We had the good fortune of connecting with Jay Bartley and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jay, putting aside the decision to work for yourself, what other decisions were critical to your success?
A decision that contributed to part of my success was doing a lot of internal work which allowed me to let go of old habits. It put me in a more focused place professionally and personally. there was a shift to be kinder to myself, release destructive behaviors and trust my creative and authentic voice. That being said – it’s an ongoing process that takes focus, passion and dedication. That’s what I love about the work I do – it’s all a process. There are no quick “fixes”.
What should our readers know about your business?
Bartley Structural Integration is all about the whole person; body, mind and spirit. I am a Certified Structural Integrator, Body Centered Practitioner and Embodiment Coach. In 2008, after working in the corporate and banking world for over 15 years, I made a drastic and life- saving change; I quit my job and immersed myself in the alternative health and wellness industry. My passion is to share the potential we all have to live a more embodied life. Inviting clients to “drop” into their soma during a Structural Integration, Hakomi, and or Pilates/Movement session is what feeds my soul. In today’s climate it has never been more important to find a pause in your day, stopping the chatter from the outside world and just listening intrinsically. I have been a dancer and choreographer for over 25 years. I was a touring member of The Stephanie Gilliland Company, Tongue and a founding member of Method Contemporary Dance. I continue to create solo and small group work in and around Los Angeles. I think what sets me apart from other practitioners is my professional background in modern dance and improvisation. Whether someone lives a sedentary life or is a professional athlete, my clientele can be anyone with a human body. We can live our best lives by listening and building a deep relationship with our bodies and Structural Integration, movement and body centering is a path to achieving this.” Empowering people to make choices to support their natural alignment, performance and personal growth is what brought me to my practice.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
There would be a lot of outdoor activity, hiking, taking a drive out to the beach and desert would be at the top of my list. One of the best things about living in LA is the weather. A visit to a bookstore is always on my list when visiting a city, we would stop by a couple of my favorites, Book Soup and Skylight Books.. I love eating, breakfast at Friends and Family or Little Doms and dinner at Gingergrass, Chi Spacca and or Osteria La Buca.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are so many people (friends, mentors, teachers) and things (books, music, art, choreographers, food ) that have crossed my path giving me inspiration, love and support or just a smile in the grocery store. To name a few: Mark, Gail, Stephanie, Donna Uchizono, Julie, Dr. Ida Rolf, Joseph Pilates, Martha Graham, James Baldwin, Bill T Jones, ,Brian Eno, Micky Hart, Dead Can Dance.
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