What are the benefits of the Body Braid?The Body Braid may:
- enhance your mind-body connection
- amplify your proprioceptive awareness
- prevent injuries
- promote healthy posture and movement
- relieve pain due to poor posture
- make you smile
When can I wear my Body Braid?
The Body Braid can be worn for any physical activity, such as walking, sports, exercise, dance or yoga. We recommend starting with short periods of 15 to 20 minutes until you get to know the effect both while wearing it and how it affects you afterward. It can be worn over or under clothes. It is most comfortable with a thin layer of cotton between the Body Braid and your skin. Whatever you love doing with your body, or whatever you must do with your body, Body Braid can help you move efficiently. And did we mention that the Body Braid loves dancing?
How tight should it be?
The Body Braid is easily adjustable, depending on the desired effect.
If you're wearing the Body Braid to turn any activity into a resistance workout, then a tighter fit will make you work harder, building more strength and endurance. A tighter fit gives a more intense, powerful, and athletic effect.If you’re wearing the Body Braid for posture and mindfulness practices, or if you plan on wearing it for a long period of time, a looser fit may be more desirable. Less tension gives a more calming, soothing, restorative feel. The gentle sensation can help retrain your proprioception -- your ability to feel your body in space.
How can I learn more about the Body Braid?Please see our Learn More page, which contains detailed information about the concepts behind the creation of the Body Braid, along with links to other resources. Our intention is to create a Body Braid community where members learn and share experiences. To participate, please join our Body Braid Community group on Facebook.
How can I learn how to put on my Body Braid?
Learning how to wrap the Body Braid is a new skill that takes time and practice to develop. We have instructions to help learn this on your own, but it is a complex process that some people find frustrating. The Arm Braid is much easier. The Arm Braid has the wrapping pattern already in place so you can slip it on similar to slipping on a jacket. If you are coming across this for the first time, we recommend The Arm Braid as the best way to get an introduction to the feel and benefits of braiding. Once you've tried that, you'll have more motivation to learn the more difficult process of wrapping The Body Braid.
See the Instructions Page.
How should I care for my Body Braid?
The Body Braid is made of durable, washable material. It can be machine washed and hung to dry. The material softens with washing and use, but does not lose its bounce. We recommend washing before wearing.
Can the Body Braid relieve pain?
The Body Braid is a tool to enhance your coordination for graceful movement. Wearing it helps retrain your movement to become more efficient and coordinated, reducing strain and injury. Some people report decreased pain after wearing the Body Braid. If you have health concerns or pain, we advise consulting with a treatment professional about using the Body Braid.
Are there risks to using a Body Braid?
Wearing the Body Braid is a form of exercise and should not be done in any setting where exercise would be contraindicated.
When starting any new exercise, it is important to pace yourself. Be sure to take a rest from the Body Braid when you get tired.
The retraining effect of wearing the Body Braid lasts even after you take it off, so wear it for short periods (15 or 20 minutes) at first, until you learn what works best for you.
You should not feel any new pain or strain from wearing the Body Braid. If you have existing injuries or health conditions, especially in areas covered by the Body Braid, use caution and remove it if you notice any irritation.
It is important to avoid getting anything caught between your body and the Body Braid. Wearing your clothes on top will reduce the chance of the Body Braid catching on anything in your environment.
The woven band of the Body Braid is made with rubber covered by woven polyester. People with allergies to latex could be exposed to traces of rubber from wearing it.
What if I am not happy with my Body Braid?
We want you to feel good about your experience of the Body Braid. Our return policy allows you to return it for a full refund within 60 days of the purchase date. If you have concerns or questions with your Body Braid, please get in touch with us to see if we can help.
Is the Body Braid responsibly produced?
The elastic band for the Body Braid is woven by our neighbours at a unionized mill in Stoney Creek, Ontario.
Our sewing partners, Artex Sportswear in Scarborough, Ontario, take pride in providing a healthy work environment for their employees and meet ISO 9001:2008 standards for quality management.
We aim to reduce waste through our use of minimal packaging. The mesh bag that contains your Body Braid is designed for carrying the product throughout its life.