Thursday, 9 September 2021

Accunect self-help workshop


Are you tired of falling ill every winter? 

Do your holidays get spoiled by illness or exhaustion setting in? 

Do you then struggle to get yourself back together when you get home and have to go to work?  

Or may be you would you like to do more for your children or other family members when they fall ill?

 Either way Accunect can help you!


Book a FREE 30 min session.

The session will enable you to understand how Accunect self care can help you do this and experience its benefits for yourself. 

You will get to experience this short routine. In the process you will find out how it’s related to ancient medicine, like acupuncture, as well as 21st century neuroscience.

If you benefit then a donation to the Freedom Kit bag charity I support is appreciated.

If you want learn how to do this for yourself and your family, you can join the Accunect Self care workshop.   Here are more details and booking information. 

In this video I share an insight from using Accunect



Tuesday, 11 August 2020

How Accunect can help you!


Accunect is a 3 min simple self-care practice that can transform your life!

During stressful times it is easy to loose our way with good habits and forget about the importance of taking good care of ourselves.

smiling family with Accunect self-care written across the bottom right hand corner

Last August I attended an Accunect Self- Care day in Frome. I have found  that doing the Accunect SelfCare routine, every morning since, has really helped me stay calm and more balanced during these very intense times. I am very grateful to have these tools available to me.

If you haven't experienced Accunect SelfCare during a session with me, it's a powerful energy balancing routine that you can do in 3 minutes or less - do it before bed to help you sleep or when you wake up to start the day balanced.
It includes techniques to balance both the brain and the acupuncture meridians so that you have a whole body/mind reboot to get back to health and functioning well. 

I am really impressed with the effects which is why I am happy to share details of the upcoming online workshop so you can learn and get the benefits too. 

Want to experience what it's like first?

I am offering 30 min relaxation sessions that includes Accunect in exchange for a donation to my chosen charity. Get in touch to book your taster


Healing for you and your family

Accunect SelfCare can be done on yourself and your family. It supports overall health, wellness, balance and vitality. If you want help addressing a specific health issue OR want to cultivate general health and well being this routine is a great asset.
Anyone can benefit from the very young to the very old. You don't require any previous experience.

A powerful self-healing technique:
- Balance core energy systems in 3 minutes and energise your day
- Improve health and maintain wellness for the whole family

This fun, easy, heart-centered course will change how you look at yourself and how you look at health and healing forever.


  • Clear stress and life overwhelm, quickly
  • Increase energy levels and vibrancy
  • Improve sleep
  • Deeper sense of well-being, balance and calm
  • Gain clarity
  • Harmonize, synchronize & boost all body systems
  • Increase natural immune function
  • Improve digestion
  • Help balance emotions
  • Boost all body functions
  • Improve nervous system and brain function
  • Speed up physical, mental & emotional healing
  • Speed up the processing of life’s difficult events



  • Learn the Accunect 8 Principles™ – and how healing happens
  • Attunement to the high vibrational healing frequency of Accunect
  • Balance your brain and nervous system - brings your body out of stress mode and into healing mode, relax your nervous system and gain clarity, focus, and thinking ability
  • Balance your organs, meridians and emotions - giving your system a thorough balance and 'spring clean' every day
  • In depth knowledge of the meridian system and organs from a holistic, physical, mental and emotional perspective
  • Connection of the whole body mind system - between our physical, mental, spiritual and emotional aspects - gain an understanding of how they affect each other
  • How to balance your brain and heart connection
  • A quick energy balancing technique for any emergency situation
  • Gain understanding and insight into The Accunect Healing System, what a clinical Accunect session looks like, and how you can learn or experience more.
  • Full colour reference manual is included
  • The balances can be done on yourself, your family, your friends, your pets! Accunect® is Energy Medicine that addresses chronic and acute health problems by re-calibrating the body’s systems that get disrupted due to stress.

It’s powerful—simple—amazing—fun!


Date and Time: Saturday 15th August and 17th Oct 2020 10 am- 3.30 pm

 Venue: One a computer near you! 

Investment: Early bird Price £125 until 26th Sept / £150 full price.   You'll get everything you need to participate online, . A full colour reference manual will be posted to you after the course. 

 Teacher: Sarah Chave For more details or contact

Book here

Here's what some recent students have said about studying Accunect SelfCare:

  • "Thank you so much for a wonderful day. I arrived feeling out of balance and will be leaving feeling back in balance, serene and back in my body. Sarah is an incredible teacher who clearly knows a lot. I would highly recommend this course"JM Director,
  • "A wonderful day spent learning. The routine is accessible and brilliant. I am very much looking forward to using it daily on myself and on my family and in my therapy practice. Sarah taught it beautifully, keeping each of us engaged and inspired. Feels really good to have given myself a day of deep healing" NC Therapist
  • "I highly recommend SelfCare to anyone who wishes to gain a vital and priceless tool to aid healing on physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels for yourself, your loved ones and pets." A.L ,Wiltshire
  • " I began to feel more relaxed and pain I've had for years eased. I am feeling a lot more confident and happier with myself" Dee Shaw, Wiltshire"
  • I felt a deep sense of relaxation and connection having experienced the sharing practice. This simple self healing technique is much needed in our high stress, fast paced world. Brilliant, thank you Sarah! ."Angela Gray, Wellbeing Advisor, Dorset


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Of course if you have any questions please get in touch and I will be more than happy to help.

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Tips to find the right therapist

When you choose to see a therapist or coach, you are putting your health and well-being in their hands to some degree. So, how do you choose the right therapist for you and your condition or problem?
 "Be a free thinker and don't accept everything you hear as truth. Be critical and evaluate what you believe in". Aristotle 

Why did I write this?

If you're new to looking for a therapist or you want to find one you feel might be more suitable for you, then I hope this article will help you find the right therapist for you.

When I started in practice in 1993, therapists were few and far between.  Now, it seems, every town has hundreds of practitioners, therapists and coaches offering a myriad of possible solutions to your problem.

On the face of it this gives you a lot of choice - a good thing you might think.

What alarms me is, that some training establishments offer qualifications, for lay people, to be therapists after only a one day course. Or even worse, solely by correspondence.  And many without any anatomy or physiology knowledge.  Hence the explosion of therapists and therapies in our high streets and on the web.

As I mention in Why Therapy Doesn't Work, many 'treatment' offerings are nothing more than relaxation. While that's important, you might get as much benefit from a friend with a listening ear, and it won't cost you an arm and a leg!

Hopefully if you see a therapist/coach, you experience a sense of well-being after a treatment/session and feel pleased with the outcome.  If not or you're left with a nagging feeling that you would like more, then I suggest you read on and judge for yourself whether it's the right therapy or therapist / coach for you.

 How to find the right therapist or coach for you!
If you're new to this or have doubts about right the type of treatment for your problem, here are some tips, questions and information to help you choose.

Because a practitioner or therapist has helped you with one condition, or because they helped your friend who had a similar issue to yours, does not necessarily mean that they're right for you this time.

About the practitioner


Their qualifications

Ask yourself and them the following:
  1. What qualifications do they have?
  2. How long was the training to achieve those qualifications?
Training diploma for IEMT
There are many people calling themselves therapists or practitioners who have only attended a weekend course without any further training, home study or practice.

Although they may have the skill to perform the techniques learned, this does not necessarily make them able to treat your specific problem nor have the skills to run a professional practice.

      3. When did they qualify?
      4. How long have they been in practise?

The answers to these last  two may be very different.

They may have qualified many years ago, but have only just started their practice.  Ergo, they might not be up-to-date with developments or new standards.  It may also make a difference to their skill level, as this develops with the number of clients treated. 

Qualifying in a therapy does not necessarily equip everyone with the skill to run a professional practice. Many people skills are required which are not usually taught in ‘therapy’ schools. By which I mean such things such as record keeping, communication, bedside manners and empathy.

They may not stay in practice long if they don't possess such attributes. This doesn't make them a bad practitioner. But you might want to consider if you want to invest your time and money on someone you're not sure will be able to help you in the long run. Particularly if you have a chronic condition which may need ongoing support.

How skilled are they in what ails you?

  1. Have they ever treated the type of problem you have?
  2. And if not, is there any evidence that the type of therapy they're offering is helpful to your specific condition?
If the answer is NO to both these questions, then this might not be the right therapist for you. If it's no to the first, but yes to the second, it may be the right therapy but not the right therapist. Is there someone they can recommend?

What else do they offer?

Do they offer you other products or services, which may help support your recovery? Or are you left to find those for yourself?

Do they provide advice or information to help you to understand your condition so you can help yourself, or do they just treat you and send you on your way until the next visit.

If they do offer advice:

Are they simply telling you what to do? Or do they provide you with information you can refer to once you are home? A few days later it may be difficult to remember some of the details.

Do they demonstrate what you need to do and then let you do it, to make sure you are doing it correctly?  Do they check you are doing it correctly?

I've had countless clients who've been told to do an exercise and been given a leaflet (generally by a doctor or physiotherapist). But they never actually went through the exercise with the therapist so the client isn't sure they are doing it correctly.



Do they have professional indemnity insurance?

If something were to happen and they're not insured, you would find it difficult to claim compensation, as they may not be able to pay the amount awarded. God forbid, however these things do happen as in this case in 2019.

Do they hold membership of a professional body?

Logo for the LCSP register for remedial massage therapists

In some fields like osteopathy, chiropractic or acupuncture and in my fields of Remedial Massage and IEMT, this is compulsory. In others fields there is no regulatory body.

This may mean practitioners don't have standards, set by governing bodies, which they have to comply with . They may not need to keep up with advances in their field of practice or demonstrate any proof of continuing professional development.

Also, you may have no one to turn to about the standard of the care or treatment you received, if you feel it 's not satisfactory. Such an instance leaves the therapist free to continue practising - even if they fall short of even basic care.


About the Session



How long does a session take?  And how long will the effect last?
Some treatments take less than ten minutes. So if you need to travel an hour or so to get there, is it really worth your time or could you find someone closer?

On the other hand, if the session lasts two hours, it may well be worth the journey.
Often sessions are weekly until your symptoms improve - sometimes it could be more than this. This could make it difficult for you to fit in, if you have to take time off work.

You may want to consider this in relation to the next questions regarding cost and venue.


  1. Does the price reflect the time it takes (so charged by the hour for example) or the value of the session?
  2. How many sessions will you need? And do you need a minimum number of sessions?
  3. At what times are sessions available? Will you be easily available then?
  •   Here is what Andy Austin developer of IEMT has to say about therapists and their pricing structure

The Venue

  • How easy is it to get to the practice, especially if you are using public transport?
    • How long will it take?
    • Is there be parking near-by?  If so will you have to pay for it?
    • Will you need to use stairs or a lift to get to the room?
All important to consider if you are not very mobile because of pain or you suffer from claustrophobia for example.


About you!


How were you treated?

If you're already seeing someone or have spoken to them over the phone - ask yourself how that person treated you. The sessions are meant to be about you and you need to feel ultimately that you are getting value for money. I know your health is priceless but for most people the wallet doesn't extend that far!

  1. Do feel you had enough time to explain your problems before a solution or treatment plan was offered?
  2. Does the practitioner give you time to ask questions?
  3. Do you have time to share your progress or difficulties? 


  • Do you feel you're the most important person to that practitioner at that moment? Or do you feel their mind is elsewhere?
  • Is the session about you and offering a solution or simply about applying a technique?
  • Do you feel every session is unique to you?  Or is every treatment much the same with same technique used each time? Whether it works or not.
  • What would make your experience better? What, if anything, might be missing?
  • If you know what it is, are you able to tell the practitioner, so that the session can be improved? Or do you feel they wouldn't be receptive to this? After all you know your body better than anyone else ever will. Any practitioner worth their salt would respect that.


Ultimately, do you feel comfortable with the practitioner/coach or therapist in question?  Or do you have a sense that something is not quite right?  Even though you may not be able to put your finger on it, it's vital you trust your instinct. You might pick this up in a handshake or something they say.

When I started my practice, I wanted to work from a chiropractic clinic. I was interviewed by the owner and I thought something was off then but could not have told you what the problem was. Twenty years later the chiropractor was forbidden to practice, due to inappropriate behaviour with a client.

Remember this is your time and money you're spending.  It's important that you feel completely comfortable with both the therapist and the type of treatment you're receiving.

Here is a different perspective regarding personal training and finding the right coach which you may also find useful. As well as these  5 tips , 10 ways to find a therapist  and why the relationship with your therapist matters

Wishing you health and happiness - naturally!
All rights reserved Julie Nicholls 2020

Why therapy doesn't work!

There are three main reasons why therapy doesn't work - and why therapists fail their clients!

Image of bridge with cloud cover with Einstein's quote Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results

If you're anything like most of my clients, you'll have seen a whole range of therapists and had a whole lot of therapy.

Yet your pain or discomfort remains and you feel the fundamental issue isn't resolved. You may still be seeing someone at the moment for fear that things will get worse if you stop. 


Why therapy doesn't work!

A practitioner might have told you: 'There's nothing more I can do for you. You'll have to learn to live with it.' Yet never telling you what things you needed to learn so you can live with it. One way why therapy doesn't work.

“A wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings, and learn how by his own thought to derive benefit from his illnesses.” Hippocrates
Are you now thinking that it is impossible to get better, so you put up with pain and discomfort? Do you take medication, you'd rather not, because you're worried about the side effects?

Do you long to feel free, normal or yourself? But have no idea what else to do or where to turn? Why have you not got the results you really want?

If you have thoughts such as these, then I hope this blog helps you see some light at the end of your tunnel. I trust it will help you understand what might not be working and what you might do to remedy it.

Let me share with you why therapy doesn't work!

The wrong tool for the job

picture of a hammer and screwdriver to describe choosing the right tool for a job

A hammer is a very useful tool. It will do a great job if you want to get a nail into a wall. But, it's not much good if you need to screw two pieces of wood together. 

Firstly, the therapy you are having might be the wrong therapy for your particular problem. You might have heard that an osteopath or chiropractor sorted someone's back, so you go and see them. Although it helps a little at first, the improvement doesn't last. Not every back problem is the same and it might be, in your case, that the issue is with the muscles and not the bones. So it's the wrong type of therapy for a long-term solution to the problem.

The wrong approach - are you standard?

Secondly, most of what is on offer, in terms of therapy, is standardised. It's designed as a one size fits all. Yet we're all individuals. How can anything possibly work for everyone?

You're rarely given time to explain all the complexities of what is going on for you, simply the symptom you wish to deal with on the day. If you go to a Spa, you get a massage that is the same for everyone. What's more, it would be the same every time you go - no matter what your issue. It's not designed as treatment. It's for relaxation only. And relaxation is neither treatment nor therapy. So that won't resolve your issue.

Even chiropractic is standard. It focuses on the principle that, as long as the spine is in line, then everything else will work. Only a few therapists will go beyond the remit of one discipline. And even if they do practice more than one, it's up to the client to decide what they want. When in fact the therapist might be better placed to choose what is likely to get the best result for the client.

The wrong therapist - connection and honesty

So, on the note above, is it that you have the wrong therapist? You might know that this particular treatment is right for the condition you have. But yet, for some reason it's not working for you. 

Julie Nicholls therapist relaxing patient's neck Have you considered how you feel about the therapist? 

Perhaps you simply don't gel or connect with them. If you've got the slightest hesitation and don't feel at ease or comfortable with them, then you'll struggle to relax or be as honest with them as is best. All this will inadvertently sabotage your healing process. 
Do you feel the practitioner has your best interest at heart? 

Are they interested in you getting better? Or are they keen for you to come back every month for the same problem so that they stay in business? Are they helping you understand your condition and what you can do to help yourself ? 

It may not be their fault, this is the training many therapists get. As I mentioned earlier, they learn a technique and keep applying it. It pays their bills after all and they never look any further.

Always trust your instinct if it doesn't feel right (and you don't need to have a reason for it) or you're not getting the result you want, find someone who can help you.
Rather than continue on Einstein's much-quoted path to insanity (at the top of the page), here are some tips to help you find the right therapy and the right therapist

If none of this applies to you, then of course there is the question of self- sabotage. In that case, you might want to read about what back pain taught me. Or maybe you're not ready for the change? But that's a story for another blog.

All rights reserved Julie Nicholls 2020

Sunday, 6 October 2019

3 Mindful movement workshops

Footsteps in sand with Gabriel Roth's quote when your body surrenders to movement your soul remembers its dance


“Movement is my medicine, my meditation, my metaphor and my method, a living language we can rely upon to tell us the truth about who we are, who we are with, and where we are going. There is no dogma in the dance”. – G.Roth.”


 A theme

An Invitation to Explore the 5Rhythms' Conscious Movement Practice in three Sessions.

An opportunity to dance through the rhythms in good company, beginning with the basics, diving deeper into the beat and on the way, finding your own dance; expressive and unique.

27th Oct 19: All about you; your body, your dance.
We will cover the basics of the 5Rhythms: the wave that provides the foundation and grounds a dance, the different beats and how if we let go of goals, expectations and self judgement we can begin a conscious expressive dance of relationship with our physical self.

1 Dec 19: You and Me
Diving Deeper into the practice.
Working with the space between us; how do we move from self to connection with another.

9 Feb 20: All of Us
A Celebration of "me, you and us"
Exploring how a group affects our dance and how connections are made in in company; Working with the space we find for ourselves in this situation.

We will explore these ideas whilst being conscious of our body's needs. A chance understand more of the connection between body movement and mood as well as thought. We will do this through movement, words, witnessing and dance.  The 5Rhythms of flowing, staccato, chaos, lyrical and stillness will be our guide and muse for this class.  Bring your hopes, ideas along with a bag of worn out ways, that you might encourage yourself to leave behind you!

As usual

  • All are welcome young, old, fit or unfit.
  • No partner or previous experience of dance needed
  • Are you recovering from illness or injury and want to go at your own pace?
  • No steps to learn and nothing to get right or wrong and no judgement from the teacher.
  • Would you like to be more at peace with yourself?
  • Do you want to be able to navigate the chaos of life more easily?
  • You like to dance, have fun but can’t follow a class or have 2 left feet?
Could this be for you?…find out and complete the booking form to join us on the dance floor

More about Mindful Movement modalities

The 5 Rhythms’ movement work, is a clear and beautiful way to begin the practice of conscious dance.

It's fun, interesting and students can become accustomed to the idea of dancing from your feet. They can discover how they are able to let go of the need to do anything, other than listen to their body and dance from that instinctive point.
In this world of ours, we tend to be taught from very early age about right and wrong. Once students truly and deeply take on board letting their body express what it needs to, it is joyful and liberating. When they know instinctively that the body knows what is right for it, in any moment, the practice becomes deeper and the movements reflect the reality of the person moving.
It would be wrong not to say at this point that once a student dances their true reality, then change and transformation will begin.

Open Floor takes conscious dance a step further

A rapid description is pretty impossible, but one can say that this practice starts off with being inclusive of the whole person. I have a physical body, I have a thinking mind. I am an emotional creature, which are all part of me.  We are also a people who seek another dimension in my life, some would call it spiritual, others a yearning for “something more”.  All this the teacher brings every time she goes to a class or a workshop.
The whole of us is always with us, whether we are conscious of it or not.
Another way of putting this ‘inclusivness’ is that every human has a hunger – a physical hunger, a hunger to connect with another, hunger for belonging and this hunger for something else. We work with these hungers and invite and encourage all or any of them to walk in the door. The name OPEN FLOOR is also about “all are welcome whoever you are and whoever you feel yourself to be” when you walk on to the floor.
If you want to experience that, then dare to be brave and join us.

The music

The music is different each time and is a mix of: electronica, jazz, classical, pop, rock and roll, alternative, some fast some slow.


Date: 27th Oct, 1st Dec 2019, 9th Feb 2020    Time: 2pm to 5pm

Venue: Liddington Village hall, Swindon SN4 0HB with plenty of free parking.

Booking: places are limited to 16 so book now as to avoid disappointment. Fill out the form. You will then receive payment details.  For more details call Julie on 01793 495551

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  • £20 early bird by 7th October: £18
  • Book 2 places (either 2 workshops or 2 people) : £2 off
  • Book all 3 workshops: £3 off the total
  • On the day £22 cash per person

Teacher Gay Murphy says:

portrait of 5 rhythms Teacher, Gay Murhy
Teacher Gay Murphy
I am a 76 year old grandmother who first found 5Rhythms® twenty five years ago.  It was as if my three year old self was reborn and with her ability to move and dance from within without restraint or self consciousness.  I immediately fell in love with this practice.  Long years of being physically tied up in knots, awkward and shy fell away as I gradually let go of the inhibitions and literally ‘loosened up’ in all manner of ways.
I was taught by a group of people gathered together by Gabrielle Roth, the founder and the strength behind the 5 Rhythms as we know them today.

After 16 years of teaching the 5Rs I became a student again and joined a movement practice called Open Floor International. Most of the founders of this practice were taught by Gabrielle Roth to whom we owe a profound gratitude.

I am passionate about teaching conscious dance practice; to encourage others to find the ground under their feet and let their wings fly! 

When I stand in a hall, I aim to look for simplicity as in;
  •  Not too much teaching,
  • Respect for each student who shows up and allows themselves be moved,
  • Courage for myself to let go and adapt my planned teaching at any time to what is going on in the room;
  • The confidence to listen to my instincts and to act on them.
  • Encouragement and inspiration to the people who have turned out on a cold night!
Surrounding and supporting my teaching is my enthusiasm for these practices. How it touches my heart every time I teach and witness what happens on the dance floor.
On the day:
  • Wear loose comfortable clothes; layers to remove as you warm up and put back on as you cool down.
  • Dance in comfortable shoes or bare foot as socks are too slippery on the wood floor.
  • Bring some water.

For more about what it can do for you:

Join: Mindful Movement Space Facebook group to keep up with other dates and similar events.


Saturday, 3 November 2018

Celebrations, a year of mindful movement meditation

foot print painted in bright colours
“Movement is my medicine, my meditation, my metaphor and my method, a living language we can rely upon to tell us the truth about who we are, who we are with, and where we are going. There is no dogma in the dance”. – G.Roth. Creator of 5Rhythms

What can you do if you want to exercise but can’t follow a class, have no partner or 2 left feet?
You like the idea of yoga or Tai’chi and be more at peace with yourself, but it seems difficult to learn the moves or postures and feel it might take you years to get the benefits!
Do you like to dance, have fun and don’t like to be judged?
Would you like to be able to navigate the chaos of life more easily?
If so, 5 Rhythms is for you…join us …

Alter with flowers and candles
Our theme for the 18th Nov 2018 is celebration.
Through the medium of free dance, celebrate yourself, your close connections, your friends, your celebration of life and your spirit.

We will use 5 Rhythms to help us on this journey and to hold us as we may discover the way to celebrate is also full of emotional one way streets and dark moments.

This video is about something we explored a few months back.

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Dancing Your Way To Freedom

5Rhythms, Evening Advertiser, 3rd Jan 2018

5Rhythms - Evening Advertiser 3rd Jan 2018

Need to exercise but are put off by classes? SARAH SINGLETON looks at
a form of ‘dancing’ which is easy to participate in and requires no specialist
Mindful dancing, a style which requires no lycra clothing or complicated routines, is helping people
free their bodies and so free their minds, according to Julie Nicholls.
Called 5Rhythms, this variety of dance dates back to the 1970s and was created by American
Gabrielle Roth as a type of meditation. Now Julie, who has been a Body Mind Coach for
25 years, has brought the classes to Wiltshire.
She invited instructor Gay Murphy to run a free taster session in October 2017, and has now
organised another class on 21st January 2018 from 2pm to 5pm at Liddington village hall.
A further session will run on 18th March 2018.
"5Rhythms is perfect for people who want or need to exercise but are put off by classes,
perhaps because they can't follow the instructor, or they worry what they look like, or even
because they struggle getting off the floor,"  Julie said.
"With 5Rhythms, people can wear that they like - loose clothing is ideal - and they dance
how they wish, with guidance from the instructor. It suits people of any age and ability.
The beauty of it is that you dance your own dance, within your comfort zone, so there is
no need to do anything that strains your body. There are no steps to learn and you can
never get it wrong. This brings so much freedom to the body that it frees the mind."
She described how 5Rhythms moves through five different types of music or
rhythm - flow, staccato, chaos, lyrical and stillness.The aim is to use movement as
meditation, which helps people explore their feelings - she said it can be therapeutic
for the  mind as well as the body. "It is a little like a dance based version of how
I help my clients, by helping heal their mind and their bodies," she said.
Julie, 49, from Swindon, has dedicated her professional life to promoting mental and
physical well being andexploring the connection between them. She was born in Belgium,
of British parents, and after leaving school, trained to be a nurse. But after gaining her
nursing degree in 1989, she was disillusioned by conventional medicine and
disappointed to discover the stresses and strains of her training had negatively
impacted her own well being.
She moved to Britain and studied at the Brockwood Park School as a mature student,
and in 1993 qualified in Remedial Massage from the Northern Institute of Massage.
Julie wanted to take her understanding further, however, and to find ways to deal with
chronic illness and pain, which she believed was not being fully resolved in hospitals.
She studied the Trager technique and qualified as a Trager Practitioner in 1997, which
she says enabled her to do more than relieve pain and discomfort, but to help people
avoid it in the first place.

Her Natural Therapy Centre was a Wiltshire Business of the Year finalist in 1994.
"You have to educate your clients to stop doing stuff that is getting in the way of them
being well," she said. "It is a state of being. You have to take away all the things you
are doing that are creating the pain, tension and disease of the body. Working extra
long hours, lack of sleep and bad food all get in the Way of being Well."
She said her therapy involved psycho-physical integration - becoming aware of exactly
what is going on in your body, and what was creating the pain. "That's the whole package
- helping people to connect with themselves so they can feel free of guilt and shame.
That is what I help people with," she said.
To find out more about the 5Rhythms mindful dancing, or about Julie's work, visit her website, or call 01793 495551.