Joanna moved to the UK in 2006. She settled and started her family in Oxford. For many years she worked at the Footsteps Centre in Oxfordshire, where she continued expanding her experience in the Physiotherapeutic field. She worked in a system of intensive therapy providing treatment for children with CP (a lot of whom where post SDR) and other disabilities. In the meantime she joined the Oxford Swans Swimming Club where she gained her qualification in the Halliwick Concept. She still continues to support and help babies, children and adults with disabilities as well as their families in gaining new skills in the water environment.
Joanna felt she needed some additional ‘tools’ that would help her to understand and treat children with CP better. Whilst she was searching the internet, she came across MAES Therapy. After reading some information and testimonies, she decided to sign up for the 4-Week MAES Course in Telford in 2018. Joanna successfully completed the course, which completely changed her understanding of her patients’ needs, the therapeutic approach and the treatment outcome. Later that year Joanna joined Jean-Pierre Maes to translate and assist on a MAES Course in Poland. This was followed by Joanna joining the London MAES Therapy team in January 2019. Since then Joanna continues to develop her skills in the MAES Therapy Approach, assisting and translating the MAES Courses in Poland and she also supports MAES Therapists from Poland by running remote on-line tutorials.
“Before coming across MAES Therapy, I was working with special needs children for a few years, providing a very intensive treatment to improve their physical abilities. I had time to observe the same patients over the years and I started to realise that something was missing. I was watching my patients trying and working hard to overcome their limitations, but the treatment results were not persistent, and I couldn’t understand why.
I was slowly losing my motivation to work. The MAES Course was my hope, inspiration and a chance to gain more means to work with, and so I took it! My life has not been the same since, in the professional field as well as privately. I have learnt how to really look from someone else’s perspective, I understand my patients and their needs better and, therefore, I can provide them with a different treatment and opportunities to create a different pathway of development and a better future.”
Following her Master’s Degree in Physiotherapy, Joanna continues her professional development:
- 2020 Prechtl General Movement Assessment Course, UCLH London.
- 2018 4-Week MAES ‘Movement Analysis Education Strategies’ Course, Telford
- 2016 Level 1 Stecco Facial Manipulation
- 2015 Kinesio-Taping 1&2
Joanna is a member of:
- Health Care Professions Council (HCPC)
- Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP)
- Association of Paediatric Physiotherapists (APCP)
- Halliwick Association of Swimming Therapy
- European Academy of Childhood Disability (EACD)