The other day I was working on a cake on a low surface and had to bend forward and real low to work. My back was protesting and I thought to myself, "I'm breaking all the rules of good posture, straining my back, center of gravity all out of whack." This is not how to cake long-term.
I finally grabbed a chair so that I could sit up straight, and work with the cake at close to eye level.
I've read of cakers who have developed back problems from lifting heavy cakes, and arthritis from flower-making.
What tips have you learned to deal with the occupational hazards of cake decorating?