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Understanding Foam

Pressure Relief Redefined: The Wonders of Memory Foam Material

The use of memory foam has expanded, so the different versions of it, from its origins to its uses.

There is confusion concerning 'foams'. This is because many folks confuse natural foams (latex derived from the rubber tree), with synthetic foams (oil-based urethane foam which is the most common foam used in pillows mattresses and seating).

We'll start first with Naturelle Latex

It costs more than synthetic foam! That needs to be said. This is due to its labour-intensive extraction from the small tropical tree Heavea Braziliensis. In fact, it takes one week of daily harvesting from 30 rubber trees to produce enough latex for just one pillow! All latex used in Therapeutic Pillow's Naturelle pillows, neck rolls, back rolls, knee rolls, and ring cushions (doughnut cushions) comes from the rubber trees of Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand. Latex — A renewable and sustainable resource.

Naturelle Latex

Long Lasting

Latex foam possesses unique properties in that it is resilient, diffuses pressure evenly, and is long-lasting. It generally will not soften at the same rate as synthetic foam (it must be said though that premium quality synthetic foams such as that used in the CompleteSleeprrr range of memory foam and traditional foam pillows, and selected Tranquillow pillows, Family Pillows and Dual Zone pillow … is at the high end of quality and these pillows will stand the test of time).


Latex Naturelle also incorporates thousands of interconnecting cells and this is what gives it its wonderful pressure-diffusing properties. It has anti-bacterial properties that inhibit fungal growth, and as such provides an inhospitable environment for dust mites.


It is not recommended that you immerse latex in water. It will take an eternity to dry, so we suggest you don’t do it. You cannot spin or tumble dry latex because, like any similar material, it will break up under such pressure and heat. So don’t do it. You can possibly clean the surface only by using a limited solution of warm water and very mild detergent. Dab with a dry cloth. Do not scrunch. Let sit to dry in a warm airy environment. Do not subject latex to direct sunlight. Therapeutic Pillow International does not offer any guarantee against its Naturelle range of latex products if you apply water to the product.

All About Synthetic Foams

Urethane Foam

Urethane foams come in hundreds of densities and firmnesses, making for an enormous gulf between quality foam and low-grade foam. We use only premium-grade foams for our products because, after nearly 30 years in the business, we know that quality foam is the only way to go for continuing support and comfort. Modern foam technology now provides us with the opportunity to marry the optimum density to the individual need ...cushioning, nestling ... no bounce, no rebound!

Low-cost foam versus expensive foam

Good foam holds its support and comfort properties and is expensive. Anyone can make a cheap pillow or back support. Simply carve it from the lowest grade you can get your hands on, wrap it, and sell it for a cheap price. Anyone can do that. Some do. We don't!

Give it the 'dry' test

So how do you tell good foam from foam that will collapse? It's easy. Just rub your finger along the foam, and if it feels dry then you know you will have a problem with a density that will not stand the test of time (Go to some discount stores and you will see what we mean!) If it doesn't feel 'dry', and as well has some substance and weight to it, then you know that you have a premium product that will stand the test of time.

In summary, Therapeutic Pillow International doesn't do it on the cheap and, quite simply, you get what you pay for. We pay the extra and only use the best materials for the task.

1. Deluxe foam versions

Carved from premium-grade traditional foam and valued for its superb comfort and support qualities for people of all physiques. Using open-cellular technology, it is widely known for its longevity and reasonable price. Regarded by many health professionals worldwide as the benchmark for achieving the ideal 'marriage' between comfort and good posture.

Deluxe foam

2. Memory Foam

"Feeling is believing" Known as visco-elastic, the NASA-inspired Memory Foam has a different cellular structure to that of traditional (conventional) foam. These properties allow the foam to naturally adjust to the shape of your head and neck. It has a desirable tendency to support and cushion in all directions.

This new luxurious addition is for those seeking a super-soft pillow or back support whose unique pliability enables it to mould and conform to the body.

Memory Foam

Care instructions for Urethane foam

Foam: Do not fully wash. Dab clean with a mild detergent solution. Dry flat in a warm location, avoid direct sunlight. Avoid immersing in water or dry cleaning. If very wet it may take days to dry completely. Do not machine wash. Gently squeeze dry. Do not tumble dry.

Why do pillows turn yellow?

Any foam exposed to natural light will discolour. Over time the foam colour will be 'yellow'. The gradual yellowing of foam due to a photochemical reaction. It is faster in sunlight than in artificial light, although it occurs in both. This will not affect product performance or foam longevity.

Foam Treatments

Ultra-Fresh ®

An international brand used on a large variety of consumer products to signify anti-microbial protection. Supplied in Australia by Protective Technology.
Ultra-Fresh is a Trademark of Thomson Research Associates of Toronto, Canada.

HealthGuard ®

HealthGuard is a range of multi-functional antimicrobial products that are extremely effective against bacteria, spores, viruses, fungi and algae.

HealthGuard is embedded during the foam manufacturing process to provide dustmite protection. Dust mites live in bedding and soft furnishings around our homes. Dust mite faeces are a key trigger of allergies, including asthma. Eliminating dust mites is one of the key ways of preventing asthma attacks in your home. More information is available on the Health-Guard Website:

Do you want to learn more? Read our Frequently Asked Questions for...

Contour pillows, also known as contoured pillows, are designed to provide better support and alignment for your head, neck, and shoulders while you sleep. These pillows are shaped with curves and contours that follow the natural curves of your body, allowing for a more comfortable and personalized sleeping experience.

The unique design of contour pillows offers several benefits. Firstly, they help to alleviate neck and shoulder pain by promoting proper spinal alignment. The contoured shape cradles your head and neck, reducing pressure points and ensuring that your spine remains in a neutral position throughout the night. Secondly, contour pillows can improve your overall sleep quality. By providing optimal support, they help to reduce tossing and turning, allowing you to enjoy a more restful and uninterrupted sleep.

Contour pillows, or contoured pillows, are indeed better for those seeking improved comfort and support during sleep. Their unique shape and design promote proper spinal alignment, alleviate neck and shoulder pain, and enhance overall sleep quality. If you are looking for a pillow that can provide personalized support and help you wake up feeling refreshed, a contour pillow may be the ideal choice for you.

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Contour pillows are designed to provide better support and alignment for your head, neck, and shoulders while you sleep. Unlike traditional pillows, contour pillows have a unique shape that follows the natural curves of your body. This helps to reduce pressure points and promote proper spinal alignment, resulting in a more comfortable and restful sleep. The contoured design of these pillows can also help alleviate neck and shoulder pain, as well as reduce snoring and sleep apnea symptoms. Overall, contour pillows offer a more personalized and supportive sleep experience, making them a popular choice for those seeking improved comfort and sleep quality.

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Contour pillows can be beneficial for individuals experiencing neck pain. These pillows are specifically designed to provide support and alignment to the neck and head, which can help alleviate discomfort. The unique shape of contour pillows helps to cradle the neck and promote proper spinal alignment, reducing strain on the neck muscles. By providing adequate support, contour pillows can help relieve tension and pressure, allowing the neck muscles to relax and recover during sleep. Many people find that using a contour pillow can improve their sleep quality and reduce neck pain, making it a suitable option for those seeking relief.

Contour pillows are designed to support the neck and promote proper spinal alignment, making them a good choice for individuals experiencing neck pain. These pillows can help alleviate discomfort by cradling the neck and reducing strain on the neck muscles. By providing adequate support, contour pillows can improve sleep quality and allow the neck muscles to relax and recover. If you suffer from neck pain, using a contour pillow may be worth considering to help alleviate your symptoms and improve your overall sleep experience.

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Yes, contour pillows can be beneficial for side sleepers. These pillows are specifically designed to provide support and alignment to the head, neck, and shoulders, which is crucial for maintaining a proper sleeping posture. The unique shape of contour pillows, with a dip in the middle and raised edges, helps cradle the head and neck, promoting spinal alignment and reducing pressure points. This can alleviate discomfort and prevent the development of aches or stiffness that side sleepers may experience. By offering personalized support, contour pillows can enhance the quality of sleep for side sleepers, allowing them to wake up feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

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Yes, firm pillows can be beneficial for neck pain. When you sleep on a firm pillow, it provides better support to your neck and helps maintain proper alignment with your spine. This can alleviate strain on your neck muscles and reduce discomfort. Firm pillows are especially recommended for individuals who sleep on their back or side, as they help keep the head and neck in a neutral position throughout the night. However, it's important to note that the ideal pillow firmness may vary from person to person, so it's essential to find the right balance of support and comfort that works best for you.

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