FAQ’s

Below is a selection of Frequently Asked Questions and How-tos for Makarlu. 

Use

Makarlu Lotus is a highly versatile health, exercise and self-care product (or tool, prop, device, aid, equipment) which is made up of several components.

Makarlu Lotus can help to improve how you move and feel by promoting movement in different ways. Makarlu Lotus is used to facilitate:

  • balance (both static and dynamic)
  • flexibility (muscle, joint and whole body)
  • strength (postural strength, core strength, functional strength)
  • mobility (joint and whole body)
  • joint range of motion
  • proprioception
  • tactile stimulation and challenges
  • massage of soft tissue (including muscles, tendons, ligaments, or other connective tissue such as fascia)
  • myofascial (muscle and fascia) release
  • muscle recovery (including delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS))
  • improved posture and postural awareness
  • relaxation
  • circulation
  • pain relief

We have endeavoured to not be overly ‘prescriptive’ in terms of what can be done with Makarlu Lotus. Our intention is to allow room for imaginations to come up with applications and ideas for use – ranging from the elegantly simple, to the innovative and unique.

There are ‘thought starters’ on our Ideas page, YouTube and eGuide

If you use social media, browse our Instagram as well as the tags #makarlu #howdoyoumakarlu for inspiration from those already using Makarlu. Please feel free to also share your own ideas.

Through the interplay of configurations, contours, sizes & firmness, there is a lot you could do with Makarlu Lotus

The eGuide is an evolving resource full of helpful information and tips on Makarlu Lotus. You will always be able to access the most up to date version of the eGuide using this same link. 

There is not currently a printed version available. If you wish, you are welcome to download the eGuide and print it yourself. Please be aware that the videos will not display correctly in the downloaded version.

Makarlu Lotus is for all ages, abilities, and fitness levels. Its versatility means it can be configured for individual needs and is therefore for anyone who wants to improve how they move and feel, including:

  • clients of Pilates, physiotherapy, osteopathy, occupational therapy, chiropractic, and rehab settings
  • athletes, anyone who exercises (whether casually or seriously), those in physically demanding jobs (from labourers, to carers, to dentists)
  • those who are at times more sedentary – drivers, frequent travellers, office workers, and users of desks, computers, phones and other technology.

Makarlu Lotus is a tool for the whole body. It can be used to encourage movement of the entire body (thought of as a single unit) by facilitating balance, strength, flexibility, mobility and proprioception. 

Or the various components of Makarlu Lotus can be used to promote movement of more specific body regions including the feet, toes, ankles, knees, hips, lower back, mid back, upper back, neck,  shoulders, arms, forearms, wrists, and fingers.

With a focus on specific musculoskeletal structures – Makarlu Lotus can be used to release, relieve and massage to help with muscle and joint tightness, stiffness, pain and soreness – in turn promoting movement. Some particular soft tissue areas that can be focussed on include the plantar fascia, foot muscles, calves (gastrocnemius, soleus), peroneals, hamstrings, iliotibial band (ITB), tensor fasciae latae (TFL), quads (quadriceps), glutes (gluteus maximus, medius, minimus), erector spinae, quadratus lumborum (QL), lats (latissimus dorsi), rhomboids, traps (upper, middle and lower trapezius), muscles of chewing/mastication (including temporalis and masseter), rhomboids, pecs (pectoralis major and minor), deltoids, biceps, triceps, wrist extensors and hand muscles.

Don’t just use the Makarlu Lotus domes on the floor – magnetic attraction lets you use the domes vertically by sticking them to your fridge, poles, filing cabinets, your car and more.

The ability for the domes to be used vertically and also ‘hands-free’ makes self massage, muscle release and gentle mobilisation of stiff joints that much easier – great for relieving hard to reach niggles and tight points.

This feature can benefit those who are unable to get up and down off the floor easily, and is also useful for moderating pressure to suit individual preference. The increase in pressure can be controlled by gradually leaning or pushing harder against a dome or a combination of domes. This pressure adjustment can be harder to manage when lying on the floor on top of massage balls, golf balls, tennis balls, foam rollers, etc.

When the ability to use vertically is combined with the capacity to vary the firmness by adding or removing inner domes, the possible custom applications of Makarlu Lotus grows. Magnets also allow the domes to be positioned easily and precisely where they are needed, then held securely and hands-free.

Please keep an eye on our Facebook events, our shop, and sign up to our newsletter to find out about future Makarlu Masterclasses in your area.

Safety

Makarlu Lotus is suitable for children and adults alike, though should always be used with care and under the supervision of a responsible adult. Makarlu Lotus contains magnets which are securely embedded, however if they become dislodged ensure that they are not swallowed. The Makarlu Lotus domes should not be chewed on.

If you have an injury, significant medical history or a specific condition, consult your healthcare professional prior to use.

When used correctly and safely, Makarlu Lotus can be incredibly useful for facilitating movement and relieving pain, though there are certain conditions where particular applications of Makarlu Lotus would be contraindicated (not suitable).

These include but are not limited to: severe back pain, acute back pain, previous spinal surgery, nerve root pain, osteoporosis, cancer, spinal fractures, haemophilia, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, spondylosis, spondylolisthesis and some neurological conditions.

Makarlu Lotus contains magnets, which can interfere with pacemakers. Anyone with a pacemaker should not use Makarlu Lotus until use is approved by their relevant medical professional (cardiologist). The neodymium magnets in Makarlu Lotus are a grade of N48, size is 10mm diameter x 5mm thick. There are 9 magnets in total (2 in the small dome, 3 in the medium and 4 in the large).

The three domes of Makarlu Lotus are latex free. They are made from high-performance thermoplastic elastomer (TPE), a premium quality elastomeric material that’s often used for watch and fitness wrist bands.

Care

For a light clean

  • To remove lint and dust from your Makarlu domes or bases, use a soft, non-abrasive, lint-free brush or cloth, such as the Makarlu Brush. The brush or cloth can be lightly dampened with fresh water if needed.

and/or

  • Run the Makarlu domes under fresh water from the tap, before drying with an absorbent, non-abrasive, lint-free cloth, and/or allowing to thoroughly air dry.

For a more thorough clean (e.g. marks, residues, or hygiene for when sharing Makarlu)

  • Makarlu domes are made from thermoplastic elastomer (TPE), which is safe to wipe with a small amount of rubbing alcohol (isopropyl), in conjunction with a soft, non-abrasive, lint-free cloth or brush. 
  • The timber base can be given a firm buff and polish with a soft cloth.

Soaps, hand sanitisers, and other cleaning products shouldn’t be used.

Avoid exposing to direct sunlight or extreme heat.

The hardwood bases are coated with a protective hardwax oil which penetrates the hardwood, though they can still develop signs of wear and tear if used directly on certain floors. 

To reduce the chance of scratching, the hardwood bases should be used on a soft surface e.g. a mat, rug, carpet or towel, and not used on hard floors, cement in particular. If you wish to use your Makarlu as a slider but only have wooden floors, try placing a cloth or a furniture slider between the timber base and the floor.

If your Makarlu Lotus was broken or faulty when you received it, please notify us within 7 days. See ‘Returns, Refunds and Exchanges’ information on our terms & conditions page. 

If an issue has occurred with your Makarlu Lotus at a later date, please get in touch with us and provide relevant details, i.e. a description of the issue together with pictures if possible.

Product

Makarlu welcomes orders from just about anywhere (more than 190 countries). Please see the shipping terms in our terms & conditions for more info.

Business

The Makarlu team are in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

The Australian Spotted Gum hardwood bases are crafted by a local woodworker on the Gold Coast, Australia. 

The domes are also produced nearby in South East Queensland.

We do! We accept applications from movement studios, health practitioners, and boutique retailers. 

Read more on our wholesale and affiliate page.

We encourage Pilates studios to incorporate Makarlu into both mat classes and studio equipment classes for their clients. We ask that you don’t use the name ‘Makarlu Masterclass’, as that’s what we do. If in doubt and you’d like to check something, get in touch.

Other

If there’s something you would like to know that isn’t covered on the Frequently Asked Questions and How-tos for Makarlu page, then please get in touch as we would love to hear from you.

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