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I’m a writer striving to be a better explainer. I’m also a posture and movement coach. I love a good joke. Find me at AlexanderTeachingStudio.com

Is a technique from the Victorian era still relevant today?

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The Alexander Technique as we know it today started with one actor’s vocal problem.

F.M. Alexander (F.M. as he was often called) was born in Tasmania, an island off the coast of Australia, in 1869. As a young man he was an aspiring actor. At the time it was popular to recite Shakespearean monologues. This is what he liked to do. But he had a problem. With his voice. Quite simply, he would lose it. He would get hoarse while performing.

F.M. sought the help of medical professionals. They checked him over and couldn’t find anything obviously wrong. They suggested…


I want to be a better explainer. That’s why I write.

My name is Lauren. I began writing regularly over 10 years ago for the sole purpose of becoming a better explainer.

For the past 18 years, I’ve worked predominately with clients who have pain problems. Usually low back pain — simply because it’s so common — as well as neck and shoulder pain. I’m trained in the Alexander Technique, a very old but still mostly unknown technique developed in the Victorian-era that helps people change postural and movement habits that are causing or exacerbating pain or getting in the way of optimal functioning.

I suffered from chronic back, neck, and…


A quick one-minute posture tip

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Less is one of my favorite words.

And one of my favorite questions to ask myself is: “Can I do less?”

Excessive muscular tension is a contributing factor to poor posture and musculoskeletal pain. Therefore, one way to work on improving your posture is to reduce the amount of excess muscular tension in you — to reduce the amount of holding on you do.

In other words, do less of what you’re already doing that’s not helpful. Excess muscular tension isn’t helpful. Not helpful for posture, balance, breathing, or easy movement.

The problem is if you carry around this excess…


8 tips from a posture coach

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Just like clockwork, an email appeared in my inbox this week from a distressed parent. She was asking for help with her son’s posture before he headed off to college in a matter of weeks. She apologized for the late request.

Almost every summer I get such an email from a parent. The email usually arrives early to mid-August. It’s always urgent. The time frame to fix the poor son or daughter’s posture is just a matter of weeks. The average request is 3 weeks. Preferably to have it all wrapped up before school starts.

If you’re concerned about your…


How you think affects how you move

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Are you up for a short little experiment today? You’ve got nothing to lose. And you might just find your body likes it.

In a little while, you’re going to go for a short walk. So, make sure you’ve got a large enough space to walk around in comfortably for about 30 seconds. Heck if it’s nice out, go outside.

Although you’re going to walk in this experiment, the experiment is not so much about the activity of walking per se — it’s about how changing what you think may change your experience of the activity of walking.

But before…


Seriously, do you know how tired you really are?

fox sleeping on a log
fox sleeping on a log
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Many years ago, a doctor said four words to me. I’ve never forgotten them.

Sleep cures many things.

Besides not being at your best and feeling a bit grumpy continued lack of sleep may wear down your immune system leaving you more susceptible to contracting the cold or flu that’s going around the office. Or you may already have a cold and your lack of sleep makes it linger on that much longer. Lack of sleep is also now cited as a contributing factor in a lot of serious medical conditions including diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. …


Or why I learned to mouse left-handed

person using a computer mouse with their left hand
person using a computer mouse with their left hand
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If you come into my office you’ll find my mouse on the left side of my keyboard. I’m right-handed. But I purposely mouse with my left hand. And there’s a very good reason for it.

A few years ago, I started having problems with my right shoulder. I’d sit down at the computer and after a while, my right shoulder would start to bother me. It wasn’t painful. But it was uncomfortable enough I noticed it.

At first, I just ignored these little niggles and got on with whatever computer work I needed to do. Those niggles were my body…


Good ergonomics isn’t just about the physical setup

man curled forward using a laptop
man curled forward using a laptop
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Your laptop is a great tool. A laptop gives you the ability to work wherever you want — whether that’s at the kitchen table, the sofa, the local coffee shop, or halfway around the world as a digital nomad. However, precisely because they are mobile, laptops pose some unique postural problems.

Because your laptop’s screen and keyboard are connected, you’re always going to be sacrificing something. If you place the laptop low enough so the keyboard is comfortable for your arms, wrists, and hands, the screen will be far too low for your head. If you position the laptop high…


Ask yourself this one important question

Man speaking in public while someone snaps his picture with a smartphone
Man speaking in public while someone snaps his picture with a smartphone
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How you do anything is how you do everything” is a quote you may have run into in a self-help article somewhere. I’ve heard it attributed to Zen Buddhism. But the origin seems unclear. Leadership Coach, Carolina Caro, wrote a nice post on Forbes exploring the meaning of this very quote. Basically, it boils down to looking at your habits. And understanding that often a particular habit is not restricted to just one area of your life but tends to show up in many unexpected places, over and over again.

For example, you may first become aware of a habit…


photo of a bat hanging upside down
photo of a bat hanging upside down
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The first one hitched a ride in on our Christmas tree.

At least that’s our story. It was just too much of a coincidence that the day after my husband and I drug in our freshly cut Fraser fir and set it up in the stand, the bat appeared.

We met in the laundry room.

I switched on the light. Across the room by the window was something black with what I would have sworn at the time — although implausible — was a six-foot wingspan. It flew straight at me. I did the only thing a reasonable person would…

Lauren Hill

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