Bed based on the principles of Joseph Pilates
Joseph H. Pilates, the founder of the well known Pilates fitness technique, described a bed or couch he designed and patented in 1930 (US Patent 1,876,743). In this, he describes the many benefits of sleeping on a pair of resting surfaces inclined to each other. These benefits include. Straightening of the back in sleep and better support for the arms and legs.
I have taken his original design and improved it for modern living. My bed is:-
- Flatpack – no tools or fittings are required for assembly.
- Clean design – The bed can be washed ideal for allergy sufferers or children.
- It is virtually impossible for children to accidentally roll out of the bed since the base is tilted at 25 degrees
Shows arms and shoulders are supported in a position which permits relaxation and better circulation.
Shows a position for resting & reading or writing. It will be noted from this figure that my improved bed or couch affords relaxation even in this position in as much as support is given to both legs, hips shoulders and arms in such a manner that little muscular tension is required.
It will be noted that a person lying partly prone and on his side has support in both these directions whereas in a flatbed all the weight must be born either by the side or the belly.
Shows a position in which the legs are bent at the knees and partially folded together in a position somewhat resembling the birth position which, as is recognized makes for complete relaxation of the muscles for the legs.
The original Pilates bed patent can be downloaded from here
Text and diagrams from original patent.
Scott has written an article on the bed here
If you are interested in trying out the bed I would be happy to hire it out for a week or two. Contact me firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.