My story

Julia Woodman I first came to the Alexander Technique as a means of preventing potential future problems, having a family history of serious back and neck conditions. Not only did I learn better whole-body coordination, removing the usual strains on my back and joints from my habitual movement pattern, but I also discovered many other benefits that I carried into my daily life. Every lesson brought a sense of well-being and my calmer state of mind helped me cope better with a stressful job. For the first time, because of my improved posture, I was also able to sit comfortably at my computer. As someone who was originally involved in scientific research and who then spent many years in a desk job in the pharmaceutical industry, I continually ‘lived in my head’. Through the Alexander Technique I have gradually integrated thinking and activity, for a better coordinated mind-body. After several years of lessons, which began in 1998, I decided to train as a teacher and in 2006 I successfully completed the 3-year full-time training course at the Manchester Alexander Technique Training School.

I have been active in teaching since I qualified and am now based in Portobello, Edinburgh where I offer individual lessons, as well as running introductory group courses and workshops, and working in business. In September 2018, I am opening Edinburgh Alexander Training School, currently the only Alexander Technique teacher training course in Scotland.

I am also an active researcher on the Alexander Technique. I am the Chair of STAT‘s Research Group and am currently a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of York, where I am part of the study team for the clinical trial of Alexander lessons for people with chronic neck pain. I have published several articles, including a review of the effectiveness of Alexander lessons for different health problems, as well as several publications on the findings of the neck pain trial.