Shoutout Atlanta: Meet Estelle Harford | Movement Therapist

We had the good fortune of connecting with Estelle Harford and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Estelle, what do you attribute your success to?
I absolutely love what I do, and am extremely passionate about my work and helping others. It is my goal to have my clients live pain free, active lives and it’s so rewarding to be a part of that. I truly treat each person as the individual they are and customize every single session based upon the person in front of me. I genuinely care about their success and learned during this pandemic that I’m the best version of myself when I am able to help others. I am always learning and evolving and I think that is evident with those I work with.


Meet Estelle Harford of Stellar Strength and Wellness

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Today we’d like to introduce you to Estelle Harford.

Estelle, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I started my Wellness career as a personal trainer in Chicago 15 years ago. It was there that I discovered that an integral part of wellness and healing was missing from a lot of the traditional protocol I was seeing. I decided to seek out other methods and techniques that could help my clients on another level. I enrolled in Chicago’s Kendall College Culinary program and started personal cheffing for my clients to help them with navigating the sometimes confusing preparation of healthy but still delicious food.

I completed the intense training to become one of few, global Ki-Hara Master Trainers; a method that focuses on eccentrics, flexibility, increasing strength and range of motion. I also can work to solve sometimes painful muscular compensations. I am currently the only Master in the entire state of Georgia.

I then discovered John F. Barnes Myofascial Release. JFB MFR is a hands on soft-tissue mobilization technique developed by John F. Barnes and works to release dense or restricted fascia. Fascia is a 3-dimensionaI web we all have in our bodies. It encompasses everything and interpenetrates everything. When restricted or adhesed, it has the ability to create up to 2,000 lb. of pressure per square inch. I recently returned from working with him in his clinic in Sedona; which was such an honor and amazing experiance.

I truly believe the ability to combine my many years of knowledge allows me to help people in so many different ways. I’m very grateful for the ability to do so. I have a vast range of clients and am always evolving and learning.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Life is rarely a smooth road. Those that seek challenges outside of the box are met with struggles. However, I would not change my journey for anything. I have met some of the most incredible people. You really have to stay true to yourself; it might not be easy, but it will be worth it.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Stellar Strength and Wellness – what should we know?
I am the Owner of Stellar Strength and Wellness, a business that I founded in Chicago over 10 years ago, and relocated to the beautiful southern city of Atlanta a little over a year ago.

I am a Movement Therapist. I help my clients alleviate pain, increase true flexibility, increase the range of motion, eliminate muscular compensations, increase strength and tone, I can also release sometimes very painful myofascial restrictions.

I have well over a decade of experience and have clients that range from those with specific disabilities to professional athletes and Olympians. I base my work on the person in front of me. I treat everyone as an individual and customize each session for you. I encourage everyone to try this type of work. It’s rather unchartered territory in Atlanta and most people aren’t even aware it exists, let alone understand how it can help. I’m here to help you live your best, pain-free, active life.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
I believe every step I’ve taken has been a great part of my journey. Every client I’ve worked with, and every person I’ve learned from; they have all helped shape me into the business owner and therapist I am today.


Sessions start at 125 for 60 minutes/165+ for 90 minutes depending upon location

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7. The New Workout That Stretches You Out
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We may have discovered the ultimate workout: It comes to you, doesn’t involve equipment, is only as hard as you want it to be and helps your body feel healthier and move better. Too easy, right? Well, kinda, but it works. Chicago “stretch therapist” Estelle Harford of Stellar Strength is one of only 25 Global Master Ki-Hara practitioners in the world. The discipline helps eliminate pain, reactivates and releases muscles, builds new muscle and improves what she calls “true flexibility.”
Stellar Strength and Wellness is now available in Atlanta, Georgia as well as Chicago.
Contact Estelle at 630-730-1410 or to set up a progressive session and experience her technique.

Voyage Chicago Introduces Estelle Harford of Stellar Strength and Wellness