Beast from the East is Back?

We have been enjoying lovely sunny and warm weather for November.  However, according to the weather forecast the temperature is set to drop with snow and sleet to hit us this week. An Icy Cloud from Europe… and mention of a mini Beast from the East.

So keep warm out there. Keep your core warm in one of our belly-wraps – the Japanese idea made in the UK.

Our new ultra warm Angora haramaki will work wonders,  keeping you warm from your core. 

Keep your Kidneys warm in an Angora Haramaki

Introducing the ultra-warm Angora Haramaki in grey and black. Made in the EU from ethically sourced Angora. Snug and stretchy. 

Angora wool is a very soft and luxurious fibre.  The fibres are hollow, making angora a fantastic natural insulator. It is one of the warmest natural fibres you can get – up to seven times warmer than sheep’s wool – making it ideal for use in thermal underwear and in our haramaki! As it is so warm, and has a natural cushion it has beneficial therapeutic effects for back problems, Arthritis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or any other pain affecting your joints.  It is, however, a little more expensive than other fibres. These Angora rabbits are not harmed for their wool, but are sheared regularly and their welfare checked by Orkney Angora’s William Sichel.

Our Ultra-Warm Haramaki are truly fantastic for keeping your core warm. We use them after a regular dip in the English Channel!

 

 

What is a haramaki?

Hara (belly) Maki (wrap) – the idea comes from Japan, ours are made in the UK. A tube of soft, stretchy cotton that you pull on up to your middle. For all ages and unisex.

A haramaki is effectively a scarf  for your middle – you wear it under your clothes and it keeps the area warm. By wearing a haramaki around your middle you can keep your feet and hands warm – really! While I am sitting typing this my feet were feeling cold. Haramaki on and 20 minutes later I my toes are ok! It appears that when your internal organs and core are warm your body can afford to divert blood to your extremities. It’s also very good at creating comforting warm feelings should you be having period pains, back ache, kidney issues etc.

In Japan people wear Haramaki for a slightly different reason. Japanese tradition has it that if the temperature of the stomach is too cool your system will be out of balance and you will be more prone to get ill. This is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine. TCM holds that if your middle is cold kidney energy will drain from the system – and this not only puts you at risk of urinary health issues, it also lowers energy and vitality. Try one and see for yourself!