Gone are the days of travelling to a clinic to pay someone to prick and prod you with needles to get the benefits of acupuncture. Now, you can access these benefits from the comfort of your own home. One of the latest health and wellbeing discoveries is the acupressure mat – a mat covered in sharp plastic spikes designed to stimulate the skin and muscles.
Combining the ancient yogi principles of lying on a bed of nails, with the best of modern technology, these acupressure mats are popping up in households everywhere. They are an affordable, accessible, and effective way to relieve stress and ease tension.
The most popular of these is the Shakti Mat, an acupressure mat with 6000 sharp pressure points created to press into the skin to reduce muscle tension and release calming hormones into the body. It’s like giving yourself acupuncture and a massage at the same time!
While the tiny points can take a little bit to get used to, easing yourself into a gradual practice is the best way to go. Start with a couple of minutes a day, and slowly build up to longer periods of time – the best thing is that all you have to do is lie on your back!
Whether you’re looking to deepen your wellbeing practice or are just starting on your journey to better health, the Shakti mat can be used in so many ways. Start your day by lying on the mat to increase your energy, get up from your desk to stand on the tiny pressure points during the day to get over that midday slump, or take a lie down on the mat before bed to relax your body ready for sleep.
It may be a case of mind over matter at first, but once you start to feel the benefits, you’ll never want to get off!
Words: Georgina Shearsby-Roberts