“The aspect of my work which I value the most is helping people sense their own strengths. By recognizing and utilizing our own personal advantages we increase our choices of how to move and cope with the world around us. This results in an increased ease of motion and a renewed vitality.”— Jennifer Bury
“Jennifer’s background in somatics, psychology, neuroscience, and medicine makes her uniquely qualified to help people gain a deeper, more effective understanding both of how to care for their bodies and themselves.”
~ 43 year old surgeon and runner
The bulk of her work is private sessions, conducted in her serene, spacious office in central San Francisco. Jennifer also works with individuals in hospitals, residential treatment centers, and assisted living facilities, as well as across the United States and Europe, often doing supplemental sessions by phone or Skype when it is not possible to meet in person.
She taught for 15 years at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital’s Center for Sports Medicine in San Francisco, and continues to teach and lecture across the United States, Canada, and Europe. In addition to working individually with clients, Jennifer currently gives trainings at the Bay Area Gestalt Institute in which she presents ways of including sensory experience into therapy.
Jennifer started learning movement therapies as a child from her mother, who studied directly with Joe and Clara Pilates at their original New York studio during the 1950’s. She went on to study medicine at New York University’s School of Medicine, clinical anatomy, physical therapy, neuroscience, Bartenieff Fundamentals, Feldenkrais and Alexander techniques, Somatics, and Body Mind Centering. She has also studied Eastern healing methods such as shiatsu, various forms of yoga and breath-work, and holds a black belt in aikido. Jennifer is educated in the hands-on techniques of myofascial massage, craniosacral therapy and Osteopathic principles. Her interests in psychology have also led her to study Ideokinesis, and Gestalt therapy.
In her career as a dancer, she directed, choreographed for, and performed with, her own dance company in New York City and throughout Europe, after earning a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
“In a non-intrusive way Jennifer enables you to meet yourself, while you learn to use your body more effectively, more fully, more comfortably”
~53 year old woman, Founder and CEO of a Fortune 500 communications company.
Jennifer has taught at Mills College, Bard College, NYC Center for Joint Diseases, Gestalt Associates International Training Intensive, California Institute of Integral Studies, the Bay Area Gestalt Institute, Life Chiropractic College, New Dawn center for eating disorders, Miami City Ballet School, Moving On Center, Canyon Ranch, the Claremont Resort, Chisenhale Dance Space, the Laban Centre, London Contemporary School of Dance, London Independent Dance, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester Metropolitan University, Tanz Quartier Vienna, Element Pilates studio Paris, Munich University for Sports-Science & Rehabilitation, Tanz & Schule In Munich, Tanz Werkstatt Europa, Joint Adventures, the Choreographer’s Atelier (a collaboration of choreographers, philosophers, & scientists), Better Future Today school for orphans in Cambodia, and many other venues.
She has been a featured lecturer at medical and psychology conferences such as the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science, the Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy, Tanz Medizin Symposium Deutschland, and TASC Network Pediatrics Association where she brings her special knowledge of how we develop intellectually, physically and emotionally through movement, to the medical and psychology communities.
“Jennifer doesn’t just give you exercises or tell you what to do; she gives you the opportunity to discover in motion what you tend to do and to choose what feels best to you.”
86 year old female retired pilot