What’s With a Feng Shui Chair?

Is there such a thing as a, Feng Shui Chair?

High back chair is a plus

I want to discuss the westernized view of a feng shui chair. A well-constructed chair has a bearing on the level of one’s work performance. Your physical and mental well-being are interconnected. The balance between the two has a direct link on work productivity. When one is out of kilter, it inevitably affects the other.

Your mental well-being is influenced by numerous factors. Let’s talk about the chair aspect as the mental is a longer article.

The origins of Classical Feng Shui has nothing to do with a “feng shui chair.” This blog essentially deals with the Qi in the body created by your chair and where you sit. Due to the modern age of technology, many people sit hours in front of a computer. Hence the westernized concept, “feng shui chair.”

6 factors to consider for your chair that affect internal Qi or, “Feng Shui”:

  • A high back chair provides adequate support for your back and neck (the vulnerable parts of the body). Feeling protected and comfortable adds to a positive mental attitude.
  • Avoid Sharp edges aimed towards your back while sitting (ie. corners of walls, file cabinets, furniture, décor items). Sharp edges send harmful shar (negative) Qi at the body. The negative energy sent your way will hamper your sense of peace. The best way to understand this is to imagine a knife pointed at you.
  • What is around you when sitting? Make sure your body is not in alignment with a door, between two doors, or a window and door. This is too much Yang activity around your body. Over time, your energy will be depleted.
  • Your head should not have any open space or hole above it that is created by a feature in the ceiling (i.e. vent or skylight). Any pointy art objects or shelves aimed at, or pressing down on you head? Especially bad for those who suffer from headaches.
  • Ergonomically designed chairs prevent back and neck strain. Pay attention to this feature. Herman Miller chairs are specially designed to minimize aches, strains, getting tired or being uncomfortable (although pricey).
  • Visitor chairs do not need to be overly comfy, lest they overstay their welcome!  Harder sofa sets, generate a more dynamic type of Qi energy. Active Yang energy is suitable at the workplace.

Try to find an, “agile chair that keeps your body and brain limber all day. Designed specifically for people who work for hours at computers.” This chair claims to be first work chair that benefits both mind and body. It comes in earth friendly materials. Always a plus!

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White Lotus Feng Shui
Patricia Lee, Feng Shui Consultant
San Francisco Bay Area, California, Washington DC Metro Area, Maryland, Virginia, Greater United States
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