The band, Pearl Jam, once upon a time when I was younger, came out with an album called Vitalogy. The insert to the compact disc included a lot of information on the study of living a long life. One of the key tips they provided was to get rid of all your tight clothing. “Loosen up” they said, and avoid tight belts, waistbands, socks, shoes, underwear, wrist watches, even necklaces, and other clothing that are too tight. These tight clothes put pressure on your stomach, arms, legs, etc.
Have you ever taken your socks off and there’s a big indentation where it’s been digging into your skin all day? In acupuncture they study energy meridians that go all the way from your core to your extremities. Tight clothing impacts the flow of energy through these systems. We have blood vessels and nerves, and if you wear a tight watch that was just clamping down on your wrist the whole day or night, you’re not getting the kind of circulation you need to your hands. Similarly this works with underwear, ties, tight t-shirts, jewelry and anything tight that can impede the flow of energy and fluids in your body.