If you’re like me and have only just heard about the Shakti Mat, you might be wondering what all the fuss is about!
It’s because the Shakti Mat combines the ancient healing practice of acupressure with modern technology to create a uniquely special experience, one that helps you stimulate your body’s natural healing powers so you feel more relaxed and more vibrant.
What is the Acupressure Shakti Mat?
It’s been called the modern version of the Indian ‘bed of nails’, designed to stimulate blood circulation while providing acupressure, to help balance the body, mind and spirit. It can help with:
– Pain in the back, neck and shoulders
– Muscle tension
– Insomnia, difficulty falling asleep
– Tension headaches
– Increased energy
– Quicker recovery after exercise
People suffering from back pain, neck pain, stress, sciatica, insomnia, digestive problems, poor circulation, fatigue, cellulite and other disorders have benefited from using the Shakti Mat.
The Shakti Mat is a very efficient tool when it comes to resolving tension and administering deep relaxation.
How does Acupressure Shakti Mat work?
The Original Shakti Mat has 6000 acupressure points to stimulate the release of endorphins and a range of other calming hormones. It also increases the blood and lymph circulation which has a detoxifying, stimulating and healing effect. The release of endorphins triggers a self-healing mechanism in the body and also blocks pain. The result is a sense of deep relaxation and well-being, even increased levels of happiness.
How to use the Shakti Mat?
Place your Shakti Mat on a bed or other soft surface. A neck pillow or a rolled-up towel should be placed underneath your Shakti Mat to support your neck. Lie in a comfortable position so that your skin rests in contact with the points. Relax and breathe deeply. If your skin is very sensitive, you may want to start out with a thin cloth between yourself and the mat.
However, this will, lessen the effect of the treatment. Initially, 10-15 minutes on the mat may be enough but you can gradually increase your sessions to 20-40 minutes. It doesn’t matter if you spend more time on the mat or even fall asleep on it. Use the Shaki Mat whenever you have time and feel the urge, preferably every day, if possible!
Here are 4 Ways to Use your Mat for Better Health
Duration 5+ Minutes
You can expect:
- A rejuvenated feeling, as though you have just had a foot massage
- A boost in circulation
- Improved energy levels
- A reflexology treatment for the entire body
Reflexology is based on the principle that the anatomy of the body is reflected on reflex zones on the feet, hands and ears. Stimulating or sedating a reflex zone triggers a response in the corresponding area of the body. Reflexology helps to create a healthy harmonious state within the body and triggers the body’s natural powers of self healing.
Tip: Start off in socks, and slowly build up to bare feet
Neck and Shoulders
Duration 10+ Minutes
You can expect:
- An immediate reduction in shoulder and neck tension
- Rapid relief from headaches
- Warmth into the neck and shoulders from a vast boost in circulation
- A release of endorphins, your body’s natural feel good hormone
Endorphin release will calm the symptoms of a migraine or headache while increased circulation and reduced muscle tension can work to remove the underlying cause.
Tip: You can roll up the mat like the photo above or place a rolled-up towel underneath a flat mat for the same effect.
Duration 20+ Minutes
You can expect:
- To be put into a deep, relaxed state
- Relief from upper, lower and middle back pain
- A release of muscle tension. This relieves the pressure on the spine, pinched nerves and restores normal blood circulation to the area
- A noticeable reduction in stress. Chronic stress is the leading cause of a vast number of mental and physical ailments
Using your Shakti Mat as part of your bedtime routine and prepare yourself for a deep restful sleep. Try placing the Shakti Mat in bed, lie still and listen to restful music – many people find themselves falling into a much deeper sleep.
Duration 5-10 Minutes
- Your muscles to warm and relax, perfect for post-run recovery
- Relief from restless leg syndrome
As we age, our joints and inter-vertebral discs start to degenerate from the lack of nutrients and hydration. Stimulation the Shakti Mat provides increases blood-circulation, which helps bring oxygen, nutrients, pain reducing and anti-inflammatory hormones to the joints, bones, muscles and other damaged tissue.
If you would like more information on the Shakti Mat or to find out how to purchase one, visit: https://www.shaktimat.co.nz/
Or go in to the draw to win a Shakti Mat here.