- 1. Natural rest positions for the human body
- 2. What is ‘to sit’.
- 3. All about ‘the chair’
- 4. The historic reason behind it, & original promotion.
- 5. Healthy alternatives.
The ‘Chair’ invention is a just a sculpture we can ‘sit’ on.
To ‘sit‘ is to fold /bend ourselves into an unnatural resting position for us.
Our natural sitting position is for us to fold our legs with our seat bone or pelvic base perpendicular to the floor, and our buttocks forming a natural cushioning for us as our weight is held distributed, by the weight of our folded legs limbs in front of us.
Our energy is able to flow unrestricted and evenly in this position. Our head is upright, enabling a good vantage point to see all around us, our arms can rest in our lap, or be free to engage in whatever.
To sustian this position may require only a change in leg crossing, unless feet are able to be placed up onto a thigh, which can prevent any loss of fluid or energy circulation at all.
This is about as comfortable a resting position as is available to us in human form. It is common to all human beings at all ages once a child can walk.
It is the position of choice for long periods of non-standing or non full recline. It is the natural position for meditations, asnd is still common in Western Society but mostly known as sitting ‘cross legged’ and restricted only to the children in schools, becoming less popular as someone ages, if never done again .
Extremely successful marketing is the reason our natural seated position has become a thing of the past.
Chairs were promoted and enforced in Britain and Western Europe, by etiquette using the language to ” get ourselves off the floor so we did not look like savages.”
Wood carving was enormously popular at this time, wood craftsmanship, wood carving tools created for purchase, tree felling, and mastery over the environment, to make use of that which was provided, without any strategies for long term management in place.
‘Governing by etiquette’ ‘having’ to have, being one of the ‘haves’ rather than the ‘have-nots’ was a powerful method of making sure people bought chairs. They were a vital part of social structures, social gatherings, entertaining, and meeting. It was noticed by all of your social status’ or ‘class’ whether you were able to afford the latest most popular chairs.
To make furniture to earn money; to contribute to the economy; to be a furniture maker. These were considered at the time, with the knowledge available, more important than a human body being in a healthy rest position.
Sitting crossed legged cannot be beaten or improved upon by any invention as this ‘sit’ is just the natural way our legs fold. People who have discomfort doing this, are those with other body health issues such as obesity, or another cause of inflexibility, which may be as simple as unfamiliarity with sitting without a chair!
We know now, that a healthy chair – or a chair that is comfortable for the human body, is a design that has us in an elevated kneeling position.
I never had a good relationship with chairs. My life began with my mother making it clear that she considered the chair she let me sit on;) to be more valuable to her than myself! These chairs were uncomfortable wooden adult chairs, the wrong height for a small child and without a cushion. I wanted to kneel to raise my height to reach the table’s surface. I was yelled at for endangering the chair with the possibility of being scratched by the buckles of my sandles and made to “sit back down properly child!”
I would love aeroplanes to have us lie in a stacked tier structure, similar to something I saw on the movie the Fifth Element, when Bruce Willis needed to travel to another planet. Planes would be able to fit just as many people in, perhaps more, and certainly our bodies would be much more comfortable.
Yes I have chairs, but I am able to sit cross-legged in them, or to recline in another way. Those Japanese design ones that fold up and can also be a mattress are handy too. Do spend some time, whatever you do, NOT sitting in a chair, to allow for even weight distribution, and healthy muscular growth around the core of your back, to enable you a good postural foundation.
Encourage your little ones to feel comfy sitting on the floor, with a special cushion or coloured mat in their room in favour of a little chair. An unsupported core or back. really is necessary to develop the musculature for good posture later in life, to develop good musculature of the spine and each vertebrae.
I am seeing so many children, and teenagers already with deformed sloping backs, stooped necks and rounded shoulders. I consider it necessary to teach of posture in the ‘I Am Body’ part of my Human Being Essential curriculm. School does not teach them this yet, so a home set up that is conducive to healthy development is necessary.
Remember the jingle: body care = no chair! : )