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Buckwheat pillows and traditional futons

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Buckwheat pillows and traditional futons

Does anyone have any experience with Buckwheat/Makura pillows and Shiki Futons of either buckwheat or cotton?(not the standard american futon)

Just FYI: I've just started doing step one in the book for the past 3 days, and I'm already a believer!  I was lifting heavy furniture today and relieved most of my discomfort in a few hours of stretchsitting.

Back to the bedding: I've been using a buckwheat pillow for 2 years and I love it.  I'm mostly a back sleeper, and I have a fairly firm mattress, but it is starting to become irreparably concave.  I'm looking for a replacement.  My feeling is that thousands of years of asian culture can't be completely wrong in regards to their bedding.

-Is there anything I should be concerned about when using a buckwheat pillow and/or shiki futon?

-Any recommendations on product choice or for a certain company?

 

Thanks in advance!

-Jeff

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Part of the thousands of years of Asian culture was to turn the mattress, air it, beat it, open it up and refluff it, etc. Sounds like you are not doing those things.

I find modern beds like the ones you get in down to earth places like Sears (Sealy, Simmons, Posturepedic, etc.) fit the modern lifestyle best. No need to get super-fancy with zones and crazy construction - just a good quality mattress with a high spring count works well. My twopence.

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I'm going to switch from my firmly sprung Stearns and Foster to a shiki futon of buckwheat.  Maybe this way I'll just be able to refill the mattress when it gives up its springiness and sags; instead of just pitching away all the materials that go into a traditional mattress.  Better for the environment and hopefully better for me.

 

I'll report back in a few months.

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I bought the Makura buckwheat (2 of them) from Amazon, I am very happy with them, cannot go back to the other pillows now :-)

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