I’ve been reading a lot about acupressure lately, and have even written a few articles on the subject, so I was really excited when I got my hands on a Yantra Mat acupressure mat a couple of months ago. The spiked discs on the mat apply nonspecific pressure to various points on the body. That means you can’t use it to target specific acupoints, but you can use it to increase overall circulation, which can help relieve muscle tension. According to Yantra Mat USA, it also helps reduce stress and relieve headaches and fatigue. Yantra Mat testimonials also say the mat helps increase energy, relieve pain, and promote a deeper state of relaxation.
I’ve been using my mat fairly regularly before bed, and I swear I sleep better when I do. There is just something about lying back on the spikes that makes me feel immediately relaxed. After a few minutes, the points create a feeling of warmth, which is due to the increased blood flow in the area.
The mat does take a little getting used to, but it isn’t painful. Yantra Mat USA recommends starting with ten minutes and gradually increasing to 20. After using it a few times, I figured out a method that works pretty well. I place the mat on my mattress, with the upper edge against my pillow. Then I sit at the bottom edge and slowly lean back. Once you’re down, you can’t easily adjust your position, so you want to back sure you lie back with your spine elongated. Then I reach back and adjust my pillow, and I can lie in bed reading like this for 20 to 40 minutes. By bending my knees and placing my feet on the mattress, I can increase the contact between the mat and my lower back, and I can shift my weight to create more pressure in a certain area if needed.
I am definitely taking it with us next month when we go camping. I know it’ll help me sleep and help relax my muscles after a long day of rock climbing or hiking. (The mat comes with its own carrying bag; rolled up, it is about the same circumference as a yoga mat but shorter. You can even remove the inner foam pad and just use the spiked cover when traveling.)
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