MEET THE CREW: Jules
"Jules is someone who has your back. She's straight up, warm, and dependable."
My journey into bodywork took place over a decade or so. My original interest was in joining the police force – I liked the idea of being fit enough to pass the physical test. Over the next several years I got a job in the corporate world and after plenty of fun times, pay rises and procrastination I suddenly found myself with a small family to take care of. I got really involved in my sports (indoor/outdoor netball and darts) and the gym/fitness scene and decided that what I really wanted was to be a personal trainer or physiotherapist.
But then there was a wedding to pay for, a house to buy, and eventually another child on the way. More reasons to stay put. After the birth of my second child, I decided enough was enough. I wasn’t happy where I was and knew where I wanted to be.
I wanted to set an example for my children; don’t settle for anything - do what you love to do.
The downside was that my goals required out of town study. I couldn’t just uproot my family to follow my dream. So I started looking for alternative options in the Wellington Region and found the New Zealand College of Massage. It was like fate, they offered part-time weekend study and I was technically still on maternity leave so this worked well for me. I would be able to test the waters and keep my job! It was really the beginning of the end of my corporate career. I finished the certificate course and couldn’t get enough. So I quit my job and enrolled in full time study with NZCM. In early 2017 I opened my own studio in Upper Hutt and before long I was offered the chance to join ONI – which of course I jumped at!
- Jules Browne, Manual Therapist