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Meet Julie Turner of Pilates and Movement

Today we’d like to introduce you to Julie Turner.

Julie, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I have been a dancer since I was a young child so movement has always been integral to my life and well-being. During my pursuit of a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, I became really interested in movement as communication and healing. After graduating, I began my professional career as a modern dancer in New York, where I performed with several dance and multi-disciplinary theater companies. I also got certified to teach Pilates and Social dance. With Pilates, I was immediately drawn to injury prevention and healing so I worked primarily with people suffering from chronic pain and complex injuries. This focus taught me the unique complexities of the human body. With my social dance certification, I choreographed wedding dances. What I noticed with this work was how much teaching social dance was actually just teaching people how to communicate with their subtle bodies.

I began noticing a strong connection between the physical and emotional bodies. I was fascinated by the way my clients were convinced they were healing on an emotional level through our work together. It also helped me stay connected to my own body (because I was always eager to learn more) and it gave me a real desire to serve people that needed help. My work helped me grow and heal on a personal level as well. Once I realized how powerful movement could be, I vowed to help as many people possible.

The constant study of anatomy combined with the investigation of physical communication inspired me to get training to do other types of bodywork. Since my time in New York, I have completed continuing education in Pilates for multiple conditions, certifications in Myo-fascia Release Massage, and Reiki. I combine all of these techniques and my knowledge of dance to help people connect to their bodies on multiple levels. I started traveling as an instructor in 2012, which eventually brought me out to Los Angeles, where I decided to stay.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
My journey has definitely been far from smooth. I have always had a vision of what I want to do with my business, but there have been many detours along the way. I have had some major changes happen in my life at times when I felt I needed the most stability. This taught me how to embrace the fact that life is constantly shifting. I moved to LA after becoming a single mother, which was definitely the best decision for me and my son, but it was hard to get settled in and get out and meet people at first. Now that he is a bit older, we do a lot together (including dancing on the beach) and he has become a part of my business philosophy instead of something I have to work around.

One of my biggest challenges has been finding balance and being able to take care of myself while being a mother, running my business, and going to grad school which I will complete this December (yay!)

Please tell us about Pilates and Movement.
I primarily provide private sessions, but I also teach specialized workshops at partnering Pilates, Yoga and dance studios. My clients come to me because they have chronic pain or a specific injury from which they are trying to heal. Sometimes they feel like what they are facing emotionally is the root of their physical pain and want to address both areas.

I specialize in helping people discover the source of their pain and uncover faulty movement patterns by using a combination of Fascia Release and exercises derived from Pilates and dance technique. The goal is to help them get back to doing what they love as quickly as possible. I am well-versed in all exercise techniques and I teach people how to get the most out of their favorite activities and minimize their risk for injuries in the future. I also provide self-care tools and so they feel confident to continue the work on their own.

I practice Reiki when my clients are feeling low on energy and I help them connect their emotional bodies to their physical bodies by helping them uncover deeply rooted emotional blocks.

I like to guide people toward trusting their own intuition and become body aware so they feel happy with their bodies and confident in their approach to wellness.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
If I had to start over, the only thing I would change is my confidence in myself. Starting a business on your own is scary, especially when you are providing a service that is different from what already exists in your field. It is so easy to let the fear that you won’t be able to succeed take over, but that fear only wastes time and prevents you from taking important steps forward. I would go back in time to assure myself it was all gonna work out, if I could just to get some of that time back!

Pricing:

  • Reiki with body reading (60-75 mins) $125
  • Private sessions-massage and movement (60-75 mins) $125
  • Chakra balancing (30-45 mins) $75
  • 5 day reset (video program) $60
  • Package rates are also available

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DL Creative Studio
Nourish Events LA
Thai Brooklyn

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3 Comments

  1. Ilene wilensky

    October 5, 2017 at 12:58

    Julie I am so proud of your remarkable achievements

  2. Rita kennedy

    October 6, 2017 at 22:10

    Julie,

    You look terrific and happy. I am thrilled for your success and L.A. was definitely a good move for you. But I sure miss you here.
    Rota Kennedy

  3. Rita kennedy

    October 6, 2017 at 22:11

    You look terrific, and the move to L.A. obviously was a good move. I am very happy for you but I miss you!

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