Acupressure is an alternative medicine technique where pressure is applied to acupuncture points on the body to clear blockage to allow for the flow of life energy through the body. This can be achieved by applying pressure with the hand, elbow, or acupressure tools. Acupressure mats (sometimes called acupuncture mats) are a great tool to relieve back pain and help with sleep issues.
Acupressure mats have special acupressure points that give the same benefits of acupuncture without actually piercing the skin. The way it works is similar to laying on a bed of nails, where thousands of pin points are sharing the weight of your body. The sensation can feel a bit weird at first, but it soon brings relief to aches, pain, and stress.
While most acupressure mats are the same in construction, there are differences in shape and quality. Below we’ve rounded up some of the top choices so you can find the best acupressure mat for your needs.
Spoonk Cotton Acupressure Massage Mat
Spoonk makes gorgeous and effective acupressure mats. These basic mats are made from plant based eco foam, with a cotton cover. The Spoonk brand is very popular across the USA and has been recommended by Dr. Oz. Use this mat to help improve circulation and also relieve pain in the back, neck, and joint pain.
The acupressure mat comes with an attractive carry bag so you can easily take it with you when you travel or to your yoga classes.
Includes a 5 year warranty.
Size: 27″ x 16″, 6200 stimulation points
Colors: magenta, navy, pagoda blue
Nayoya Acupressure Mat and Pillow Set
If you often suffer from neck pain in addition to back pain, consiter this acupressure mat and pillow set from Nayoya. When used together, this set can bring pain relief to your neck and back. When used seperately, the pillow helps with neck pain and relieving stiff necks.
After using it for five minutes, your body will release endorphins which help relieve stress, brighten your mood, and just make your body feel better.
This is the perfect set for office workers who sit at a desk all day and often come home with aches. It comes with a vinyl carry bag so you can take it with you when you travel, or even use it at work.
Size: Mat: 6,210 acupressure points. Pillow: 1782 acupressure points
Kendal Acupressure Massage Mat for Chronic Back Pain
This acupressure mat from Kendal is twice as long as most mats, giving you more surface points to relieve pain in your neck and back. The sharpness of the nails activates your body’s sympathetic nervous system, causing a state of deep relaxation and healing.
This mat is very adaptable, you can use it on the floor, on your bed, or while sitting on a chair. Add on one of their specially made acupressure pillow or cushion for even more targeted neck pain relief.
Size: 47.5″ x 19″, 16,464 acupressure points
Heavenly Acupuncture Mat and Pillow Set
This acupressure mat set from Heavenly features a pillow with a unique and ergonomic design meant to fit comfortably under your neck. Lying on this acupressure set will help relieve back and neck pain, and relieve muscle tension in your body.
Made from 100% natural cotton and toxin free ABS plastic for the spikes.
Size: Mat: 8,820 acupressure points. Pillow: 1,716 acupressure points.
Colors: black, blue, green
Spoonk Travel Size Acupressure Massage Mat
If you’re looking for a compact mat with all the benefits of a full-size acupressure mat, consider this travel mat from Spoonk. It features the same quality and design of their normal mat, but at a smaller, travel-friendly size. Take this mat on vacation or to the office to get pain relief no matter where you are. To make it even more compact–this mat folds in half and has velcro straps to securely hold it in place.
The mat is made from plant-based Eco-Foam and a 100% organic hemp/cotton blend cover.
5 year warranty.
Size: 17″ x 14.5″
Colors: Saffron Red
You can easily meditate while using an acupressure mat. The endorphins relased by acupressure will help your body and mind relax. This is also a good time to use a guided meditation, especially for stress relief.