Love the idea or acupuncture but can’t stand the thought of being poked with little needles? Acupressure mats are an amazing, less invasive method that are inexpensive and can be used almost anywhere. Acupressure mats are meant to work similarly to acupuncture with over 7000 spikes in each mat.
Reports have shown that people generally feel more relaxed after using an acupressure mat with others stating it has relieved their muscle soreness, back pain and even an improved night's sleep. It has also been noted that an acupressure mat can help or improve your mood, digestive problems, cellulite and sciatica.
How to use
Using an acupressure mat is super easy. All you need to do is simply lie down on the mat. It is recommended to remove your clothing for best results to ensure that there is contact between the spikes and your skin. Wearing thin clothing or laying a towel down on the mat is an alternative if you feel it is too painful. Some acupressure mats come with a pillow that can be used on the back of the neck, under your knees or on the arches of your feet. It is generally recommended that you use the mat for at least 20 minutes.
What to expect when using an acupressure mat
Acupressure mats are spikey and can cause pain or discomfort for a few minutes. After a little while, the body will start to tingle and warm up from the increased blood flow and circulation. If the discomfort is too much at first, the mat can be used for less than 20 minutes at first until the sensation iis bearable and more comfortable.
Who can use acupressure mats?
Anyone can use an acupressure mat and is especially beneficial for anyone with physical pain. It is not recommended 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.