Spoonk Acupressure Massage Mat Review
Submitted by natasha on Tue, 2011-10-18 22:23
If there's a natural way to remedy a problem I'm usually up for trying it. If you want to talk about a completely different way though, there's the Spoonk Acupressure Massage Mat. This particular mat is made to work like an Indian bed of nails and a Japanese shiatsu massage combined. It's goal is to stimulate specific reflex points in the body. The spikes are geared toward stimulating blood circulation, relaxing tense muscles, and helping to induce "feel good" hormones such as endorphins and oxytocin (for stress relief). The mat is for both for boosting energy and deeper relaxation, depending on the way you use it.
The Spook Mat is made with eco-friendly products:
- 100% organic hemp cover
- Recyclable ABS plastic spikes
- Foam made using renewable plant-based polyols
- Water and CO2 are used as blowing agents
- No adhesive glue
- No PBDE's or CFC's
- No petrochemicals
- No off-gasing
- GOTS certified
- Made in USA
My experience with the Spoonk Mat has been a good one. Lately, I've been having some back muscle pain. I've been doing a lot of spring cleaning in addition to my usual housework and it's taken a toll on my back. I'm not one to use pain relievers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen unless truly necessary. It's half because I really don't like the feeling of swallowing pills and half because I'd prefer not to put anything in my body if I can ride out the pain. When the Spoonk Mat came I was so happy for a natural alternative. I couldn't wait to try it out on my aching back muscles.
Honestly, the spikes feel good on my back. The mat creates a good kind of pressure, along with a small amount of heat from blood flow. It's not the same amount of heat from a heating pad, but the pressure in addition to the heat is a wonderful combination. Plus, I don't have to swallow a pill or plug in anything.
I like to use the mat while lying in bed. The spikes don't bother my back one bit. I thought I would have a harder time but I can lay on the mat and truly relax. I haven't tried the mat without clothing yet so I can't speak to that. I will say though that I do have a harder time standing on the mat than laying on it. I think the weight of my entire body resting on my feet while on the mat will take some more time to get used to.
I don't use the mat in any kind of spiritual way. I use it purely on a physical level. And so far so good. I have yet to use it on my face for a headache, but it's something I will give a try when the time comes.