Alexander Technique working on horse's saddle image

Working on a horse’s saddle

Why use a saddle? Once someone has had a few lessons, we may look at saddle work on a specially made wooden trestle. The body can often balance more easily on the saddle so it is useful to explore tightness in the legs and hip joints. And if someone hitches up their back and shoulders to […]

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Chair Design – function plus form

  It’s not ideal for our health to sit for too long. Two factors are of key importance: our posture at the chair and the type of chair itself that we sit on. Christine Ackers writes in Connected Perspectives that: ‘… the first criterion for judging a chair must be that sitting on it does […]

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Text Neck from Poor Posture

Holding your head down to look at a mobile when texting can put a real strain on the body. Indeed, a recent study states that texting can harm your health, citing posture as one of the main causes. The head weighs about 10-12 lbs (4-5kg). As the neck bends down, it puts a greater load on the spine […]

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Housework – the dreaded hoovering

Hoovering can be uncomfortable and can make your back ache.  What can happen is that you stand fairly still and overuse the arms – pushing and pulling with your arms, making loads of effort.  This leads to bending forward, often putting strain on the lower back.  Here are some ideas to experiment with: Make the handle […]

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