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Embody Chair

Designers: Bill Stumpf and Jeff Weber
The first work chair designed specifically to create harmony between your body and your computer. More than just an ergonomic chair, Embody keeps you alert, keeps you aligned, keeps your blood and creative juices flowing..

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Embody Chair

The First Work Chair that Benefits Mind
and Body

A chair that lowers your heart rate and reduces stress? That can help keep your brain relaxed? Help you defy gravity? That can boost your creativity? Really?

Really. The Embody seat and back are a dynamic matrix of pixels that stimulates blood and oxygen flow by reducing seated pressure. All that oxygen helps you think better. The chair back adjusts instinctively to every move you make and keeps support of your lower back constant. Embody keeps you in a neutral, balanced posture as you work, so you stay relaxed and focused.

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Bill Stumpf and Jeff Weber

"Sitting is bad for you. Embody is good for you."

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  • A Chair That Can Reduce Stress

    A Chair That Can Reduce Stress

    Embody is so advanced that it actually lowers your heart rate and reduces stress. By stimulating blood and oxygen flow while you sit, Embody helps keep you focused and relaxed at the same time. You'll feel like you're floating, which means you'll feel more alert. Your brain will be more alert, too.

  • A Chair That Can Boost Your Creativity

    A Chair That Can Boost Your Creativity

    Embody can help you innovate, create, and come up with new ideas. Movement promotes blood and oxygen flow, which keeps the brain more focused and functional. Embody is an agile chair that encourages movement, keeping your body and brain limber all day.

  • Healthful Posture

    Healthful Posture

    Embody encourages the most healthful posture for computer users—a working recline, which reduces spine compression and even slows fluid loss from discs. The Backfit™ adjustment positions the backrest in line with your spine's natural curve, so you achieve and maintain a neutral, balanced posture. When you move in the chair, your head remains properly aligned to your computer display.

  • Encouraging Natural Movement

    Encouraging Natural Movement

    Embody's tilt technology maintains your back in a fixed position relative to the seat, encouraging your body to move naturally into the most positive seated postures while keeping your pelvis stable.

  • Three Zones of Support

    Three Zones of Support

    The tilt technology of the Embody chair also provides three zones of support—for your thighs, sacrum/sitting bones, and thorax. The pelvis remains stable with no rearward rotation. Without a rigid frame and with edges that flex, Embody prevents uncomfortable pressure on your legs and arms.

  • Conforms to You—Automatically

    Conforms to You—Automatically

    A dynamic matrix of pixels creates seat and back surfaces that automatically conform to your every movement and distribute your weight evenly. And one chair size fits every body. Because Embody automatically adapts to the wide variation in the sizes, shapes, postures, and spinal curves of different people. Seat depth adjusts to different thigh lengths, and the armrest motions fit the broadest ranges.

Best of NeoCon Silver Award, Ergonomic Desk/Task Seating
2009

"Best of 2008," Wired magazine
2008

"Best of Tech," Yahoo Tech
2008

People's Choice at the National Ergonomics Conference and Exhibition
2008

  • Keeps You Cool

    Keeps You Cool

    Embody's skin-like textile covering allows air to circulate and keeps you cool, no matter how long you sit.

  • Super-green

    Super-green

    The Embody chair is made in a facility that uses only renewable energy. And it's 95 percent recyclable at the end of its useful life.

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i'M TRYING TO LOWER THE CHAIR...BUT CAN'T FIND A WAY TO DO IT.
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simply press down (towards the floor) on the cheap looking little translucent plastic toggle in the much larger handle that sticks out on the right & if you are sitting in the chair, you will go down!
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Yes, use the white/clear joystick on the lower right, push down on it to move down.
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On the right side of your Embody Chair is a round joystick that can be used to adjust your seat height. To raise your seat height, angle the joystick upward and lift your weight off the seat until it raises to your preferred height. To lower your seat, angle the joystick downward while sitting and lower the seat to a comfortable height. At the proper seat height, there should be slightly less than a 90 degree angle between your thighs and calves.

You can see instructions on all adjustments for the Embody Chair here: http://www.hermanmiller.com/content...

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Yes there is a dial on the back that allows you to for lack of better term form fit the chair to your back. Both are great chairs but, if you are looking for comfort the Embody is the better of the two. The Aeron is more of a computer task chair that you should only buy with the posture fit option.
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The Embody Chair does not have a separate PostureFit attachment like the Aeron Chair does, because the support is built into the design of the chair. The Pixelated Support (shown in the attached image) creates seat and back surfaces that automatically conform to your every movement and distribute your weight evenly. By fitting your form and reducing seated pressure, Embody increases blood circulation, which improves the flow of oxygen and decreases heart rate.

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Embody or Aeron Chair

I spend about fourteen hours a day in front of the computer. I am 6'2, 230 lbs. Which chair would best fit my needs: The Aeron or the Embody Chair?
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That is a hard choice. I tested both and I finally decided on the Aeron chair. Also you should always buy the C size option with back support.

The Aeron has the ability to tilt forward to support leaning forward into a computer. However, the Embody is far superior in comfort and elbow room compared to the Aeron. If you do not need to tilt forward to the computer then go with the Embody chair.

Here is what I did if you do not have a dealer in your area, you can buy both and test them for 30 days and then return the one that you like the least.
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Both the Embody Chair and a size C Aeron Chair would be a good fit for your body type and length of sitting. If you prefer to lean back while you are sitting, you may want to consider the Embody Chair. It's spine is designed to provide healthy support for your back for long hours of sitting in front of a computer. The Backfit™ adjustment positions the backrest in line with your spine's natural curve, so you achieve and maintain a neutral, balanced posture. The chair also allows you to adjust your seat depth to fit your thigh length for ultimate comfort and support.

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I need to have a head rest and would like to know if this is an option.
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no -- definitely not
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The simple answer to your question is "no" the Embody does not have a headrest option. Our High Performance Seating - Embody, Aeron, Mirra, and Sayl - support the spine at the sacrum (via PostureFit) and thoracic. By doing this, we stabilize the lumbar and cervical (neck). When you are sitting in the chairs correctly, your spine and neck are aligned and a headrest is unneeded.

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What's the Seat Depth

What's the seat depth measurement. i.e. from where the back of the knee would hit to the closest part of the back support.
 
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The seat depth is adjustable.
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The seat depth range for the Embody chair is 15-18 inches. If you have any further questions, please contact Herman Miller Customer Care at 888.798.0202.
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A life changer I don't know any of the technical reasons, but this product has literally changed my life. I formerly was sitting in a generic $59 office chair and, in retrospect, it was doing some serious damage to my body. When I received the Embody chair, I fussed around with the adjustments for about 45 minutes and then started using it. It felt strange for the first day or two, but I have never looked back. It feels as though the back of the chair embraces my back, and not only does this provide real physical support, it also is surprisingly comforting and reassuring. Mysterious, dull aches and numbness have disappeared from my life, and I feel more productive than I have in a long time. Also, proto-RSI types of discomfort and pain in my forearms and wrists have gone away since I started using this chair. If you make your living sitting in an office chair, you owe it to yourself and your long-term health and well-being to get a good ergonomic chair, and I don't think you can do any better than the Embody chair. April 13, 2012
Fits 6'4" Big Guy perfectly Originally concerned that Embody wouldn't fit as well as my large Norman Miller Aeron. I'm a big guy. This is comfortable and I suspect that the genius of the design is it will work perfectly for any size. It is smaller than I expected but its comfort and ergonomics make up for what I had expected and I now like the more streamlined version much better. Highly recommend this chair. It is worth every penny. April 15, 2014
Everything I hoped for... I've been using generic $100-ish chairs for as long as I can remember, and only once I started working and studying on the computer did I realize how awful they were. My posture was always slouched and my legs would go numb from bad circulation. I shouldn't be worrying about back pain at 25, yet it became a problem. I did a lot of research to find the best chair for my needs as an online student and freelance web designer. I needed something supportive, comfortable, and well-designed that could withstand 8+ hours daily. I settled on the Embody instead of the Aeron after reading all of the praise it received in its reviews and on various blogs, and I am completely satisfied with that decision. To be fair, I hadn't sat in either before, so I have no direct experience with the Aeron. To my dismay, when the chair arrived, one of the handles to adjust the seat depth was cracked in half. This was something I didn't see until after the deliveryman had left. I called customer support and the situation was immediately solved. They were friendly, professional, extremely apologetic, and put a replacement into production at no cost to me. I have to say, after spending over $1000 on a chair, I expected great service and a flawless product. They made it happen. In the meantime I was able to use the busted chair, which despite having a broken piece, worked wonderfully. My favorite aspect of the chair is its versatility in settings. If I'm working and need to be focused, I can adjust the rigidity of the back and the amount of recline so that I stay upright. If I'm doing something more casual, I can loosen things up and lean back. It doesn't feel to me like the chair back "moves with you" as much as it claims, but there is no denying its comfort, ergonomic support, and wide range of adjustments. With 12 years of warranty I feel at ease that this product will be well worth the investment! April 9, 2014
EMBODY IS: HOW ONE SPELLS....." RELIEF ". THE CHAIR IS: ALL OF WHAT IS.... SAID OF IT. IT'S THE FINEST KINE. March 12, 2014
Awesome chair, awesome customer service Working with Herman Miller has been a great experience. Their team is super helpful and always willing to pick up the phone and call me instead of sending me an email. The chair is great. It's comfortable and sleek - looks great in my new office. I highly recommend the Embody Chair and Herman Miller as a whole. March 10, 2014
Great product and Customer Service The chair is the most comfortable chair you will sit in especially for a tall guy such as myself. They also have the premier customer service that goes above and beyond. March 7, 2014
Great Chair-Highly Recommend I am a large person, both in height and weight. This chair is very comfortable. Actually, its the most comfortable chair I have ever owned. It is easy to adjust. It is very ergonomic. I can sit in it for hours without any problems arising (i.e. neck pain, back pain stiffness). It is a very pretty chair to look at, and although it is contemporary in style, it fits well into my traditional decor. I am thinking of buying one for my other office. March 6, 2014
Nice chair but not worth the money The chair arrived in a timely fashion but there is a wrinkle to the fabric on the back that was not evident on any pictures. Plus, the instructions say that the ideal seat depth should be set such that you can fit three fingers behind the knee and the fron to the seat. I have the seat set as deep as it will go but I still am five fingers away fromn the front. I am 6'2" which is taller than average but not so tall that I would expect the chair to be too small for me. March 3, 2014