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Alexander Technique Help for Computer Users – Part 8: Using a Laptop — 7 Comments

  1. Thank you, Imogen! You know I was eagerly awaiting this post.

    Actually, I think my chair is TOO high. I have to look down to my screen. That could be part of my problem.

    Experimentation will be underway soon!

    (And yes, off to share on Facebook!)

    • If you weren’t working at a laptop I’d advise you to raise the height of the screen, rather than lower the chair, but changing the chair height might help (though I’d still advise that your knees be lower than your hips if possible). You might be able to tilt the screen back more to make it easier to see without lowering the height of your chair. Great to experiment – that’s what it’s all about. And not having one fixed position is good too!

  2. This is terrific, Imogen – the pictures really bring home the message. I have been so guilty of misusing my laptop in terms of body posturing. I do like standing up, which I’ve been doing for a few weeks, but sometimes I just need to sit down! I’ll experiment with what you are describing here.

    Judy Stone-Goldman
    The Reflective Writer
    http://www.thereflectivewriter.com
    Personal-Professional Balance Through Writing

    • I’m very impressed that you’ve been standing so much to work. I must admit I wouldn’t like to stand all the time (and I mostly work at my PC to be honest), but it certainly changes things up, which is good. Having a variety of positions available, as well as flexibility, mobility and awareness within them, is best. And in my opinion it’s HOW we use our body, whether sitting or standing, that is key.

  3. Great post Imogen – and I was particularly stuck by the photo of you using a laptop on your lap! It shows a position very much like one suggested by Galen Cranz, Professor of Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, and an Alexander Technique teacher who, in my most recent podcast, suggests that a lounge chair can be very a great way to sit. Seems like your position has lounge-chair-ish aspects!

    Check it out: http://bodylearning.buzzsprout.com/382/47272-an-alexander-technique-perspective-on-user-friendly-chair-design

    • Hi Robert! Thanks for your comments. That’s interesting that you made the connection to the lounge chair Galen mentions in the interview. I didn’t think of it while I was sitting on the couch, but the thought crossed my mind when I saw the photo. Great interview, by the way!

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