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Acupressure Mat – TheraMat An Ultimate Rejuvenating and Relaxing Therapy

Updated on June 3, 2013

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.

My Acupressure Mat
My Acupressure Mat

Acupressure Mat

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.

Acupressure spikes
Acupressure spikes

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
  • Stress
  • Sleep
  • Circulation
  • Headaches, migraines
  • Metabolism, in-digestion
  • Vertigo, dizziness
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Cellulite
  • 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.

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      Rajeev Agarwal 3 years ago

      I am Rajeev Agarwal from India, my wife (age 44 yrs), is suffering from Multiple Sclerosis, (MS in short). I am looking for alternative treatment for her, specially acupressure. If anyone can help we will be highly obliged.

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      jasonycc 6 years ago from South East Asia

      TheraMat team,

      The link next to TheraMat review was intended to direct interested parties to view TheraMat Acupressure Mat on Amazon.

      Thank you for highlighting this. At times Amazon tends to show other acupressure mats in the search for "TheraMat Acupressure Mat". Hence, I have refined the search to only "TheraMat" so no other acupressure product will appear next to the review.

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      TheraMat 6 years ago

      IMPORTANT INFORMATION for everyone reading this post!

      The author of this review has posted a link to another, acupressure mat sold on Amazon, deceving you to believe that you are getting a deal on our superior mat, while you are actually getting another product. For more information please go to or search on TheraMat Acupressure Mat on Amazon to get to our product, which is what is reviewed in this post.

      The TheraMat Team

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      jasonycc 7 years ago from South East Asia

      It's my pleasure, Micky Dee. I found the acupressure mat to be an extremely relaxing therapy.

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Thanks for the heads up on this!

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      jasonycc 7 years ago from South East Asia

      Mendel, there is no needle on acupressure mat. The acupressure points are made of plastic spikes that will not penetrate your skin. So no worries about injuries.

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      jasonycc 7 years ago from South East Asia

      James, thank you for sharing. I am happy to hear that your sleep has improved since using acupresure mat.

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      Mendel Potok 7 years ago

      I'm just double checking, but the acupressure mat doesn't use needle right?

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      James Caldwell 7 years ago

      I got my acupressure mat at last year and love it. I use mine before going to bed almost every night and i sleep so much better than before i started using the Heavenly acupressure mat. I also use it after strenuous workouts.

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      jasonycc 7 years ago from South East Asia

      2besure, you are brave. Acupuncture looks quite intimidating with needles puncturing into your flesh. Is it painful? I am glad to know that it healed your shoulder.

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      jasonycc 7 years ago from South East Asia

      sord87, 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.

      There’s no harm to stay on the mat for extended hours. You are likely get deeper marks on your back and it takes a longer time for them to disappear.

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      jasonycc 7 years ago from South East Asia

      Ingenira, this acupressure mat comes wrapped up in a small bag (smaller than the size of a sleeping bag) which makes it convenient to carry around. And a session only takes 15-20 minutes. It's really handy for stress-out office executive.

      Yes, it's also an excellent Chirtmas present if given to those who need rejuvenating and relaxing therapy.

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      Pamela Lipscomb 7 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      This sound cool. I have had acupuncture before. It complely headed my shoulder.

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      sord87 7 years ago

      Sounds like this can help to relief most back pain and headache,i am just wondering if we fall asleep longer hours on the mat,does it cause our back pain to get worst!must try this!thanks for useful information,at least there is an instant therapy at home!

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      Ingenira 7 years ago

      Sounded like an awesome device for stress-out executive in the office. Certainly a good gift for Christmas !

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      jasonycc 7 years ago from South East Asia

      It's my pleasure, Mary. There are few brands out there namely TheraMat, Zensation Mat, Shakti Mat and Himalaya Mat. The difference is in the number of acupressure points. TheraMat has the most acupressure points (11,500 spikes!).

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      Mary Merriment 7 years ago from Boise area, Idaho

      That is awesome. I knew there had to be acupressure mats out there! Thanks for the information.

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      jasonycc 7 years ago from South East Asia

      Acupressure is a complimentary therapy. It's good for those who can't sleep well, stressed, have frequent headache and arthritis. The local retail price is RM150 per mat.

      You can get it from Swedish Lifestyle Sdn Bhd in Shah Alam

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      telltale 7 years ago

      Nice hub about acupuncture mat. Sounds interesting enough to introduce it to some of my friends. Price listed looks quite affordable Amazon, just wonder what local pricing is. Good info on alternative cures. Thanks!