InhabX workshops invite people of all ages to reframe their time on a smartphone or computer as an opportunity to study and improve their patterns of movement, alignment, and body language.
“...a life-changing experience… I won’t ever look at how I interface with my devices the same way” Zena Ruiz, Arts in Context manager, Children’s museum of Pittsburgh.
The human/device interface has become fundamental for both work and leisure. Yet most of us have received little or no training to produce sustainable, creative, and balanced digital habits.
Digital activities represent an untapped learning space; with hundreds of repetitions and many hours each day, we can use this space to explore and improve our biomechanics, body language, social awareness, and creativity.
Learning to use the digital interface as a cumulative wellness program requires new ideas, attitudes, and practice. InhabX workshops offer strategies for awareness, movement, and alignment so that people can embody creativity, find positional ease and variety, and express fluent body language, on or off a device.
“…a unique approach to an extremely relevant topic for us all. A smart, artistic way to look at habit, form, and functional patterns.” Nancy C. Foley PT, DPT, OCS.
How are InhabX workshops structured?
The workshops are 1-2 hours long and combine PowerPoint lecture segments with guided movement and awareness exercises, performed seated or standing.
Discussing biomechanics and digital habits with attorneys and staff at the law firm of Cohen & Grigsby, Pittsburgh, PA.
Who should take the workshop?
Children ages nine and up, college students, and adults of all ages and walks of life have benefited from InhabX workshops in museums, educational settings, corporate spaces, and fitness centers.
Exploring the striking parallels between our digital postures and the fight or flight posture with students at the University of Pittsburgh.
What benefits do the workshops provide?
Reduce strain and fatique by learning a range of movement and alignment strategies to use when on a smartphone or computer.
Motivate behavioral change by understanding the cumulative wellness impacts (positive or negative) linked with our digital habits.
Increase creativity by practicing inventive ways to engage with digital devices.
Access a calm, receptive attitude by learning to avoid unintentional body language that can mimic fight or flight patterns.
A teen responding to the prompt “explore the room and invent a new way to use your smartphone that provides ergonomic support and changes your alignment”. Crossroads Foundation, Pittsburgh, PA.
Can standing desks or better chairs fix these issues?
It’s great to have workstations or furnishings that are more responsive, flexible and ergonomically sophisticated. However, without body-centered skills and awareness, even the best set-ups may be used in inefficient and unsustainable ways.
Furthermore, our devices are so portable and ubiquitous that we often use them outside of a designed workstation. If we develop internal skills, these are also inherently portable and infinitely responsive.
A good example of physical strain in both seated and standing human/computer interface.
How did Isaac develop this content?
Isaac Bower is a professional artist who has also worked for 30 years as a therapeutic bodyworker. He has helped over 6000 individuals with a wide range of functional and pain issues. Isaac has long been fascinated (as an artist and a therapist) with the human/technolgy interface.
After working one-on-one with thousands of clients who identified computer-work as a component of their pain and stress issues, Isaac realized that some fundamental aptitudes were broadly lacking. With the rise of the smartphone, it became even more clear that our digital habits may be an unrecognised opportunity to study and improve our biomechanics and body language.
Isaac draws on his clinical training and experience as a therapist to develope a range of alignment and movement modules for his InhabX workshops. His art background allows him to enrich the workshops with compelling and illuminating images and giveaway materials.
Isaac sitting backwards in a chair to creatively find support while using a smartphone.