Stockholm Journal – A Bed Where Comfort Is Not the Point – NYTimes.com

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/25/world/europe/25stockholm.html

A Hindu spirit is stalking the streets of Stockholm, armed with this Nordic capital’s latest fad: the nail bed.

It is not the wood and iron nail variety used by Hindu fakirs, but instead a modern Swedish variation that usually consists of a light foam rubber pad, covered in cotton sacking and embedded with small, hard plastic disks with sharp little spikes. Modernized or not, it hurts. And the fewer the spikes, the more they hurt.

It’s quite painful initially, said Catarina Rolfsdotter-Jansson, 46, a yoga instructor and writer who uses her nail bed almost every day. The trick is, all the adrenaline rushes, after which you relax and feel nice again.

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