Use your chair to improve posture and range of motion

Posted March 05, 2012, at 4:55 p.m.
Ann Baldwin

Is your lifestyle too sedentary? Maybe you sit at a work station all day or an injury or other physical condition makes it difficult to move. Do you find yourself avoiding parking spaces that require looking behind you because it hurts to turn your neck?

If you feel the quality of your everyday movement eroding and you’d like to achieve greater well-being in the convenience of your own home or office, consider the Bones for Life on Chairs program. The method involves gently applying pressure to your body with your feet or hands while sitting in a chair.

The program is based on the principles of the Feldenkrais Method, which mimics how newborns learn — not from an outside source, but from an internal barometer of trial and error.

The Bones for Life on Chairs program trains participants about weight-bearing alignment that promotes bone strength and posture while sitting. It’s a form of natural self-treatment that develops awareness about how we move in daily life.

The chair, used as a platform for those who can’t get down to the floor easily or those who sit at a work station, shifts sitting into an opportunity for better movement. The method’s principles kick in when you find yourself collapsing your cervical or lumbar spine, when you need to restore your sitting in long-distance driving or during meetings, when you need to reach for something, when you negotiate getting in and out of a chair or bed, and when you wish to improve the quality of your everyday life.

You can improve your movement and sense of well-being at any age.

Gretchen Langner is the U.S. director of the Bones for Life program. She will offer a Bones for Life on Chairs program March 14-April 18 and May 2-June 6 on Wednesdays at the Camden Public Library. The registration deadline is March 5. For information, call Gretchen at 332-3530 or email langnerdzign@gwi.net.

 

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