For people who are afraid of tight spaces this might not be their cup of tea. Otonamaki which stands for “adult wrapping” in Japanese, is used to reduce posture related problems as well as body stiffness by a therapeutic method and has become widely popular in the country of Japan. The basic concept of Otonamaki has been developed from the ancient ritual of Ohinamaki, where new born babies are tied up in cloth pieces in a much similar manner. This is done to help the babies develop more physically. Every round of Otonamaki lasts for minutes only.
According to the Kyoko Proportion head, which one of the leading companies which provide such services, Orie Matsuo says, “The reason why Otonamaki was invented was because some people were worried about babies struggling or feeling claustrophobic while being wrapped up. We thought if adults were rolled up like them, they could experience how good it feels.”
According to most of the customers using Otonamaki, this technique has proved to be a great hit.
“It looks cramped but it doesn’t feel tight at all,” a Kyoko Proportion customer aged 40 years said, “It’s the opposite of that. Afterwards I felt an improvement in my shoulders and back.”
“It felt so good I almost fell asleep. My neck and lower back were relaxed.” Another customer added, “I want my husband to learn [how to do] it.”
Though everyone was not convinced about it.
A customer posted about it in twitter, “This looks so creepy,” Few of them even compared it to a horror film show.
As an alternative therapy
The world famous Japanese midwife Nobuko Watanabe who was also credit with invention of the maternity belt which is very popular in Japan, came up with technique of Otonamaki. The main purpose of this process is to rectify the posture of women, while some women also prefer this as a alternative to various types physical therapy and massage.
Ms. Matsuo has the opinion that leg, shoulder and hip muscles become more flexible due to Otonamaki.
“By pushing your shoulders and legs together, your body gets straightened and removes the pain of your back, lower back and hip joint,” she told BBC. “Some of our clients come to treat their pelvis after childbirth, or others to fix bow legs.”
Initially introduced in the year 2015, only about 70 people have tried this technique till date. It is not at all mainstream and might take years to become popular among the regular folks.
“I’ve never heard of Otonamaki or tried it myself”, ShimpeiFukumoto, who is the Director of the widely knownFukumoto Japanese Holistic Clinic, said, “I understand what they are trying to do but it’s not traditional physiotherapy.”
“I totally disagree with the treatment method,” Mr.Visvanathan Ravi, who is a Senior Physiotherapist of the renowned Hallmark Physiotherapy, said, “The way they were wrapped up may lead to muscle strains if not in the short term, but the long term.If a person stays in the position for 30 minutes, I’m sure there will be spine problems. It’s not advisable to do this treatment.”