
Cheryl Das, Mother, Osoyoos, BC
"I am a mother of 2 children, my son who is 4 has a diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy. Being as open minded as possible to all therapies for my son, and after reading Anat Baniel’s book “Kids Beyond Limits, “ we booked in with Leanne, an Anat Baniel Movement (ABM) Practitioner at MOVE Therapies in Osoyoos, BC. We did the 3 day Intensive (2 lessons a day, 30-45mins each).
He had lots of fun and was very responsive to Leanne (he often has anxiety with new people and places) and the way he let her move him around...it was amazing! (I won’t lie, at his age he has a strong will and if it’s not fun, there is no way he’s cooperating, but he was very willing with her!)
After this last intensive he has been moving very differently; the way he uses his hands more effectively, the way he tilts his head back to drink from a cup. His movements are more fluid and not so stiff. His movements just seem so much easier for him now! Also his speech has improved so much!!!
All of this will help him become even more independent - looking forward into the future.
Being a special needs parent is a huge job: what therapies? what equipment? The list goes on…but if there’s one thing I would suggest, its ABM Therapies with Leanne at MOVE Therapies! Non invasive, educational and fun for the kids!
Candice Hartmann, Mother, Kelowna, BC
Testimonials for Adults with various conditions:
"After suffering from two strokes (2003/2007) which greatly affected my every day life, particularly on my right side; eye mouth, hand, I decided to try MOVE Therapies here in Osoyoos. I was excited, but wasn’t holding my breath for any big improvements.
After only 6 sessions with Leanne at MOVE THERAPIES- I just can’t tell you how thrilled I am with my progress!
Firstly, my walking. After my Strokes, I was pretty “attached” to my walker around the house. After only a handful of sessions I realized, as I was going about my daily activities - I didn’t know where I had l last left my walker! I also realized many hours have passed since I had last seen it! That was amazing!!!
During the sessions, I also had numerous people (including my husband) saying that I “looked or moved differently.” I had a confidence that they hadn’t seen in a very long time. One person actually said that my physical face had changed. (my Stroke had significantly affected the right side of my face (eye, cheek and mouth) so that was also really lovely to hear!
But I think one of the biggest changes has been with my hand. Since my stroke my right hand has always been freezing cold! I’ve ended up wearing a glove 24 hours a day. It also kept me awake or woke me from my sleep many times throughout the night - because it was always just freezing!
And then on the way to my last lesson of my six session intensive, I was on my scooter halfway between my home and MOVE Therapies… And I noticed I didn’t have my glove on! I haven’t done that in years! In fact, generally after my shower - it is the first thing I put back on!
Not only had I completely forgotten to put it back on, it wasn’t cold! At all! It was exactly as it was before the Strokes!
I have decided to take a few more private lessons later in the month and then in October I am going to start in the chair group class… I am so looking forward to more improvements and more freedom from pain!"
Claire Marty, Osoyoos, BC
"I think the thing that surprises me the most is how much I’ve LEARNED at Move Therapies - about how EASY movement can still be....at ANY age (I’m 84 years young!)
I came to Move Therapies seeking pain relief for my lower back (spinal surgeries) and arthritis pain in my hand, knees and upper back.
I began a 10 Session Intensive over two weeks and immediately noticed a huge reduction in my arthritic pain from very severe crippling pain to mild!
I continued into the group lessons, which is typically something I wouldn't do, but thrilled that I did! I find it very social, it's a great group of people, and Leanne is loads of fun as a teacher!)
As I continue my learning I’m noticing my EVERYDAY functional movement has now become so much easier as well! Driving to Kelowna would’ve wiped me out for days afterward, to the point where I was starting to make decisions not to go. Last week I drove to Kelowna and back in one afternoon… It was so easy and I experienced zero fatigue!
I’m also able to do more things at home for myself - EG: lifting heavy boxes on to a top shelf of my closet! Typically I would have called a staff memer at Mariposa where I live to help me, but I just somehow KNEW that I could do it myself! Not only could I do it, but it was very easy and I felt so accomplished and I know feel my prospects have changed with my independence moving forward!
I have also learned things I CAN DO to HELP MYSELF when and if pain or mobility issues arise, which is something I didn’t acquire before.
Thank you Leanne and Dale at Move Therapies! Onward and Upward!
Marlene West, Osoyoos, BC
"After nearly losing my leg below the knee - due to lack of blood flow for over 13 hrs (mishap happened during a knee replacement surgery)...I am now getting the use of my leg and foot back and learning how to walk normally again! I am not completely out of the woods yet, but the clearing is NOW in sight! I am now able to wiggle my toes after 2 1/2 months of not being able to do so. I am going to move onto the MOVE Therapies Group Chair lessons next to help the process going!!! Thank you Leanne!!" Bob A , Osoyoos, BC
"I had a total hip replacement August 21, 2018. When I saw Leanne the 1st time in the beginning of November I still had a little bit of pain on my hip and my knee on my other leg was really swollen and very painful. I was walking crooked and with a cane. After my 4th treatment I woke up the next day without pain! That was an amazing experience! Now I'm walking normal and without a cane. I learned to soften my whole body, to let go, it's wonderful and I will keep doing the movements in the Group Classes long distance - on Livestream . Thank you so much Leanne! Maggie Odermatt, Sylvan Lake, AB
"It has been almost a month now, since my adult son who was diagnosed with Myotonic Dystropy 15 years ago, has taken part in a 10 day Intensive treatment with Leanne. We were totally impressed with the ABM treatments he received. Leanne is such a caring and compassionate person, and Jason felt so at ease with her, while totally falling in love with her! :) After about the 5th lesson, we started to see some positive changes in his condition. He was starting to move more freely, his chest was opening up, and was starting to lift his legs easier and walking with less of a shuffle. Now that he is back home, for about 3 weeks now, friends and family are still noticing positive changes in him. And Jason himself says he still feels a difference in his symptoms. He will be continuing ABM therapy in an ongoing basis, because this treatment is by far the best thing that has ever happened to him! We are excited to see the progress and can't wait to see what ongoing treatments will do for him. And as for Leanne, we feel blessed to have met her. This woman truly has a gift inside of her, and is full of knowledge that we were able to take back home with us till his next session coming up in a couple months. Thanks Leanne for everything. You have blessed my son with a new hope and a chance at a normal life."
Judy (Mom) and Jason (son) Lessard; Sherwood Park, AB
"To Leanne Scott at MOVE Therapies, with gratitude. I am writing this in September 2018 to try to describe how, (since first starting to work with Leanne in April of this year,) my life is changed from black to glowing white!
I am no longer depressed, anxious, exhausted or forlorn. With Leanne‘s guidance I have learned to resolve a great many of my pain issues. Chronic pain and chronic fatigue had, over a period of 30 years, steadily invaded my life. My ability to socialize as much as I would like to, and in addition travel beyond my immediate neighbourhood, were always very difficult.
In May, after an eight lesson intensive, the shift began and my pain began to drastically dissipate. I then joined Leanne‘s group class, that run twice a week.... and it was then I began to notice a huge change in my vitality and my zest for life returned!
Much of the therapy I have engaged in the past, has focussed mainly on my muscles. This therapy adds another system within our body, the Skeleton System. And it was with addition of the movement of the skeleton, along side the movement of the muscular system, that helped me greatly and eased most of my chronic pain quickly. Go figure!
I still walk every day and do gentle yoga, things that had been crucial to me “keeping going“ in the past, but since learning this therapy I now move virtually effortlessly and my every day movements are much less painful.
I know enjoy my time with other people and have been traveling, no longer relying on my husband to make all the arrangements. I am happy in the present and can envision a future where I will continue to experience pleasure and also to cope with life‘s challenges.
Also, on a great sidenote, we laugh a lot in Leanne‘s classes! How great to experience joy on a regular basis!
Vivian Calder, Osoyoos, BC.
"Shortly after my arrival in Osoyoos, I attended a talk by Leanne Scott, ABM Practitioner, on ABM and Chronic Pain Management. Having had 4 joint replacements, and dealing with an aggressive degenerative arthritis, I am thoughtful in exploring strategies to address pain, particularly ones that are drug-free. Her talk on ABM, coupled with her own life experience, resonated. I witnessed a congruence between what she spoke and what she lived. ABM is core to her own life, and it is clearly beyond being her ‘job’ alone, it is more of a passion, something she believes in and lives. I was also intrigued by the notion that the brain, through the spinal column, had access to all parts of the body, including those parts currently compromised. After some deliberation, I decided to give ABM a try, and I booked a 5 day Intensive, in spite of some lingering
doubts. These doubts crumbled within my first session with Leanne. What struck me immediately was that, once in ‘treatment mode’, her capacity to focus, tune, attend to & amp; respond to my body, was transformative. First, it was as though she was engaging aspects of my body in a manner never before done, almost becoming an instrument in the process itself. Her knowledge was clearly evident, as too, her openness to respond. I felt that she gave my body both a presence and a voice.
Leanne provided immediate feedback after each session, which helped me to integrate the experience. Over the course of the week, the pain was noticeably minimized, I was walking better, and I was sleeping well, which has been a huge problem for a number of years. I was privileged to be invited to join one of her group sessions for the next 6 weeks, which greatly enhanced my whole experience and progress. I hope to return next winter, for both an intensive and group experience. Thanks Leanne!" - Sheila Arges, Thunder Bay, OT.
"Before Leanne Scott of MOVE Therapies and her work with ABM Therapy, I lived with 6 1/2 years of extreme pain - NO day off. Living with intense pain deep inside the muscles and joints - with obvious swelling. Hundreds of trips to doctors with no relief and many medications prescribed. With all of this came severe depression, PTSD and anxiety.
I could not drive, walk without walker; some days I had to sit and push myself around on the walker. I went very few places...mostly just to Doctor appts. My husband had do to majority of housework/laundry and shopping. I barely existed.
After my first treatment, my anxiety, depression and PTSD completely disappeared. Gone. I know this sounds ridiculous, but it is true. I couldn't believe it, but true.
After the rest of the 10 lesson Intensive, I now can walk unassisted, I am driving myself once again....And I never thought this was possible! I have very little pain - none on my right side and any pain on my left side is what I would consider "light aches" and on occasion.
I know am continuing with Leanne's Group Classes - for maintenance and further learning. I feel that these group classes keep any new pain at bay. I have my life again. I had lost all hope. I used to pray not to awaken for another day of hell....Now I look forward to everything!
(Also, I am weaning myself off my medication and feel like I don't need it.)
I felt like I was 1 million miles from Home and now I feel like I am 5 miles from home and will make it there!
Some say I 'got my life back." They are wrong, I had NO life. At 59 years of age, I don't know what I want to be, but I am unlimited in the possibilities!
I want to thank Leanne Scott of MOVE Therapies. I am so grateful for the journey this therapy (ABM) has lead her on, for without her amazing son Callum, she wouldn't have started learning this therapy and I would not be healing." Yvonne LaBounty - Rock Creek, BC.
Bruce Andrews - Video Testimonial - Jan 2018 - Degenerative Muscle Disorder
"I just wanted to say how thankful for all of the good work you are doing with my dad. I can see how much his posture has changed and though he isn't without his niggles from his Inclusion Body Myositis he is holding himself better, walking better and with more awareness and strength! He even managed the trip to Vancouver for my cousins wedding! (His first time leaving the Okanagan for over 2 years) I truly don't believe he could have done this when we first came to see you a few months ago...so thank you, thank you, thank you!!" Jordana Andrews, Daughter of Bruce Andrews.
Denise Lawson - Video Testimonial - Dec 2017 - Late Onset Muscular Dystrophy
UPDATED TESTIMONIAL of Denise Lawson - June 2018
"I was diagnosed with a hereditary late onset muscular dystrophy when I was 40. I truly believed that I would follow my Dad’s progression with this condition, which would mean that between age 70-75, my mobility would diminish drastically. I hoped that by taking good care of myself, I could prolong my mobility a few more years.
I have done Intensive Sessions with Leanne Scott of MOVE Therapies and have been a regular at her Group Classes for over a year.
I just had my yearly visit with my Neurologist in Kelowna. He confirmed that there have been no changes in my neurological condition in the past year! That is very good news and quite surprising as well...as this condition is Progressive - so no change is BIG news! Since attending ABM movement therapy sessions, I now have hope and I truly believe that I have control over my mobility because my brain is transforming the way I move. Thanks Leanne! I am so appreciative of everything you do and am so thankful that you came into my life when you did!!"
"I would just like to say that Leanne Scott and her ABM therapy have been incredibly helpful in my recovery from my stroke 3 years ago. I have found finally found peace and a sense of calm between the relationship of my mind and my body. They are working as a 'team' now! It is been so wonderful! Thank you so much Leanne, ABM is like nothing else I have tried - it is truly amazing and transforming!" Pam Jensen, Osoyoos, BC.
“Thank you to Leanne Scott and her ABM therapy treatments for giving me movement and relieving chronic pain! It literally was the best technique for my bulging disc issue, neck and upper back. I'm grateful for what you taught me, my body and brain thank you! My neurologist said, "whatever you are doing - keep doing it!" Best news today! Priceless!" Jacquie Swystun - Arbonne Consultant, Regina, SK.
"After only 3 private sessions I noticed the following improvements in my body:
- I drove to Penticton (as I do every Monday for work) and had Zero pain during and after diving and nothing even later in the evening! First time ever!
- Doing Yoga was like being in a different body! I had huge increased flexibility especially in forward bending poses which usually are challenging. I have much less restriction in mid and lower back area. I also notice how my body moves differently when walking, I can feel everything moving - even my ribs.
- Also I have much less soreness in hip joints after walking and also after sleeping.
I am looking forward to my next sessions and further improvement in mobility and less pain!" Katharina Riedener -
UPDATED TESTIMONIAL of Katharina Riedener - June 2018
"Since attending regular Group MOVE Therapy Group Classes, I can now move my body in ways I couldn’t do 30 years ago when I was 23, I am much more flexible now. Never mind I had back surgery 24 years ago, herniated discs and 2 whip lashes in between. I can sleep in any position whereas for years I could only sleep on my left side in fetal position. The amount of freedom that I have achieved through ABM is incredible.
I also notice that during a recent difficult time with high anxiety I was able to breathe normally. Previously my chest would tighten and I would have pain in there and restricted breathing, my shoulders would be up to my ears. None of that happened my breathing remained normal and during the latest lesson with Leanne I had a deep release in the chest with deep breaths.
"On March 8 2016, I was diagnosed with a benign brain tumour. I had A 10 hour surgery to remove it followed by a second surgery to put a shunt in the front of my brain. After the surgeries, I had intense issues with swallowing and my balance was completely off due to vision issues on my right side. I started to see Leanne 5 weeks post surgery for ABM therapy and was amazed by the results; that these subtle movements can truly have a profound impact on the body.
After my first (short) session I was extremely tired. I went home and slept for 7 hrs! Then at supper that evening, I realized I was able to swallow almost normally! All I can say is with each following session, I had huge improvements with both my balance and swallowing. I'm very grateful that I met this wonderful practitioner. She is amazing at what she does.
ABM helped me with my healing journey and no words can describe my gratitude." Shelly Evers - Regina, SK.
"Thank you so much Leanne for opening up a new world of ideas about brain plasticity and movement in this past Group Lesson. What I took away from this ABM class is that paying attention, refining our skills, and increasing the complexity of movement - leads to a better & stronger brain. The brain is truly remarkable and I have enjoyed learning and applying the concepts from these classes into my personal life. Leanne is an engaging and vibrant instructor who is passionate about helping individuals in her group succeed and learn. I learned so much from her and would highly recommend anyone to take a class with Leanne! ABM is a totally different concept of movement and I am looking forward to continued learning in the sessions to come!” Debbie Ross - Exec. Director ECIP Regina, Regina, SK.
"I'm interested in keeping my back healthy and increasing my flexibility. Even though ABM movements seem slight (and even imagined at times) the results with my flexibility seem amazing to me. The "mind/body" connection is truly a wonder! Leanne with her attention to detail and specific hints for each participant make for an interesting and safe class. Her passion for this work and her enthusiasm is motivating!" Laureen Bunney - Regina, SK.
"Leanne is a very warm and engaged ABM practitioner. I am usually quite stiff in my movements and found after both the Individual and Group lessons, that I felt much more fluid, coordinated and I moved with ease and without pain, for the first time in recent memory. I felt more in tune with what my body was doing!" Laura Steadman - Regina, SK.
"ABM is fascinating! Leanne Scott taught my mind to be aware of my body, to be present in the moment and in the movement of my body." Kristina Potter de Garcia - Regina, SK.