- Alternative & Natural Medicine
Acupressure Mat – TheraMat An Ultimate Rejuvenating and Relaxing Therapy
Acupressure is a complementary medical treatment blend of “acupuncture” and “pressure”. Acupressure does healing through precise physical pressure applied to acupuncture points on the surface of the skin to stimulate the body’s natural ability to heal itself. It is needleless but has the benefits of acupuncture without puncturing of the skin.
Medical treatment with pressure point is well documented throughout the eastern culture. It is a healing art known for about 5,000 years which is similar to acupuncture, as it involves the use of body acupressure points. The invention of Acupressure mat simply gives you the convenience and benefits of Acupressure Therapy. It’s so easy to use.
Acupressure mat is a body mat equipped with thousands of pressure points. It is like a bed of nails that will not puncture the skin. The unique design pressure stars on the mat serve like a big group of spiking army that will give you a good workout when you are laying on it.
Initially lie down gently with the skin in contact with the pressure points on the mat. If the spiking pressure is too strong for you, try to wear a thin T-shirt or place a thin sheet between you and the mat. Besides the back, the mat can be used on many parts of the body and in different positions, such as feet, neck, upper back, pelvis, stomach, thighs and jaw.
The mat works amazingly with our body's acupressure points when thousand of spikes are being pressed against the skin. There is naturally going to be some pain. The pain will fade away after a few minutes and you will start to feel relaxed. A session of 15 to 20 minutes staying on the mat may put your body and mind into deep relaxation. Most people do fall asleep on the mat during the therapy session. If you do fall asleep on the mat, just remove it when you wake up and go back to sleep.
It’s no harm to stay on the mat for extended periods. However, it’s not recommended for staying on the mat for over 2 hours daily as you would likely get deeper marks on your back. They too will disappear after a while.
Benefits of Acupressure Mat:
Rejuvenating capabilities of acupressure points help to release good hormones to our body. One of those hormones is Endorphin. Endorphin is the body’s natural pain-killers that help to reduce pain and inflammation and help relax tired muscles. Besides Endorphin, there is another hormone called Oxytocin. Oxytocin is the body natural’s happy chemical. When Oxytocin level rise the body naturally feels more relaxed and the mind becomes more connected and aware.
Users of Acupressure Mat reported improvements in the following areas:
- Back and neck pain
- Headaches, migraines
- Metabolism, in-digestion
- Vertigo, dizziness
- TMJ, jaw tension, grinding of teeth
- Overall wellbeing
- Increased libido
What to Expect?
The initial first few minutes, it is normal to feel some discomfort / pain and a prickling warm sensation on the affected areas. It is followed by a pleasant feeling of complete relaxation. After lying on your mat your skin will be red from the increased circulation and have small marks from the sharp points of the spikes. Typically they disappear after 15-30 minutes. If you spend additional time on the mat it could take a bit longer for the marks to go away and your skin might be sensitive to the touch. In the unlikely event that your skin gets irritated, discontinue use until it clears. Drink lots of water to help your body eliminate waste products after you’ve been on your mat.
I have personally used this acupressure mat. I feel very relaxed after the 15 minutes session. When I do it in the evening, I found that it helps me to sleep better during the night.
TheraMat - the Swedish Style Acupressure Mat
The TheraMat is a body mat with 11,500 acupressure points. The actual effect of lying on a bed of nails is very similar to the feelings one can experience after running or a good workout. Some refer to it as “runner’s high.” This natural high is not only caused by feelings of self satisfaction but is caused by chemicals produced in the brain. One of those chemicals is Endorphin. It is mostly known as a chemical that is released to help the body deal with pain. When your back is in contact with thousands of acupressure points you will naturally experience some level of pain. Initially, this may be an uncomfortable feeling. However, it will soon be replaced by a very comfortable state of natural high. It is simply a result of your natural pain relievers (Endorphins) being circulated into your blood stream. They work (and may produce the same feeling) similar to drugs such as Morphine. Having this chemical released into your body can decrease different kinds of pain, and cause feelings of Euphoria. Although most of people use the TheraMat to deal with back or neck pain, many others report better sleep and lower levels of anxiety which are also natural results of elevated levels of Endorphins in your body. Whether you deal with pain, or simply seek a healthier more stress free life style, you will find that this simple and natural concept works!
Warning: The TheraMat is not recommended to be used by people with heart conditions, hemophilia, people treated with blood thinners or anticoagulants, pregnant women or people with skin conditions.
When using Acupressure Mat, clear your mind and use deep breathing. Try to let go of all your thoughts, tension, stress and negative feelings. Give into the calm serenity and allow it to spread throughout your body. It is your time, enjoy it.
For the Ultimate Acupressure experience we recommend using an aromatherapy eye mask, lighting some candles and listening to tranquil music with headphones. This will assure there won’t be any interference from the outside world. Meditate. Enjoy your time. Other days you might choose to just lie on your mat and watch TV, or read a book. Do what feels right for you.
Original Shakti Acupressure Mat
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