How to Use an Acupressure Mat
For all that they are recommended, acupressure mats can take a bit of getting accustomed to. The spikes are well-honed and can cause pain or irritation for several minutes, prior to warming up the body which is when they begin to feel good. This will continue for a while, so don’t expect the unpleasant sensation to go away immediately.
To achieve the best results, use the mat daily for 10 to 20 minutes at a time and follow these instructions:
- Concentrate on your breathing and deliberately relax your body
- Choose what surface to place it on. When you are just starting out the mat can be laid out on a bed or sofa. More experienced users can place their mats on the floor.
- Sit on the mat. You can also try sitting on or against the mat while in a chair so that your lower back and butt will have direct contact with the mat.
- Place a layer between the mat and you. Put on a light shirt or put some type of thin fabric over the spikes at first. This can help you become used to the feeling of the mat. Many users state that they receive the best results when the mat stays in contact with their bare skin, but you shouldn’t try using it this way right at first.
- Lie down slowly. Be sure that when you lie down your weight is evenly distributed over the mat. This will help to protect you from the points.
- Stay still. It’s not a good idea to move around too much on the mat, such as when changing position, as this may cause it to scratch or pierce your skin.
- Stick with it. Acupressure mats require a bit of getting accustomed to them, but many people genuinely claim that they work for them. If you like the idea of using one of these mats, then use the mat consistently and give it a chance to do its job.
Things to Think About
The spikes of an acupressure mat can penetrate the skin, most often if the mat is used improperly. To prevent cuts or infection, it is recommended that you don’t use one of these mats if you have diabetes, poor circulation, or are afflicted with thin skin.
If you suffer from high or low blood pressure, discuss it with your doctor before using an acupressure mat.
Normally, manufacturers of acupressure mats don’t recommend using them if you are pregnant.
It’s not a good idea to allow babies, toddlers, or small children to use an acupressure mat.
Caution – acupressure mats should not be used to replace medical treatments or prescription medications.