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Acupressure yoga mat � The modern nail bed

  1. Acupressure yoga mat, Indian nail bed, Yantra mat, Shakti Mat, nail mat, theram mat or spike mat are all names for one and the same object: a modern nail mat. This mat is made from thousands of plastic spikes or acupressure points with the aim of spreading a deep sense of relaxation and reducing symptoms such as restless sleep, stress, insomnia, headaches, poor circulation and back and neck pain. The acupressure points stimulate the nerve endings and the blood circulation of the body. You will likely experience some discomfort the first time you lie on the mat. When your body relaxes so that your body weight is evenly distributed on the mat, the sharp feeling will quickly be replaced by a comfortable feeling or a natural high. The mat is suitable for relief of head and muscle pain, more inner peace, more energy, deep relaxation and a better night's sleep.

Endorphins and Oxytocin

  1. The mat will create a calming warmth due to the increased blood circulation, a natural response to the spikes. As the body experiences feelings of pain, it releases the "feel good" hormones, endorphins and oxytocin. Endorphins are the natural painkillers in your body and will soothe aches and tension throughout your body. Oxytocin is also called the "happiness hormone" and gives you a feeling of euphoria, pleasure and energy. The spike mat is a great tool for meditation, as it provides deep relaxation, a feeling of peace and tranquility. In addition, increased blood circulation will lower blood pressure and improve nutrient absorption. A good flow of energy is the foundation of good health, because it keeps body and mind in balance.


  1. The three most commonly used positions are the back, neck and feet, as these are easy to apply and also have the greatest effect. Other positions are on the stomach and buttocks. In principle you can use the mat on almost the entire body.

The back

  1. The back position is the most commonly used position on the acupressure mat. There are many nerves in the back and they affect the whole body. You can place the mat on the floor, a bed or the sofa and possibly place a pillow under your head or neck. This position is very suitable for back and muscle pain. You can bend your knees to make sure your lower back makes good contact with the mat.

The feet

  1. If you suffer from tired and / or sore feet after a day of walking or standing, the foot position may be ideal. You put the mat on the floor and sit on a chair yourself and place your feet with or without socks on the mat. You can gently press the acupressure points with your feet and experience the invigorating stimuli. Your nerve endings in the soles of your feet are stimulated and blood flow increases, which reduces fatigue.

The neck

  1. For headaches or for a stuck neck and stiff shoulders, the neck position is very suitable. You can roll up the mat and place your neck and / or shoulders on it. Or you can lie with the back of your head on the mat. If you have little hair, it is recommended that you place a thin fabric between your head and the mat. In addition, you can also place your cheek on the mat, which can help reduce stiffness in the neck and jaw.

The stomach and buttocks

  1. Laying on the mat with your stomach will reduce stiffness and tension in the diaphragm and respiratory muscles and can improve your metabolism. You can also place the mat on a normal chair and sit on it gently. This will relieve tension in the lumbar area and buttocks.

Pleasantly painful

  1. It is recommended to lie on the mat for about fifteen to twenty minutes to experience the effects. You can slowly build up the duration as you see fit. It should feel "pleasantly painful" when you lie on the mat, although everyone has different pain thresholds. The first time, you could use a thin sheet or wear a thin t-shirt to lessen the sensations. It's important to listen to your body's signals. After a few minutes you may experience a warm feeling or tingling, this is the result of an increased blood flow. Most people experience a feeling of peace and relaxation the first time. When you get used to the acupressure mat, you can doze yourself while lying on the mat. The acupressure mat allows you to sleep deeper, so you get a better night's sleep and you wake up (more) rested.

When not to use

  1. In some situations the use of the acupressure mat is not recommended:

Chinese Medicine

  1. The acupressure mat has its origins in India. Writings from more than 4,000 years ago describe "nail beds" that were used to heal the body and mind. In addition, the healing art of acupressure is also used in traditional Chinese medicine. The application of acupressure activates nerve endings and provides soothing and healing relief throughout the body. Research has shown that as a result of acupressure, the body's own pain relieving substances and happiness hormones are released. There is even some evidence that it can increase your metabolism as the spike mat improves your circulation and circulation. In addition, you can experience a meditative state with a focus and clarity that you normally only experience after prolonged meditation or intense physical activity. All you have to do is lie down and relax.

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