How Does It Work?
People ask as this- usually as they tilt their head from side to side as if perhaps it’s upside down.
Someone once asked, “Is it for exercise?”
“How do you get into it?” they say, scrunching up their nose as if it’s something you might need a lengthy instruction manual for.
“Go ahead!” I say. “Try it. How do you think it works?”
Time and time again people skeptically climb into our kneeling chairs. There’s always a moment of brief hesitation. You can see just a glimmer of fear in their eyes. A look of “am I about to fall over?” comes over their faces. And time and time again they sit on it correctly, on the first try.
“Ouuuuu!” they say as they begin to cautiously rock back and forth, adjusting their posture, looking up at the ceiling as they assess what the chair is doing for their bodies- sussing out how it’s making their back feel. You can see them silently comparing it to the chair they currently spend most of their time in.
“Wow!” they exclaim “This is actually really nice!” as they rock back and forth sussing out the effortless angle their hips were just shifted into when their legs were dropped into the oblique angle. They play around with the placement of their shoulders for a few seconds before quickly becoming aware that they don’t need to shift around, that they are naturally in a healthy posture.
They always say it’s “actually really nice”- confirming the initial doubts they had. We get it- it doesn’t really look like a chair- or at least the kind of chair you could use 9 to 5, but trust us- it is (and don’t worry, you’re likely not going to fall out of it!).
How Do I Get Into It?
The truth of the matter is: there is no right way to do it. The only rule is that you do it in whatever way makes you feel stable and secure. It may feel a bit awkward and clumsy the first couple of times, but after a few tries, it will feel as natural as sitting down into any other chair.
Another thing that’s important to note is that as it’s going to be just as big of an adjustment for your body as it is for your mind.
Will I Be Sore?
If you plan on completely replacing your current office chair with a new ergonomic chair,
#1- Good for you! You’ve made a great, healthy choice for you and your spine and you are going to see and feel the benefits almost immediately. You’re also about to be the talk of the office!
#2- Don’t be surprised if you do experience some shin and back muscle tenderness at first. This is very normal and won’t last long.
Think of it like when you get a good massage. The day after you visit your RMT you will probably be sore and need an epsom salt bath, but in the long run you’re going to feel so much better. The tenderness you’re feeling (likely in your shins and upper back) is your body realigning, reconfiguring and adapting. You’re going to be using muscles that you have gone ignored for… well… ever. Your spine is in a fresh new position, the muscles are adapting to that change, and your legs aren’t accustomed to holding your weight in that like that and might feel like they are bruised- just remember that this is to be expected and it won’t last long.
Just like when you start a new workout- the next day you’re going to feel it no matter how in shape you might be. You always know when you’ve been using sneaky muscles that don’t normally get much attention, which is why we recommend starting slowly and working your way up. Start by spending an hour or so in the kneeling chair and gradually increasing the time you spend in it over a week, or however long it takes for your body to get fully accustomed. Again, there are no rules on how to properly enjoy your chair-- the important thing is that you enjoy it.
Can I Use The Kneeling Chair Exclusively?
Another piece of advice is to try and keep your old chair handy for at least the first week of adjusting to a full time kneeling chair, if possible. It’s best to play it safe just in case you find yourself getting distracted by the changes your body is going through. The whole point of upgrading to a new chair is to increase your productivity and focus during the day, so there’s no need to ruin that by rushing into things. After your body has adjusted you can sit, and sit, and sit, and sit to your heart's content!
Will It Make Me Famous?
Speaking of workplace distractions- another thing you should be prepared for is to the fact that you’re about to have a lot more conversations with your co-workers when you first introduce your new kneeling chair to the office. This is not a joke! People will stop and ask you about it, and they are likely going to want to try it out for themselves. (You’ll get a lot of practice climbing in and out of the chair this way.) Don’t be surprised if you wind up becoming the trendsetter in the office and starting a chain reaction of posture conscious co-workers and employees.
One thing we all have in common with each other is that we all sit. A lot. Most of us spend the majority of the day sitting, and we have all experienced aches and pains throughout the workday. If there’s nothing else to talk about we can always commiserate together on the shared experience of sitting on an uncomfortable chair or stool. Most of us don’t realize how much we wish we had a solution to this problem until the solution is placed in front of us.
There is an instant curiosity… a secret hope that it will be the solution they’ve been secretly pining for. The initial curiosity is matched with an equal skepticism of the chair. The uncertainty of how it works is quickly overpowered by people’s desire for a solution for their workplace ailments.
We are proud to be able to offer you a practical and simple tool to help with your workplace ailments. We are strong believers that if we’re going to spend the majority of our days sitting at work, we should be enjoying those hours. We also believe in being productive and focused so we can get our done more efficiently so we can get back out into the world doing spending time with the people we love doing the things that bring us joy.
And don’t worry, just like our chairs- we’ve got your back.