Many people who work in offices suffer from tension, muscular imbalance and back pain. It’s because sitting for so many hours a day is totally unnatural for the body. Over time this can cause systemic hunching, muscular imbalances and asymmetries. In addition, it can make one more susceptible to illness; meaning, shoddy performance, missed work days, overall employee dissatisfaction and unquantifiable problems. Passive sitting can cause these physical ailments. Working on a kyBounder at a standing desk, on the other hand, is the ergonomically superior alternative for the workplace.
The flexible surface strengthens small muscles, releases tension and positively influences your well-being.
Studies show that moderate exercise increases performance and improves concentration when combined with mental activity. The kyBounder makes you more alert and creative, while ensuring you still have plenty of energy left in the evening. It’s good exercise and good for your body.
Integrate a standing table and a kyBounder mat into your daily work routine and discover the joy of movement.
A total of 40 bank employees at St. Galler Kantonalbank and some 100 employees at Helsana health insurance tested a standing desk in combination with a kyBounder mat as part of two pilot projects. Participants in both of the studies confirmed the positive effects of the kyBounder on their physical well-being and posture. The employees reallyenjoyed working on the kyBounder.
The unique floating feeling
The kyBounder is a soft, supple, springy mat. Its reactive crumple zone allows the foot to sink in deep and springs straight back to its original position. The kyBounder encourages the body into constant, minute movements to maintain balance and posture. The rebound effect causes the muscles to tense and relax reciprocally, exercising the muscles in your feet, legs and trunk. The kyBounder improves your balance, coordination and all-round fitness without taking up any extra time at all.
Benefits and effects
• exercises your muscles
• relaxes your back
• kind on the joints
• improves posture
• reduces fatigue
A soft, pleasant feeling when standing in shoes
The 2-cm kyBounder plus is ideal if you have to work for long periods on hard surfaces, e.g. standing at a bank window, a sales counter or a workbench. The soft, supple kyBounder plus takes the strain off your whole body, is kind on your joints and helps combat tired legs. Its special coating makes it water-resistant and easy to clean, so it can be used with shoes.
From passive sitting to active standing
Whether you are doing the ironing or working on the computer, the kyBounder is good fun and makes everyday life more active. Amateur and professional sportspeople also use the soft, springy mat to exercise and regenerate. Click on the situation you are interested in to find out how you can stay fit and healthy with the kyBounder.
Long and intensive working days are common in the healthcare sector. Doctors and nurses spend the entire day on their feet, putting enormous strain on their bodies. Tired legs, back pain and vein problems are the most common medical issues among people in this sector. But it doesn’t have to be this way!
KyBoot shoes are perfectly suited to the work that people do in hospitals and doctors’ surgeries. The walk-on-air sole provides optimal shock absorption and noticeably reduces the stress on the body. The shoes are also easy to clean and disinfect. The non-slip soles provide a secure grip and prevent accidents in the workplace. What’s more, the foot climate system ensures optimal moisture and temperature regulation.
“kyBoot shoes enable active, healthy movement on hard surfaces. The soft, flexible sole is gentle on joints, strengthens your muscles and improves balance,” explains Prof. Dr Christian Gäbler, a consultant in trauma surgery and sport traumatology in Vienna, Austria.
Dr Konrad Birrer, consultant certified by the Swiss Medical Association in Lucerne, Switzerland, is impressed with how effective the shoe is: “kyBoot shoes are an effective tool for proprioceptive training. You can wear them at all times and they are very comfortable. I was able to relieve the strain on my Achilles tendon just by wearing kyBoot shoes. I didn’t need any specific therapy, as the flexible sole strengthened the stabilising muscles in my ankles and relieved the overstrained muscles. I would advise wearing kyBoot shoes after any injuries to the lower extremities and I’d recommend them for jobs where you’re required to stand all day, for athletes and for the elderly, as they can prevent falls.”
The kyBounder Anti-Gravity Pad in paediatric physiotherapy
Astrid Waltenberg-Siegmann works with the kyBounder mat in her practice. The qualified physiotherapist finds the kyBounder mat a useful piece of equipment for her work. “Children love variety and they really enjoy doing exercises on the soft, springy mat.” The four children that she treats serve as examples of the diverse ways that the kyBounder mat can be used in physiotherapy.
Dafina has pigeon toes. She completes various exercises on the kyBounder to stretch her calf muscles. The soft, springy surface allows her to stretch more intensively than on the hard ground. The four-year old finds jumping on the kyBounder “really cool”.
Christian developed flat feet after having a club foot posture. In addition to his physiotherapy, the four-year old cleans his teeth on the kyBounder every day. He stands with his feet crossed while cleaning his teeth, allowing him to stretch his calf muscles. He raises the arches of his feet at the same time.
The physiotherapist uses the kyBounder for posture exercises and stretching when treating nine-year old Hugo. Hugo has been diagnosed with lumbago. He suffers from muscular imbalance in the lumbar portion of the spine and in the back leg muscles. “Boys his age often have contracted muscles in the back of their legs. That’s why stretching is so important,” explains the experienced physiotherapist. Hugo is able to complete the exercise better thanks to increased physical comfort on the kyBounder.
Michael’s club feet were treated with the Ponseti method. His therapy now focuses on stretching and developing the calf muscles. Standing on one leg allows him to practice his mobility and balance. The effect of the training is further reinforced by the soft, springy kyBounder. The ‘stairs exercise’ strengthens the front leg and simultaneously stretches the back leg in preparation for climbing stairs. “The three-year old feels far more comfortable doing the exercises on the soft mat than on the hard floor,” explains Waltenberg.
Professional musicians practise with their instrument for several hours every day. They often do this in an unnatural posture, resulting in tension and pain.
Professional violinist Cetin Köksal knows this problem all too well. He spent years living with occupational health problems. He tried gymnastics, physiotherapy and relaxation exercises to combat the pain, but to no avail. He would practice for only one hour only to find his right shoulder plaguing him with pain. He tried everything: gymnastics, physiotherapy, relaxation exercises…
It wasn’t until he discovered the revolutionary kyBounder mat that he found real help and relief. His pain has vanished completely since he’s begun practicing on the soft, springy surface. The secret of the Swiss innovation is that you need to constantly keep moving when standing on the kyBounder, which trains muscles, releases tension and prevents poor posture. He’s been on the Bounder for months now and is able to enjoy his passion for music, pain-free.
Kybun in the Workplace: A Phenomenon Sweeping the Nation
The revolutionary kybun movement concept is a simply way to improve workplace ergonomics. Exercising while standing upright on the soft, springy kyBounder mat is the healthy alternative to sitting passively. The soft, springy structure of the mat subtly keeps the foot and leg muscles in constant activity in order to maintain balance and posture. What’s more, combining the kyBounder with a standing desk is an important part of health management. A comfortable workplace increases motivation and employee satisfaction and reduces sick leave absences.
kyBoot shoes are particularly well-suited for workers who are constantly on the go. This newcomer to the world of shoes features unique walk-on-air soles. The soft air cushion supports joints and releases tension in the back and neck. kyBoot shoes provide comfortable shock absorption and are incredibly comfortable, even after hours of wear.
Effects and Benefits:
- Relaxes and loosens the muscles
- Improves posture
- Can act as an effective measure against back pain
- Decreases fatigue
- Work more efficiently thanks to the combination of both a physical and mental workout
- Increases creativity and learning ability
- Improves general fitness without taking up any extra time
- Is fun
kyBounder Anti Gravity Pad in Schools
Movement promotes quiet, concentration, and creativity.
Genius’s are on the rise in Switzerland, thanks to the kyBounder…
The kyBounder seems to dramatically reduce their hyperactivity, makes lessons more fun, while increasing their concentration and ability to learn.” – Swiss Teacher “Mr. Bosshardt”
The upper school in Gossau, St. Gallen, has brought movement into the classroom. Thanks to the soft, supple, springy kyBounder mat and the high desks, pupils can stand in comfort and move about during lessons. The girls and boys themselves notice that they can work with a lot more concentration and do not get tired as quickly. The teachers, meanwhile, notice that fidgets, in particular, can work off excess energy thanks to the kyBounder. So everyone benefits from this new opportunity not to sit all the time.
- kyBounder: Kind on the joints
- Is good exercise
- Straightens out the spine
- Strengthens the feet and deep muscles
- A life-positive tool for learning and growth
Both teachers and students find that kyBounders keeps them energized and on the ball. Standing on the trampoline or cloud-esque surface encourages the intermuscular cooperation. The result? A healthy musculoskeletal system into old age. Enhanced cognitive abilities, inspiration, well-being and zest for life!
See it in action:
“It reduces their hyperactivity, makes lessons more fun and increases their concentration and ability to learn.
… At first I thought all that jumping around would disturb me, but now I know that after two or three minutes they calm down totally and can concentrate on the lesson peacefully.”
– Swiss Teacher, Olivier Bosshardt.
Bettina Zöllig, owner of the Bären restaurant, Speicherschwendi, Switzerland:
“I’ve always had quite a lot of problems with my feet. There have been times when I’ve hardly been able to stand anymore. It got so bad that I had to see a doctor. But then I found out about kyBoot shoes from some of my friends. Since then, I’ve since been able to cope with long periods of standing and walking around. It’s all thanks to the softness and shock absorption. I’ve also noticed an improvement in my posture.”
No more tired legs
Good shoes are essential for jobs in the catering sector, whether you’re in the kitchen or waiting tables. Standing for long periods of time in the wrong shoes quickly leads to tired legs and aching feet. kyBoot shoes remedy this and promote well-being in the workplace.
Relieve the burden on your feet
kyBoot shoes make it easier to walk and stand for long periods thanks to the soft, elastic air-cushion soles. You hardly notice the shoe on account of its light weight and the walk-on-air sole provides optimal shock absorption and noticeably reduces the stress on the body.
kyBoot shoes fulfill the requirements of the catering sector
The soles are abrasion and water resistant, prevent accidents in the workplace. The foot climate system ensures optimal moisture and temperature regulation. kyBoot shoes don’t need to be broken in: The shoe fits perfectly from the moment you slip it on. Why not try out the comfortable and functional kyBoot shoes for yourself?
Whether you’re at work, at home, playing sport or simply relaxing, injuries can occur at any time. Unfortunately, preventative measures cannot always ensure that you avoid them.
In cases like this, effective rehabilitation is essential. It is important to heal wounds using the right tools and methods. Time and the type of rehabilitation play an important role. No matter what the type of therapy, it should take up as much time as necessary and take place as quickly as possible in order to ensure that you can make a swift and full recovery.
kyBoot shoes and the kyBounder mat meet both of these requirements. Each individual rehabilitation exercise you do is far more effective when using the soft, springy surface, which leads to speedy and effective results. This is due to the quality of the material. The polyurethane in kyBoot shoes and the kyBounder means the mat or shoe always cushions against the pressure from the weight of the body. As a result, your feet and the rest of your body are constantly moving, which exercises the deep inner muscles and releases tension.
Medical professionals are convinced of the effects of kybun products
Erika Wissman has a thing or two to say about the practice of holistic therapy methods.
“I broke three vertebrae in an accident eight years ago and I’ve suffered from neurological problems ever since. If I wear normal shoes, I get pain in my thoracic spine and suffer from neck tension. I get bunions sometimes too. Thanks to my kyBoot shoes, I now have no problems walking. It’s just amazing. They’re so comfortable to walk around in and I can hardly feel the bunion anymore.”
Medical professionals have been impressed by the therapeutic benefits of kyBoot shoes and the kyBounder within the context of foot surgery.
“The extraordinary absorption properties of kyBoot shoes make them perfect for patients with arthritis in the legs. The shoes provide a high level of comfort to the wearer as they go about their daily activities. We are able to reduce our patients’ pain medication thanks to the kyBoot shoes. As a result, the shoes play a key role in the therapy process,” explains a delighted Dr med. Markus Müller, consultant in orthopaedic surgery certified by the Swiss Medical Association.
kyBoot shoes and the kyBounder have somewhat of a celebrity following. Swiss wrestling legend Jörg Abderhalden is a big fan of the products. The 2007 winner of the SwissAward has been a kybun fan since his wrestling years and incorporated the products into his training programme. After suffering serious injuries, the kyBounder and kyBoot shoes helped him to recover faster and get back in top form.
Practice with kyBounders for a long, healthy life:
Some 90 per cent of all osteoporotic fractures are caused by falls. Training on the kyBounder is effective in preventing falls.
Simple exercises on the unstable surface strengthen your deep inner muscles and improve your posture. Many elderly people have a fear of falling. Training on the kyBounder improves balance and thereby increases stability when walking. Even the over 90s regularly train on the long kyBounder mats and enjoy making good progress. Small hurdles can be used to intensify training. Exercising on the soft kyBounder mats promotes well-being and is fun for everyone.
Residents at retirement homes in Steinach, Switzerland, and Rohrbach, Austria, have been successfully training with kybun equipment in order to stay fit. Improvements in mobility, coordination, stability and performance were observed after a short period of time. The more the residents practiced on the kyBounder course, the better the results.
Exercising daily on the kyBounder is a gentle way to improve mobility and physical well-being.
*Below-title photograph subtitles, left to right (where (1) is an unidentified female athlete):
(2): German Soccer player, Marcell Jansen; (3) Pierre Gutknecht, coach at Hockey Club Davos, is impressed
(4): Beat Hefti, European Bobsleigh Champion 2010 (5) Pro-athlete YB trains with dumbbells on the kyTrainer
Snow sports exert tremendous force on the knees, feet and back. For this reason, it is important for winter sports athletes to train their joints and muscles throughout the year. This helps prevent injuries. kyBoot shoes are the ideal training device.
The soft, elastic air-cushion soles make the body work to maintain balance with every step. This strengthens the deep inner muscles. It’s possible to integrate this training into your everyday work life simply by wearing the shoes regularly. KyBoot shoes are not only a great training tool, they can also be used for rehabilitation.
After a day spent wearing tight ski or snowboarding boots, putting on a pair of kyBoot shoes is a real pleasure for the feet. The non-slips soles also provide a secure grip. The unique foot climate system ensures optimal moisture and temperature regulation. The air sole is also particularly well insulated, meaning that your feet always remain comfortably warm.
Ice hockey is a great sport to watch and play. It is known for its high speed, cleverly planned plays, precise passes, hard shots and of course, who can forget that the use of physical strength is allowed and encouraged in the struggle for the puck.
The right training pays off
HCD ice hockey team train and recover on kyBounder mats every day. This allows the players to work on their coordination and deep inner muscles and improve their fitness in the process. Using the kyBounder also makes it possible to reduce the recovery time after tough matches. Arno Del Curto has been successfully coaching the team since 1996 and is impressed with the effects of the training mats.
The difference between victory and defeat
Matches are often won by the team that has been able to recover the most. HC Davos ice hockey team is the best proof of this. After a five-year dry spell, the local heroes were able to bring home the Spengler Cup in 2011.
Arno Del Curto is impressed
“There has been a definite improvement in performance since we incorporated the kyBounder into our training programme. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. The kyBounder is the perfect complement to our training programme,” says a happy Arno Del Curto.
What does conditioning coach Pierre Gutknecht think?
HCD conditioning coach Pierre Gutknecht sees the kyBounder as the perfect accessory for proprioceptive training. “We really value the kyBounder. We even use it with our junior teams because it’s such a valuable supplement to other training methods. One of the advantages of the kyBounder is that it strengthens the small muscle groups.”
Karl Muller: The Inventor of Kybun
In kybun Karl Müller developed a holistic activity concept. The main difference to all previous exercise and therapy methods is its simple integration into everyday life. Kybun strengthens your deep muscles, relaxes your back and is kind on your joints. And it’s great fun.
Karl Müller was born in 1952 in Roggwil, a municipality in the Swiss canton of Thurgau. After studying mechanical engineering at the Swiss Institute of Technology in Zurich, in 1979 he moved to South Korea. At first he studied on a scholarship at Seoul National University but, seven months after he had begun, the Korean President Park was killed and the university closed due to months of mass demonstrations.
After this incident, in 1980, Karl was left looking for a job in Korea. He found a gap in the market and founded his first company, which imported Swiss specialities for hotels. Over the next years he set up 12 companies in Korea, opening restaurants, selling textile machines and becoming the first trader to import skis into Korea. Every field he touched turned to gold.
Ups and downs
Karl paid a high price for his success, suffering a burnout. To get back to good health, in 1990 he sold all his companies and returned to Switzerland, by Lake Constance. He bought a farm and spent ten years living a self-sufficient life, using the time to establish a private, non-profit residential rehab centre. After three years, however, his cash flow dried up and Karl started working as a travelling trader at weekly markets.
Start of MBT
In Korea, Karl discovered the positive characteristics of a clay soil. As the water gradually drained away on the fields, the ground was soft and supple, making it very pleasant to stand and walk upon. The idea behind MBT came to him, as a gift from Heaven; he did research and developed the concept, acting as his own test subject.
In 1997 Karl brought the MBT shoe onto the market, revolutionising the shoe industry with its ‘rolling sole’. This rolling shoe has proved its value as a means of therapy and is today copied by more than 100 shoe producers round the world.
kyBoot – the new generation (from MBT to kybun)
Karl Müller continued to research into even better ways to imitate the pleasant feeling from the rice paddy. The soft, supple sole he developed was to have been the next MBT generation. However, as his minority partners preferred to remain with the round sole, in 2006 they parted company on good terms. The result of this development was a new brand, the kyBoot. In 2007, Karl founded kybun AG and started developing the kyBoot and other accompanying products.
kybun exercise concept
The kyBoot is part of the kybun exercise concept, which also includes the kyBounder (the soft, supple, springy mat) and the kyTrainer (the soft treadmill).
According to the Swiss newspaper SonntagsZeitung, Karl Müller is one of the most innovative entrepreneurs in Switzerland, and has written design history.
The family’s KM Foundation is an important part of Karl Müller’s social commitment. The organisation was founded on the basis of the Christian philosophy of helping those in need, and helps disadvantaged people throughout the world.
Photograph: Below, a picture of the rice paddies which not only helped Karl heal his back, stress-free, but inspired the walk-on-air sole technology that is the kyBoot and kyBounder: