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Helping you stay strong, balanced, and active

About Julie Gudaitis

12039144_10101467731022305_4564411205673062394_oJulie Gudaitis was born and raised in Bloomington, Indiana. She spent her childhood taking ballet classes as well as participating in various other activities and sports. She was still in high school when she started to realize the benefits of massage and how much potential it had to improve her life. In June 2007, Julie completed 500 hours of training at Associates of Integrative Health in Bloomington, IN to become a Certified Massage Therapist. Most recently in January 2016, she became a Morales Method® Certified Practitioner.

After finishing school in Indiana, while working for a chiropractor, she started to build her own clientele out of her apartment. It quickly moved into an office downtown and eventually expanded into Massage on the Square which included over a dozen massage therapists, a reflexologist and an acupuncturist. The mission was to help make people happy by reducing their stress and pain. Unfortunately, the stress of the business started to take its toll on her own body so she left looking for a healthier life.

In March of 2013 she found herself living in South Lake Tahoe with a job at a local chiropractic office. Julie’s massages integrate many different modalities including but not limited to Deep Tissue, Trigger Point Therapy, Myofascial Release and CranioSacral Therapy.

Additionally, she recently learned a new form of structural integration called Morales Method® Core Integration and is training to become a teacher of the method. As a lifelong learner of the body, she has plans to become a certified personal trainer so that she can better assist her clients as they strive to stay strong, balanced, and active.

“I feel very lucky to be a massage therapist. I finished massage school in the spring of 2007 in Bloomington, IN. I had a thriving practice there for six years before moving to South Lake Tahoe. I combine my love of movement with my love of helping people. Over the years I’ve focused my education on areas that I think will help my clients the most. After being a therapist for almost ten years, I’m tired of seeing my clients come back month after month with the same issues. This is what pushed me to learn Morales Method® Core Integration. The series of 9 sessions addresses compensation patters and seeks to find a solution to balance out the body as a whole. It’s typically much more efficient than an hour massage where we try to ease discomfort. No matter what, I try to meet you where you’re at to give you the massage or bodywork session that best benefits you, whether you need an hour to relax and zone out, or an hour of focused deep work to facilitate healing.” – Julie Gudaitis

What is Morales Method® Core Integration?

Morales Method® Core Integration or MMCI is a newly modified version of Structural Integration created by Marty Morales, Advanced Certified Rolfer. Each session focuses on a specific part of the body to create cumulative benefits over the course of 9 sessions. In addition, each part of the body is worked in a specific sequence that seeks to bring things back to basics by reinforcing the natural neural-motor connections that were formed as an infant. By the end of the nine sessions, you can expect to explore multiple new ways of moving that can eliminate patterns that cause chronic pain. This series is also designed to improve the quality of your posture and create functional ease that can potentially reduce your risk for injury.

Who is Marty Morales?

Marty Morales, Advanced Certified Rolfer is the founder of the Morales Method® of Manual Therapy and Body Conditioning. He currently has a private practice in San Francisco where he combines over 12 years of experience and training to bring his clients to the next level of functional and body awareness. In addition, his method is being taught internationally to help people live pain free lives.

How is Structural Integration different than massage?

Structural Integration looks at the body as a whole and creates a course of action by watching you walk before you get on the table to try and find compensation patterns that have developed due to injury or trauma. Throughout the session you will continue to walk several times to allow for additional body reading and visual assessments. The work is not immediate, and typically takes a few sessions before you start to feel the benefits. Finally, oil or lotion is not used to allow for deeper fascia work.

What should I wear?

It is recommended that you wear sport shorts (or boxer briefs) and a sports bra (for women) to save time getting on and off the table.

How is the Morales Method® Core Integration series different from other forms of structural integration or Rolfing?

Rolfing was developed by Ida Rolf and traditionally is done in a series of 10. You have to train at the Rolf Institute under one of Ida’s students to become a Certified Rolfer. Many of her students have created their own methodology, updating her techniques with recent research and their own findings. Marty is no different. While he worked on clients, he found that he always saved rotation for last. This started his research on the Order of Complexity based on early stages of motor development.