My parents were avid sailors, and we had a 26″ Pearson one-design that we sailed on just about every weekend. When we got older, my sister and I discovered the joy of a different kind of “on-the-water transportation: cruise ships. When we were younger, my sister would turn get ashen and feel sea-sick the minute the boat left the dock. I have no idea how she sailed or went on cruises without feeling sick the entire time (maybe she did). At some point, she discovered elastic bands with a little ball on the inside, that you slipped on your wrists. They activated acupressure points on your wrists, instead of having to take medication.
It seems so simple and so easy, if I hadn’t seen the effect these acupressure bands had on my own twin (many times, I might add), I wouldn’t have believe they worked. But they do. She’d slip on the bands, and within a short time she was drinking and eating and having the time of her life as if nothing had happened. She even made sequined covers for her sea bands, for formal night.
Not all nausea is caused by sea sickness. If you are prone to motion sickness, you can get it in a car, train plane, or on fun rides at the amusement park. If you’re a mom-to-be. you probably know how awful morning sickness can feel, too. Motion sickness, however, occurs when the body, the inner ear, and the eyes send conflicting signals to the brain. This often happens when the body is subjected to accelerations of movement in different directions or under conditions where visual contact with the actual outside horizon is lost. About 90 percent1 of people suffer from motion sickness at some point in their lives, with 1/3 of all people suffering in even moderate conditions and up to 2/3 suffering under more extreme conditions such as air turbulence, bumpy roads, and rough seas.
…but there’s relief! You can take medications (e.g. Dramamine), but that relief comes with side effects. Another alternative is what is clearly, the next generation of motion sickness bands: Psi Bands (pronounced “sigh bands” as in breathe a sigh of relief) are drug-free acupressure wrist bands that relieve nausea due to travel (motion sickness), They work like my sister’s old sea bands, but they’re much more attractive. Psi Bands come in five different fun designs (two of them unisex), and are uniquely adjustable at two areas, around the wrist like a watch, and at the acupressure point for personalized comfort. The FDA-cleared bands are also waterproof, reusable, and affordable. In addition to relieving motion sickness, Psi Bands provide nausea relief due to pregnancy (morning sickness), anesthesia, and chemotherapy.
Like other acupressure bands, the Psi Bands are worn on both wrists at the Nei-kuan acupressure point (on the inside of the wrist about where a watchband is worn). Acupressure is an ancient healing art that uses pressure to stimulate the body’s natural self-curative abilities. It seems so easy and simple and as I said before, it I hadn’t seen it work, I might have been skeptical. I don’t know if acupressure works well for everyone, all the time, but I do know that it might make the difference between a good vacation, and an awful one. The Psi Bands I tried were large enough to fit most wrist sizes, even a large man’s, and there are plenty of adjustable holes to get a personalized fit. The plastic is flexible, so it’s not uncomfortable against your skin, although I suppose you might sweat under them in the hot sun (a small price to pay for not being the color of pea soup).
Since Psi Bands come two to a set (one is worn on each wrist) and sell for $14.99-$19.99 per set depending on retailer and location, they might be considered “trip insurance.” They’d make a thoughtful stocking stuffer, or a shower gift for that bride and groom to be who are going on an active honeymoon!
Psi Bands are available nationwide at Rite Aid and REI, regionally at Whole Foods, and online. For a complete list of retailers and/or to learn more about Psi Bands, visit the Psi Bands Web Site.
Here are some other, drug-free tips to consider that could help you deal with motion sickness:
• Sit where there’s the least motion:
• in cars, drive or sit in the front passenger’s seat;
• on ships, reserve a cabin in the front or middle of the ship, or on the upper deck;
• by plane, ask for a seat over the wing; and
• by train, take a seat near the front and next to a window. Face forward.
• Focus on the horizon or on a distant, stationary object. Don’t read.
• Keep your head still, while resting against a seat back.
• Don’t smoke or sit near smokers.
• Avoid spicy and greasy foods and alcohol. Don’t overeat.
• Eat dry crackers or drink a carbonated beverage to help settle your stomach.
• Get fresh air. Crack a window, go on deck, open an air vent.
…and wear motion sickness bands!
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