I have been keeping warm this winter with the help of a hara warmer. Known as a haramaki, this brilliant invention is a tube of jersey which encloses the body from navel to thigh and actually feels like an all day hug.

It’s a thin layer of clothing that you can wear under or over your clothes, and when I put it on I had that wonderful melting relaxation feeling you get when you’re enfolded into someone’s arms. Ahhh. In fact I love it so much I feel a tad twitchy when it’s in the wash, it has become a transitional winter object! I can feel my lower back relax, my abdomen relax and soften too and these have obvious benefits for my posture and digestion.

Now, I am tall and chilly and often have a drafty gap between my jeans and t-shirt and this perfectly fits the bill as a draft excluder. AND it encases my muffin tops if you know what I mean.

I also wear it over the top of my yoga clothes so I don’t have to meet my belly in quite the same way when I am doing inversions.

Hara Warmers are great for pregnancy when you can use them to fill in the gap your bump creates or as a cover-up when breast feeding and are available for men and children too.

In Chinese medicine, the kidneys are the holder of the ancestral energy or essence. My acupuncture colleague Mary Hurley tells me that nourishing and warming the kidneys can be a great help in maintaining our well being, especially during pregnancy.

Even though the snow has gone, I’m keeping it on because it just feels so good!

The kind people at Nuku Nuku are offering a discount at their Etsy shop if you use the code SNUG2, so do pop down and get one for yourself.

Kate has a Biodynamic massage practice in Watford. To find out more about her work you can look at her Biodynamic massage website, like her Pregnancy and Biodynamic Massage facebook page or follow @massagekate on twitter.

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