About

Julie Parker
Julie Parker BSc, MSTAT

My training in Alexander Technique, Coaching and Embodied Mindfulness (with over 25 years’ experience) allows me to offer a bespoke blend of mental and physical strategies to help you live a more fulfilled, joyful and pain free life.

Background

I was born and schooled in Zimbabwe. I undertook a degree in Mathematics from the University of Cape Town, followed by a career in Investment Fund Management. Continual headaches and an interest in self development and in working with the body, led me to the Alexander Technique.

The treatment wrought a transformation in me. As a result I decided to undertake the 3 years training required to become a registered teacher. I trained in the UK with one of the most prestigious protégés of FM Alexander himself. I qualified in 1989 and since then I have taught the Technique to people from all walks of life.

Alexander Technique – Previous Clients

  • BP International
  • Johnson and Johnson
  • Amersham International
  • Security Pacific Hoare Govett
  • The Harley Street Clinic
  • Sarah Key Back Pain Clinic (Central London)
  • Hampstead Alexander Training course
  • NHS Teacher Training course (Cumbria)
  • LIPA (Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts) music and drama students

Current Clients

My major client is the University of York. I offer Performance Coaching and Alexander Technique Lessons to undergraduate and post graduate students in the Department of Music.  I’ve worked with staff from many different departments including; IEE (Institute for Effective Education), Health Sciences, Technology, History, Energy Conservation and Music.

This year (2018) I have been commissioned to run pilot Action Learning Coaching Sets in Leeds, Sheffield and York for the WRoCAH (White Rose Foundation) PhD students.

Furthermore I am regularly invited to give talks, workshops and presentations to various groups of staff and students within the University (see Talks & Workshops page for details), and I was a guest speaker at the 2018 Researchers Day.

I also run a Private Practice and give workshops and talks on the Alexander Technique around the world. I am an occasional guest teacher at the York Alexander Training School.

Research

I have also had a research contract with the Health Sciences Department, working on the ATLAS Clinical Trial – a £720,000 three year trial investigating the effectiveness of Alexander Technique and Acupuncture as interventions for Chronic Neck Pain and the results of this trial were published in 2016.

Coaching Qualifications

  • 2007 accredited Relational Dynamics Coaching Course (an ILM 7 accredited course through Coaching at work, qualifiying with distinction).

This course is different from traditional coaching skills training. It expands distinctly into the arena of relational dynamics (our interactions with and understanding of, self and others). This training is multi-functional and I use it to enhance leadership, facilitation and mentoring skills. It qualifies me to practice as a Relational Dynamic Coach on a 1-1 basis.

Experience

My coaching clients come from diverse backgrounds, from a student up to a University Deputy Vice Chancellor (see my Linkedin page for my Coaching Recommendation and endorsements).

My diverse experiences of life and work have given me a deep understanding of change management. It has also given me an empathy for the challenges which this presents.

Conclusion

I have a varied background and 25 years of work with an embodied mindfulness meditation practice. Alongside this I’ve had a  life long interest in spirituality and ongoing self development. This combination of elements allows me to facilitate growth, creativity and change at a deep level, both in myself and others.

To arrange a talk, workshop, or individual lesson, or an introductory coaching session;

email julie@creativetransformation.org.uk  or phone me on 0784 171 2942.

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