The Japanese are famous for their long work hours and incredible work ethic, which, unfortunately, can lead to posture problems and body stiffness. The solution? Otona Maki, or ‘adult wrapping’ – a Japanese therapeutic method of wrapping the human body in a large piece of cloth that emulates the comfortable feel of a mother’s womb.
Via Oddity Central:
For a long time, getting massages and stretching have been the most popular ways of dealing with these issues, but now someone claims to have come up with an even better solution. Otona Maki is a new and intriguing way of improving posture and making your body more flexible than ever, while at the same time helping practitioners relax by recreating the comfortable feel of a mother’s womb.
Babies, of course, are often wrapped the same way to give them a feeling of security. The otona maki aims to do the same for adults by tightly wrapping the human body (in various poses) in a large piece of breathable cloth for about 15 – 20 minutes per session.
It’s not a huge trend yet – there is some skepticism on Japanese social media, with people comparing it to a mummification technique, or making references to Japanese horror films – but it was recently featured on a popular television program, and more and more people appear to be giving it a try.
Would you? It looks vaguely claustrophobic, but in these dark times, I’m willing to try anything to alleviate stress.
Otona Maki was apparently developed by Professor Nobuko Watanabe, known for creating the Toco Chan maternity belt, a very popular product in Japan. A 30-minute adult wrapping session costs 3240 yen ($28), while 50 minutes inside the cloth womb costs 6480 ($56).