It’s a new year, and that means many of you have made resolutions to help shape a better you. I think the most common resolutions are to lose weight and to live a healthier life. Eating better, exercise, and just taking care of the body overall seems to be a goal most of us aim for. While I personally did not make any resolutions this year, I am always striving to live the healthiest life I can. 6 years ago I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis. The illness made me extremely sick, and after several years of trying many prescription drugs, only to find I wasn’t responding well to any of them, I decided to try a more holistic approach to healing myself. Through a proper diet and exercise, as well as trying to eliminate stress from my life, I have successfully been in remission for the past few years. That’s not to say that I don’t have an occasional flare from time to time- particularly when I have eaten the wrong thing, pushed my body too hard, or let stress consume me. But overall, I feel the natural approach has been very beneficial to my well being.
When I first heard of Bed of Nails, I knew it was something that I definitely wanted to have so I could use it in my daily routine, and to help me on the path to staying healthy the natural way.
The Bed of Nails Mat is a foam acupressure mat that is covered with 210 acupressure plates, each in its turn covered with 42 rounded nails for a total of 8820 nails per mat. Inspired by ancient Indian healing tradition, it is believed to have been around for thousands of years. The Bed of Nails Mat has been re-invented into a more modern form, using thousands of non-toxic plastic spikes, all harmless to the skin but with all the healing benefits of it’s legendary ancestor.
Bed of Nails is a great way to aid in self-treatment. If used properly and regularly, it has the potential to help:
- Improve Circulation
- Increase Energy Levels
- Reduce Blood Pressure
- Reduce Stress and Anxiety
- Alleviate Headache and Malaise
- Relive tension and muscle aches
- Improve Sleep and Relieve Insomnia
- Relieve Chronic Neck and Back Pain
- Activate the Parasympathetic Nervous System
- Improve Heart Rate Variability
- Improve Skin Complexion
- Relive Constipation
- Alleviate Cellulite
The mat works similarly to acupuncture, without pricking the skin with needles. When you lay on the plastic nails, the pressure helps to release endorphin's, the boy’s very own “happiness drug” which provides a sense of joy, energy, and relaxation.
I was sent a Bed of Nails mat for review. I’ll admit, after taking it out of the box, it does look a little intimidating. I was a little worried that it was going to hurt. I am a big pansy when it comes to pain, but took it out of the box, put in on the floor, and slowly lowered myself onto it, bracing myself for some serious pain. And.... nothing. I didn’t feel a thing! I was wearing a tee shirt, so I decided to switch to a sports bra and retry it. I lowered myself again, this time feeling the pressure against the bare skin on my back. I still didn’t feel anything where the sports bra was. The spikes were not painful at all! Yes, there is some serious pressure going on, but that’s about it. After several minutes of use, I did start to feel a warmth spreading through my back. A few times here and there I felt a little itchy, which was just a minor annoyance, otherwise, the mat felt wonderful!
The Bed of Nails mat has made its way into my daily routine. I mostly use it in the evenings after showering. After a long day, when I lay on it for 20 minutes, it really helps to calm and relax me. I have also found myself in such a deep state of relaxation that I’ve fallen asleep on it quite often! If find using it against bare skin works best. For a deeper amount of pressure, I like to scoop my belly in, which makes it really dig into the lower back. Using the mat after a strenuous workout also makes my body and muscles feel more relaxed as well. This mat has been beneficial for me in my efforts to keep my Ulcerative Colitis flares at bay too. Stress is one of the biggest triggers of a U.C. flare, so keeping my mind and body calm by using the mat helps to keep my body healthy too. The Bed of Nails mat may also remove toxins from the body, so it’s very important to drink water when you are finished using it.
Bed of Nails also offers a pillow, offering 76 acupressure points with 28 nails on each, which gives a total of 2128 nails per pillow. I didn’t receive the pillow for review, but I can imagine how wonderful it would feel on the neck and head as well!
The Bed of Nails mat and pillow should not be used in case of skin disease, hemophilia or the intake of anticoagulants. If you are uncertain, always consult your doctor before use. Keep away from children 5 years of age and younger.
The Bed of Nails Mat can be purchased on the website for $50 (Amazon currently has them for $40) and the pillows for $30 ($22 on Amazon). You can chose between green or pink colors.
If you would like to learn more about Bed of Nails, visit them on their website.
*Disclosure- I received the above mentioned product courtesy of the sponsor for the purpose of this review. No monetary compensation was provided. All opinions are genuine, based on my experience with the product, and have not been influenced by promotional items. Additionally, I am not an experienced healthcare worker. I am not making any health care claims on the Bed of Nails mat. I am simply sharing my experience with the product. Please do your own research before use.
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