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Alexander Technique Help for Computer Users – Part 6: Breathe! — 7 Comments

  1. Being aware of my body is one of the gifts given me from the Alexander Technique. Noticing how we are breathing moment to moment plays a huge role in getting in touch with how we use and misuse our bodies.

    A stressor for me at the PC all day is the constant interruption either by telephone or e-mail pop ups continually forcing me to change gears and juggle multiple tasks. Of course, it is the keeping track of one task to the other that is stressful and difficult.

    Getting up from time to time, staying in touch with how we use our bodies, especially through either the forced or ease of our breathing is extremely useful in managing the best way to navigate our way through the day with a minimum tension and maximum amount of ease. Thank you Imogen.

    • Jerry, I completely agree that being aware of our breath plays a huge role in how we use our bodies. I would imagine with all your work interruptions, remembering to pause and breathe is a huge part of dealing with them more effectively and calmly. And great that you are able to get up from time to time – however “well” we are sitting, movement and variation are always good 🙂

  2. Walter Carrington (one of Alexander’s early students and his main assistant on his training course in the 40s and 50s) used to say something to the effect that if you’re breathing is going well, it’s almost certain the rest of you is too.

    When I first heard this from him, I had absolutely no idea what he was talking about. I not even sure I understood what he meant by breathing going well.

    Today his statement seems sort of obvious. Nice blog Imogen!

    • Well, I completely agree with Walter Carrington! I see that in my students all the time (and myself…).
      Of course you could flip in the other way around – if the rest of us is functioning well, the breathing must we operating well too… Our entire coordination and our breathing are completely interlinked – it seems to me you can’t change one with changing the other!

  3. Another great post, Imogen!
    I can think of just one more reason we hold our breath. Habit. I think holding your breath can become a habit because of all those other things you mentioned.

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