Ergonomics [ˌər-gə-ˈnä-miks], n. the study of how a workplace and the equipment used there can best be designed for comfort, efficiency, safety, and productivity (Encarta Dictionary: English (North American)
Alexander Technique [ˌal-ig-ˈzan-dər tek-ˈnēk], n. the study of how the human body can be best used for comfort, efficiency, safety, and productivity (Definition: Imogen Ragone)
We frequently blame poorly designed work stations, cars, sofas and other equipment and furniture for our aches and pains. Good ergonomics, however, only solves part of the equation. Often the missing piece is how we actually use our own body. Even the very best ergonomically designed workstation is of limited value if the person using it does not use their own body well.*
If, in other words, he or she has not mastered their own Inner Ergonomics.
The Alexander Technique is a time-tested method of helping people to identify and lose the harmful habits they have built up over a lifetime of stress and learn to move more freely, with an easy upright posture.
This site is devoted to exploring the connections between Ergonomic principles, and those of the Alexander Technique. And how they can serve to reinforce one another.
*This paragraph is adapted from Ergonomics for the Human Body by Imogen Ragone.