Inspired by ancient Indian healing tradition the Acupressure Mat has been designed to take your health and wellness to a new level. The mat and pillow consist of over 7000 contact points that when applied offers numerous healing benefits.
- Relieves stress & anxiety
- Increases blood circulation
- Reduces muscle tension
- Stimulates endorphin production to elevate mood and help with depression
- Encourages restful sleep and reduces insomnia
- Energised the body
- Relives back pain
How it is used
You can lay on it, roll on it, sit on it, stand on it, stretch on it. Use with or without acupressure pillow. Many people maybe concerned about puncturing their skin however this is not the case, with an acupressure mat and/or pillow, the skin is merely stimulated.
Acupressure mats can be used on most of your body and even your hands and feet for reflexology. The pressure on those pressure points increases blood flow to the areas and begins to stimulate. After a few minutes, you will feel the body parts you're focusing on getting warmer and your muscles will start to relax.
If you're a beginner, you may feel a little uncomfortable to have those thousands of points pressing into your skin. We recommend wearing a t-shirt or placing a towel or sheet down first. This will decrease the intensity of each point to your body. As you gain more experience, you will be able to use the mat directly on your bare skin, which is where you will get the most benefits from. (An even gentler introduction is outlined in )
Place the mat on a flat surface like the floor, couch or bed. To make yourself more comfortable you can place a yoga mat or rug underneath for more cushioning. Position the acupressure pillow as require. If you require more comfort or support, try using a regular pillow or a cushion for your head or legs.
While 10 - 20 minutes is re-commended people have been known to fall asleep using their mats.
Disclaimer: You should not use an acupressure mat if you are pregnant, nursing, have a heart condition, are on blood pressure medication, or currently have a skin infection or open wounds. Make sure to consult with your doctor about any medical concerns you have and treatments you try prior to use.
Back pain is more than simply annoying. Chronic back pain can be downright debilitating to your daily activities. If you suffer from back pain, any relief is welcome. But what if that relief meant lying down on a sharp bed of plastic needles?
While resting on a “bed of nails” certainly sounds like an unpleasant experience, more and more people are choosing to do just that. This new and popular health trend is called acupressure, and many people swear that it provides unparalleled back pain relief.What is Acupressure?
Acupressure is the process of applying targeted pressure at very specific areas throughout your body, such as the bottom of your foot, the palm of your hand and more. Unlike massage, which focuses on large groups of muscles, acupressure therapy targets small pressure points with precision.
You can visit an experienced acupressurist. They will know what specific pressure points to target in order to provide the best relief. A professional will use their hands, elbows and special massage tools during the therapeutic treatments.What is an Acupressure Mat?
People primarily interested in at-home acupressure therapy often use an acupressure mat. Recently, acupressure mats have experienced a sudden surge in popularity. While the idea of acupressure treatment is thousands of years old, the mats are a relatively new experience for many people.Acupressure’s Connection to Acupuncture
In order to understand acupressure, we have to look at its close cousin: acupuncture. Acupuncture involves inserting thin needles into the skin at key points. Acupuncture is used to treat a wide variety of issues including muscle pain, stress, digestive problems, weight gain and much more.
How acupuncture actually works depends on who you ask. Traditional Chinese medicine believes acupuncture helps balance the flow of energy (chi) throughout your body. Inserting needles into specific points of your body helps the chi flow along your body’s meridians. Different needle entry points correspond to different body lifelines, allowing the treatment to target a variety of problems.
Western medicine typically agrees that acupuncture can provide health benefits, but they have different reasons as to why. They believe inserting the acupuncture needles at specific points in the body stimulates nerves, muscles and connective tissue. This type of stimulation might trigger the release of natural painkillers within the body.
Acupuncture should only be performed by a qualified professional. This means you’ll need to schedule sessions whenever you want treatment. Even if the acupuncturist comes to your home, arranging an appointment can be a hassle. Many people prefer the simplicity of at-home acupressure treatments. Plus, acupressure is 100% puncture-free, which is great for anyone uncomfortable with needles.Using an Acupressure Mat to Relieve Back Pain - gentle introduction
Don’t worry. You don’t simply unroll the mat onto the floor and immediately lie down. Instead, you follow a three-stage process to slowly acclimate your body to the acupressure needles.
First, you’ll start by draping the mat over a chair or sofa cushion. When sitting, your back will press into the mat. This introduces your body to the sensation of the plastic needles against the skin. During this stage, you’ll sit for about 10 to 15 minutes.
After two or three days, you’ll probably feel ready to move onto stage two. Now you’ll place the mat horizontally on your sofa. Then you’ll lie down on the mat anywhere from 20 to 45 minutes. The extra cushioning from the sofa reduces the pressure against your back.
Finally, advanced users can place the mat on a hard surface like a wood floor. This will provide virtually no cushioning effect, so you’ll experience the acupressure needles at maximum intensity. You’ll only use the mat this way after first conditioning your body over time in the other two stages. You can lie on the mat for 45 minutes or more but 20 minutes is recommended.What Does Using an Acupressure Mat Feel Like?
Using the mat for the first few times will likely feel a bit strange but not unpleasant. During the first five minutes, you’ll probably feel a stabbing sensation. This is the most painful the mats will probably ever feel. Remember, this is an entirely new sensation for your skin, so your body needs a few minutes to adapt.
After five minutes or so, the pain will likely be reduced dramatically. Instead, you’ll feel a pleasant warming, tingling sensation. Many people compare to feeling to that of an icy/hot type balm. After about 20 minutes, your back will probably start to sting, which indicates you should sit up.
After you stop using the mat, your back will likely feel stiff and hot for about a minute or two. It’s sometimes compared to the feeling of a sunburn (only without the lasting damage). Then shortly that sensation should be replaced by a noticeable decrease in pain. Even severe back pain will usually be significantly reduced for about a half-hour after using the mat.
Many acupressure mats include a small cushion for your neck. While this can be effective for treating neck pain, many people find acupressure neck cushions uncomfortable. The neck typically adapts to the feeling of the needles at a slower pace than the back. If the neck cushion continues to be uncomfortable, feel free to replace it with a traditional cushion.Will an Acupressure Mat Help with My Back Pain?
Although everyone is different, many people swear that acupressure therapies have helped reduce or eliminate their back pain. The mats are used to treat basically any type of muscular or skeletal related back issue including sciatica and even stress-induced pain.
Acupressure mats work in two ways. They provide immediate relief in the short-term. If you feel a painful flare-up developing, use the acupressure mat for a quick recharge. Additionally, regular use can help reduce chronic pain over time.
Aside from back pain, acupressure also treats a variety of other physical and mental problems. Regular use of the mat has been shown to reduce insomnia, headaches, foot pain, gastrointestinal issue and more. Because you can use the mat at home on your own, it’s often easy to find 20 to 45 minutes for daily use.