The Netherlands – Design Academy Eindhoven graduate Laura Deschl is exploring the potential for non-invasive acupressure to be integrated into activewear. Her project, The Healing Imprint, presents custom-knit, therapeutic garments that allow small massage balls to be inserted and moved onto specific acupressure points on the body, feet, hands and head.
The full project includes a body suit, gloves, socks and a pillow. Designed to be used in conjunction with exercise and movement such as yoga, this approach to healing is more intuitive. ‘The garment is not only an interface for an individual to access embodied knowledge and self-awareness, but also represents how design can converge fields such as science, business, medicine, psychiatry and textile-making,’ says Deschl.
Holistic wellbeing is a high priority for global consumers. Both wellness and fashion brands can therefore take cues from this project and consider ways of designing healthcare elements into textiles