Using The Alexander Technique Whilst Driving

May 6th, 2013 in Interesting Facts

Driving with poor posture or in a tense, stressed way can lead to aches and pains that linger long after you’ve stepped out of the car.  Alexander Technique teacher Carolyn Simon MSTAT shares some tips to help you take care of yourself in the driving seat:

1) Check your seat is in the right position for YOU.  Adjust it to make sure your back is well supported, and you’re not having to stretch unduly to reach the pedals.

 2) Are you holding the steering wheel too tightly?  If yes, soften your grip.

 3) What about your shoulders?  If you find they are hunching up in the direction of your ears, let them release downwards.  If you’re rounding them forwards towards the steering wheel, let them release back and down.

 4) If you tend to stick your face forwards in order to peer out of the windscreen, let your head, neck and back return to alignment.

 5) To avoid slouching - which compresses the spine and internal organs - it helps to think of the top of your head floating upwards.

 6) If you’re stopped at a red traffic light, use the time profitably and run through points 2-5 above!