Ruth Desmarais, DOMP, RMT :
"I am an osteopath/massage therapist and have been practicing "bodywork" for 15 years. I have had the pleasure of attending yoga classes and receiving both swedish and thai massages from Julie over the past 3.5 years.
Julie Roach's yoga instruction is three-fold, helping one not only stretch and strengthen the body, but the mind and spirit as well. Julie is a precise instructor and gives excellent one-on-one attention throughout her class, yet has the ability, through her soothing and melodic voice, to carry you effortlessly through the yoga poses with graceful fluidity. Her yoga studio exudes serenity and she takes great care to create a sacred space for one to enter their yoga practice. I leave each class feeling that I've not only exercised my body, but also meditated and nurtured my soul.
To receive a Thai Massage from Julie is a sacred experience, unlike any other type of body work that I've encountered over the years. I'm still at a loss for words to describe how Julie is able to gently, yet powerfully unlock and open my body, stretching it into positions that I wouldn't have dreamed possible! Julie's Thai Massages are very thorough, lasting between 2 1/2 - 3 hours. Although this is much longer than most other types of bodywork sessions, it allows her to attend to every muscle, attachment, and meridian in the body. In my professional opinion, the body is one unit of function and all areas need to be addressed for effective healing to occur. The range of motion in my pelvis and spine has greatly increased and I'm now able to get my heels to the floor in a downward dog pose....a feat I've never accomplished over the 6 years I've been practicing yoga! Everyone should include this in their health regimen!"
Mike Fox, Certified Yoga Instructor:
"I have been an ashtanga yoga practioner for 13 years and have been teaching for the last 4 years. I have learned that releasing tensions held deep within the body can change the way we move and see the world. What I did not know, however, is that Thai massage can reach those depths. Julie's professionalism and extensive knowledge of the body guide her through the surface layers down to the deep layers of fascia that hold back joint freedom. After a full 3 hour session, my practice improved and I felt an ease of movement that comes from deep within. Some difficult postures seemed effortless and I am so glad I took the full programme. Time floated by, and I still feel the benefits. Thanks Julie!"
Janny Hughes, Director of Human Resources, INAGO:
What an experience! I did not know what to expect and thought 2 1/2 - 3 hours - I won't be able to handle the time or the bodywork. How wrong I was, the time flew by and the effect was fantastic. The massage is very deep within the body, yet still respects the limits of my body. Each time I have gone, it is different with long lasting effects. I have gained more awareness of my body and am learning to respect what it needs. I would recommend this experience to anyone of any physical ability. Thanks Julie for introducing me to Thai Massage and recognizing what my body needs to feel good!
Julie is a well experienced teacher of yoga. Her teaching style is one of hands on instruction to ensure correct form. She demonstrates clearly and focuses on a strong foundation to ensure each person respects their bodies limits each class. There is a strong focus on prevention of injury and achieving balance in body and spirit. It is easy to clear the mind during her class while listening to her calm, soothing voice walking you through the poses. Her studio is calming and is well set up to allow a clear view for instruction. I always leave feeling a sense of balance and having cleared my mind of the pressures of everyday life - ready to tackle anything.
As a massage practitioner, Julie's style is to ensure the experience meets my needs that day. She sets an environment that lets you direct the massage before and during the actual treatement. Her knowledge of the body and depth of treatment the body allows that day, means I always leave feeling better. It is very therapeutic. I started going for an hour massage but have found that there is a lot of value in going for an hour and a half. It's hard for me to relax but Julie makes it happen for me and relieves the stress in my body. THANKS!