Faces of Love

A few days ago I had the pleausure of being interviewed about the topic of LOVE! THAT was really interesting to me because what do I really know about the topic of LOVE?

There are so many kinds of love…or are there? I guess it really depends on your perspective.

I mean there is romantic love. It does not matter who you are… I am sure romantic love has affected you. If you are like most romantic love has made your heart soar and it may have felt crushed a time or two. How much in control are we when it comes to this type of love? Hm, I wonder…

I believe the stronger the love we have for ourselves the better the relationship. And when the relationship with another is non-existant it is the love for ourselves that really counts. We cannot receive love from others unless we first give it to ourselves. That can be tricky.

Yesterday on Valentine’s Day my brother and sister-in-law renewed their marriage vows after 5 years. It was so wonderful to see how happy and in love they are. Does it mean that it is all perfect? No but they are committed to each other

What about love for your immediate family? Your siblings, children, parents? Sometimes the key here is “Do you like them?!” Too often the hurts in our immediate family causes pain that can last an entire lifetime. I have certainly had my experiences with this!

On a deep level you love them but cannot seem to get along. Families are blessed with people of all shapes, perceptions, ideas and this can create challenges. How do you handle it when love goes wrong in your family?

Then there is the love of friends, teachers, students, pets. They all seem like a different kind of love but love is love, right?

Did you know that when your heart expresses love towards another you are expressing love towards yourself. It is not possible to be expressing love for another without feeling it inside of your heart.

Then there is the vibration of love. David Hawkins speaks about this in his book Power Vs Force. It takes only a small group of people vibrating at the frequency of love to help raise the vibration of thousands! So here we are talking about the healing power of love.

What an opportunity for me to talk about my iLoveU image located on this blog. This is a Ho’oponopono healing design. If you meditate on it you will feel a shift in your body. Funny as I was typing this I was visualizing this design and felt a shiver fun through my body as just the mere vision of the design in your head has healing power.

I know you may be wondering what in the world I am talking about. Well soon i will be sharing more about my iLoveU design: how it was created and how to use its healing powers in the areas of money, business, relationships and whatever else you want healing in.

So I am wondering, what can you do today in the way of love?

Looking forward to hearing from you!

iLoveU !

Wendy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your Body is Your Manifestation Tool

Ok I have said it!

Your Body is Your Manifestation Tool!

You heard it from me Wendy G Young, today, Feb 10, 2009.

What in the world are you talking about Wendy you might be asking?? Right?

Well several few years ago I had an inkling I was going to create “something.” I founded an ergonomic business in ’91 and until I sold it in 2008 I was shipping products all over the world and had consulted in many large corporations.  After some painful twists and turns in the corporate arena I began feeling something newer and bigger on the way…a more expanded version of me.

As this corporate upheaval in my life was taking place I immersed myself into a deeper practice of the Law of Attraction and realized that this technology I created is a blend of my 17 years of work as an ergonomist and my 25 years of the study and practice of spirituality and the Law of Attraction.  

One day when I was interviewed on a radio show I began referring to the term “Spiritual Ergonomics.” I said “What message do you want your posture to send to the world?” At the time I realized that this had something to do with the relationship between postures and emotion yet I still had no idea what the final outcome would be (LOL – Is there really ever a final outcome?)

Over a period of time I created a body of writing and exercises around this intriguing concept that had been brewing inside of me for years! Then in 2006 a technique began revealing itself to me. As I practiced and focused on this technique I continued to receive inspiration and information that refined the techniqie and explained how and why it works.

After discovering Ho’oponopono an ancient Hawaiian Healing Technique I created iLoveU Ho’oponopono™ out of inspiration. The iLoveU design on this page is the symbol of this technology and part of the overall system I call the Spiritual Grid™ Manifestation Technology™.

This Spiritual Grid™ Manifestation Technology™ is based upon these six (6) premises:

1.      The body is a manifestation tool. We manifested our body to be in this life. The universe works through us and co-created our body with us so that we can use it as a tool to co-create our Divine inspirations. This technology connects us to our body. 

 

2.      We co-created planet earth, the largest “physical” manifestation in our environment with the Divine to support us in manifesting our desires. Living on earth is a symbol of this necessary connection at this time. When we are fully connected to earth we are supported in achieving our desires more quickly. This technology connects and grounds us to the earth.

 

3.      There is a direct connection between our body posture and our emotions. If we stand tall with a sad face we feel ridiculous and if we hunch over and smile we also feel silly and incongruent. A key component of manifestation in LOA teachings is about being in emotional alignment. This technology aligns you physically and emotionally and creates congruency with the universe. Our message to the universe must be congruent to manifest our desires. This technology creates this congruence.

 

4.      There is an energetic grid. We are an extension of this grid or source. We are one with source and our good comes only from this source. We must know it in our bones that we are source. This technology creates a stronger connection to this source.

 

5.      We must embody our desire in a clear and focused way. This technology fully embodies our desires in various realms and energizes them to speed up manifestation.

 

6.      We must have supporting beliefs to manifest our desires. This technology helps clear negative energies that may be getting in the way and creates new postive beliefs and intentions.

I discussed this technology with Dr. Joe Vitale a few months ago as a participant in his Rolls Royce Mastermind. His comment to me in the first 20 minutes of our mastermind: ““Your approach of Using the Body As a Manifestation Tool is truly different and very unique.”

Yes! It is different. It shifts you from a place of doing to being. It speeds up the manifestation of your desires.

Recently on Meet the Press it was discussed that the economic stimulus package was designed to help boost confidence in the minds of the American people. True confidence comes from inside not from something outside of ourselves.

This technology is your inner confidence booster!

I will be presenting a LIVE workshop on Sat, Feb 21st. If you feel called to attend this live event then I welcome you! This is the first time this technology is being presented and the price is the lowest it will ever be!

To find out more register for the introductory audio up and to the right (directly under the picture of Dr. Joe Vitale and myself!)

Feel free to tell your friends…especially if they live in Houston or anywhere in Texas 🙂

iLoveU!!

Wendy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Headsets For Comfort – Part 4 – What Increases The Effectiveness of Headset Use

If you are using your headset regularly throughout the day and do not take some time for yourself and your body, the effectiveness of your headset is going to be limited.

Stretch and Rest
Push away from your computer from time to time. Really, it’s ok! Massage your neck, arms and hands. Then stretch. If your muscles feel tight then massage them again or place a warm towel over them before stretching. Close and cup your eyes. Then open them and look at something in the distance to relax the muscles you have been using.

You will notice an increased energy almost immediately.

You are not a machine and your body needs the rest. Get up from your chair. Walk down the hall or around the building. If it is a nice day go outside and be with nature for a few minutes. It will do wonders for you.

You will probably begin to notice that you are infused with new ideas with increased rest. Yes?

Move Your Body
Our bodies were designed to move. Move your legs right now as if you were walking in place. Yes. Go ahead and try it right now…..!

Did you do it?

If you did, what did you notice? You may have noticed that your breathing automatically changed. Our legs act like peripheral hearts. When you move your legs your circulation increases sending blood and oxygen throughout your body and increasing your energy. Change positions frequently throughout the day and whenever you can, get up and move around.

Relax and Breathe
So many people tend to feel a sense of obligation to sit and sit (and sit!) to finish a project. Like they think the answer is going to come from thinking more. Sometimes they try so hard to just think of what it is that they are missing when faced with a project deadline and they are increasing their stress level instead. This causes shallow breathing from the chest instead of from the diaphragm.

The lungs must fill to capacity in order to be at our best. The best advice is to rest and take some deep breaths. It is amazing how inspiration seems to flow and the problem we are in the middle of miraculously finds the solution.

Deep breathing helps the relaxation process and relaxing helps the breathing process. So try one and see what happens!

It has been a pleasure sending you this 4-Part Mini e-Course on increasing comfort with the use of headsets.

Let me know if you have any questions about additional ways of being comfortable.

Wendy

Headsets For Comfort – Part 3 – Physical, Psychological and Financial Benefits

There are many physiological and psychological and even financial benefits when you take care of your body with regular headset use.

Circulation Increases
Imagine bending a hose that has water running through it. The bend causes the flow of water to stop or just trickle out the end. This is what is happening in your body when your body is out of natural posture. If your neck is bent the circulation decreases.

Headset use helps you begin to feel better because it is allowing your neck to begin to move back to it’s natural posture. As mentioned previously there may be some additional steps you can do.

Oxygen and nutrients from your food can now help to heal and nourish this area through the bloodstream. When the neck is in alignment with the rest of the body the blood to carries these nutrients to this area more effectively.

Overall Wellness Increases and Stress Decreases
Regular use of a headset eliminates “negative stress energy.” There is an overall feeling of wellness when your neck is in a relaxed position.

Using your headset will allow all your neck muscles and tendons to be relaxed. Your mind is also at rest because it is not thinking about your bent neck and what pain might be developing long term.

You will notice how the mind is less frantic and rushed. Yeah! The stress is considerably reduced and you now are able to focus on the work without the physical influences.

Efficiency, Productivity and Income Increases
There is an inherent stress that comes with multi-tasking and cradling the phone in your neck. Headset use increases efficiency and reduces physical and mental stress. Now that you more relaxed and comfortable you feel better in every way. It is like a weight has been lifted!

Now your hands are completely free and you can easily perform other tasks while talking to the person at the other end of the line.

You can also fully focus on the conversation! You are fully present and new creative ideas and inspirations will be much more forthcoming now.

Your work will be of a higher quality and completed quicker and this is directly related to the bottom line.

Positive Mental Attitude
The increased efficiency and productivity discussed above helps to create an increased feeling of accomplishment. This goes a long way to create a positive mental attitude and this breeds more creativity and a positive outlook on each and everyday. The more the mind focuses on what is good the more good will come.

Can it get any better?

Tune in for Part 4 of this Headset Mini e-Course to find out how to increase the effectiveness of headset use.

See you then,

Wendy

Headsets For Comfort – Part 2 – Increase Comfort, Energy, Time, Productivity and Bottom Line

Using a headset brings back the natural curvature of the neck and increased comfort will most often be immediate. There are some additional things to pay attention to.

Be Aware
Continue to be aware of how you feel and take care of yourself appropriately to increase your comfort even more. If you are tired, then rest. If something hurts, stop immediately and investigate the pain source.

Get Some Bodywork Done
A bodyworker may help relax the muscles of the neck that have been sore. There are many modalities: massage, chiropractic, and physical therapy.

Seek out specialized practitioners to ease chronic pain. Some natural approaches are Hellerwork and Rolfing which have been known to help many people release the tension from their body and increase range of motion.

Visit with your doctor or holistic practitioner and make decisions based upon their advice and what feels right for you and your beliefs about healing.

Eat, Drink and Be Healthy
The tissues and cells of your neck and the rest of your body require hydration and proper nutrition to heal and maintain proper balance and function. Even the microscopic particles of food you eat travel to your neck, so make sure you eat wholesome foods and drink plenty of water for your weight!

Eat balanced meals always and organic foods when possible as well as raw fruits and vegetables, lean proteins and happy fats (raw nuts and seeds, avocados and olive oil). Avoid animal fats and trans fats (the hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils).

Take digestive enzymes when you eat cooked food to increase the digestion of the nutrients in your food. Take acidophilus to increase the good bacteria in your gut…especially if you have been taking antibiotics. This helps with digestion also. Antibiotics kill the good bacteria as well as the bad.

Drink water throughout the day to give it time to be absorbed and flush your body of toxins. An easy way to accomplish this is to fill your glass every hour!

If you are exercising (especially outside in the heat) you will probably want to drink extra water before you begin or take some with you depending on how long you will out.

Go Out To Lunch
How often do you eat your lunch at your desk especially when you have skipped breakfast? You are not saving time and are creating stress instead.

When you are eating while working, digestion slows. Taking bites between typing is like “eating your stress”.

When you are relaxed during meals breathing is fuller, digestion is easier and you have more energy. Spending time with friends adds more joy to your day and you are probably breathing deeper because you are having fun. That is even better!

What else can you expect?

Tune in for Part 3 for additional physiological, psychological and financial benefits of headset use.

See you then,

Wendy

Headsets For Comfort – Part 1 – What is Happening to My Body With the Phone in My Neck

Imagine talking on the phone all day while having to reference information on your computer or write notes. Since this may require using both of your hands your neck becomes your third hand. All day long you place your phone in your neck and crunch your head toward your shoulders thinking how much it hurts. Ouch!

Your neck was not intended to cradle the phone extended periods of time. Plus just the thought of what you are doing creates a deeper stress that exacerbates the discomfort…You might be feeling something like ”This is very inconvenient for me right now.”

Placing the phone in your neck is an unnatural posture. This causes overstretching and pulling of the muscles in the opposite direction of their natural curve. This will cause sore and tense muscles.

Holding the phone in your hands for an extended time will cause tense muscles and tendons in the fingers, arms and elbows. If the neck is bent while pressing the phone to the ear the soreness will be felt here too.

The longer these postural behaviors are practiced, the increased chance of chronic pain and less range of motion. This means you will not have all the mobility you once had for the many activities you are involved with.

You might be wondering how holding the phone in an awkward position can have an effect on any other part of my life.

The body is designed to move throughout the day. When movement is restricted, fatigue develops and this spreads to the entire body and then there is a buildup of toxins and lactic acid in the inactive muscles.

The tense muscles also increase the chance of additional injury.

Let’s say you are driving and all of a sudden a car is moving into your lane. You must react quickly, so you move your neck quickly to the left or right to see what you can do. This is a quick movement made from a place of stress and a shock to the body.

Or what if you move the wrong way while sleeping and then stay in that position for a long period of time or if you quickly move your body awkwardly while playing sports?

In any of these instances, since your muscles are already tense you stand the chance of exacerbating the injury. Have you ever “pulled” a muscle and were not sure where it came from? A muscle that is tense is not able to go with the flow of the movement. In essence it is more “breakable”…the muscles will tense and “pull” causing additional pain or injury.

This muscle is in restriction and starved of nutrients due to this posture it has developed. The tense muscles do not allow the blood to feed it with water, oxygen and microscopic particles of food from digestion. Plus the toxins cannot be cleared away easily.

Chronic pain may develop due to the prolonged unnatural postures and the body’s connective tissue, the fascia to mold into place limiting mobility.

What can you do about all of this?

Tune in for Part 2 for some steps you can take to increase comfort, energy, time, productivity and the proverbial bottom line!

See you then,

Wendy

Top 10 Laptop Ergonomic Tips to Prevent and Reduce Pain

This article was originally published September 2007…

Due to the rise in laptop sales at an all time high and the nature of laptop design there exists an entirely new set of ergonomic issues for computer users. Ergonomics touts the benefits of being able to adjust the keyboard, monitor and chair so that the workspace can be fitted to the computer user for maximum comfort and productivity.

The shoulders, neck, arms, hands and wrist must be in a relaxed position when viewing the screen and when typing and mousing. Oh yes, the back, hips and legs want to be comfortable too.

So let’s examine the Laptop Ergonomic Challenge.

The Laptop Ergonomic Challenge
In the case of laptops, the keyboard and monitor are connected at the hip and it is virtually impossible to adjust the keyboard and screen height independently of each other. If there were a way to adjust the screen up and pull the keyboard out, down and toward the laptop user it would let the shoulders relax and give them more breathing room. There would be less of a reach to the keyboard and the rest of the body could relax and work in it’s neutral posture and open posture.

This would allow the circulatory system to do it’s job much more effectively and would be a first step to solving many of the laptop ergonomic challenges.

Are any manufacturers listening?

The Effect on The Body
When the laptop is placed in the lap, the neck is bent down to see the screen. This moves the neck out of it’s natural S curve and actually stretches the muscles of the neck the opposite way creating a strain which can develop into chronic pain if not checked early on. The pain may continue on into the shoulder and into the back. It really depends on the amount of laptop usage and various other physical conditions of the body as well as additional factors such as the amount of exercise, stretching and rest. Stress plays a large part in this too.

The keyboard is smaller causing the keys to be closer together and this creates “shoulder scrunch” with tense muscles and reduced circulation. Often there is no room for an external mouse, so using the mouse in the middle of the keyboard further scrunches the body.

The keys are further away from the body so this causes a reach to the keyboard, which can cause additional strain. The wrists have no choice but to rest on the laptop’s hard surface and there is the likelihood that additional pressure is being placed on the underside of the wrist and carpal tunnel.

Often, the laptop is placed on a table that is too high (kitchen table, hotel or client’s desk) and this further tenses the shoulder muscles with keyboard and mouse use. In order to place the hands on the laptop to type the shoulder muscles are tensed up. The arms are in a positive tilt position and this make it more difficult for the circulation to pump blood and oxygen to the hands.

And now is an extremely important time to have that extra oxygen! Just when the body requires it the most is when it receives less.

An example of how this works outside of the laptop world is as follows: Can you remember a time when you were involved with an activity where your arms were working above your shoulders such as when hanging pictures or paining a wall? You may have felt extreme fatigue and had to stop because it required much more energy to hold your arm up or may have begun to feel pain.

Working for long stretches on a laptop not positioned for the body’s comfort will create this same condition. The main difference is that most of us do not paint and hang pictures everyday but the laptop use is so high that it is causing chronic pain for many.

Another location for laptops use is while seated on a couch with no back support this causes the shoulders to lean forward and moves the back and neck from it’s natural S curve, creating a posture that will cause discomfort.

Now that you understand the ergonomic challenges with frequent laptop use let’s discuss some solutions.

Some Simple Solutions

Here are my “Top 10 Laptop Ergonomic Tips to Prevent and Reduce Pain” to make laptop computing more comfortable in the office, at home and on the road.

1 – Use An External Ergonomic Keyboard
Attach a full size keyboard and place at a height for your shoulders to be relaxed. So many computer users are so used to working with tensed shoulders that they are not in touch with what it feels like for their shoulders to be relaxed.

To relax your shoulders drop your arms down by your side and let your shoulders relax. For deeper relaxation, take a deep breath as you raise them up and then let them drop slowly as you exhale.

Now bend your elbows keeping them close to your body. If your elbows are lower than then tops of the keys the keyboard is too high. When positioning your keyboard be sure your elbows are 1-2” above the top of the keys on your keyboard.

You may discover that your table height needs to be adjusted down or replaced before being able to adjust your keyboard correctly for your body. You may consider the purchase of an adjustable keyboard tray that is installed under your desk.

Please note that many of the ergonomic keyboards are shorter and will fit in many laptop bags. Proper placement of the keyboard will depend on the furniture being used while out of your office. In some cases it may be possible to place the keyboard on your lap for brief periods.

2 – Use An External Ergonomic Mouse
Pack an ergonomic mouse in your laptop bag and keep an extra one on your desk so you will always have an eternal mouse with you. This will allow you to keep your shoulders open and relaxed.

You may want to try a mouse that lets you work in a handshake position.

If you have a small frame, try a mouse with the click buttons located near the center of the body in front of the keyboard. These mice are larger so if you are traveling pack these in your luggage.

3 – Use A Docking Station and Full Size Monitor
In the office, use a docking station to easily move from portable to desktop use and your laptop becomes the CPU.

Many of the docking stations are high off the desk so do not place the monitor on top of the docking station otherwise the head and neck will bend back to view the screen causing neck and shoulder strain.

Move the docking station to the side and place the monitor directly in front of you.

Now you can adjust the monitor, keyboard and mouse to the correct height for your body. This will reduce stress on the body by placing the wrists, neck and shoulder in a more neutral position.

4 – Place Your Laptop on a Laptop Desk
Try a laptop desk that can be utilized in the lap for more comfort in airports, hotel room and client’s and branch offices.

There is plenty of room for an external mouse on the left or right and this helps to keep the shoulders in a more relaxed and open position creating decreasing the risk of pain.

The ventilation holes in the bottom of the laptop desk keep the laptop cool as it helps draw cool air in and allows the heat from the laptop to escape.

These desks can both be angled on the desk to firmly hold the laptop and position the screen at a more comfortable height for the eyes, neck and shoulders. Then a regular size keyboard can be used to keep the arms, wrists and hands comfortable too.

The lightweight, thin laptop desks stores easily in your laptop bag.

5 – Resting Sessions
With regular desktop computing use I usually recommend a resting every 60 minutes for 5-6 minutes. Resting is extra important while “laptoping” due to the extra strains on the body. Rest at least every 30 minutes for 5-6 minutes. It is best to get up from your chair and move around. This movement steps up your circulation and you may notice a slight change in your breathing, as computer users tend to breathe shallowly from the chest instead of the diaphragm.

Take short rests (microrests) every 5-10 minutes for about 10-15 seconds to increase the recovery time from laptop use. Just stop what you are doing, drop your hands by your side and take a few deep breaths. If you are not typing or mousing relax your arms away from your laptop as much as possible.

Allow yourself time during the day to rest your eyes, your mind and your body. Observe the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes look 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
This will help prevent eye fatigue and eyestrain.

6- Stretching Sessions
Further reduce laptop stress on the body by practicing simple stretches to keep the muscles and tendons flexible, allowing the circulation to bring blood and oxygen to the overused areas of the body.

If your muscles are tight you might want to massage your muscles and then stretch. Or you might even want to get a professional massage!

Simple stretches will release tension from your muscles and relax your body. You might even find yourself yawning. This is your body getting the oxygen it has been craving.

7 – Drink Plenty Of Water and Practice Deep Breathing

Water helps to keep the muscles and tendons hydrated and wash away the toxins that accumulate causing discomfort. You may even want to squeeze some lemon to help increase the cleansing of toxins. Plus it will make drinking water a lot more fun.

Practice deep breathing frequently to oxygenate your blood and energize you for the next work session. The laptop posture tends to reduce the breathing capabilities of the body because the diaphragm is crimped thus creating shallow breathing.

8 – Sit in a Chair that Supports Your Body
When using a laptop at home there may be a tendency to sit at the kitchen table, swivel chair, couch or bed. If that is the case, it is difficult to sit in a neutral and open posture that will support deep breathing and relaxed muscles.

Do your best to only use the laptop while seated in a comfortable chair that supports your body properly. Correct posture is the best way to prevent laptop pain and the chair is the most important component in a desktop setting and it is probably even more important with laptop use. Even while seated do your best to move around as much as possible.

9 – “Laptoping” on the Plane

When you are using your laptop on the plane realize that the tray tables are often high and will cause you to raise and tense your shoulder muscles. So you will be achy when you get off the plane. If there is enough room to place your laptop desk in your lap then great, otherwise you might want to purchase an upgraded seat with more room!

When using your laptop on the plan, take frequent breaks and move your body around while seated. Laptop computing can be treacherous on a plane. Be aware that the tray table is probably not the correct ergonomic height for your laptop.

10 – Listen to Your Body
The more you rest, stretch, breath and drink water the better you will feel at the end of the day. Even with all the correct ergonomic products your body wants the personal care.

If your are feeling any fatigue, discomfort or pain stop whatever you are doing and evaluate what is going on. This is a warning sign from your body that things are not quite right. Perhaps it has been two hours since you gave your body some rest.

Resting will decrease the chance of fatigue and discomfort and will actually increase your productivity. Working for hours on end for days at a time can only go on so long.

You only have one body. Listen to it.

Wendy

Ten Myths of Ergonomics and Prevention and Healing of Pain

This article was originally written in October 2007, the month I called “Get Out Of Pain Free Month”.

I am here to talk to you about the Ten Myths of Ergonomics and Prevention of Pain. For well over a decade I coached thousands of people in the workplace on various techniques to get out of pain and feel good again. I have seen the same ergonomic mistakes repeatedly and when I would discuss these with my clients they either told me that someone gave them this information or they were just thinking about ways that would help them relieve the pain.

I am going to explain to you what these myths are and want to let you know before I get started that these are not listed in any particular order.

So let’s begin with Myth #1….

Myth 1
Resting on a wrist rest while typing and using your mouse will help you prevent wrist pain or cure the wrist pain you already have.

Not true at all.

The keyboard wrist rest is only meant to be used in between typing sessions. Resting on the wrist pad while the hands are in motion creates pressure on the carpal tunnel.

The same is true for a mouse pad with a raised pad area and I usually recommend a mouse pad with a flat gel area because when the wrist is pressing down on the raised pad it takes a repetitive, twisting motion of the wrist to move the mouse.

The correct way to move the mouse is with the stronger, larger muscle groups of the arm to do their work.

Myth 2
When sitting at your computer the correct angle for your hips, elbows and knees is 90-120.
Actually 95 – 120 is the preferred angle of the hips, elbows and knees for correct sitting posture vs. the 90-120 often seen in pictures. The 95-120 angle allows the blood and oxygen to move more freely through the circulatory system because it is a more open posture.

Myth 3
The lumbar support on your chair is the best way to insure that your back is getting proper support.

This is probably one of the biggest myths in the ergonomic industry – that we need lumbar supports.

A lumbar support is a band-aid for the back designed to fit right inside the lumbar curve to give us the feeling that we are supporting our back. If we are in fairly good physical condition and somewhat close to our ideal weight we are going to be strong enough to take advantage of letting our sacral area support our body while we are sitting.

Instead of trying to support the lumbar curve, sit all the way back in your chair and be sure that the lower portion of your back, the sacrum is firmly pressed against the backrest. This naturally aligns your pelvis over your sit bones.

Myth 4
If a product says it is ergonomically designed that means it is good for you.

No no no!

Just because a product says that it is ergonomically designed does not mean that it will help you. Try it on for size and notice how it makes you feel. If it strains any part of your body then you many want to put it back on the shelf or ship it back to the company you purchased it from. So always find out about the return policy before you buy.

If you are purchasing a table, check to see if the edges are curved or have sharp corners. If you are purchasing a keyboard does it require you to rest your wrists on a hard plastic or are there pads that can be placed there? Does the mouse you purchased fit your hand? Does the keyboard tray you installed encourage you to reach towards your mouse and out of your physical comfort zone?

Listen to your body. When it comes to your body you are the expert. It will tell you what feels good.

Myth 5
Raising armrests to desk height will support arms and shoulders properly.
This is a very big myth.

What is most important is to create a workspace that fits your body rather than you trying to fit the workspace.

If the table is too high and causing your shoulders to be tensed up here are two possible solutions.

The first is to raise your chair up high enough so that when you are typing and mousing your shoulders are in a relaxed position and your elbows are about 1-2” above the tops of the home row keys. If your feet are not touching the floor then you may want to purchase a footrest.

The second idea is to lower your desk by installing an adjustable arm and keyboard tray. These are not as stable as a solid desk but at least you can work comfortably. Or you can purchase an adjustable height desk. These tend to be a bit more expensive but in the long run will be your best buy.

Myth 6
Expensive, high quality ergonomic equipment – will prevent and heal pain.

Not true.

Purchasing equipment is not the only solution. The equipment must be adjusted to fit your body. Consider whether you may be reaching for items causing strained muscles or whether your equipment or furniture is causing pressure points and reducing circulation.

Many desk heights in the workplace are too high. Many chairs in the workplace do not fit the body that is seated on it. Monitors are too high and glare from overhead and outside lighting causes squinting and eyestrain.

So before making purchases be sure your body will be in a relaxed posture especially since you may be sitting in your workspace for 6 – 8 or even 10 hours per day during the work week and sometimes even on the weekend.

And always, remember to rest, stretch and breathe deeply.

Myth 7
Surgery, Chiropractic care, Massage, Yoga or Pilates will completely heal pain forever.
That is not so.

If it is your workspace is not ergonomically designed for your body and causing pain you will always be working to get out of pain no matter how much massage, yoga or Chiropractic care you receive.

Be sure your workspace supports your body in a relaxed posture. If you can fit in some massage, yoga or Pilates every week that is fantastic. The more you take care of your body in this way the more it will be able to sustain you through stressful times.

Surgery is a last resort only after you have tried alternative methods. Consult with more than one doctor to understand all the risk factors. The natural way is always the best way and that is why it so important to listen to your body and take action at the first sign of discomfort.

Myth 8
Resting once per hour is all the body requires from intense computer work.

Actually that is not quite right.

If you are only resting once per hour you are losing out on the brilliant way your body recovers from taking short microrests every 10 minutes or so. The best way to Microrest is to drop your arms down by your sides and take a few deep breaths. This will instantly energize your body and relax you as well.

Getting plenty of REM sleep every night will go a long way to keep you feeling good.

Relaxation time in the evenings and on the weekend is ultra important as this is the time that the body is really able to recover from the stresses of the workweek.

Vacation time away from where you live is generally one of the best ways to recharge your batteries. Do your best to take regular vacations every year.

Myth 9
The Perfect Workspace exists.
Not quite true but you can get close.

I do suggest that you research your needs and buy quality equipment and furniture that will last you for years.

But if you are looking for the perfect workspace that you can work in for hours on end without resting and stretching and moving then I want to tell you there is no such thing. The body is made to move and breathe and rest throughout the day.

With that you can move towards that perfect workspace.

Myth 10
Nutrition & Water does not play a part in the healing of pain
Again not true.

Nutrition and water absolutely plays a part in your healing. The microscopic particles of food from digestion travel to every area of your body…to your brain, your arms, shoulders, legs and even into your wrists, hands and the tips of your fingers.

If you are feeding your body junk food it is not supplying your body with what it needs to heal. I am not saying that you can never eat junk food. Just be sure that you eat plenty of balanced meals with protein, good fats, veggies and fruit and drink plenty of water to wash those toxins away.

This concludes my audio Ten Myths of Ergonomics and Prevention of Pain. I hope you were able to learn something new.

Wendy

Common Computer Workstation Design Problems and Solutions to Reduce Pain at the Computer

Here are a few scenarios that could be the reason you are not comfortable while you are working with ideas to help you create a more ergonomically correct work area for your needs.

Chair Armrests Too High Or Low
In most instances the armrests are adjusted too high. Most keyboards are placed on surfaces too high for them and the computer user will adjust the armrest to the height of the work surface thinking this is supporting them properly. They are inadvertently raising their shoulders to a tensed position. If the shoulder muscles are tensed for any length of time with repetitive motion in the hands or arms, varying levels of pain or discomfort may develop depending on the length of time in this tensed position.

Solution:
Adjust the armrests up or down so that the shoulders muscles are in a relaxed position while resting on the armrests. If your shoulders are shrugged at all then the armrests are too high. If you are leaning into either armrest this could be an indication that the armrests are too low. The best way to do this is to drop your arms down by your side and just let your shoulders relax. It is important that you get a “feel” for this. In this fast paced and competitive world computer users are so focused on their work that they are not aware of the physical comfort changes that are occurring in their bodies on a daily basis.

Keyboard and Mouse Too High Or Low
This can create improper typing and mousing posture – either raising the shoulders creating tensed muscles or tilting neck down and creating bent wrists. Usually the keyboard is too high due to non-adjustable desks at standard manufacturing heights of 29”.

Solution: Raise or lower the work surface so that the shoulders are in a relaxed position. This can be done with an articulating arm/tray or an adjustable height desk. When the elbows are bent they should be slightly higher than the top of the keys on your keyboard. Keep wrists straight when typing and do not rest on pads while typing.

Mouse at a Different Level than Keyboard
This can create an awkward reach to the mouse. The arms should be close to the body when mousing with the elbows bent 90 – 120 degrees. Do not straighten your arm when mousing because it can cause fatigue and discomfort to the shoulder blade area.

Solution:
Place the mouse directly next to the keyboard preferably with no break between the keyboard and mouse. Be sure that your shoulders are in a relaxed position. Do not have

Monitor Too High Or Low
If the monitor is too low it requires bending the neck forward or down to view the screen. In high position the neck will bend backwards to read the screen.

Solution:
Try this exercise. Relax your head and neck. If you do this correctly your head will be in a slight forward tilt. Now relax your eyes by letting your eyes “fall” to their lowest position in your eyes. Notice the lowest line on the screen you can read without raising your eyes or head. Position the monitor height so that the information you are reading is centered around this area. Use the following as a guide: For 19-21” monitors the top of the view-able screen will be approximately 2” below the line of sight. The line of sight is defined as the imaginable straight line from your eyes to the screen. For 17” and smaller monitors your Let your eyes and body determine what is comfortable.

Monitor and Keyboard Not Centered Together
The computer user often will have the monitor placed to the side and will have to twist the neck left or right to view the screen. This added tension in the neck can create varying level of discomfort depe.

Solution:
Place the keyboard directly in front of the monitor so that you can look at the monitor without turning your neck sideways at all.

Monitor Positioned Incorrect With Respect to Overhead Light and Window
If the computer user is facing the window (or if the outside light is shining directly on the monitor) office glare may be a factor. If long fluorescent light bulbs overhead are perpendicular to the direction you are facing it can reflect in your eyes. The eyes constantly refocus throughout the day and the added glare from these two light sources can increase the risk of eyestrain.

Solution:
If you have long fluorescent light bulbs overhead try to face in the same direction as the length of the bulbs so the light will reflect off the side of your body instead of in your eyes. Place your monitor perpendicular to the window so the outside light will reflect off the side of your body. Due to the design of your office you may not be able to place your monitor correctly for each of these lighting sources. You may try closing or facing the blinds upwards to reduce the outside light.

How Does Your Chair Work For You?
Do you know how to adjust your chair. The chair is the foundation of the computer work area and if you have a great chair that is not adjusted properly then it will not do you any good. You want you feet to be flat on the floor or on a footrest.

Improper sitting posture:
If you are slouching in your chair you might be reducing your ability to take deep breathes due to collapsing your diaphragm. This can cause fatigue and discomfort because oxygen and nutrients cannot travel efficiently to your lower extremities and your brain.

Solution:
Sit all the way back in your chair with the lower part of your back firmly touching the backrest. This will enable you to sit in a neutral posture with ease.

Let me know how these ideas help and if you have any questions.

Wendy

Who are you BEING in your Perfect Place in Time?

This past weekend I was on my Facebook page and received an IM from the other side of the world from a man that thought I could help him. He had no idea it was 6:21am on Saturday morning and that I had practically just opened my sleepy eyes but I chatted with him for a bit.   

He told me that relationships are very difficult for him. I could feel his sadness. He told me that someone like me would not know anything like that. Yet I explained to him that I had been where he is now and with practice relationships have become much easier for me over the years.  Sometime though knowing a tool can make all the difference in the world.

It appeared that he was focusing on exactly what he did not want so of course that is going to bring him even more of what he does not want and more heartache. Without getting into all the implications of the Law of Attraction I suggested that he simply take some time that day and write down exactly what he wanted in a romantic relationship.  He said that he would do that so I could feel that he was open to hearing some advice.

Then I felt this intuitive zing to suggest that he begin loving himself more. I had no idea how he was going to react or respond to this as I know nothing about him. Yet I felt the nudge to mention this because if we desire someone to love us then we must love ourselves first.  We must BE that loving person we want to attract in our life.

His response….”I am going to take a bold step!” That is what he said. It did not take much time at all. He made a decision based upon a simple suggestion.

What a great way to start my day!

A few hours later I was in a conversation with a Twitter friend and the idea of beingness came up. She had mentioned that she would like to be in a continual place of being instead of the bouts of beingness that she currently experiences.

I told her that all was in perfect order and that those bouts of being are the perfect place for her to begin moving forward towards the place she wants to be…

And here is her response… “Everything is perfect for me to be in that state of beingness I want right now.”

Both of them are very fast learners! Yeah for them and yeah for the rest of the world!  The more we love ourselves and stay in that place of beingness the more we inspire those around us to take these same actions. It is the ripple effect.

This is a perfect time to practice as Barack Obama begins his term in office tomorrow. We are all in this together and it begins with ME!

What are some ways that you display love towards yourself?

Tell me about your bouts of beingness.

Look forward to your comments on my blog!

 

iLoveU !!

Wendy

 

Wendy B Young

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