Acupressure Mat Side Effects

Why do some people experience feelings of dizziness, nausea, cold hands, feet & even increased tension when using an acupressure mat and pillow? In this article, we will explore why some people experience nausea and some acupressure mat side effects.

Acupressure Mat Side Effects

When you lie or stand on your acupressure mat a stimulation experience occurs for the user. This stimulation can be described as slightly uncomfortable, very comfortable or even extremely painful! Everyone is different and this is highlighted by acupressure mats and the unique effects people experience.

These effects can continue for some time after you have stopped using your mat, again these can range from feelings such as euphoria. tired, alert, hungry. Dizziness and or nausea can also occur for some people. Most people, however, experience bliss feelings such as happiness, relaxation, warmth and a clearer state of mind. How and what you experience on the mat depends on the state of your physical and mental health.

Most people do notice a significant improvement in how they feel after using the AlignMat, however, some people do feel worse before they start to feel better! In natural medicine, this is referred to as a healing crisis. The concept is that your body starts going through internal changes as you move towards health, this change causes a stir up. Often people will experience the recurrence of previous issues that have laid dormant or ongoing issues will flare up and get worse before better.
 
Acupressure mats mimic the effects of traditional chinse acupuncture, unlocking your self-healing abilities! As this occurs you will notice an increase in your self-awareness both mentally and physically.
With this comes heightened bodily awareness, this for most is a positive experience, but as we have stated before it can increase issues for a short period of time. A good example of this is someone who has shoulder issues due to hunching and poor posture, after an acupressure session this person will most likely feel an increase in pain in their back and neck as the body has been fully woken up.
 
First-time users of an acupressure mat will often experience tension that has been stored in the body. The good news is that this side effect is a strong indicator that the acupressure mat is working, its a sign that things are moving. This doesn't mean one session on an acupressure mat will rid your body of all issues, you will benefit most by adopting the acupressure mat into your daily routine.
 
Due to the nature of acupressure you're going through new cycles of circulation, this causes your body to respond with sensations. Sensations is the scientific term for the brain taking in and processing information via our senior system (touch, taste, sound, smell, sight). An example of this is when you use your acupressure mat you feel a warm sensation in your neck, back or shoulders. It is important to focus your thoughts towards the sensation and feeling, this will help you to better relax and receive the benefits of the mat.
 
Tips for incorporating  your acupressure mat in your daily routine: 
  • As soon as you wake up in the morning use your acupressure mat, first thing when we wake up is when we are at our most perceptive. Ensure to concentrate on your breathing and stay present at the moment.
  • Incorporate mantras and positive self-talk, an example of this is "So many benefits from this experience" or " I am calm, I am relaxed or " I am in control" and " I am happy"
  • Try different positions on your acupressure mat, this will target different areas of the body as well as keep the process refreshing and new. For first-timers ensure to place a t-shirt or thin sheet over the spikes of your mat.
  • As well as in the morning use your acupressure mat to unwind and relax at night, recent studies from AlignMat has shown that 92.86% of people found an improvement in sleep quality after two weeks of daily use. 
  • Acupressure mats can be used to calm the nervous system after high-intensity exercise, also promoting muscle repair! After you walk, run, gym session or team sport, using your mat and pillow to target tight muscle can be super effective as well as help incorporated the acupressure mat sessions into your routine.