Neck Tension and the Hokey Pokey

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woman about to eat some food on a stick

As a kid I loved doing the Hokey Pokey.

If you come from an English-speaking country you’re probably familiar with the participation dance and its distinctive tune and lyrics.

The Hokey Pokey’s great—if you’re doing the Hokey Pokey dance.

The problem is you might be doing bits of the Hokey Pokey all day long without even realizing it. And your body is suffering for it.

Let me explain. Continue reading “Neck Tension and the Hokey Pokey”

How Language Shapes Us

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close up of woman's head and neck

The word Neck figures prominently in the English language.

Some days, your coworker is “a pain in the neck”. Some days, she may frustrate you so much that you could “wring her neck”.

Your boss can “breathe down your neck” pressuring you to finish that report by the end of the day. And you don’t know how you are going to get it done because you are “up to your neck” in so much work.

You can “stick your neck out” to help a friend in trouble.

And on and on.

The problem with talking about the Neck is that over time it becomes its own thing. Continue reading “How Language Shapes Us”

Head Up Eyes Forward

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I read a story recently about someone’s first experience with the Alexander Technique. It was many years ago, and he had come across a poster advertising an introductory workshop.

The workshop was titled “HEAD UP EYES FORWARD: An Introduction to the Alexander Technique.”

He went to the workshop. I think that he eventually went on to train to be an Alexander Teacher. What impressed me about the story was that all these years later he remembered the four words on the poster. Continue reading “Head Up Eyes Forward”

Where is Your Attention?

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Often my students lament that working at their computer is causing their neck, shoulder and back pain and contributing to their poor posture. They constantly find themselves pulled in toward the computer screen, head and neck jutted forward, collapsed through the front of their torso, shoulders up to their ears.

The first thing to come to terms with is that it is not working at the computer that is causing your problem. How you are working at the computer is the problem. And how you are working is not just about your body. It is also about your mind. Continue reading “Where is Your Attention?”