Julie Pauls, PhD, PT, has decades of experience as a physical therapist clinician and teacher.

Before founding ATLAS Posture® she pioneered the role of physical therapy in the Integrative Medicine Center at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. Her experience in Integrative Medicine also includes training as a certified teacher for Alexander Technique International. 

She is the author of Therapeutic Approaches to Women’s Health & co-author of Quick Reference to Physical Therapy, 2nd edition.

MY STORY

Excerpts from Small Graceful Changes

I hesitate to use the word ‘posture’ because every time someone asks me, “What do you do?” and I tell them, “I’m a physical therapist specializing in posture,” they immediately, to a person, pull themselves up to the most upright position they can manage as quickly as possible. And then say something like, “I need to work on my posture.”

We all seem to have a little shame around our posture. We know we’re supposed to have good posture but we misunderstand what that means. We think we’re supposed to “stand up straight!” but there is no straight in the body. Posture is really all about feeling at home within our bodies. Most of us are so disconnected from our body’s natural ease and freedom of motion that we don’t realize the subtle yet profound impact posture has on our existence every single day.

I don’t know about you, but the voice in my head telling me to “stand up straight!” every time I notice I’m slumping is my mom’s. But I can’t blame Mom. I’m a mom myself and a grandmother. And the mom I have and the ones I admire just want what’s best for their babies.

I was three and a half months old when the accident happened. Mom said I was a fussy baby and she kept me close to her to keep me happy. That’s how I ended up on the countertop next to the stove. I rolled onto the burner, badly burning the side of my face and hand. I had a lot of hospitalizations and surgeries through my early years.    

(Copyright 2019 Julie Pauls)

To read more of my story or schedule a presentation or workshop using the signature ATLAS Posture® approach please contact Julie Pauls at info@atlasposture.com.