Hello everyone! I am pleased to present to you today my very first guest post! Today, Jessica Rose from doshamat.com, writes about the many benefits of acupressure and dosha mats. Jessica 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 dosha mats.
She kindly sent me my very own dosha mat, which I have been using for over a month now. I am taking next week off, due to incoming relatives, so, look for my Dosha Mat review on June 12, 2019.
HERE IS JESSICA’S ARTICLE:
Acupressure is a type of touch therapy that utilizes the same concepts which underlie acupuncture and Chinese medicine. Acupressure stimulates the same points that are targeted in acupuncture. The only difference is that acupressure treatment is applied through the fingers or special tools rather than through the insertion of needles, meaning that acupressure is essentially the non-invasive version of acupuncture.
Acupressure has been used for centuries to alleviate various symptoms and sickness and is often performed in conjunction with other traditional Chinese medicine procedures.
Fundamentally, acupressure entails applying pressure to the vital healing points of the body. It is believed that these points can stimulate the body’s natural healing capabilities. Pressure is administered primarily through the fingers, but the palms, elbows, feet, or other acupressure tools and devices can be used as well. The word acupressure is a combination of two words – the word “ acus†” ¨†which in Latin means “needles”, and the word “pressure”.
There are thousands of acupressure points found in different parts of the body. These points are sensitive to pressure and can be in the form of nerve clusters or other sensitive muscles, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels, and veins. These points have two characteristics and manners of function. A point is referred to as “local” when it is stimulated in the same area where pain and tension are felt. The same point can also “trigger” relief in other areas of the body. When one point is stimulated, it is believed that it can deliver healing to the other parts of the body, and alleviate different symptoms and pain.
The concept of “meridians” is also an essential element of acupressure. Meridians are described as the body’s passageway that link the acupressure points to each other and the different organs in the body. Meridians can also be likened to how blood vessels transport blood through the various systems of the body. In the principles of Chinese traditional medicine, meridians are where chi¨†the vital life energy, travels throughout the body. Acupressure aims to unblock the circulation of chi†by stimulating specific points, known as “acupoints”. The meridians closest to the skin are what acupressure seeks to stimulate since these are the easiest to trigger through pressure.
Benefits of Acupressure
Acupressure is primarily performed to help alleviate ailments and pains in the body. The health conditions it is used to treat include:
- Headaches, toothaches, sinus problems;
- Nerve and muscle tension; and
- Issues with the digestion and the immune system.
Acupressure is even used in beauty treatments to lessen the appearance of wrinkles. It can help increase muscle tone and improve blood circulation in the face and body. The pressure applied during acupressure therapy is believed to help distribute oxygen and give the skin a healthier appearance.
Acupressure mats are foam or fibre mats that have thousands of acupoint needles generally grouped in discs. The plastic acupoint discs are generally specially designed and positioned to stimulate various points on the body. Acupressure mats come in various sizes to target specific regions of the body.
Acupressure mats replicate the sensation of acupressure and acupuncture. The mechanism underlying the acupressure mat can be traced to the bed of nails that Hindu yogis used to help them in meditation.
How to Use an Acupressure Mat
Using an acupressure mat is very easy. All that needs to be done is to lay it on a flat surface, such as the floor or a bed. You then simply lie down on the mat. To get the best results, it is recommended that you remove your clothing so that there is direct contact between the acupressure needles and your skin. If this feels too painful, thin clothing can be worn or the mat can be covered with a towel or sheet to serve as a buffer between the points and you skin.
A pillow or rolled blanket can be placed under the mat so that the acupressure points can target the neck and shoulders.
Acupressure mats also help to release tension in the muscles. Lying sideways targets the iliotibial band (known as the IT band). To experience relief from back pain, bend the knees, or place a pillow under the mat and position it in the middle to give it a curved shape which mirrors the natural shape of the spine.
Another way to use the acupressure mat is to stand on it. This allows for body weight to push down on your feet and therefore make the pressure and contact more effective. Targeting the acupoints on the feet is beneficial because the feet contain various acupoints connected to the different systems and organs of the body.
You can also try sitting on the mat, which targets the buttocks and lower back. This is especially helpful for people who spend hours glued to their chairs during the work day.
Enjoying Acupressure with the Dosha Mat
The Dosha Mat is an acupressure mat that is unparalleled in quality and is 100% eco-friendly. Each mat is carefully handmade using the highest-quality, hypoallergenic natural linen. Each mat also contains a removable cushion made of 100% natural coconut fibre. Our mats also feature more than 4,500 high-quality acupressure points in the beautiful shape of lotus flowers.
These unique acupressure points are made of toxic-free surgical plastic and have been ergonomically engineered to have the greatest relaxation and healing effects. Acupressure mats are an excellent self-care which can be easily performed in the comfort of your own home. To learn more about acupressure and the Dosha Mat, visit our website www.doshamat.com.