Using a bed of nails for relaxation exercises, yoga and meditation is something that Indians caught on to thousands of years ago. Research has shown that this relieves pain because it stimulates the body to produce endorphins which are natural painkillers. These are the same hormones that are released during exercise, when eating chocolate and when closely interacting physically with a partner. This has been modernized into an acupressure mat.
The Swedish ones are the best. No others are as comfortable or adjustable to suit the size of the user or the effect they want. Also, one does not have to lay it without any clothes to get the effects and benefits of using the mat.
The mat also boosts health by increasing oxytocin levels. This hormone has a calming effect. Higher levels of the hormone reduce stress hormones in the body equally. Oxytocin also makes a person amenable and receptive as well as improving memory and boosting self esteem. It increases pain threshold and lowers blood pressure It will also promote the repair of injured or weakened tissues and cell regeneration.
The acupressure mat is apt for times when one is feeling tired or tense. It can also be used just for relaxation even if one feels alright. Good times to use it are when winding down after the activities of a day. If it used just before going to bed, it can help to induce sleep. With frequent use, it also bolsters the ability of the body to heal itself.
Ideally, one should lie on the mat for at least 20 to 40 minutes at least twice a week or even daily so wished. It feels oddly uncomfortable yet pleasant which is how it achieves the desired effect of stimulating endorphin production. To get to the level of pain that feels right, a towel should be laid over it to reduce the pressure of the structures that simulate nails. The structures have rounded rather than sharp points so they cannot hurt a user.
People with skin that is successful should use the mat with care. Coagulation patients and those on anti coagulation treatment should avoid it. This is because they are at high risk of getting bruises or bleeding subcutaneously.
Others who should be very careful are those who have serious allergies as caused by eczema which presents itself on the back, other skin conditions and general psoriasis. They should always place a towel over the bed or wear a t-shirt. They should also use the mat for short periods. The acupressure mat should not be used at all by those who have diabetes, neuropathy or related conditions.