Alexander Technique Computer Posture
Posture while using the computer is a challenging position. We tend to collapse down in front, poking our necks, faces and upper chest towards the screen. Sound familiar? Feel familiar? How about right now? When we collapse this way we lose our oppositions, one of the principles of the Alexander Technique, and cause ourselves to have poor computer posture.
Release tension for better computer posture
What we want is for our necks to be free of excess tension, so that our head can move up. Tension shortens our neck, bringing the head back, and down. We want the head to move forward (rotationally), and up. A simple way to achieve this forward rotation is to slightly, slowly lower your nose, while the crown of your head moves up. At the same time we want our sit bones to release down into the chair. Employing the Alexander Technique to improve our computer posture results in more ease, less rigidity, and improved breathing.
The Alexander Technique for maximum results, minimum tension
When you need to get closer to the screen, or to reach for a cup of coffee, use your hips joints as hinges, rather than bending using your lower back. When you reach for something, think of lifting only your fingertips and move your hands with only the minimum amount of effort needed.
So, head and torso up and, in opposition to that, sit bones down. Use your arms and shoulders minimally. Oppositions facilitate lengthening of the spine. It feels good to have good computer posture. If you notice that your breathing has become fuller, you’re on the right track.
Mark Josefsberg-Alexander Technique NYC
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