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You need some TLC
You are busy. There are a million things competing for your time, not to mention your attention. Somebody has to go to work and pay the bills, and cook the meals, and give the dog a bath, and squeeze in a workout, and get the kids to bed, and respond to your emails, and untag that photo of you on FB, and vacuum, and somehow remain gracious and composed. Oh yeah, and don't forget about the gift you need to buy for your sister's birthday... You are busy. We get it. Amidst the whirlwind of this busyness, we all know a little TLC would go a long way.
Meet the Mattress Masseuse
There's something powerful about human touch. We've created a product that makes giving and receiving a massage on your bed a whole lot better and easier. Meet the Mattress Masseuse.
Relax your mind. Restore your body. Reconnect with the one you love.
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The Mattress Masseuse is the massage table headrest for your bed. It is the modern-day replacement to a traditional massage table. You can now comfortably give and receive a massage from your bed.
The way it works is super simple: All you do is place the product between your box-spring and mattress. Then you lie down on your bed with your face resting on the cushion. You can now receive a massage on your bed while achieving proper neck and spine alignment, and you can breath without your face being smushed in a pillow.
- Comes fully assembled and ready to use!
- The two removable height adjustment spacers accommodate the thickness of any mattress.
- The Mattress Masseuse weighs just 4 pounds (average weight of a traditional massage table is 40 pounds).
- Our custom curvy hanger allows you to hang the product in your closet (or you can slide it underneath your bed).
- The folded dimensions are 9" x 10" x 12", so you can pack it in your suitcase and take it with you on vacation.
- The fuzzy-soft sherpa fleece cushion cover zips off and is machine washable.
We don't believe in using sustainable materials for the purpose of having a slick marketing hook. We believe that eco-friendly products will become the new standard when companies big and small make responsible and reasonable decisions that honor our natural resources. We're a couple of surfers from Southern California; we've picked the tar from the soles of our feet and paddled through enough plastic wrappers to last a lifetime. So the products we make and the materials we use will be a reflection of the value we place on our environment.
- Bamboo is the fastest growing wood species on the planet. For this reason, bamboo is the material of choice for many eco-concious product designers and manufacturers. The Mattress Masseuse uses 100% bamboo in its base and pillow plate components.
- We use compressed cork for our height adjustment spacers. Cork is harvested from the bark of Oak trees...which means we're using one less product derived from petroleum.
- PET polyester is used in the making of our sherpa fleece cushion cover. PET is derived from recycled plastic bottles. When you see a #1 recycle code on the bottom of a bottle, just think...that bottle might end up as a Mattress Masseuse cushion cover after you throw it in the recycle bin!
- The Mattress Masseuse utilizes 90% fewer materials than a traditional massage table. They say the most eco-friendly car you can buy is the one you already own... Well, you already own a bed, now there's there's no need to buy a massage table!
- Our packaging employs a minimalist ethic that says we would rather expose the product to the elements than consume the elements to cover the product. Our raw cardboard packaging has been designed to showcase the natural beauty of the Mattress Masseuse as it hangs on a display rack...all while consuming roughly 40% less material than packaging that fully envelopes the product.
Relax- Massage can directly influence the body’s production of serotonin. A study on back pain, conducted in January 2000 by the Touch Research Institute in conjunction with the University of Miami School of Medicine, demonstrated that in addition to a decrease in long-term pain, subjects receiving massage experienced improved sleep and an increase in serotonin levels. Results of this study were originally published in the International Journal of Neuroscience states: “Massage is an intelligent, healthy and substance free choice to help the scores of people that have insomnia. Because serotonin plays a role in sleep in multiple areas of the brain, it is logical to seek ways to increase serotonin levels for people that are sleep deprived. In addition, serotonin is needed for our bodies to produce melatonin. As melatonin influences the sleep stage of our circadian rhythm, a natural way of boosting serotonin is a positive sleep inducing option…the existing evidence is certainly enough to condone regular massages for sleepless clients.” (Source)
Restore- According to SportsInjuryClinic.net, the physical benefits of massage therapy include the following: improved blood flow and nutrient delivery to your muscles, efficient clearing of harmful metabolic byproducts, tension reduction in your fascia, reduction of your scar tissue, improved tissue elasticity and improvements in your tissue's ability to absorb nutrients, also known as micro-circulation. The physical benefits of massage are important for all athletes, especially those engaged in sports where physical contact and bruising are likely. Endurance athletes also are excellent candidates for massage therapy, as the long training hours and the nature of endurance activities place considerable strain on your musculoskeletal system. Massage therapy helps relieve stress on your joints, ligaments, tendons and muscles. (Source)
Reconnect- Beyond the romantic benefits of couples giving each other a massage is the effect that massage has on your nervous system. The parasympathetic nervous system produces the relaxation response. When you are relaxed and feel safe, your heart rate slows and your blood pressure eases. When a person can create this response in another human being, the bond that is forged can be substantial. (Source) Like date-night, see how a weekly massage night works out with the one you love.
We don't have stickers or T-shirts or hand-written thank you's to offer. We could have all that stuff made, but we would rather offer you the product and let it speak for itself. There's too much clutter as it is.
If you would like to support us but are not interested in receiving a Mattress Masseuse, choose the first Reward and pledge a minimum of $5. You can pledge as much as you'd like :o)
The next Reward is reserved for the first 100 backers. We've dubbed you the INITIATORS because you know how to get things started! Your pledge sends a Mattress Masseuse straight to your door for a discounted price of $79. It comes completely assembled with two cork spacers, the headrest cushion, the curvy hanger and our retail packaging.
The next Reward is for the BELIEVERS out there who missed out on the first 100 units. The next 100 Believers will receive the same Mattress Masseuse as the Initiators for the discounted price of $89.
For the VISIONARIES out there who didn't catch our Kickstarter project in the early stages, we're offering the Mattress Masseuse for the discounted price of $99. Retail pricing will be $129, so don't let the grass grow between your toes and pre-order yours before it's too late!
The next Reward is for the ROMANTICS. For a pledge of $109 you will receive a Kickstarter Exclusive Gift Set including a Mattress Masseuse, a scented candle, massage oil, and a copy of Josh Harmony's latest album, Benefit of the Doubt. You heard a sampling of his music on our video. Looking to keep the romance alive after Valentine's Day? It doesn't get any better than this!
The final Reward we're offering is for the ANGELS out there. A pledge of $1,000 helps us take flight. God alone knows where Angels come from....maybe a few of you will find your way to us...
The Best Gift...Ever?
The Best Gift NOT Found on the Registry- Wanna send the bride & groom the most unique gift of the whole lot?
Keep the Romance Alive AFTER Valentine's Day- Go ahead and tell her that you pre-ordered a post-Valentine's Day gift for her. You are a very smart man.
Dad Needs a Little Help- I know she's not his mother, but your Dad is expected to buy a Mother's Day gift for her anyhow. Make it easy on him, hook him up with the Mattress Masseuse. She won't mind that it arrives in June.
Pre-ordering a Mattress Masseuse on Kickstarter will help us reach our factory minimums, allowing us to start production... and start marketing to retailers worldwide. It would be a dream come true to be able to deliver Mattress Masseuse directly to you first!
The Five Why's
Have you ever asked yourself the five why's? You begin with a why question and then follow up your answer by asking 'why' four more times. The goal is to identify the motivating truth behind your initial answer. So why did we create this company? Our Five Why's...
Why does this company exist? To give customers a convenient, attractive, economical alternative to a massage table.
Why? Because good things happen when you give and receive a massage.
Why do good things happen? Because you feel cared-for, special, relaxed, honored, when you receive a massage.
Why is this important? Because it allows you to recognize the value and worth in the ones you love.
Why is it important to recognize the value and worth in others? Because we believe it is self-evident and inherently good to do so.
So why are we doing this? It's easier (and more acceptable) to talk about the features of the product with its patents and sustainable materials and conveniences, etc.; but if you're still reading this Kickstarter page, we can tell you that we're a couple of guys who want to improve the lives of others. There are hundreds of ways we can spend our time. Neither one of us wanted to invest our energy into something that simply fulfilled our material and aesthetic goals. We believe that there is something beautiful about recognizing the value in others. If you allow it to do so, we think the Mattress Masseuse can help you express this in a meaningful way.
Where We Are RIGHT NOW
Every component of the Mattress Masseuse is custom designed: the bamboo base and pillow plate, the cork spacers, the cushion, the hinges, even the screw caps! Each of these components required customized molds and tools to be made in order to meet the exact specs of our product. We've been working with a furniture and sporting goods manufacturer in Taiwan that has been in business since 1967. All of our custom molds and tools have already been made, tested, approved, and paid for. We are literally ready for production! The factory minimums will be reached if we meet our Kickstarter goal. When that happens, we will immediately start production.
The Mattress Masseuse is protected under two United States utility patents. Our first prototypes utilized a mechanical height adjustment component, involving a push button and slide mechanism to raise and lower the headrest relative to the base plate. We applied for a patent on this particular assembly and it was approved!
As we continued to develop the product, we created a different way to adjust the height of the cushion. We decided to focus our development efforts in this direction. The product you see here on Kickstarter is the result of these efforts. We filed for a continuation-in-part utility patent with the USPTO for this assembly. Once again, our patent application was approved and issued!
We also have the Mattress Masseuse name trademarked in multiple international classifications. The web domain, MattressMasseuse.com, belongs to us, as well :o)
An additional $7 is required for shipping within the contiguous 48 United States. $20 extra for shipments to Hawaii and Alaska. Please include this amount when making your pledge, as Amazon does not automatically add it to your order. All domestic packages will ship via US Priority Mail service.
CANADA & International Shipping
An additional $40 is required for shipments to Canada. Please see the FAQ section for specific instructions if you are pledging from Canada, as you will need to walk through specific steps to avoid paying the higher standard international shipping fee.
For all other international shipments, an additional $60 is required. All international shipments will be shipped Priority Mail International with all duties and taxes to be paid by the recipient.
Production will begin as soon as we meet our goal. Including ocean freight transport time, we anticipate receiving product approximately 90 days after placing our order with the factory. This would place product in your hands toward the end of June or beginning of July .
Risks and challenges
There is over 20 years of manufacturing experience going into this project! Every single component of this product has been tested and approved. We are ready to go.
We do not expect sourcing to be a problem. However, many of the materials we use are derived from 100% natural resources, so it's not unexpected to anticipate some variation in textures and species as we source our components.
We do not expect capacity to be a problem, as our factory has capacity to fulfill mass market quantities.
We do not expect logistics to be a problem, as we will be working with a trusted and reputable freight forwarding and customs brokerage firm in an effort to streamline logistics.
And all that to say, this is our initial production run on the product. There is only so much planning and organizing that we can do before setting sail!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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