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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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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The Benefits of Self-Massage…

Self-massage is a simple, convenient way to enjoy the benefits of massage therapy and it can be done in the comfort of your own home. It has many physical and mental benefits, including helping with any discomfort and relaxation.

During a self-massage, you use your hands to manipulate your own muscles. This involves kneading the skin and applying pressure in certain spots. Like massage in general, self-massage may help ease: stress, anxiety, headaches, muscle strain, muscle tension and much more. You’re in control of the amount of pressure to exert and can stop it at any time.

There are different types of self-massage, some using just your own hands and others, using some kind of massage tool. Some forms of self-massage include Abhyanga from the Ayurvedic tradition, acupressure and trigger point.

The Ayurveda technique…

In the Ayurvedic tradition, self-massage with oil is a way to help keep yourself in optimal health and balance via the skin. Since skin is the body’s largest organ, Ayurveda recognizes it as a vehicle to reach our internal organs.1 The skin acts as a protective shield as well as a gateway to nourishing the body through its pores. 

Self-massage also helps increase circulation and enhances the body’s ability to detox.2 The body tends to relax during massage and thereby helps reduce anxiety and improve sleep.3

Acupressure and trigger point massage work on the premise that certain spots throughout the body can be unlocked to release trapped energy or nerves. 

– Acupressure… This technique works to release the “chi” (vital energy as defined by Merriam Webster) or more widely understood as “breath” and “air” that is necessary for the clear flow of blood and therefore circulation. With acupressure, simply press on the pressure points directly and hold for a while (10 –100 seconds). 

– Trigger point massage focuses on releasing trigger points, which are small, tight knots that develop in muscles that may even cause discomfort in other areas of the body. It helps to release the tightest areas of your body (often the neck and lower back), helping to improve range of motion, posture and alignment.The technique is similar to acupressure orsmall kneading strokes can be applied, either in a circular motion or back and forth.4

The goal of self-massage with acupressure or trigger points is to achieve a “release.” Release mostly refers to an easing of sensitivity of the pressure/trigger point and/or a softening of the tissue texture. 

Self-massage is an Active Wellness practice that can help benefit everyone. Nikken’s MagCreator® massage device incorporates surface nodules for deeper massage stimulation and its internal magnets simulate the Earth’s natural magnetic field. 

With its massaging magnetic spheres, the Kenko MagDuo® is designed to offer you the perfect relaxing feeling. Its convenient size makes it ideal to be taken anywhere. Contains Nikken’s exclusive patented DynaFlux® Magnetic Technology (U.S. Patent No. 9,265,966).

1. https://www.healthline.com/health/self-massage#types

2, 3, 4. https://www.jasminehemsley.com/la-vida-veda/2018/9/28/why-self-massage-is-part-of-my-weekly-routine?rq=self%20massage

7th September 2020

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