Acupressure is the practice of applying pressure to specific points all over the body in order to promote relaxation, ease pain, and heal your body. You can book an appointment to get this done professionally, OR invest in an acupressure mat for much less money.
Fair warning: an acupressure mat at first glance may seem intimidating.
And for good reason! It’s full of little sharp spikes – and by sharp I mean really sharp.
These spikes stimulate points in your back to promote the circulation of blood and release muscular tension.
I got my first acupressure mat a couple of months ago. It had great reviews for helping with sore muscles, back pain, and even sleep, so of course I was intrigued.
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I decided to try standing on it at first, because acupressure points in your feet can relieve headaches which I thought was very neat – anddd it freakin’ HURT!
I stood on it for about 30 seconds and had to get off. I couldn’t imagine standing there for the recommended 5-10 minutes or more.
A few days later, I decided to be smarter and ease into it. I laid the mat down on my bed at night, which had a little more give than the hard floor. I took off my shirt and laid on those little spikes with my bare skin.
And I’m not gonna lie, it still hurt, but not as badly as before. It was much more bearable.
And then, after about 2-3 minutes, something amazing happened. My back started feeling very warm and nice, and then pulsing waves of heat started. I couldn’t feel the spikes anymore and instead was just relaxing and enjoying the comforting heat.
It really felt wonderful. I stayed on it for about 15 minutes, which is the recommended beginner time.
I’ve been doing this for about 2 weeks now and look forward to it as part of my bed-time routine. I fall asleep quickly after doing it, and feel more refreshed in the mornings, so it seems like I’m getting a better and deeper sleep which is something I’ve always struggled with.
Here are some tips to get the most out of your mat:
- Drink a lot of water after to replenish & flush out toxins
- Do it first thing in the morning or right before bed (or even both)
- Cover yourself with a blanket for more delicious warmth
- Breathe deeply and relax your muscles – tensing up makes it hurt more
- Meditate while you’re doing it for an added bonus!
This is definitely one of my new favorite wellness habits so I really recommend everyone give it a try and make a daily practice out of it for the best results.
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