Restore our Earth…

Nikken is celebrating Earth Day on 22nd April 2021

“A healthy planet is not an option — it is a necessity.” Earthday.org

Our Earth needs to stay healthy to support our jobs, livelihoods, health and happiness. It is up to each and every one of us to Restore Our Earth not just because we care about the natural world, but because we live on it. 

There are many things we can do to help restore and reconnect to it at the same time because protecting our planet, starts with each and every single one of us.

The three R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle… Cutting down on what we throw away and following the three “R’s” will help conserve natural resources and landfill space.

Community clean up… Whether it’s two people or ten, a well organized clean up can have a major impact on our Earth. Finding the right location (a local park or community streets) this action can help not only to create long lasting friendship, but most importantly to help restore our earth and reconnect to Mother Nature in the all-important great outdoors. While you’re there, you can even plant a tree! Trees provide food and oxygen. They help save energy, clean the air, and help combat climate change.

Finding new ways to reconnect to Mother Nature1 might help many of us overcome modern day challenges such as stress caused by a busy lifestyle or feeling secluded in these challenging times.

Emerging scientific research has revealed a surprisingly positive and overlooked environmental factor on health: direct physical contact with the vast supply of electrons on the surface of the Earth. Modern lifestyle separates humans from such contact. 

Reconnection with the Earth’s electrons has been found to promote intriguing physiological changes and subjective reports of well-being.2 Grounding (or Earthing) refers to connecting with Earth. Connecting with the Earth’s negative charge can help reduce and neutralize unwanted positive charges and help shield against Electromagnetic fields (EMFs), which we build up in our daily lives – restoring a healthful natural balance. There’s nothing that compares with feeling the Earth under bare feet or swimming in a lake or ocean, so we should do those activities as often as we can.

Urban living often prohibits the natural ways to reconnect with nature. Nikken’s KenkoGround® (#88011) is a conductive grounding mat that serves to reconnect you with Mother Nature by connecting to the Earth’s negative charge and makes grounding easy to accomplish indoors. Meanwhile, indoor living continues and the KenkoGround® can help make a difference in how we feel overall.

With its built-in silver ions, implanted by vacuum sputtering technology for high efficacy of conduction, this portable grounding mat also benefits from antibacterial properties. The Hydrophobic technology included in its top layer also creates water resistant properties. 

This year Nikken is celebrating Earth Day with 20% SAVINGS on the KenkoGround® (#88011). Discover more at: https://bit.ly/3v5vaJ5.

  1. https://nikkeneurope.wordpress.com/2021/04/06/reconnect-with-mother-nature/
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3265077/

19th April 2021

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The Power of Gratitude…

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.  It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.  It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.”– Aesop

We all know gratitude in the form of ‘thank you’ when someone has helped us or done something nice for us.  But how many of us look and feel gratitude in other ways…  

When we appreciate and acknowledge simple things, we are grateful. From having fresh water to drink and food on the table, to hearing the birds sing and feeling the wind or sun on our face. 

The best way to reach contentment is to feel grateful for what you already have. Studies show that if you express gratitude, it raises your happiness by 25% 1.

When you take a breath and step back, your thankfulness slows you down and fills you up with happiness. This can be a time to be grateful for all the things you might have overlooked, forgotten or taken for granted, instead of worrying about what you still need. 

Express your gratitude…

Every day take a few minutes to think of the things that you’re grateful for: the people, places and things that make your life rich and full, that bring you comfort and joy. The more you practice this exercise, the more you’ll notice just how full your life already is. 

Contact one person everyday just to express your gratitude. Whether you are having lunch with a friend or time in the evening with your partner tell them why you’re thankful, expressing your gratitude out loud can be very powerful. 

The Power of gratitude…

Boosts self-esteem – instead of being resentful towards people who are wealthier or have better jobs, you will learn to appreciate their accomplishments.

Can help reduce stress. Research2 has shown that people who feel gratitude are happier, report more life satisfaction and less stress. Grateful people are less likely to be depressed, anxious or lonely. Nikken’s portable grounding mat, KenkoGround® is ideal for practising gratitude meditation on. Plug it into a grounded outlet, place your bare feet on the mat whilst taking time out to meditate and reconnecting with Mother Nature. 

Can help improve your sleeping habits. A study3 found that people who spend 15 minutes writing down grateful sentiments at bedtime sleep longer and better.

Whether getting ready to settle down for the night, taking a power nap or just snuggling – the Kenko Travel Comforter will keep you warm and cosy with its integrated ceramic fibres. The comforter is very light and versatile and zips up, making it easy to use around the home or when travelling.

Make gratitude your automatic thinking and when you do you’ll experience your level of happiness rise.

2nd November 2020

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GROUNDING… for Active Wellness

Grounding is both a timeless practice and modern discovery… It simply means living in contact with the earth’s natural surface charge – being grounded.

We all live and function electrically on an electrical planet. We are each of us a collection of dynamic electrical circuits in which trillions of cells constantly transmit and receive energy in the course of their programmed biochemical reactions. Your heart, brain, nervous system, muscles and immune system are prime examples of electrical subsystems operating within your bioelectrical body. The fact is, all of your movements, behaviours and actions are energized by electricity.1

Most people are totally unaware of their bioelectrical nature or the energetic connection between their bodies and the earth’s surface. Many of us don’t even realize that we’re disconnected from Mother Nature. Our feet and the rest of our bodies rarely touch real ground. We keep insulated with layers of clothing, rubber soles, mattresses, any assortment of chairs and accessories.

Science informs us that the Earth’s electrons contain a natural, negative charge. Maintaining contact with the ground allows our bodies to naturally receive and become charged with these electrons. When we are “grounded,” we absorb these beneficial electrons that “reduce electrical imbalances in the body.” Since our bodies are composed of mostly water and minerals – just like the Earth – we are mutually electrically conductive.

When you are electrically grounded, you could feel more centred, strong, balanced, less tense and less stressed. 

The most effective way to ground yourself is to feel the soles of your feet connecting to the earth by standing barefoot on soil, sand or even the sea bed. As we are heading towards the winter season, with shorter, darker and colder days you’ll probably want to spend more time in the warmth and comfort of your own home. But you can still ground yourself at home.2   

Nikken created the KenkoGround® to help us maintain our connection to the ground even when indoors. Devised to be plugged into a grounded outlet, the conductive fabric, when placed against our bare skin, duplicates the effect of direct contact with the Earth, our source of natural energies. 

You can ground yourself at any time during the day with the KenkoGround®, however, during sleep is a great time. Grounding during sleep provides the body with 6-8 hours of uninterrupted grounding at a time when the body undergoes most of its healing and regeneration. Sleeping on the KenkoGround® allows you to tap into a stream of beneficial electrons from the Earth.  For best results make sure your bare skin is in contact with the KenkoGround®.

To learn more about the Nikken KenkoGround® visit: https://bit.ly/3cWF9c4

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1. Ober, Clinton etal, Earthing, Basic Health Publications, Columbus, OH, 2014, p.8.

2. https://nikkeneurope.wordpress.com/2020/05/18/ways-to-connect-with-nature-inside-and-out/

Further Reading: Earthing– the most important health discovery ever! Clinton Ober, Stephen T. Sinatra, M.D. Martin Zucker

6th October 2020

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Mindful ways to embrace Autumn…

Summer is ending, stepping aside for the autumn season in all its glory of red and gold nature colours. As a period of transition, autumn offers us the time needed to prepare for the winter season. A new season is a good time to re-evaluate, take decisions and start new projects. It’s also the perfect moment to be mindful of our own wellbeing.    

Taking the time to be mindful is important for both our mental and physical health. Here are a few simple things that everyone can do to really appreciate the autumn season with mindful active wellness… 

Get out into the fresh air and see nature in its finest… chances are, wherever you walk you’ll have an opportunity to admire autumn’s beauty – from the fiery colours of the autumn foliage to the frost on the ground. Being in nature can help us to feel alive, encourages a meditative mindset and may even help make us feel happier. 

Practice meditation… Daily meditation can have many benefitsnot just on your body but also on your mind. It can help you get a better sleep, reduce stress and tension and relax your mind. There are many ways which meditation can be done including…

– Meditating for joyful gratitude – Giving thanks and taking a moment to appreciate what you have can rejuvenate your soul and after each session, you can take that sense of gratefulness with you for the rest of your day.  

 – Metta meditation1Its goal is to cultivate an attitude of love and kindness toward everything including sources of stress.

– Mindfulness meditation is a way that allows you to remain aware and present in the moment. Rather than thinking of the past or dwelling on what’s to come, mindfulness encourages awareness of a person’s existing surroundings. For example, when you are on the phone with someone and you have been put on hold, rather than reflecting on the annoyance of a long wait, you will simply note the wait without judgement. This is where mindfulness meditation helps to combat emotional stress.  

Nikken’s KenkoGround® 2 is the perfect accompaniment to meditation as it helps you reconnect with Mother Nature through grounding. The KenkoGround® helps connects you to the Earth’s negative charge when you are meditating and even working in front of your computer, doing yoga or exercising.  

Sleep … Autumn is a time when the clocks change. We can all benefit from a little extra sleep. Try going to bed 30 – 60 minutes earlier than usual to help you feel more rested and energetic in the morning. Relaxing before bed is crucial for a good night’s sleep. According to the National Sleep Foundation 3, having a massage before bed has great benefits and can help you relax – improving sleep quality. 

You don’t need someone else to give you a massage, it’s just as easy to do yourself 4 with Nikken’s Kenko MagDuo®. A small portable device with small massaging nodules and DynaFlux® Magnetic Technology (U.S. Patent No. 9,265,966). Try rolling the spheres in small circles on the back of your neck and feel the tension melt away.

The Nikken MagCreator®, is another great massager and easy to use. Benefitting from surface nodules for that extra level of stimulation, roll it over stressed and tired muscle for a deep muscle massage – perfect for a good night’s sleep. 

Autumn is truly a beautiful season. Enjoy the delights that autumn offers through its magnificent colours and enjoy living a life of Active Wellness through mindful self-care. 

  1. https://www.mettainstitute.org/mettameditation.html
  2. https://nikkeneurope.wordpress.com/2019/05/21/connect-with-mother-nature/
  3. https://www.sleep.org/can-massage-help-you-sleep/
  4. https://nikkeneurope.wordpress.com/2020/09/07/the-benefits-of-self-massage/

21st September 2020

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Ways to connect with nature inside and out…

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Nature is important to everyone. Not just for recreation, but also as an escape and a way to connect to something greater.

Exercising in your local green space could offer you a number of added benefits. Not only will you connect more with nature but your body and mind will benefit from the fresh air, sunshine and the green surroundings. However, there are still plenty of ways to stay connected to nature from comfort of your own home too.

Outdoors. No matter what kind of green space it is, a courtyard outside an apartment block, your local park or garden, being outdoors will help you get your daily fix of greenery and sunlight. Just like taking your vitamins, it’s equally as important to find a few moments to pause and surround yourself with greenery or other natural scenery to restore your nervous system.

– Enjoy your lunch outside. Get your daily quota of vitamin D by eating your lunch outside.

– Practice yoga outside. On those warmer days why not take your mat outside and listen to the sound of the birds while you move.

– Practice mindfulness outside. Find a quiet spot and focus on your breath flowing in and out. If you have a few minutes to spare, try focusing on one sense at a time to see what you can hear or smell. This can help you enter a meditative state, ease some anxiety and it’s a simply good way to connect more deeply with the natural world around you.

Take up some gardening outside. Nature is our solace and gardening is the perfect excuse to spend more time in it.

Indoors. You can still enjoy the many benefits of nature inside too.

– Play nature sounds inside your home. Natural sounds such as ocean waves or birds singing can help you relax and improve your mood.

– Grow seedling inside. A few seeds on a windowsill or nurturing a plant are a fantastic way to feel connected to nature. Whether you’re growing vegetable plants or flowers, you can watch the progress every day as the seedlings begin to sprout and grow.

– Ground yourself at home. Grounding, otherwise knows as Earthing, is becoming recognised as a powerful new way to help you on your journey to an Active Wellness Lifestyle. Try Nikken’s KenkoGround® 1, an indoor portable way to reconnect with Mother Nature while indoors. The KenkoGround® can help you make the connection to the Earth’s negative charge when you’re working at the computer, sleeping in bed, exercising or doing yoga.

– Be comfortable in your home-working environment. If you’re sitting on an office chair keep your back supported. With its soft, durable and breathable polyester cover, as well as a naturally anti-bacterial latex base, Nikken’s KenkoSeat® is ideal for your home-office chair, not only providing comfort and support, but also helping to promote correct posture for your back. Its built-in Negative Ion Technology replicates the calming, negative ion rich environment found in forest air and near waterfalls bringing nature inside your home environment.

1. https://nikkeneurope.wordpress.com/2019/05/21/connect-with-mother-nature/

18th May 2020

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Embrace the Power of Spring…

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While every change of season seems to ignite the desire for a fresh start, it seems to be more prevalent when it comes to Spring.

With many of us seeing through this Spring from the comfort of our home it’s more important than ever that you take care of your physical health and emotional wellbeing.  It’s easy to build a few simple self-care rituals into your day that could help manage stress and anxiety, build mental and physical resilience and help navigate new challenges.

Introducing some form of exercise into your daily routine, to planning healthy meals and making space for mindfulness are all but a few ideas to staying healthy at home…

1. Be mindful. You can practise mindfulness anywhere, any time. Regular meditation can help you to let go of anxiety and any impatience you might be feeling.

2. Keep active. You don’t need a gym in order to stay active. According to the National Health Service England, to stay healthy, adults should try to be active every day and aim to achieve at least 150 minutes of physical activity over a week.1 There are plenty of activities you can do from; streaming workouts on line to getting some gardening done or even a brisk house clean.

3. Eat smart. Sticking to a healthy diet and building healthy meals from scratch can be a challenge at the best of times. Sticking to a three meals a day routine and incorporating enough fibre and protein into your meals will keep you fuller for longer. If you like to snack, make sure you have plenty of healthy snacks available.

4. Stay Hydrated. Drinking plenty of water helps the body work! It helps the digestive system work more efficiently to process nutrients while removing waste. It also helps the function of the immune system by preventing the buildup of toxins in the kidneys and the liver. The PiMag Waterfall® System takes tap water and filters it through an advanced filtration system reducing contaminants whilst natural minerals help adjust the pH to create alkaline water. Being gravity fed its perfect for any kitchen worktop.2

5. Get creative. Creative play isn’t just for kids. Journalling, sketching and painting are all great ways to boost mood and express yourself. You can start an on line group with your friends such as a book club or a knitting club. Creativity is for all ages, kids, parents and grandparents…

6. Make space for self-care. You can recreate a spa regime in the comfort of your own home. Adopting some self-care rituals around your beauty regime can make a real impact to how you feel. Bubble baths, at-home facials and some well deserved ‘me’ time will not only relax your body, but your mind too! Enjoy a body massage in the comfort of your own home with the Nikken MagCreator®. Relax while this magnetic roller rolls smoothly across and down the back.

7. Ground yourself. There is nothing to perfectly replicate the feeling that we get from soil, grass, sand or even the ocean floor underneath our bare feet, but there is something that comes close in its effect. Unload with the KenkoGround®. A conductive mat that serves to reconnect you with Mother Nature by connecting to the earth’s negative charge and works by reducing and neutralising unwanted positive charge – which our body absorbs from being surrounded by strong sources of electromagnetic fields (EMF) emitted from electrical devices such as computers and mobile phones.

All off these activities can help towards maintaining an Active Wellness lifestyle at home.

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Until the 17th April 2020, Consultants and Registered Customers receive a 20% discount on any purchase of the PiMag Waterfall®.

1. https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/exercise-health-benefits/
2. https://nikkeneurope.wordpress.com

6th April 2020

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Connect with Mother Nature…

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Grounding (or Earthing) refers to connecting with the Earth.  The Earth has its own energy in the form of a mild ‘negative’ charge.  In our daily lives we build up a ‘positive’ charge in our cells.  Our body is known to absorb the positively charged electrons from being surrounded by strong sources of electromagnetic fields (EMFs) emitted from electrical devices such as computers, mobile phones, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to name a few.  Direct contact with the Earth, such as walking barefoot, can help cancel out the positive charge – restoring a healthful natural balance and is therefore an important aspect of Active Wellness.

Nikken’s NEW KenkoGround® offers a simple yet effective way to reconnect with Mother Nature. The KenkoGround® can help you make the connection to the Earth’s negative charge even when you’re working at the computer, sleeping in bed, exercising or doing yoga.

The KenkoGround® is 18 x 36 inches (46 cm x 90 cm) in size, made of feather light tripled layered fabric that is quilted together with silver ions. The 80% nylon and 20% silver fabric is conductive, with technology known as “vacuum sputtering”; prolonging and strengthening the conductivity.

Silver is the best conductor of electricity because it contains a higher number of movable atoms, however, silver is more expensive than other materials and not normally used unless required for specialized equipment like satellites or circuit boards.At 20%, the KenkoGround® has an unusually high amount of silver in the fabric, making it an outstanding creation.

Nikken ensures the high efficacy of the KenkoGround® with exceptional materials, top quality construction and a water-resistant surface layer. Super easy to use, all you need is a grounded outlet to plug into. You can place the KenkoGround® under your bare feet, drape it over your shoulders or sleep on it. Direct contact is best, but even a small area of skin is enough for grounding.

Discover more at: https://bit.ly/2Hv1zD5

KenkoGround  (Product Code 88011)

1. https://sciencing.com/metals-make-good-conductors-electricity-8115694.html

20th May 2019

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