What is it?
An acupressure mat also sometimes called a needle stimulation pad (NSP), but looks a little like a bed of nails! is a mat, usually smaller than a yoga or exercise mat, covered with hundreds of plastic nubs, that you lie on with bare skin. The small points on the mat deliver pressure to parts of the body in contact with the surface.
What are the expected benefits?
The mats are thought to be the next best thing to an acupressure massage (also known as Shiatsu). You can expect to experience pain relief, lowering of blood pressure, muscle relaxation and improved sleep.
Cost? 50 euro approx
The first time I lay on the mat was akin to lying on a hairbrush! It is a sensation that takes a little getting used to. After you spend some time on the mat, when you stand up, your back may be very red, warm and may have little marks. This is normal and does fade within minutes. You might feel itchy as well. But a little while later, I found a sense of calm, and ease came over me. Getting off the mat can sting a bit but when I lie down afterwards, usually in bed, I feel amazing. Every time I use it, I get this same calm afterwards and it’s so lovely.
It’s a yes from me! If you think you will use it often enough, so your “cost per use” is worth the 50 euro price tag, then go for it. If it’s going to lie unused as clutter then don’t. But I do recommend the investment, absolutely. It helps me fall asleep, it’s relaxing to do with a meditation or just in silence. I used it while experiencing period pains and it did help. For me, I would say it assists with anxiety as part of your overall wellbeing, mental health, and self-care practices.