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John BucciarelliBy John Bucciarelli
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John BucciarelliBy John Bucciarelli
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$1,207
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21
backers
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, June 11 2016 3:14 PM UTC +00:00

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  • Many women experience back, neck and shoulder pain because their bras don't effectively support their breasts. 
  • Bras are designed for many purposes - none consider breast weight.
  • Current bra designs pin the weight to the shoulder with a variety of supports or compress the weight to the chest.
  • Existing bra designs can cause stress on the neck, shoulder and back; bad posture; and difficulty breathing. 

 

Equipoised Attachment - this system counterbalances the weight of breasts which achieves the following:

  • Balanced weight distribution on the skeletal structure.
  • Breasts lifted and stabilized – no more bouncing.
  • Reduction of stress on the neck, shoulder and back.
  • Good posture – no slouching.
  • Breathing efficiency – no compression of the lungs and diaphragm.

 

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October 31, 2015 – Halloween

Halloween has always been a huge holiday in our family. My mother created custom-made, themed costumes for my brothers and sisters. Halloween 2015 was no different – we decided on a witch theme, good witches. I dressed as a warlock and my wife, sister and two friends dressed as witches – a coven of witches. We didn’t win any prizes that night for our costumes, rather the prize came from conversation among close friends. I listened as they discussed things not normally talked about amongst men and women.

The talk turned to women’s issues, specifically breasts. Our friend is a 36DD and she described her daily, painful life being big breasted. Her discomfort included neck, shoulder and back pain. She showed us the ¾ inch deep grooves in her shoulders from her bra strap. She was seriously considering breast reduction surgery. I had no idea!

That night set my mind working – there must be a solution that doesn’t involve surgery. I am a career Infantryman from the United States Army. My profession of 20 years involved carrying heavy loads on my back for long periods of time. I learned that comfort is all about weight distribution, balance and reducing friction. The solution to my friend's discomfort was to provide a counterbalance weight that would distribute the weight equally on the skeletal system with padding to carry the weight across the shoulders.

I called my sister first to see if this was a stupid idea or not. She was amazed! We then showed our friend who shared her story on Halloween. She experienced immediate relief and didn’t want to take the prototype off. From there the project moved at light speed. The women refined this product at every stage of development. Testing was easy because everyone wanted to try it. Women didn’t want to take it off because the relief was immediate and the change was dramatic.  We have learned through testing that Equipoised can help anyone with their posture, regardless of size.

As a man I couldn’t perfect this product. You can thank my wife, my daughter, my mother, my three sisters, my two sister in-laws, my nieces and my female friends for Equipoised. Invented by a man who listened, perfected by women for women.

Offered in love from our family to yours.
Offered in love from our family to yours.

 

 

Some of the ladies who tried Equipoised.
Some of the ladies who tried Equipoised.

These are just snippets from the testimonials we have received.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The following testimonial could not be snipped!

  • Every time I had to correct my posture…
  • Quit slouching!
  • Use your shoulders…
  • I’d rather be sleeping!
  • Push your shoulders back…
  • Optimize “the girls”…
  • Initiate counterbalance!
  • Stop…slouching!!!!!
  • Every. Woman. Needs. This…
  • Damn…a guy invented it!

OK….I’ll admit it. When I first heard about this product (from a GUY, no less), I thought, “yeah…like YOU know….” (he probably just wants to see them…). But, because I had respect for his ingenuity, I listened. And dammit if he didn’t stumble upon something! Look, I’m a realist. I call it like it is. If someone tries to sell me a bag of magic beans, I convince them to plant them in their…well, you know. But, if it’s a genuine product, I’ll shout that from the rooftops too.

I’ve always been a girl with big “girls”. We know the struggle, ladies. Constantly correcting your posture…squeezing your shoulder blades together. Putting the girls front-and-center so attention is diverted away from...the rest. Before today I had to do this on my own, but no more. Finally, I have help. And it’s Equipoised

Ladies, you know how you’re always pushing your shoulders back to make sure the girls ‘correct’ the way your shirt is laying? Equipoised does that for you. I’m totally serious. 

Come on, we know what it’s like to rest the girls on the conference table…or our desk. Hell, if we could rest them on the steering wheel, they’d do half our commute for us. But we also know we’ll pay for it later with back and neck pain. Stop denying it. You know it’s true.

Confession: I have two herniated discs in my neck. Weather systems mess me up royally. But, when I’m wearing Equipoised, it’s better. The pressure is off me to make sure I’m sitting/standing/lying correctly. Equipoised is the counterbalance I need without having to make the effort. 

Equipoised is my new yoga poise. (#sorrynotsorry) 

Neck pain? Equipoised. 

Back pain? Equipoised. 

Sciatica? Equipoised. 

Bad hair day? Equipoised!!!

I’m just a girl with big "girls" looking for some relief. And I found it. You can too (I promise…it’s freaking awesome).   

Maria V.

"The medical term for large breasts is macromastia. Large breasts place a strain on the musculoskeletal system and sometimes cause nerve compression as well.

Over time asymmetrical loads and forces will always cause muscle, and joint pain; and that’s exactly what happens to women with larger breasts because of excessive weight on the front of the body. With that comes a multitude of painful symptoms that have a negative effect on one’s physical capacity, functional capacity and quality of life. That means your ability to move normally can eventually become impaired, which in turn reduces what you can do in your activities of daily living, thus your fatigue, aches and pains reduce your quality of life.

This can be miserable for most women and historically a conservative reliable solution has simply not been available. The data shows that procedures like physical therapy, medications and orthothotic devices to help correct posture, typically have poor outcomes.

Short of the radical approach of breast reduction surgery, which is very costly, typically not covered by insurance, not to mention the complications associated with the procedure, there seemed to be no reliable cost effective alternative… until Equipoised!

The only way to balance an asymmetrical load is to either remove it or reduce it, or to counterbalance it. Since removing it and reducing it, in most cases isn’t a desirable option, Equipoised has devised what appears to be a sound solution to that problem in the form of counterbalancing the asymmetric load in a comfortable and fashionable manner!

The results are promising and the testimonies most favorable. The bio-mechanics make sense making this product well worth a try! Equipoised has my vote! 

Disclaimer:  All information and opinions presented here are for information only and are not intended as a substitute for professional advice offered during a consultation. Please consult with your health care provider before trying any of the products suggested on this site."

 

 

 

 

Equipoised attaches to the bra cup. Straps carry the weight of the breasts across the shoulders that attach to a counterbalance weight in the back. This may sound counter-intuitive – how can adding weight help? It’s all about balance – weight on the front of your body causes an imbalance that pulls you down and forward.

If you want science, then think about gravity and physics. Gravity pulls objects towards the Earth. Applying an opposing force to the object creates a net force of zero.

A simple demonstration of this principle is the seesaw on a playground. You can achieve balance on the seesaw by moving the heavier person closer to and the lighter person further away from the center. Think of your shoulder as the center of the seesaw, your breasts are one person and the counterbalance weight is the other.

 

 

Equipoised - Counterbalance System  

  • Bra sizing can be an arduous task with the variety of shapes and sizes available. Manufacturers offer their unique sizing systems. Then you have international sizing variations.
  • We know how hard you work to find a bra that fits you just right. The Equipoised Attachment is designed to work with your existing bras.

Equipoised Attachment

Before and After Equipoised
Before and After Equipoised

 

  • The Equipoised clip attaches to the top of the bra cup. Adjustable shoulder straps connect the bra to the weighted back section. Adjustable chest strap wraps around to clip in the front.

 

  • Equipoised products have removable shoulder pads. The shoulder pads are adjustable to your personal needs: full pad, half pad or no pad.

 

  • Equipoised garments are made of a brushed jersey material in a polyester, rayon and spandex blend. It is a sportswear material with moisture wicking properties.  

 

  •  Available in nude, black and white in sizes S, M, L & XL.

Equipoised Counterbalance Weights

  • The Equipoised Attachment has pockets to hold the Equipoised weights. Each pocket can hold two weights. The small has three weight pockets. The medium, large and extra large have five weight pockets.
  • These weights are an iron-infused, non-toxic, plastic, flexible material that comes in a 3” x 5” x 1/4” half-pound size.
  • The weights are removable for washing or transferable to another Equipoised Attachment.
  • This is a prototype of the weight. The actual weights will have Equipoised embossed into the surface of the weight.

 

  • Size is based on the measurement of the chest under the breasts.  Please measure yourself before ordering, we have found discrepancies between bra size and actual chest size.
  • The sizes overlap to achieve a comfortable fit.  In addition to the differences in chest strap length, the back panels are proportionately bigger to accommodate different body frames. The back panel measurement is the distance between the straps on your bra - S = 8", M = 10", L = 12" and XL = 13".
  • The small size has three weight pockets and can hold from one-half pound to three pounds. The medium, large and extra-large sizes have five weight pockets and can hold from one-half pound to five pounds.
  • Equipoised is designed to work with any bra you select - except some under-wire bras. Refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section for more information.
  • If you have questions on sizing, please ask one of our sizing consultants when we finalize your order.
Equipoised Size Chart
Equipoised Size Chart

 

  • We determined, based on calculations and testing, that because of attachment, angle of the weight and friction the counterbalance weight is roughly half the breast weight.
  • We have bundled weight packages so you can adjust the weights to your personal preference - 6 weights equals 3 pounds and 10 weights equals 5 pounds. The ladies that tested Equipoised preferred more weight than less weight. We recommend that if you are close to exceeding the 6 weight bundle, you should select the 10 weight bundle. Your breast weight may vary based on the density of breast tissue. 
 
Our model is wearing a small.
Our model is wearing a small.
  • If after you wear Equipoised and determine that you need more weight, additional weights may be purchased separately.
  •  We do not have data on double and triple sizes. For these sizes we recommend that you round up to the next letter - for example DD = E and DDD = F.
Equipoised Weight Chart
Equipoised Weight Chart

 

 

 

  • We need your help to fund our first production run of the Equipoised Attachment and meet minimum production requirements! It is not an easy endeavor to create something that has never existed. 
  • The weights alone are a unique product to fulfill the function and comfort requirements. The Equipoised Weight mold is a 300 pound, metal, multi-chamber, custom device that costs over $27,000 to have manufactured. Making a product that is heavy and flexible was challenging, but we did it!
  • Upon the successful completion of this Kickstarter campaign, we have lots of great things planned for the future! We have designed an Equipoised Shirt/Camisole that is ready to go into production and will be the next product offered. The Equipoised Shirt can be used by men to correct posture and relieve pain. 

 

 

Risks and challenges

Our team is assembled with the necessary skills to bring this product to you. We have tested this product and made massive improvements along the way. We have made plans with all of our suppliers to meet the demand - every piece has been sourced and production timelines have been established. We will keep you updated as we spin this into production. Please be patient, we want to get this in your hands as quickly as possible and so do our suppliers.

Everything is in place:

Our sewing contractor in New Hampshire is ready - with subcontractors on standby.

Our weight contractor in Texas is ready.

Our shoulder pad contractor in Connecticut is ready.

Our t-shirt and water bottle contractor in Connecticut is ready.

Our shipping center in Connecticut is ready.

We are ready to launch EQUIPOISED with YOUR help!

PRODUCT SELECTION
We will confirm the sizes and colors for each order upon completion of this campaign. Our sizing consultants will guide you through the process to ensure your order is complete. The sooner we get this done, the quicker we can get the orders to our suppliers.

PRODUCT EXCHANGE
This is something new and you may select the wrong size. We will exchange the product if you have made a mistake in sizing. We want you to be satisfied with our product, but you will have to pay for the exchange shipping. We expect the product returned in the same condition you received it!

SHIPPING
Shipping costs vary drastically for domestic and international backers of this campaign. We have worked closely with our shipping center to minimize the shipping costs. Equipoised is a weighted product. We have chosen United States Postal Service (USPS) flat rate shipping that allows for packages up to a certain weight limit within each category.

DISCLAIMER
Individual results may vary.

This is not intended as medical advice, please consult your doctor for health questions.

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