Over the past year the pandemic has had a significant impact on all our lives. Ireland has one of the highest rates of working from home in the EU. This change to working from home also meant many employees are sitting for longer periods of time. This continuous sitting for long periods means they tend to end up slumping and sinking into their lower back which in turn causes tightening of the hamstrings and shortening the hip flexors.
This was also accompanied by a lot more screen time on our phones, tablets, and laptops, which has resulted in ‘text neck’. This is the term used to describe the posture formed by leaning forward and stressing muscles while using our devices. This posture often results in cervical and shoulder pain, stiffness, headaches and hunching. This increases pressure on the neck and shoulders and the lower back, closing the front of the body. As a result, there is a rounding of the shoulders, shortening and tightening to the muscles at front and back of the shoulders. Also, statistics have shown that employees working from home take fewer breaks and work longer hours.
This increase in sitting and stressing our muscles has caused a significant number of people to suffer from tight hips and shoulders, which leads to back pain and discomfort.
In a study carried out by the Institute of Employment Studies more than half of 500 home workers surveyed reported new aches and pains, especially in the neck (58%) and back (55%). Almost half of people working from home are experiencing back or neck pain, an Irish chiropractic clinic has revealed. New research conducted by Chiropractix in 2021 has found that 46% of people working from home due to Covid-19 restrictions are struggling with back or neck pains, or both.
I have created an hour-long zoom class to target these problem areas and to help employees improve their health and wellbeing, minimising discomfort and preventing a reoccurrence. You can reward your staff by offering them something for their mental and physical wellbeing.
Yoga courses are provided as private online yoga classes for employees. The offer is flexible as organisations can choose how many classes you wish to offer your employees.
As a minimum 4 classes are recommended – one class a week over 4 weeks. The cost of each class is €150. Capacity is up to a 100 people in a zoom class.
Timings: classes can be organised for early morning, lunchtime or evening after 8pm.
As part of the package, ‘Do & Don’t’ photos are sent each week of the common mistakes made with guidance on the correct alignment.
At the end of the course corporate rates are available for my pre-recorded yoga course.
Contact me directly for more information on this.
Code of Practice. Tricia and all the teachers at Hot Yoga Athlone endeavour to ensure the highest standards of practice in class which includes constant instruction and correction. This extends to the overall running of the studio and all its facilities. Classes will always run on time. All teachers at Hot Yoga Athlone have been trained and certified.