Another COVID lockdown savior has made its way to our shopping carts, enter: the acupressure mat..
All that you’re asked to do is simply lay down on this acupressure mat followed by reaping countless benefits, hard work? So far from it, it is actually the only beneficial act you’re asked to do in the most effortless of ways, given that a lot of wellness ‘cures’ involve hard work..
What Is An Acupressure Mat?
A foam mat with 8,820 plastic spiky points, ouch! Basically it’s designed for a purpose, when sat, lain or walked on for 15 – 30 minutes, it works wonders.. It actually does hurt upon use, but you know the ‘good’ kind of hurt, this is it. If you’re a beginner then you can start off by lying on the mat while wearing a thin t-shirt, until you get used to the stabbing sensation, which makes the experience less intense. Over time you can work up to doing it with bare skin, and for spending longer on the bed. Many devotees report falling asleep on theirs.
If you have a chronic pain in a body part or muscular aches and tension, then using your mat will improve circulation, increase energy levels, reduce stress and anxiety and relieve tension and muscle aches. Improvement in the quality of sleep was also noticed. It works by spreading pressure and sensation over a large area.
According to the founders of Bed Of Nails, “the experience of lying on the tiny spikes triggers the body’s innate way of healing itself, is an effective tool for easing tension and inducing a state of deep relaxation.” Scientifically speaking, laying down on this spiky mat triggers endorphins to fight the (mild) pain from the spikes and, as we know, endorphins help relax and energize your body. Usually muscles start to relax after approximately 6 minutes and the tension begins to ease, usually 20 minute is the recommended usage time..
Below, shop for your acupressure mat through these options..