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Training good posture at home and at work

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Too much sitting, repetitive actions and poor working posture can all contribute to back, neck and shoulder pain, RSI and ‘carpal tunnel’, eye tiredness, poor breathing and stress related issues etc.

A chronic sedentary habit is also a primary factor in life-style diseases like cardio-vascular diseases and diabetes.

How can we get rid of work related pain and improve the quality of our movement?

Good posture is not just the absence of pain. It is the foundation of a full life. Playing sport, sleeping well, hiking with friends, dancing with your lover, being agile enough to play with grandchildren.

You may already have done ergonomics and posture training, sport and fitness or taken time off. But! Ergonomics training is an effort, an obligation that is too easy to forget, and does not become automatic. Sport helps massively, but does not change our unconscious work-based movement habits. Time off helps, till we go back to work where we re-enact our unconscious habits. It is our habits that are the cause of our problems.

Think about it: two people do the same job, but only one has ‘mouse hand’ or back pain. Our physical condition depends on our unique postural habits. And bad habits can be changed for good habits by unlearning and relearning. That is our service goal.

Improve the quality of your movement, improve the quality of your life.

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What we want is to change our movement habits at the automatic level. With the right approach, this is possible.

“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.

Our service goal is to help you to improve posture, to reduce pain, and to train permanent, subconscious, automatic postural habits.

The solution is not in theoretical, book based learning, which we know doesn’t stick, but by doing practical guided movement lessons that create better movement habits at the level of the control centre – the brain.

The practical movement lessons include sensing, feeling, and moving and are designed to change our posture. We feel what good posture is, then we create physical change and make that stick as new habits in our automatic, unconscious brain.

Image: ©Ben Parsons

My name is Ben Parsons, and I experienced musculo-skeletal and stress associated problems during my career in business, but I found a transformative solution using awareness based, movement training. I no longer have any issues.

It took me years to research and learn, but now I provide an online coaching service so that individuals and businesses can get the same results without the long time investment.

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 Objective

The Posture in the Office program helps you to improve your work place ergonomics and posture, and to relieve or reverse the negative effects of repetitive or prolonged working positions.

The Means

Doing posture and movement training with awareness, you get to sense your habits from the inside. When done with awareness, sensory information goes to the brain, and loops feedback to the musculo-skeletal system to move better.

In the practical sessions there is usually an immediate sensation of 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

Themed 50 minute sessions which work through the body zones: back, shoulders, neck, wrists, etcetera, and activities like sitting, typing, mousing, working posture, eye use and breathing.

90 minute webinars that go deeper into a topic like carpal tunnel and RSI.

Who is this for?

Individuals can book one-on-one problem oriented coaching, or join one of the public group sessions (when offered) or a corporate session

Companies & teams can provide a staff benefit to support employees’ physical and mental well being.

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
  • One on one ergonomics coaching, 50 minutes
  • Public drop-in classes via Zoom

Pricing

  • Corporate sessions – get in touch
  • One-on-one sessions – £/€75

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

What makes this different from relaxation, meditation, yoga, fitness or classic ergonomic training?

Functional movement training with awareness has a different way of looking at the world.

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

Our goal is to change habits rather than to patch up the body with strength training or short healing sessions. Thus we resolve the root cause of issues.

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.

This work is based on neuro-science not on woo-hoo. The brain uses sensation and sensory feedback to learn and to change. Brain change or adaptation is called neuro-plasticity. The end result of a brain that changes is learning. Our coaching leverages the ability of the brain to change by bringing focussed awareness and movement together, to create long lasting habit changes.

“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

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