The use of chairs in the West is ubiquitous. One of the most important life style changes I ever made was giving up my use of the chair fifty years ago. Chairs and sit down toilets are good examples of my motto, ‘short term pleasure attracts long term pain; short term pain attracts long term pleasure‘. The physical ease a chair provides gradually robs the body of an important part of its natural capability. Over time, that brings long-term pain. This is easy to see when comparing older Western people with older Japanese people.
The photo is of my son Kyle’s Japanese friend’s grandmother. She’s 82 and much more flexible than many Western people half or less her age. So, what is so good about being flexible? Oh, the list is so long; I’ll spare you. Besides, I think the long term pleasurable benefits are obvious to most. People just don’t realize in their youth how the use of chairs will greatly exacerbate thier loss of flexibility.
The benefits of maintaining flexibility, subtle though they may be, adds to the quality of life throughout life. So, become more natural and animal like and throw out your chairs! Maybe that will also help materialize chapter 61’s The female always gets the better of the male by stillness. Being still, she takes the lower position. For another angle on this, see also, Bathtub Tai Chi