Michelle Joyce, M.S., has been a featured posture and ergonomics expert on TV shows across the US. She has a rich background in helping people to achieve good health. As a professional dancer for 15 years, but her terrible back pain began to threaten her career. After trying every imaginable remedy, she finally discovered Posture Therapy and has since devoted herself to spreading the word about the benefits of healthy posture.
Her unique approach addresses the emotional aspects of posture, and she believes that stress and unhealthy posture are strongly connected. She uses her Master’s in Counseling to help clients break old habits and create sustainable new ones. After all, simply telling people to “sit up straight” will not help them to make permanent life changes.
Michelle has studied many aspects of posture, getting certified in Occupational Ergonomics, Thai Massage and Reposturing Dynamics (a form of stretching therapy). She spent five years researching the information included in this program. In addition to pouring through both modern medical journals and obscure books that have been out of print for over 100 years, she also took every class about stretching, posture or relaxation that she could (including the Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais Method, yoga, Thai massage and Pilates). This program also incorporates techniques that she learned while going to chiropractors and physical therapists for her own back pain. The end result is a unique and effective method of permanently changing your posture that cleverly combines psychology, ergonomics, stretching and relaxation.
She is particularly passionate about teaching children healthy posture habits, and believes that early intervention will prevent pain, increase their ability to learn and pay attention, give them confidence, and help them to succeed in life. She is also the author of the children’s book Posture Posey and the Slumpyback Goblins, and has recently released a book for adults called Posture Makeover. She currently runs a private practice in Eugene, Oregon, dedicated to giving posture makeovers to people of all ages.