SYMBIOTIC – AN ACTIVE SITTING CHAIR FOR A HEALTHIER WORKPLACE

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Why active sitting?
The human body adapted to conditions in which humans led physically active lives. Now, in a world with increased technology, wide-scale use of transport, and sedentary office jobs, we can struggle to adapt to the excessive sitting associated with modern life.

When the body is forced to remain in a rigid seated position for long periods of time, it can have a detrimental effect on our overall health and wellbeing. It is a common misconception that regular exercise can compensate for too much sitting.

Sitting on a Symbiotic active chair will encourage the body to remain active even while seated, by stimulating the use of core muscles, and adapting to the natural movements of the body.

What makes Symbiotic different to conventional ergonomic chairs?
The symbiotic chair was built around the human body, allowing for its tendency for movement and frequent changes of sitting position, while also strengthening a user’s core stability muscles and improving sitting posture. Similar to an exercise ball, the flexible seat is mounted on the balancing mechanism, which challenges a user’s postural balance. As an active sitting chair, Symbiotic doesn’t allow you to sit passively and let the chair carry your body’s weight, like conventional ergonomic chairs. Instead, it stimulates the musculature responsible for keeping your body upright and stable.

Additionally, the unique sculpted backrest with pronounced lower back support follows a user’s movements in all directions and provides counter-force against the lower back when a user leans against it. Symbiotic was designed as an active working chair to stimulate an upright sitting posture, and this is why it is not equipped with a reclining mechanism like most conventional ergonomic chairs and does not support a lounging position.

Why is Symbiotic better than an exercise ball?
Unlike the seat on Symbiotic, exercise balls don’t provide adequate structural support for a user’s sitting bones, which is crucial for a good sitting posture. In addition to this, the height of an exercise ball is usually inadequate for a specific user, and this cannot be adjusted. Also, there is no backrest, which can make sitting for long periods tiring. Finally, the ball can roll away underneath the user, making it unsafe and inappropriate for an office environment.
Why are there no arms on Symbiotic?
Symbiotic was designed without armrests after consultations with numerous back-care practitioners. The reason is that, besides being controversial in the theory of ergonomics, the armrests beat the purpose of the active sitting concept because they stabilize a user’s body in contrast to the more autonomous sitting we aimed for with the Symbiotic design.

Without the armrests, users can tuck deep under the desk and rest their hands on the desk using a keyboard and mouse, which is often impossible because of the armrests.

Finally, without the armrests, users can experience more benefits in terms of improving postural mechanisms and strengthening their core stability muscles.

Is active sitting using Symbiotic a type of exercise?
This depends on the definition of exercise. If we define exercise widely as an activity requiring physical effort, carried out to sustain or improve health and fitness, then yes, active sitting is a type of exercise. However, although the balancing mechanism will stimulate more active physical engagement during sitting, primarily with regards to the abdominal and back muscles needed to stabilize a user’s core, active sitting on Symbiotic doesn’t require a significant physical effort. In the same way, an experienced horse rider maintains a balanced riding position on the moving horse with ease and minimal effort, a user of Symbiotic will gradually condition their body to maintain a balanced poise during long hours of sitting with minimal muscular activity, simply through improving their balance and sitting posture. Nevertheless, this type of sitting requires more physical activity than static sitting on a conventional ergonomic chair. However, the sensitivity of the seat can be adapted to specific individual needs of a user by way of the customizable balancing mechanism which carries the seat, thus making it possible to modify the level of the required physical activity.
Do you offer trials?
Trials of Symbiotic for the duration of one week are available throughout the UK. The cost of the trial is £ 24.00 (ex VAT) covering delivery to and collection from your address. Please fill in the contact form and our representative will be in touch with you.

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