The Human Touch Perfect Chair is boldly named. A chair that’s “perfect”? It sounds as trite as “100% satisfaction guaranteed” or “new and improved.” But, after a week of actually sitting in one, I can honestly say there’s something to it.
The Perfect Chair is in a category we refer to as zero gravity chairs. They got that name because they operate on ergonomic principles developed by NASA. The aerospace scientists were looking for ways to prevent their astronauts from being crushed by gravity during shuttle launch. In the traditional upright sitting position, the forces of gravity are concentrated on the spine, creating enormous pressure.
To counteract this, the scientists developed the “zero gravity position,” in which the feet are raised above the spine, allowing gravity to be dispersed more evenly throughout the body. This reduces pressure points and is why zero gravity chairs offer a deeper, more relaxing kind of comfort.
When you sit in one, you can feel the difference. The old, familiar feeling of sitting in a regular chair, with hips and spine at an uncomfortable 90 degree angle, is completely absent. Instead, in the zero gravity position, your heart doesn’t have to work as hard to pump blood throughout the body. Your circulation flows with gravity instead of against it. You will also notice that the chair’s back is slanted slightly away from the seat, which encourages an open thigh-torso angle. Positioning the pelvis as well as aligning and stabilizing the lumbar spine is important to establish “neutral posture,” which is the body’s most natural position. The perfect chair achieves this effortlessly, insuring maximum comfort and pain relief.
The benefit of “neutral posture” is that it creates a relaxed, dreamy feeling that, for me at least, induces sleep in a matter of minutes. The reduced pressure on your back, shoulders, neck, and spine means your muscles don’t have to work as hard supporting your body. Again, this “neutral posture” position makes it easier for your body to relax, reducing strain and fatigue.
Perfect chairs have a nontraditional design. They don’t look like regular chairs, with sleek angles, curving along the chair and leg rest. Another difference is that they are made of 100% renewable, plantation grown wood from the Para Rubber tree. Although they have a nontraditional design, zero gravity chairs are designed for superior comfort.
You may also notice that, in comparison to other chairs, they have less padding. The reason for this is that they don’t need it. Padding does not always equal comfort. Zero gravity chairs do not need a foot of cushioned material because they put the body in its most natural, “neutral” posture.
They are built to conform to the body, rather than the other way around.