Acupressure Mat uses the same principals at acupuncture, acupressure, and reflexology. There are two schools of thought on what makes the mat work.
The first thought is that using a Acupressure Mat with so many “pins” on it (most mats have over 6000 points), increases the chance of a novice stimulating the 100+ acupressure points on their back (known as meridians). This can give some of the same benefits as a professional acupressure or acupuncture sessions. The main difference is the acupressure mat is not able to target specific issues or points.
The second thought is that the benefits come from the increase of blood flow the mat stimulates. The first time you use the mat it may feel a little uncomfortable to have those thousands of points digging into your skin. That pressure increases blood flow to the areas it stimulates. Give it time. After a few minutes, you will feel your back (or other body parts) getting warmer, which causes the muscles to relax. That increased circulation is thought to be healing in addition to relaxing.
If you use the Acupressure Mat for an extended period of time, your entire body will relax as a result of the stimulation. This relaxation is good for relieving stress or anxiety and helping your body release the day’s tension to get a good night of sleep.
How to use an Acupressure Mat
If it’s your very first time using an acupressure mat, we highly recommend wearing a t-shirt or laying a towel or sheet over the mat to reduce the intensity of the pinpoints. As you gain more experience, you will be able to use the mat directly on your bare skin (which is the recommended method).
Generally, you want to lay the mat down on a flat surface. This could be on your bed, on the couch, or on the floor. To make yourself more comfortable if using the mat on the floor, you may want to put a yoga mat or rug underneath the acupressure mat. Feel free to use props like yoga bolsters or pillows to cushion your head or legs.
The spikes may feel uncomfortable for the first few minutes, so give it a little bit of time to let your body adjust. Once it starts to feel good, lay on it for 20 minutes to feel energized and rejuvenated or for 20-40 minutes to feel calm and relaxed.
Length: 60 x 40 cm
Material: Cotton and ABS