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Tilt Seat

 

Free your body

Free your breathing

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Active sitting is sitting which engages core muscles supporting the back and torso

Active sitting helps you tone muscles and burn calories rather than get out of shape while you study or work.

In other words, stretch, strengthen and align as oppossed to collapse, weaken and stifle.

This chair balances the front and back of your body so you can sit, unassisted, with ease.

There is some effort involved, but it is not the same as sitting in a standard chair at a right angle.

The difference is the slight forward slope of the sitting surface. This slopes allows the pelvis to remain at it's natural angle, as if you were standing. As you are toning your core muscles, you are also balancing the toning in a natural way called 'spine neutral'. This has far reaching positive effects on health and fitness.

There is more air to the lungs because the chest and abdomen are opened. This oxygenates the blood and increases focus and inspiration.

There is also a 'whole brain synchronization' effect caused by balancing or moving. When the body is moving, the brain is more alert and activity between the hemispheres is increased. The body, as it is balancing and engaged, stimulates the brain to have this effect. The movement here is micro-movement, but it is enough to stimulate the whole brain sychronization effect.

What's Wrong with the Chair?

Prolonged sitting in a right angle position (static sitting) is bad for your health--proven by researchers to cause these problems:

  • Loss of electrical activity in muscles which leads to a cascade of metabolic problems.
  • Slouching, fatigue, loss of circulation.
  • Diminishes the natural curve of the spine which compresses vertebral disks in lumbar.
  • Loss of muscle tone and weight gain.
  • Inflammation, joint stress, and repetitive use injury.
  • Loss of productivity.

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This is not exactly a 'kneeling chair' per se.

You are somewhat in a kneeling position, but your knees are not touching anything. It could more accurately be described as a 'perching' position.

Kneeling and perching chairs open up the angle between the thigh and the torso, making it easier to retain the natural curvature of the spine.[Galan Cranz, The Chair] This posture changes the stress distribution of the human body in comparison with the sitting position of an ordinary chair. Because the angle of the hip joint is between that of sitting and standing, it allows the spine to be in a more "neutral," or middle-of-range, position. Because the knees are lower than the pelvis, the normal curve is restored to the lower spine, which reduces stress to the lower lumbar vertebrae.

The Tilt Seat Eco Chair™ has advantages over other chairs like the "saddle seat" or "kneeling chair" or "exercise ball chair".

  • You don't get locked into one position. (Especially the Balans Chair kneeling chair is notorious for this flaw.) On the Tilt Seat™ you can make micro adjustments to your sitting by easily shifting your weight and rotating your hips, waist, and lower back. (Okay, wiggling isn't allowed in some places. This has got to change.)
  • Easy to get up and down. You are practically standing anyway.
  • You can rest your ankles on the lower crossbar or place feet in front as shown.
  • Wide planar shaped seats allow optimal circulation to legs.
  • The cost of most active sitting chairs, saddle seats, and kneeling chairs is prohibitive to most. The Tilt Seat™ is suitable for a dining room set or a classroom.
  • It's the only GREEN CHAIR of it's type on the market--100% recycled Forest Stewardship Council certified fiberboard/100% natural finish (with 0% petroleum byproducts). Perfect even for the chemically sensitive.No VOCs.
  • It's versatile! It can also be used as a low table or desk while sitting on the floor. Click here for the Zen Office™
  • Knocks down in seconds using no hardware. Carry to the patio or park.

I received my Zen Office today and was amazed by how something so simple made such a difference in my posture, breathing, and overall comfort. I'm a bit on the heavy side and found the sky position to be the most effective and comfortable for my body type when using the Peace Bench. As for the Tilt Seat, it's equally comfortable to sit on when I'm not using it as a laptop desk. I plan to take the Tilt Seat to work with me and banish my uncomfortable office chair to the storage closet!

Josiah

Some Health Effects of Prolonged Sitting:
(Excerpt from New York Times article)
 
This is your body on chairs:
 
1-- Electrical activity in the muscles drops and 'the muscles go as silent as those of a dead horse,'
2-- Leading to a cascade of harmful metabolic effects.
3-- Your calorie-burning rate immediately plunges to about one per minute, a third of what it would be if you got up and walked.
4-- Insulin effectiveness drops within a single day.
5-- The risk of developing Type 2 diabetes rises. So does the risk of being obese.
6-- The enzymes responsible for breaking down lipids and triglycerides responsible for vacuuming up fat out of the bloodstream plunge
7-- Which in turn causes the levels of good (HDL) cholesterol to fall.
 
 
About the Material:
 
Frame is composed of Medex, which is an eco-friendly medium density fiberboard (MDF) made from 100% recycled wood. This material is non-toxic and Forest Stewardship Council Certified, with no added formaldehyde like the other MDF’s.
 
To that we add a non-toxic, whey-based finish called Vermont Natural Coatings Furniture Finish. We also mix in some ‘magic’ ingredients to further the health and well being effects: EM™ Ceramic Powder and Amythest gemstone powder. These rock dusts are embedded in the finish and provide several benefits through their healing frequencies. These benefits include: relaxation on a cellular and vibrational level, discharging static electricity from the body, mitigating some of the effects of electrosmog pollution, and balancing the energy of the chakras.
 
The padded part of the chair, the seat cushion, is constructed from organic cotton canvas and stuffed with chemical free kapok. Kapok is a sustainable rain forest crop from the down-like fluffy fiber of the kapok tree
 
Medex™ represents the highly versatile ideal of SierraPine Sustainable Design Fiberboard (SDF)*. Medex™ is a powerful combination of moisture resistance, superior MDF board properties, and a formaldehyde free adhesive system. Medex™ has a rock solid track record of superior design capabilities and environmental stewardship around the world.
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Ball Chairs have problems:

*Ball Chairs are made of toxic plastic in China without fair trade and no environmental regulations.

*Ball Chairs take up an excessive amount of floor space with an average radius of three feet. They don't fit under a most desks when not in use.

*Ball Chairs come in limited sizes so are not very adjustable to individual needs.

*Ball Chairs don't allow a lot of alternative positions. Your feet are in front of you and they are never going anywhere else.

Our Tilt Seat™ has advantages

over the ball chair:

*100% recycled, non-toxic,

*Looks like a nice piece of furniture,

*Takes up far less floor space,

*Offers multiple positions so you can shift around when needed. (Feet can be in front or underneath or ankles resting on cross-bar.)

*Comes in several sizes for getting the right fit.

Compared to other "kneeling" chairs, this has some advantages. Other kneeling chairs have issues with getting locked into one position and too much pressure on the knees. On the Tilt Seat™ there is no pressure on the knees, and it is very easy to get into and out of this seat.

Made from a Forest Certified, 100% recycled wood content composite material called Medex. This is a wood fiber product that uses wood scraps that would otherwise be discarded. The bench is hand-finished with a non-toxic finish to give it a dark honey sheen.

This Active Sitting Chair is lightweight, made from 1/2 inch material and weighs 10 lbs. It can be taken apart and packed in a suitcase that is at least 22 inches long. Seat measures 10"x20". A Tilt Seat cushion will add one inch to the height--so if you are going to use a cushion, factor that in when deciding which size to get. Most people don't use a cushion, but you should know if you need one based on previous experience with sitting on chairs.

From Wikipedia:These "kneeling chairs" which have proliferated since the 1970's ( provide the benefits of aligned posture and active sitting.

Active Sitting is a subtopic to the field of Ergonomics and Human Factors. Active Sitting is a well established concept that applies primarily to chairs and stools that allow movement. The main premise of Active Sitting is to allow or encourage a seated occupant to move.

Active Sitting is a growing area of interest due to the negative health affects associated with traditional rigid seating. One of the earliest forms of Active Sitting is the common rocking chair which allows forward and backward swaying motion.

The opposite of Active Sitting is Static Sitting. The majority of chairs and stools that are commercially available today still tend to be Static, that is they restrict posture movement.

The general principle of Active Sitting is that flexibility and movement (while seated) can be beneficial to the human body and can make some seated tasks easier to perform.

A new breed of chairs and stools that promote Active Sitting are emerging. These products typically allow some freedom of movement that encourages the human occupant to assume a more dynamic posture.

These products may allow the seat pan and/or backrest to tilt in such a way that it follows and conforms to the movements and physical shape of the seated occupant. Various Active Sitting products may offer different kinds of movement: forward & backward, lateral (side to side), 360 degree wobble, etc.

What is the driving force behind Active Sitting? For thousands of years mankind has been performing active physical tasks throughout the day. Only in recent history has mankind found itself sitting for long periods with little movement. As found in many modern jobs, the human body is not well adapted for the long hours typically spent sitting in a rigid or restrictive posture. Back pain and circulation discomfort are part of a growing avalanche of complaints observed by physical therapists, chiropractors, and other physicians. These complaints are often associated with extended static sitting.

Active Sitting attempts reduce or prevent a variety negative effects. In the last 10 years many new US patents have been issued for Active Sitting inventions. Additionally, many new Active Sitting products are now available on the internet.

A kneeling chair is a type of chair for sitting in a position with the thighs dropped to an angle of about 130 degrees in relationship to the spine (as opposed to 90 degrees when sitting in a normal chair), with some of the body's weight supported by the shins or knees.

Kneeling chairs were invented in Norway in the 1970s, starting with Hans Christian Mengshoel's experiments on sitting devices with support under the shins. Furniture designers Peter Opsvik, Oddvin Rykken, and Svein Gusrud each developed chairs based on this principle. These designs took as their starting point the strain placed on the spine by conventional right-angled chairs.

 

 

A Kneelsit kneeling chair.

Despite the name, the posture of a person in a kneeling chair is not the same as kneeling on the ground. It is sometimes assumed that the knees bear most of the body's weight when sitting in a kneeling chair, but this is incorrect – the shins bear some weight for stability, but the body is still sitting, not kneeling.

The kneeling chair is known by several names:

YogaChair (a trademark)

Balans chair (a trademark)

Various versions of "balance chair", "knee chair" or Scandinavian/Swedish/Norwegian chair

Kneelsit chair (a trademark) - incorporates an adjustable backrest for lumbar support and mounts the seat and kneeler on swivel bearings for movement

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This chair aligns the body vertically to allow comfortable sitting without back support--also called 'active sitting'.
Optional Tilt Seat™ cushion click here

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* Small 19.5 inches tall in front generally fits people under 5'4"
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edium 20.5 inches tall in front generally fits people 5'4" to 6'
* Large 21.5 inches tall in front generally fits people over 6' Seat
Seat Measures: 10"x20"
Space Between Legs: 15.75"

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Tilt Seat™ being used in a room full of standard chairs. Notice the difference in posture. Sitting at ease, unassisted is possible because the Tilt Seat™ establishes vertical alignment.

Dear Carolina Mornings,

I had lived with chronic back pain for twenty-five years. This pain has awakened me every single night since its inception when I was nineteen years old. I am now forty-four.

I have used inversion tables, physical therapy, stretching (which I still do), yoga (which I still do), special exercises (which I still do), hypnosis for pain, a variety of chiropractors and massage therapists, and even seening accredited "healers" in hopes of getting something more than slight transient relief of this chronic pain.

Within two hours of my first usage of the tilt chair and peace bench, I noticed a gradual relieving of the constant strained feeling in my lower back! By the time the first two hours were up, I reported 80% to 90% relief of all back pain and soreness, shoulder stiffness and soreness, and 80% relief of neck soreness, aching and stiffness.

I then tried a few gentle stretches, and my range of motion was increased! That night, after using the tilt chair and having my peace bench on my desk to hold my computer keyboard, I slept FOR THE FIRST ENTIRE NIGHT WITHOUT PAIN SINCE I WAS NINETEEN! I am amazed.

I am so grateful to Carolina Morning and Patrick (the designer) for these wonderful items. They are not advertised as miracle furnishings, but to me they are. I never expected anything like this. I have had no recurring back or neck pain since using the tilt chair and peace bench! I meditate with greater ease using the peace bench. My posture has improved. I feel much more energy! Feelings of fatigue and tension have dropped tremendously, since I don't wake up in pain and discomfort anymore! I am done with putting chiropractor's kids through graduate school, and I am tired of making mortgage payments for every so-called "healer" who has claimed they could help my back. I plan to be buried with my tilt chair and peace bench, cause I'm taking them with me forever! With my eternal gratitude,

Wilella Nelson, B.A., B.S.N., R.N.

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Tilt Seats™ at the Dining Table.

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TO ASSEMBLE:

STEP ONE:put the two support pieces through their respective slot in one leg, with logo facing in. (This is a mortise and tenon joint that comes apart). Put one of the loose pegs (tenon) through each hole (mortise) allocated for it to hold each piece secure.

STEP TWO: Attach the second leg in the same way.

STEP THREE: Place bench top (seat) on leg assembly, matching mortise and tenon until seat falls into place. (It only fits in one direction.) Then pull the strap on each side to wrap around each outside side of the upper support piece. Cinch up the strap until it pulls snug.

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