In addition to cotton, the mat includes a layer of certified organic linen and an antibacterial coconut fiber filling. Five thousand lotus-like medical-grade spikes treat just about every pain in the book with remarkable effectiveness. That doesn't just help you relax but also improves muscle recovery.
Comes without a neck pillow.
Activating your body’s natural healing receptors and unblocking stagnant energy pathways, Ajna might be able to significantly improve your life. Just 15 minutes a day on top of this thing could lead to incredible changes. For some people, the mat even helps with weight loss and detox.
28.7" x 17.7"
Certified organic linen and cotton cover with antibacterial coconut fiber filling
Over 5000 HIPS medical-grade plastic
Amazon's 30-day return policy
Aside from neck and shoulder pains, the pillow and the acupressure mat help you alleviate sciatic pains, both mild and chronic. They relieve headaches and muscle spasms. The mat is really lightweight. It easily rolls into a travel-friendly tube. Plus, you get a nice little vinyl carry bag with lace handles to go with the mat and the pillow.
There's a slight chemical smell at first.
Both the acupressure mat and the pillow will improve the quality and length of your sleep. Your mood and your energy levels will be at an all-time high. All in all, the points will help your body heal itself, so you won't have to resort to expensive treatments or prescription meds.
26" x 16"
Cotton, foam filling
Neck pillow with 1782 acupressure points and a vinyl carry bag with lace handles
Amazon's 30-day return policy
You can use the pillow as a foot massager as you work or watch TV. The plant-based flexible cushioned foam can be easily removed, so some of the more experienced customers will be able to enjoy a much more intense and invigorating acupuncture experience. The mat and the pillow are available in 7 different colors.
The package does not include a carry bag.
ProSource ps-1200-accuset is as great for people who sit at a desk on a daily basis as it is for active individuals and athletes. The former will enjoy the stress relief and relaxation that comes with the acupressure mat and the pillow, while the latter will benefit from increased muscle recovery.
25" x 15.75"
100% high-quality thick cotton and flexible foam
Neck pillow with 1782 acupressure points
Amazon's 30-day return policy
You can roll the massage groove ball under your feet or between the hands when you feel tired and fatigued. It is perfect for people who suffer from tired feet, Plantar Fasciitis, and other similar foot ailments. The cover comes with hanging loops for easy and convenient storage. The travel mat can be used as a neck pillow.
The pillow doesn't really roll up tight.
This Spoonk 3-piece set gives you the same performance that you get from any other decent acupressure mat but adds extra functionality on top of it. The spikes are a little taller than average, so they penetrate deeper. The set's therapeutic effects work well together with yoga.
26.6” x 15.7”
GOTS certified 100% cotton and CertiPur-US eco-foam
6210 recyclable, non-toxic, hypoallergenic ABS plastic
Travel size mat (rolls in a neck massage pillow), massage groove ball, carry bag
The organic linen is really strong and durable. It doesn't cause skin irritation nor does it lead to redness and itching. The material also has excellent antibacterial and hypoallergenic properties. Plus, it can be washed and dried fairly easily, making the mat minimally demanding in terms of maintenance.
The foam is a tad too soft.
Artree acupressure mat and pillow set will be able to help you with a variety of issues. You can stuff them both into a nice little blue backpack that comes with the product and bring them with you to the office or on a trip. Though the price is a little steep, the top-notch materials make it worth it.
27.5" x 16.5"
Organic 55% linen + 45% cotton and filled with long-lasting eco-foam
Pillow with 2232 points, backpack
Amazon's 30-day return policy
Ajna Organic Linen Cotton
Organic and Eco-Friendly
Ajna is slightly on the expensive side compared to the other mats in this review. But that's because the company is not in the business of producing subpar goods. Quality stuff always costs a little extra money and this mat is nothing if not quality.
Of course, it all starts with the materials. The majority of acupressure devices are made of your everyday cotton and foam padding. This one here is a little different. In addition to a cotton cover, the product features a layer of certified organic linen.
That's not where it ends though, far from it, really. Instead of the usual foam filling, the model incorporates an antibacterial coconut fiber filling. Add to that over 5000 HIPS medical-grade plastic spikes that we will get to in a moment and you have yourself a product that was designed with only the most organic, eco-friendly, and quality materials.
How much difference do the materials make? Well, that's up for debate. Aside from the question of morality, the people behind this model argue that they make for a far more effective reflexology mat. Now, as far as muscle relaxation and back/neck pains are concerned, that's definitely not far from the truth.
The aforementioned five thousand lotus-like medical-grade spikes treat just about every pain in the book with remarkable effectiveness. The pressure that these spikes apply increases blood flow and digs deep into the proverbial belly of your muscles. That doesn't just help you relax but also improves muscle recovery.
One little detail that also works in the product's favor is the size. Adding up to 28.7 x 17.7 inches in overall dimensions, this thing is a little bigger than your average acupressure mat, making it slightly more versatile and practical too.
That said, it does have one flaw with its construction and that's the fact that it is devoid of a neck pillow. Not really a huge issue for most people since you'll only be using the mat no more than 15 minutes a day. But given how well-thought-out and excellent every other part of the product is, we were a little disappointed that the people behind it didn't think to include a pillow.
So, what else does the mat do? Well, it will likely promote better sleep. Stimulating endorphins, it improves your mood and transports you to a place of perfect calm. It rejuvenates skin cells and relieves stress about as good as any massage pad.
Activating your body’s natural healing receptors and unblocking stagnant energy pathways, Ajna might very well be able to significantly improve your life. Just 15 minutes a day on top of this thing could lead to incredible changes. For some people, the mat even helps with weight loss and detox.
Nayoya Wellness NAMAN1
Treats Mind and Body
A skilled masseuse, therapist, or even a chiropractor is worth paying a visit to, no matter how expensive the services. The thing is, you aren't always able to do so. Different things can get in your way and it can be increasingly difficult to find enough time for a trip like that. With Nayoya Wellness NAMAN1, however, you'll hardly need to allocate any time at all. Because it is so effectiveness, using this mat for somewhere between 15 and 20 minutes a day will give you excellent results.
There's a lot that goes into it but, needless to say, it all starts with 6210 plastic spikes. Also known as acupressure points, these spikes work wonders increasing blood flow to knots and sore muscles in your back. They instantly reduce pain and inflammations, all while giving your body a boost of endorphins.
As most people are probably aware at this point, endorphin is precisely the hormone that, when released, provides us with a sense of calm and, with an acupressure mat, a relaxed, euphoric pleasure. Aside from pain relief, the endorphin boost practically erases the signs of stress and anxiety. All in all, the mat's able to effectively induce a state of tranquility and calm, treating your mind as well as your body.
Take It With You
Part of what makes this product such a popular option on the acupressure mat market isn't just the mat itself, even though the former is no slouch either. Along with the mat, you receive a neck pillow with 1,782 acupressure points. These points are able to reach between the neck and shoulder areas, effectively treating all sorts of tension headaches and neck muscle pains at their source. Aside from neck and shoulder pains, the pillow helps you alleviate sciatic pains, both mild and chronic. It relieves headaches and muscle spasms.
The only issue we have with the pillow and the mat is a slight chemical smell that follows the product at first. Though it does go away relatively quickly, that's an area where the model could definitely use a little improvement.
By the way, what we have here is a particularly excellent option for travelers too. The mat is really lightweight. It easily rolls into a travel-friendly tube. What's more, you get a nice little vinyl carry bag with lace handles, so you won't even have to buy a separate backpack and can bring it with you wherever you go.
Both the acupressure mat and the pillow will improve the quality and the length of your sleep. Your mood and your energy levels will be at an all-time high. All in all, the points will help your body heal itself, so you won't have to resort to expensive treatments or prescription meds.
The Safest Investment
Acupressure mats aren't expensive but they aren't cheap either. An average mat costs somewhere around 50 bucks, a small investment but an investment nonetheless. Of course, you can always find a subpar model or a used one but these things are seldom as reliable and effective as their new, more expensive counterparts.
With ProSource ps-1200-accuset, however, you won't have to choose between affordable and effective. The product costs just 15 bucks, which is really impressive considering that we are talking about a mat and a pillow set and not just a mat on its own. Even if the two were underwhelming and passable at best, a price tag like that would've still made them an attractive option.
But "underwhelming" and "passable" are definitely not the words we would use to describe this product. Fortunately, we aren't forced into a two-word description, so let's elaborate a little.
Starting with the materials, both the pillow and the mat incorporate 100% high-quality thick cotton and flexible plant-based cushioned foam. The cotton is nice and snug to the skin. It is a hypoallergenic and durable fabric that doesn't shrink or wrinkle, wicks away moisture, and does not prevent air flow, though the latter is beside the point here.
8000 Acupressure Points
Sizewise, this is your run-of-the-mill acupressure mat. Given its 25 inches in length, It will likely be able to cover the entirety of your back. Plus, where most mats cover just the back, this set includes a pillow that we have briefly mentioned earlier. Featuring 1782 acupressure points, the pillow gives you neck support and more holistic pain relief.
Combined, the pillow and the mat incorporate almost 8000 acupressure points, so it will be able to treat a very good chunk of your body, activating natural healing receptors, reducing aches and tension, accelerating muscle recovery, promoting a better sleep experience, and providing general pain relief. By the way, you can even use the pillow as a foot massager as you work or watch TV.
The plant-based flexible foam that we have briefly talked about earlier can be easily removed, so some of the more experienced customers will be able to receive a much more intense and invigorating acupuncture experience. The mat and the pillow come in 7 different colors, so you'll be able to choose whichever speaks to you most. Unfortunately, the set does not include a carry bag but that's to be expected given the ridiculously modest price of the product.
To sum it all up, ProSource ps-1200-accuset is as great for people who sit at a desk on a daily basis as it is for active individuals and athletes. The former will enjoy the stress relief and relaxation that comes with the acupressure mat and the pillow, while the latter will benefit from increased muscle recovery.
Spoonk 3 PIECE COMBO SET
A Slightly Different Approach
There's this notion that acupressure mats don't particularly differ between each other that's almost equally true and false. Sure, the differences can seem minuscule but the effect that they can have in and of their own can be staggering. Take this Spoonk 3-piece combo set, for instance.
To start with, just as the name suggests, the set consists of 3 different pieces. That's already a big change given that the majority of these mats come alone. Some manufacturers also supply a neck pillow and a carry bag but seldom more than that. With this set, you get more or less the same acupressure mat. On top of that mat, you also get a carry bag, nothing we haven't seen before but an always welcome addition nonetheless. Now, the pillow is where things take a slightly different turn.
Instead of the usual pillow, the people behind this product give you an extra travel size mat. You can roll it up and use it as a neck massage pillow just as well as the next model. You can lay it on the floor and step on the small mat (socks or a towel on top of the spikes are highly recommended for people who aren't accustomed to the procedure). The size means that you can always take it with you and use as a regular acupressure mat on a plane, in a car, or anywhere you go.
Three is Better Than Two
Now, with the travel size mat and a regular mat, we count 2 pieces. The third and final piece is a massage groove ball, a small extra detail that can make a ton of difference. You can roll it under your feet or between the hands when you feel tired and fatigued. A massage like that, also known as reflexology, according to traditional Chinese medicine, can have the most rejuvenating effect on the entire body. It is perfect for people who suffer from tired feet, Plantar Fasciitis, and just general foot pains.
With the ball and the mat, you can start and end your yoga routine to deepen the relaxation effects of the latter. After a workout, you can wrap the mat(s) around sore muscles in order to lessen stiffness.
By the way, though advertised as a 3-piece combo set, the package also includes a nice little carry bag that could've been marketed as the fourth piece just as well. The cover includes velcro panels, so you can easily remove them whenever necessary. Plus, it comes with hanging loops for easy and convenient storage.
In other words, this Spoonk 3-piece set gives you the same performance that you get from any other decent acupressure mat but adds extra functionality on top of it. The spikes are a little taller than average, so they penetrate deeper. The set's therapeutic effects work well together with yoga.
Artree traveling version
The Right Combination of Materials
Want to experience the many health benefits of a proper acupuncture session without leaving your house? Well, this professional acupuncture mat from Artree is as good of an option as any to start. It is a little bit on the expensive side compared to the previous entries on this list. But there's a very good reason or two for the elevated price.
Where most companies rely on subpar materials, the people behind this product have used nothing but high-quality, organic, non-toxic components to design both the mat, the pillow, and the acupressure points.
Starting with the former, both the mat and the pillow are made of 55% organic linen and 45% cotton. While the advantages of cotton are probably familiar to the majority of people, we don't know if we can say the same thing about linen. As far as we can tell, it is a really underappreciated material, especially outside the fashion field.
It is really strong and durable. But, unlike most strong fabrics, linen doesn't cause skin irritation nor does it lead to redness and itching. The material also has excellent antibacterial and hypoallergenic properties. These properties excel at neutralizing the smell of sweat, thus reducing the risk of fungal diseases and accelerating the healing process in wounds. Plus, it can be washed and dried fairly easily, making the mat minimally demanding in terms of maintenance.
Of course, an acupressure mat doesn't begin and end with the cover. Nor is that the case with the admittedly impressive long-lasting eco-foam. The most important part of a mat like that is the acupressure points. Here, we have 5040 medical-grade plastic spikes. Both the quantity and the quality of the spikes make the model just as effective as the next high-end acupuncture mat.
Pressuring your body's trigger points, the spikes allow the mat to increase blood circulation, as well as reduce muscle pain and stiffness. From back pain and neck pain to arthritis, feet, headache, shoulders, and sciatic nerve pain, the mat effectively reduces and often treats just about every physical ailment in the book. It is great for people who suffer from migraines, it helps those who are under a tremendous amount of stress, able to minimize the effects of depression and, at the very least, relieve some stress.
In short, Artree acupressure mat and pillow set will be able to help you with a variety of issues. You can stuff them both into a nice little blue backpack that comes with the product and bring them with you to the office or on a trip. Though the price is a little steep, the top-notch materials make it worth it.
What Is an Acupressure Mat?
A mat like that, in a nutshell, is an acupuncture device that's supposed to have a myriad of health benefits. For most people, this type of mat will help relieve most of the tensions throughout the body. Even in the scientific community, there's hardly a consensus that the majority of people subscribe to. Nobody can truly guarantee that this thing will be able to help you with everything that it's supposed to help with.
But, more often than not, these mats prove to be effective enough, with their commercial success being the greatest testament to that. Many people argue that they're the next big thing for pain management and given just how uncomfortable these things feel, it's hard to imagine that they would be subjecting themselves to that kind of treatment if it wasn't effective. Plus, these things aren't too expensive nor are they particularly complicated. You put it on the floor, lay down for 10-20 minutes, and the effects should start kicking in sooner than you'd expect.
What Features to Compare
Acupressure mats are a little tricky to suggest. You never know how effective they will prove to be for a particular individual and you never really know the differences in design and construction that may or may not make the product more or less effective for that particular individual. That being said, there are still a few things you ought to keep in mind, so we will try to briefly explain to you the aspects of these mats and the things that you should look for in them.
Obvious? Sure it is. Nevertheless, this is still something that we have to point out and highlight first and foremost. Generally speaking, these mats do not differ that much in size. The average length of an acupressure mat ranges between 25 and 30 inches, while the width usually lies somewhere between 15 and 18 inches. That's not a huge difference on paper but, needless to say, those few inches can make a world of difference. You need a mat that is neither too long nor too short, a mat that covers your neck, back, and buttocks, but preferably doesn't infringe on thighs or your head. A mat that's too short just won't prove to be as effective as its more reasonably sized counterpart, while a model that is too long might prove a little uncomfortable.
This one's a little different. The idea with every acupressure mat is the same but the way they execute that idea can be drastically different and it often starts with the materials. Generally speaking, your average mat incorporates some sort of a cotton cover to make your skin feel as snug and comfortable as possible while being needled with thousands of plastic spikes. Underneath that cover, you'll find some type of filling, usually foam. Some of the more expensive models might mix the cotton with organic linen and use coconut fiber filling instead of foam, so keep these things in mind when you decide on the mat.
Some would argue that this is the cornerstone and the driving force behind the subject of this review. But, oddly enough, that's exactly the area where you don't really need that much knowledge or expertise. More often than not, these mats incorporate the same type of plastic spikes, usually somewhere between 5 and 6 thousand of them. The only variation lies with the quality of plastic. The cheaper models use regular plastic. Their mid-range counterparts usually stick with recyclable, non-toxic, and hypoallergenic ABS plastic. The most expensive mats stick with the medical-grade plastic, the type of plastic that's equally robust and environmentally friendly.
What's in the Package
The biggest difference between the models in this review and, honestly, pretty much every acupressure mat on the market, as far as the package contents are concerned, is whether or not the mat comes with a neck pillow. Aside from the pillow, some include a carry bag, while others may come with a massage grove ball or a full-on backpack. Most of these mats roll nicely into a little tube, so these bags may definitely come in handy.
Acupuncture: Myths vs. Facts
Some people are eager to hop on the latest trend, doesn't matter the field, the trend, or the circumstances. Some are far more skeptical and would rather dub anything that doesn't sit well with their worldview as bogus and fake. That said, there are very few subjects as polarizing as alternative medicine. Whatever it is, you will have people calling it the ultimate remedy and folks saying that it is, and we're putting it mildly, a fraudulent sham.
Since acupuncture has been around for over 3500 years, it is easily one of the most popular and, because of that, one of the most polarizing subjects in the field of alternative medicine. So we decided it wouldn't hurt to dispel a few myths and shed some light on the subject for those who're hesitant to give acupuncture a try.
Myth: Acupuncture hurts.
Fact: It really doesn't. Since the procedure revolves around needles, it is no surprise that many assume that it will hurt like hell. But the needles are particularly fine and slender, closer to a cat whisker than they are to a regular hypodermic needle. Sure, depending on your pain tolerance and your skin sensitivity, you might feel an initial prick. But it will hurt less than a mosquito bite and you quickly grow accustomed to it.
Myth: Acupuncturist are snake oil salesmen and the whole thing is ancient folk medicine that no self-respecting healthcare professional would ever recommend.
Fact: Acupuncture is a treatment option that is recognized by many legitimate medical institutions. The United States military, among other organizations, uses acupuncture. Even the National Institutes of Health (NIH) organization funds over a dozen of acupuncture clinical research trials. The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes the subject as a valid, legitimate, and effective treatment option for a variety of different conditions.
Myth: Acupuncture doesn't work well together with medications and other traditional treatment methods.
Fact: Acupuncture doesn't conflict nor does it cancel the effects of conventional medicine. In fact, the two complement each other. Sure, you should still consult your physician before mixing the two approaches together but, way more often than not, you will have no issues with using the two treatment options simultaneously.
Myth: Acupuncture doesn't offer anything except pain relief.
Fact: Sure, acupuncture is an effective practice that works wonders relieving joint pain, minimizing knee pain, reducing back pains and headaches, as well as treating stomach pains and menstrual cramps. However, on top of that, it can and often helps with nausea and vomiting, the side effects of chemotherapy, morning sickness, high blood pressure, and all sorts of allergies. Studies even suggest that it can help battle depression, infertility, and many other conditions.
Myth: Acupuncture entails a bunch of side effects and you will need to take a day off to accommodate the procedure.
Fact: Acupuncture carries with it practically no side effects. After a successful session, more often than not, you'll be able to carry on with the rest of your day without any noticeable restrictions.