Haramaki Fever

A couple of weeks ago I woke up to a huge amount of orders, a truly eye watering amount compared to usual. Why is this I thought? A quick look at where they were coming from and I discovered that the fabulous Anna Murphy of the Times has included NukuNuku in a list of the best Thermals to wear in 2020! Fan-bloody-tastic! The orders have kept coming and I have been running around like a mad thing keeping up, picking and packing, answering queries and getting more stock in to keep up with demand. So exciting!  This small business has been doing its thing since 2010 bringing high quality haramaki to the UK, with our own brand made here in the UK and our woolly ones made in the EU (not sure how thats going to work out from the end of December with us leaving the EU but thats another issue…).

The article can be found here

but as we don’t all have a subscription this is what it said (about NukuNuku anyway, Uniqlo don’t need any free advertising from me ;))

Haramaki, the secret to keeping your core warm
There’s another key weapon in my cold weather arsenal, one that has transformed how I feel, whether I am outdoors or in. It’s a version of what the Japanese call a haramaki, literally a “belly band”, which is designed to keep your core warm.

Think a downwardly mobile boob tube, if you will. I know: ridiculous. Yet not when you experience the impact it has on your body temperature. It’s remarkable. There are even purported to be health benefits. Acupuncturists often recommend them for menstrual issues and infertility, and for lower back pain.

I bought my cotton Lycra ones from the British company Nuku Nuku a few years ago (from £14, nukunuku.co.uk). The month ahead may prompt me to invest in its ultra-warm angora iteration (£29.50).

Great isn’t it?! Thank you Thank you from this downwardly mobile boob tube purveyor xx

Haramaki: Great for market traders

 

“Discovering haramaki has made my days at the markets so much nicer! My back and bum where I feel the cold the most after the first couple of hours outside are covered by the  haramaki which makes a massive difference. I am looking at the wrist warmers next….”

Happy customer, Katja of InkyKat Studios

Our haramaki and other ‘bits warmers’ are great for those on market stalls. They tend to be outside and standing around quite still – definitely going to be feeling the cold. We have a few customers who report how useful our haramaki are for keeping them warm when working outside – today we feature one of those, Etsy Seller extraordinaire, Katja of InkyKat Studios….

Despite loving printmaking Kat only discovered screen printing a few years ago when her mum bought her a three day course in screen printing for her birthday. “I just loved how, by using paper cut templates, you can create these clean crisp images. Printing on fabric allows me to add another dimension to my work by utilising some of the gorgeous prints I come across.”. Kat does commissions which make fantastic presents. Many people get their pets, or kids done as beautiful gifts.

Kat sells her beautiful hand cut screen-prints on Etsy and at various craft markets at the weekends throughout the year. She is currently developing a clothing range hand printed with her designs onto organic cotton t-shirts, bags and sweatshirts.

Many of the markets Kat sells at are outside or poorly heated and the traders can get really cold however many layers they put on or hot tea they pour into themselves. Now they have the answer! Warmth from the core with a haramaki 🙂

This all helps with NukuNuku‘s mission, keeping the nation warm, one core at a time…..

Wrap up this Autumn

 

Hello Haramaki gang,

The temperature has dropped and the wind has picked up. It is starting to feel like Autumn. Haramakis are a great addition in the ‘in-between seasons’ days – keeping you warm and allowing you wear your summer clothes a bit longer with their extra layering just where you need it. At your core. They will help keep you outside in the sunshine despite the cooler weather, like Alex spotted here in at the beach in a Ninja Haramaki.

We are now fully stocked up with our ultra-warm Angora haramaki (we have some limited edition royal blue angora haramaki arriving next week), extra warm bamboo fibre haramaki and our own NukuNuku cotton haramaki. We also have some other angora products – such as wrist warmers and knee warmers which are great for people with Raynaud’s or joint problems etc…

 

Keep snug!
Catherine

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

 

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….