A few years ago, Marek Bowers was ready to throw his running shoes in the garbage. He was training for a marathon and experiencing the worst foot pain of his life (Plantar Fasciitis). He also had constant back issues that were affecting him day and night, which kept him on a steady diet of anti-inflammatory medication.
After a friend introduced Marek to the concept of "rolling out" with a rubber lacrosse ball, he was floored by the improvements that such a simple practice could make. With a consistent, daily self-care practice of rolling out his feet and back, Marek's pain went from unbearable to non-existent. The tool--a hard rubber ball--was easy and brilliant (plus it kept him off the anti-inflammatories). However, it was heavy and made of a hodgepodge of questionable materials.
As a backpacker, a hiker, a climber and a mountaineer, Marek decided that he HAD TO to carry a ball in his pack to continue his daily self-care routine on the trail. But that ball needed to be ultra lightweight and made of a material that was good for the planet. And with that, Rawlogy came to be. When Marek went looking for a raw material that was lightweight, natural and durable, he found CORK. He took it a step further by looking for a way to make a new product out of something that would otherwise be thrown away (wine corks). In addition to upcycled cork massage balls, Marek also joined forces with a natural rubber supplier in order to create a gym-standard ball made from small-lot, eco-friendly natural rubber.
At Rawlogy, our mission is to design products that help relieve pain in a natural, non-chemical way, and to educate communities on performing self-massage to keep muscles limber and strong. All Rawlogy products share the following fundamental things in common:
- They're made of 100% raw materials
- Are free of BPA, PVC, petroleum and phthalates
- And, most importantly, are ethically and sustainably produced
Rawlogy is a family. A family that believes in service, generosity of heart, and inclusion. You can be whoever you are, and will be served with respect and kindness. There is no judgement of who you love or how you identify. There is no judgement of your body shape, skin color or country of origin. We are champions for your self-care practice, no matter what. Our family is here for you. Our community is a place where you will always belong.