The story of how this unique piece of ergonomic, computer furniture
came into being is somewhat unusual and was chiefly motivated by a desire
to relieve my temporary but excruciating lower back pain.
The idea first occurred to me during a ten day meditation course
I attended in the final year of my Masters course
in Psychology as part of my research into the subject of 'meditation and health'.
I remember it was the third day of the course and I was in agony
through trying to sit up straight on cushions on the floor. Being in my 50's
at the time my limbs were not supple enough to take up the traditional yoga
posture and the kneeling position did not help much either. In desperation,
to try and relieve my lower back pain, I tried out a strange-looking stool
with crescent-shaped feet.
This is a sketch showing what it looked like:
(Later I made the interesting discovery that this stool was actually a copy of the camp stool used by the Maasai tribesmen of Africa.)
To my amazement this little stool virtually eliminated my back
pain within a few minutes. There remained, however, the problem of sore knees
from kneeling on the hard wooden floor. So I then came up with the idea of
making a stool with a moving seat and combining this with a soft shin pad
(or knee rest) which was also free to move.
Within a few months I had successfully made a number of simple
stools and sold them when one of my customers asked me - since she was finding
her stool so comfortable - if I could possibly make an ergonomic chair for use at her computer
applying the same principle, namely a kneeling chair with a backrest. So the EquipoisE
Balance Seat was conceived.
Although I spent a great deal of time designing and constructing
prototypes and badgered my long-suffering friends to trial them, I also engaged
in several years of research studying anatomy, physiology, neurology and physiological
psychology as I tried to discover just why the seat worked so well.
And - do you know - - I am still searching!
By the way, apologies to my son Bill - I still haven't come up with the motor
and wheels to allow them to be used in go-kart races.:)
In addition to these notes on the background to the invention, more comprehensive results of
my research are contained in the Benefits section. There are
also a number of enthusiastic, confirming comments and tests by various professionals, universities
and government organisations among the Reports below