Have you recently purchased an acupressure mat or are you considering buying one? Let us tell you, you will not regret it. Acupressure mats have definitely been of great help to our necks and backs. At first glance, you might be scared to start using an acupressure mat as they can look quite painful. Whilst it’s not a traditional bed of nails, the idea behind it is the same and it somewhat works in the same way. An acupressure mat that you find at Yogi Bare, uses thin plastic spikes that apply pressure to specific points of the body when lying down on it.
What are the benefits of an acupressure mat?
So why would one voluntarily lay down on an acupressure mat? Most people are scared that it’s extremely painful because of the plastic spikes, but this is absolutely not true. Whilst it might feel strange at first, it shouldn’t be painful. Acupressure helps to restore the balance to the body’s energy flow by targeting certain pressure points. The benefits of acupressure mats are endless as they can be used for many various purposes, including:
- Pain relief
- Releasing endorphins
- Lowering high blood pressure
- Muscle relaxation
- Sports injuries
- Improving sleep
- Improving digestion
- Mental health
- Treating anxiety
Frankly, the list goes on and on. An acupressure mat is a relatively inexpensive purchase but you get an endless list of benefits in return. If you tend to feel stressed out because of work or personal life, suffer from a lot of headaches or even migraines or you struggle with sports injuries; go on and buy an acupressure mat. You’ll be amazed by the results.
Acupressure mat in the morning vs evening
If you’re new to acupressure, you might be wondering what the best time is to use it. Let us firstly say that this is completely up to you. If you notice that you feel a lot better after using your acupressure mat in the morning, don’t let us stop you. Generally speaking, most people use their acupressure mat in the evening. As the acupressure mat helps to relieve stress and relax the muscles, it can best be used in the evening as you will feel more relaxed when going to bed. On the other hand, if you want to feel relaxed at the start of your day, you can lay down on your mat for ten to twenty minutes in the morning.
What the best time is to use your acupressure mat also depends on the goal you’re working towards. If you’re using an acupressure mat to improve your sleep or fix your insomnia, then we definitely recommend using it in the evening just before going to bed. One thing to be aware about is that the skin and muscles will be more sensitive after a hot shower or bath.
Acupressure after stressful day at work
Who says you can only use an acupressure mat at 10 pm, only moments before going to bed? If you often feel stressed after a day at work, it could also be very helpful to use your acupressure mat when coming home. Or perhaps you use your lunch break to practice yoga? With yoga and acupressure there is only one very simple rule, which is that YOU decide what works best for your body. It’s all about relaxation, slowing your body and mind down and working towards a better self. Who are we to judge what works best for you? As long as you enjoy it!