Variable Balans Chair
Sometimes when you have been sitting in an office chair all day you can feel really seized up. And in reality your body is literally frozen in position from too many hours at that same 90° angle. Some gain relief by tucking the legs behind their seat base to open up the angle of the thighs with the torso. Guess what? That’s what a wood kneeling chair does naturally.
Where did wood kneeling chairs come from? Wood knee chairs first appeared in Europe in the early 1970s and the original commercially produced one, the Variable Balans is still available today. Its designer Peter Opsvik wanted to offer chair users a healthier alternative way of sitting. He was impressed with the pioneering research by Dr A C Mandal who had demonstrated the health benefits of this way of sitting and why its diverse principals were superior to traditional seats.
How does a wood kneeling chair work? It functions in a totally different way to a conventional chair. It still has a seat, however this merely acts as a resting place for the buttocks. The real work is done by the user’s shins, which rest on the knee pads at the front of the seat. With the curved runners allow users to lean forwards and backwards giving motion in use.
I suppose a more accurate name for this type of chair might be a shin chair as this is where the user’s weight is carried. It’s probably just as well that weight isn’t carried through the knees as this would likely cause fatigue and pain. One of the joys of using this type of kneeling chair is its versatility, there are so many ways of using it.
Variable Balans Feet Up
How many ways can you sit in it? Its flexibility lets you use it in many different ways. The conventional way and the most popular is to place both shins on the front kneeling pads and rest your buttocks on the seat pad. As movement and variation of sitting position is vital for maintaining a healthy posture this type of chair is ideal. You can rest one foot on the floor and leave one shin on the knee pad. Or you can rest both feet on the floor which places more weight on your bottom. You can place one or both feet on the knee pads. It’s great to mix and alter your seating postures throughout the day to suit the tasks you are performing.
Where can you use a wood kneeling chair? Its most obvious function is as a replacement for your office chair however it’s a lot more flexible than a mere office seat replacement. It’s a great way to watch TV and is a whole lot healthier than sitting slouched in a sofa with a rounded back, which places so much strain on the spine. Due to their portability, it’s simple to transport from room to room and they make great dining chairs too. If you meditate regularly you’ll love the feeling of freedom. There are just so many ways to use a wood kneeling chair, the choice is only limited by your imagination.
Why a wood kneeling chair is good for your body It makes an excellent alternative to a conventional office chair because it allows you to sit in a much healthier open position. This encourages blood flow as well as aligning the body in a much better posture. And the ease with which you can change your sitting position makes movement shifts simple and easy. This type of seat is also very easy to get in and out of.
So if you keep feeling like your body is locked in time and need to be shoehorned out of your office chair, give some thought to a wood kneeling chair. It could be as very liberating experience.
Here’s where you can find some reviews of wood kneeling chairs covering a variety of different models.
- Branded Office Chairs Part 7: Varier Top 3 – Variable, Wing and Thatsit
- The Bambach Saddle Seat: Do You Sit In It Or Ride It?
- Why A Leather Office Chair Isn’t Always The Best Choice: Slip Sliding Syndrome
- Branded Office Chairs Part 5: Neutral Posture Top 3 – 5000, 6000 & 8000 Ranges
- Is Your Office Chair At War With Your Skeleton? The Wedge Widget