The Benefits of an Acupressure Mat
Have you been considering purchasing an acupressure mat or wondered what an acupressure mat does? These mats offer at-home sessions of acupressure when you need it most. These mats increase blood flow and help release tension. They are non-invasive, this is not acupuncture but it offers similar benefits. Acupressure mats offer a wide arrange of benefits that we will share below. We will also share tips for how to use them and to share a Hugger Mugger acupressure mat that we have in store.
What is an acupressure mat?
The practice of acupressure has been around for some time, only recently have acupressure mats have become popular. These mats are covered in 4,000 plus spikes that put pressure on many different points on your body. You may be more familiar with acupuncture which focuses on a targeted area and it is also an invasive treatment. Thankfully, these acupressure mats are not meant to puncture your skin if used properly. They work in a similar fashion to foam rollers and massage balls as well as other self-myofascial tools. If you have had an acupressure massage, you will have a similar experience using one of these mats. These mats can be used safely at home, anytime you want. Not to mention that using an acupressure mat can enhance your yoga or mediation practice.
Benefits of acupressure mats:
Despite the fact, that there is not a lot of research on the benefits of acupressure mats, many people have shared the benefits they have received from using one of these mats. They have told their health professionals about their experiences, which has led to articles sharing these benefits to encourage others to give this a mat a try for themselves. Acupressure mats have helped users with pain relief, including those suffering from chronic pain. The mat, comes into contact with the pressure points that alleviate the pain. These mats help with anxiety and they also help your body produce endorphins. Users have reported having better sleep and it has even helped those with insomnia. It can help with headaches, migraines, improves circulation and helps lower blood pressure. It can help those suffering from sport injuries, especially runners. This mat can help your digestive system and even help with maintaining weight. These mats are low cost, they are portable and best of all can be used in the comfort of your own home. There are many more reported benefits, but these ones stick out the most when researching the benefits of these mats.
How To Use And Tips For Beginners
When using your acupressure mat, make sure to place it on a flat surface. This can be the floor, on a chair, couch or your bed depending on which area you are targeting that day. For more comfort, especially when starting out, put a blanket or yoga mat underneath your acupressure mat. A great first practice to start with, is to lay down on your back. Gently, ease yourself on to the mat as to avoid poking yourself or causing injury. You will want to position your back evenly on the mat to get the most out of your experience. Fill free to shift around to find the most comfortable position throughout your time on the mat. It is recommended to use these mats for about 20 minutes at a time, you do not want to use it for long periods of time. When using your mat for the first time, have some kind of layer between you and spikes on the mat as you ease into using it. A blanket works great, as well clothing. Eventually you can work up to the point where you can place your bare-skin on the mat, which is highly recommend. It may feel uncomfortable at first but if you stick with it, eventually you will come to enjoy the experience.
Hugger Mugger Mukta Acupressure Mat
If you are thinking about purchasing an acupressure mat for yourself or for someone you love, come by our boutique. We carry Hugger Mugger’s Mukta acupressure mats. This a great mat to start out with. This mat is made out of cotton fabric, with plastic acupressure point buttons and is filled with foam. Come by our store to see it in person.