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Leaning/Perching Seats for Healthy Posture?

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Leaning/Perching Seats for Healthy Posture?

I am thinking about buying a Leaning/Perching chair which encourages a 130-135 degree hip to torso angle instead of the ususal 90 degrees. 

Question #1: Is a Leaning/Perching chair an ergonomically good choice? 

Question #2:  Is the angle of the foot important?  There is just one Leaning/Perching Chair that supports maintaing ankle at 90 degree resting angle.  It is the Locus Seat by Focal Upright.

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We, obviously, highly recommend the chair that Esther Gokhale developed herself for sitting.  You can read more about it here: http://gokhalemethod.com/chair.

The Gokhale Method Pain Free chair has a built-in wedge for good pelvic antiversion (forward angle), and raises and lowers so that your feet can be firmly on the ground, and arms at the correct level for your desk for proper shoulder placement. 

I had never heard of this Locus Seat so I just looked it up.  To me, that doesn't look like something I would enjoy sitting in for a long period of time, and I'm not sure how that would work with my desk, unless I got a new, much higher desk.  I also don't understand why you would want such a large hip to torso angle unless you have extremely tight hamstrings and want to accomodate--rather than remedy--that situation. 

I hope that helps!

Abeja Hummel

Gokhale Method Instructor

 

 

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Ajeja,

Thank you for your reply.

I sit across from people as a psychotherapist (not at a desk) for several hours in a day.  I am 58 yrs old and in fairly good physical shape.  I want some core activity while sitting and I also thought that it would be helpful for my body to have some time in a regular chair and some time in a more extended posture.  I have tight hip flexors that are impacting the kinetic chain, down to my toes.  I have really tight calves, weak glutes, tight abductors, a couple toes that are growing crooked, and weak ankles.That is why I am checking into a leaning chair.  Are the principles of a core activity and varied movement consistent with the Gokhale Method?

I know with Ester's chair, the ankle would be positioned at a 45 degree angle.  If I choose to buy one on the standing chairs, is the angle of my resting ankle important? All leaning chairs will encourage the foot position in extension, with the exception of the most expensive one whose platform allows the foot to stay in neutral position. 

Thank you for your time and input.

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