still currently trying this out. so far it's been 10 minutes a day. it feels warm after a while. i think my back will get used to it after a few more days. but so far i have been able to sleep at night without having to wake up like i used to. so it seems to be working. will give an update in a week or so.
Great product. Helps me get up
Sleep And is relaxing once you get used to it.
It's helped me so much! You have to get used to it but after a week it's a keeper!
Let me start off by saying I was really torn about this before purchasing. It certainly isn't a necessity, and it sure is a risky and unconventional "luxury" item. But as a single working mom, I'm more willing to experiment with affordable, sustainable ways to cut down on my stress.
Holy cow am I glad I gambled on this odd thing! Talk about a win win. Laying down is a necessity sometimes when life becomes too much, but that brings a dangerous risk: falling asleep and losing time and momentum to get things done. With this, laying down is actually, bizarrely energizing and rejuvenating without nearly as much risk of dozing off. Now, to be fair, it's certainly possible to fall asleep on this I'm sure. But I find it significantly less likely because the sharp points eliminate any cozy factor, and as mentioned, I find the experience very uplifting and, mostly, energizing.
I find that after lying bare back on this a little while, once I rise my back really itches - in the best way! I know that sounds odd, but it feels very satisfying. My body loves this and responds so positively. It really improves my mood noticeably. I can hardly believe it, to be honest.
So ignore your doubts and give this a shot! I think you'll be really pleasantly surprised, just like I am.
**I received this mat at a discount in exchange for my honest review. Rest assured, my opinions are genuine.
after a long day at work or a heavy workout , this mat helps me relax my muscles and break knots in muscles that make my body ache,
I like to use the mat.
Stephanie H. Smith
It's amazing, how much good can come from something so simple & inexpensive.
We received our mat & pillow, yesterday, and all 3 of us (2 adults, 1 7-year-old) were in heaven, within minutes.
The plastic spikes are sturdy, but not "sharp." The mat is perfect for laying on the floor, and the pillow rests just under the base of your skull & the top of your neck, providing amazing pressure point massage.
We were so happy with it, we immediately ordered 2 more sets, so we can give them as gifts.
I use this mat everyday.
I use this mat for my back, neck and shoulders. The mat has given me some of the relief I need to continue through the day. I have used it multiple times during each day more than 30 minutes each and have fallen asleep many times. It has been useful in the type of problems I have that other medications and/or treatments I have been through. I highly recommend using the mat and pillow and hopefully others will agree.
I'm a very science oriented person so typically I tend to roll my eyes at many of the alternative treatments that promise too good to be true benefits. I suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia and chronic migraines. Medication does very little to control my pain.
I figured this was worth a shot, all typical pain relief products do is give the nerves another sensation to interpret instead of the pain. I could absolutely understand how something like this would work I was still skeptical when I ordered it but being desperate for relief, I bought it anyways
I love this this. All the tension in my muscles melts away, I have never felt so relaxed. A 40 minute session leaves me pain free long enough to get on the floor and play with my 4 year old.
I didn't expect this to help long after I am off of it, but it does, I get hours of reduced pain.
Even my husband who thought I was insane in the beginning, especially when I was falling asleep on it, has fallen in love with it. I may need to order a second because he continues to steal it. He even recommends it to his pharmacy patients.
LOVE IT! works great! Highly recommend!
I love this! I fall asleep on it all the time. Be careful whey lying down onto it or getting off of it, I cut my elbow pretty bad on it. They are really sharp!
For me, at first, it energize me. This was disappointing since I bought it for sleep. My wife tried it and was out cold immediately. She loved it so much we bought another. After a few weeks I was falling asleep faster than her. The spikes are plenty sharp but we did not need to use a thin shirt or sheet to ease into using them.
mary alison griffith
Great quality for the price and nice looking
I�m happy with this purchase and it suits my budget and needs-doesn�t seem too cheap or flimsy.
Got one for me and one for my wife. Works very well, kinda similar to acupuncture but not quite the same thing. Relieves stress and relaxes you!
All delivered as promised.
This set is fantastic it does take some time to get adjusted to but once you do it is relaxing, and you can feel the warmth, so you know its working. Awesome for beginners.?
Use this everyday and love it!!
This product is not for the thin skinned. It will be very uncomfortable if you expect a soft cushiony massage. However if you enjoy deep tissue or any kind of stimulating massage, then this mat is awesome. It is very well made and packs and unpacks easily. After lying on this mat for 10-15 mins bare skinned your skin will start to tingle and "itch" from the increased blood flow. It is invigorating.
Ted A. Lane
This is a great product. A very healthy product to have. I like the case that allows you to take it on the road.
I have only used this about 5 times so far but I really like it. I'm not sure if these truly can help with anything that they claim to help with but they are relaxing. I have used it on 2 different nights on my bed and I actually fell asleep while lying on it. Granted, when I woke up awhile later it was a tad unpleasant (since I was asleep and not aware I was on it) when I rolled over.
I was concerned thinking my hair would get all tangled in it and then be pulled out by it but it has not. Which was a huge concern of mine.
After using it your back will look like it has a really bad sunburn and that you wrestled with some cactus. Though, that will all go away shortly.
All in all, I am really glad I purchased this item.
I bought this after reading reviews of similar products online and thought I might as well give it a shot. I was not disappointed at all! I was able to tolerate this mat and pillow right away. It felt a little weird at first but I really enjoyed it. You do have to be careful with it as the disks are sharp! I scratched my arm up getting up one day to the point it was bleeding, but I am more careful now and love my mat! Helped a headache that lasted 24 hours!
I LOVE this mat!! It's honestly so wonderful!!! It really helps my back and I find it to be relaxing and soothing. I can't say it helps with my migraines as it is suggested to do, but overall it's still excellent. I try to get my family to try it out, but they're all stubborn and refuse. I guess that's their loss because this mat is great! Also, the price can't be beat compared to the really expensive ones out there.
I bought this nail mat and pillow many years ago and it has been at the end of my bed ever since. If I ever have any pain, including a headache, or am restless and can't sleep... It is always an arms reach away. Once I lay on it I become relaxed, pain free and rested. It's really durable and well made. As much as I've used my nail mat over so many years, it still looks brand new. Anyone who has ever stayed at my home has seen it, found it curious, tried it, and proceeded to buy one the next day! I've recommended the nail mat to people I've worked with and almost anyone who talks to me about aches and pains, and everyone who's bought one has been amazed and happy with their purchase. To me, it's one of those products you buy and actually use. Love it!
This accupressure mat was everything I needed it to be. I've been using this to help with fibromyalgia pain and to help me sleep at night. This mat has become part of my bedtime routine. I sleep noticeably better on nights I use it. I also use it throughout the day if I'm having pain or to relieve extra stress.
This pad and pillow work wonders. My mom has been using it and she said that it greatly reduces her pain. She's in her late 60's and has had multiple neck and back surgeries so anything that helps her pain is a winner in my book.
just used it for the first time - went 30 minutes --- seems to have helped from initial use
Great product for relaxing. And you really do fall asleep on the mat as it is just that relaxing!
Works great. I swear by these mats. They really work for me.
UPDATE: Found it to be more satisfying to use with undershirt. In my opinion, level of pain should be a not be a gauge of benefits of using this mat. (Please note that I lay the mat down on the floor over a carpet sample and not the bed). The benefits is derived via the application of multiple acupressure points seems somewhat similar to applying pressure to muscle trigger points...you don't need to apply pressure to the point of pain...just relief and that's it. You may want to consider having the nails positioned under your upper buttocks / lower back (feels good). I will set timer for 10 minutes then shift my body around a little and then do another 10 minutes. Again, does seem to relax body. Once you are done, put it away and get to bed since you will be in relaxed state. Note: Read that the body regenerates itself from 11:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m., hence, I try make sure that I take what needs to be metabolized in early eve. then do my light massage and acupressure mat and get a good night's sleep.
You got to give it time to get used to using it. It is initially uncomfortable, but after a couple of minutes you adapt. It seems to relax the body. I'm using this to supplement my therapy on my deep glute muscles / piriformis having this assist in relaxing upper / lower back. Thus far seems to give overall muscle relaxation.
This is my second acupressure mat. I use it regularly. It definitely is a great product to help relieve stress, aches, and pains at the end of the day. The first time you use it, it is a little painful, but if you last the first couple minutes it gives you a lot of relief.
I bought this as a gift for my husband. He thought I'd lost my mind...until he used it. Now, it's a part of his nightly routine. He's been using it for over a year now and recommends it to everyone for back pain, stress, or just to unwind.
I love this iteam.its helpful
We both fall asleep almost every single time we use this. We've never gotten to the point where we can lay on it without a thin covering over it, but perhaps we don't practice enough. It's really relaxing though!
love it. It really helps me relax at night. Especially after a long drive. I only bring it out occasionally but seems to work best when you use it right after taking a hot shower. Check out my full review at: [...]
Love the product. Does exactly what it says as far as easing tension, aches & pains, and helping with insomnia. The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is that I ordered a nice tranquil green one...and they sent depressing ugly black...yuck. And I hate sending stuff back, so I just kept it, vented, and moved on with life
It works. It takes getting used to... but I fi ally felt feeling come back in my stiff upper back the first time I laid on it
The product came in a professional looking box with product information on several sides. The bottom of the box had detailed product information, detailed instructions, and safety warnings. I honestly expected to get a little massage mat when I agreed to do a review on this, but this is a much more serious type of product. Upon opening, I immediately saw that this product is not a simple massage mat. It has over 100 circular pressure point discs with several sharp acupressure points on each disc, giving it several thousand individual pressure points. The quality of the construction seems excellent. The discs are attached to the mat very strongly. The top of the mat is closed with velcro and can be opened to remove the inside foam cushion. I assume you can wash the mat after you take out the cushion, but the manual doesn't mention it. If you do, I would suggest washing it separate from other clothing or in a pillowcase because the sharp points can easily damage other items in the wash. The instructions were very clear in use of the product and you should follow them very closely because, like I said before, this isn't a simple massage mat and the points are very sharp. The product description on the box indicates that this product is based on the Asian Indian "Bed of Nails" healing treatments, which I can understand after trying this.
Use and Performance: So I was "All In" in trying this mat out. No shirt, bare back on the mat and neck on the pillow. The instructions suggest that you can use a thin sheet when starting out to get used to the "minor discomfort" mentioned in the instructions. I would suggest this also by using a sheet or wearing a shirt to start out. I lasted about 20 minutes and after the first 5 minutes or so, it became a little more comfortable, but at the start, the pressure points felt very sharp. If you try to adjust, you can scratch yourself up if you aren't careful, so make sure to follow the directions. I am a bigger guy, so a smaller person would probably get a lot less pressure from the contact points. After getting off of it, I had thousands of little dots on my back from the pressure points which went away after a little while. I didn't feel any immediate positive effects, but this type of product is supposed to show improvements over time.
Conclusion: Overall, this is not really my type of product. As a bigger guy, it is a little too uncomfortable for me to use often. I am giving it high marks primarily because it looks like it has a high quality build and does help you apply thousands of tiny pressure points as advertised over your back and neck. As I have said it several times before in this review, this is not a toy, it is a serious acupressure mat and you should read the product information and warnings before purchase and you should follow the instructions very closely. If you are into acupressure mats, you should consider giving this one a try.
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5.0 out of 5 starsThis Shark Find Acupressure Mat helps alleviate lower back pain ...
ByDebHALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon August 7, 2013
When people think of a bed of nails, an old Indian fakir lying on one meditating often comes to mind. No one is laughing much any more with the advent of acupressure mats. The look is often reminiscent of the that bed of nails and in fact is often called a �modern-day bed of nails.� The design is meant to do everything from alleviate pain, improve one�s health, energy, and well-being. Of course I can�t attest to that fact because I haven�t used it all that long, but Dr. Oz and other people swear that the acupressure mats do work. Even ABC news had a short segment about them.
The mat really doesn�t take the place of any treatments anyone is undergoing, acupuncture or otherwise, but is an excellent method to use in between sessions. There are approximately one hundred acupuncture points across the back and with 8820 contact points, it�s bound to hit some of them. When I touch any one of the circular implants on this mat I can feel how sharp they are, however, when I sit or lie down on the mat, I don�t feel that. Usually it�s recommended that you wear clothing such as a thin t-shirt when you start rather than lie on it with your bare skin exposed.
You should lie on it starting at the shoulders on down. I�m using it while seated in a chair so that�s not problematic. When you are lying down or seated, don�t move around. Of course there are cautionary notations given. If you are on a blood thinner or have other physical issues that preclude safe use, don�t purchase an acupressure mat. I have intermittent lower back pain and frankly, my original acupressure mat made me quite comfortable. I flipped it around after the allotted thirty minutes. I also put a blanket underneath to prevent it from scratching my chair. I had trouble finding something to use while seated at the computer and this �modern-day bed of nails� seems to do the trick.
Since I first reviewed the acupressure mat, Shark Find has come out with a �new,� improved model that includes the pillow. One especially nice thing that the older mats didn�t have is a very convenient carrying case made of mesh and nylon. It has a carrying handle that makes it easy to tote around if you are going somewhere. After a using the Acupressure Mat for a while I handed it along to a friend who used it in much the same manner I did at her desk and seems to like it. The pillow is an excellent addition because if you choose to lie on your back while using it, your head and neck receive support as well as relieve the tension from your neck area. Keep in mind these mats are not for everyone so do your research before purchasing. I�m including some of the information from the enclosed brochure below.
POSSIBLE HEALTH AND THERAPEUTIC BENEFITS OF Shark Find ACUPRESSURE MATS:
~ Increases energy levels and improves sleep
~ Improve the quality of sleep and banish insomnia forever
~ Increase the levels of feel-good hormones known as endorphins
~ Massage Mat specification relieves stress, aches, pains, and muscle tension
~ Improve circulation to every part of the body
~ Improve digestion and speeds up metabolism
~ Increase the uptake of oxygen
~ Excellent for after injury, preventing further injury and ensuring a speedy return to sport.
~ Used in physiotherapy, Pilates, Yoga, Fitness
~ Promote overall well-being and balances the vital life forcs of the body
~ Feel the most relaxed in years
At first, your body needs to adjust to it. Once you've used it for more than 2 times you get the hang of it and start to feel its effects.
Tough to get used to but it feels good
It really gets my energy flowing!!! I thought it would hurt, but it doesn't. That and a hot shower, I feel like a new person!!!!!
Queen of Critics
Wow Absolutely amazing product immediately I felt a complete difference.
I suffer from bulging discs in my lower back and neck as well work at a hands on demanding job. This truly just changed up the game.
2words JUST GREAT!!!! I use it everyday
I LOVE THESE THINGS- they are the best invention ever!
I used to be an acupuncture addict but it's just not doable on a full-time student budget. Acupressure mats are no substitute for deep needles but they can really help relieve lots of other pain and generally leave you feeling blissful. Clearly, this is the next best option!
I'm extremely active and do a lot of sport, yoga, meditation etc and I'm also a full-time student in research, so I spend plenty of time at a desk too. 20 mins of zoning out on the mat a day at lunch time is amazing for concentration during long study sessions.
Let's talk about pain relief though- the real highlight of the acupressure mat! My ailments of the past include torn knee muscle (medial meniscus), dislocated jaw + TMJ issues, pleurisy+ costochondritis (all injury induced after sport!!) and I get regularly tight hamstrings (always have- thanks to years of running) + ITBs (post-knee injury), sore shoulders from slouching over desks and bad menstrual-related pain (lower back stiffness/soreness + lower abdomen cramps).
I can spend hours on an acupressure mat and I have found that it really helps alleviate the tightness you feel in muscles after an injury (even for jaw problems- like the TMJ issues!). The whole area relaxes and the pressure points get your circulation flowing too, good for blistering midwest winter mornings. I love to stand on it for 10 mins in the morning while I stretch too to wake up my feet!
I use the mat while meditating, have fallen asleep on it lots and will use it on every area of my body. For menstrual-related aches, nothing beats the acupressure mat on your butt/lower back for an hour and then on the front lower abdomen for 30 mins (if you can stand it- front side is very sensitive). I used to take about 6 regular dose ibuprofen during the first 28-32 hours of my period, but I've found that if I take 2 tablets as soon as I feel anything coming on and then get straight onto the mat, I don't need to take any more. To be honest, that has been the best part of the acupressure mat.
Another happy bonus was the relief I get after flying. My ears are always worse for wear after travel due to the pressure and I get ear infections all the time. Side-of-face-on-mat seems to work wonders for unblocking the channels between your nose, throat and ears because it relaxes that whole area and gets the blood flowing. Combined with a heat pack, it makes me feel so much better and helps clear up the area faster. (Adding some camphor/menthol help, e.g.: Tiger Balm on your jaw and Vicks vapodrops lollies, clears your sinuses extremely quickly too. Some killer horseradish or wasabi -fresh only- will also help!)
The mat is no panacea for any condition and generally shouldn't be a substitute for other treatments but I have found that it is extremely helpful in getting back to feeling better and almost back to normal. I highly recommend it as a compliment to whatever else you use to treat your maladies.
(NB: the mat comes with a warning that it's not suitable for pregnant ladies, but I guess if you're diabetic, pregnant or have any other serious condition you should be consulting professionals about all of this stuff anyway.)
I've also owned more than 1 of these mats in the past and notice no difference between brands. Consequently, if you're tossing up between options with a couple of extra dollars to save somewhere, you basically get the same mat in each package- so no need to worry. I wouldn't buy one for less than $20 though due to quality concerns.
This brand is great because it has a handy travel bag which I love because I am ALWAYS traveling! Also I live in a studio, so it means easy storage! Apart from that, nothing makes this particular brand stand out. Whichever mat you choose, definitely get one with a head rest- it adds to the relaxing atmosphere and really completes the package. Enjoy!
I've noticed a definite difference since starting to use this mat. Acupressure is an excellent addition to use between acupuncture sessions. I imagine the rating will go higher as I get used to it, but I noticed immediately that even using a light sheet or wearing a t-shirt is too much; I was able to go straight to skin contact. Once you become accustomed to the initial sensation, you'll find it can be quite nice.
I bought this hearing about all the good Acupuncture can do to the body. I read about this being sharp and it wasn't all that sharp. I guess I am a little more tolerant to pain I guess. I didn't wear a shirt the 1st time but was able to stay on it for 20 minutes. A week later I can stay on it for an hour or so. I had some lower back pain along with upper spine pain. Also My legs and feet feel fatigue with having to walk a lot at work. I can tell you that in the week I have used it my back pain has almost gone away. I use to feel pain in the morning but no longer do. My legs have felt much better as well as my feet. I can feel the tension slipping away similar to taking a warm bath with Epsom salts. I also had a headache dissapear using this product. I use it daily and its normally 45 mins to an hour or so. I would recommend this to anyone experiencing pain. It does not cost a lot and worth the benefits of feeling good.
I love this product! It is so helpful for stress relief, as well as muscle pain/tension relief.
SHAWN R JERMAN
Use it every day.
As described. And I like it
Has worked wonders to make me feel better. Very painful to use in the beginning, but followed advice using clothing and starting with 10 minutes. Bought another one to have one at work. Like this one much better.
I love my mat. I have lupus and chronic pain. This may not only relaxed me from the everyday stresses but also helps relieve back pain. I love it and highly recommend it to anyone. I have a few friends who are buying one soon!!
I purchased this for myself as I have studied a form of acupressure and have had acupunture treatments. I fully believe and partake in many holistic treatment regimens. I was very excited when my acupressure mat arrive. The mat and pillow are covered in small round discs that have multiple pointed protrusions coming from them. There are not really sharp but are pointy. I tried the mat with and without clothes. Bare skin was somewhat discomforting after several minutes but wearing a t-shirt didn't proved the benefits I was looking for. I am thinking the t-shirt was too thick as it was made of a heavier material. I next tried a thinner t-shirt which was much better but still not the same as bare skin. Then I looked at how I was position. I was propped up on a pillow with the mat underneath me, I am sure this positioning applied too much pressure at certain points which caused the discomfort. I then tried laying flat which was much more better. so with all that being said you simply will have to experiment with the mat and pillow and see what positioning works best for you and whether or not you prefer bare skin or an article of clothing between you and the mat. I will say it would not be very unsanitary to share the mat and pillow with another person due the pointed discs are embedded on a fabric. I personally would not want to laundry my mat for fear that the discs would come un-embedded, so if and when it ever became soiled I would definitely hand wash and allow to air dry. The mat has a piece of foam sandwich inside that can be easily removed in case you did have to clean the mat. All and all I really like my acupressure mat and it is a unique piece to add to my holistic health arsenal.
I received this product either free or at a reduced price in exchange for my honest review. I count on Shark Find reviews when I purchase items for myself to make economical and responsible decisions, this is why I elected to start reviewing in order to help others make responsible decisions as well.
Helped in a matter of days with my pinched nerve
I was a little skeptical at first but gave it a try after reading reviews. I'm sold on it now!
I had an acute pain in my neck, shoulders and biceps. I found this extremely useful.
A must for people who believe in acupressure.
Great product.... just as described ! Feels great !!!
This product is amazing! I enjoy laying on both the mat and neck roll. I have herniated discs c4-c7 and this does wonders for my neck. On my back it's a bonus! I have laid on it for 40 mins at a time with ease.
Really like this product and have I've tried others. I'd prefer adjustable attachment points for the 2 pieces.
its bee great so far!
Great for pain relief, relaxation and if I'm tired in the middle of the day it even gives me an energy boost.
First time using an acupressure mat but it felt good to lay on and will use it again as needed. Though, if it hadn't been an Shark Find lighting deal I probably wouldn't have purchased it.
I really like this Acupressure mat. I had no idea what to expect with this, but when I saw it on a lightning deal, thought I'd give it a try. What is it? Well, it's a bazillion little points glued onto a clothing covering a thin foam pad. It's not complex. What it does is nothing short of amazing! When you lay down on it, it hurts considerably. But within minutes, that pain subsides, your back begins to feel warm, and pretty soon I'm completely relaxed. Every time I use it, I fall asleep. The instructions suggest working your way up to longer durations starting with 20 minutes, but from the get go, an hour was no problem. Other reviewers didn't like the pillow, but I think it's a great addition. I wedge it into the top of my shoulders, helping them relax, and then it cradles my neck. The spikes in my scalp feel like someone scratching my head.
The only reason I'm rating this at 4 starts, cost is very high for what this is. If you google Acupressure Mat, you'll find similar products for 1/5th the price. I would definitely buy again, though.
Used it for my neck pain. Pain was gone after 2 uses.
Takes a bit of getting used to but it becomes enjoyable and relaxing very quickly.
I was a bit skeptical, I will admit. However; it in general relaxed me and my muscle tension. I had been suffering from shoulder and neck discomfort and was searching for a non medicinal solution. Laying on the mat and pillow really did help. It is not by any means a permanent fix and you really need to have the mind and beliefs of a holistic person to get gratification from this acupressure mat. I'm glad I gave it chance. (fyi, this first few times using it may be fairly "uncomfortable" when you get off of it. It sort of gave me a "sun burned" feeling that lasted about 30 minutes afterwards". But after using it a few times my neck and shoulder pain slowly started disappearing.
don't know what I did without it- a true marvel!!!
After buying this mat, my husband has pretty much stolen this from me lol. The first few times I laid on it, barebacked, I had a very intense feeling for about 2 minutes..then everything kind of goes numb. I found that it relaxed me and helped me get a deeper sleep. My husband, on the other hand, lays on it for less than 5 minutes and is knocked out! I have to wake him up to get him off the mat, otherwise he would sleep on it all night! I have no idea how the science behind this works, but it really does make for a good nights rest.
Joseph D Bogusky
Very effective and cost effective option.
This mat is surprisingly helpful. I was skeptical about whether or not it would work, and it doesn't work ALL the time; but using it can help me relax after a rough day. Twenty minutes on the mat can help as much as 40 minutes of meditation. I have chronic insomnia; and while it doesn't seem to help me get to sleep, if I wake up in the night, it can help me move towards a more relaxed and drowsy state and increase the chance of dozing off. I can't give it a 5-star glowing review, but I would recommend it due to the moderate price and reasonable success I have had in increasing my ability to relax when using the mat.
it really help my back pain
My husband and I use the mat every night to wind down and relax while listening to meditation music. I feel like it gets the blood flowing for better circulation and increased muscle recovery after our daily exercise routines. I highly recommend this for anyone who exercises regularly.
I am a skeptic. I wasn't sure about this when I purchased it, but due to severe tension and insomnia due to difficulty relaxing I decided to give it a try. I really love this product. I got used to it quickly, and once I did it felt amazing. Euphoric even. It really increases the blood flow to your skin, and you can feel it heating up at the surface. My only regret is that I got pregnant shortly after buying it, so I have to wait a while before I can use it again. (All accupressure mats are not recommended for pregnant women because they affect your blood flow).
This is the first time I tried and it works for me. I actually fall asleep on this thing. I don't use the pillow as much. but I see it wears out faster than I like. It's just regular foam very thin and it's not fully enclosed.
This mat is awesome. Definitely takes a few times to get used to but you'll love it!
great mat... feels amazing
feels great, cheap price. Will be reviewed on our site: http://www.youtube.com/anythingstrangetv
We fall asleep on this mat, and it's very relaxing.
It works great for sore back and tension. Takes some getting use to but it is worth it.
It works on releasing muscle tension!
This is SUPER relaxing when you get yourself properly lined up on it (and you don't have doggies in your face trying to figure out why you are on the floor).
I think the only improvement (for me) would be to offer two different size 'pillows'. The one that comes with this set is a little too big for me, as I have a fairly small neck....maybe I need 'child-size'.
I love the refreshing feeling after getting off of this mat. I usually lay on it for 10 minutes after savasana, for a deeper mediation.
Shockingly Effective. Amazing pain relief. Takes some getting used to, but once you do. . . infinite possibilities. I find it to be a great way to relax before bed.
It is not how the directions suggest to use it, but I've also found it to be an effective tool for my minor aches and pains from my workouts. One day my Iliotibial band (side of thigh) was tight and causing me hip and knee pain, so on a whim I tried laying down on my side with my leg on it. It was so painful at first, I could only bear it for 5 minutes. But that was it. No more pain or tightness. Usually it takes me a week or longer to get the ITB to relax. It was totally different than the foam rolling technique I usually use, but it was so much more effective. Shockingly Effective.
Everyone should keep one of these handy for minor insomnia, minor aches and pains, and general body balancing first aid!
This is amazing. It relieves all of my tension and ends up being so relaxing that I can fall asleep on it.
Love this! And it is exactly the same as the higher priced mats sold here, and the same as the set on another website that sells the two piece set at over $100.00! I did my research, hopefully I can help you make your mind up. This is authentic as any other you will find here. More even. I love it! I went bareback (lol) first try, I did 20minutes whole back, and using the neck pillow. Then turned the mat sideways to focus on shoulders for an additional 10mins. The trick is to not wiggle around on it. Place your mat, sit and lay directly onto the mat. Of course you will feel it. But I would not at all say it is painful. You warm up after a few minutes. I used a scented weighted eye cover to add to the experience. Very relaxing! After you are done, it feel like you just had a pro massage, you know that feeling of euphoria. Great buy! And a great way to relax if that is all you are seeking. (Also known as "Bed of nails" "Bedofnails.***")
Love this item.
The package was wrapped excellently and everything was in it. Nothing missing.
Works perfectly for me. I go to the gym like 5-6 days a week and use it like every other day.
When it's your first time, no doubt it's quite painful. But as your body gets used to it, it's a great relief!
I like this it's very relaxing. I'm only giving it 4 stars become the pillow is took high for me
I've used this every day and night since getting it and I really like it! Granted I dove right in and started off at over 30 minutes which may not be wise for those with lower tolerances for discomfort. I've started falling asleep on it (not on purpose) bc the sensations relax me so much, like when I would go in for acupuncture. I've compared mine to a much more expensive one a friend owns and I didn't see much of a difference in material or construction of the mat. Only real difference was hers came with a more contoured pillow and mine has one similar to a neck roll pillow cut in half lengthwise. I'm thinking of buying this same one for a buddy who, like me, enjoys the after effects of acupuncture but has less and less time to go way out of the way to a decent place for the procedure!
If you aren't used to things that push your physical limits, start off with the recommended 5 minutes or so, with a thin sheet over the plastic spikes until you build a tolerance! And also, drink a bottle of water before and after! (yes 32 oz minimum) as I've found doing so, I immediately go to the bathroom, and any headaches or sinus ailments seem to dissapate much quicker than when I'm not as hydrated
This is amazing for helping me feel better when experiencing a back ache, headache and cramps.
I love this mat! I even brought this on to show my chiropractor and masseuse. They both couldn't believe that it was so comfortable!
Super flexible so you can roll it up and put it in its handy carrying bag. Nice green color. Feels UHmazing and so relaxing
I purchased this because I suffer with back pain everyday. I had an extra $25 gift card so I thought I'd try this product out. It seems to help relax the muscles and gives some relief.
I was a skeptical about this working but I was also desperate for sleep and was willing to give anything a try as long as it wasn't a pill. Wow! Admittedly a little uncomfortable the first couple of times but it get better the longer you lay on it. I could feel my body start to relax and I want to lay on it longer and longer. I sleep so much better when I use it and I don't wake up in the middle of the night like I used to. I'm going to start tracking my sleep with my Fitbit again to see if I'm moving and waking less as well. I stopped using my Fitbit to track sleep because it seemed useless before when I knew I wasn't sleeping well. Now I can compare the before and after. I digress. I totally recommend this and I will start recommending it to my patients too. It's a great investment.
I can't believe how the pain in my back is gone! Noticed relief right from the start. Started out a few minutes with a tee shirt on. Worked my way up to bare-back. My pain in gone. Haven't had to go to the chiropractor since!
Like laying on a bed of nails.... except much nicer and calmer. Very relaxing.