Take your haramaki with you on adventures

Ooh I love an ingenious packing tip. I also like to pack as light as possible. I am still grateful for whoever (Lonely Planet?) told me not to take a towel but a sarong when I went back-packing many eons ago – dries quicker (so smells fresher), doubles as a sheet when the accommodation seems slightly less than spotless and is almost weightless. Plus it makes a fabulous souvenir when you are home if you buy it when you get there. I found even more great reasons here!

There are some great tips here for example: “If you place your shoes inside a shower cap, it keeps your suitcase clean.” . I also love the idea of taking herbal teas “Not only can they help keep you hydrated, but flavours such as peppermint and ginger can aid with digestion – which is a great help for your body when you’ve been sat down for long hours. Herbal teas are also a cheap way to get a drink when you’re stuck in airport layovers. Avoid paying for coffee, which will make it harder for you to sleep. Instead ask the café just to give you a cup of hot water. Dunk in your herbal teabag and enjoy for free!” (Big World Small Pockets). I would take my own cup too for greater planet saving frugality.

There is something missing from all these lists  – the haramaki! lightweight and small, the haramaki can roll up tiny inside your handbag or hand luggage.  It takes up hardly any space but packs a big punch when you start to feel the air conditioning in the airport or the plane. Pull on your haramaki and have warmth right where you need it without bulky, uncomfortable layers. Great for budget backpackers to business travellers. Air conditioning can mess with your body temperature and weaken your defences when flying – wearing a haramaki core-warmer round your middle can really help. The image below shows how effective a haramaki belly-wrap can be .

Thermography A: Without Haramaki Thermography B: With Haramaki *Male age 25, data taken in an air-conditioned room set to 25°C. Data may vary according to individuals.

We would love to hear your travel tips and any on location photos with our haramaki would be FANTASTIC (and shared!) x

Wombs Love Warmth

 

In “Surprising ways to change your lifestyle and boost your fertility” the Mirror newspaper recommended women:

“Wear a Japanese garment called a haramaki – which is effectively like a boob tube around your tummy,” says Gemma McCrae, life coach. “My acupuncturist diagnosed that I had a cold uterus – which meant that it wasn’t a hospitable environment to conceive and grow a baby. I’m now 22 weeks pregnant.”

Wearing a haramaki can support fertility

Acupuncturists recommend them to their clients they are treating for fertilty issues such as ‘cold uterus‘…

The abdomen (hara or dan tian) is the centre of qi (energy). Acupuncturists advise that that warmth supports womb health. Heat on the uterus, abdomen, and lower back decreases common discomforts of menstruation including cramping and helps to reduce stagnation of energy in the uterus.

Cold in the uterus is related to menstrual problems and infertility. Warmth is supportive to the internal ‘fire’ energy of the uterus, and many traditions around the world keep the womb warm to keep the internal fires of health stoked, and support the flow of qi energy.

Keeping your core warm is not just good for fertility….

A warm core is “Key for our health, fertility and creative power” says Tiffany Power of Nurture Works Yoga – A ‘Cold Womb’ is one of the key patterns underlying infertility in Chinese medicine. But our Womb is not only a cradle for physical babies; it is the source of all our creative and nurturing power as women. When we allow this sacred space within us to freeze over, we lose our capacity to connect with this gentle, yet unstoppable, strength in our centre. In addition, Cold stagnation in our Womb is a cause of painful menstrual cramps. “

So keeping this vital part of us supported and cosy in a haramaki can help improve our health in a number of ways.

Signs that you are low in Yang Energy and may have a cold uterus:

“ Someone who is deficient in yang lacks the catalytic spark, the cellular chemistry of combustion. When our fire is weak, we become cold and slow, and physical processes become sluggish.” (Qi Gong master David Leggett)

In Chinese Medicine the following are signs that your Yang energy may be depleted: always feeling cold, hypo-activity, lower back pain or soreness, low energy, poor circulation, poor digestion, urinary disorders, low libido, infertility.
Wearing a haramaki can help with this by keeping your core warm and raising your overall body temperature.

Why not give our haramaki a try?  Click here to buy one

 

Keeping warm on snow days – cozy in a haramaki back warmer

Do you have a snow day today? The key to getting outdoors is the right gear. We even managed a sea swim (6 degrees) with the help of our hats, haramakis and thermals.

Cozy with a fire, tea and a haramaki (with a hot water bottle shoved down the back) we can crack on and go through finances, stock take and planning for the future. With a little help from Gary 😉

Photo credit Ruthie Delfruity

Furoshiki zero waste wrapping

Haramakis are not the only Japanese concept that NukuNuku has adopted. We have cut down on our wrapping paper waste by using Furoshiki – fabric wrapping. We have a few beautiful posh ones from Japan, some slighly fraying but well-loved home made ones and a number of scarves that have been repurposed.

They look beautiful and can be reused every year time and time again. Just folding afterwards – no paper mountain to make you feel guilty and end up in the recycling. I am working on the more complicated wrappings for complicated shapes….

Furoshiki is also used to carry items or in place of a bag. Here there are some beautiful ones and advice on how to tie…

Cold Water Swimming Hack

Discovered a few weeks ago when we had a river swim….

I took an isothermal bottle  full of boiling water, my daughters mini hot water bottle and two haramakis – one cotton for next to the skin and an ultra-warm angora core-warmer. Once out of the water and dressed (and while my fingers still worked) I filled the hot water bottle with the boiling water and popped the hot water bottle in my roo pouch of haramakis. Combined with my robe I built up a nice warm core radiating heat.  Added tea and amazing marmalade cakes and I was a very happy post-swim seabird! Been doing it ever since to beat the after-drop….