Many years ago I discovered that if you keep your kidneys warm, then you stop freezing! After improvising with shawls and scarves wrapped around my middle- fine if you're at home studying, not so practical at work or when out and about- I was delighted to find Nukunuku's haramaki as a Nice Way to keep your kidneys warm and not look like a womble.
Learning more about traditional Chinese medicine confirmed the importance of keeping your kidneys warm, and I tell my qigong students often that they should do this, especially living here in Sweden.
I bought a 'starter pack' with three haramaki in cheerful colours. I am now ordering my second set, as after four solid years of non stop use the first set have only finally been consigned, very reluctantly, to the rag bag. I wore and washed them constantly, and it was only after three or so years that they started getting a little saggy, with a hole here and there, but still completely useable. Quite remarkable considering the constant usage.
Nukunuku's haramaki are well made, extremely durable, and comfortably combine with just about anything. I tend mainly to wear mine either as a first layer, or more often than not, over a singlet. The thickness is just right to be worn as a base layer without bulkiness. They are nice enough to be worn over things as well. The only reason I tend not to is that I am on the borderline between sizes, where the next size up is too big, but the size I use doesn't have a lot of leeway to allow it to be pulled over the top of layers.
Get some- it is SO worth it. They'll last you for ages and will make a difference to both your comfort and health. Be warned though, you will become dependent- I'm almost like a child without their teddy if I don't have a haramaki!!
Ingrid | Sweden | August 2018
I have recently been told that I have two fractured lumbar vertebrae due to osteoporosis. The pain has been awful so been on strong pain relief. The thing that really helped was heat from a hot water bottle but can't walk around with one all the time! Have finally been able to come off pain relief but was getting a lot of aching in my lumbar area.
My acupuncturist told me about Haramaki's and advised me to try them as keep your body core warm. I have found it great as keeps my back constantly warm so no more aching.
I thoroughly recommend you give them a try you won't be disappointed.
Michelle | Worcester | November 2021
A well made product. Like the fabric used. It is a good fit around the width but on the long side in the length. For a short person e.g. 5ft it is too long and not so comfortable. Perhaps sizes for short and tall persons would be the way forward.
Merle Morgan | Kent | December 2021