This morning I was chatting with a man in my Pilates class who works from home. He was trying to figure out what would be the best chair for him to sit on. He described the various furniture he has at home including a standing desk and some type of wobbly chair.
“What’s the best chair or best position to work in?” is not an uncommon question in my studio. Continue reading “Change Starts with Knowing Where You Are”
Searching for the perfect chair?
I hate to bust your bubble…
It doesn’t exist. Continue reading “Sitting Series 6: The Perfect Chair”
The problem with using the back of your chair is that you start with good intentions—of leaving your back resting against the back of the chair—then before you know it, your attention has literally pulled you forward in the direction of…
- your computer as you work on your document
- the juicy novel you’re engrossed in
- the steering wheel as you drive in rush hour
- the friend you’re talking to across the table at lunch
You end up with a situation where your lower back is against the back of the chair and you’ve curled forward from the waist, head and neck leading, toward the object of your attention.
Sort of nut shaped.
Over time, that nut shape puts a lot of stress on your neck and back. Continue reading “Sitting Series 5: Be One with Your Chair”
My body and my back love it when I perch at my desk.
And I don’t mean like a bird on a post. Continue reading “Sitting Series 4: Perching”
First find something you can sit on that is both firm and flat—a basic wooden chair is a great choice. This exploration will work best if you can find such a surface to sit on.
Sit down at the front of the chair so you are supporting your own torso as opposed to leaning back on the back of the chair.
This is what I refer to as active sitting.
The little boy in the photo above is a good illustration of active sitting.
Your first and most important job is to find your sitting bones. Continue reading “Sitting Series 3: Sit on Your Bones”