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Zoe Raymond|Fitness & Yoga|Beauty & Fashion

Yoga with 3M Futuro

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As a yoga student, I try to practice with caution. However, there are times where I injure myself when I get my alignments wrong. One of the joints where yogis injure themselves most frequently is probably our wrists. A lot of our poses require our arms, especially more when we wish to explore arm balancing poses.

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So I have been practicing for the past week with 3M FUTURO™ which is really sleek and stylish even for everyday wear. Understanding that joint pain is one of the common causes of restricted movement, putting a dampener on one’s active lifestyle, 3M FUTURO™ believes in managing joint pain rather than ignoring it as this not only speeds up recovery, but also prevents further health troubles for an active and pain-free lifestyle!

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I incorporated 3M FUTURO™ into my practice and this post, besides on a short write up to how to do these poses correctly, I intend to show you how comfortable it is to have them on even when I am doing the poses!

3M™ FUTURO Custom Dial Wrist

Adho Mukha Svanasana
Downward Facing Dog.

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1) Firm the outer arms and press the bases of the index fingers actively into the floor. Firm your shoulder blades against your back, then widen them and draw them toward the tailbone. Keep the head between the upper arms; don’t let it hang.

Adho Mukha Svanasana is one of the poses in the traditional Sun Salutation sequence. It’s also an excellent yoga asana all on its own. Stay in this pose anywhere from 1 to 3 minutes. Then bend your knees to the floor with an exhalation and rest in Child’s Pose.

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Side Plank Pose.

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1) Perform Downward facing dog. Shift onto the outside edge of your left foot, and stack your right foot on top of the left. 

2) Make sure that the supporting hand isn’t directly below its shoulder; position the hand slightly in front of its shoulder, so the supporting arm is angled a bit relative to the floor. Straighten the arm by firming the triceps muscle, and press the base of the index finger firmly against the floor.

Advance students can hold onto the big toe and lift the leg up. Avoid sinking the hips down, work to lift the hips up.

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I probably wore 3M™ FUTURO Custom Dial Wrist most often. A vinyasa fanatic, I do a lot of chaturangas and arm balancing postures which require a lot of weight on my arms. Therefore, I love how 3M™ FUTURO Custom Dial Wrist  features 2 adjustable dials to provide personalized fit and stabilization. 

Even when I do plank poses which causes bends in my wrists, I am still able to comfortably do the poses with the wrist band on. With the ergonomic shapes of the wrist band, it truly allows for freedom of hand movement! 

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Proprietary lacing system eliminates confusing straps and helps prevent loosening.

3M™ FUTURO Custom Dial Tennis Elbow Strap

Dolphin Pose.

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1) At first keep the knees slightly bent and the heels lifted away from the floor. Lengthen your tailbone away from the back of your pelvis and press it lightly toward the pubis. Against this resistance, lift the sitting bones toward the ceiling, and from your inner ankles draw the inner legs up into the groins.

2) Continue to press the forearms actively into the floor. Firm your shoulder blades against your back, then widen them away from the spine and draw them toward the tailbone. Hold your head between the upper arms; don’t let it hang or press heavily against the floor.

You can straighten your knees if you like, but if your upper back rounds it’s best to keep them bent. Continue to lengthen your tailbone away from the pelvis and lift the top of your sternum away from the floor.

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Crow Pose.

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How I used to practice for this pose was against a wall. I would slowly lift one leg at a time and even if I were to fall forward, I would have the wall to support me. With a wall as an aid, you would overcome your fear from falling and when it comes to a time where your head no longer hit the wall, you are ready!

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This is an advanced arm balancing pose which at times I hurt my elbow and wrist at. 3M™ FUTURO Custom Dial Tennis Elbow Strap provides pain relief from general pain and tenderness in the forearm or elbow caused by activities requiring a strong grip or active finger movement.

I can simply turn the dial to increase or decrease the compression level to suit my activity level on that particular practice. If I am headed for Vinyasa practice which has more intensive postures which would generally require more support and compression, I would turn the dial more but when I am going for lighter hatha practices, I can turn the dial down. This in turn would mean that I don't have to buy more than 1 compression support for different activity now.
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Adjustable dial for compression level!

3M FUTURO Custom Dial Knee Strap

Chair Pose.

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1) Inhale and raise your arms perpendicular to the floor. Either keep the arms parallel, palms facing inward, or join the palms.

2) Exhale and bend your knees, trying to take the thighs as nearly parallel to the floor as possible. The knees will project out over the feet, but make sure that you are still able to see your toes. The front torso will form approximately a right angle with the tops of the thighs.

Firm your shoulder blades against the back. I would suck my tummy in and take the tailbone down toward the floor to keep the lower back long.

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1) Start with your feet slightly wider than hip-width apart and come into a slightly bent-knee forward fold. Reach your right arm back and in between your legs as if you’re reaching for something behind you. Keep leaning deeper into the fold to reach the arm further back. 

2) Try grabbing your left wrist with your right hand. Keep your knees bent and lean the weight into your left leg as you lift the heel of your right foot up. Hold tight to your clasp. Drop your hips and see if you can hover your right foot above the ground. Start to lift your chest up away from your thighs, keeping the base leg bent as your torso comes up. 

Remember there’s no rush! It’s easy to lose your balance in this transition, so take your time. Once your torso is upright keep your wrapped leg relaxed. Straighten your standing leg and focus on lifting the kneecap. Drop your tailbone and hug your standing hip in. Relax your shoulders down away from your earlobes. 

Edited from Source: Yoga Journal

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There are a lot of standing postures in yoga that hurts my knee, especially the warrior poses. In fact, it is not just yoga, most sportsmen would face knee pains sometime or another, whether you are a runner, tennis player, badminton player or even a ballerina! 3M™ FUTURO Custom Dial Knee Strap is designed to help relieve symptoms of Chondromalacia (irritated kneecap) or tendonitis by providing targeted pressure to the tendon below the kneecap!

We would usually feel a sharp pain somewhere in the knee area, at least for myself. Therefore, I like how 3M™ FUTURO Custom Dial Compression Supports also enables relief for localised pain. Featuring a curved, soft tendon pad that gently conforms to the shape of the body part, it provides a pin-point pressure that is accurately directed to the affected area!

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3M FUTURO™ brand is the leading braces and supports brand in the U.S., with all their products developed with and reviewed by a distinguished panel of experts – physicians, medical specialists and engineers! Because every person is unique, with different lifestyles and support needs, 3M is introducing the new 3M™ FUTURO™ Custom Dial Compression Supports which features a Custom Dial System that provides a personalized, “support on demand” for troubled joints!

Key to this technology breakthrough is that it gives users precise control over the required compression level through a dial for targeted relief and support! This adjustable sports range of Custom Dial Compression Supports are available for three types of commonly afflicted anatomies – the Wrist (available in both left and right), Elbow and Knee support which you have seen them throughout this post!

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3M FUTURO™ is available at selected Guardian, Unity and Watsons stores!

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 Go check them out at the store nearest to you today! 

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