Julie Pauls, PhD, PT founded ATLAS Posture® to share insights gained from 35+ years as a physical therapist. She has practiced as a clinician and educator in Texas and the Middle East. Before launching into consulting in posture she recently pioneered the role of physical therapy for the Integrative Medicine Center at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Her special interest in Integrative Medicine includes extensive study of Feldenkrais, Pilates and the Alexander Technique. Julie is a graduate of the Houston School for the Alexander Technique.
She is the author of Therapeutic Approaches to Women’s Health & co-author of Quick Reference to Physical Therapy, 2nd edition.
Born in the midwest, I think geography is as much destiny as biology. Growing up in the “heart of America” was the stuff of roller skating down sidewalks past neighbors who bought my Girl Scout cookies. My Dad was an educator and my Mom was a chef at the school where my brother and I walked down the hill to attend.
But my childhood was not all idyllic. One of my earliest memories was being treated at the University of Kansas Medical Center for burns I sustained in a kitchen accident. The accident left me with scars on my face and hand. It says something about my family and friends that it wasn’t until college that I was informed that facial scars are a disability with high levels of stigma. My sociology professor, herself impaired with Multiple Sclerosis, delivered the news while I stopped taking notes and stared, incredulous, from the front row.
I was in college studying towards a degree in Physical Therapy. This degree plan was decided back in my senior year of high school when my Dad arrived home with a ginormous manual called The Occupational Outlook Handbook: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Dad: “Physical Therapy looks like a good job.”
Me: “Sounds good.”
It turned out to be great guidance. My PT career allows me to serve others while having the flexibility to be available to my family. One of my favorite jobs was teaching childbirth education classes in the Middle East. It makes me smile to think “Freedom of Choice Based on Knowledge of Alternatives,” the motto of the International Childbirth Education Association where I was certified for 20 years, was shared with clients from over two dozen countries.
Back in the US, I jumped into commuting across Houston to the Texas Medical Center (TMC). TMC provides millions of patient visits per year across 43 institutions. It is an awe inspiring place to work with the motto, To Serve and To Heal Through Education, Research and Humane Care.
A few years ago getting to and from work took about three hours daily, which meant stepping on the bus by 5:30 am to hit the ground running to complete work in time to catch the bus and trek back home. Increasingly, the time it took to recharge post work meant most of my time away from work was spent recovering from work.
Fortunately, I discovered the Alexander Technique through the Houston School for Alexander Technique (HSAT). I learned how to use my body with more ease. And the outward effects on my posture has been a gradual transformation to feel more open and aligned naturally. People who know me well say I look taller.
When sharing my insights on posture with patients, many reported a decrease in fatigue related to the side effects of cancer treatment. Now I’ve gone from sharing with patients at one institution to sharing this work both locally via onsite training with my community in The Woodlands, TX and online. Using the system of self-directed posture guidance, a kind of “self-care GPS”, from ATLAS Posture® is the first practice I’ve found that leaves me with more energy, not less, after working. The system can be learned in a few minutes but lends itself to ongoing practice.
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