I like to keep my fingers on the pulse of women and their care. In a world where women often find themselves last on the list, my passion is to notice and care for their physical and emotional needs that often go unacknowledged and unaddressed. Through my work as a massage therapist and entrepreneur my goal is to provide pain relief, down-regulation of the nervous system—that is, biological relaxation—and other resources to women so they can go out and be their best selves in the world.
Along the way, this life-long mission has lead me to found a feminist group in college, The Pregnancy Massage Center in Atlanta, The Tampa Bay Birth Network (with friends), Lotusleaf Therapeutics, Westville Massage, and now The Well for Women. (Whew!) My massage and doula practice has always centered on the childbearing year, which lead me to design and patent the Lotusleaf ergonomic pregnancy sleep system (date to market TBA). When I see my clients in discomfort, I love nothing more than to find, innovate, or otherwise quilt together a solution for them.
I live in the Westville neighborhood of New Haven with my awesome husband, two fantastic kids, and a couple of guinea pigs whom I tolerate with good humor (Cupcake and Peanutbutter). When I’m not obsessing about the comfort of my clients I enjoy contra dance, playing with fabric, and connecting with my friends.
I welcome you to meet our team!
Note: Due to Julie's high demand, she is not available for intro offers, memberships or any other discounted rates.
Office Manager and Front Desk Ninja
Angie is awesome! She can help you with anything you need at The Well. (More coming soon!)
My journey to massage therapy started with a simple desire: to help people reach their full potential through the emotional and physical support massage therapy can provide. Each massage I provide is customized to your needs, incorporating a combination of modalities including Swedish, cranial sacral work, stretching, and deep tissue techniques as needed. In August of 2018, I received my certification as a Certified Pediatric Massage Therapist (CPMT) specializing in providing Touch Therapy services to children on the autism spectrum. My training was provided by Tina Alle, founder of the children's health and nurturing touch organization Liddle Kidz™ Foundation. I welcome the opportunity to include woman and girls on the autism spectrum to the healing world of massage therapy.
Eboni is a graduate from Branford Hall Career Institute. While in school she fell in love with Eastern massage modalities because of its more holistic approach at balancing the body and all of its parts. Like Eastern medicine the goal is to find the root cause of an issue instead of just treating the symptoms. It goes beyond relaxation to relieve pain and restore the body’s natural homeostasis. She actively challenges herself to keep learning and sculpting her craft to provide a variety of techniques that are then tailored to meet each individuals needs. She believes massage therapy is not as simple as getting or giving a relaxed rub down, because much thought, science, and tradition has gone into the techniques behind your massage. She understands that we live in a hectic world where most of our time is spent rushing and juggling a crazy schedule. Busy jobs, having family commitments, maintaining an active social life, trying to get or stay in shape, etc., can seem to take up all of ones time. She helps you to step back from this constant “on the move” lifestyle so you can form a deeper connection to a healthy mind and body . “You must always find time for Self Care”
LMT, 200 HR RYT
Bo O’Connor-Hall graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Theater from Emerson College in 2004 with the goal of fostering meaningful connections. Five years later, after traveling the country performing as Shakespeare’s Lady Capulet, she enrolled in the West Hartford Yoga teacher training where she learned that who people are is reflected in how they move in their bodies. This epiphany whets her appetite for information on how the body works and she jumped directly from her 200-hour yoga training program into massage school. Bo O’Connor-Hall graduated at the top of the class from the Clinical Program at the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy in 2011. While in massage school she also studied extensively with Jill Miller and became a licensed Yoga Tune Up Teacher in 2010. Bo is also the proud mama of two and understands the discomforts of pregnancy and the occupational hazards of raising children. She is currently working towards a prenatal massage certification to better serve moms and moms-to-be. In her massage practice, Bo uses her evolving understanding of functional anatomy to help people move and feel better in their bodies. She has worked with individuals ranging from desk-bound professionals to full-time moms to serious athletes, to resolve chronic pain patterns and create ease in the body. Despite her obsession with the scientific/ anatomical aspect of massage, her underlying intention is always to foster connection and better understand the human condition.
Laura started receiving massage while pregnant with her second child after some personal difficulties. It had such a powerful impact on her physical and emotional well being she decided to dedicate herself to helping others feel their best, especially mothers-to-be. Clients describe her work as deeply relaxing with specific work in the areas that need it most. She graduated at the top of the class from Branford Hall Career Institute in 2012. In addition to her clients she also obsesses over family, friends, music,
art, books, and gardening.
Saskia Bergmans Smith
Yoga Instructor: 500 HR RYT
Saskia Bergmans Smith has been teaching and studying yoga since 1997. Saskia is Dutch, yet she grew up in England. In Europe, she studied with Dona Holleman and Orit Sen Gupta. In Boston, MA, Saskia completed her 200hr teacher training in 2004 and her 500hr in 2007, with Kim Valeri, Founder and Director of yoga spirit ® Studios. Saskia teaches in the style of the yoga spirit ®; lineage and is part of the yoga spirit .® 200hr teacher training faculty. She ran and operated her own yoga studio, Studio Om, from 2003-2010, in Wakefield, MA. Saskia currently lives in New Haven, CT. She is passionate about her teachings to expectant mothers on the importance of prenatal and postpartum self-care, in addition, she teaches Rusty Hinges, Standing Strong and Restorative Yoga in community classes and as a personal coach. She cultivates learning in her students through her teachings and guides a multi-level class from the physical foundation of the body to the healing components of yoga. Saskia holds a safe and sacred space for her students to regain and build confidence in themselves and their bodies. Saskia a devoted mother to two little girls and continues to develop her teaching and healing skills with each passing year.