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Training good posture at home and at work

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Too much sitting, and poor working posture, can contribute to back, neck and shoulder pain, eye or breathing issues, repetitive strains and carpal tunnel, poor sleep and raised stress levels.

In the long term, being sedentary contributes to life-style diseases like cardio-vascular diseases or diabetes.

We may do a desk-based, posture training course, but we forgot to practice and fall back to square one with our on going habits. Or we do sport but find we have lost our youthful physical ease and it hurts.

Good posture is not about escaping from pain, though that may be the primary motivation. Posture is the foundation of being healthy and active. Solving posture related limitations provides fulfilment: dancing with your partner, playing sport, having a good quality of sleep, playing with children, etc.

If you improve the quality of your movement, you will improve the quality of your life.

Temporary fixes. Often we feel better during a holiday only to find the problem returns when we step back in to the office. Think about it: if two people do the same job, but do not have the same issues, it means our well being depends on our personal postural habits. And these can be changed with experienced supervision and guidance.

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This service helps to improve posture. To reduce pain. And to train permanent and automatic postural habits that help future-proof our bodies into old age.

The solution is not in theoretical, book based learning, which we know doesn’t stick, but by doing practical 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.

“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.

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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