May 17, 2020

Reflexology in a flip-flop

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The idea that our feet are a second heart in our bodies is not a new one; the belief originated in Japan and is supported by the healing art of reflexo...

The idea that our feet are a second heart in our bodies is not a new one; the belief originated in Japan and is supported by the healing art of reflexology. An alternative medical treatment, reflexology refers to the process of applying pressure to the feet in order to stimulate numerous health benefits. Although usually carried out by qualified practitioners, the development of reflexology products like massaging foot boards has become increasingly popular.

Japanese shoe company Kenkoh has taken reflexology to the next level and has developed ‘reflexology flip-flops’, allowing you to experience the benefits of this ancient therapy all day. Inspired by Geta; a simple wooden sandal worn in Japan and China, the Kenkoh flip-flops were created in 1965 by Japanese shoe manufacturer Kyukichi Yamanashito improve his health.

With styles that can be worn by both men and women, the Kenkoh flip-flops have just launched in the UK after proving to be immensely popular in America and Japan. Championing a unique design, the flip-flops feature 1000 natural rubber nodules to stimulate and massage the foot with each step. With newly developed ‘elastomer’ technology the sandals also absorb shock to give the foot support.

Speaking about the demand for the flip-flops, the Kenkoh distributor for the UK and Europe Jen Antliff says: “Demand is increasing every day! More and more people are beginning to become aware of the health benefits and the availability of Kenkoh in the UK and Europe.”

Kenkoh, which means ‘health’ in Japanese, offer a number of health benefits. Clinical studies have found that they help to improve circulation, improve mood and reduce fatigue. Fans of the Kenkoh products have also said they help with back ache, migraines, joint pain and diabetes.

“An increasing amount of people are turning to alternative medicine to help improve or maintain their health or relieve pain,” says Antliff. She also adds: “As Kenkoh is based on reflexology and the science of reflex points in your feet that correspond to all your organs, glands and muscles, they are an easy and affordable way to gain the benefits of reflexology.”

In terms of future development of Kenkoh products, Antliff says: “Due to demand of non-open toe version (i.e. for nurses at work) we are looking to bring out a closed toe version for the autumn/winter. We are also bringing out a new insole which contains the 1000 natural rubber nodules.”

The price of Kenkoh’s start at £43.99 or $79.99 (US dollars).

Healthcare Global have been lucky enough to try the Kenkoh flip-flops to see what they are like, so keep visiting the website for an exclusive review!

How does reflexology work?

Reflexology charts document how the feet are related to the body; the tips of the toes represent the head, the heart and the chest are mirrored in the ball of the foot, the liver, pancreas and kidney are in the arch of the foot and the heel relates to the lower back.

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May 12, 2021

OMNI: First-ever platform to launch citizen RPA developers

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OMNI is empowering employees to become ‘citizen RPA developers’, democratising automation and other AI technologies

Robotic process automation (RPA) is the fastest growing segment of the enterprise software market due to its many benefits - from reducing manual errors to processing tasks faster. For businesses to truly benefit from this technology, RPA needs democratisation, and this is where citizen RPA development comes in. 

Gartner describes a citizen RPA developer as "a user who creates new business applications for consumption by others using development and runtime environments sanctioned by corporate IT.” This could be anyone using IT tools and technology, not limited to IT specialists. 

The work citizen RPA developers do spans from identifying automation opportunities to developing RPA architecture and solution proposals, focusing on scalability and extensibility. By deploying citizen RPA developers, organisations can enable enterprise automation and digital transformation on a much larger scale. 

This is particularly beneficial for businesses struggling to undertake digital transformation, as a citizen RPA development programme can help drive adoption of automation as a strategic growth driver at multiple levels. With increased adoption, the cost of digital transformation becomes lower, increasing RoI. 

Technology needs to be democratised – right from low-code and no-code platforms, business process modelling and identifying automation opportunities to decision-makers at all levels, creating a pool of early adopters. This group could comprise people across different functions, especially those who are aware of customer preferences, industry trends and end user experience.

But how can organisations harness the power of citizen RPA development? Step forward AiRo Digital Labs, a Chicago-headquartered global tech company. 

AiRo provides innovative digital and automation solutions for the healthcare, pharmaceutical and life sciences sectors. In 2021 they launched OMNI, a subscription-based, SaaS platform to help clients accelerate their citizen RPA developer program and build digital centres of excellence (COE) within their organisation. 

OMNI provides a personal RPA coach and virtual digital playground that helps enterprises rapidly build and scale automation, removing the risk of failure or talent gaps. The latter is key as research has shown that digitalisation is far more successful when championed by internal employees. 

This has the added bonus of empowering employees - who will self-learn technologies including robotic process automation (RPA), artificial intelligence, machine learning, chatbots, and natural language processing (NLP), reducing the lead time for new applications and technology, as well as reducing technical gaps, making up for skills shortages and enabling their business to respond faster to critical market challenges. The virtual sandbox within OMNI gives access to all the major intelligent automation platforms where citizen RPA developers can build DIY digital prototypes. Additionally, they can access more than 150 digital assets within OMNI marketplace. 

The platinum helpdesk of OMNI acts as your personal coach and is available 24 x 7 to address issues during the digital learning, prototype building, and digital governance journey.  

Another key benefit is that it enables digitalisation to be bespoke to each organisation, compared to off-the-shelves initiatives plugged into the enterprise. Individual organisation's objectives decide the scope and size of the process. 

As Gartner state, in today’s world of SaaS, cloud, low-code and “no-code” tools, everyone can be a developer. 

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