Julie May is a certified Bowen practitioner who is working with AFS to help people of all backgrounds who suffer from acute and chronic pain. She originally earned a degree in Educational Media from Grand Valley State University, then was certified with the American Academy of Bowen and also the Emmett Technique.

She uses soft touch therapy to stimulate the body’s own healing mechanisms rather than by forcing the body to do what we want it to do, essentially by palpating certain points within the body’s connective tissue, or fascia.

One Bowen session, either 30 minutes or 60 minutes, will involve Julie going through a series of small moves at varying pressures (always gentle though) to put the body in the right position to do what it’s supposed to do!

If you’re interested in experiencing Bowen for yourself, please call the front desk at (734) 357-8920 or just stop in! Julie is available from 7:30am-7:30pm on Tuesdays at AFS!

What got you into Bowen Therapy?

My own back pain, actually. I had tried everything. I came across this method by accident; someone had told me about it when I was about to try even more traditional medicines, so I thought I’d give it a shot. The rest was history and I can use my own experience as a great testimonial!

What brings you and your technique to AFS?

I actually did a demo on a few of your clients and, when I was finished, they recommended that I call Devin. He responded back pretty quickly and we both figured that AFS felt like a much better fit than the place I was working before. It felt like a place where people would work with me.

Outside of AFS, what can you be found doing for fun?

Well, I love bike riding and photography. I was a photographer for 20ish years–and I still do a little bit for some clients. I also love cooking and traveling!

Speaking of traveling, where would you like to travel to next?

Oh, there’s too many places honestly. But definitely Costa Rica, Australia, Vietnam, Thailand, Brazil, Argentina, and South Africa.

What’s your favorite meal?

Honestly, I’d go with Vietnamese food. Those rice rolls dipped in peanut sauce are phenomenal!