If your body is tight as a fist, from strenuous exercise, stress, or perhaps sitting in your office chair for too long without a break, you may be yearning for relief—as soon as possible. Although it is possible to tie the knots with the help of a massage therapist (or a willing partner or friend), these options are not readily available to everyone. Fortunately, there are massage tools like acupressure mats that let you relieve discomfort on your own—and the ProsourceFit Acupressure Mat and Pillow Set ($30) is a popular variation that’s already garnered more than 35,000 positive ratings from Amazon shoppers.
With spiky discs protruding from their surface, the foam mat and pillow are designed to apply and relieve pressure by stimulating blood flow to your neck, shoulders and back. The mat features over 6,000 tiny plastic needles (aka acu-points) and the pillow over 1,700.
If you’re unfamiliar with acupressure mats, you might look at its spiky surface and associate it with pain rather than relaxation. However many people who have tried and tested Resourcefit’s mat and pillow sets will quickly assuage fears. According to buyers, once you get past the initial sensation (which a person compares to stepping on Legos), you’ll feel immediate relief, as if you’re taking a full-body breath.
“Once it starts to feel warm, And my back started throbbing, the pain was relieved quickly,” said a customer. If you’re particularly sensitive to physical sensations, several people recommend using a bath towel as a barrier between your body and the surface of the mat or pillow to reduce the intensity.
Many Amazon shoppers use it lying down, some sitting on a mat. Others support the pillow behind their back or under their feet while working at their desk. No matter how the mat or pillow is used, many satisfied customers agree that it works to relieve pain, relieve pain, and bring audibility. Ahhh. “It provides so much relaxation it’s unbelievable,” wrote one buyer. Another described how it turned 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 under $30 and is available in two sizes (large and X-large) and a selection of shades. Just remember that if you deal with chronic or frequent body aches, you may want to talk to a doctor before use.
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