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How to Use an Acupressure Mat the Right Way

Acupressure has been used for centuries in Chinese medicine. TCM is regarded by western doctors as a sort of supplemental or alternative medicine. In acupressure, pressure points near the body's meridians, or energy channels, are stimulated, just as they are in acupuncture, to allow chi, or energy, to flow freely.

In this article, we will look at the benefits of an acupressure mat, acupressure mat positions and benefits, and show you how they can improve your health

Pranamat acupressure mat

What Is an Acupressure Mat?

An acupressure mat is a piece of rubber or plastic that is covered with hundreds of plastic nubs. These little bulges apply pressure to the areas of the body that are in direct contact with the surface, stimulating the healing effects of an acupressure massage.

How to Use an Acupressure Mat

Pranamat acupressure mat

So, how do acupressure mats work? Acupuncture mats might take a bit of getting used to. They are sharp and can cause some discomfort at first until they begin to warm up the body; then, they feel pleasant. By following the steps outlined below, you’ll be well on your way to incorporating an acupressure mat into your daily routine.

  • Select the Surface

    For beginners, a mat laid out on a bed or sofa is often used as a training ground, although this is not always the case. Intermediate and advanced users often place their mats directly on the floor.

  • Sit Down on the Mat

    You can also sit on or against the mat in a chair, making sure that your buttocks and lower back are continually in close contact with its surface.

  • Start Out with a Layer Between Yourself and the Mat

    Wearing a light shirt or laying a thin fabric over the spikes can be another option. Users report that they obtain the best results when the mat is in contact with bare skin. However, most people don’t feel the need to go shirtless right away.

  • Lie Down Slowly

    As you lie down on the mat, make sure your weight is spread equally across its surface.

  • Reposition Yourself Carefully

    In order to avoid skin punctures or scratches while on the mat, it's vital to keep your movements to a bare minimum.

  • Be Consistent

    It takes some time to get used to using mats, but most people say they work well when used correctly. As long as you're patient, this product will continue to reap benefits.

Acupressure Mat Benefits and Side Effects

What does an acupressure mat do? The below are some of the benefits of use:

  • The effects of tension and fear are reduced.
  • Muscle tension is reduced as a result of increased blood flow, which also improves oxygenation levels. As a result of its endorphin-inducing properties, it can help to improve mood and alleviate depression
  • Reduces insomnia.
  • Standing on the mat with both feet evenly spaced is said to relieve headaches.
  • Relief for neck ache and backache, along with sciatica, back, and leg pain

But there are also times when you shouldn’t be using a mat like this. Those at risk of acupressure mat side effects are listed below:

  • Patients with thin skin, diabetes, or poor circulation should not use an acupressure mat
  • Pregnant women are advised not to use acupressure mats.
  • Don’t use an acupressure mat if you’re pregnant.
  • Only a medical professional should perform acupressure during labor—but only if you need it.
  • No one under the age of three years old should utilize an acupressure mat.
  • Make sure you consult with your doctor before using one if you have high or low blood pressure.
  • Using acupressure mats as a substitute for medical care or prescribed medicine is not recommended.

Best Practices

An acupressure mat is good at doing what it does. That said, you can maximize benefits by doing the following:
Avoid Using Them on Bare Skin at First
Acupressure mats have barbs and needles that might cause discomfort at first. When using them initially, keep a layer of protection between the mat and your skin to avoid irritation.

Pay Attention to Your Breathing

Correct breathing is of the utmost importance. You need to be able to relax, so inhale and exhale deeply.

Start Slowly

It’s a new experience for you, so you should start slowly. Don’t overexpose yourself to it because it might affect you negatively.

Don't Use It for Too Long

Building off the last point, you need to find a balance that works for you. We would recommend something between 20 and 40 minutes.

Four Techniques for Using an Acupressure Mat for Different Needs

As with most tools, there are many different things you can achieve with them, depending on how you choose to use them. In this section, we’ll look at some of these uses.
Pranamat massage for back pain

For Back Pain

To begin, flatten the mat on a level surface. Roll your back down to the mat's base, then sit on it. As a result of intense acupressure applied to the spikes, blood flow is increased, and recovery is expedited.

If you suffer from lower back pain, throw a cloth under the mat to create a curve that will hug your spine. Using a pillow or folded blanket, sit down on the mat and press your lower back into it.

For Neck Pain

Acupuncture pillows are frequently used to alleviate discomfort in people with persistent neck pain. You can choose from a variety of shapes and patterns depending on what you require. Using a few props, even if all you have is a mat, you can get some relief from neck pain.

To get the most out of an acupressure mat, just roll a towel and place it beneath the uppermost end. Using the towel as a "bump," slowly lower your back until your neck is resting there. Use it for 20 minutes to feel energized and for up to 40 minutes to rest your body.

Pranamat massage for neck pain
Pranamat massage For Leg Pain

For Leg Pain

There are a variety of options for using mats and pillows. It's reported that standing directly on the mat has an invigorating impact on some people. Others apply pressure to different parts of the body in the same way that you would get with a massage.

For Mood & Focus

Lying on an acupressure mat can help you relax your body and mind. Many people feel that it helps alleviate stress and anxiety. You should use the mat in the same way you would for back pain. You may want to do this on a soft surface like a bed or couch rather than on the floor.

Once you've gotten comfy on the mat, take a deep breath and let go. Close your eyes and pay attention to your breathing while you relax. Listen to a guided meditation or chant a mantra. To completely de-stress your body and mind, spend at least 25 minutes and as long as 40 minutes on the mat.

Pranamat massage for mood

Are Acupressure Mats Safe?

They are very safe. All you have to do is check you don’t have any of the conditions that would prevent use, and you will be fine. These conditions and disorders include:
  • Pregnancy
  • Nursing
  • Having a heart condition
  • Using blood pressure medication
  • Having a skin infection
  • Having open wounds

Start Your Journey with Pranamat Eco

Pranamat ECO is made up of two massage mats, a pillow, and a storage bag. It combines the ancient principles of acupressure with 21st-century science and technology.

Made of linen, cotton, coconut fiber, buckwheat hulls, and HIPS plastic, it respects the natural environment by being free of poisons or hazardous elements. Only recycled materials were used in the production of the box and the accompanying handbook. These mats are made not only with environmentally friendly materials but also using techniques that don’t cause pollution. All these mats are held to strict production standards, so you can be sure that they are all of the highest possible quality, as certified by the OEKO-TEX STANDARD 100.

On top of all this, it also comes with a five-year warranty, making Pranamat ECO the best acupressure mat you could ask for. It is well worth the investment.

Pranamat massage set


Pranamat massage set

Users of acupressure mats claim to experience a significant reduction in pain and other symptoms. Acupressure mats and pillows may be useful if you suffer from back or body pain, tension, or headaches. There is a learning curve involved, but it’ll be worth the effort.

Frequently Asked Questions

There is no evidence to prove that they don’t, and many people swear by them.

A mat has thousands of points on the surface. Pressure applied to stimulated areas improves blood flow, which causes relief.

As long as you do not have any of the conditions listed above that would preclude use; they are completely safe.

It depends on what you’re trying to achieve, but 20-40 minutes is usually optimal.