Waist Beads and Weight Loss

 

Waist Beads are an excellent tool for women to feel more feminine and beautiful. These beautiful gemstone waist beads are usually hand made and customized. The tradition of wearing beads is an age-old one. They have been worn for varying reasons by royalty for body adornment, deification and decoration.

The wearing of beads on the waist was made popular by West Africans, specifically Nigerians. Overtime the culture of the use of beads has been associated with both spiritual and material reasons. In some parts of Africa, the beads are anointed in oils.

This practice aids in sensory pleasure for the man. Some beads are adorned with bells, which is a signal to let the man know that the woman wants to engage in sexual intercourse. The Yorubas have a revered usage attached to the waist beads. It is also worn as a form of birth control, as a way of preventing obesity or also for their, healing and therapeutic powers.

As far a waist training, waist beads are being used more and more in North America as a way to control weight gain and shrink your waist. Naturally, as the beads get tighter, you know you’re gaining a few pounds. So you can nip that weight gain in the bud before you’re struggling to button your jeans.

Here’s a few key things to remember when using waist beads for weight control:
1. Know Your Position – It’s important to know where your waist beads are sitting. If you want to use them for weight and waist control be sure to position them around your stomach and not just on top of your hips. They may look sexy on your hips, but they are doing nothing for your weight control. It’s also important to take them off at night

2. Know When To Eat – Even though you may feel that tight fit of your waist beads on days that you are heavier, it’s important to not stop eating all together–just change what you’re eating. When those waist beads tighten be sure to

…eat foods that will help flush our your kidneys and help you go to the bathroom on a regular basis (carrots, celery, juice blends, etc). That will help get rid of the excess weight you may feel around your waist. Also, stay away from salty foods when that happens because that will store up more water weight than you need.

3. Know The Feeling – They’re waist beads so enjoy them! Utilizing your waist beads as a fun tool to attract/tease your lover is great exercise for your mid-section (think belly dance moves). Also, throughout the day, don’t be afraid to contract and expand your stomach to work your stomach muscles. A good method for those who sit most of the day is to sit straight up and tighten your waist for a total of 5 minutes, then relax for two. Do this 4 times then repeat the whole exercise at least 3 times a day.

There you have it: beauty and history combine allowing all of us to define and embrace our curves.

 

 

In Namibia, Waistbeads Are More Than Ornaments

BY CLEMENCE TASHAYAMusicians_and_dancers_on_fresco_at_Tomb_of_Nebamun

EENHANA, Namibia — Waistbeads date back to ancient Egypt, where painting of dancers wearing the beads appear on tombs walls, according to a former educationist, historian and now a pensioner here in Ohangwena region.

The tradition has since spread through several continents and centuries to include women in various cultures, including Namibia. According to Meme Paulina Omaholo, this cultural practice is also in the United States of America. Waistbeads have a number of different purposes and perhaps even more different styles. She says waistbeads can be very simple or incredibly elaborate. Beads can be of any size and material, including glass stone, clay and sandalwood or other material. Some African women add fragrant oil to their beads, Omaholo notes, while mostly the Namibian Oshiwambo women add gems and crystal to add healing properties.

Most Oshiwambo cultures wear at least two or more strands of waist beads, although an even number of strands brings bad luck in some other cultures in Namibian regions such as the Damara/Nama, Silozi and Tswana tribes. African women have traditionally worn waistbeads beneath their clothing, yet other cultures proudly display the beads over their clothes or on bare midriffs.

Waistbeads can serve as a symbol of femininity. The beads were an integral part of all African women initiation lodges and ceremonies in the old dynasties, according to the Oshiwambo tradition and culture. Young females began to wearbeads when they started to menstruate, marking their passage from girlhood to womanhood. “The beads may have also served as a kind of belt onto which the ‘monthly cloth’ was attached,” Omaholo adds.

In other areas, waistbeads are gifts to young women about to marry, according to Omaholo. “Women of other regions in Africa wear the beads while pregnant or use the beads in foreplay to entice their husbands as in the Zambezi region here in Namibia and as well as in Malawi, Zambia and other parts of Angola and Zimbabwe. Others start to wear the beads as young girls after receiving a set as a baby gift.

African folklore gives waist beads special powers, Lungowe Simataa from the Zambezi region says. The beads, worn to define the waist, help hold their shape. They also serve to help women hold onto their mate. Protection is another function of the beads, as they encircle the body and close off the circuits of energy. “Wearers are thus protected from obsessive thoughts, negative spirits and even vampires,” Simataa adds.

Ornamentation is a major role for waistbeads. In the Zambezi region and other cultures in West Africa, the beads served to transform women into “walking charms,” she says. “Since beads were considered money all over Africa, waistbeads were both ornamentation as well as dowry in matriarchal societies. A husband-to-be would give his bride to be a set of waistbeads accompanied by beads for her neck, arms, wrists and ankles.

Throughout parts of the world, Simataa notes, waist beads were worn for aesthetics, largely considered an item of beauty.

Waistbeads have a long history in Africa and they have also filtered into other cultures. Belly dancers in Far Eastern cultures have embraced the beads as have women of Islamic cultures. They prominently display the beads during their dances, while some wear them beneath their clothes.

Reprinted from: http://allafrica.com/

Malachite

Green is the color of spring, nature, life and new beginnings. My favorite green stone is malachite because its opaque, multi-tone gradations remind me of the treetops of a forest or newly- cut lawn. It’s an added bonus that like most green stones, beautiful malachite is associated with wealth and success, which is excellent for entrepreneurs, business and career women. Whenever I’m selling my waist beads at a craft show or vending event, it’s always empowering to wear my malachite waist beads! And if that’s not enough, malachite is a healing stone, a symbol of creativity and transformation, and it corresponds to the heart chakra, making a way for peaceful, loving relationships.

So, let’s see. That’s money, love, health and peace. What more can a woman ask for?

Generally, malachite is a bright leaf green or dark olive stone with black or yellow bands, like agates. It was named after the mallow, one of the earliest healing plants mentioned in recorded literature. From ancient times to the 1800s, malachite was used to give paint its green pigment. Malachite was used as a mineral pigment in green paints from antiquity until about 1800. It is mined from Russia, Africa, Western Europe, Mexico, Israel and Arizona in the U.S.

Wrap and Soul Malachite Waistbeads

Malachite Waistbeads

In addition to bringing wearers business success, malachite also helps you avoid unsavory financial deals. It is believed to guards travelers from accidents and protect children. In her book “Sacred Woman,” Queen Afua associates malachite with the spiritual aspect Het-Heru, and recommends that pregnant women wear the stone to shield the unborn child. In the days of the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans, the stone was ground up and mixed with ground lapis lazuli as eye shadow. It was also used in amulets and jewelry.

 Because of its beautiful green color, malachite has a calming, restful energy. It works with the central chakra, the heart. Its vibration allows you to expand and grow, enhancing health and spiritual dimensions. Excellent for attracting love into your life.

This is a wonderful stone for women and perfect to add to your waist beads. Try to stay aware of the energy of the stones that you are placing around your body. Keep your spirit light and vibration high!