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Why are Tatami mats nonreturnable?

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018

We receive inquiries from time to time asking why Tatami Mats are non-returnable.  The simple reason is for customer safety. Tatami mats are frequently used to sleep on or used for exercise, yoga, martial arts and meditation.

People sweat and sweat remains on the mat. We only sell new mats and by refraining from accepting returns, our customers are assured that the mats they receive have not been test-driven by another customer.  Shipping mats multiple times, back and forth, subjects them to a possible loss of structural integrity. Mats are always protected, insured and covered against damage during transit so the return policy does not apply to a damaged mat.

Shipping costs make returning mats cost prohibitive.  Carriers have consistently increased shipping costs year after year. Large sized cartons like a tatami mat are subject to over-size handling fees of as much as $80.00 per carton. FedEx even adds additional oversize handling fees during November and December to capitalize on Holiday traffic.

For us, we want to assure our customers they are receiving new, pristine mats.  We don’t sell “retreads”. We don’t sell “gently used” mats.  We sell new, unused mats everyday and we won’t change our minds.  If you shop for tatami mats online, you might want to ask about their return policy.  Do you want new or used tatami mats?  The choice is clear.

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We only sell new tatami mats.

Got Stress?

Wednesday, September 12th, 2018

Our lives can become overloaded at times with obligations, work, chores, appointments and yes, computers, phones and the internet.

When the body becomes stressed, changes occur to heart rates, blood pressure, digestion and body chemistry. When body chemistry changes, hormones, like cortisol may be released causing illness and weight gain. Sometimes these cause our bodies to store extra fat.

We can do our best to eliminate stress and anxiety, but often choosing a few healthy habits can do far more as a normal way of life.

Try incorporating these “habits” into your everyday life.

Sleep: Getting enough rest and sleep are vital for peak performance and stamina. A lack of sleep can cause imbalances in hormones, cause mood disorders, memory issues and premature aging.

Exercise: You don’t have to become a “gym rat”, but set aside even 20 minutes a day for a quick walk. Spend time stretching, as it helps tone muscles and helps relax you. Take a quick swim, hit a bucket of golf balls at the driving range, take the stairs at work, park farther away from the door. Just own the mindset that a workout can be comprised of many different activities, the key is just moving.

Eat healthy or healthier: You might be surprised at changes you will see by balancing your diet and incorporating more healthy food choices into your diet. Keep healthy snacks on hand. Try some nuts instead of chips. Eat some berries instead of a candy bar. Add more plant based foods to your meals.

Start practicing meditation and or yoga.  Meditation brings you mindfulness and is a great reducer of stress. Wellness begins with a clear mind, meditating daily will help keep you on the path to greater consciousness and inner spirit.  Yoga is a wonderful way to increase stamina, exercise, stretch and clear your head.

Just a few changes can make a powerful difference in your life. Lose your stress and start living. Learn how to meditate.

 

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Meditate for health.

 

What’s in your mat?

Sunday, September 2nd, 2018

Tatami mats have been used for several hundred years beginning as simple, thin roll-able bedding mats and evolving into what is known today, as the traditional tatami mat which is thicker, measuring 2″ thick.

Tatami mats are commonly used as flooring in homes, for tea ceremonies, martial arts, yoga and meditation. As bedding, mats become a base for a mattress or futon and even as a decorative wall covering. In ABC television’s highly acclaimed series, Extreme Makeover – Home Edition, host Ty Pennington used tatami mats from Chopa Zen Home to create a headboard for the master bedroom. It was quite dramatic and beautiful.

These Asian styled mats are filled with piled layers of natural rice straw. The straw is compressed, formed and shaped, then covered with a green, rush grass matting, made from thousands of tightly woven and bound rush reeds. A moisture barrier is sewn to the bottom of the mat, providing additional protection and to help extend the life of the mat. The two longest sides of the mat are wrapped and stitched with a fabric border completing the distinctive tatami mat look.

Over the past decade, manufacturing has undergone some changes. Some producers began using alternative materials for the core, or the filling of the mat. Rather than traditional rice straw, other materials are being used including paper, corrugated, fiber board, foam and other fillings. In our research and experience, these alternative fillings are often inferior to rice straw durability, and the life expectancy of the mat is frequently exaggerated.

In Japan, among the few producers remaining, some use synthetic papers in lieu of rush grass tops. While these mats can simulate a tatami mat, we feel nothing compares to the original, traditional rice straw filled tatami mat for beauty, aesthetics, history and symbolism, not to mention the natural aroma that “real tatami mats” produce.

Chopa Zen Home is an online retailer offering quality, premium grade, 100% rice straw filled tatami mats since 1994. As a provider of beautiful tatami mats at fair and affordable prices, our mats are stocked in the USA and normally ship within one business day. Tatami mats provide the simple life for your inspiration. Welcome to Chopa Zen Home. Zen Inspired Living. Shop with confidence.

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What is in your tatami mat?