When you’re looking for ways to manage anxiety at home, you may have read about the amazing things that acupressure can do.
Acupressure is an ancient Chinese therapy shown to help with pain relief, your mental health and even weight management.
An acupressure mat means you can take advantage of all these health benefits in the comfort of your own home.
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Acupressure Mat Reviews
We’ve taken a look at the products on the market and put together a list of the 7 best acupressure mats for you to choose from:
Akuspike have also developed the Aku Ball, an acupressure ball that can be rolled on any area of your body and which they claim can help to combat Raynaud’s syndrome.
After a long time playing around with this spiky little tool, we wrote about our experience.
We also asked someone with rheumatoid arthritis in her hands to test out the ball.
She found it helped to reduce swelling in the short term and delivered a satisfying sensation that made her hands feel “alive” after a busy day when her pain is generally worse.
It doesn’t ship with a pillow, however you can easily purchase a matching one from the Eco range, to complement your mat perfectly.
How We Review & Rate
Here at The Good Body we’ve spent years rating and reviewing health products, including acupressure mats.
In this article we’ve shortlisted seven of the best products on the market, highlighting key features so you can make the right decision for you.
Some of the products on the list we’ve spent hours testing, including the Aku Mat, so we know their strengths and limitations.
Others are similar to products we’ve used in the past, or have features that research has shown to be successful for a range of different health conditions.
To come up with a rating we consider a number of different factors, including the size, quality, materials used and any additional accessories, such as travel bags or pillows.
We also take into consideration consumer reviews analyzed from a range of different websites.
Taking all this information, plus our industry knowledge, allows us to come up with a rating that gives you the best overall view of the product.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the products out there, then take a look at our acupressure mat buying guide below.
We’ve explained each of the functions and features you can consider, to help you make the right decision!
Features of Acupressure Mats
If you’re unsure which mat is right for you then we’ve created a handy buying guide to help you make your decision.
Below we’ve explained some of the features you’ll come across when shopping for an acupressure mat:
Manufacturers will often use the number of acupressure points on a mat to promote their product. Normally quoted in thousands, it relates to the number of individual spikes on the mat.
With more spikes you should technically be able to hit more pressure points, of course this depends on the quality.
Generally acupressure points are plastic, however you can get metal spikes, like the Aku Mat. Their mat has less points in total, but in our opinion the fact that they’re metal makes them much more effective.
Mats can be made from a range of different materials, and typically contain a filling such as foam.
Some acupressure mat brands (such as Pranamat) will concentrate on the environmental benefits of the material, while others will focus purely on comfort.
Acupressure mats can vary in length and width so look closely at the measurements to make sure you’ll get the coverage you need. Travel sized acupressure mats are also available, ideal for throwing in your bag for use in the yoga studio or at the office.
Some mats come with an acupressure pillow or neck wrap which can be useful if you’re looking to treat pain in the neck and shoulders.
Don’t immediately rule out mats that don’t have this added extra, as certain ones can easily be rolled up and positioned under the neck.
Mats can ship with a carrying bag, useful if you’re always on the go and want to take your new-found treatment with you!
Prices range from around $20 and can go up to $100. Spending more doesn’t always mean better quality, so use our buying guide to help you judge the features.
When deciding if a mat is right for you, it’s worth taking a close look at the reviews. It will help you get a feel for the quality and the different ways it can be used.
Below we’ve answered a number of frequently asked questions about acupressure mats:
What is an acupressure mat?
An acupressure mat is a pad covered in plastic or metal spikes. The spikes apply targeted force to acupressure points, typically in the back and neck, without damaging your skin. You can sit, lie or stand on an acupressure mat.
Do acupressure mats really work?
There is a large body of research showing that acupressure as a treatment can be a natural form of pain relief, helping to treat anxiety and improve your sleep.
Of course acupressure therapy won’t be right for everyone.
What are acupressure mats good for?
There are so many advantages to using an acupressure mat, including improved sleep, better digestion and relief from headaches and migraines.
How long should you lay on an acupressure mat?
Generally advice states no longer than 40 minutes.
However, you should always follow the guidance of the manufacturer when deciding how long to spend on the mat.
Are all acupressure mats the same?
No, whether it be size, material or number of acupressure points, they’re all slightly different. Yet they all work on the principles of acupressure.
Take a look at our buying guide so you can assess the features to consider.
Which is the best acupressure mat?
We think the Aku Mat ticks all the boxes, however it depends on your needs and budget.
Pranamat’s ECO Massage Set is another strong option, and is made from eco-friendly materials.
Take a look at our reviews and buying guide to find the one that’s right for you.
Can acupressure mats be dangerous?
There are a number of conditions where using an acupressure mat would not be advised, so you should always read the instruction manual and consult a medical professional before use. Generally though acupressure mats are not considered to be dangerous. They can feel sharp when you first use one, but you quickly get used to the feeling.
Do acupressure mats hurt?
Acupressure mats work by applying pressure to specific points on the body. When you first lie down on one it can feel sharp and painful.
The discomfort typically fades in a minute or two as your body adjusts to the pressure, and the sensation is then pleasurable.
It is important to note that the discomfort caused by an acupressure mat should not be intense or painful.
If the discomfort is too intense, you should reduce the amount of time spent on the mat.
Can you sleep on an acupressure mat?
No, it’s not advisable to sleep on an acupressure mat, however the science shows that lying down on an acupressure mat before bed can help to induce a better night’s sleep!
Is it safe to use an acupressure mat during pregnancy?
You should always speak to a medical professional before using an acupressure mat while pregnant. Certain pressure points can help to induce labour, of course leading to a number of risks for mother and baby.
How much do acupressure mats cost?
You can purchase an acupressure mat for $20 and spend anywhere up to around $100.
Where can I buy an acupressure mat?
Amazon is a great place to buy an acupressure mat, with a variety of products to choose from.
You can also read lots of consumer reviews to hear the experience of other people first-hand.
Walmart is another strong contender, including many cheaper options if you don’t want to spend too much.
You could instead opt to purchase from a specialist such as ProsourceFit or one of the other retailers in our buying guide.
Now you’ve found the perfect mat, you’ll want to know the best way to use it!
Learn about 10 ways to use an acupressure mat to get the most from your new tool.