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balans® Vita Kneeling Posture Chair
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Balans® is a registered Australian trademark - # 407415
The History of balans®
1976 When people improvise and observe a need, this can be the start of a new product development. How to be functional, combined with comfort at low tables in traditional furniture, was the start of what we today call balans®furniture. The balans®furniture is based on the idea of giving support and comfort to the natural and basic sitting position.
1978 Initiator Hans Christian Mengshoel invited the three furniture designers Oddvin Rykken, Peter Opsvik and Svein Gusrud to design and develop products based on the balans®concept.
1979 - Balans presents “balans alternative sitting” in Copenhagen at the "Scandinavian Furniture Fair".
1980 - Different balans® chairs were implemented in the collection of four producers in Norway.
1984 - The company Balans AS receives the SAS Export Pioneer Prize.
1986 - The “balansgroup” represented by O. Rykken, P.Opsvik, S. Gusrud and H.C. Mengshoel receives the Jacob List Prize.
1996 - Balans Management AS was established in 1996 to develop a new generation of balans® chairs to benefits the license producers of balans®. Patents balans® chairs are registered with several utility patents and design patents.
2010 - Balans Management AS partner again with Hans Christian Mengshoel to redesign the original balans kneeling chair concept, focusing on a new "balanced" seat design.
Launched by Bad Backs in Australia June 2010.
In 1976 Hans Christian Mengshoel took the initiative of developing chairs where you could sit in a natural balance with an open hip angle, like riding a horse.
This new style of chair caused a revolution in the way we sit, and over the years that followed, numerous new chair designs were marketed under the balans® trademark.
Based on the concept that balanced sitting is active sitting: yet relaxed, in 2010 Hans Christian created a new generation of balans® kneeling chairs with a new patented seat design specially designed for "balanced sitting" which encourages a natural sitting position.
Hans Christian says conventional chairs have always had two fundamental disadvantages
- a person seated on such a chair will have a hip angle of 90° or less, the hip angle being the angle between torso and legs, which causes the abdomen to press against the heart and lungs and reduce a person’s breathing capacity.
- conventional seats create pressure against the back of the thighs, and the front edge of the seat also presses against the thighs. The major blood vessels from the legs are located in this area, and the pressure compresses the muscle tissue surrounding the veins, reducing the free flow of blood. For example, people over time change their sitting position to reduce this pressure, which leads to poor posture, muscle pain and bad backs.
Saddle seats were designed as an answer to these problems, primarily by creating an “open” hip angle, i.e. the angle between torso and legs is greater than 90°. An open hip angle eases breathing giving the seated person higher oxygen content in the blood. Thus, it is easier to stay awake, gives a better feeling of well-being, and helps the body be aligned along a vertical line through the body’s centre of gravity. A person seated in this way has to maintain their balance actively, i.e. with small movements of the muscles.
A saddle seat is also meant to relieve the pressure against the back of the thighs, however Hans Christian believes this to only be partially true, and has therefore created a new tapered seat to correct this weakness, which is the basis for this new balans® kneeling chair range.
- New "balanced" seat design encourages a neutral posture
- Stimulates, activates your own balance and your inner support back muscles
- It is good for your neck, shoulders and back
- Your stomach, blood vessels and lymphatic system love it, as you are breathing more freely
- Oxygen, energy and concentration increase
- Releases vein pressure and increases your blood circulation
- Scandinavian designed wood frame & concept
- Choose from multiple wood and fabric colour combinations
- Custom colours available - call us to discuss
- Distance adjustment betwwen the seat and knee pads
- Balans® is a registered Australian trademark - # 407415
- Patent # 328285, Worldwide patents pending
- 5 year limited warranty, with 2 year warranty on fabric
- Weight limit 127kgs
- Seat Width-- 40cm
- Seat Depth -- 35cm
- Knee pad width -- 48cm
- Knee Pad depth -- 26cm
- Seat Height -- 56cm
- Knee Pad height range -- 40 - 50cm
- Distance between knee and seat range 7cm - 17.5cm
Choose your kneeling chair from 3 designer wood and fabric colour combinations:
- Black Fabric & Natural Beech Colour Wood
- Black Fabric & Black Colour Wood
- Pebble Fabric & Black Colour Wood
NOTE: Shipping available in Australia and New Zealand only.
This product is non returnable unless deemed faulty or damaged.