In the past two decades, technology has revolutionized the auto repair industry. To become a mechanic these days, it’s not enough to be good at tinkering with motors and other mechanical parts. One must also have an appreciation for the electronics that govern today’s anti-lock brakes, fuel injection systems, etc. In fact, what used to be called mechanic training isn’t even called that any more. It is now called auto technician training instead.
But this change in the nature of the work does not protect today’s graduates of auto technician training from such “traditional” repetitive stress injuries as:
carpal tunnel syndrome
lower back pain
Protect yourself from these potentially debilitating injuries by taking preventative measures while still enrolled in auto technician training. Yoga is one solution. Many community colleges offer yoga classes on campus. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn a skill that may help you as your progress in your dream to become a mechanic. In particular, try to learn the following five poses.
1. Marjariasana (Cat Pose)- This pose is great for beginners. Knees and hands on the floor. Round your spine towards the ceiling and then drop your belly towards the floor. Repeat. A gentle way to release tension and increase mobility. Stretches the muscles all along your back. A good pose to practice after a day perched over an open hood in the auto technician training classroom.
2. Viparita Karani (Legs-Up-the-Wall Pose) – This pose is also perfect for beginners. No previous yoga experience required! Simply lie down on your back, with your legs up a wall. This restorative pose has many benefits. It relaxes the nervous system and releases tension in the lower back after a long day of auto technician training.
3. Balasana (Child’s Pose)- This pose is accessible to beginners and can help prevent or relieve back pain, especially in the lower back. After a day at auto mechanic training school learning how to become a mechanic, simply find a quiet place at home, kneel on the floor, sit back on your heels and reach your head to the floor and tuck your arms by your feet.
4. Urdhva Hastasana (Upward Salute)- Stand tall. Inhale your arms up above your head. Breathe. This pose has an advantage in that you can practice it on the floor of your auto mechanic training. Your fellow students may tease you, but hey…
5. Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend)- Stand upright. Bend your knees. Drop your head and arms forward. This pose calms the brain – good to know, in case auto mechanic training gets too overwhelming. And it helps encourage flexibility in the spine.
The nature of mechanic work may be changing, but many of the traditional aches and pains are still a threat of the work. Lessen the risk by taking another “traditional” approach: yoga. The community college where you take auto technician training may offer classes. Don’t miss this opportunity to discover a great skill.