Work Life

Alexander Technique for Work Life

We spend one third of our waking life at work. These days “Work Life Balance” and “Health and Wellness” are buzz words and work practices are being integrated into how companies support their staff. As technology becomes our most common mode of communication we are inundated with information, while human contact, is reduced. This reduction in physical human communication can leave us feeling unsupported and isolated, even in a sea of people.

Do you feel overwhelmed and tired? Is your body feeling the stresses and strains of your work? Do you see it in your colleagues and ask your self why is this? How can it change?

Example: Technical Operators

As you sit at a computer, or stand consulting your phone or other technical device, do you notice your body tense in these activities? Tech Neck is a forward head posture attributed to using phones and computers. When the head is forward the neck muscles have to do a lot of work to literally hold onto it. While, it is necessary to communicate with our devices, evolving our postures in a negative way is not necessary.

The Alexander Technique helps you understand where the support for your head is so you can prevent tensions that cause strain on the body, and in this case particularly your neck and back.

The problem is the distracting nature of these information devices. Our attention seems to be more heavily interested in what they are saying rather than what our body is saying. It is possible to build self awareness and still take in the information from your device and your environment in a safe and enjoyable way.

Example: Craftspeople

Any person using focused attention and precision coordination for their job or hobby can find that their body suffers after prolonged periods of repeated action. Doing the same thing in the same way programs the brain and the body to perform in the same way. Some muscles become more developed than others.

Our senses – seeing, hearing, feeling through touch – do not coordinate efficiently while doing an activity in this way.

Can you catch yourself staring at the object in your hand you want to repair?
Can you feel how your face is pulled towards it?
Is your neck tension increased?
You may not notice tension because you are used to it.

Play with finding more distance between your eyes and the object.
Let your head float up and let your attention widen to your feet and the ground.
Feel the object in your hand again.

Can you feel that tension in your body changed?
Play with this as often as you like.

The Alexander Technique brings balance to how we perform activities, coordinating more muscles to support the overworked system. Every activity is a whole body activity. Understanding this and sharing the load on a whole body can release tensions built up in limited repetitive ways.

Example: Teachers

Teachers work hard using their voice to quiet rooms, speak for hours during their lessons, and spend long periods standing and bending over tables. The human body is designed to stand and move and speak, however some find it difficult. Burnout and fatigue are common problems in schools and colleges. A focus on self-care and support for teachers is critical.

Understanding that support for your voice is your whole body is useful when lecturing or filling a room with your voice. Communicating a commanding presence with ease is also important in a leader or teachers role. Taking care of your body and your voice are not separate activities. It is all one.

Example: Managers

Competition in the work place is stressful and demanding. Managers and supervisors have great expectations laid upon them to achieve targets and results. Demanding deadlines creates stress on leaders and teams. Individuals can feel lost and disempowered in the system.

Many companies focus on staff wellbeing and valuing the worklife balance.
Companies offer coaching in performance tools to aid their efficiency and harmony in the workplace. It is now important for the employer to be attractive as they compete for the most talented and creative workforce. Empowering and supporting their workforce is part and parcel of that.

Alexander Technique workshops and individual lessons offer opportunities to team build and connect colleagues, while encouraging individuals to connect to themselves.

Integrating and inspiring staff to have the tools necessary to understand the working of themselves within their environment, is vital to the healthy output of a business.