How To Use An Acupressure Mat

    Hint: it's all about creating the right amount of pressure for you.

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    After my coworker sang the praises of her acupressure mat, a lot of us here became slightly obsessed with them.

    Acupressure follows the same principles as acupuncture does, but with acupressure, needles don’t actually enter the skin. Acupressure mats are covered with small disks that have tiny spikes intended to stimulate the body at certain points in order to provide therapeutic benefits, like pain relief and stress relief.

    After ordering one, I learned two things: first, that figuring out the ideal way to use it for your body will probably take a little trial and error.

    Second: there are multiple ways you can use one.

    I assumed you would just lay on it on your back and be done with it, but you can actually use it on multiple parts of your body.

    If you're curious about all the different ways you can use an acupressure mat, here's a guide:

    Note: I'm wearing clothes in all these photos because this is the internet, but you're probably going to want more skin-to-mat contact when you do this.

    Chest and Abdomen

    Neck and Back



    Outer Thighs


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