My first experience with Rolfing was when I was roughly 10 years old. My father had just returned from The Rolf Institute in Boulder, Colorado and was newly certified. He was very excited and would work on anyone who came within his reach. In retrospect, I can’t say that I knew then that this is what I would want to do when I grew up, nor did I know for years to come. It was an evolution. I observed my father and met many of his clients over the years and heard amazing stories of change on many levels for each of them. I learned how important the mind/body connection was and became very interested in body work as well as human development within the realm of psychology. With this in mind, psychosomatic work seemed to be the most fitting path for me.
I am a native of St. Petersburg. I attended Humanities School of Massage Therapy and became a Licensed Massage Therapist (2000). I graduated from Eckerd College (PEL) with a B.A. degree in Human Development (2002) . After setting up an office and establishing a massage therapy practice for awhile I decided to go to Boulder, Colorado to train and become a Certified Rolf Practitioner (2006). One of the best decisions of my life. I love my work. It is so nice to be able to say this with the deepest sincerity.
My father was my mentor in work and especially in life and I miss him dearly. My wish is to carry on his legacy in the spirit that he lived and practiced; with the passion and compassion toward helping others heal.
“Trained from childhood by her father, master of the profession J. Thomas West, Julia is truly gifted in the art of Rolfing. She has the astute knowledge and intuitive grasp of physiology, the strength and sureness of touch, and the determination to help her clients that are the distinguishing marks of mastery in the making. Julia works with intense focus and nuanced skill to help every individual achieve well-being. She has helped me immeasurably and I’m sure that she can help you as well”.
Professor of Philosophy
“Julia has a special gift for making you feel at home and then efficiently working with you to reach your goals. I did the Ten Series and loved it! I would recommend her and Rolfing to anyone”.
Scott Rubin, D.C.
Founder, Rubin Health Center
“I came to Julia not really knowing what Rolfing was. I knew I needed something different from the things I had been trying and a colleague suggested Rolfing. I am so happy that I followed through on that recommendation and discovered this practice. Julia and I have developed a wonderful rapport and I really look forward to seeing her and receiving her work. After years of various restrictions in my body, I am finally feeling so much freer. I highly recommend seeing Julia for Rolfing”.
“Everyone deals with some sort of pain or discomfort. We try different methods and even doctors to relieve this pain. For many years I have sought relief from my back pain through chiropractors, and I continued to try different things. After many years my pain was increasing and I was not getting the relief I needed. A friend of mine had suggested I try Rolfing. I came in contact with this wonderful person, Julia West. I had been in severe pain and Julia was able to work her “hands and elbows of miracles” on me. I would recommend that you set an appointment with her, to set in motion your recovery toward feeling well. ”
EMT (in training)
“Rolfing is amazing. I look so forward to my appointments with Julia because I know I will feel so much better and I am improving with each session after coming in with a multitude of issues. After a severe car accident 6 years ago, I was repeatedly told by my docs and physical therapists that I should only expect so much with regard to my recovery. I am so glad I didn’t listen. Maybe I should tell them about Rolfing.” 🙂