Sitting on the floor

Seating Sqout

Sitting on the floor is the new mobility movement.

Sitting at the desk and sitting on the floor.

Working in the office is a challenging task for the body, and in the last few years, something made this task even worst.

Covid-19 forced millions of people worldwide to work from home.

Consequently, many people reduce their daily movement activity and start increasing their stress response to work and everyday life.

But what does covid-19 have to do with seating on the floor, you may ask yourself?

Well, for convenience, and other rules, such as hygiene too, we nowadays spend most of our time sitting on chairs.

At least within Western cultural settings.

Asian Squat

But as we all know, floor seating is an ancient practice in the East side of the world.

In our collective mind, we all can refer to Asian people squatting anywhere they can, and with not much problem.

Asian Squot

In the West, squatting is associated with going to the gym, training, and being sporty.

It is funny, isn’t it?!

So, that’s where covid-19 is linked to seating on the floor.

I am working from home and sitting on the floor.

Due to the covid pandemic, many people have started working from home.

But the home ergonomics for office work differ from those in the office.

In addition to this, we have to add that as big and comfortable as a chair can be, it is always a chair. Indeed, the chair is a silent killer.

Sitting on a chair limits our ability to move around as discomfort arises.

Think now about sitting on the floor and standing back up.

For the average adult, doing this task is not a comfortable thing.

Why so?

Well, because we are not used to it.

All this year, sitting on a chair did reduce our body adaptability to the ground sitting.

Sitting on a chair for long hours would:

  • stiff up the hips, which are in constant flexion
  • increase pressure on the Lumbar back
  • arch the thoracic area, with an increase in kyphosis
  • reduce the necessity for mobility

In fact, within 20 minutes of no movement, a muscle would adapt to the shape it is sitting into.

On the other hand, as the muscle starts losing its neuroplasticity, the joints controlled by those muscles would start stiffening up too.

This is such a domino effect that it would break the equilibrium along the stability/mobility joints chain.

How to prevent this?

Well, sitting on the floor is a good start.

Mobility exercises for seating on the floor

Sitting on the floor comes with the benefits of more mobility options.

As we may feel uncomfortable with the sitting position, changing position would be a spontaneous and comfortable act once on the floor.

But as we are so used to sitting on chairs, starting sitting on the floor for 8 hours a day can be challenging.

So, rather than sitting on a chair all day, initially switching between floor sitting, chair and standing up is good.

This process would allow the body to slowly break the bad habit of rounding onto the desk from the stiff chair seating.

Also, the body is not designed to either sit on a chair or stand up for so long for so many days.

So the habit of changing position would improve mobility, and with it, many other things would come down to and ease.

In conclusion, to improve the Upper Cross Syndrome (UCS) presentation of someone who spends long hours sitting at a desk, the steps to take are:

  • reduce the symptoms of pain and discomfort in the Cx area
  • start losing up the thoracic area
  • Improving hip mobility allows the person to spend more time on the floor.

The work that needs to be done within the thoracic area is to lose the vertebrae by doing some mobs and reducing tension on the lat dorsi muscle.

In this next post, we will look into the following:

  • How to sit on the floor and how to stand back up
  • Exercises that can help to improve the floor seating time.

Would you like to improve your mobility? Book Now a Thai yoga class with Giovanni or a Massage session to learn more about what can help you.

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