Our stylized cat Ty Shee Zen is small and beautiful : Unique and decorative, it serves as a footrest, in every room of the house and especially in the toilet to adopt the natural squatting position!
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A DREAM TEAM
WHO MAKES THIS ENTREPRENEURSHIP ALIVE
DID YOU KNOW?
Over our lifetime, we spend at least… 3 full years in the toilet! Everybody is concerned: children, adults, elderly people, pregnant women, young mothers...
- Millions of people are regularly constipated,
- Not to mention bowel inflammatory diseases.
- Millions of laxative drugs are sold every year,
- Millions of people are affected by incontinence issues due to too much straining,
- The mobile muscles of the perineum are involved in sexuality. According to traditional medicine, the role of the perineum is paramount. The perineum is considered as the gateway to our ancestors and emanation of our relationship to the world.
WHAT DO doctors, researchers, naturopaths,
midwives who accompany women giving birth to their children TELL US ...
but also all healers who wonder ABOUT WELLNESS?
Charlotte Muffang, physiotherapist and sexologist, tells us about the natural squatting position
Our postures shape us. With the help of Andy, our videographer, as artists we have been inspired by the experience and advice of researchers and we have built bridges with the genius of design.
Here are the connections that inspired us:
"The intestine is a sensory organ whose neural, endocrine, and immune responses are constantly interacting. The rectum is covered by the intestinal mucosa which has 3 kinds of neuronal detectors, endocrine cells and immune cells, which are linked to the brain (brain stem)" (1)
Thanks to the amazing anatomy figure of this article, we draw a character who has integrated everything, head, body, and we imagine a simplified approach to his interior. Our cat object is also animated, from the static Sphinx position to the dynamic position with Ty Shee Zen, thanks to Andy Yong's video (Melbourne, Australia, 2018, on our website).
"This very complex area is sensitive to the pressures required for the defecation reflex. Emptying is done by sliding, without push force."(2)
Sophie Frignet is a Parisian midwife with sensibility, referring to the poem "the 9 doors of your body" from Guillaume Apollinaire (3) in her book "le périnée des filles":
"Learning to use your perineum better to pee, poop, fart, sex and babies, this is the whole complexity of the subject that moves us; this permanent interaction between the functions: sexuality, reproduction, urination, defecation." (2)
Changing postures, (for example, just a few centimeters between squatting and sitting) modifies our anorectal angle. All this anorectal area is of a very complex architecture.
Dov Sikirov, an Israeli doctor, comparing the straining forces applied in different positions during defecation, gave his results for human health. In 2003, he wanted to check by asking volunteers to test several different positions (4). Result: In a squatting position, the feeling of stool elimination was more effective, the intestinal canal more relaxed. Whereas in sitting position, it took more time and requires excessive expulsive effort, compared to the squatting posture. in a squatting position, the intestinal canal is straight like a highway. (5)
"The digestive tract is the interior architect of our entrails" (4).
And it seems logical enough: in the middle of nature, squatting is the simplest way to defecate and without getting dirty. In their book, in search of a better lifestyle, "Gut, the inside story of our body's most under-rated organ", the Scientist Giulia Enders and her Graphic artist sister, Jill, illustrated and described our digestive system: "The exit door of the digestive system is naturally designed to open when squatting and not when sitting or standing. In these two positions, a muscle encloses our intestine like a lasso and pulls it so that an elbow is created."(5)
How amazing inside!
THE NATURAL SQUATTING POSITION
Raising your legs and leaning slightly forward allow perfect colon alignment.
Once tried, we cannot do without!
Changing our postures means changing our angles, changing our emotions, and sharing good habits on a daily basis.
THE WORLD OF DESIGN
Since the dawn of time, toilets have been installed in homes and publics spaces, their shape has evolved and will still evolve according to cultures and home embellishments. We’ve been squatting down for thousands of years, and even today, when no toilets are available, we naturally go out into the wilderness.
It is really only since the 18th century in Europe that we have adapted to a changing world with these "thrones", "commode buckets", which then expanded widely, and we still use them today! However, in some parts of the world, we still squat down, and the washrooms are designed for that posture.
Modern comfort offers us this accessible room, which preserves our intimate sphere. Each time's standards have tried to rationalize the comfortable height of the toilets. Several models have emerged: "standard", "medicalized", "hanging", integrating washing, lighting, fragrance and music functions. They even became great works of art (6) as shown by the "Gold Movie Toilet Seat" created by Subogh Gupta and the "Throne of Thought" by Robert (7).
The world of design is constantly evolving, it aims at functionality, but also teaches us to be relational and intimate. Perceived as an oracle, design objects inform us of our destiny: "Ultralight to travel better, chubby to protect us, bourgeois to reassure us, intimate to cuddle us, meditative to soothe the mind, figurative to delight us" (8). Questioning "when will we become nomads again?" is perfectly adapted to our ubiquitous and cosmopolitan Ty Shee Zen cat!
Lidewij Edelkoort’s regard at design (8) "which is a discipline that is rooted in ordinary life" immerses us in this empathic world: "joining body and soul, object to man, function to experience". A trendsetter, she teaches us about design with "a long-term vision, herald of life currents". Nonetheless an object, it inspires comfort (utility), beauty (between art and artifice) and what is good (nesting in people's lives). It is an object of desire and collection, between handmade and manufactured.
SENSIBILITY TO DIFFERENT APPROACHES
There, too, the comfort of our toilets is one thing, the art of doing everything from its hara (middle part of the lower abdomen, in Japanese) is another thing. In Chinese medicine, this part of the body is very important as the main source of vital breath. Intestines and bladder (plus the uterus for women) are found in the hara.
Meditative and practical readings on complementary postures, as well as other holistic approaches, have helped us go beyond the squatting position in the toilet. Health has several entry doors!
As Nicolas Bounine works with a beautiful energy in his therapeutic practice for the whole family: "Once restored the pelvis' balance, the body is released" (9), he dares speak openly of the harmonious place of the pelvis, of its rebalancing, the postural maintenance of sitting or standing consciously, the respect of physiological curves of the spine. "Healing allows the pain and symptoms of the disease to transform us. Let us enter into the encounter of what we are fleeing, both consciously and unconsciously, that is, our inner world, our true nature."
Our bodies are clever.
With our Ty Shee Zen cat, some questions about social and emotional life emerge: What is our share of animality, of intuition, of emotional intelligence? Do our emotions make us unique? Sometimes, don't they transform us?
"A heartless seating is a vertical of boredom." Jean-Yves Leloup in his book "L'assise et la marche" (10), evokes our free space as well as the freedom not to disperse, the meaning given to the initiation to postures. Caring means paying attention to them and identifying what is essential to our eyes: "The centre is not a particular point of the body but an initiation, a free space in which we embrace what's new." After reading his book, "Sitting, or walking on a daily basis" become actions "connected to the movement of life": "Sit down does not mean staying seated, it means being centered". "Feel our solid body, without depriving ourselves of our fluid body, nor of our even lighter air body"
With our Ty Shee Zen cat, we approach the idea of territoriality: Some ambassadors of our brand live with animals and have chosen our cat because it is symbolically connected to live beings, much more than a small bench with "medical allure".
Boris Cyrulnik, a French thinker and scientist, measures the impact of our representations on our acts and highlights our ways of being alive.
"Animals live in a more sensorial world, while humans live in the world of verbal and technical artifice. ... /...the more we know them, the more we understand our place in the living world. And this place is not quite what we thought it was! Man is the virtuoso of virtuality. He invents a representation and then submits to it!" (11)
Passionate about ethology, philosophers Vinciane Despret and Corine Pelluchon question our way of observing the living world and some habits that we acquired during our evolution. Vinciane Despret inscribes her research in the sensitive world which requires "to inhabit" our bodies, whether we are birds, women, men or children, and to listen to them with "the possibility of being part of an exchange and proximity relationship that has nothing to do with an identification relationship. (...) The body, reconnects with the Spinozist proposal, it becomes the site of what can affect and be affected. A site of transformations." (12)
Corine Pelluchon, one of the most important voices defending the animal and environmental cause, tells us of "the awareness of the bond that unites us to other live beings /... which triggers our desire to repair the world.../...to defend life by reshaping our representations. We share the land, the "Oikos", home of the earthlings." (13)
Frédéric Worms (14) prioritizes our ways of intervening by interdependence and vulnerability: "there is no "subject" of care in the face of an "object" .../... perhaps the most fundamental dimension of care, is the relational dimension that it reveals in our lives"
Philosopher and founder of the Paris School of Meditation, Fabrice Midal, invites us to "Become our best friend" (15) and to take time for ourselves while sitting in meditation.
Another poet, Charles Baudelaire, elevates us: "Mon esprit, tu te meus avec agilité / Et, comme un bon nageur qui se pâme dans l'onde / Tu sillonnes gaiement l'immensité profonde / Avec une indicible et mâle volupté. / Envole-toi loin de ces miasmes morbides ; / Va te purifier dans l'air supérieur" in Elévation, Spleen et Idéal, Les Fleurs du mal (16)
The sensitive world of artist Lydie Arickx, highlights our bodies's "power of revelation". Carried by her cheerful voice, her masterful work and her presence in these times of transition are reassuring (Arborescence 2021, chateau de Chambord). "When I close my eyes, what do I see?": "Quand je ferme les yeux, que vois-je ? Les corps en éjection, enlever les corps que l'on enfouit ou que l'on dissimule, les entraîner dans un tourbillon paradoxal, .../..." Nous ne sommes jamais, avec elle, dans les illustrations nauséabondes de l'échec biologique. Ce que dit Arickx sans le dire, c'est que la tristesse n'est nulle part ailleurs que là où le corps se tait. Le corps des morts-vivants se tait, mais non celui où la vie et la mort se parlent de ce qu'elles peuvent en faire de lui, creuset inépuisable, nuit séminale.". (17)
Our Ty Shee Zen cats could do a great tour of Japan someday. They would be very welcome there because the Japanese understand the language of cats.
From Natsume Sôseki's book "I am a cat": "No ridiculous escapes this nyctalope. There is nothing more difficult to understand than the psychology of men. I don’t know if my master is now angry or if he is happy (...). I can’t say. Everything becomes very simple for us cats. We eat and sleep when the need arises, we become angry without restraint, and we meow wholeheartedly when the opportunity comes. And first we don’t waste time keeping a diary (...). If we have time to keep a diary, why not use it to sleep on the veranda?". "Necessity is the mother of invention": Taking out little soothing truths, with fantasy and humor.
"The Cat" from Kwong Kuen Shan, meets the great philosophers, and the teachings of the Zen tradition. In her collection, there are maxims, watercolors, stamps and seals.
"Don’t let temptation blind you. Don’t let the cries of the outside deafen you. Don’t let worries burden your mind and your heart. Watch over your senses and your energy. And they will watch over your body and soul."
Zen as an art of living is not a Western Tradition.
Our French cat is connected to life, in search of an harmonious experience. Western or non-western practices (emotional, energetic, artistic, spiritual ...) provide opportunities to explore new rhythms. Stories on our origins, and essential oral transmissions.
It is quite a journey to approach the nature of changes in man's nature. The energy is expressed in the body thanks to our breath. Qi Gong helps us work on our energy and our postures by seeking harmony in static and dynamic movements, by breathing and by the spirit (Roles and effects of Qi Gong, practical sessions at "Les temps du corps", Paris 10).
Bibliography (other names are inscribed in the DNA Ty Shee Zen without being present here):
(1) The intestine is a sensory organ : neuronal, Endocrine, and immune responses, 1 nov 1999 John B Furness, Wolgang AA Kunze et Nadine Clerc Vol 277 N)5 American Journal of physiology, gastrointestinal and liver physiology Figure
(2) Sophie Frignet, le périnée des filles: essai d'éducation périnéale, Ed éveil Santé, Chapitre 1, Paris
(3) Guillaume Apollinaire, les neuf portes de ton corps
(4) Dov Sikirov, Comparison of Straining During Defecation in Three Positions: Results and Implications for Human Health – Digestive Diseases and Sciences, July 2003, Volume 48, Issue 7, pp 1201–1205. 11
(5) Giulia Enders gut, 2016, Scribe Gut: the inside story of our body's most under-rated organ Giulia Enders, Pages 21-34
(6) Subogh Gupta, everyday objects "gold movie Toilet seat created by this Indian Artist, exhibition at the Galleria Continua, Paris 3, 2021 02 10,
(7) Robert, le Trône de la pensée, 2021 Paris MOM 2021
(8) Lidewij Edelkoort, Oracles du design, la Gaîté Lyrique, Centre National des arts plastiques, Pyramyd NTCV, 2015 durant exposition "faire corps" à la Gaîté Lyrique, Paris
(9) Nicolas Bounine, Vivre debout ou l'équilibre retrouvé, JC Lattès, 2002
(10) Jean-Yves Leloup, l'assise et la marche, espaces libres, Albin Michel, 2011
(11) Boris Cyrulnik, Psychologies, 3 avril 2020, Les animaux nous aident à nous redéfinir
(12) Vinciane Despret, que diraient les animaux si on leur posait les bonnes questions? Paris, La Découverte/Les Empêcheurs de penser en rond, 2012, Emplacement 424
(13) Corine Pelluchon, les éléments pour une éthique de la vulnérabilité. Les hommes, les animaux, la nature, Cerf, 2011
(14) Frédéric Worms Le Moment du soin. À quoi tenons-nous?, Paris, PUF, 2010
(15) Fabrice Midal "foutez vous la paix !, Flammarion 2017, Paris
(16) Baudelaire Élévation, Les fleurs du mal
(17) Lydie Arickx, les racines du chaos, 1998, Poligraphie Bolis Spa, Bergamo, Page 95 Exposition au château de Chambord 2020
(18) Sarah Marquis Instincts, Pocket, 2017, 3 mois seule à pied, en survie, dans l'Ouest sauvage australien, A tous les peuples indigènes de cette planète, plus spécialement aux Aborigènes d'Australie qui ont partagé leur savoir et leur sagesse ancestrale avec nous.
(19) Se déconfiner avec légèreté, Sous notre meilleur jour, lectrice de newsletter Philomist 13/05/2021
(20) Roger-Pol Droit Qu'est ce qui NOUS unit, Plon, 2015
(21) Natsume Sôseki, Je suis un chat, Gallimard, 1986 P 52-58
(22) Kwong Kuen Shan, Le chat philosophe, zen, qui m'aimait, 38. Ma roseraie. Pocket
TY SHEE ZEN INSPIRING LIFESTYLE
Cats, like a miniature sphinx, have almost always been part of the human universe.
As a symbol of connection to our senses and emotions, the Ty Shee Zen cat has his symbolically meaningful place, caring by adding a touch of cheerfulness in our daily life! Agile and playful, the Ty Shee Zen cat footrest is an inspiring, emotional design object that fits in every room of your home, terrace and garden !
Ty Shee Zen is more than a cat, it is a « Life style ».
Our motto « Ty Shee Zen, a better you » carries two main values: « the emotional design » and « No taboo », connected to Nature.
Offering a realistic vision of our present civilization that is going to be fed by emotions and not only robots! During the technological change of our world, it is fundamental to take care of ourselves and of each other.
Developing the "sharing is caring" philosophy: our dream-team is working from all over the world. Ty Shee Zen offers jobs to its collaborators via digital platforms, supports creativity and organises young entrepreneurial programs in schools, with the cooperation of teachers,.
3% of our sales will go to fund research against cancer.
We also support contemporary artists who bring emotions to life, creating unique models.
As a footrest, Ty Shee Zen offers a much better comfort in the toilet, without straining!
Beauty matters in our lives.