Acupressure Mat : 5 Key Health Benefits and How to use it.

Acupressure Mat : 5 Key Health Benefits and How to use it.

Benefits of Acupressure Mat

An Acupressure Mat makes use of the principal of ancient Eastern medicinal treatments that targets our body's acupoints (or meridians) for multiple health benefits. 

By applying pressure to different acupoints, it increases the flow of blood and "chi" which is used for treating conditions from insomnia, stress, high blood pressure, muscle tightness and so on.

And the best part is, with our Kholana™️ acupressure mat, we can enjoy these benefits in the comfort of our own houses.

Acupressure mat for Back Pain, Better Sleep and Stress Relief

Better Sleep

One of the signs of better sleep is to have a good long sleep without waking up throughout the night. There have been research[1]  showing that acupressure helped people wake up less and sleep better during the night. In one randomized clinical trial, patients reported improved sleep quality as soon as they started receiving acupressure massage[2] 

Stimulates production of endorphins

The massage mat applies pressure deep into the acupressure points across the body which encourages the pituitary glands to release endorphins into our bloodstream. Endorphins are known as “feel good” hormones[3]  as it interacts with our neuron receptors to trigger the feeling of happiness or “"euphoria".

Relieves stress & anxiety

An additional benefit of increased level of endorphins is that it helps reduce stress and anxiety[4]  as your brain and body enters a state of relaxation. 

Reduces muscle tension

In an interview with Harvard medical acupuncture professor, he explained that acupressure points are everywhere, from our head to neck and back and legs. These points are believed to be connected to the myofascial tissue around our muscles and are linked through the meridian channels of our bodies.

During an acupuncture treatment, specific points are activated to achieve its intended effects so you may have needles placed in your calves that can release tension held in your back or shoulders. Comparatively, the acupressure mat stimulates dozens of these points at once and it releases the tension held within the muscles across the body.

Increase blood circulation

An acupressure mat promotes blood flow as it raises the level of nitric oxide, which is the chemical known for increasing the circulation of blood flow. This increased flow means more blood supply to our muscles and organs along with nutrients and oxygen that helps recovery and improvement in performance of our body.

And when your organs performing its peak, that helps us perform at our optimal level both mentally and physically. Since we now know the benefits, let us get into how to use it

How to use an Acupressure Mat

How to use an acupressure mat for back and stomach How to use an acupressure mat for jaw and while sitting

For those that are using an acupressure mat for the first time, we encourage you to have a layer of fabric between yourself and the mat to start on a lower intensity first. However, as you get more accustomed to the sensation, we recommend to use the mat directly against your skin to maximise the benefits. 

On most occasions, you will be laying the mat on a flat surface. The most common one is your floor but it can also be on the bed or on the couch (only if your couch is not too soft)

After the mat has been placed, lie down slowly on the mat with your back while distributing your body weight evenly across the points of the mat.

As mentioned, it may feel uncomfortable at first, so try to relax and allow the body to get used to the feeling. When it starts to become a comfortable feeling, continue laying on it for 20 minutes for an energizing and rejuvenating experience or for 20-40 minutes to feel calm and relaxed for a good rest afterwards.

This general method is commonly used when trying to alleviate back pain, feel relaxed, or to help encourage a better sleep. After knowing the general method to use an acupressure mat, there are other methods of usage for specific issues.

Now that you know the benefits of and how to use an acupressure mat, it is time to get your own Kholana™️ acupressure mat and improve your quality of life today!

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