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Managing Chronic Pain and Social Norms

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Last week I shared a short video about a young woman with chronic pain on the studio’s Facebook page. To manage the pain, Raquel needs to lie down on her back frequently during the day. This is not an issue if she is at home or at a friend’s house.

The problem arises when she is in public, for there are very few good places to lie down.

And then there is the issue of it not being socially acceptable to lie down in public. At least in our Western culture. Continue reading “Managing Chronic Pain and Social Norms”

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Accommodation

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I just listened to a podcast interview with an Alexander Technique Teacher who related a story about her student who had purchased brand new glasses. The student had paid several hundred dollars for them. They were the style of the moment with very small lenses.

And in order to look through the “sweet spot” and see clearly, the student had to put his head in an awkward position that created tension in his neck and pulled it off balance. The teacher had pointed this out to him.

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Stand Up for Yourself

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A student came in this week and told me that a few days ago, she had had sit through a seminar in the front row of an auditorium. In order to be able to see the presenter’s screen she was forced to pull her head back uncomfortably onto her neck.

If you have ever sat in the front row of a movie theater you get the picture.

My student had spent the whole time alternating between pulling her head back uncomfortably onto her neck and looking at the screen and looking away and trying to undo the tension in her neck.

I should add that this student has problems with neck tension.

I asked her, “did they have assigned seating in the seminar?”

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