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The Body Friendly Office
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Have fun and get it done!

* A set of furniture that provides multiple, interactive work/play stations instead of the static desk-and-chair environment.
*This allows you to do standard deskwork in multiple positions, like standing, kneeling, lounging, and lying down, or while doing a yoga asana or lifting weights

*Our Body Friendly Office™ combines all of our office-related products into one package.

Products Include

1--Tilt Seat Eco Chair™ for dynamic sitting
OR a floor desk for the Zen Office™ or EcoBackrest Office™

1--As a floor desk
part of the the Zen Office™
(only one Tilt Seat™ included in package)
2--As the floor desk part of the Eco Backrest Office™
3--As the Active Sitting SEAT at a standard desk
* Small 19.5 inches tall in front generally fits people under 5'4"
* M
edium 20.5 inches tall in front generally fits people 5'4" to 6 feet tall
* Large 21.5 inches tall in front generally fits people over 6'
Seat Top: 10" x 20" on all sizes
$148 before package discount of 10%
 
2-- Peace Bench™
Small size: 5 1/4 x 5 3/4 front: 6 7/8 x 7 3/4 back Fits people under 5'4"
Medium size: 6 1/4 x 6 3/4 front: 7 7/8 x 8 3/4 back--Fits people 5'4" to 6 feet tall
Large size: 7 1/4" x 7 3/4" front: 8 7/8 " x 9 3/4 " back
Seat Top: 7" x 18" on all sizes
$68 before package discount of 10%
 
3--Eco Backrest™ for lounging or lying down
Includes armrests--Eco Blocks™ and Removable Cover
$250 + $50 +$35 before package discount of 10%
 
4--2 Eco Squares™ provide a raised platform for the Eco Backrest™ for lounging or lying down
$500 before package discount of 10%
 
5--Tatami Mat as a floor covering
$40 before package discount of 10%
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6--Sky Bench™
1--As keyboard/mouse surface of Stand Up Desk
2--As a seat for floor sitting
$114 before 10% package discount

The Body Friendly Office™ takes up about the amount of space of two traditional Japanese tatami mats—roughly 6 feet by 6 feet.
 
The Body Friendly Office™ is so compact when taken-apart that the entire set of furniture can be carried on a bicycle trailer or the back seat of a small car..
 
Q & A
 
Isn't standing hard on the body? What if your legs and feet get fatigued?
ANY ONE POSITION is hard on the body after while. That's the unique feature of the Body Friendly Office™ -- there are four other options. No one position is ideal exclusively. But when combined these positions create a balance of fluid movement and exercise. Repetitive Stress is avoided by listening to the body and shifting as needed.
 
Standing is more natural than sitting. Ideally it is best to not wear shoes while standing because the feet need to be allowed to widen and strengthen. Feet will often cramp when standing for long periods. Feet can be toned and strengthened with incremental use. Barefoot walking is becoming recognized as an important health practice and some cities are developing paths suitable for barefoot walking. Like any excersize program, consult a trusted body work therapist for advice.
 
Two simple tips for getting started:
 
1--Don't wear shoes during standing to allow the foot to stretch and move. Occasionally use a 'Footsie Roller' to gently massage your foot. If you don't have a Foostie Roller try an empty coke bottle. 2--Change into one of the many other positions to give your legs and feet a rest. Standing on gravel or round river rocks is another option.
 
Occasionally is it recommended to lay on your back and elevate the legs by propping them on a Peace Bench™, Sky Bench™ bolster or pillow. This relieves stress and drains toxins from the legs.
 
 
Why would I want to work out while I'm trying to think and get things accomplished? This seems like a lot of work.
 
Sitting in a chair is NOT relaxing. If you lean back and rest, you slide out. Chairs are a COMPROMISE between standing and lying down, not really helping with either. The Body Friendly Office™ lets you STAND when you need to wake up, and lets you lie down when you need to rest. Your body is not struggling. Great things are accomplished when the mind and body can relax.
 
But if I lay down, I might fall asleep.
If you need to take a nap, perhaps you would get more done.
 
Many of our greatest inventors, scientists, and political leaders regularly took naps: John F. Kennedy, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Leanardo Da Vinci to name a few. Countless research has been done that conclusively proves naps are all-around beneficial and increase productivity.
 
Top 10 Benefits of Napping
1. Improves stamina
2. Increases alertness and motor skills
3. Reduces stress and lowers blood pressure
4. Enlightens mood and attitude
5. Increases accuracy
6. Cuts down on company costs related to fatigue
7. Preserves youth (beauty sleep)
8. Increase in activity/metabolism
9. Facilitates weight loss
10. Optimizes brain waves into Alpha and Theta which restores health and is the seat of creativity.
 
But people will think I'm weird. No one else is doing it.
 
Thomas Jefferson stood up while working, and German students commonly stood up at podiums instead of sitting at desks while listening to lectures and doing school work. Some day this could be the norm and sitting considered strange. If you don't like to think outside the box, the Body Friendly Office™ may not be for you.
 
 
Why did people start using chairs in the first place?
It wasn't long ago that most of Americans lived on farms and didn't need chairs much. We haven't gotten smart to adapting human needs into the office environment.
 
It seems like it would be hard on your back and feet.
 
The reason people often have issues with standing tasks is because their body is out of alignment and this can create wear and tear--or pain. Also, standing engages muscles that have atrophied from lack of use.
 
We have grown up in a table-and-chair culture. Chairs cause 'front loading' of the body, where the front muscles are over-toned at the expense of the muscles in the back. Since this is the norm, very few people see this as abnormal. But when you stand you notice it.
 
Feet especially can cramp when they are out of shape. Shoes do not allow the foot to stretch and move the way it needs to.
 
Arch support is simply a crutch for a foot that cannot support the weight of the body. The Body Friendly Office™ allows one to adjust the amount of time spent standing. One can incrementally grow stronger and increase the amount of time spent standing as needed. This is the ideal workout, slow, steady, with rest periods built in where needed.
 
The Body Friendly Office™ makes life easy. There is no pressure to force or push yourself. Each of us will find the positions and practices that work best for us. And these will slowly evolve as we awaken our energy and tone and align our bodies.
 
Exerpt from New York Times Article April 14, 2011 Is Sitting a Lethal Activity?
 
People don't need the experts to tell them that sitting around too much could give them a sore back or a spare tire. The conventional wisdom, though, is that if you watch your diet and get aerobic exercise at least a few times a week, you'll effectively offset your sedentary time.
 
A growing body of inactivity research, however, suggests that this advice makes scarcely more sense than the notion that you could counter a pack-a-day smoking habit by jogging.
 
Exercise is not a perfect antidote for sitting,' says Marc Hamilton, an inactivity researcher at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center. The posture of sitting itself probably isn't worse than any other type of daytime physical inactivity, like lying on the couch watching 'Wheel of Fortune.' But for most of us, when we're awake and not moving, we're sitting.
 
This is your body on chairs: Electrical activity in the muscles drops and 'the muscles go as silent as those of a dead horse,' Hamilton says 'leading to a cascade of harmful metabolic effects.
Your calorie-burning rate immediately plunges to about one per minute, a third of what it would be if you got up and walked.
Insulin effectiveness drops within a single day
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The risk of developing Type 2 diabetes rises. So does the risk of being obese.
The enzymes responsible for breaking down lipids and triglycerides 'for vacuuming up fat out of the bloodstream,' as Hamilton puts it 'plunge, which in turn causes the levels of good (HDL) cholesterol to fall.'
 
Hamilton's most recent work has examined how rapidly inactivity can cause harm. In studies of rats who were forced to be inactive, for example, he discovered that the leg muscles responsible for standing almost immediately lost more than 75 percent of their ability to remove harmful lipo-proteins from the blood. To show that the ill effects of sitting could have a rapid onset in humans too, Hamilton recruited 14 young, fit and thin volunteers and recorded a 40 percent reduction in insulin's ability to uptake glucose in the subjects after 24 hours of being sedentary.
 
Over a lifetime, the unhealthful effects of sitting add up. Alpa Patel, an epidemiologist at the American Cancer Society, tracked the health of 123,000 Americans between 1992 and 2006. The men in the study who spent six hours or more per day of their leisure time sitting had an overall death rate that was about 20 percent higher than the men who sat for three hours or less. The death rate for women who sat for more than six hours a day was about 40 percent higher. Patel estimates that on average, people who sit too much shave a few years off of their lives. Another study, published last year in the journal Circulation, looked at nearly 9,000 Australians and found that for each additional hour of television a person sat and watched per day, the risk of dying rose by 11 percent. The study author David Dunstan wanted to analyze whether the people who sat watching television had other unhealthful habits that caused them to die sooner. But after crunching the numbers, he reported that 'age, sex, education, smoking, hypertension, waist circumference, body-mass index, glucose tolerance status and leisure-time exercise did not significantly modify the associations between television viewing and all-cause . . . mortality.'
 
Sitting, it would seem, is an independent pathology. Being sedentary for nine hours a day at the office is bad for your health whether you go home and watch television afterward or hit the gym. It is bad whether you are morbidly obese or marathon-runner thin. 'Excessive sitting,' Dr. Levine says, 'is a lethal activity.'
 
The good news is that inactivity's peril can be countered. Working late one night at 3 a.m., Dr. Levine coined a name for the concept of reaping major benefits through thousands of minor movements each day: NEAT, which stands for Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis. In the world of NEAT, even the littlest stuff matters. McCrady-Spitzer showed me a chart that tracked my calorie-burning rate with zigzagging lines, like those of a seismograph. 'What's that?' I asked, pointing to one of the spikes, which indicated that the rate had shot up. 'That's when you bent over to tie your shoes,' she said. 'It took your body more energy than just sitting still.'
 
For full article click here.
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Active Sitting on the Tilt Seat Eco Chair™ Same chair shown in photos below in its other roles as a stand up desk and laptop floor desk or Zen Office™.

Package Price $1084.50 Normally $1205 when
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Stand Up or Sit Down Computer Desk. You can sit ON it (above) of use it to raise the laptop as shown.

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2 EcoSquares™ create a platform for the EcoBackrest™

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Lie Down Computer Work Station or Reading or Writing Station with the Eco Backrest™. You feel like you're floating and arms and shoulders are completely free of pressure. Great way to restore energy or just chill.!

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The Zen Office™ is a floor desk and chair in one for active sitting. It uses the Tilt Seat™ as the desk and the Peace Bench™ as the seat or low kneeling stool.a

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Eco Backrest™ shown here placed on an EcoSquare™ creates a stand-alone lounge chair. Versatile, modular, sleek..

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