Hi. My name is Katy and I live in an (almost) furniture free house. My house isn’t entirely furniture free, but I have, over time, eliminated those pieces that are most over-used and promote the most over-frequented modern human body position — the passive sit and slouch. I also have “adapted” our plumbing to make toilet squatting the norm. And we have monkey bars that we can move all over the house.
We’ve made these home modifications because the regular use of a single position and/or passive body positioning — that is a body position that does not use active muscular force to support it — causes adaptations in the body that are not improvements. In the long term, these adaptations lead to alterations in the expression of your genetic code that can lead to disease. The stiffening of arterial walls in areas where joint position is chronically fixed and/or altered (like the geometry created by supported sitting with a flexed spine) is just one example. “Furniture-free” also provides a more natural use of a child’s body, which also facilitates a more robust physical development which sets up a body for less disease in the future.
For natural-living lovahs, food seems to be the greatest focus. Movement, for some reason, has become secondary. In the same way that a single whole-food meal doesn’t constitute a healthy diet, a daily bout of exercise does not constitute a healthy movement plan. You are what you eat. You are also “what you move.”
The elimination of furniture is a step closer to all day natural movement. It’s an easy step because it does not require more time to live without furniture. It is also a difficult step because it is hard to wrap our modern minds around the fact that furniture, while completely normal is entirely unnatural and does us more harm than good.
To show you that this arrangement isn’t super-freaky (at least to me), I’m giving you a tour of my house.
Does this mean I don’t love furniture. Nope. I love furniture as much as I love ice cream. Which is why I don’t keep either in the house. If the couch was there, you can bet that I’d choose the path of least effort more often than not.
I will be speaking on our human need for constantly varying body positions, and loads created through this variation throughout the day, at the Ancestral Health Symposium this August. I’m also writing the book on this, so watch for it if you’re interested in the natural frequency of natural movement and how it all relates to the shape (figuratively) and the shape (literally) you are in.
I don’t know if that last sentence was grammatically correct, but you get what I mean.
And now, welcome to my humble abode.
This pretty much sums up the energy of our home. “You ARRRRRRGGHH welcome any time!” <—- Pirate joke.
For more on the various body positions used all over the world and why it is important to use them, read this (click).