Section: The Workplace
How’s that Office Chair?
SO — how IS your office chair? Individuals and companies spend countless hours researching the best ergonomic chairs and desks to enhance “worker productivity.” It is possible to spend hundreds of dollars on a highly rated set-up and still find that you are uncomfortable. Why? I’ll tell you what I tell my clients.

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How to Release Shoulder Tension in Less Than Five Minutes
Have you noticed how your shoulders rise in direct proportion to the number of tasks--especially office tasks-- you have to perform on any given day?

Some of my clients tell me by the afternoon on a workday they feel like their neck has disappeared and that their shoulders have migrated up to their ears. When I do hands-on work with clients I have a few techniques that relax the shoulders in minutes. Since they can’t take me home to release their shoulders every time they get tense I have designed this strategy for self-care that will help to release those tired achy muscles quickly.

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Neck Pain Relief with the Feldenkrais Method®
Clients often enter my office after they have already worked with other practitioners for their neck pain. Maybe they have tried massage, physical therapy, chiropractic, or acupuncture, and found some relief. Yet when clients find themselves easily re-injured by everyday activities at work, they may still be seeking a way to create more lasting change.

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A Movement Exploration to Help you use a Mouse or Trackpad with more Ease and Comfort
Try this brief ATM® lesson and discover what a difference a few, well-focused minutes can make on your comfort level!

Start when you are seated and ready to work on your computer.

Get an overall sense of yourself in sitting.

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Fireman Meets the Feldenkrais Method
As a New York City Fireman and Feldenkrais practitioner I have had the experience of using the Feldenkrais Method in my work environment to help my co-workers eliminate injuries and improve their work habits. Firefighting is a very stressful occupation and many injuries occur.

After 9/11, I made a bigger attempt to teach group sessions and individual sessions in the firehouses in New York. Firemen can be a very tough bunch, the idea of moving slowly is not part of their vocabulary, especially when the bell rings and time is an important factor.

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ATM Lesson: How Far Can You Turn?
Here is a short Awareness Through Movement lesson for you to enjoy. By doing it, you will demonstrate to yourself that your body has a potential far different from what you normally think.

NOTE: This lesson involves turning the head. It is important that you turn slowly and gently, stopping if you get any signals of strain, discomfort or pain. If you have pain in turning, turn only so far that you DO NOT have pain. A very small turn is OK.

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A Systemic Approach to Workplace Injury
Workplace injuries, particularly those brought about by repetitive activities such as assembly line work or computer keyboarding, can be highly complex and multifaceted phenomena.

The way we conceptualize an injury has a strong influence on how we think about dealing with it. Indeed, even the act of labeling it as an injury can introduce a strong bias in how we think about it. The Feldenkrais Method helps prevent workplace injuries and facilitate their healing when they do occur.