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.
Rawlogy = The study of raw
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