How to sit at a desk ...

How to sit at a desk, work at a computer … and maybe even enjoy it!

Sitting for many of us is an inescapable feature of our daily activities and one which we struggle with, or maybe even pains us. Many books on ergonomics and posture propose a correct way of sitting, an ideal, which if we take seriously, we cannot help but fail to live up to. In this paradigm, any discomfort experienced while sitting is either our fault or the fault of our particular chair-desk combination. The first costs us our sense of wellbeing while the second costs us money, if we join the quest for the latest ergonomic furniture solution.

We human beings are not designed to sit still, nor are designed to sit up straight. If there is an ideal way to sit then it is one which nearly all of us has experienced but paradoxically few of us make use of in our daily lives.

My proposition is that the ideal is that of the baby who has just newly acquired ability to sit. With a larger head in relation to body than that of the adult and the neuromuscular system unused to the position, the baby has no other option other than to balance its head above its pelvis making the best possible use of the bones of the spine and pelvis for support.

And babies don’t sit still for long, sitting for them is not a position they hold but one they move through. So, if we take baby-sitting as an ideal which inspires us, movement is a part of it too. In other words, sitting is dancing.

By considering sitting as a dance then we can benefit from many somatically-oriented contemporary dance training techniques, which are supported by the latest developments in neuroscience, to improve our experience of sitting.

The movements are easy, slow and relaxing and can be done by anyone. We’ll explore the anatomy and function of the torso, the arms and hands, and the eyes in many different situations, returning always to apply what we have learned in sitting.

Upcoming BodySchool Workshops

Berlin, Germany
BodySchool: Authentic Movement and the Feldenkrais Method
5-7th January 2018

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BodySchool: Authentic Movement and the Feldenkrais Method In the frame of Winter Tanz 2017/18 In some ways, the Feldenkrais Method and Authentic Movement adopt contrasting approaches to supporting our growth as humans. While both encourage us to listen to ourselves and develop a respectful attitude to learning, the first confronts us...
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Copenhagen, Denmark
BodySchool : BodySchool : Exploring The Feldenkrais Method
23/24th September 2017

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BodySchool : Exploring The Feldenkrais Method In this weekend workshop, we'll explore some Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement (ATM) classes. We'll see how to relate the movements of a particular class to everyday life as well as considering the general application of the skills we learn through practicing the method. The...
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Koli, Finland
BodySchool Weekend Retreat: Feldenkrais and Authentic Movement
8-10th September 2017

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BodySchool Weekend Retreat: Feldenkrais and Authentic Movement In some ways, the Feldenkrais Method and Authentic Movement take opposite approaches to supporting our growth as humans. While both encourage us to listen to ourselves and develop a respectful attitude to learning, the first confronts us to recognise our perceptual and kinaesthetic habits,...
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Vienna, Austria
BodySchool : Making friends with scoliosis
20/21st May 2017

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BodySchool : Making friends with scoliosis Scoliosis is most commonly thought of as a lateral asymmetry of the spine that shows up as a sideways curve. But considered three-dimensionally, it's more like a twisting or coiling of the spine that produces the characteristic two-dimensional curve. Since nobody has a perfectly straight spine, and...
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