Improve Your Workplace Wellness
Many people pay no attention to themselves during their working hours. Indeed I was one of them! I was so conscientious that I deemed myself less important than the people I was there to serve, the staff that I was working alongside and my employer too.
My defining moment of clarity on this issue was having a repetitive strain injury.
I resigned my post as Advanced Practitioner of Obstetric Ultrasound in the summer of 2007 as my work-related musculo-skeletal disorder was not ‘going away’. I had spent months pursuing conventional therapeutic methods to try and heal my injury, to no avail. With a heavy heart, I hung up my transducer and decided to leave my beloved profession.
After I left, my boss mentioned the Alexander Technique to me. I was cynical but made an appointment.
40 minutes later I emerged pain free. And this amazing state stayed with me for days! That was it, completely hooked. Three months later I was on a three-year teacher-training course to teach this incredibly important work to others, and have just written a book that I wish had been available to me when I began learning the Alexander Technique.
Here are some simple tips that you can bring into your working life right now.
You’re probably sitting to read this article. Where are your feet at this very moment? Notice what you’re doing with them.
Now allow your feet to be flat on the floor directly underneath your knee joint. Do not cross your legs!
Find your seat bones. Those rocker shaped dense bones are built to support you when sitting – make sure they are contacting the chair you are sitting on. Now notice if they are both sharing your body weight evenly. That is desirable!
Now let your pelvis anchor you to the seat and accept its full support. When sitting, our torso in Nature would be upright – is yours? Direct your tailbone to the ground below you.
Let your tummy out, breathe!
Where is the top of your spine right now? Place your fingers in your ears. Nod your head. That’s the top of your spine. Right now it should be flowing directly up to the ceiling – is it? Or have you got your neck poked forwards towards the computer screen?
Just allow your spine to realign so that the top of it is now flowing straight up.
Send your eyes to the ground and let your head rebalance, it likes to be forwards. Your eyes can move independently of the head, they can now look straight ahead.
Allow your chair to support you fully, let your weight stay back, don’t get drawn into the computer screen!
If you need to move forwards, hinge from your hips. Allow your whole torso to move, keep your back long and spine intact, breathe again.
Blink every 2 – 3 seconds so that you don’t freeze and fix into a position. Walk around every 30 minutes to prevent unnecessary build of muscular tension, and change the muscular movement pattern.
How do you feel now?
I like to think of AT as whole body mindfulness. You can choose to think about yourself any time you like and this will improve your coordination, balance, posture, functioning, mental agility, mobility, amongst other positive effects.
For a ten minute intro, here’s my TEDx talk.
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