It might look like a medieval torture device, but Bed of Nails is one of the most effective ways to replicate the technique of acupressure massage (a mild form of acupuncture which doesn’t pierce skin) from the comfort of your own home. Inspired by the literal beds of nails used by ancient gurus in meditation and healing practice, the modern day (and much less painful) alternative utilises 8,800 tiny plastic spikes to ease tension, stimulate the nervous system, target pressure points, and induce relaxation.
You can sit or lie on the mat to target different areas of your body – don’t worry, it’s not as painful as it looks… After 15-20 minutes any initial tingling or discomfort is reduced, and you’re left feeling relaxed and revived.
Still need convincing? Here’s how the Bed of Nails can benefit your body, from head to toe…
You’ll notice that skin may look quite red after stepping off your mat. This is totally normal, and is actually a good indication that the mat has helped to stimulate circulation, bringing blood flow to the surface of the skin which can help to soothe and restore muscles.
Increase energy levels
Like acupuncture, acupressure is a traditional Chinese medicine technique which can be used to release blocked up “chi” (energy) throughout the body. By targeting different pressure points, energy pathways are opened which restores the flow and balance of energy through the body.
Alleviate aches and pains
Acupressure helps to release muscle tension by stimulating blood flow throughout the body. Combined with the release of endorphins (the body’s natural form of pain relief) this can help to relieve any aches and pains such as sore muscles, neck stiffness, back pain, and headaches.
Studies have shown that using an acupressure mat can have a positive impact on your mental wellbeing. By applying pressure to acupoints across the body and stimulating the nervous system, endorphins and oxytocin are released – these ‘happy hormones’ help to relax the mind, relieve stress, and promote mental wellbeing.
Certain pressure points are associated with relaxation, and when targeted can improve sleep. Once on the mat, try to increase pressure along your spine and shoulders – the meridians along these areas are associated with restfulness.