Motion enables curiosity, giving wings to creativity. Our collective, creative move awaits... - Joel, FluidStance Founder
We weren’t meant to sit all day. In fact, our bodies were designed to move, and chances are your workspace doesn’t let you do that.
We know that a sedentary lifestyle has negative effects on our overall health. But how do we add that healthy motion to our day? FluidStance founder Joel Heath came up with the idea for The Level, our beautifully designed motion platform that brings movement into any common workspace, after personally noticing the effects of a sedentary workday. Joel launched the company with the introduction of the Level® and the Original on the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo. Today, we have an expanded product line and a full team whose focus is on movement as the ultimate solution—in which the combination of sitting, standing, and “flowing” are the keys to a happy workday.
We've gone the extra mile to use eco-conscious materials in our fabrication process. The Original's top deck is made of bamboo, one of the world's most abundant and renewable resources; our finish is GREENGUARD certified to meet rigorous standards for low emissions; our sand-cast bases are produced by hand in a zero-waste process; and our die-cast bases are created in a zero-waste process in a solar-powered facility. We've also chosen to finish our bases via powder-coating, as it has almost zero emissions compared to painting and anodizing. It's all part of our bigger mission to be responsible borrowers from Mother Earth, for team members and customers alike.
Step Away From The Chair
A FluidStance deck is but one aspect of a healthier workday. Regardless of your work environment, we believe everyone can incorporate walking meetings, reserve time to get outdoors, and set frequent stretch reminders—anything that gets you out of your seat. It's likely a combination of standing, sitting, and flowing that will change your perspective. When you're tied down with responsibilities, we want to provide you with the option of movement.
Bringing It Home
We've made every effort to develop our products in our home state of California, from using testing facilities in Santa Barbara to processing and tooling at a foundry in San Francisco. In addition to prioritizing U.S. sourcing and production, FluidStance is donating to worthy causes on the local front. We've committed 1% of sales and 1% of company equity to First Descents, an organization dedicated to providing free adventure experiences to young adults with cancer. We also commit 1% of employees' time to volunteering at First Descents or other non-profit organizations.
We've been in motion since January 2015, garnering feedback from trusted industry experts in the shop, studio, and various work environments. The results have been confirmed via third-party testing, conducted over two separate phases of our development process by the Heeluxe Lab in California. Our U.S. patented and patent-pending technology allows for optimal amounts of 3D motion in the sagittal, transverse, and coronal planes. In simpler terms, the amount of lower leg motion provided by a FluidStance deck is similar to what you would experience while walking.