An acupressure mat is a powerful healing device developed by modern technology based on the ancient principles of acupressure. A mat like this was first developed and tested in Russia in the 1970s with huge success in the treatment of many kinds of disorders, it has since transformed into what it is now:
Hundreds of circular hard plastic discs, each containing around 30 spikes attached to a padded cotton mat. These spikes are used to stimulate and promote the body’s blood flow through acupressure as they are pressed against the skin.
When you are in physical or psychological pain or simply stressed out the body produces more stress hormones like adrenaline, noradrenaline and cortisol. Over time this wears down the immune system making it less effective and causing a rise in blood sugar and blood pressure.
Using acupressure counteracts these negative hormones by causing the body to react in the way that releases positive, healthy enhancing hormones. Everyone is different and what happens to you may be different to what happens to someone else, however some of the benefits reported by users of acupressure mats include
So what an acupressure mat will do will take those aches and pains of yours and will work with your body to release any stress and tension. The thousands of sharp pressure points make it a very effective tool in inducing a deep state of relaxation.
What happens is that when you are lying on the mat you get happy; although it’s hard to believe when you first see it (those spikes can look quite scary at first).
When you lie down on it large quantities endorphins (the body’s own hormones responsible for inducing an overall sense of calmness and well-being) are released. Endorphins make us feel happy, relaxed and energised, and are often referred to as the body’s own natural pain relievers. Higher levels of endorphins increase your pain threshold and your body relaxes.
Another hormone that is released is called oxytocin. Oxytocin is the body’s own happy pill, it is released during sex, and when you meditate, dance, or listen to music you love. It too is a calming and feel-good hormone.
A third hormone which is released is cholecystokinin. This is an appetite reducing hormone, as levels of it go up your appetite goes down. This may assist you in weight loss. Regular use of an acupressure mat may help increase your feelings of well-being and renewal, both physically and mentally.