An acupressure mat is a tool that helps administer acupressure therapy, which has traditionally been applied through hand massage. The concept is taken from Traditional Chinese Medicine wherein the use of pressure on specific areas, or meridian points, can unblock pathways (meridians) and positively alter the flow of one’s internal energy.
Each meridian point connects to a specific organ, which makes it easier to target certain ailments. The process of unblocking your meridians reinstates balance to your body, mind, and spirit. Thus, it offers multiple health benefits, including but not limited to:
It relieves headaches and migraines
In order to ease the pain of migraines or headaches, position the mat or pillow at the back of your neck and on your upper back. It would also help to pinch the web of your thumb and forefinger (L14 point) as you lay on the mat. Firmly press it until you feel a mild ache, hold the pinch for 5 seconds, then release.
It prevents insomnia and promotes deeper sleep
To prevent insomnia and enjoy better rest, position the mat or pillow on your wrists as your hands are facing downwards. You may also stand upright on the mat, as one of the meridian points to induce sleep is located on the soles of your feet.
It relieves back pain
There are multiple meridian points located on your back. While traditional acupressure therapy focuses on one at a time, the acupressure mat can target all at once by simply laying with the mat centered to your body.
It reduces stress and anxiety
While many of us massage our temples to ease the feeling of stress and anxiety, the pressure points that can actually provide comfort are located on the back of your neck, and on your elbow and wrist while your palms face down. Another key pressure point is located right below your collarbone, in the hollow space adjoining your breastbone - you may utilize the acupressure pillow for this area.
It promotes healthy blood circulation
Acupressure point Lv3 is known to boost blood circulation and also helps in flushing out toxins. This is located on your feet, right above where your big toe and next to come together. Stand on the acupressure mat and make sure the spikes are hitting this target. Hold the position for 2 – 5 minutes daily.
It releases endorphins and enhances one’s mood
Just as it can help reduce stress, acupressure therapy can also boost your mood and energy levels. The act of applying pressure on your skin using fine points are known to naturally trigger the release of endorphins. A few minutes on the mat each day can truly make a difference!
It relieves symptoms of arthritis
Endorphins do more than make you feel happy. These hormones are able to help with pain relief, activate the production of dopamine, and promote anti-inflammatory effects, thus relieving symptoms in some kinds of arthritis.
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