Tuesday, 3 January 2012
I blogged in October about the Nutribeauty launch event I attended, and mentioned that I bought a couple of the Genki Haramakis I saw there.
Haramakis are traditional Japanese garments worn around the abdomen to maintain warmth. I've been wearing them almost constantly since I've bought them (I have washed them a few times, honest, and resented the time waiting for them to dry). These bands of doubled over ribbed stretchy cotton may not look like much, but I wouldn't be without them and I'm about to order a few more.
I can't bear the cold. I'm also quite tall (5ft 7) and I don't like high waisted trousers or any kind of fasteners near my tummy button. Consequently, I have to look for longer tops or risk a gap whenever I bend over. These haramakis have solved that problem completely. They fit closely enough to wear underneath clothes comfortably but they aren't too tight (I could wear them over Christmas with no problem) and they reach from my low hip to tummy button. They keep my core warm and comfortable, and the gentle support is extremely helpful for good posture.
They may also help to support the tummy during and after pregnancy and the gentle constant pressure may be helpful for period pains. I've certainly found it comforting during that slightly bloaty time of the month and during my actual period; I don't have particularly painful ones, but I generally am uncomfortably aware during the first couple of days that it is that time of the month - it might be psychosomatic, but I haven't had uncomfy days wearing these. Obviously, I'm not a doctor and I wouldn't suggest just bunging one of these on if you have strong pains during pregnancy or periods (go to your doctor!) but I've found them helpful for period ache and I'd recommend them as a nice gift for a pregnant friend. If you hate having a cold back, I'd definitely recommend them.
These are £20 each so they aren't cheap, but I wouldn't be without mine and I'm glad I spent the £40 on them - they allow me a much wider range of tops to wear in the winter and are almost worth the price just for that. Available from www.nutribeautyproducts.com.