About

 
 

With My Own Two Hands was born in late 2001, when Julie Lefmann became a Certified Massage Therapist. She has also been both a Certified Watsu Practitioner (Warm-Water Meditation Massage) and a Reiki Practitioner (energy healing) since 2004. Julie practiced as a Birth Doula for 12 years and attended well over 200 births but retired as a full-time doula in January of 2018, and is now only taking occasional repeat birth clients.

A Triple Pisces, Julie is very much a water-baby and this informs her bodywork. Her fluid-like movement is a combination of Hawai’ian Lomilomi (patterned after the ocean) and Deep Tissue. She is a highly skilled therapist both on land and in the water. Julie has specialized in Prenatal and Postnatal Massage for over a decade and a half, as well as Induction Massage, and is one of the most highly sought after Prenatal and Postnatal Massage therapists in the South Bay Area. She worked at Harmony Birth in Campbell for nearly 8 years but left in the Spring of 2018 to open her own massage office in Los Gatos. Julie also specializes in Reiki, Watsu, and Lomilomi.

Julie has happily lived in Santa Cruz since 2002 and grew up in South San Jose. She earned a B.A. from Chico State in 2001 before starting on the healing arts path. When she’s not working, Julie loves to take redwood and beach walks, ride her beach cruiser, travel often, cook, bake, juice, garden, take photographs, sing, play guitar, play in water, write, see live music and comedy shows, and love on her dog, Scuba.

Check out Julie’s other business, Mermaid Memories Santa Cruz.

 
 
 

Just for Fun

SONGS


POEMS

 

 
 

How can I be so fatally flawed?
And yet still embody a little slice of “God?”
3/22/09

 

Earth Mother
Birth Mothers
Fosters & Adopters
Thank Goddess for Conscious Mothers & Fathers
5/10/09

 

I’m a Beautiful Goddess
Don’t have to be the Hottest
To be just as Precious as You
6/3/09

 

My skin isn’t flawless
I’m thicker than thin
And my Beautiful Truth
Shines from within
5/11/04
 

When I Go

Scatter me
‘neath the redwood trees
And please return me to the sea
Blues & Greens
Return to me

Burn me up
Then take me back
The Earth & Sea
Re-welcome me

Longing for that watery womb
Not a man-made, lonesome tomb
We’re all just homesick for the Divine
Our souls recall a better time
7/22/12

 

All I’ve got & all I am—
My voice, my heart, & my own two hands
I have thousands of records from hundreds of bands
But all that matters in the end is
My voice, my heart, & my own two hands
Shelves & shelves of movies & books
I’ve quite a collection—take a look
But all that’s left of me in the end is
My voice, my heart, & my own two hands
9/22/09

 
 

LIFE AS A MERMAID

 

With My Own Two Hands
Lyrics by Ben Harper

I can change the world, with my own two hands
Make a better place, with my own two hands
Make a kinder place, oh with my, oh with my own two hands
With my own, with my own two hands
With my own, with my own two hands

I can make peace on earth, with my own two hands
And I can clean up the earth, oh with my own two hands
And I can reach out to you, with my own two hands
With my own, with my own two hands
Oh, with my own, oh with my own two hands

I'm gonna make it a brighter place, (With my own)
I'm gonna make it a safer place, (With my own)
I'm gonna help the human race, (With my own)
(With my own two hands)

Now I can hold you, in my own two hands
And I can comfort you, with my own two hands
But you got to use, use your own two hands
Use your own, use your own two hands

Use your own two hands
And with our own two hands
With our, with our, with our own two hands
With my own, with my own two hands

I'm gonna make it a brighter place, (With my own)
I'm gonna make it a safer place, (With my own)
I'm gonna help the human race, (With my own)
Oh, make it a brighter place (With my own)
I can hold you (With my own)
And I can comfort you (With my own)

But you got, you got, you got, you got, you got, you got, you got to use
Oh, use your own
Oh, use your own, Lord

But you got, you got, you got, you got, you got to use, use
Use your own, use your own, use your own, use your own, use your own,
Use your own, use your own, use your own, use your own,
Use your own

 

 
 

Website photo credits: Massage photos by Scott McClelland, Beach photos by Caren Hespeler, both Summer 2018. Julie’s clothing in all photos is made by Synergy, an organic clothing company in Santa Cruz, CA.