I’m sure a lot of you have seen the Shakti mats around the interwebs, they have been popping up over the last few years. I was approached to be sent one for free to review, however I actually already own one so didn’t require one and I have been thinking about writing a review for a while now.
The Shakti mat claims to be useful in times of stress and tension and can help to sooth tired and creaky muscles. The mat is essential an acupressure mat full of really sharp points. What gets glazed over is the fact that this mat is like a torturous pin cushion the first time you use it. If you are prepared for this going into it you likely won’t be quite as shocked as I was the first time I used it.
Don’t get me wrong, I actually really like the mat and when I do remember to use it I do feel a lot better afterwards. Just be aware that the points are sharp and there are thousands of them (6,000 to be precise if you get the orange or green mat!). As with anything you need to use it a few times to really get a feel for it.
I would recommend wearing a t-shirt the first time you use it to help acclimatise your body to the points. I will generally lay the mat down on the bed and put the sheet on top of it and then lye down on the mat while I read a chapter or two of my book at night. Having the soft bed underneath and the slight protection from the sheet really does help ease you into it. Once you are no longer finding this tough on the back then you can graduate to taking the sheet away and then move to having a harder surface underneath.
You can use the Shakti mat for a number of different areas, not just to lie on. I quite like just standing on the mat, the bottoms of our feet can get quite tight at times and it’s nice to let them unwind as well – it’s a tough area to target with any mobility. Don’t be shocked when the area you have been applying pressure too is really red when you come away from the mat, this is normal.
Another position I like is to roll the mat up and place it underneath my calves – also whilst lying in bed reading a book. Many people have said that they can just fall asleep on the mat, I’m definitely not at that stage but I can see how quickly you can adjust to it and I know that I do feel a lot better after having used the mat.
The Shakti Mat comes with a money back guarantee so you have nothing to loose, if you don’t like it or it doesn’t do what you purchased it for, simply send it back.
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