I'm not going to lie, this is a little weird, but I've found a great new way to relax and unwind, even though it takes a little pranyama (aka breathing) to settle into it
While researching natural ways to reduce joint pain and neck stiffness I came across the centruies old technique of accupressure, and found that there is a simple way to receive the benefits of this practice at home in the form of accupressure massage mats that can help to restore health and balance to your body, bringing with it a sense of calm and wellbeing.
I looked into many different shapes sizes and styles and ended up choosing a mat and pillow that has over 6,700 specially designed spikes that activate the body’s natural healing response, relieve tension, and unblock stagnant energy pathways.
The benefits of acupressure and acupressure mats are wide ranging. A few of the benefits that have been reported by users are
- Deeper Sleep
- Increased Energy
- Significant reduction in pain, both chronic and acute
- Stress and anxiety relief
- Inproved circulation
- Boosted mood
Who doesn't want all those things?!
There are many different ways you can use an accupressure mat/pillow, but for now I've been starting with simply lying on it at night before bed. The first few times I wore a thin tshirt to soften the intensity, though after a few sessions you get used to the sensation and can lie direclty on them.
After a few minutes the intensity of sensation dissolves and you begin to fully relax and feel the benefits.
I picked out the ajna mat after doing some research (link below), but there are lots of colors and manufacturers to choose from. Let me know if you give it a try!