I bought a Swopper chair two years ago and I have to say that it works. I love it. My back loves it. My posture has improved dramatically because of it. When I first sat in it at a local design studio in Sacramento, I felt like I was sitting on a cushioned pogo stick that swayed all over the place. It was sort of like being on one of those large green exercise balls, but with a lot more stability. My back had been complaining a lot, mostly due to too much power yoga and sitting in front of a computer 8 hours a day. I didn’t know if my back could handle this chair, but if it could I could see the benefits. I’m a chronic squirmer, and this chair would let me squirm away, stretching the lower back and hip muscles to my heart’s content. The nice man at the shop let me take one home to test it out and a couple of days later he had my credit card number. Perhaps Swoppers were some come and gone SOMA fad, but if so, I missed it. I had never seen one. Here it is:
Here’s what the folks at SwopperUSA say about the chair:
Swopper is uniquely designed to create motion in an otherwise static posture. It is the only seating platform in the world supporting complete freedom of movement, laterally and vertically. What’s more, the convex shape of the seat promotes proper spine alignment, which in turn encourages flexibility and fluidity of the spine, hips, neck and everything in between. Created by German designer Henner Jahns, the Swopper received accolades during its exhibition at the prestigious New York Museum of Modern Art.
Basically it goes back and forth, side to side, around like a circle, and up and down. Like a yoga and Pilates combo workout while you’re sitting. I’ve noticed a pronounced improvement in my posture and my back doesn’t get as tired sitting in front of a computer screen. That and when I get bored, I can bounce like Tigger!