Manual Handling Training

The problem

  • Pain- backs, shoulders, knees, necks, abdomen and pelvic region
  • Excessive injuries
  • Sprains, strains, damaged muscles and tendons and hernia problems
  • Incorrect body maps which cause “at risk” movement patterns

Our approach

These programs teach you to identify poor posture, manual handling patterns, and how to use your “new improved posture” to perform manual handling tasks safely.

This is done by teaching you how to:

  • connect to your body through an increased awareness
  • correct your body maps
  • move safely by moving in the way your body is designed
  • maintain optimum posture in all movements
  • recognise the force and limitation of a habit
  • remain connected to your breath

Your movement patterns will change when you:

  • Lead all movement with the head and allow the vertebrae to follow in sequence, allowing an equal weight distribution on each spinal joint
  • Free the neck so that the body can operate efficiently while performing Manual Handling Tasks The state of the neck muscles directly effects the body’s musculosketal control and hence its susceptibility to injury
  • Maintain a lengthened body in all activities
  • Bend from the hips not the waist-using the hip joint to increase the strength of the back and the leg muscles during Manual Handling
  • Soften the knees and the ankles to increase flexibility and strength
  • Relax the chest and shoulders to allow effective breathing
  • Maintain the natural curves of the spine and move the back as one unit to increase its strength during manual handling
  • Use your increased awareness to assess and fine tune your manual handling techniques

You are taught how to:

  • Identify important body use issues, that are normally missed during the Risk Management Process
  • Use your “new improved use” to perform Manual Handling tasks

Training is:

  • customized to fit the work environment rather than using hypothetical situations
  • in small groups which give the “shy” participant equal attention
  • You are encouraged to form partnerships in your work groups to provide feedback, encouragement, reinforcement and long term retention of the training

Our Manual Handling Courses

  1. 1
    Induction Training
  2. 2
    Information Sessions on Best Practice Manual Handling
    usually run for two hours, often including the lunch hour
  3. 3
    Manual Handling Workshops
    One or two day

All courses are run on site and are designed to the particular needs of the Company.

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Why choose Barbara

Why Barbara’s clients like working with her

  • Training complies with Work Health and Safety Legislation
  • Training is cost effective
    • Reduces absenteeism
    • Reduces Workcover and Insurance Premiums
    • Increases Retention and Presenteeism
    • Barbara finds practical, low cost solutions to manual handling issues
      • Change the habit and the problem usually disappears!
      • Uses The Alexander Technique to solve the chronic situations
  • She teaches proactive manual handling through the body awareness of The Alexander Technique
  • She walks the talk
  • The “use” she speaks of is clearly visible in her body and her teaching
  • Because of her knowledge and experience she was able to address all our questions in a satisfying way
  • her workshops are fun, team building experiences


“The session was interactive and enjoyable. My team learnt a lot, in ways that saw the knowledge and skills retained. Barbara is passionate about the material.”
Chris Regan, Operations Manager, Victoria/South Australia. 
Stryker, Australia.

What the participants have said

"After the first day of training I felt I had so much energy and my posture had improved 100%."

"I really enjoyed the course. It was interesting and practical and taught me things that I was not aware of."

"I found this course beneficial as it made me stop and think about what I was doing instead of following old, bad habits."

"I enjoyed the course. The knowledge it has given me has made me confident approaching the dangers of heavy lifting."

"Being an asthmatic I found that I can breathe a lot clearer"