in Midhurst and Chichester
Healthy desk work and computer use
Do you do a lot of desk-bound work or are you tied to a computer a lot of the time and feel it is harming you and your body? Modern work practices don't often encourage healthy alignment and good posture and movement — and they can take a toll on our health. But for many of us, being at a desk is an unavoidable part of our working lives.
The Alexander Technique can help you to work in a more comfortable, relaxed and healthy way and to reduce work related issues like back pain and Repetitive Strain Injury. For over a hundred years it has offered a completely different approach to improving posture and poise to the 'sit up straight, pull your shoulders back' approach. Over a course of lessons you learn to release unnecessary muscular tension and allow your body to come back into balance. It involves letting go of tension and stress so that your body can naturally come into balance and alignment on its own — rather than trying to hold yourself in a certain position. The difference in how comfortable and at ease people feel after having lessons is real — and sometimes dramatic! In addition people often find that problems caused or exacerbated by poor coordination and excess muscular tension (such as back pain and Repetitive Strain Injury) resolve themselves naturally once the excess tension which is causing them is no longer there.
Many electronic devices and much office furniture (including many so-called ergonomic chairs) are not really designed in way that helps us to sit and work with freedom and balance. For this reason it can be helpful for me to take a look at your working environment with a view to improving matters. I can advise about ergonomics, desk design and height, computers and computer peripherals etc. and am happy to visit your home of place of work and make suggestions if that would be helpful.
My own journey to being an Alexander Technique teacher began partly through pain from work (in my case it was repetitive strain injury). I healed myself through the Technique, and though I still use computers a lot in twenty years I have never since suffered from the hand and back pain which I once did.
Usually 10-15 lessons are enough to make a very tangible difference and to allow you to carry on exploring on your own. For more information or to book a trial lesson, please contact me.