What is an Acupressure Mat?
The first time I saw the ProSource Acupressure Mat, my response was (like many): What is that?
A large foam mat covered in cotton material with buttons full of sharp plastic needles. It comes with a neck pillow, covered in the same pressure points. I was told that you lay on this “bed of needles” to replicate acupuncture, a system intended to work with your body’s meridian lines to promote healing, muscle recovery, relaxation, and pain relief.
I was given a mat to try that had previously been opened for an event, and after putting the unwrapped mat it into my car and scraping my hand on the pressure points, I took it home with great curiosity and a little bit of fear.
My First Acupressure Mat Experience
After a few minutes, I realized I didn’t need the top since I wasn’t feeling much. So I ditched the clothing and laid back down with my neck supported on the pillow. It was a bit shocking at first, and a little painful, but within a few moments as I breathed deeply, the shock subsided and it actually started to feel nice…really nice.
I also realized that, in this crazy busy world where phones and computers are always distracting us, this was incredibly meditative and peaceful to just lay on the floor, doing nothing. You can’t move around on the mat, so I just listened to music and chilled.
Benefits of the Acupressure Mat and Neck Pillow
How to Use the Acupressure Mat and Neck Pillow:
These are some of the ways I use the Acupressure Mat, and recommend you try as well:
- LEGS – I sit on it at my desk while working when my legs are sore from working out in hopes of faster recovery, or sit on it on the floor when I’m reading.
- BACK – I put it behind me in my desk chair for my back so I don’t have to take the time to lie down. I also use the neck pillow vertically to help my posture while also giving that awesome massage feeling. And as stated above, simply lying on it.
- FEET – I enjoy using just the neck pillow as a foot rest while working. I stand on the mat when I’m getting ready in the morning or at the end of the day when my feet are sore and tired. Usually I can only handle one foot at a time, but it feels amazing when your feet are in pain from heels or walking.