Therapeutic plaster moldings
Massage therapists commonly work to access and manipulate multiple trigger points in the body as a means of aiding diverse ailments. Design outfit Touchy-Feely consulted with massage therapists to develop forms of an appropriate depth and shape to facilitate self-trigger point massage within architectural surfaces. Trigger Point moldings are rounded fibrous plaster forms that can be integrated into a wall surface. As suggestive protrusions, the moldings encourage heightened physical interactions between bodies and architectural surfaces, and suggest that buildings can participate in the necessary work of massage therapists.
The seemingly-sculpted forms of Trigger Point moldings were derived from a process of casting plaster using fabric formwork. The bulges are not designed, but rather capture directly the material behaviour of the plaster poured into sewn, fabric forms. The moldings can be installed easily into any new or existing drywall or plastered surface at any desired height or in any density/pattern. The moldings can also be installed with heating elements cast-in from the back, warming the forms to body temperature and assisting further in muscle tension relief.
Contact: Touchy-Feely, Berlin, Germany.
For more information, see Transmaterial 3: A Catalog of Materials that Redefine our Physical Environment