What does sitting, more precisely “active sitting,” have to do with the Feldenkrais-Method®?
In the Feldenkrais-Method®, movement is used as a vehicle to create more awareness. We do this through the process of exploration. Moshe Feldenkrais, the founder of the Method, has created many lessons that help us explore our sitting habits and create new possibilities and choices; the dynamic aspects of sitting were very important to him. “As long as we consider the standing and sitting postures as static conditions, it is difficult to describe them in a way that might lead to improvement. If this is what we seek, we must examine their dynamic aspect” (MF, ATM, pp. 73-74). The term “Acuture” (Action & Posture) was coined by Moshe Feldenkrais to describe this dynamic process.
The QOR360 was designed with the help of Feldenkrais practitioners and trainers specifically to allow users to experience “acuture” while sitting in a chair. The guiding principle was to develop a chair that can tip in any direction from a center of rotation that was placed as close as possible the sitter’s center of gravity. The result is effortless, equal movement in all directions. This design imperative led Dr. Turner Osler to develop a novel geometric solid so unique that it is patented. Technically an eccentric bicylinder, this “Red Rocker” is the mechanism used in all the chairs.
As Feldenkrais practitioners we want to improve the lives of the people we work with. We want to empower people to solve their own problems and find their own answers. In my experience, the QOR360 can help us in this process, and it does so in a way that is engaging, pleasurable and fun.