acupressure
[ak-yoo-presh-er] noun:

a type of massage in which pressure on the specific bodily sites described in acupuncture therapy is used to promote healing, alleviate fatigue and sleeplessness, improve circulation...

"I often use the mat in my business, as it is an excellent way to start a massage session, especially if there is a lot of tension. Sometimes you can experience an endorphin high from the acupressure mat, especially when lying on it for the first time but with regular use, you become more relaxed. I usually recommend the mat to people who have sleeping problems, muscle tension, or general pain."

Pernilla Mårtensson,
Massage Therapist

 


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the mystical origins of the acupressure mat...

 

bed of nails


The bed of nails originates from Indian mysticism, where fakirs and yogis used it for thousands of years. It is an ancient tool for healing the body and releasing emotional, physical, and mental blockages.
The bed of nails was, contrary to popular belief, not a tool for the fakir and yogi to prove resistance to pain, but was actually used for relaxation, meditation, and inner peace (shanti) to attain perfection of body and mind.

As interest for Eastern medicines grew in the Western world, the health benefits from the bed of nails quickly captured people's imagination. One of the many techniques used in Chinese medicine, which includes massage, acupuncture, qigong, meditation, nutrition, and herbal medicines, acupressure is a form of treatment for pain that involves specific pressure on certain points of the body.

The acupressure mat turned up in Russia in the early 1980s, where it was successfully used for health care. The acupressure mat helped by reducing inflammation, strengthening the immune system, speeding up recovery, and lessening stress. It was also known to help with depression.

The original fakir mats have, over the years, developed into today's modern version of an acupressure mat, where its spikes stimulate acupressure points over the whole body. These points are the same points used in Chinese medicine, where acupuncture and acupressure techniques are used to heal and strengthen body and soul.