Pressure and stress in our lives make finding your own ways to slow down, relax, focus and achieve mindfulness a necessity. We believe that combining Touch and Texture Flow is the perfect way to do it.
Using objects for relaxation or meditation is an ancient trick, so what is the twist here? Toucheys have identical size and shape but feature four contrasting textures and weights. Each of four feeling unique in your hand.
Metal - smooth but bumpy steel, the heaviest out of the four. Wood is the Camphor tree, with semi-polished, semi-rough surface, warm and light. The Clay Touchey has a sandy-stone surface, not too abrasive though, while the Glass one is the perfectly polished one, smooth and silky.
To overcome stress or anxiety, to concentrate and focus, we need to engage our Touch sense to the fullest. With a bit of a practice with Toucheys it is easy to feel what we call the Texture Flow. Our sense of Touch helps distinguish differences and changes in textures and our attention is being pulled towards that change.
You can rotate Toucheys as above, or simply touch and feel them in your palm in any combination - and THEY DO feel awesome! Syncing Texture Flow with your breath, noticing the subtle changes, counting the turns, fidgeting - is already a simple mindfulness routine!
TOUCHEYS IN A NUTSHELL
REWARDS AND STATUS
A BIT OF RESEARCH
"Touch is probably our most underrated sense," says psychologist Martin Arvidsson of Stockholm University in Sweden. We can't agree more! In another study published in Scientific Reports, the researchers report that humans can perceive minuscule changes in surfaces - down to a microscopic 13 nanometers, about the width of a notch on a human hair. This is a sensitivity which was not thought possible before!
Other studies show that to battle stress and anxiety we need to fully engage one of our five senses. Feeling the Texture Flow is a way to achieve this engaging Touch. It also helps to deal with distractions, otherwise unavoidable when we try to "simply relax".
WHAT ELSE IS INCLUDED
Toucheys are spheres and, of course, have a tendency to escape if left unattended. So we've collaborated with a wood artisan to create a way to keep them together. And this Wood Stand from the amazing wood artisan - Beaver Workshop is included in price!
And if you are on the go, we offer a Free Canvas Pouch, to keep two of the Toucheys you've selected for the day with you!
SHARE TOUCHEYS WITH YOUR FRIENDS
Join Toucheys community on Instagram, we have a diverse group of people who appreciate all aspects of Touch and share our ideas. And if you know someone who might like Toucheys, please help us spread the word - sharing is caring! :)
WANT TO LEARN MORE?
A set of four Toucheys gives you 6 unique combinations of textures. Each of those can be a part of a separate mindfulness routine or complement each other perfectly. Use them based on the day of the week, time, your surroundings, routine you have chosen or just, you know, cause you felt like it!
There are many of us who spend day after day with a keyboard and a mouse. While having many other benefits, using Toucheys regularly is also a nice stretch and workout for the hand.
Being in contact with natural materials is essential for us. Sadly, most things we own today are made of plastic. Natural deficit disorder is real, but it should not stand a chance! And we believe Toucheys help us to feel grounded in simple natural surfaces on demand.
Finally, the Toucheys set is an amazing gift for someone, who takes (or might take) mindfulness seriously!
CAN I BREAK TOUCHEYS?
We have tried to drop it to test the durability... Toucheys came out Victorious! Also the Clay one is not afraid of the water. Check out our short stress test video:
We are not a big company or some serial start-upper. We are two friends who live in the big city. With all the tech noise and stress being a part of everyday life - we felt a need for a natural "on the go" assistant to help relax, focus or just help to lead a mindful lifestyle. Something Cool, Natural and Traditional, of sorts.
We are excited about Touch. About Natural materials and surfaces. A study of what has been researched so far showed that touch is quite unexplored, yet is very promising in what we are trying to achieve.
Simply being in contact with natural surfaces has been proven to reduce stress. Focusing on the changing tactile sensations, what we call the Texture Flow, amplifies that effect exponentially. We found Toucheys to be a huge help and a lot of fun to use. Our friends were curious and loved spending time with them, reporting what we felt ourselves - Toucheys do work!
So that everyone has a chance to get their Toucheys set, if they'd like one - we've decided to increase in scale. So far, we were able to produce only a few sample sets. And that's where we need your help. No plastic is used in Toucheys and natural material suppliers are not easy to find. They all have sizeable minimum order quantities, which we can not take on alone. So we want to present our idea to you, The Kickstarter Crowd, hoping for your interest and support - Give it a Touch!
Please drop us a line with any questions, and in our turn - we will make sure to update you on all the steps along the way!
Risks and challenges
We've been working on the Toucheys for more than a year now. It is trully amazing how time flies when there are only four hands at hand!
However, we did accomplish the logistics, design, sourcing and procurement agreements at this point. And we now believe that the project is ready to be presented to you. Being new to all this, we are always happy to talk about any risks with our potential backers, as well as to take an advice on the best way to approach the project.
Like in any business that makes stuff, there is a risk of a supplier backing out. Finding a replacement is not easy on the go, as not many suppliers use only natural materials and do so responsibly. However, we've already talked to a potential "option 2" suppliers to mitigate any possible risks and delays, should those occur.
Finally, there are shipments and logistics. While we are not expecting any delays, of course, there may be circumstances which are simply out of our control. And we promise to be completely honest and transparent about those, with regular updates on the process, and to assure accurate and timely deliveries of your first Toucheys set!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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