1) When is the best time to use my acupressure mat?
- If you would like to energize yourself for the day, you may want to use your mat in the morning.
- If you feel stressed and need time to refocus and rebalance, you can use your mat during the day.
- If you are exhausted or overwhelmed and have trouble falling asleep, you may use the mat before going to bed.
That’s the beauty of having your own acupressure mat – you can give yourself an acupressure mat whenever you need it, whenever you want it. Regardless of when you use your mat, the results include increased blood circulation, a sense of calm and a feeling of health and wellbeing.
When you lie on the mat, these acupressure points start to work on your meridians lines like a non-invasive acupuncture treatment, releasing endorphins and oxytocin, which help relieve pain and stress.
2) What is the correct way of using the acupressure mat?
Here are the easy-to follow steps on using your acupressure mat:
- Place the acupressure mat on hard surface like floor. You can also place it on a bed or a soft surface but the effect will be reduced.
- Carefully lie down on your acupressure mat. Distribute your weight evenly over the contact points. For the first few minutes, you will likely experience discomfort; this will decrease and eventually go away when endorphins and oxytocin are released. The feeling of discomfort will shift to a warm sensation with light pressure.
- Breathe deeply and remain still.
- If it does hurt, place a thin sheet between your body and the mat. After a period of time, try using the acupressure mat without a protective layer.
- 10-15 minutes at the beginning of using the acupressure mat.
- 20-40 minutes after 1-2 weeks of using the acupressure mat.
- It is not dangerous to spend more time, or to fall asleep on the mat.
- Drink water after using acupressure mat.
3) How will the acupressure mat affect my body?
Usually after 10 minutes lying on the acupressure mat, you’ll feel warmth along the parts of your body touching the mat. That’s an increase in blood flow, a natural response to acupressure. More blood flow means improved circulation – and more nutrients throughout the body, including oxygen. This in turn lowers your blood pressure, producing a deep sense of relaxation.
The acupressure mat also activates your body’s pain sensors, instructing the brain to release endorphins and oxytocin, your natural pain-relieving and “feel-good” hormones. Your anxieties dissipate. Relaxation deepens into peace and tranquility – making the mat especially suitable if you have trouble sleeping.
After using the acupressure mat, you’ll feel refreshed and energized for the day ahead. And you’ll feel more connected to yourself, more conscious of your body/mind connection.
4) Can the mat hurt or pierce my skin?
No, not if used correctly. The mat acupressure points will distribute your weight evenly, making it more comfortable than you imagine. It’s common sense: if you press too hard against the mat using a small area of the body (e.g., an elbow or finger), the spikes will feel sharp and painful. When you gently lie down on the mat, you’ll distribute your body weight evenly across 5,250 acupressure points. It may feel intense, but it should not be painful. If the mat does hurt, try putting a thin cloth between the mat and your skin.
The mat does leave your skin with tiny impressions from the acupressure points, but they’ll disappear within an hour or two – as will any redness, which indicates additional blood flow beneath the skin (a sign of the mat’s effectiveness).
5) What are the body areas on which I can use the acupressure mat?
The acupressure mat can be used on back, neck, stomach, feet, thighs, and jaws. Use a cloth on the mat when in contact with the face, as facial skin is more sensitive.
We recommend that you lie on your back to begin with. The back is the body’s largest single pressure area, and the hormones that are released (endorphins and oxytocin) affect the entire body.
6) Who should not use the acupressure mat?
Do not use the acupressure mat if:
- You have open wounds, infected or not, acne wounds or scars that have not yet healed;
- You have any form of heart disease;
- You have low blood pressure. The acupressure mat can lower blood pressure further when used, which can lead to fainting when you stand up;
- You are pregnant;
- You have coagulation problems (haemophilia);
- You are undergoing treatment with anticoagulants such as Waran, Klexan or Heparin, since there is a large risk of subcutaneous bleeding and bruises;
- You have allergic back eczema or general psoriasis;
- You have skin damage.
Always consult your physician before / after use at the slightest uncertainty. If you have any side effects, contact your physician immediately.
7) Is the acupressure mat safe for children to use?
Children older than seven years of age can benefit from acupressure treatment. It calms them and helps them to relax.
Children should be supervised by an adult while using the mat. Because a child’s skin may be more sensitive, a child may need to wear a T-shirt to be comfortable.
8) Can I use the acupressure mat during depression?
Using the acupressure mat leads to reduced stress, relaxation, and improved sleep, all of which could potentially have a positive effect on your mood.
However, the acupressure mat is not a treatment for depression or any condition.
9) Are there potential health defects from using the acupressure mats?
No. There are no potential adverse effects when using the acupressure mat properly.
10) How do I clean the acupressure mat?
To clean the mat, remove the foam pad inside. Mix a little detergent in warm water and wash the spiked cover by hand. Rinse thoroughly, and let the cover drip dry. Do not use a washing machine or tumble dryer, as the mat and machinery may be damaged.