You've probably seen these bracelets on people's arms and wondered what the heck they are. They're rubber looking and come in a variety of sizes and colors. If you've been to a marathon runner's expo, chances are you were approached by one of the sales associates at one of the hologram vendor booths and asked to come in and try the balance test or you stood by and watched as someone else was doing the balance test and then after being amazed by it, you decided to try it yourself. If you're like most people, you're very skeptical and you just pass on buying one and mosey on your way to the next booth-- UNLESS you're having some sort of nagging issue that's affecting your run, then...you'll fork out the money and buy one...hoping that it'll be the miracle you've been looking for to fix your run and hoping that you didn't just waste thirty bucks! I am guilty of being the latter.
I was a runner suffering from some intermittent sciatic nerve issues and walked away from the hologram sales associate with my new bracelet feeling skeptical, but hopeful. Supposedly, the hologram is some sort of energy aligning device and works to help your body's energy flow better & smoother so you are more aligned so-to-speak---this is the best way I can describe it, how I understand it. All I knew is that I had a half marathon to run the next morning and I intended to put this thing through the test. My husband was with me at the expo and he bought one too since the sales associate had mentioned that the bracelets have been known to help people with vertigo, which my husband has been suffering from for about the past 7-8 years and nothing has worked to alleviate it that he had previously tried. We decided that if it worked, it would be money well spent for both of us.
I am no longer a skeptic and neither is my husband. All I can do is tell you about both of our experiences with the hologram bracelet...I can't speak for anyone else. The day of the marathon, I had NO sciatic nerve issues and haven't had ANY since and my husband has had one mild case of vertigo ONE DAY compared to having suffered from it EVERY SINGLE DAY on some level, and some days were really bad, to the point where he had a hard time working. We were amazed to say the least and wondered if it was all just coincidence or maybe it was all in our heads. Honestly, we didn't care--the point is THEY WORK FOR US!!! We are both sold on these mysterious miracle bracelets and we never take them off.
We purchased our bracelets last February at the Rock 'n Roll Marathon expo and have been wearing them everyday since we purchased them. Recently, we noticed that the holograms were looking a bit worn out from wearing them, so last weekend we visited the expo for the San Jose Rock 'N Roll Marathon and stopped by the hologram bracelet booth (EFXUSA) where we originally purchased our bracelets and they exchanged them for us for two brand new ones, free of charge!
There are a few different companies that manufacture and sell these bracelets (Here are three of them: Energy Force , EFXUSA and Power Balance) and there are testimonials on each of the sites & the last one has a video that you can check out. Go and check it out and decide for yourself if you should try one. You be the judge! If you have one of these bracelets and you don't mind sharing your story, please leave a comment for the rest of us to read!
Happy Running everyone :)
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