Sunday, December 28, 2008

Testimonial: "I Can Walk Circles Around the Youngsters"

Janice and Narayan Baltzo, of Living Music, came in recently with mom to buy more Zcoil pain relief footwear.

Z-CoiL Seattle: Janice shared her compelling story of her first contact with Zcoil footwear and how they changed her life..
" I've had a lot of back trouble for decades. I have tried naturopaths, chiropractors, osteopaths, icing, yoga and acupuncture for any help in easing my pain. "

"I injured my spine when I turned wrong while holding a light truss (heavy gear) in1979. I ended up in the hospital with a "frozen" spine."

"One day while on the road in June of 2008 we had stopped at a rest stop. I had to hobble to the restroom my back hurt so much."

What was to follow was a life changing event at the next rest stop.

"We stopped for some ice cream and met a lady who said "I can walk circles around these youngsters". She said it was because of her Zcoil footwear she was able to be so active. Her late husband it turns out used to sell Zcoil pain relief footwear and she happened to have some in the back store room that fit me. That was the first pair of Zcoils I bought-a pair of Black Freedoms."

After that is history: "OMG look at this, I ran out to the van saying "I am running".
I then ran around the rest stop jogging the perimeter right after I got them and was giggling. I was so darn happy.

I looked up where Zcoil was on the web and came in for my next pair- a Black Taos Strap (Mary Jane style). She also bought the Lynco arch supports, our Injinji "toe socks", and several of the bamboo socks.

Narayan has a pair of the grey Freedoms and ZWalkers. Mom got a pair of Z Walkers with laces that stay tied "knotty boys". She was so pleased with the way the Jobst compression socks made her legs feel with better circulation.

Janice is so moved by her experience with the footwear she mentions her story everywhere their music and their connecting communities work carries them-to churches, yoga centers, independent bookstores, and outdoor concerts. "How can you not want to spread the word about Zcoil?"
Here is more about the work of Janet and Narayan:

Vision Statement
To create, perform and promote music & lyrics that are expansive and life-affirming. To help advance music beyond its current common usage as entertainment or stimulation, and utilize its power to inspire, heal and uplift.- Composing music with Sacred Intention- Performing this music with uplifted consciousness in receptive venues- Promoting awareness of Sound and Music's effect on us so we can make healthier choices- Infusing conscious music into every possible form of media, including radio, television, movie soundtracks and advertising- Increasing awareness of artists to be more conscious of the effect of their art on themselves and others- Creating opportunities and opening venues for conscious musicians and audiences- Connecting communities through shared musical experiences- Increasing the appreciation of Music, Art and Beauty in our society
© 2008 You're Loved & Living Music Radio with Narayan & Janet

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Shoes to help ease your pain and improve posture
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One of the most often asked questions is: "Are they stable?" Also, many people look at the shoe and comment that they would fall off the shoe.

In all actuality, the Z-coil is the most stable shoe in the market place. Just like a shock absorber for a car, the Z-Coil works the terrain the same way. It always wants to keep you stable. It is very hard to fall or twist and ankle. (Read More)

The coil in the heel is cone-shaped, and so it compresses straight down, following the line of least resistance rather than tipping. The flexible coil also absorbs some surface deviations to protect the ankle. - Z-CoiL FAQ

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Jerry Peterson Home Depot

Jerry Peterson, Home Depot Master Electrical Specialist (Sequim, WA) only wears his Z-CoiLs on the job. "When I started working here," he said. "I would go home sit in a chair and could not get up because the pain in my feet and legs was so intense. My wife is a massage therapist and has had her pair for a couple of years. So, at her suggestion, I bought a pair of hikers. In just a couple of days, I was able to get out of my chair at night and be normal. I was an Electrician for 15 years and would spend as much on my work boots as I did for my Z-CoiLs. I want these to last as long as possible so I only wear them working the concrete sales floor."

Jerry purchased his Z's at The Shoe Safari, Silverdale, WA

Friday, December 12, 2008

Personal Trainer “Bad Feet, Bad Knees, Bad Back” Suggestion #1: Z-Coil Footwear

Many people I talk to have seen Z-Coils…they have a unique look to them…and they are highly effective footwear. The coil/spring on the heel of the foot cushions each step, so much so that it cuts the impact in half on your feet, knees, and back. To your joints, it feels like you instantly lost half your body weight.

A current client of mine was in a major car accident and had three reconstructive surgeries on her foot. She’s hobbled around in a velcro boot for the last two years! Her unusual foot shape (an unpleasant by-product of her surgeries) has not allowed her to wear shoes since her accident. I took her to Sprongs in Minneapolis (go to to find the dealer closest to you) and my client was fitted with a pair of Z-Coils. Three weeks later she is walking all over the place, even up flights of stairs, which she has not done for over two years! I have many Z-Coil stories like that.

If your back, knees, or feet hurt a lot, start by taking care of your feet. It’s always good to start from the ground up! (Body Change Tips from an In-Home Personal Trainer)

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Z-CoiL TV Commerical

Locally produced for the West Columbia, South Carolina retail store, this TV Commerical tells the Z-CoiL story in 60 seconds.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Testimonial: Elizabeth Sutton

Elizabeth Sutton talks about how Z-CoiLs improved her quality of life.

Z-CoiL® Pain Relief Footwear® design features a unique conical steel coil in the heel, which absorbs up to 50% of the impact from walking or running and delivers a 40 to 50% energy return.

This spring-suspension system works in conjunction with a rigid, built-in orthotic that distributes pressure evenly across the mid-foot, dramatically reducing the pain caused by heel spurs or plantar fasciitis.

Thick, resilient cushioning under the forefoot and a rocker sole further reduce the shock of impact to the body. And less impact means less pain.

Monday, December 08, 2008

Ergonomic Study Conducted At New Mexico Highlands University

Wayne Scheler, New Mexico Highlands University, conducted a study on Ergonomic Implimentation to reduce Plantar Pressure.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Al Gallegos Reflects On His First Customer Success Story

On the new Z-CoiL YouTube Channel, Al Gallegos, Inventor and Founder of Z-CoiL Footwear, talks about one of his first customer experiences.

Al Gallegos and a runer's story
Sherry Robinson
Daily Times
November, 24, 2008
Read Story (PDF)

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Jumping for joy: “Pain-relieving” footwear promises to put a spring in your step

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"Nurses know it. So do hair stylists, factory workers, letter carriers and others whose jobs require them to spend hours at a time standing. Spending hours walking and standing can be a pain in the neck, not to mention the hip, the back, the knees and the feet.

On Dec. 10, the St. Charles Mercy Hospital Auxiliary is sponsoring a sale of a line of pain-relieving footwear that can bring welcome comfort and even put a new “spring” in your step.

John Thierry, Z-CoiL Comfort Shoes in Dearborn, Mich., visit to St. Charles is an encore, requested by employees who weren’t able to purchase when he came last month, according to auxiliary president Irene Csanyi.

“They made a big hit, so we decided to bring them back again,” she said. When asked if she purchased a pair for herself, Csanyi said, “Not yet.” (Read More)

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Z-CoiL Corporate's New Blog

A new voice in a mature industry « Official Z-CoiL® Footwear Blog: "Although Z-CoiL has been in business for over 10 years, management felt it was time to breathe some new life, and new outlets of communication, into the footwear industry. So, the Z-CoiL Blog was started last month.

I see this blog as a community hub regarding all things Z-CoiL. A place where you can learn about the Z-CoiL Brand, get a sneak peak at new products, meet our distributors from all over the country, chat with other Z-CoiL wearers, participate in exclusive contests and events, keep abreast of the latest health news, and browse our testimonial and photo galleries. There will be even more exciting interactive content so check back often! We look forward to receiving your feedback and engaging in an open exchange of information with all of you all over the world!"