- Paperback: 328 pages
- Publisher: North Atlantic Books; Subsequent edition (April 10, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1556433220
- ISBN-13: 978-1556433221
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.8 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
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Comfort at Your Computer: Body Awareness Training for Pain-Free Computer Use Subsequent Edition
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About the Author
Paul Linden is a specialist in body and movement awareness education and the director of the Columbus Center for Movement Studies in Columbus, Ohio. Linden is an instructor of the Feldenkrais Method of somatic education, and holds a fourth degree black belt in Aikido as well as a first degree black belt in Karate. Over the past twenty-five years he has developed a systematic approach to body movement and awareness teaching which he calls Being in Movement mind/body training.
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I've taken Feldenkreis lessons before, but never noticed much difference. I now realize that this pain has raised my awareness levels of my body in a way I didn't know before. Now I can do simple Feldenkreis lessons at home and feel a definite difference in muscles being looser and moving better. This book is great on raising my body awareness while I am at the computer.
I've professional training in safety and ergonomics. I learned more from this book that was not covered in previous professional training. Understanding about the proper pelvis position while sitting and how it affects your arms was an eye opener. The general public has a misunderstanding of what good posture is supposed to look like.
The only thing I would recommend is a more in depth chapter on the different types of mice (pointing devices) and keyboards available out there, their pros and cons. Having to choose a new pointing device and keyboard for myself has been a daunting task. I've already returned 2 keyboards with centrally located touchpads that relieved some of the pain, but not all. I'm now considering a vertical mouse and the comfort keyboard, which would keep my hands in the vertical position. Maybe this is covered in the new book edition or maybe this topic is too individual to be covered in a generic book.
As the author mentioned to me in an e-mail:
If you sensitize yourself to feelings of balance and ease in your body, you will be better able to detect which ergonomic devices are actually helpful.
I particularly enjoyed having him respond to specific questions I posed.
Even better, the guidance on how to sit has changed my life. I can finally work at my computer without back pain!
BTW, I also recommend Pascarelli's excellent book. These two complement each other nicely.