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Training good posture at home and work

Would your work place posture and environment benefit from being improved? 

The negative effects of intense computer based, desk based or prolonged sitting work are well known : back injury, lumbago, neck injury, herniated discs, eye strain, headaches, carpal tunnel, RSI, sleep & stress issues, etc.

How long can we continue to work at a desk that’s at the wrong height, on the sofa or mousing all day long with poor posture before our bodies start sending us distress signals or fall to pieces?

Often we feel better when we take a break, only to find the problem returns the moment we step back in to the office. Alternatively, we do a theory course on sitting posture, but it doesn’t become unconscious habit and we forget to practice it. So wouldn’t it be great if we could take this brief positive experience and import it to the work place on a permanent basis?

My name is Ben Parsons and I’ve experienced these problems for myself, but happily I found an effective and permanent solution in mindfulness based posture training. Now I teach this to others so they can quickly get what took me years to develop, to help them get beyond pain or bypass it in the first place.

Foto: ©Ben Parsons

Helping people find their natural posture and avoid the negative effects of too much sitting.

In fact it is never too late to act. What makes a difference is the process of observing our habits and actively learning to change them by sensing from the inside out.

Therefore, whether you are already experiencing carpal tunnel or back ache or want to prevent them, functional movement with guided awareness is a scientifically proven way to bring about change in postural habits. Interactive sessions lead to immediate change by the use of feedback. The trainer constantly adapts the movements for the individual or group, highlighting the critical elements of good posture that can be integrated immediately.

Click on the photo for a sample sitting posture lesson

Sitting explorations

Fotos: Rosalie O’Connor / IFF.

Click the photo for a sample shoulder and arm relaxation lesson

Lying sensing

Click the photo for a sample breathing relaxation lesson

Remove gravity to enhance sensitivity

The Goals

The Posture in the Office program aims to help you improve your work place ergonomics and posture, and to relieve or reverse the negative effects of repetitive or prolonged working positions, including carpal tunnel, ‘Zoom eyes’, back pain etc, so you stay as healthy and fit as possible for as many years as possible.

The Means

Learn to sense and improve your posture. Focussed awareness during movement sends sensory information to the brain in a feedback loop, leading to improved movement efficiency. Using focussed awareness and learning-by-doing from the comfort of your office or home, the trainer constantly adapts the movements for the individual, shining a spotlight on the critical elements of good posture that can be integrated immediately.

The Modules

Each session has a specific posture as a theme. Taken together, the sessions build on each other to give you a stronger, more flexible and resilient posture. Modules cover many human movements, including how to sit well, strengthen the back, ergonomic mouse and keyboard use, and de-stressing ‘Zoom eyes’.

Who is this for?

Individuals can enrol to take control of their own well being or bring this to the attention of their manager.

Managers and personnel departments can commission in-house sessions to support the physical and mental well being of their team.

Key workers, high value individuals or people for whom personal well-being is paramount can book one-on-one sessions.

Companies can take request themed seminars that go deeper into key topics for larger groups.

What makes this different from other forms of exercise?

Functional movement training with awareness is more than just fitness and well being. Our goal is to change habits and so to bypass or prevent problems in the first place. It is about learning and changing how we move.

Because the focus is on moving with sensory awareness, change comes from the inside out and is unique for each individual.

We avoid repetitive exercise and one-size-fits-all solutions because repetition only serves to embed existing habits, and because people are not all one size.

The scientific approach takes advantage of the way that focussed awareness and movement creates a feedback loop of improved efficiency and ergonomics that happens immediately and is long lasting.

The following modules can be packaged in different combinations

Relax and mobilise stiff shoulders

Freeing the neck

A strong and supple back

Sitting well

Zoom eyes

Preventing and reversing carpal tunnel, mouse-hand & RSIs

Work station ergonomics

Ergonomics in asymmetrical jobs

Easy standing and walking

Rebalancing stress and relaxation

Breathing better

De-stressing the voice and throat

Training the pelvic floor for men and women

Further bespoke sessions upon request

Pre-designed packages for implementation in the corporate environment

Six modules in six weeks. Or hit it hard with 5 modules in 5 days.

Relax and mobilise stiff shoulders, freeing the neck, a strong and supple back, sitting well, Zoom eyes, carpal tunnel mouse hand & other RSIs.

Eight modules in eight weeks

Relax and mobilise stiff shoulders, freeing the neck, a strong and supple back, sitting well, Zoom eyes, carpal tunnel mouse hand & other RSIs, work place ergonomics, rebalancing stress and relaxation.

Twelve modules in six or twelve weeks

Inc. Relax and mobilise stiff shoulders, freeing the neck, a strong and supple back, sitting well, Zoom eyes, carpal tunnel mouse hand & other RSIs, work place ergonomics, rebalancing stress and relaxation, easy standing and walking, breathing better, de-stressing the voice and throat

Or substitute in repeat modules of your choice

NB Allowing staff to pick and choose their own modules is good for individual choice. HOWEVER the best results for staff come from attending a complete series which builds a cumulative effect.

Some topics require pre-work on seated posture, and back and shoulder relaxation. Thus these are always grouped together, either as part of the above packages, or in a package of three modules.

This applies to Carpal tunnel, mouse hand & RSI; Zoom eyes; & Work place ergonomics.

Different to the module sessions, webinars go into depth on key topics and last 90 minutes. Webinars can be given to larger groups (normally up to 24 persons).

Choose from: Zoom eyes; Carpal tunnel/mouse hand/ RSIs; Balancing stress and relaxation; Work place ergonomics.

Or request your own choice and we will see if we can meet your requirement.

I run weekly classes for the general public. Drop in and try a class to get a taste for how I work. Click on the link to my public class offering and then send me a message. Or request a one-off taster class for you and your decision makers.

Practical Details

Different products for different needs

  • Small Group sessions – usu. max. 8 persons
  • Themed in depth webinars for max. 24 persons
  • One-on-one bespoke sessions
  • Bespoke corporate programs

Pricing

  • Small Group packages – please send your enquiry
  • In depth webinars – 20£ or € / participant, minimum 200£ or €
  • One-on-one bespoke – 75£ or €
  • Bespoke corporate programs – please send your enquiry

Session practicalities

  • Small group sessions: 50 minutes
  • Webinars: 90 minutes
  • One-on-one sessions: usu. 50 minutes
  • Training uses video conferencing. Cameras need to be switched on if feedback is to be given
  • Wear your regular clothing, participate from home or work
  • Most classes are seated, some standing or lying
  • Small group format permit individual effective supervision and feedback
  • Larger webinars of up to 24 participants let us dive deeper into a topic

The Trainer

Ben Parsons is an accredited and experienced movement specialist, trained in the Feldenkrais® Method and Pilates, with a focus on posture, ergonomics, carpal tunnel, RSI, vision, and also childhood development milestones. With 25 years of experience, he has a relaxed, fun style that puts everyone at ease.

His journey started with writer’s cramp, a repetitive strain injury (RSI), that he spent years searching out a solution for, eventually healing his own problem. Thus he brings his personal experience into his work, particularly to do with RSI, vision problems, posture and ergonomics.

“Hi, Ben, just another thank you for the classes—and also for the chat afterwards. In retrospect, I could hear quite loudly my own inner voice making excuses for myself, why I can’t do things a certain way. A sharp contrast to you and your professionalism and sense of responsibility and accountability. Thank you for being a great role model. Looking forward to our next encounter.” C.H.

Ben speaks English, German, French and (some) Japanese. He worked in IT for British Airways in the 2000s and consulting at Schroder Securities in Tokyo in the 1990s. He ran a pilates and shiatsu studio in Geneva for a decade. He now lives near Berlin with his family and works globally digitally.

Audio Feedback

Click on the image to hear what others have to say about doing these sessions.

Click on the image above to hear praise for these sessions

Written Feedback

“”I’ve got three daughters and they all said, ‘What’s with you? You’ve grown taller.’ I’m 6 foot 3. So something had happened. Then over the weekend I’d get clicks and pops from my back as I felt things further freeing up, which is great.Jason B.

“I noticed Ben that after the first session I could get out of my chair very easily.” Barbara J.

I am overwhelmed by how authentically you taught this session. On the one hand thematically pure, on the other with great clarity. You seem to have succesfully distilled that which Moshe Feldenkrais mentioned in the orginal lesson. Respect!” Christine S.

“I’ve really enjoyed these sessions again with you, and you have run it really beautifully. I feel its been really good fun, and very beneficial.” Jutta L.

“I just had the funniest sensation when walking up the stairs: as if my legs were “flying”, were without weight. I walked up effortlessly 🙂 not that I normally find it hard, but this was much easier than usual!” Annika C.

bp @ potsdam-feldenkrais.com
An den Kopfweiden
Potsdam
D-14473
Germany
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