Acupressure Mat and Pillow

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What are the uses and benefits of acupressure mats?

What is it for?

  • Muscle contractures: this is a product that concentrates all the benefits of acupressure on the body, but is designed for the care of minor injuries such as contractures, which are irregular groupings of muscles that do not have their elastic capacity intact. The mat works the sore muscle area with its lotus flower-shaped points, which combine with the body’s natural movements to give a relaxing massage until the fibers unravel.
  • To treat injuries: As mentioned above, this mat addresses minor injuries such as cramps, feelings of fatigue, muscle tension and stiffness in the lower back. When it comes to serious and chronic injuries, it is better to have the opinion of a specialist to know the indications and contraindications in specific cases. An injury is considered mild when its symptoms disappear in a period of no more than 72 hours, after which time there should always be a clinical examination.
  • Muscle pains: these pains may appear due to sports, when the fibers do not have enough rest and due to a change in physical activity at the office. Every night, spend 15 to 20 minutes lying on the mat and you will see that the level of muscle pain decreases when it comes to exhaustion. In these cases, the use of this product has no major contraindications.
  • Back and neck pain: this model of acupressure mat is specifically designed to treat lower back and neck injuries. The main causes of discomfort are sitting many hours a day, making sudden movements and maintaining poor body posture, the vertebrae in the cervical and lower back suffer for these reasons, pain in these areas can be crippling if not addressed in time.
  • Headache and migraines: a good use of this product ensures that repetitive headaches reduce their intensity when they originate in the cervical. Pressure on the discs, excessive curvature and fatigue cause the neck to strain and cause headaches. Migraine is also a consequence of cervical injuries and its symptoms are minimized with this mat.
  • Sciatica: the nerves in the lower back and legs are compressed by overwork in the vertebrae, the result of too much stress in the office or poor sports techniques that cause injury to the tissues and bone structure of the back. As it is a progressive injury, you should be attentive to pain and tiredness in the lumbar area to start using the mat.
  • Low back pain: this is increased tension and stiffness in the lower back, in the muscle groups and vertebrae in this area. Since it is a muscular ailment, the mat will bring this tension down and the pain will be minimal. But if it is about tears, it is better to have a clinical review and a physiotherapist who will let you know if it is convenient or not the use of this self-massage product.
  • Reflexology: This technique shares some pressure points with acupuncture and acupressure, but you can use the knowledge of the location of these key points to provide relief from injuries such as cramps and muscle stiffness. It is not recommended to attempt to use this product directly on joints, its use is indicated for hard and soft tissues. By stimulating the key points of the body, you will see that you get relief and total relaxation.
  • Cellulite: sometimes cellulite causes pain. It is a lesion caused by difficulties in blood circulation, so acupressure is useful to facilitate better venous return to help reduce the discomfort of this evil. In addition, when there is better circulation, there is less likelihood of cellulite in areas such as the buttocks and legs.
  • Massage on trigger points: although to massage these points moderate pressure is needed, the weight of the body on the mat works well to achieve proper stimulation. Remember that it is not recommended to lie on this product for more than 20 minutes. It is best that you know the location of these points before using the acupressure mat.
  • Plantar fasciitis: the fascia is a tough tissue, but sensitive to the effects of the acupressure mat. By placing your feet on the stimulating points of this product, you make a better relaxation of the tissue and reduce the symptoms of plantar fasciitis, which affects people who overuse their feet as runners. It only takes a few seconds of use to see the benefits.
  • Fibromyalgia: this pathology has multiple symptoms such as fatigue, tiredness and generalized pain in the body. If you are trying to find an alternative relief, this acupressure mat will be very useful because you will find relax your body and mind, until you get the state of rest you’ve been looking for. Just lie on the mat for 10 minutes and the natural movement of the body will do all the work.
  • Release adhesions: these adhesions generate confusing and internal pain, it is often not easy to detect adhesions unless you have recently undergone surgery, this is one of the major risk factors. The best way to avoid this condition is to lie down for at least 15 minutes a day on the mat and try to have a deep mental relaxation. This will help to relax the whole organism.
  • Meditation and Yoga: if you combine the benefits of this acupressure kit with yoga, there will be an improvement in relaxation and muscular effects that yoga movements generate. Meditation and yoga are two of the most recommended practices to avoid muscle tension and the benefit reaches its peak when people use the acupressure mat for these activities.

What are the benefits?

  • Pain relief: Pain from minor injuries is perfectly manageable with the acupressure mat, so don’t hesitate to use this product to find immediate relief if you have spent your day with discomfort in areas such as the back, shoulders and legs. This model covers all of these areas at once.
  • Stress Reduction: When you get in the habit of using the acupressure cushion and mat daily, you can manage the stress levels that build up in your busy day. This is an intuitive product in these cases, so all you need to do is lie down, disconnect from your surroundings and find a state of relaxation that facilitates the massage.
  • Improved relaxation: this is a self-massage tool, and although it covers the whole body, it is easy to carry to the office or anywhere you go. You want a body relaxation is a sign that you have a busy schedule, prevents the body from taking its toll and you have to go to the doctor for the consequences of letting yourself be overcome by stress.
  • Reduction of muscle tension: acupressure is highly effective in relieving tension, as well as the massage mat. In a tense muscle there is accumulated energy that can be released with a simple massage, as long as the indicated time is taken to avoid overstimulation in the affected part of the body.
  • Promotes muscle flexibility: and if you have a tense muscle, it is synonymous that its flexibility capacity has been compromised, so you will have discomfort when you move your arm and stretch it. Stimulating the muscle fibers causes them to relax and the affected cells to recover from this tension.
  • They reduce blood pressure: when blood flow puts pressure on the walls of veins and vessels, there is pain in the lower extremities. In addition, people often deal with constant inflammatory processes as well. Use this mat daily for relief when circulatory difficulties occur.
  • Improves circulation: although its forte is the treatment of minor physical injuries. Massages with this mat allow it to improve blood circulation which often leaves swelling and pain in the legs and feet. Both parts of the body can be addressed with a good massage with this acupressure mat.
  • Promotes the elimination of toxins: like any good massage, toxins generated by physical activity and sport leave the body through circulatory stimulation. When you do not have the opportunity to cool your body after sports training, this tool can also generate the same cooling effect. Make this mat your ally if you practice sports.
  • Improves immune function: the body requires good defenses to fight infectious and bacteriological diseases. The use of massages, even with this acupressure mat, makes the body healthier and immune functions are better focused on diseases and not on muscle recovery.
  • Accelerates recovery: every physical injury requires rest and stimulation for the affected cells to initiate a natural regeneration process. But remember that this mat is designed for the treatment of minor injuries, so be aware of its limitations. When the fibers are rested and massaged, muscle recovery takes less time and is more effective.
  • Increases endorphin levels: If you did not know, pain and stress are factors that cause the body to release endorphins, a compound that is a medicine for the body. By offering massages, the body releases a greater amount of endorphins and recovery from injuries is accelerated. Likewise, there should be no abuse in the time of use of this self-massage mat.
  • Improves rest: when the body and mind are relaxed, people get a better, deeper sleep, thus reducing sleepless nights due to the stress of everyday life. When the body does not get enough sleep, there is a higher risk of physical injuries and mental exhaustion, two of the reasons that affect people’s quality of life.
  • Injury prevention: the advantage with this product is that you have total control of the prevention of physical and sports injuries. You do not depend on third parties to keep you active in your favorite activities. By preventing injuries, you protect your body, muscles work better, blood pressure is regulated and pains disappear. Cells are better prepared to deal with future ailments that often cannot be avoided no matter how hard we try.
  • Improves athletic performance: No product will make your body stronger and more resilient, but in the sports world, the more time you spend being active, the more likely you are to be a better professional and the more likely your body will adapt to changes in training intensity. Try to give yourself a well-deserved rest.

How to use?

By areas of use

  • On the face: As the skin on the face is quite sensitive, you should be careful with the use of the acupressure cushion. Although there are certainly trigger points on the front of the face, the best use of this cushion is to place it on the side of the face, thus activating the points located on the cheek and cheekbones. This will also have a skin rejuvenating effect. The lotus flowers on the mat are hard, made of plastic, so there should be no sudden movements of the head.
  • On the hands and arms: It is best if you lie flat on the floor on the acupressure mat. While resting and allowing the benefits of this massage, rest your hands and arms on the mat. The pressure on the muscles will start the relaxing massage on the musculature of the upper extremities. You can make mobility in the fingers.
  • On the back: From the cervical to the lumbar area there are a lot of trigger points that are stimulated by the small tips that incorporate lotus flowers, specially placed to increase blood flow without the need for you to make movements. Remember that these flowers will adapt to the shape of your back until they reach a state of rest and relaxation.
  • On the abdomen: While lying on your stomach, try to relax your back and let your whole body weight fall on your abdomen. If you have very sensitive skin, try placing the mat on the bed and you will see that the pressure is greatly reduced on the abdominal skin until it gets used to the initial feeling of pressure. Ideally, the mat should be used on the floor for this area of the body.
  • On the legs: To stimulate the thigh points, it is best if you do it while sitting, either in a chair with padding or on a comfortable sofa, but the recommendation is that the mat is on a hard surface so that there is better pressure on the skin and muscle fibers. Again, it is important to remember that there should be no extra movements and if you are a little overweight, lean on your hands to prevent your body from falling all at once on the mat.
  • On the feet: You can use the mat itself or the acupressure cushion to massage the feet, this product is ideal in the treatment of plantar fasciitis. You can even give mobility in the toes so that there is greater relaxation in the tissues located in the metatarsal area. This is a routine that you can do daily if you work long hours standing or a long time sitting, and thus counteract the immobility of the day to day.

By time and frequency of use

  • From 20 to 40 seconds: in this time interval, the body begins to improve the flow of blood through the veins and blood vessels, this has the benefit of regulating blood pressure.
  • From 1 to 3 minutes: the body begins to regulate the temperature, which favors muscle recovery because there is greater blood circulation that carries more oxygen and nutrients to the tissues.
  • From 4 to 5 minutes: the complete restoration of the body begins to take shape, you feel relief in the affected areas and the body temperature increases progressively. The body adapts to the pressure of the lotus flowers.
  • From 6 to 15 minutes: the correct blood flow throughout the body progresses, muscle recovery moves to a state of relaxation and the feeling of relief gives people greater pleasure.
  • From 15 to 20 minutes: in this time the benefits of acupressure therapy through the mat are fully perceived, the body is already in a kind of trance of relaxation and total well-being.

Other forms of use

  • If you tend to have constant back pain, it is recommended to use the acupressure mat once or twice a day, in a time interval between 30 and 60 minutes.
  • When migraine invades your daily dynamics, this product should be used for 15 to 20 minutes daily. Use the cushion as a support for your head or neck, try to relax your mind and neck.
  • For women it is very useful in case of menstrual cramps. Just use the acupressure blanket for 25 to 30 minutes a day. Place the product on a soft pillow for better contact in the sacral area.
  • And if you have insomnia problems, it is best to use the product for 20 to 30 minutes while lying in bed with the light off, set an alarm to avoid spending the night on the mat.
  • Even to have more elasticity in the skin, use the mat daily for 5 to 10 minutes on the area you want to treat.
  • Do you find it hard to get up in the morning? Perhaps you should use this therapeutic mat on your hands and feet for up to 10 minutes a day to gain vitality.

F.A.Q: Preguntas frecuentes

Are there any contraindications to the use of acupressure mats and cushions?

Although this is a simple product to use, you should take into account some recommendations and contraindications.

  • If you are an oncology patient, consult your specialist.
  • It is contraindicated in people with blood clotting disorders.
  • During pregnancy, it is not recommended to use the acupressure mat in areas such as the lumbar area and abdomen. It should only be used to reduce swelling in the legs.
  • It should also not be used on people with epileptic seizures.
  • Avoid using this product in cases of burns and skin infections, also when there are open wounds.
  • In case of heart disease, consult your doctor.
  • The use of the mat is not recommended for acute illnesses and should always be under medical supervision.

Do lotus flower acupressure mats really work?

In 2020, a study conducted by the Institute of Clinical and Experimental Medicine of the University of Latvia, determined that the result of the use of these acupressure mats is that people have a feeling of relief from pain and with them they achieve a deep state of relaxation. Undoubtedly, the use of this product can be a great complement for a holistic treatment of people’s health. You should know that we are not only a physical body, but also our thoughts and emotions condition us in our daily well-being, therefore, any help to reduce stress and bad thoughts will help us to feel better.

Why do you sometimes get red skin when using the acupressure blanket?

This is a normal effect due to the pressure that the lotus flowers exert on the skin, at this level the blood flow slows down and the dermis takes on this color. But this is a temporary effect and this will disappear minutes after the end of the therapy.

How to clean and care for lotus flower carpet to make it last longer?

There is important care that you should take into consideration:

  • It is not a product for children to play with, it prevents damage to the flowers.
  • Avoid folding the mat with the lotus flowers inwards.
  • Keep this product in a dry place away from sunlight.
  • You can only wet the surface of the mat, remove the coconut fiber filling to clean it.
  • Use only cold water and hand wash this product.
  • When hand washing, use a soft bristle brush to remove any stains.

What are the differences between acupressure therapy, acupuncture and reflexology?

To have a good use of this acupressure mat, you must understand how the different techniques differ.

  • Acupressure: knuckles, hands and fingers are used to stimulate trigger points and bring relief to the muscle groups where you have aches and pains. It is a therapy that facilitates muscle recovery. It also stimulates collateral points and meridians in the transmission of body energy.
  • Acupuncture: shares the same trigger points, but during stimulation needles are used and not fingers or hands. Both therapies do not last more than 45 minutes and have minimal contraindications.
  • Reflexology: this technique seeks to apply pressure, mainly on the hands and feet, in search of a physical reaction and pain relief in other parts of the body. It is based on the body being reflected in specific areas of the extremities.

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