My First Experience With An Acupressure Mat
This article talks about my first experience with an acupressure mat, and how I was freaked out by the spikes (as you may be too!)...
That’s when my best friend introduced me to an acupressure mat. Have you ever seen one of these? It looks freaky! It’s a mat with like 8000 spikes! I was like...
“Woah, i don’t like needles.”
That was my first reaction to this thing; I was scared! I wanted so badly to feel better; I imagined myself as a Giant Peach, and with all of my bruises, my body was battered and black. More worrying though, the head injury had changed my personality — I was losing confidence in my own ability to recover and I began to ask a question I’ve never asked before, “What happens if I never get better?”
So, I’m staring at this acupressure mat, with it’s 8,000 spikes, and think of all the things I’ve tried to this point, and realise that I have nothing left to lose. So I lie down on it. Very, very slowly.
8,000 Spikes of Pure Acupressure Joy (and spikiness)
And this warmth floods my entire back. It’s like mini-pinches the first time you lie on it, but I find the more I relax into it, the more it feeds me. I become connected to now, instead of thinking of the future or re-playing the accident in my mind.
I can only spend a few minutes on it the first time, and I roll over and instantly fall asleep. It’s the last thing I think about at night, and the first thing I think about in the morning.
As a nurse and public health expert, why didn’t I know about this before?
I wanted this mat, and went about testing a number of them. Some looked too clinical, others were too thin, others were made out of low quality cotton and non eco-friendly materials. I couldn’t find one that worked with my life.
That’s when I decided to create my own — after months of testing, creating samples, adding better quality so it lasts — something that I would proudly use and recommend everyday.
This mat became such a big part of my everyday healing — I noticed the more I was able to lie on it, the more benefits I saw — from my mood, to my achy bones, to my head injury. Even now, I use it everyday to keep my energy high. To me, though, most importantly it gave me my confidence back. Something I feared would never return.