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Who shouldn’t use an acupressure mat?

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you’re getting ready for sleep, simply place the mat on your bed (and the pillow next to it, if you’re using one) and lie down on it so that your back can blend into the mat. Not only does it help you fall asleep faster, but it also means you wake up less frequently throughout the night. Similar to acupuncture, acupressure stimulates sensitive points along the back called meridians. Studies show that they can lead to relaxation. From traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), acupressure is a technique that releases blocked chi (qi), i.e. energy, throughout the body.

Can you lie on an acupressure mat too long?

The implication is that using the mat “increased blood flow and” slowed heart rate, although there was “no effect on depression, anxiety, and sleep.” It’s a great way to use your mat in the morning to get ready for the day, or in the afternoon when you’re experiencing an energy dip at noon. Lately though, I’ve seen acupressure mats pop up all over the Internet, so I’ve thought about taking mine out again this time, with advice from professionals on exactly how you can interact with this wellness tool to get its maximum benefits. As you get more experience, you can use the mat directly on your bare skin (which is the recommended method).

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