I bought this acupressure mat after trying one out a few years ago at Rasa Lila, a local yoga festival. It is like a modern-day bed of (plastic) nails. The main benefits of the mat include relief from exhaustion, insomnia, and pain.
Sleeping on my back is one of those “shoulds" that I would love to be able to do nightly. I have tried everything from placing a yoga bolster under my knees to investing an insane amount of money in pillows that promised they’d do the trick. When it is time to doze off I pretty much always wind up coiled in a little ball, regardless of these upgrades.
The first night that I had this acupressure mat, I brought it to bed with me. Since it is supposed to help with relaxation, I laid it on top of my sheet and under my body, as I got settled in my bed. My boyfriend Tommy came home a few hours later from a late work event and woke me up. I was still laying on the mat – on my back! Clearly, this thing works!
What Is It?
The acupressure mat is made out of thick cotton and a plant-based eco foam. Plastic spikes resembling golf cleats cover both mats. There are 6,120 points on the main mat; 1,782 points on the smaller neck pillow. The overall idea is similar to acupuncture/acupressure that is done by a professional. A lot of people like to use the mat between appointments with a specialist that can target certain areas.
Having a large number of spikes covering the mat increases the odds that a novice will hit acupressure points. We have over 100 acupressure points on our backs (aka meridians). The downside is that while the mat covers a large surface area, it does not allow for the targeting of specific points.
stimulates nerves & improves blood circulation
- increases energy
- improves muscle recovery
- promotes faster healing
- pain relief
- stress relief
- reduces anxiety
- increases sleep quality
release endorphins / oxytocin (“feel-good" chemicals)
- boosts mood
- relaxes muscles
- blocks pain
How To Use
lie with back on the pad (bare skin or thin t-shirt) for 20-40 minutes
- pain relief
- improved sleep
- reduced tension
lie with your belly on the pad for 10-20 minutes
- increases abdominal circulation
lay with your face resting on the pad for 5 minutes
- relief from facial tension
- fresh glow
- face-lift effect
stand on the mat for 5-20 minutes
- headache relief
- reduces foot pain
use up to 20 minutes
Q: Will it leave a mark?
- A: The points do leave impressions in your skin and many people experience redness, both of which usually go away within an hour or so
Q: Will it puncture my skin?
- A: No, just use common sense and be gentle/careful
Q: Can you use with bare skin?
- A: Yes, I prefer it and it is recommended. If it is too extreme at first, you can create a thin barrier with a shirt or sheet.
Q: Where can I get one?
- A: They sell them at most wellness shops – I got mine on amazon for $20 (link below)