Acupressure Mats: Get on Board

June 13, 2017
by
LAURYN

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I have a new tip.

A tip that has transformed my neck pain. A tip that has given me energy. A tip that feels really good. Really good.

It’s simple, nothing expensive. Quick. To the point. Anyone can do it.

You might already know the tip if you follow along on Snapchat or Insta. Lately it’s been so efficient for me to immediately share products I like immediately with you guys via these Apps. I am a human guinea pig. I try things all the time for you guys. There are so many things I never share because they suck. If I choose to share anything know that I like it, I use it, I believe it. If I don’t, I don’t share it. Easy.

Anyway, the tip- let’s get to it: AN ACUPRESSURE MAT.

It’s kind of like a little bed of nails?

Michael introduced me to the product.

Michael has this problem. He orders too much off Amazon.

It’s absurd actually. He orders too many books, weird contraptions ( do we really need a crockpot & hot chocolate maker? ) & random vitamins ( without asking me…& we have to send half of them back because they’re GMO or bullshit ). So this is one time his Amazon problem came in handy: the bed of nails arrived.

I am one of those people who knows what I like & don’t like. And I can tell you the second I laid down on the acupressure mat, it was true love. Mind/body connection right away. My body loved it, my mind loved it. Sold.

Let me back up.

What exactly is an acupressure mat? Well, so glad you asked because I have research everything & anything you need to know.

An acupressure mat stimulates the body to release endorphin hormones which have a soothing effect on the mind & body. The mat improves muscles to recover from workouts, and improves sleep instantly. They’re portable & light.

They’re INSANE for neck/back pain treatment. Not only that, the mat can help reduce pain in shoulders and hips VERY quickly. Also the mat is known to help deal with fibromyalgia and myofascial pain syndrome.

Some benefits of acupressure: help the body repair itself and heal itself from stress, back pain, sciatica pain, fatigue, muscle soreness, & insomnia. According to many sources, “the power of acupressure has long been a best kept secret among those who believe in alternative medicine due to its immediate effect of reducing back pain. The mat is very lightweight and portable and can be taken with you anywhere.”

Oh, you should know when I say neck pain, the mat also comes with a little pillow for your neck. I am psycho & love it so much…I actually slept on it a few nights in a row. This is craziness. I don’t know if I recommend sleeping on it. Really 10 to 30 minutes is all you need. MANY sources say “a daily use of 20 minutes of acupressure mats will regulate blood circulation & oxygen level in your body.”

…But I will say, the nights I slept on it, I felt GREAT in the AM. Again, I’m intense & weird.

Since using the mat ( for about a month & half ) I’ve noticed: better sleep, less stress, less neck pain/muscle tension ( << from a car accident when I was 18 ).

I like to use it before I go to bed. I take a book & read on it while my neck hangs over the pillow & my back is flat on the mat. The whole thing is very therapeutic & relaxing.

Another tip from my friend, Erica: she has HORRIFIC back pain ( she’s a blogger & co-founder of our company, blog-doo so she’s on the computer A LOT. Erica if you’re reading this: TAKE A BREAK FROM THE COMPUTER MAN ). Anyway, she’s found that sitting on the mat while she’s at the computer has taken so much stress of her back! If you’re in an office, bring your mat to work. It’s so portable. Just add it to your chair & work. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

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Let’s go deeper though, here are some VERY specific benefits for you:

Benefits of Using Acupressure Mats:

relieve stress from body
relaxes mind & body
increases blood circulation
oxygenates the body i.e. improve oxygen level in body
gives relief with headaches
heals back pain including lower back aches on daily using
reduces anxiety & related problems
reduces depression levels by stimulating endorphins to make you feel good
reduces neck pain
removes sleeping disorders & also helpful for insomnia
relieves muscle tension & shoulder tension
relieves heartburn & inflammation
heals leg/foot pain
reduces Sciatica pain
gives relief in sinus congestion & nasal problems
beneficial in diabetes
reduces constipation & indigestion problems
re-energizes your body & Improves efficiency
heals fatigue problems

UMMMM ARE YOU SOLD OR WHAT?

Let’s talk about usage:

Good news: anyone & everyone can use them! So buy them for your friend who’s prone to horrific allergies, your dad who gets aggressive heartburn, or your BF who’s anxiety is off the charts.

You can use them anywhere. I like to use them in my room on the carpet by the bed. It’s recommended to use the mat in the morning when you wake up but I like to use them before bed BECAUSE I feel like they help with sleep ( some people say they wake them up ). I use mine everyday. Also, I’ve brought mine while traveling too.

Huge note: you should do deep breathing while laying on the mat too. Sometimes the MAT gives slight pain in beginning seconds but after that they start relieving any pain & stress. If you feel more pain with bare skin while using the acupressure mat, you can wear a thin tee-shirt.

…but I go topless. HA.

Lastly, drink a LOT of water after you’re on the mat.

I like hot peppermint tea post-mat too.

BUT Wait…

OK OK BUT I KNOW WHAT YOU’RE THINKING: “But Lauryn, does it hurt?”

Well. I eat garlic cloves & don’t think they taste bad but a lot of people do?

So…does it hurt to me? No, not at all. Reviews online mostly say it feels good. I’m not sensitive. I like THE MOST DEEP, DEEP TISSUE massage ever when I go to the spa SO maybe I’m not the person to ask?

Personally I think it feels amazing. Like orgasmic. Endorphins are going. I love it. Like I said, I sleep on the pillow. If anyone thinks it hurts, weigh in.

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To be clear, I’m not a brand snob here- it doesn’t really matter. Michael picked up this one but any of them work.

Oh & please excuse Pixy & Boone. They were being very, VERY bad during this shoot. In fact, Boone insisted on putting his black, wet nose in the camera lens like 100 times so I figured his display needed to be shared on TSC. Weirdly enough, they step on the mat a lot. Don’t think I’m crazy but I take the pillow & put it gently against their fur. They seem to LOVE it. They must love it because its stimulating blood flow…which makes endorphins go crazy.

Ok, I’m certifiable.

We are in Aspen & off to dinner at Cache Cache for some spaghetti & dry red wine. If you have any Aspen recommendations, please let us know!

Talk soon, lauryn

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  1. Melissa

    okay WHAT. i really do trust your judgement because I know you won’t BS us. and I’m so excited about this one! back and neck pain – yeah, but sinus relief too?! can’t wait.

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  2. Adriana

    OMG I NEED THIS! I’ve genuinely never heard of this! My neck has been bothering me so much lately *side-eyes baby who nurses all hours of the night and puts his mother in the oddest positions throughout*. Time to do some online shopping, methinks! Thanks for sharing!

    Adriana
    http://www.adrianathani.com

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  3. Lily

    I was given an acupuncture mat as a gift last night and have used it sporadically due to laziness. I have a low pain threshold and I find that it didn’t hurt. It takes a couple of seconds to get used to but then after that, I’m good. I use it for my neck and low back pain caused by a car accident years ago and it does help, when I do use it.

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  4. Ellen

    I bought one after I saw your instagram about it. It hurts me so bad!!! I can breathe through it for about 10 minutes, then I am done. My husband loves it though. He says it immediately relieves the stress of the day and when he gets up he can feel a high from it. I am going to keep trying and hope I toughen up. I really want to love it. Thanks for sharing your ideas. Love to try out your suggestions!

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    1. Lauryn Post author

      I think it depends on the person’s body. It doesn’t hurt me but other people it is super painful! xx

  5. Christie belle

    Okay honestly Lauryn is this has completely changed my life. My neck/upper back pain has TRANSFORMED since I bought this after seeing it on your instagram. Seriously guys lauryn is the real deal when it comes to recommendations. I trust her 100% and this is just another reason to trust her. You should all look at her post on the eminance licorice root serum too because I swear by that now. Lauryn if you have any further recommendations sign me up!

    http://christbelle.blogspot.co.uk/

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  6. Fran

    I ordered a mat when you first mentioned them and it arrived today. I got it straight out and tried it for 25 minutes. And OMG I feel amazing!!!
    I struggle to sleep alot so I’m looking forward to seeing what impact it has on my sleeplessness. Thank you Lauryn xx

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  7. Emily

    I got this immediately after you posted it on snapchat and it has already changed my life! I get horrible back pains from sitting at a desk and computer all day, and 20 minutes on the mat and my back pain was gone! It’s seriously incredible. I like the idea of bringing it to work and sitting on it. You always find the best stuff! I’m obsessed with this.Thank you for sharing!

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  8. Amy

    Just ordered this yesterday after reading this post – can’t wait to try it! This is the first I’ve heard of them, but they seem like an easy and convenient way to get the benefits of acupuncture without having to schedule an appointment (time is precious!) Thanks girl, your recommendations have never failed me 🙂

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  9. Jacqueline N Newton

    Thanks for the post about this! I was dying to know your thoughts since seeing your post on Insta. After all you convinced me to try acupuncture in the first place. LOVE it BTW! Looks like a lot of others got the memo before me, because the link you posted is sold out. Gah.

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  12. Colin

    This sounds awesome! This mat is something a lot of people could truly benefit from especially those like me who sit in front of their computers all day. Would you happen to know if there’s a weight limit on it?

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  14. Eddie Canales

    Hello Lauryn, acupressure theory is best to solve our all body pain related problems. It gives point pressure to each muscle that helps to recover our body pain. These tips are very helpful for us. Thanks for sharing these amazing tips.

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  18. shauna

    Ladies. I searched all over and found both sides. I ordered this and used it once and then found out I was pregnant. Can I use it still? I am dying to get back on it, but don’t want to do so if it’s harmful in anyway.

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  23. Denise Breimeir

    After reading this, I just ordered an acupressure mat and pillow set for my friends birthday! I was just sitting here wondering what to get her! I want to get one for me as well so I put it on my wish list. Thank you for this awesome review.

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