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Hello everyone! Thank you for your patience as I took last week off from blogging. My youngest son graduated from high school and I had visitors here all week, so no time for blogging.
Jessica Rose came to me at the beginning of April and asked if I’d like to try one of her mats, and maybe do a post on acupressure. We chatted briefly via Skype, and decided, since she is the expert, that she would be the best person to describe acupressure, and acupressure mats. On Wednesday, May 29, I posted her article regarding acupressure and the use of acupressure mats. You can read her article by following THIS LINK.
Today, I’ll give you my thoughts, and the thoughts of my family, regarding the Dosha Mat. But first…
“I love my new acupressure mat! These mats are so great for anyone suffering from any kind of pain or tension. I lie on my mat for 15 minutes every night before bed and look forward to it so much! After a few minutes my entire body fills with warmth and I totally bliss-out. This has definitely become a daily ritual, and my mat is light-weight and easy to take with me when I travel! Highly recommend!”
– Kelly (yoga instructor), San Francisco
“My acupressure mat is such a stress reliever! Whenever I feel a migraine coming on I take a lay down on my mat and feel the tension and pain wash away. It’s also so great for reliving tension in my back and shoulders from sitting at my desk, and helps me sleep much better.”
– Jennifer (busy working mother of two), Dallas
My initial thoughts
Above, you’ll see my very own feet on the acupressure mat. I’m actually sitting, as I have not yet graduated to standing barefoot on the mat. I can sum up my thoughts about the Dosha Mat in 3 words…I’M IN LOVE! 😍
But, I must admit, it wasn’t love at first sight. I have never used acupressure or acupuncture and wasn’t sure what to expect.
When I first opened the box, I was greeted with a beautiful tan mat, covered with dozens of purple flowers, over all a very pleasant appearance. As beautiful as the flowers are in appearance, they are quite sharp, as is necessary for proper acupressure. Jessica did say in our Skype call that the mat takes some getting used to and she was right, but boy is it worth it!
Description of the mat
The mat itself is made of linen with a removable pad, which is filled with coconut fiber. Though you can’t actually see the fiber (I don’t want to cut it open!), but you can definitely feel it. The cover is removable, (for washing) as you can see in the photo below. The mat itself is 27 inches long, 17 inches wide and approximately 1 inch thick.
The top of the mat is covered in 190 lotus flowers made from high quality, toxin free, surgical grade plastic. Each flower contains 25 points, for a total of 4,750 acupressure points per mat.
It really works!
The first time I used it, I tried standing on it, which is when I realized the actual pointy nature of those little lotus flowers. I mean, you can feel them with your hands, but, until you try to stand on them with bare feet, you won’t realize just how pointy they really are. Have you ever stepped on a lego? Well, there you go!
So, instead of standing, I sat and put my bare feet on the mat for 15-20 minutes, which is the recommended length of time. Jessica said standing on it takes some time, and I’m still not there yet. I’m content to lay on it or put my feet on it while sitting. (which I’m doing right now)
From that very first time I used the mat, I could feel myself relax almost immediately. There is a warm, calming, relaxing energy that permeates the whole body. You can almost feel the stress just melt away. I’m currently under a lot of stress with my thesis date imminently approaching. This acupressure mat has helped me so much over the past month.
When I first received the mat, I had just started my thesis course. There were so many days I was in a sheer panic at the thought of not only writing a thesis, but simply picking a topic seemed a monumental task. Then I remembered my acupressure mat. I’d sit on my couch, put the mat on the floor, with my bare feet on the mat. Within minutes, I’d feel calm, and able to think clearly.
We’ve also been doing a lot of house work, (such as painting etc) to prepare for my son’s graduation. There were many days I’d be hunched over with such severe back pain I could hardly walk. I’d lay on my Dosha mat. By the end of the treatment, my back pain had lessened greatly.
My family’s thoughts
My better half is also in love with this mat. It has become a habit for him to come home from work, take the mat, and lay on it while he plays with our dog, or checks email. I’m telling you, it’s the perfect way to end a busy day.
My mother-in-law, in her mid-70’s, recently visited for my son’s graduation. She tried the mat once and was hooked. She was here for 7 days and used the mat every day she was here, sometimes on multiple occasions. She’d say “It’s time for my acupressure treatment.” She would take off her shoes and socks, put her feet on the mat and sit, relax and crochet.
Consider the price (when compared to acupuncture or reflexology treatments)
When I first went to Jessica’s site, www.doshamat.com, and saw the price of a mat was $94.50, (Doshamat.com is currently running a sale $74.50/mat) I thought it a bit pricey. But, when you consider the cost of one single acupuncture session, it doesn’t seem so bad.
I went to thumbtack.com for acupuncture pricing and here’s what I found (keep in mind, these are PER SESSION!):
According to acufinder.com, the price of an acupuncture treatment can range from $60 – $120.
Thervo.com has the following estimates for acupuncture
I want to reiterate that I received my Dosha Mat as a gift from Jessica. (THANK YOU JESSICA!) However, this in no way has affected how I reviewed this product. If I had disliked the product, I would have said as much.
Though the initial cost may seem steep, when compared to acupressure or reflexology treatments, the price is quite reasonable. For the cost of 1 or 2 acupressure or reflexology treatments, you can have an acupressure mat, which, essentially does the same thing.
I absolutely LOVE my acupressure mat! It is a wonderful way to relax and destress, among MANY other benefits. They are worth their weight in gold, well worth the price. I am considering purchasing more of them as gifts. You can read Jessica’s article HERE, for more information on acupressure, acupressure mats and the benefits.
There is currently a sale on mats at doshamat.com. I have contacted Jessica for a coupon code for all Purple Almond readers. I’ll pass it on to you as soon as I receive it.