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Every time I post a picture of my acupressure mat on my insta-stories I get a bunch of questions so I figured a blog post was due. I will share everything I know about acupressure mats so you can decide if you need one. (spoiler alert: you probably do!) A friend of mine suggested I get one of these mats to help with back pain. Ever since having kids, I have had lower back pain on and off. For awhile it was so bad that I had to see a chiropractor a few times a week for months at a time. My back pain has been much better, especially since I cut sugar out of my diet. But every once in awhile the pain will come back if I workout a lot, sleep wrong or sit at my desk too much. (another reason why I love my standup desk)
I had this mat on my Amazon wish list forever, until one day I decided to give it a try. It is a lightweight foam mat with plastic points that are no joke. The mat is supposed to help stimulate acupressure points on your body while also increasing blood flow to the area. I was already a fan of acupuncture since I did that for months when I was trying to get pregnant with my second child. (I have actually been meaning to go back, not to get pregnant again, but since it is a nice addition to my wellness routine)
Back to the mat, I suggest wearing a shirt the first time you lie on it, since it hurts. For the first few times I could only lie on it for a minute or less. Now I have found ways to breathe through the initial discomfort and can chill on the mat for a few minutes. Many people like to use this before bed, but I really prefer to use it after a workout or in the morning. It is supposed to be relaxing, but I find it really energizing so that’s what works for me. If I wake up and my back feels a tight or sore, this helps it immediately.
One day I plan to upgrade to the Pranamat, which is the real deal. I would love to see and feel the difference, since it costs a lot more! If you have had the chance to try both of these mats, I would love to hear about it the comments section since I am super curious. There you go… everything you need to know about the crazy spiky mat you are always seeing on my insta-stories! 😉