From Personal Need to Helping the World…

Companies are started for many different reasons. Isamu Masuda founded Nikken because he personally had a need and nothing fulfilled it. In the true spirit of entrepreneurship, he thought outside of the box and found a way to fulfill his personal need and in doing so, created a company that could do the same for countless people, first in Japan and eventually, globally.

Young Masuda became the son of a single mother when his father died in World War II. His mother managed a small shop and when he was 18, young Isamu found a job with a bus company. Over the next few years, he worked his way up from washing buses to being a desk clerk. 

Married at age 27, Masuda was intensely interested in ways to improve health, possibly because he personally did not have a robust constitution. He started to work at a shop providing health-related products. His goals and career path changed when his son was born with daunting health challenges. The need to support his family and help improve the health of his son and himself, was enough to spur him into action. Doctors told him his son’s recovery would be expensive, so the new father logically decided he had to find a way to make a lot of money.

Inspiration came in the form of personal experience. Japanese people are introduced to hot baths early in life and grow accustomed to communal bathing. Families enjoy public baths with a key feature: pebbles on the floor of the baths stimulate the feet. Creatively thinking, Mr. Masuda combined the concepts of the stimulating pebbles with the age-long practice of using magnets, believed by Japanese to be therapeutic. He created the first magnetic insole that could be placed inside shoes.

His invention was a hit almost immediately. His customers claimed they felt better in different ways. They said their circulation improved, they felt more energetic and they were getting better sleep. But Masuda was not a businessman and didn’t know how to expand, so he reached out to an experienced financier. Together they grew their insole business. 

Nikken sold only insoles for the first three years of business. They were sold to help improve overall energy through stability and stamina from the feet upward. Independent distributors later expanded into other countries and has now been an international company for more than 45 years.

Kenko Insoles are now available in two variations: mStrides and mSteps. Both continue on the Japanese tradition of magnets for therapeutic usage combined with the effect of the hot bath pebbles. The contemporary insoles make use of patented magnetic DynaFlux® technology. Depending on preference you can choose Kenko mSteps insoles that are “bumpier” for more intense massage effects or Kenko mStrides for a smoother surface. Both are durable, provide support for feet, legs and back, and are ventilated so feet stay cool.

As the flagship product line, Kenko Insoles have withstood the test of time and have built a huge fan base. Here are a few examples of what people with happy feet say:

“I used to have discomfort on my ankles for years. Since I wear the mStrides, the discomfort went away! So grateful for the technologies!” U. Pho

“I feel grounded and connected all day with my mStrides.” C. Aubry

“Ever since I was 7 years old, I’ve had challenges with my joints and being on my feet for long periods of time. I consistently wear mSteps or mStrides in my shoes and even my sandals. I like both so I just keep them, without switching them out. I no longer feel challenged when I’m on my feet!” B. Richmond

“I am a busy mom and entrepreneur business owner. I love my mSteps—it’s one of the easiest things I can do to improve my well-being without adding another thing to my to-do list. I have improved balance and feel that it supports the flexibility of my back, while my energy levels are better during the day. Slide them in the shoe and forget about it.” A. Weinberg

How are you doing with your Summer Active Wellness Support regimen? Walking, hiking, running or gardening, traveling and anything you do on your feet can be surprisingly easy with Kenko Insoles. Until 31st August, you can SAVE 25%* on both mSteps and mStrides. 

*Offer not valid on Wellness Subscription.

25th August 2022

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Summer Walking: A Fun Way to Better Health…

Summer means more daylight hours and warmer temperatures, which makes it a great season for walking outdoors. Walking is known to help release endorphins that elevate our mood and decrease stress levels. When done consistently and enough to increase heart rates, walking can even burn calories and help us lose weight.

Depending on where you live and how hot the summer days get, you can create a walking regimen. In climates that are very hot, it’s best to limit walking to early morning and evenings when temperatures are lower and tolerable. Frequent but short brisk walks are just as beneficial as longer walks. Both help to build stamina and strengthen the heart, so you don’t need to take one long, extended walk to meet your distance goals. You can split up the distance into a few short walks. If counting steps matters to you, then simply wear a pedometer.

There are many ways to incorporate a walking habit into your daily routine. You may walk part of the way to work or even all the way, if it isn’t that far, on your lunch break, or take the stairs whenever possible. Perhaps get the whole family involved and take a walk after the evening meal. Walking helps digestion!

If you haven’t been walking for some time, gradually build up time and distance. Even though walking is a gentle exercise, overdoing should be avoided. Make sure you:

  • dress comfortably in loose-fitting clothes. 
  • dress in light colours if the sun is already up or hasn’t set yet.
  • watch out for traffic, depending on where you’re walking.
  • carry a water bottle with you and sip regularly. 
  • wear a visor, sun hat or head covering you feel comfortable in.
  • wear shoes that offer good support. If you are hiking or going on uneven terrain, you may need sturdy boots instead of comfy shoes. Make sure you wear your Nikken Kenko mSteps or mStrides for that added comfort and support.
  • wear sunscreen everywhere your skin is exposed. You can get sunburned even when you cannot see the sun.
  • use walking sticks if you want to work out your arms.

Walking is one of the easiest ways to incorporate daily exercise into an Active Wellness lifestyle. Get everyone in the household involved and see how fast communications improve between generations! 

Until 31st August, you can jumpstart your walking habit with fantastic offers on our popular Kenko Insoles and KenkoTherm® DUK Tape – kinetic tape to help support your fitness and your daily activities.

11th August 2022

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Why We Wear Jewellery…

Jewellery was an early form of decorative art. The study of some primitive cultures shows that organic materials were used in the past. It was not until a later stage of human development that people chose precious and possibly scarce materials from far away to create jewelry.1

In many cases, jewellery was used as personal adornment, and also to convey the wearer’s social roles. Jewellery was also used to ward off disease and other evils, and sometimes even to work “magic” against opponents. In religious rituals, jewellery enhanced acts and signs of prayer and devotion to divinities.2

Jewellery that was made out of precious materials surfaced 5,000 years ago. In Mesopotamia, jewellery was fashioned from metals designed as leaves, spirals, and bunches of grapes and inlaid with brightly coloured stones. The Ancient Chinese had high regard for jade and silver. Brooches made of precious metals were used in Ancient Greece and Rome to clasp clothes together. Mayan jewellery was generally made from jade, gold, bronze, silver, and copper. Gold was highly coveted in Ancient Egypt such as was displayed in artifacts from King Tut’s tomb. These ancient cultures considered jewellery as a status symbol and only the affluent wore it. In the Middle Ages, royalty and nobility wore jewellery made from gold, silver, and precious gems, while those from the lower classes wore ornaments made from base metals like copper and pewter.3

As times and traditions changed, the mindset about jewellery has also transformed. It has become a mode of self-expression and creativity that’s not limited to costly metals and stones. Jewellery can now also be made from textiles, leather, plastic, glass, or crystal. Fashionable and luxury jewellery is worn by people from all walks of life. These days, people wear jewellery to reflect their mood, style, and individuality.

Kenko Jewellery is the Nikken line, and whether it’s a pair of earrings, a necklace or a bracelet, each piece incorporates magnetic technology, comfort and style. Kenko means health or healthy in Japanese, and as with every Nikken product, our jewellery is made with the purpose of enhancing the Active Wellness lifestyle. Through the end of the year, discover the special festive season jewellery, ideal for gifting, in addition to our regular year-round items. 

Check out the Festive Season Gift Guide and get them while they last! 

1, 2. https://fashion-history.lovetoknow.com/fashion-accessories/history-jewelry-fashion

3. http://www.historyisnowmagazine.com/blog/2021/9/20/a-brief-history-of-jewelry

16th December 2021

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Technologies That Augment Natural Energies…

–     by guest blogger, Dave Balzer

All of the Nikken technologies take their cue from the natural world. Whether it is magnetic energy, Far Infrared technology, or negative ions, Nikken has keenly observed nature and created ways to support the benefits that it offers.

Nothing could be more natural than magnetism. In fact, the earth itself is a giant dipole magnet that imparts its flux energy to every living creature on the planet. This flux energy forms a shield over the globe known as the magnetosphere. The magnetosphere protects the surface of the planet from being irradiated with harmful solar energy. In essence, the shield itself acts as a filter, which permits biocompatible light energy to pass through. Without the protection offered by the earth’s magnetic flux, life as we know it would be destroyed. 

Many animals are able to sense the earth’s magnetic field. This is true for birds, insects, plants and even humans. All of the creatures sensitive to the earth’s magnetic energy possess a protein known as a cryptochrome. It is this molecule that reacts to magnetic energy. Unfortunately, NASA has reported that the earth’s magnetic field is weakening and even developing irregularities. Nikken has chosen to utilize permanent dipole magnets in many of its products as a way of buttressing and supporting the degradation of the earth’s natural magnetic energy.

The energy from the sun that reaches the surface of the planet is made up by visible, ultraviolet and infrared light. The visible wavelengths of light are the ones humans can detect with their eyes. They comprise 40% of the light energy reaching the earth’s surface. Ultraviolet light cannot be seen by mammals and makes up 7% of the total. This leaves infrared light energy representing 53% or the majority of the sun’s energy that reaches the earth’s surface. Infrared light is fundamentally important to human life. Tissues and cells found in the body are in tune with infrared energy. They absorb, utilize and even emit infrared energy. 

Nikken produces several products that incorporate special ceramic reflective fibers. These fibers have the ability to absorb light energy and reflect it back to the user as infrared energy. In doing so, Nikken is able to support and balance the natural Far Infrared energy found in the environment. 

Negative ions are all around us. Nature provides them in abundance in forests and near waterfalls. They are a key component to inducing the feeling of wellness and relaxation that is experienced during a nature walk. It is ironic to understand that negative ions have a positive impact on wellness while positive ions have the opposite effect. Appliances, electronics and other fixtures of city dwelling emit positive ions and can cause feelings of fatigue and depression. Consequently, the environment needs to be buttressed with new sources of negative ions in order to counteract the ill effects of the positive ones. 

Some examples of Nikken magnetic products with patented DynaFlux® Magnetic Technology are the Kenko mSteps and mStrides insoles and the KenkoTouch® handheld massage device. Ceramic reflective fibers are found throughout the Kenko Sleep products such as the KenkoDream® Quilt and Naturest® Pillow.

Our guest blogger Dave Balzer is a Technology Consultant and International Advisor in Product Development, Design Engineering, Prototype, Manufacturing, and Regulatory compliance of new devices. He has worked with Nikken on many projects over the past three decades. Since 2012, he has guided his own medical device company that produces specialized diagnostic kits.

30th September 2021

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