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Webinar_ Work Related arm disorders. Change your habits and reduce or avoid pain

What_ Online webinar in 3 parts Where_ Zoom When_ Monday 12, 19, 26 July at 19:10-20:00 London time (20:10 Berlin). Cost_ 45€ includes all three sessions and the recordings Tickets Arm and hand pain, and typing and mousing often go together. There are different conditions with different names, like Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI), Work RelatedContinue reading “Webinar_ Work Related arm disorders. Change your habits and reduce or avoid pain”

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Would you benefit from improving your posture, ergonomics and comfort?

“I’ve got three daughters and they all said, ‘What’s with you? You’ve grown taller.’ I’m 6 foot 3. So something had happened.Jason B.

Many people have become much more sedentary in the last year and the effects of working with a bad table or seated posture are well known: back pain, neck pain, shoulder stiffness, eye strain, headaches, carpal tunnel, RSI, poor sleep or raised stress levels, and so on.

Often we feel better when we take a break, only to find the problem returns the moment we step back in to the office. Wouldn’t it be great if we could take this brief positive experience and import it to the work place on a permanent basis?

Or perhaps you’ve already learnt the theory, but theory is not practice, and in time you forgot to do it. What you need is a practical learning course (‘learning below words‘) to have unconscious good posture.

Image: ©Ben Parsons

My name is Ben Parsons, and I’ve experienced similar problems myself, but I found an effective solution which led me to where I am now. Now I teach this to others so they can quickly get what took me years to develop.

Good posture is not just about escaping from pain, though that may be your primary motivation. Posture is the foundation of pleasure and being active. Eliminating postural pain gives you choices: dancing with your partner, playing your favourite sport, sleeping through the night, back-packing with children.

Image: Jenny Hill @ Unsplash

My goal is to help you live a fuller, more pleasurable life by helping you to develop the resources for your own well being. So join me for a practical session to improve your posture, comfort, and well being.

“Hi, Ben, just another thank you for the classes—and also for the chat afterwards. In retrospect, I could hear quite loudly my own inner voice making excuses for myself, why I can’t do things a certain way. A sharp contrast to you and your professionalism and sense of responsibility and accountability. Thank you for being a great role model. Looking forward to our next encounter.” C.H.

The Goals

Whether you are already experiencing issues or want to prevent them, the Posture in the Office program aims to help you improve your work place ergonomics and posture, and to relieve or reverse the negative effects of repetitive or prolonged working positions.

The Means

Functional posture training with guided awareness. Doing movement with awareness, you get to sense your posture from the inside. When done with awareness, sensory information goes to the brain in a feedback loop, leading to your body automatically moving better. In the practical sessions there is usually immediate change as the trainer adapts the instructions for each individual, shining a spotlight on the critical elements of good posture that can be sensed and integrated immediately.

The Sessions

A series of themed 50 minute sessions which train specific postural habits, such as how to sit well, strengthen the back, use the mouse and keyboard ergonomically, or breathing or ‘eye yoga’ etc. The effect of these sessions is cumulative.

Or 90 minute webinars that go deeper into a topic and are suited for large group training.

Who is this for?

Individuals can book one-on-one ergonomics consultations or join one of the public group sessions to improve their posture.

Companies & teams can support employees’ physical and mental well being by purchasing series of sessions or in-depth webinars.

Images: Marlon Peres & Kaniel Korpai @ Unsplash

What makes this different from other forms of exercise?

Functional movement training with awareness is more than fitness and well being. Our goal is to change habits and so to bypass or prevent problems in the first place.

Because the focus is on moving with sensory awareness, change comes from the inside out and is unique for each individual.

We avoid repetitive exercise and one-size-fits-all solutions because repetition only reinforces existing habits (which you presumably want to change), and because people are not all one size.

Based on science not on woo-hoo. The brain uses sensation and sensory feedback for learning and change. This is called neuro-plasticity (brain growth). We use techniques that take advantage of the way that focussed awareness and movement create a feedback loop to the brain.

“I’ve really enjoyed these sessions with you, and you have run it really beautifully. I feel its been really good fun, and very beneficial.” Jutta L.

Click the photo for a sample sitting posture lesson

Sitting explorations

Images: Rosalie O’Connor / IFF.

Click the photo for a sample shoulder lesson

Lying sensing

Click the photo for a sample breathing relaxation

Remove gravity to enhance sensitivity

Practical Details

Different products for different needs

  • Themed sessions for teams or employees. Duration 50 mins, 8 persons maximum. A minimum of 4 sessions must be booked together
  • In depth webinars on key topics. 90 minutes, max. 24 persons
  • Individualised ergonomics coaching, 50 minutes
  • Public drop-in classes via Zoom

Pricing

  • Small Group session series – please send your enquiry for number of sessions and number of participants
  • In depth webinars – £/€20 per participant, minimum £/€200, maximum €/£380
  • Bespoke corporate programs – please send your request
  • One-on-one sessions – £/€75
  • Public workshops – £/€12 per participant

Practicalities

  • Sessions use video conferencing to allow individualised and detailed feedback
  • Participate from home or work, no special clothing or equipment needed

Session Themes

  • Relax and mobilise stiff shoulders
  • Freeing the neck
  • A strong and supple back
  • Sitting well
  • Zoom eyes
  • Carpal tunnel, mouse hand etc
  • Work station ergonomics
  • Ergonomics for asymmetrical jobs
  • Easy standing and walking
  • Balancing stress and relaxation
  • Breathing better
  • A resonant voice
  • Pelvis and pelvic floor, a strong foundation

In-depth Webinar Themes

  • Eye yoga and Zoom eye relief
  • Balancing stress and relaxation
  • Implementing better workplace ergonomics
  • Carpal tunnel and other hand and arm disorders

To get a taste for how I work, you may drop into my weekly movement classes for the public, or request a one-off taster class for you and your decision makers. You can also attend my themed public webinars. Check them out on the blog page.

The Trainer

Ben Parsons is an accredited and experienced movement specialist, trained in the Feldenkrais® Method and Stott Pilates. With 25 years of experience, he has a relaxed, fun style that puts everyone at ease.

His journey started with writer’s cramp, a repetitive strain injury (RSI) or focal dystonia, that he spent years searching out a solution for, eventually healing his own problem. He brings this personal experience into his work.

Ben speaks English, German, French and (some) Japanese. He worked in IT for British Airways in the 2000s and consulted for Schroder Securities in Tokyo in the 1990s. He now lives near Berlin with his family and works globally digitally.

I am overwhelmed by how authentically you taught this session. On the one hand thematically pure, on the other with great clarity. You seem to have successfully distilled that which Moshe Feldenkrais mentioned in the original lesson. Respect!” Christine S.

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bp @ potsdam-feldenkrais.com
An den Kopfweiden
Potsdam
D-14473
Germany