Julie graduated as a Physical Therapist in 1977 from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. She soon began expanding her knowledge with more alternative methods of treatment. In 1996 she discovered Continuum, a movement, breath and sound-based inquiry into the fluid presence in our bodies. Julie was authorized as a Continuum Movement Teacher in 2000. The concept of Fluid Intelligence rearranged her approach to healing and has been her working framework ever since.
Always curious about the body and ways to work with it, Julie has studied many approaches to hands-on touch and healing, including Zero Balancing, Cranial-Sacral Therapy, Visceral Manipulation, Feldenkrais, Lymphatic Drainage Therapy and Somato-Emotional Release. She incorporates a deep, practical understanding of movement, rhythm, perception and patterns into her work.
Over 40 years in practice, Julie has honed a unique approach all its own. Unlike traditional rehab or PT techniques, Julie designs solutions for each client without the constraints of protocols or the risks of linear, repetitive exercises. Julie shares her approach as a guest instructor, workshop leader and consultant to practitioners.
As a musician, Julie is the leader of The Ukulele Club and half of the ukulele duo 'Home Cookin'. She enjoys playing many other instruments as well. Her cat Kokomo loves listening to it all.
Being in the body is a lifelong process
"I have seen, over and over again, that healing happens when fluidity is brought back into the body - as protective muscles release, once habitual patterns shift, as breath infuses the tissue.
My work is to collaborate with your willingness to explore patterns and perception, as I use my knowledge and intuition for hands-on techniques, nonlinear movement and activities for you to do on your own.
The results reach beyond pain relief or increased mobility - because when you change how you move and breathe, it changes how you think and feel."
We all know the ease of flowing water, how it arcs over a submerged rock, curves out of a spout or spirals down a basin. This is an intelligence of movement that our bodies share. The movements we allow our bodies to make can reflect the elegant curves, arcs and spirals of fluid intelligence. This is when healing occurs - when fluidity restores its home in the body.
With an intimate understanding of human physiology and 40+ years' hands-on experience, Julie has refined her ability to identify what compromises this fluid ease of movement. Through refined touch and keen observation, Julie can locate limiting patterns, long-held restrictions or damage from injuries - often not where symptoms show themselves.
I would love to live
like a river flows,
Carried by the surprise
of its own unfolding.
⎼ John O'Donahue
Fluid Intelligence Movement Systems
"...Julie truly has the healing touch."
"Recently a health practitioner saw me move my shoulder, 14 years after I had a mastectomy. 'Who helped you with this?', she exclaimed. She'd never seen such a complete recovery and range of motion post-mastectomy and knew someone had guided my healing. I told her it was all Julie Jacobs' doing."
"I suffered a martial arts injury to my head and Julie was one of the only practitioners who offered any real help. She has also worked with a myriad of repetitive movement problems over the last 20 years related to me being a professional jazz musician. Many people do body work but I feel that Julie Jacobs truly has the healing touch."