"I've tried to write this review several times over the past few days and I just can't get into words and do justice to Tory for everything she has helped my daughter with so far! The transformation is unbelievable and I'm looking forward to seeing more. Tory has given my daughter the tools and strategies to focus on herself, her mind and body and to start recognising what she needs to do when her anxiety takes over. Through her gentle and quiet approach and with so much positivity she engaged my daughter straight away. My daughter has autism and a separate diagnosis of severe anxiety disorder alongside multiple physical issues including hypermobility joint syndrome, sensory issues, fatigue, dyspraxia etc. My daughter has been out if school for 3 years because of her high levels of anxiety. She can't cope with people being near her, touching her, even the idea of someone speaking to her was enough to give her a panic attack. For years she has suffered daily with crippling anxiety, it's too much to go into but she was lost in a state of continued panic.
Since Tory started teaching her, she looks forward to every session with such enthusiasm. I think her favourite part is the relaxation, at times I've been convinced she's fallen fast asleep. Through yoga, Tory has taught Frances about the importance of breathing, she has shown her how to use chants when it's not possible to do relaxation. Frances normally reacts quickly when someone touches her or is close to her. She can lash out shouting"don't touch me". Tory has been able to put her hands on Frances to help with the poses and for support without any reactions. In fact just last week during one pose where they faced each other, foot to foot, Frances said it was ok to touch feet! This is unheard off.
Frances has gained so much confidence, there is a definite improvement in her levels of anxiety but the biggest improvement Is that she can feel her body reacting to stress and anxiety and she can recognise with support that the needs to stop and use yoga. She's been on the brink of a few meltdowns and anyone who knows about autism will know that meltdowns have to run it's course and they can last hours. We know the signs well and lucky we were at home, Frances was able to use the relaxation recording and concentrate on her breathing and body. When it was over she was relaxed and happy with no sign of meltdown. She's trying her best to speak to others now too, last week she asked if she could order and pay in a shop... to say I was shocked is an understatement as she usually hides. Tory has a very special talent and to be able to connect with Frances and understand her needs. We are very lucky to have been recommended Tory and I would love to pass on that recommendation to other families. Thanks every so much Tory because of you we can see our daughter starting to shine through again."