Manual Therapy

O’DAY Manual and Movement Therapy specializes in providing pain relief through manual therapy and movement education, treating musculoskeletal injury and disorder related to sudden trauma, surgery, or repetitive use. In addition to using a variety of manual techniques, we encourage clients to examine lifestyle and work habits that may be reinforcing the restrictive patterns that cause pain.

If you are in pain, our first priority is to get you out of it. But there is a wealth of potential change that can come along with pain relief: increased range of motion, a calmer nervous system, the ability to engage in life’s daily activities with greater ease. It is possible to regain flexibility, strength, and endurance that you may have thought lost. Whether your pain is chronic or the result of a recent injury, we will encourage you to think about how you want to feel beyond pain relief.

Paying attention. One of the hardest things to do is slow down long enough to notice your body. Am I clenching my teeth? Have I locked my hips? Are my shoulder blades rising up my back or down? Paying attention is one of the greatest challenges to becoming pain-free, but it’s these small details in the way that we live in our bodies that make such a difference. Most often, in our experience, it is not simply aging that causes pain. It is how we have used our bodies as we have aged. Even if the pain you are dealing with comes from a recent event, the compensation habits you’ve developed previously will play a part in how you heal.

Massage makes your body more available to change. Our bodies move according to the layers of patterning that have developed in our brain and tissue, often to compensate for past pain, tension, and injury. Those patterns are generally unconscious but powerful and can add to pain and discomfort. It takes a conscious choice to change them. Restrictions in the tissue can get in the way, making it harder to establish new, positive habits of use. Our therapists manipulate the soft-tissue structures of the body in order to soften the grip of those restrictions and in some cases release them altogether.

As a messenger. Pain is your body’s way of telling you that something is out of balance. It is normal to look at pain as something happening to you that is out of your control, but often we are doing things we are not aware of that contribute to it. Gaining that awareness, of your body and how it functions normally and abnormally, is key to getting out of pain.


JULIE O’DAY, LMT, BCMTB, specializes in chronic pain relief through movement and manual therapy. She has a thorough understanding of anatomy, extensive experience in treating musculoskeletal pathologies, and years of study in Iyengar yoga, Alexander technique and GYROTONIC® Training. Her treatment approach is a “working theory of dysfunction” developed with knowledge of the clients history, pathology, lifestyle and movement habits in combination with building the clients understanding of the mechanisms of injury and healing and a program of home care.

Julie has been a clinical massage therapist since 1997. After completing her basic training at Lansing Community College and the Ann Arbor Institute of Massage Therapy, she traveled around the country with Michael Young’s Repetitive Use Injury Workshop as a teaching assistant, taught Sports Massage at LCC and private workshops focusing on treatment for repetitive use injuries. In 2012, she became a certified GYROTONIC® Trainer, bringing her manual work together with therapeutic movement to provide exceptional pain relief and injury rehabilitation. In 2016, she created Strength in Motion classes, a new system of strength and balance training she continues to develop today.