Back before humen invented chairs we humans stood a lot. Now, almost 100 year later, we tend to sit. However, some people still stand. For those people there is the TerraMat.
The TerraMat is like a cat plaything for you feet. It features a number of little bumps and ridges designed to let you stretch, workout and massage your feet while youre standing. It was created by two husband-and-wife teams, including an interior office designer, personal trainer and two engineers.
One of the inventors, Gerald Zingraf, suffered a burst leg vein and failed valves that were caused from him standing still on a flat surface at his standing desk for 7+ hours a day.
That incident inspired the TerraMat to help keep people moving while they stand to avoid spinal compression, muscle fatigue and other standing-related issues, he told. With my mechanical engineering background and our co-founders knowledge of muscle imbalances and postural dysfunctions as a personal trainer, we put our heads together and after dozens of hours of design and testing we came up with the TerraMat.
The team created $105,000 and did a $108,000 Kickstarter. They also make a simple standing desk.
We arent a one-trick-pony desk company, but focus on all aspects of whats required to stay healthy at your 9-5 which influences how we approach creating and launching new products, told co-founder Camille Arneberg. The mat features 10 power poses that let you stretch, massage and feel better while standing.
So if youve been sitting for a very long time and feel like stand, the TerraMat may simply be the trick. If merely our ancestors in the early 1900 s just before the invention of the first chair had had such a wonderful thing.