Image: Ergonomic Safety Program Logo

HEALTHY COMPUTING EMAIL TIP 492: BREATHE AS YOU REACH

Most people hold their breath when they reach forward to pick up the phone or retrieve a document from a shelf. Breath holding tends to stiffen the trunk, tighten the shoulders reduces flexibility and increases the risk of injury. To increase flexibility, BREATHE AS YOU REACH.

HOW TO BREATHE AS YOU REACH:

Begin observing your breath patterns during movement and reaching. Begin exhaling and while continuing to exhale reach for the object such as the phone or document. To remind yourself to breathe during movement, whisper "Haaaaaah" very softly as you exhale-allow the exhalation time to be nearly twice as long as the inhalation time.

Practice many times until it is automatic. After integrating breathing with reaching, most people report feeling more flexible and comfortable.

The Institute for Holistic Healing Studies and Human Resources sponsor the distribution of Healthy Computing Email Tips. Copyright 2009 Erik Peper, Ph.D. and Katherine Hughes Gibney. Permission to copy and distribute Healthy Computing Email Tips for personal use is granted. Distribution or copying of Healthy Computing Email Tips for commercial purposes is prohibited without prior written consent of the copyright holders.
SF State Home