Julee Snyder, E-RYT 500, LMBT # 5044, is a licensed massage therapist, a master EMBODIYoga® teacher, certified pilates instructor, Body-Mind Centering® Practitioner and a certified practitioner of Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy. With 25 years of dance experience, 20 years of yoga practice, and more than 3,000 hours of therapeutic study, Julee brings to her work an embodied exploration of anatomy, a clear articulation of alignment and movement principles, a playful curiosity, and a deep love and compassion for the journey.
The longer story..
Julee was a teenager at the NC Governor’s School when her flute teacher had her get into strange positions, like child’s pose, to learn how to breathe. It was the first time anyone had demanded that she become conscious of her embodied self. Her teacher introduced her to breath, posture, awareness and meditation techniques. Julee was hooked.
Twenty-some years later, she now has a small bodywork practice where she employs certain techniques to offer a similar awareness to her clients. In doing so she hopes to offer reduced stress, increased overall health, and a sense of vibrancy in life.
Along the path, Julee has embarked on numerous educational adventures. She received a BA in anthropology with a music minor from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. While there, she performed in the West African Music Ensemble and the Colligium Musicum. She also became passionate about dance taking classes in African and Modern dance; she later returned for a year of graduate study. Then she was off to Europe for a two year stint studying dance at the Amsterdam School for the Arts. After that she came home to work as a choreographer and arts administrator.
After a few years struggling as a dance and performance artist, Julee turned to bodywork. She took a year off of performing and went to massage and yoga school. In 2004, she completed her massage therapy certification at the Body Therapy Institute and her yoga teacher certification at Lisa Clark’s EMBODIYoga® teacher training. In 2006, she became a Certified Practitioner of Body-Mind Centering® – a 1000 hour program in embodied anatomy and developmental movement.
Julee has worked as a bodywork professional in several clinical environments, including medical massage, chiropractic, acupuncture, and osteopathic clinics, as well as at Duke Integrative Medicine. She has provided medical and integrative massage, neuromuscular re-education, and therapeutic yoga in each of these environments, and deeply enjoys partnering with other healthcare professionals.
Many people ask whether Julee continues to dance. The answer: only at home, in short intervals, as part of play around the house. Julee had a couple of car accidents in 2004 that caused a severe sprain of her whole spine. While this prevented her from dancing, it allowed her the gift of self healing. In that, she became an expert in gentle and restorative yoga, as well as the possibilities for using breath, meditation, and visualization to manage pain and create new movement possibilities. Pain seems to be one of life’s many rites of passage, one in which Julee has experienced first-hand. Yoga and Pilates have been extraordinarily supportive in increasing the stability of her spine. And in 2011, Julee completed a Pilates Teacher Training through Balanced Body at Evolve Movement under Melissa Kakavis.
After working at Duke Integrative Medicine, Julee decided she wanted to become an osteopathic physician. She completed her premedical studies at NCSU and then moved to southern California to study at the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences. While the first year was an academic success, Julee decided that medicine was not a good match for her and she returned home. Since she has studied biodynamic craniosacral therapy with British osteopath Franklyn Sills; visceral and neural manipulation with French osteopath Jean-Pierre Barral; and advanced myofascial techniques with local Rolfers Larry Koliha and Bethany Ward.
She now serves as Director of Yoga, Somatics and Therapeutic Programming at EVOLVE Movement where she has a medical massage practice and teachers yoga and pilates; and is the Director of EmbodiYoga programs in Raleigh, NC.
For a more detailed list of Julee’s professional experience and continuing education, see her CV.