Couture Maria Yoo – Can a pillow make you healthy?
Something to sleep on…
A businesswoman based in Decarie Square has the Canadian exclusivity on a new health product. Based on the theory and on rave testimonials, the Korean-made pillows can cure ailments from shoulder pain to back pains and more. The theory behind these pillows is similar to that used for chiropractics; proper positioning of the spine is crucial for general health. And given that we spend perhaps 50 hours a week asleep on our beds, it is important that we maintain proper posture while we are sleeping.
“This is not just a pillow; it affects our body health,” says Maria Yoo holding up some of the six sizes of Najari pillows that she sells. “The spinal curve is affected if pillow is too high or too low and also if the mattress is too soft or hard. You will sleep in the wrong posture all night. A bad pillow is a weapon to make people uncomfortable.”
Yoo is someone who practices what she preaches. “I used by very sick from head to toe,” the seamstress and owner of an haute couture sewing service, explains. She tried many potential cures for her ailments before using Najari pillows. Now she claims that maintaining good posture during her sleep, together with the body’s natural ability to heal, has made her healthy again.
“My brother, Ik Kang, makes these pillows in Korea. He trained as a mechanical engineer and has worked for many big companies over there: Daiwoo, Hyundai, and has many licences to his name. One day, his children asked him why clothing comes in so many different sizes, but pillows only come in one size. The question fascinated him and he began studying the human body in a mechanical way for five years. From his experience with machinery and assembly lines, he knew that many problems are caused by the wiring and our nerves are analogous to wiring.”
Many of the body’s nerves pass through the spine; if your head is tilted up at too high of an angle by an oversize pillow, this will put pressure on your nerves and could cause certain health problems from a headache to a sore shoulder, to snoring, to sexual problems.
When The Times visited Yoo’s shop, she made us fill out a questionnaire with some 200 questions about health conditions. From the responses to that questionnaire, the customer’s body size, and from measurements of the customer’s head, together with a description of his or her bed, Yoo prescribes the exact height of pillow to use from six basic sizes. These memory-foam pillows come with a sleeve where wafer-thin inserts can be added, tailoring a pillow to an exact height. Sometimes the process also involves a home visit.
We spoke to one happy customer, Ruth, who told us of previously suffering from shoulder pain. “As a mother, I was often picking up kids or holding bags. My job also involves working with a sewing machine. So I had shoulder pain over about 20 years. After Ms Yoo introduced me to the pillow, one week later I felt improvement. Now I don’t suffer anymore.”
Another customer, Tim from Verdun, told us that he has been using a Najari pillow for about one year. “I work in IT and sit at a computer all day; I used to have headaches and suffer from allergies. After sleeping with my wife, I had severe headaches… But, after using the pillow, these problems are 95% gone; my digestion system is pretty good, too. I have a very good rest with the pillow.”
The Najari health pillows retail for $200; there is also an extra charge for a house visit. Because a personal assessment is needed before Yoo will sell the pillows, presently the only way to buy the product is dropping by at her store in Decarie Square that is open 6 days a week: M-W: 10AM-6:30PM / Th-F: 10AM-7PM / Sat: 10AM-5PM. Major credit cards are accepted.
Couture Maria Yoo
6900 Decarie Sq #139
Côte Saint-Luc (metro Namur)