The Body Friendly Office™
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.
- 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"
* Medium 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
- $187 before package discount of 10%
- 2-- Peace Bench™
Small size: 5 1/4 to 5 3/4 front: 6 7/8 to 7 3/4 back Fits people under 5'4"
- Medium size: 6 1/4 to 6 3/4 front: 7 7/8 to 8 3/4 back--Fits people 5'4" to 6 feet tall
- Large size: 7 1/4" to 7 3/4" front: 8 7/8 " to 9 3/4 " back
- Seat Top: 7" x 18" on all sizes
- $93 before package discount of 10%
- 3--Eco Backrest™ for lounging or lying down
- Includes two Eco Armrests and Removable Cover
- $287 + $100 + $35 before package discount of 10%
- 4--2 Eco Squares™ provide a raised platform for the Eco Backrest™ for lounging or lying down
$574 before package discount of 10%
- 5--Tatami Mat as a floor covering
$40 before package discount of 10%
- 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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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
- But if I lay down, I might fall asleep.
- If you need to take a nap, perhaps you would get more done.
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.
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?
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
- It seems like it would be hard on your back and feet.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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
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
- The risk of developing Type 2 diabetes rises. So does the risk of being obese.
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.'
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
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.'
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.'
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.'
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