Julie Donnelly, LMT, is the Pain Relief Expert and Principle Therapist at Flexible Athlete. She has practiced as a Deep Muscle Massage Therapist since 1989, specializing in the treatment of chronic joint pain and sports injuries. Julie works extensively with elite, world-class, and endurance athletes, as well as non-athletic individuals who have been unsuccessful at finding relief through more conventional therapies.
She is licensed in Florida and New York, and has an active therapy practice in Sarasota and Venice, Florida. Julie also sees clients nationwide as she travels to teach physical therapists, massage therapists, fitness trainers, and groups of non-professional athletes.
Widely published, both online and in magazines, newsletters and newspapers around the country, Julie also speaks at national conventions, medical schools and health facilities nationwide.
Julie’s training began as a massage therapist, licensed in the State of New York where the initial requirement was 650 hours of classroom study in topics such as Anatomy & Physiology, Kinesiology, Pathology of Muscles, Medical Massage, and Eastern Theory. She has spent hundreds of hours gaining an understanding as to why muscles cause pain that may be far removed from the actual source of the problem and why conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome exist.
Multiple personal injuries led Julie to develop her unique method of self-treatment techniques, which are collectively called the Julstro Method. Her work with endurance athletes, serious local athletes and people who were suffering from a wide assortment of chronic joint pains, was the catalyst for her including the Julstro Method of self-treatments into her therapy program for her office clients This ultimately grew to a series of books, DVDs, and complete programs which can all be seen and purchased on her website: www.Julstro.com.
Muscle spasms cause athletes to either get seriously injured or to be forced out of a sport they love. Her books and various DVD’s, including Treat Yourself to Pain-Free Living, The Pain-Free Triathlete (currently being updated), The Pain-Free Runner, The 15 Minute Back Pain Solution, and The Secret to Your Best Golf Game EVER!, were already helping athletes to eliminate the spasms caused by repetitive strain injuries. However, Julie realized that athletes were still causing injury to their muscles by stretching without first eliminating the muscle spasms.
Her newest program, Focused Flexibility Training, combines the Julstro Method of self-treatment with proven Yoga stretches, enabling people to first release the knots that are holding them bound, and then safely stretching without tearing muscle fibers. Julie teaches Focused Flexibility Training for Athletes clinics nationwide.
If you love your sport, you will definitely benefit by making an appointment with Julie. You will first be treated to find and release the muscles that are causing the pain, and then you will learn specific self-treatments you can do stop pain fast, even during a long training day or race!