The “Zebra effect”. People shake out their stress at the Watercooler.


June 1, 2022

We’ve just returned from a very interesting exhibition called the Watercooler. We exhibited for two days at this first-time exhibition and conference on workplace wellbeing and the future of work. 

Have you heard the Zebra story?

Why don’t zebras get ulcers? How do they cope with the stress of being hunted by lions and not have the physical results of this stress? If you watch a zebra after it has survived the chase it will shake vigorously. It’s believed that our ancestors would have done the same but modern man (and woman) has lost this ability to shake out stress over time, and it is often internalised which can cause long term harm to physical and mental health.

It is all about finding a good balance between stress and recovery, and including more recovery breaks in our busy lives, whether it’s taking a little break, a nap, a brisk walk, or some light exercise.

We chose to demonstrate Neurosonic technology at the event, as it has been proven to help with physical and mental recovery. Neurosonic provides very effective programmes for relaxation, activation and physical recovery by releasing gentle vibrations, it will send your body into a meditative state and will leave you feeling restored and well-rested.

The vibrations work by activating our parasympathetic nervous system, which is part of the autonomic nervous system, when it gets activated, it will generally help us feel more calm and relaxed and can alleviate stress and tension and over time it can help improve our sleep quality.

Stress isn’t necessarily something negative, we need some stress in our daily lives in order to function, think about working, travelling, exercising etc.

This is all “good” stress, that keeps us moving, thriving, and focusing on different tasks; the problem arises when stress becomes chronic in our bodies and minds.

Neurosonic mobile mattress is very simple and easy to use, just pair your phone or tablet to the mattress and get ready to relax. The device has four main settings: relaxation, power nap, activation and recovery.

  • Relaxation and power nap can really help relaxing your muscles (neck/shoulder tension or headaches) and boost your quality of sleep.
  • Activation is very good for when we need to kickstart our day, feel more energised, or after a heavy lunch.
  • Recovery can be very effective against DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness), and it can really boost your metabolism by stimulating blood circulation.

The Neurosonic app has recently been updated with some new revolutionary features.

You can now create your own programmes according to your own needs by combining predefined Neurosonic settings. Your programmes will then be saved in your account, and you will be able to access them at any time.

Some of the conditions that the mattress and its technology can help against are: migraines, jetlag, asthma, ADHD, headache, fatigue, neck/shoulders pain, stress, and disturbed sleep.

The app also gives you recommendations based on other users’ active experiences and symptoms. Due to its dimensions, the Neurosonic Mobile Mattress can be integrated into any workspace, office or even at home.