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Introducing our new Rep for the New York City area

Introducing our New York City Rep
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Interview with Tron Jordheim

Tronheadshot Tron Jordheim, author, VP of Marketing for Storage Mart For this interview we visit Tron in his office at Storage Mart where he is settled comfortably on a Soul Seat.  Scattered around the office are a version of a kneeling chair, and a conventional office task chair. Pack Matthews: Hi Tron.  How about we start with a brief description of your current work. Tron Jordheim: I'm the VP of marketing at Storage Mart.  I also run a subsidiary that's a call center, so I spend a lot of time sitting at my desk combing through reports, doing correspondence, things like that, so I spend hours and hours sitting during the day in my office.  So I'm one of the "sitters". P: I see that you've got some wear on your Soul Seat.  How long have you been using it? Are you about ready for a reupholster job? Tron: I don't know, about a year and a half.  I move it up and down a lot.  But I've only got one little nick on it.  And sometimes I sit on it with my shoes on, which probably isn't good and sometimes I'll kick 'em off.  I'll move my perch up and down depending on what I feel like doing. P:  From your own experience, when you first saw the Soul Seat, what made you willing to try it?  You've had prior experience with alternative seating, so to speak.  Right here in your office you've got a kneeling chair, a Soul Seat and a conventional chair. T: We've got a couple of Ball Chairs in the office that I got for people 'cause they're super cheap and people like 'em. P: And you've acknowledged that the Soul Seat is a weird looking chair.  It's kind of odd. T: Right. P: Can you remember what was going through your head?  Because not everyone gets a chance to sit on it.  We don't have store fronts around the country.  How would you describe that first encounter with the Soul Seat? T:  Well, I've been struggling with office chairs for as long as I've been...
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Interview with Soul Seater Laura Schopp

Laura Schopp interview Laura Schopp is the director of a workplace wellness program in the Midwest.  She's responsible for developing training programs and facilitates culture change initiatives for an organization of over 13,000 employees.  I met her at her department offices recently for this interview.  The last time I visited, her Aeron chair had been relegated to the corner.  Now it was gone completely, replaced by a treadmill desk.  At her main desk she was perched comfortably on her Soul Seat with its Sheepskin slipcover she had us custom produce for her. Pack Matthews: Tell me again the story of how you discovered the Soul Seat. L: Well I was in Good Nature shopping for gifts one day and I saw this really strange looking thing which I finally concluded was a sitting device.  So I got on and immediately decided, “I have to have one of these” ‘Cause I had really been struggling for the last several years with back pain.  Too much sitting at work.  As soon as I sat on it I thought, “this might take a little getting used to but this is where I need to be.  So I was lucky, I was able to order a Soul Seat, get it customized and it’s met my needs ever since.  I don’t have the back pain I used to have with how I was sitting at work.  It’s just been terrific!  I thought it was fantastic that you were able be so helpful with me in making sure that the customization was just right, and I’ve been nothing but delighted with it ever since. P:  Didn’t you purchase it through your flex-spend account? L: After I had tried the Soul Seat on loan for a little while, I became convinced that this was going to be helpful to me in addition to other things that I can do for myself.  So I talked with my doctor and she prescribed me a Soul Seat.  And I’m so glad she did because I was then able to be reimbursed through the flexible spending plan.  That also allowed me to...
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Interview with Scott Wilson

Visual artist and videographer Scott Wilson isn't a Soul Seat owner (yet), but he is a fan and has helped us "Beta test" a number of our models.   I'm sharing this conversation with him because his story demonstrates the principles behind the Soul Seat design.  In another post I've commented that the only true competition for the Soul Seat is the floor.  Scott is a living example of that truth.  Scott represents what can be accomplished when the principles behind the Soul Seat design are implemented in your life.   We designed the Soul Seat in order to bring the benefits of floor and active sitting up to desktop height.  After being exposed to the Soul Seat principles, Scott took these ideas to heart and applied them to his life, taking his body to the floor.  Pack :How did we first meet?   Scott: I first met you when I came to Orr St Studios.    I had decided to get out of my basement with my artwork, and see how that works.  I had worked from home for four years after retiring from Verizon, I’d been there 22 years.  It was at that point,  if you remember, that I was in so much pain.    Pack : Physical pain?   Physical.  I was limping.  Especially my knees and ankles.  Particularly my right side.  And had been for, oh I don’t know, six or seven years.    What do you attribute it to?    Well, I’m a runner, and I would go through periods of good running, and poor stretching, and it would catch up with me.  It was kind of cyclical.  Then it became so chronic that I was eating a lot of ibuprophen, doing a lot of icing.   As a result I wasn’t getting any quality workouts done.  During that whole period I would wake up and wonder, “did I tweak something?”  And it’s not just that you can’t run.  You can’t walk.  You limp.   My wife Laura would say, “I’m so tired of watching you limp all the time!”  I didn’t know any better, I’d say, “Well I’m stretching, I’m doin’ everything I’m...
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