Many people get (understandably!) a little confused when it comes to differentiating between an acupressure mat and acupuncture.
Both therapies are based around the Traditional Chinese Medicine theories of there being meridians (energy pathways) throughout the body which can become blocked, causing discomfort and pain.
The purpose of acupressure and acupuncture is to unblock the meridians, relieving the pain and improving general wellbeing.
Although both are forms of ancient alternative therapies originating in China, they offer some seperate advantages.
Acupuncture therapy should be used if someone is looking for help resolving a particular medical condition, it is possible to target specific parts of the body which are causing severe discomfort.
It is also a very effective way of bringing the body into balance and improving quality of life.
Acupuncture sessions also include the benefit of talking over your main complaints with a licensed health care professional who can provide personalised advice.
The benefit of an acupressure mat is that they target many points over a large area at once, essentially waking up the meridian system. This helps get energy moving and improves circulation, you can feel the blood flow increasing after just a few minutes.
Anyone who struggles to unwind would benefit hugely from regular use of an acupressure mat set, the increase in blood circulation causes deep relaxation and muscle tension relief which in turn provides a deeper sleep.
Another advantage would be the convenience, having access to almost instant relaxation and pain relief in the comfort of your own home is something many people could benefit from, potentially saving a trip to a health care professional.
Relieving pain and stress as well as increasing intensity when used during yoga or meditation practices, acupressure mats are an incredibly versatile tool to have on hand!