The Salli Story

The Salli Saddle Chair has its origins in my dear hobby, horse riding. I have been horse riding since 1974, and among other things I've managed the planning of my farm's forest lands and supervised work on horseback. Even though my way of life was active and healthy, I suffered from back pains while sitting in the office. In 1990, I told Mr Seppo Mahlamäki, a specialist doctor of physiotherapy and rehabilitation, about how much more uncomfortable it was for me to sit in an office chair than in the saddle.

Mahlamäki told me that a riding-like sitting position would be a better alternative for my office work than the traditional way of sitting. He also thought that a saddle chair could be a great business idea, since at that time saddle-type chairs were not available in Finland. This marked the beginning of the development of an ergonomic office chair.

The first two-part saddle chair in the world

At first, I sat in my office with a saddle placed on top of a stool. The experiment went on for a couple of months and showed that while the sitting position was doing wonders to my back, the saddle itself was not comfortable enough. The intense development of a new kind of seat began together with my farm's smithy workers and local upholsterers. The first Salli Saddle Chair was introduced at the Geneva Invention Expo in the autumn of 1990. The first Salli received its protection of designs in 1993. In 1997, we got a patent for a new model that had a notch in the front, to be better suited for promoting men’s genital health.  

The development of the two-part Salli chair began in 2001. The goal was to develop an anatomically and ergonomically safe chair for both genders. It had its origins in feedback given by a male dentist, who was getting lower back pains because it was impossible to keep the pelvis in an upright position since that position felt very uncomfortable in the genital area. The development resulted in a two-part seat that has been further developed since. The patent application for the two-part seat was made instantly, and today the innovation is protected by a worldwide patent.

Renewing the sitting culture 

Salli Systems began to get feedback as early as the 1990's from users who claimed to have rehabilitated their backs with the Salli Saddle Chair. In addition, Salli's other health and productivity effects seemed superior compared to the conventional way of sitting. Encouraged by this, the company decided to set its main goal as nothing smaller than changing the prevailing sitting culture. The other main goals of Salli Systems include extensive research in sitting physiology, ongoing product development, top-quality production, and solving sitting-originated problems in a customer-orientated and integrated way.

Salli Systems has already established that traditional sitting is directly connected with at least lower back and shoulder area problems, bad posture, sitting fatigue, circulation problems in the lower limbs, joint ailments in the hips and knees, slower bowel movement, insufficient breathing while sitting, headaches, and poor circulation in the pelvic and genital areas. It has been discovered that the "Salli Solution" enables people to get almost completely rid of the above-mentioned conditions. Salli improves the convenience of the sitting environment notably, thereby substantially improving productivity.

Veli-Jussi Jalkanen, founder, Chairman of the Board

 

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    C.L.
    Salli Pro is the real deal! Excellent choice worth every dollar

    I'm pretty blown away by this product and the customer service that Salli Australia has provided.

    I used to have sharp pain in my dominant shoulder and wrist and a persistent backache after hunching over in long editing sessions at the computer. I researched everything from ergonomic gamer chairs to kneeling chairs and finally arrived at the saddle chairs from Salli.

    I was a little hesitant to make the investment but made an appointment to test out the chairs anyway. David walked me through the different models and options and really patiently answered all my questions (which were A LOT). I ended up purchasing the Salli Pro with rollerblade rubber wheels for hardwood floors on the spot. (I'm 161cm and 50kg and could have gone for the Salli Pro Small, but felt the Pro was a bit more comfortable.)

    As advised, I eased into using the chair at home, and it took just a couple of days to get used to it. I just want to say there’s no turning back to regular chairs for me now. I have NO PAIN in my shoulders and find myself wanting to sit on it all the time. I highly recommend this chair to anyone who is chair-bound for most of the day. Thank you, David and the Salli Australia team!

    Prompt and efficient service thank you

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    Salli Pro
    S.A.
    Useful for my spinal injury

    I have very specific spinal requirements due to an injury. The Salli Pro gives me the granular adjustments I need.

    Change the way you sit

    The saddle chair has me sitting upright again. You sit on your sitting bones and your spine is naturally straight. Now it does take some getting used to, so two of us share it and swap each hour or so to begin with but I can sit on it for half a day within the first few weeks. The chairs are incredibly well made and robust.

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    Salli Pro
    l.g.
    brilliant customer service!

    Accidentally ordered the wrong chair and customer service was so helpful with helping fix my mix up! Great chair, love it

    You are welcome Lucy. Glad you are loving your Salli.