My name is Julie Campbell. I am a former Physical Therapy Assistant (Fisher College, Boston - 1999), a Licensed Massage Therapist (MA81776) (Soothing Arts, Destin - 2005), a meditation facilitator(2020), and have completed a 200 hour yoga training (2020). To enhance my yoga training, I am working on completing a 3-level program in Gentle Somatic Yoga from James Knight as well as learning a new way to incorporate all of the following together in one session: massage, restorative yoga, meditation, and breathwork.
Starting my own business, A New You Massage and Bodywork ( Julie Campbell Wellness), was literally a dream come true - and a giant leap of faith; A dream that my family and friends continuously support me in fulfilling. For them, I am truly grateful & thank God every morning for each and every one of them!
Life can be stressful (physically, emotionally, & mentally), there's no doubt about that - and yet, there is so much we can do for ourselves to feel good and live our best lives.
My purpose and intention is to educate people on the benefits of self-care through meditation and gentle somatic movement, as well as massage therapy and bodywork. All of these can facilitate our feeling the best we can through increased clarity, peace of mind, mobility, flexibility, and an improved sense of well-being.
Why did I segue from working as a PTA into massage therapy, meditation and gentle somatics?
While I loved working in the Physical Therapy field, I felt as though I could be doing more to assist people in learning how to help themselves feel better in all aspects of life beyond just the physical.
Most of my Physical Therapy career has been in the Outpatient orthopedic setting. In this setting I had enormous opportunity to practice and enhance my manual therapy techniques; and that lead me to pursue a massage therapy license.
In 2005, I worked simultaneously as a massage therapist & PTA in the panhandle of Florida and learned a lot from the other therapists I worked with.
I moved back to Massachusetts for a few years in 2006, and spent a great two years of quality time with my father before he passed away. I worked part-time building a massage business at a friend's salon while also working as a PTA, but due to multiple family-member illnesses & eventual passing, I gave up on my massage-business dream (temporarily) and concentrated on the basics (family, work, & paying the bills).
During the ups & downs of my time spent in Massachusetts, I found myself becoming increasingly more anxious, irritable, and generally with lack of enthusiasm for life. In order to be able to get through a day of work without passing my negative energy to patients and co-workers, I began sitting on the couch in silence for 10-15 minutes each morning and would send up a prayer for guidance and fortitude to get through the day. It seemed to work, and I noticed a shift in my attitude and wellbeing . Sitting on the couch eventually segued into sitting on my exercise mat. My new routine emerged of stretching & easy yoga followed by a short prayer and "sitting in silence". I've been doing this ever since, alternating between silent meditation & yoga nidra. What a life changer! Out of difficulties, sadness, and grief came a healthier routine, healthier way of coping with life, and a greater appreciation for God's guidance & grace - All of which I am wholeheartedly grateful for.
FL Massage license: MA81776
A.S in Physical Therapy Assisting (PTA 23499)
BA in English
200 hour YYT (yoga teacher training) through Yoga & Ayurveda Center (Online Yoga School)
Meditation Teacher certificate through University of Holistic Theology & Mindfulness Exercises
Yoga Nidra Teacher and script writing (Certificate) through Scott Moore Yoga
Certification in Manual Lymphatic Drainage (C-MLD) through MLD Institute International (2022)
IN THE WORKS: 100 hour, 3-level (100 hour) program in Gentle Somatic Yoga