Larry Swanson practiced massage therapy in Seattle from 1999 to 2020 . From 2007 to 2016 he wrote about and researched “office fitness,” a new field which encompasses non-exercise activities, ergonomics self-assessment, postural awareness, office-work-specific exercise, and self-care. A long-time office worker himself, Larry brings both deep subject-matter expertise and extensive personal experience to the battle against sitting disease.
This book arose as Larry practiced massage in downtown Seattle amid the offices of Amazon, Nordstrom, The Gates Foundation, and other companies large and small. Larry witnessed every day the results of sedentary, repetitive, demanding work in stressful office environments.
As he helped clients deal with ailments ranging from headaches to low-back pain, from “mouse shoulder” to carpal tunnel syndrome, from mild anxiety to jaw clenching and teeth grinding, from insomnia to fibromyalgia and dozens of other maladies that cause discomfort and pain, Larry discovered that cultivating better habits in the areas of ergonomic self-assessment, posture and body awareness, and at-work and for-work exercise helped his clients stay healthy and productive at work.
After years of sharing his discoveries one at a time with his clients and friends, Larry stepped up to his standing desk and wrote Scared Sitless.