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Alexander Technique Help for Computer Users – Part 7: Our Work Station — 13 Comments

  1. Thank you, Imogen! I will be reading this in much more detail later this morning, as I had decided yesterday that my work station is NOT conducive to freeing my body and following Alexander Technique awareness. (That thought was prompted by your post on Facebook yesterday.)

  2. I’m looking forward to the laptop-specific comments — for now I’m going to clean off my desk (what a radical concept) and experiment with the laptop up higher and a separate keyboard linked to it.

    • Thanks for your comments, Beth. My husband docks his laptop at work (so the screen can be a bit higher) and uses a separate keyboard and I think it works quite well for him. Elevating your seat as described can be really helpful. Good luck with cleaning off your desk πŸ™‚

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  4. Great! Luckily, I don’t do too much computer work but when I do, I sit on the sofa and my head looks down to the screen which is for sure not a healthy posture for my reversed cervical spine…
    Will have to get this figured out, it’s not so easy because when my body is in a good position, my hands usually aren’t (carpal tunnel, ouch).

    Franziska

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    • I haven’t investigated standing desks thoroughly, but I think they can be a great alternative, especially if using the Alexander Technique to help you stand in a natural, balanced way. I touch on standing to work in my next blog on using a laptop, and a colleague of mine in Virginia specializes in helping people move from sitting to standing. You might find her site interesting : http://theatupelo.com/

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  7. I like the tip re raising oneself so hips are slightly above knees. Because Im short in most chairs both at a desk and other situations my feet dont reach the floor. What are some tips on how ones feet should be and how to compensate if one is too short or too tall for most chair/desk set-ups.

    • First, if you can raise the height of the chair, either by the simple addition of a cushion (or even a phone book or two), paradoxically your feet will be better able to rest on the ground, because the legs are angled downward. I wouldn’t get too focused on position, but be aware that you can just let the feet rest flat on the floor. When I have to sit on a chair that is not “perfect” if it is too high, I will sit on the front edge, more like I’m sitting on a stool, which allows the legs to drape down. If it’s too low, and I can’t find anything I can use to raise the height I might move my whole torso so my back rests on the back of the chair, with my sit bones pointing down. If I had to choose, I would choose the chair that is a bit too high…
      I hope that helps.

  8. Dear Imogen, I have just posted a question about the use of gym balls but please ignore it as I can see that you covered this point in this post. Thank you!

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