Although the term acupressure was coined only about 60 years ago, it has been used for centuries, especially in Asia. A cousin of acupuncture and shiatsu, it calls upon the body’s own healing abilities through stimulation of specific points on the skin. Even the ancient practice of meditation on a bed of nails is believed to have ties to acupressure.
If acupressure’s benefits appeal to you, but professional sessions seem pricey and lying across a sheet of nails just isn’t your cup of tetanus, there’s a new option in the form of a modern mat.
The Yantra Mat is covered in little white discs that correspond with thousands of acupressure points. At first, after feeling their spikiness with your fingers, you may be reluctant to lie on them; but when you do finally give it a shot-as numerous NewBeauty staffers hesitantly did-you’ll find the Yantra Mat surprisingly relaxing.
Whether you lie on your back, front or even your cheek-seriously!-the increased blood flow helps create a sense of warmth, relaxation and meditation-like clarity. You build on your time, and discomfort, if any, turns to tranquility.
Fans have reported less muscle pain, fewer headaches and better sleep, some of which actually occurs on the Yantra Mat itself.
We wouldn’t be surprised if companies started lining their desk chairs with Yantra Mats to increase concentration and reduce tension in the office! But until then, we’ll gladly bring our own back and forth between work and home.
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