For our brains to work best, they need oxygenated blood and a good, unhindered supply of it at that.
Sadly, so much school furniture today is still designed with what is now widely recognised to be incorrect geometry: the assumption that our legs and torso should be at ninety degrees to each other.
But what this unintentionally does is to constrict the vital organs situated in our lower abdomen which in turn restricts blood flow, and that in turn restricts the amount of oxygen reaching the brain, which subsequently has an impact on learning.
So when a student leans back on their chair, they’re not being naughty, they’re simply relieving that pressure: they’re allowing more blood and therefore more oxygen to get to their brains.
When students sit on a Learniture® seat, unless it’s expected to be for just a very short time, we’ll have done everything we can to open the angle between their legs and torso.
But it’s also why we like to see students moving around during lessons: active bodies equal active minds, because movement too encourages the body to oxygenate blood and that in turn is good for cognition.