Happy Holidays from Swopper

Dear Swopper and Motion Seating community:

‘Tis the season to be thankful, and we extend our deepest appreciation and gratitude for your ongoing loyalty and support. We value you, and there is no more appropriate time to say Thank You.

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This has been a big year for Swopper, with the launch of the new 3Dee chair. We hope our motion seating has helped improve your health – by relieving back pain, increasing your circulation and improving your overall health. We are passionate about the benefits these chairs can bring to everyone’s life, and we hope they have made an impact on yours.

The Team behind Swopper at Via Seating in Sparks Nevada and Aeris in Munich Germany want to thank you for trying our chairs and helping spread the word about their benefits.

We all wish you the Merriest of Holidays and a Happy and Healthy New Year!

~ Chas Hepler

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Gift Ideas for the Not so Typical Office Worker

The holiday season is upon us, and that means it’s also time to figure out what to gift your nearest and dearest with. If you’re in your 20’s – 60’s, it’s likely you know at least one person who works an office job, and even more likely nearly everyone on your list is an office worker.

Here are some holiday gift ideas we put together that are perfect for any office worker. They’ll help make their office life more cheery, comfortable and enjoyable. 

Holiday Gift Ideas for an Office Worker:

1. Customized Mouse Pad:

Customized Mouse Pad

Who wants to look at a boring gray or navy blue mouse pad, when you can look at something colorful, unique and personalized. Etsy has a ton of beautiful customized mouse pads like this one.

2. Mini Electric Tea Kettle

Electric tea kettle

If your office worker is into tea, this electric tea kettle will allow him or her to heat up water right at his or her desk without using the shared kitchen area. Pair it with some nice teas for a special gift.

3. A Nice Notebook

Moleskin Notebook

It’s time to help your office worker graduate from taking notes on a legal pad, to using a sophisticated and smart notebook. This Moleskin notebook allows you to synch your paper notes with your digital life by using Evernote.

4. A Motion Office Chair

Swopper-Muvman-3Dee

Help your office worker maintain a healthy lifestyle by giving them the gift of motion while at work. With a Swopper, Muvman or 3Dee, they’ll be able to build muscle, burn calories and have a little fun all while sitting.

5. Livescribe Smart Pen

Livescribe Pen

Talk about cool, this Livescribe “smart pen” allows you to instantly transfer your notes into your digital Evernote account, so you never miss a word. Your notes then become organized, tagged and easily searchable online.

6. Moto Hint Bluetooth Device

Moto Hint

This is the buzzed about new Bluetooth device. It’s small, discreet and comes loaded with a lot of cool perks like voice control to access everything on your iPhone. Just ask your Moto Hint “what’s the weather like today?” and you’ll get an answer right in your ear.

7. Waxed Canvas Work Bag

Waxed Canvas Bag

A sleek yet durable waxed canvas tote bag is the perfect day to day carry all for any office worker. There are a plethora of handmade-waxed canvas bags available on Etsy, like this one below.

8. Online Personal Stylist

Stitch Fix

Want to get your office worker some new work clothes, but don’t know what they’d like? A gift certificate to an online personal stylist like Stitchfix (for women) and Trunkclub (for men) allows your office worker to fill out a style questionnaire and then get hand-selected clothing from a personal stylist delivered right to their door.

9. Fitness Tracker

Garmin Vivo Fit

The new fitness trackers like a FitBit or Garmin Vivofit can help your office worker keep track of how many steps they take, calories they burn and hours they sleep at night. When you’re in an office most of the day, having this extra reminder to move can make a big difference.

10. Personalized Stationary

Personalized Stationary

With all the digital advancements in the workplace, sometimes you can’t beat a good old-fashioned note. Give your office worker some personalized stationary with his or her name on it to take their notes to the next level.

Hopefully some of these gift ideas for an office worker have given you some starters on what to get the office worker in your life. Leave us a comment with other ideas you have to share.

~ Jenn Lytle, Director of Customer Service & Social Marketing

 

 

 

 

 

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The Story Behind the Swopper – Meet Inventor Josef Glockl

Josef-Glockl

Whenever we introduce swopper or one of our other motion seating chairs to someone for the first time, we usually get asked “who thought of this idea?” It’s a question we love to answer, because the story behind the creation of the swopper is genuine, authentic and explains exactly why there is so much passion behind this chair.

The story begins in Germany in 1997. Josef Glockl, a renowned engineer, was spending long days in his office … sitting. Like so many others at the time, Josef used a traditional office chair to do his sitting and pretty soon the negative affects crept in.  Despite being active in the evenings through sports, Josef started to suffer with lower back pain, just like 80% of the population in Germany did.

While others suffering from back pain may turn to medications, Josef had a secret weapon to help in his quest to solve his pain … his wife. It was lucky for him, and in the end for so many other people, that Josef’s wife is a renowned physiotherapist and osteopath.  Dorothea Prodinger-Glockl knew exactly why Josef was having issues … Josef was sitting far too much.

Dorothea knew that the fact that the majority of the population has a daily pattern of static sitting goes against all of human beings natural patterns of movement.  As hunter and gatherer, the human being is made for walking, running, bending and stretching etc.  This is good because from the start of man’s history, surviving has involved intensive movement.

But, then came the problem – hours of sitting started to become the predominant activity of the human being.  This leads to numerous disorders and at the top of the list – BACK PROBLEMS!!

Together, Josef and Dorothea set out to create a chair that would allow Josef to conduct his work, while remaining active. And so grew the idea of a seat that makes movement possible while sitting and in fact actively encourages movement.

Swopper Inventor

The road from vision to success was long and hard.  Years of expensive development work (paid out of his own pocket), the search for a designer competent enough to tackle the unique challenge of technology and form along with the inevitable struggle through bureaucratic red tape.

Josef battled on.  He founded the company aeris gmbh, found a backer and a young designer, who helped bring his and Dorothea’s dream into a reality.  The first chair to be completed was the swopper, the 3 dimensional active seat. National and international awards and recognition soon followed the introduction of swopper in 1997, with scientific tests and medical reports. Josef Glockl’s perseverance and his belief in his invention were finally paying off.

Then came the muvman, a variable height sit to stand active stool.  Most recently introduced is the 3Dee Active-Office-Chair, which takes all the great features of the swopper, and adds some new ones, taking the active sitting philosophy more mainstream.

Success stories in the furniture industry have become rare; even rarer when coupled with genuine innovation. Josef Glockl has managed to achieve both.  He has revolutionized sitting with his inventions while achieving true cutting edge innovation.

Click here to learn more about Josef Glockl and the philosophy behind swopper.

~ Sandra Bowie, Motion Seating Director

 

 

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Swopper Staff Spotlight: Derrick Mastalka

The Swopper staff has one thing in common … our love for what we do. We all feel lucky to work for a company that is on the forefront of health and wellness in the workplace. We thought it would be nice to let you, our faithful blog readers, get to know some of our team through a “Swopper staff spotlight” each month.

Kicking off our first staff spotlight is warehouse manager Derrick Mastalka.

Swopper warehouse

What can I say about Derrick? He is literally the person who keeps our company moving along by handling all the workload of prepping our chairs for shipment out to customers across the country. While most of us are working at our computer, Derrick is working hands on with the chairs to ensure they’re perfect when our customers open the box.

Derrick says his favorite part of his job working in the Swopper warehouse is finding out that he has done well with his part of the process. Our team is a big interconnected network, and Derrick knows that if one part of the process goes awry, the whole thing crumbles.

Derrick also does our custom Swoppers, which is when we embroider a special message or logo onto a chair. These types of orders take a lot of precision and attention, which shows in the work Derrick does. Here’s Derrick hard at work on a custom Swopper.

Creating a custom Swopper

In his spare time, Derrick can be found tearing up the hills doing what he loves most- off-roading on his 4×4. Just don’t get too close; he works hard and plays harder! During the work-week though, you can find him decompressing by passing the time challenging others in the world of online gaming.

We’re thankful that Derrick is part of our team here at Swopper. We all know we can rely on him 100% to bring the highest level of customer service to every part of his job. Thanks, Derrick!

Stay tuned for another post featuring one of our awesome Swopper staff members.

~ Jenn Lytle, Director of Customer Service and Social Marketing

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Introducing 3dee active-office-chair – The Most Innovative Chair in the World!

All of us over at swopper are buzzing with excitement over the newest addition to our family – the 3dee active-office-chair.  In a nutshell, this chair is the perfect seating option for anyone looking to incorporate more movement into their day, but aren’t ready for the full on commitment of a sit-to-stand chair, like the muvman, or a backless chair, like the swopper.

Swopper motion chairs

Basically, 3dee allows you to get all the health benefits of movement throughout the day, while blending in seamlessly with your coworkers who haven’t caught on yet.

As swopper’s Director of Sales & Marketing, I’ve gotten a lot of first-hand experience sitting on the 3Dee before it’s been released, I thought I’d share with you some of the things I love about this chair.

1. “The Most Innovative Chair in the World!” That statement isn’t just a tag line…it’s the truth.  The first thing that caught my eye with 3dee is the design.  It’s sleek, contemporary, fun, sexy and makes a bold statement.  It’s unlike any chair you’ve ever seen.  It belongs in a James Bond movie with a martini on the side.

3Dee Office Chair

2. Obviously, with its swopper-based inspiration, you’re getting the same health and wellness benefits with 3dee and you are with the swopper, but within a more mainstream looking chair.  You can tell a lot of thought and engineering went into 3dee.  Everything is designed to promote the movement and comfort of the person sitting it. Even the back and lumbar are completely adjustable to make the chair suited to your preferences.

3. When you sit on 3dee for the first time, you will know immediately it’s unlike any other chair you’ve tried before.  The smooth (and I mean smooth!) lateral and vertical motion feels great and is just plain fun.  Who knew that something as simple as a chair could actually make your work day a little bit more fun and be healthy for you at the same time?

Ergonomic office chair

The response we received, when 3dee had its North American debut at Neocon last month, was amazing.  First off, every person who sat on it immediately smiled and said how comfortable the motion was and how “free” they could move on it.  The chair follows you instead of making you conform to it.  The old saying “The best position is your next position” is spot on here.  In fact “Every position on 3dee is your best position”.

The 3dee active-office-chair exemplifies our philosophy here at swopper:

– Combating static postures (sitting and standing)

– Working those core muscles that we abuse all day long when stuck sitting behind a desk or computer

– Creating ongoing intuitive healthy motion

– Bringing some FUN into your workday!

We were meant to move, and with the addition of 3dee, you now have three easy ways to incorporate movement into your workday. Learn more about the 3dee chair over on our website, or leave a comment here and I’ll respond personally.

~ Sandra Bowie, Director of Motion Seating

 

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Welcome to the swopper Blog! Meet The Team

Welcome to the official swopper blog. We are a group of passionate motion seating experts who work and play at swopper headquarters in Reno-Sparks, NV. On this blog, we’ll share personal stories, health & wellness tips and everything you ever wanted to know about our motion seating products including the swopper, muvman and 3dee chairs.

Here’s a bit more about each of us:

Chas Hepler: President & CEO
Chas Hepler Swopper CEO
Chas…what can we say? His vision for swopper and all of our motion products is why we are here today. When Chas first sat on swopper, he immediately understood the need for this product and the whole motion seating philosophy. His vision has been the driving force in bringing the motion seating portfolio of products together under one roof. He is a brand champion and a very active swopper user. Chas is the chief strategist behind motion seating, and is dedicated to making motion seating products available to everyone. Follow Chas posts on his personal journey to a healthier work life through sitting in motion.

Nora Fenlon: VP Sales & Marketing
Nora Fenlon Swopper

Nora is to swopper what a pen is to paper. She fell in love with swopper over 15 years ago, and has dedicated herself to helping it become main stream ever since. Nora shares her experience overcoming back pain with swopper. As a result of this firsthand experience, she is driven to help educate others on the healthful benefits of motion seating. That’s why she became a certified ergonomist. Nora hails from Ireland originally and now is a proud permanent resident of the US. Follow Nora’s posts for the science behind our products with a dose of her personal experiences with swopper.

Sandra Bowie: Motion Seating Director
Sandra Bowie Swopper

Sandra, is the driving force behind swopper whether she is attending a trade show or telling the story behind the products. We look to her for guidance in all things movement. Sandra is passionate about our motion products and even worked directly with Aeris, the German manufacturer for over a year to understand swopper, muvman and 3dee completely. The knowledge she brings to the table on these chairs is extremely valuable.
Look for Sandra’s posts to explain the ins and outs of motion seating, the benefits for health and wellness, and her perspective as an expert about swopper.

Tom Robinson: Creative Director
Tom Robinson Swopper

If you can think it, Tom will create it! Swopper wouldn’t be what it is without his special touches whether that is an email, infographic or a doctored photo…the creative curb appeal is all Tom! Tom will bring a creative flair to our blog through images, infographics and more.

Jenn Lytle: Customer Service Director & Social Marketing
Jenn Lytle Swopper
Jenn, is the social media maven here at swopper. She oversees the day to day operations of our blog, website, Facebook page, LinkedIn and more. In addition, Jenn handles our customer service; making sure all our customers are thrilled with their experience with our products.

Jenn is our problem solver and our go-to person for literally anything – and she does it all with a smile on her face. Jenn’s writing is a perfect mix of her passion for Swopper and her upbeat, funny personality.

In addition to our regular bloggers above, we’re planning to bring you guest posts from experts and real people who use swopper, muvman and 3dee to maximize their health.

We’re looking forward to going on this blogging journey with you. If you ever have a question, blog idea or just want to say “hi!” leave us a comment or send a note on our contact us page.

Cheers to moving ahead!

~ Team Swopper

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