In the 1980s, Karl Müller lived for several years in a clay house in the heart of Korean rice fields. During this period, he discovered the beneficial properties of the clay soil of the rice fields. The slow flow of water in the fields makes the soil soft and elastic, creating a surface that is very pleasant to walk on and stand on. K. Müller wondered how the sensation felt in the rice fields could be applied to the everyday life of people today and has addressed the issue for many years. This engineer from the EPF first developed a shoe with a rounded sole. This unstable sole was in total contradiction with the basic principle “support, guide, cushion” advocated at the time by the footwear industry and was strongly criticized by the latter as well as by scientists and the medical profession.
From the idea of rolling out to the “walk-on-air” concept
Thanks to its many positive effects on the body, the rounded and unstable footbed has nevertheless been a great success internationally: it has sold more than ten million copies in ten years. This sole revolutionized the shoe industry’s common ground and its technology was copied by more than 100 companies over the next decade.
Karl Müller has discovered new methods to better reproduce the sensation he experienced in rice fields for walking and standing. He was able to bring it into the daily lives of people and improve it. Many experiments have shown this to him – and the studies corroborate this observation: the better the walk and the standing position, the better the physical health of the subject. With this in mind, in 2006, he managed to sell the entire MBT group to investors wishing to base their future production on the principle of rolling. From that moment, Karl Müller focused exclusively on the study and development of the kybun concept of flexible and elastic movement. This is how the kyBounder, the kyBoot and the kyTrainer were designed.
A flexible and elastic floor impression
Karl Müller’s kybun mechanotherapy is an experimental science that recognizes these analogies. He relied on the latter to design products that bring into everyday life in civilized society a feeling of contact with a supple and elastic soil, similar to that found in nature. After years of searching and trying to develop his products, K. Müller and his team finally succeeded in imitating the sensation in the rice fields. Simply standing on the kyBounder, this supple and resilient bouncy carpet, and walking on the kyBoot’s air-cushioned soles pulls feet, aligns the body, relaxes muscles, heals joints and stimulates circulation. veins.
Quality before quantity
We can still walk as much, but if the quality of movement is not good, our mobility will become more and more restricted and our approach will be all the more painful.
For lack of exercise, we rust. It is certainly not the whole body that rests, but certain muscles and muscle groups. And that’s a bigger problem than the amount of exercise! It is not enough to say, “I often walk, run or hike. It’s like saying, “I eat enough carbohydrates, vegetables and meat. Yes, but what about vitamins, minerals, vital substances?
It has been shown that a healthy diet is not distinguished by its quantity, but by its quality and richness in nutrients. The same goes for the exercise. Exercise alone is not decisive for the health of the body. It is more about the quality of exercise, which provides well-being in the long term and ensures good health.
Without training of the small, deep stabilizing muscles, it is mainly the outer muscle layers that work, while the small, essential stabilizing muscles relax. As long as you do not walk barefoot for long periods of time on sand or soft, elastic ground, or do not do targeted balancing and stretching exercises, you will find it increasingly difficult to to move. Indeed, muscle imbalances immediately cause the “tightening of fascia” that decreases the range of motion of the joints, which will make you less and less mobile as you get older.
What are fascias and why do they play a key role in mobility and the absence of pain?
Why a poor quality and painful approach restricts mobility!
A fragility appears because of a bad “feeding of the movements”.
This comes from walking on ordinary flat floors with rigid shoes. The body plays the role of a corset. This must not be the case! The tightening of the fascia limits the movements in certain muscles. This triggers a chain reaction throughout the body. Indeed, all the muscles of the body are connected to each other.
The more the range of motion narrows, the shorter and less secure the steps. The posture is more hunched, because the fasciae of the back are also affected.
It all started in the foot, with the reduction of the small muscles of the foot and the region around the shin, following walking in unsuitable shoes on ordinary flat floors.
Gentle walk for the joints
Non physiological walk
The painful gait of the elderly does not happen, and it is easier to get rid of than you think!
Thanks to walking and standing on a supple and elastic support, it is possible to get out of the vicious circle formed by the following elements: lack of exercise of the small stabilizing muscles, muscular imbalances, tightening of the fascias, contractures, blockages, postures of relief, solicitations, osteoarthritis or pain while walking, sitting and lying down. It’s like the first sip of water after being thirsty for hours.