I'm talking about a more modern bed of nails, the acupressure mat. Have you tried one yet?
I’ve bought a couple as gifts for friends and family members who suffer from aches and pains but have never bought myself one until recently. I’m so selfless… Just kidding, I buy things like that for others so that I can hopefully get to use them as well. It’s not just me, I know you do that too.
So while these mats may be a fairly new/trendy creation, acupressure has been used for centuries in Asia. It’s pretty straightforward, pressure is placed on different acupoints on the surface of the body relating to the issue usually by the hands or elbows of a practitioner.
Neat fact: the acupoints/pressure points may not be anywhere near the physical ailment.
Things your acupressure mat can do for you:
- increase circulation
- relieve tension
- relaxe muscles
- relieve stress
- increase the body’s resistance to illness
- reduce headache and migraine pain
- induce awesome sleeps
Little inside scoop for ladies, you can try laying stomach down on it, emphasizing bare abdomen contact if you have bad menstrual cramps. This is just my personal experience but it fully helps, even if the relief only lasts a few hours I'll take it. (It could have been the fact that the tiny points on the mat made me numb across my abdomen, who knows). But seriously there are pressure points in that area that are used in acupressure/acupuncture for cramps and bloating, so i gave it a try and liked the results.
Other than laying pelvis down until your cramps melt/numb away, let me share some ways you can use it. Most people will say you'll get the most noticeable benefits if you use it everyday for 20-30 mins. Some like to lay on it first thing in the am, however that doesn't seem realistic to me UNLESSSSSSS you wanna stand on it when you first get up. That'll wake you up alright. I can only manage a few minutes, but it's also really nice if you work on your feet to stand on it at the end of the day. Personally I say skin to mat contact is the best, so no socks here ok?
Most people I know that use it, like to lay on it before bed to help with sleep, I have a friend who falls asleep on it (bare backed) and then just rolls off it eventually. Nighttime just seems to be more convenient to me than morning. But use it whenever you want, if during the day at a desk works for you because you sit a lot, try sitting on it for a bit.
Speaking of sitting on it! I was just on a plane, a short flight mind you, but still wish I had it to sit on for a little bit. I feel like it would be great for circulation when your butt gets numb on a flight.
So this is the brand that I have previously purchased for others (Spoonk). It comes with one large mat that will go the entire length of your back and one smaller mat for travel, or to use under your head. You can roll it up and put it under your neck as well.
Here is the one I recently bought for myself (ProSource). I get a lot of headaches and migraines and liked that the bolster came with it rather than having to roll up the small mat. It's also slightly cheaper and I find the quality to be pretty comparable.
Let me know if you have one already and how to like to use it!