Evening Self Care Routine
Lie On My Shakti Mat
From Georgina Caro's Blog: Here
If I’m feeling low on energy, in need of a little boost or have back pain I will spend 20 minutes laying on my *YOKE acupressure mat and pillow, also known as a Shakti mat. Acupressure has been practised in China and Northern India for well over 2,000 years but only really grew in popularity in the West in 2009.
I often listen to a podcast or read a book whilst I do this. In case you’re not familiar with these mats they have ergonomic spikes that you lay on top of. Shakti mats have many benefits including:
- Increasing your energy and personal vibration
- Promoting the natural healing process within your body
- Release tension in your body
- Aiding deeper and better quality sleep
- Soothing headaches
- Preventing the need for expensive massage and acupuncture treatments
- Flushing out old toxins which are trapped in your body
There have been a number of studies about the benefits of acupressure, acupressure mats and beds of nails. Here are some of them for you to do your own research on the subject:
I’m not afraid to admit then when I first got my mat out I was slightly scared of it. When you first lay on it it’s certainly a strange sensation. The trick is to dispute your body weight evenly on the mat and lay down very gently.
The first 5 minutes can be a little intense but then your body gets used to it. After a while you can’t even feel the spikes anymore. You will feel a lovely warming sensation running through your back and body as your muscles start to relax into the process. It’s quite unlike anything I’ve ever experienced before and I love it!
I used my mat a lot whilst I had Covid and it helped massively with my symptoms. I always find that after using my mat I have a lovely night’s sleep and often have more vivid dreams. I’d highly recommend getting one and giving it a go.
The YOKE acupressure mat I have is perfect as it rolls up nicely into the bag it came with for easy transportation. I love *my YOKE mat so much that I have decided to become an affiliate for them, hence the affiliate links in this blog post. If you have any questions about the mats or how they work leave me a comment below.
YOKE Wellness currently have 30% OFF from Black Friday until Cyber Monday. You can also use the code YOGA8 which will give an additional discount of £8.00. Find the *shop here.
The last thing I do everynight before I go to bed is meditate. I normally aim for between 20 – 30 minutes every night. The type of mediation I do depends on my mood that day. Recently I’ve been listening to Raphael Reiter: Meditation for Transcendence 100 days challenge. Raphael has an incredibly soothing voice and uses Transcendental binaural beats.
Other nights I may listen to a guided meditation, especially during a full or new moon. I especially like the moon guided meditations by Crystal from The Psychic Soul.
Do you have an evening self care routine? If so I’d love to hear about it. Let me know in the comments below.
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