The Japanese have always been sincere, devoted and creative in their approach to wellness and well-being in life. They are hardworking and have aligned their spirituality through physicality. In fact, they’ve used props in and around their homes to develop fitness routines in such a way that extra time for exercise doesn’t seem like another thing to tick off the to-do list.
As part of that effort, they put their towels to good use. Japanese Towel is made from natural cotton thus creating a connection to the elements, assuming that cotton has absorbed all the elements such as sunlight, water and minerals and passes them on to us upon physical contact.
Since towels are long, we can use them to stretch and strengthen our biceps. We can push them down, use them against a hook, and work on our triceps. We can also use them for chest expansion, stretching and opening our shoulders. Weights can be added and we can also do strength training exercises like squats and lunges. We can do many exercises with towels, but lying on rolled towels, balancing your body on them along your spine, and stretching your legs and hands furthest apart certainly doesn’t reduce belly fat as claimed. However, the Japanese towel exercise can be useful for improving posture, relieving back pain, and aligning pelvic joint movement to some degree. And when we focus and concentrate on one point in this practice, we are actually meditating.
What is the Japanese Rook Roll?
The Japanese towel technique was developed over a decade ago by Japanese reflexology and massage specialist Dr. Toshiki Fukutsudzi designed to get the body in shape. He claimed that this method could help get rid of belly fat, correct posture, strengthen your back and relieve back pain. He suggested doing this three times a day for five minutes each time. So what does this include? Simply place towels on the floor like cylindrical rolls and tie to keep them from moving. Lie on your back with feet apart, then let your toes come together, making sure you get the towel under the wooden backing. Then stretch your hands above your head and extend them high above your head. All you do is lie there for five minutes.
Belly fat, not so much. Just a good exercise for the back
What this exercise really does is balance your spine and help you correct your posture. So, by placing a towel behind your back, the method is said to help correct posture by aligning the spine and pelvis, pulling the navel region, and preventing the fat from accumulating in the abdominal area. That last stretch is a long one. This is because belly fat is the most stubborn and takes intense exercise to burn off. Just lying down three times a day would definitely work your pelvic area, keep it supple, but you really need to work it.
A yoga posture that can have a more lasting effect
Sahaj Matsyasana is a yoga pose similar to that advocated by the Japanese. The following is the procedure to do the same:
1) Lie on your back with your hands by your side and feet together.
2) Bend your elbows, inhale and lift your chest and head up.
3) Keep your chest up, your head lightly touching the floor, and shift your body weight onto your forearms and elbows. Press your lower body to the floor.
4) Hold the pose for 10 seconds and slowly come back.
This pose is good for people with breathing problems and thyroid problems. It is good for the female reproductive system. It strengthens the spine and helps crunch belly fat.
Losing weight is only possible if you create a calorie deficit in your body. You need to burn more calories than you take in without depriving your body of optimal nutrients. And you certainly can’t do that by lying down on the floor.
(Dr. Mehta has coached Bollywood superstars Akshaykumar, Preity Zinta, billionaires, politicians, Miss World/Miss Universe contestants and the Maharashtra Police Department. A bestselling author, he was named FIT India Movement Champion by the Sports Authority of India.