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Blink! How To Stay Healthy At Your Computer Part One: Avoid Eye Strain

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Blink.  Blink again.  And again.

Blinking is what spreads valuable tears over the surface of the eye.  As you’re reading this off a screen, your blink rate is half what it would be if you were walking around.

Yes, half.  50% less.

It’s an incredible difference, and explains why prolonged work on a computer can lead to sore, tired eyes and eye strain.

So take a post-it, write the word ‘Blink’ on it, and stick it where you can see it.  Look away from the screen, widen your visual field and blink, blink, blink.

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Five Blubbery Tear Facts to Keep Your Eyes Bright

Monday, March 25th, 2013

I’ve had a problem with my eyes recently.  My left eye kept watering.  At first I thought nothing of it, but after two weeks the skin around the eye had become red and sore.  It felt painful and looked terrible.  I decided to pay a visit to the opticians.

The problem, it turned out, was not that I was making too many tears but that I was making the wrong kind.  Oddly enough, having the wrong kind of tears and a constantly watery eye are symptoms of having dry eyes.

So my eye waters constantly for two weeks because I have dry eyes?  Yep.  Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of tears.  Obviously I’ve become intrigued and have been doing a bit of research.  The result: I’ve discovered tears are amazing!  Here are the top five tear facts you need to know.  You’ll never weep in the same way again. (more…)

Be a Rainbow Warrior: Alexander Technique and Colour

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

This is my favourite Alexander Technique game.  It helps with posture and with walking, and it lifts your mood on even the darkest days.  You work indirectly to trick your perceptual and balance systems into making subtle but powerful changes. You can do this indoors, but it’s best to try outside. (more…)

Walking

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

As well as being great exercise, walking is a wonderful time to work with some Alexander Technique ideas.  It doesn’t have to be a walk in a special place, just your regular trudge to the station will do.  Here’s four tips to try out: (more…)

Playing with colour

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

It’s a bright, sunny autumn day today in London. There’s a chill in the air, an exciting touch of coldness cutting through the warmth. The sky is an astonishing shade of blue, almost purple, and it’s clear. The deep red brick of the buildings opposite me is singing out. Up the road in Queen’s Square, instead of the usual London grey, greens meet oranges, browns and yellows in the trees, gardens and lawns.

On a beautiful day like today it’s easy to notice the colours around me. Colours give us a chance to work on vision, and using your eyes well is an important part of Alexander work.   (more…)