It’s no secret that that engaging in the same action over and over again makes it more likely that you will develop a repetitive strain injury. The good news is that this outcome is not inevitable. Learning more about your most important tool, your body, can be incredibly empowering.
Have you had any issues with copycats? I know I have! I can’t tell you how many times I have had brands and even organizations that I’ve worked closely with trying to create offerings that use language that is a little too close to what I do. I believe in collaboration over competition but it is also important to protect your creative brand in the process.
Next time you’re on your phone (maybe it’s right now), take a moment to examine your posture. Are you hunched over? Is your neck jutting forward? Do you look/feel more like the person in the image on the left or the image on the right? As a movement instructor, I spend a lot of time considering how others are using their bodies, and most of the people I see using their phones look more like the image on the left. I want you to develop more resiliency in your body, so here are a few tips to help get you closer to an anatomically neutral position!
In December/January 2019 Wellness for Makers was featured in American Craft Magazine. It was such an honor to be selected and interviewed for such an incredible publication. If you missed it, you can check it out here!
I don’t know about the art program(s) that you attended, but in the ones I went through we didn’t really talk about health and wellness in the studio. I get it, we’re in art school to study art, not physical therapy, but our studio practices influence the longevity of our careers, and I believe that encouraging education about these topics should be a priority.