If your body is as tense as a fist, whether from a strenuous workout, stress, or perhaps sitting in your office chair for too long without breaks, you might be yearning for relief—ASAP. While it’s possible to knead out the knots with the assistance of a massage therapist (or a willing partner or friend), these options aren’t readily available for all. Thankfully, there are massage tools, such as acupressure mats, that allow you to alleviate discomfort all on your own—and the ProsourceFit Acupressure Mat and Pillow Set ($30) is one popular variation that has already amassed over 35,000 positive ratings from Amazon shoppers.
With spiky discs protruding from their surfaces, the foam mat and pillow are designed to apply—and relieve—pressure by stimulating blood flow to your neck, shoulders, and back when you lie down on them. The mat features over 6,000 short plastic needles (aka acu-points) and the pillow features more than 1,700.
If you’re unfamiliar with acupressure mats, you might look at its spiky surface and associate it with pain rather than relaxation. Although many folks who’ve tried and tested ProsourceFit’s mat and pillow set will quickly assuage fears. According to shoppers, once you move past the initial sensation (which one person likens to stepping on Legos), you’ll receive instant relief, as though you’re taking a full-body breath.
“Once it starts to feel warm, and my back starts to pulse, pain relief quickly follows,” says one shopper. If you’re particularly sensitive to physical sensations, multiple people recommend using a bath towel as a barrier between your body and the surface of the mat or pillow to decrease the intensity.
While many Amazon shoppers use it lying down, some sit and stand on the mat. Others also prop the pillow behind their back or underneath their feet while they’re working at their desks. Regardless of which way the mat or pillow are used, many satisfied shoppers agree that it works to minimize pain, decrease soreness, and induce audible ahhhs. “This provides so much relaxation it is unbelievable,” wrote one shopper. Another described that it transformed their back into “Jello. Soup. Liquid, something that’s not rigid. Pick a metaphor. The relief is intense.”
The ProSourceFit Acupressure Mat And Pillow Set is available under $30 and in two sizes (Large and X-Large), plus a selection of shades. Just keep in mind that if you’re dealing with prolonged or frequent body pain, you might want speak to a doctor before use.
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