This post is sponsored by AJNA Wellbeing.
It has been over a year now and the pandemic has brought an acute awareness to every aspect of our lives. There are things we don’t have control over and then there are things that we can do. There is wisdom in finding out which is which. We are now more aware of our energy levels, time, priorities, values and our health. It is therefore highly important to take matters into our own hands, especially when it comes to our health and wellness.
My health issues during the past year
During the pandemic, I have noticed that my sleep has been disturbed. This led me to improve my sleep hygiene by reducing my technology use before bed and sleeping with blackout curtains. My circulation issues have been recently resolved with several venous ablation procedures and sclerotherapy treatments. However, I must remain vigilant in improving my daily activity and circulation. And recurrent pain in my left shoulder, left hip and left foot from an exercise injury has been improved immensely with physical therapy, acupuncture, and pharmaceutical modes.
It feels so good to know that I am making strides in improving my health and wellness. I am not naïve in knowing matters like this take time, patience and oftentimes medical interventions. Having said this, there is also so much empowerment in being autonomous, self-determined, and responsible with utilizing self-care practices in a natural, non-pharmaceutical and non-supplemental way.
I have been looking for such an approach to healing to self-manage and improve my variety of health issues and concerns. And I have found a solution I am so excited to share with you.
A natural approach to healing: Acupressure mats and pillows
Acupressure mats are designed to restore health and balance to your body by creating a sense of calm and well-being. There are specific stimulation points on your body that can increase blood circulation to release tense muscles, as well as stimulate the release of endorphins and oxytocin. These hormones help you achieve a sense of well-being and a calm state of mind.
I love the AJNA Eco-Luxe Wellbeing Acupressure Mat Set, which includes a mat and a pillow. Their therapeutic mats and pillows have been both meticulously and lovingly designed to be both functional and aesthetically pleasing. AJNA’s products are crafted with eco-friendly materials — everything from the coconut fibre mattress, the recyclable and non-toxic spikes, and even the plant-based filling.
Don’t worry if you are new to acupressure products. Like all acupressure mats, AJNA Acupressure Mats are spiky, so please be careful. However, the spikes are what makes them so good. Remember the “feel good” hormones I mentioned earlier? The spikes help to induce endorphins and oxytocin for a desirable, therapeutic feeling of well-being and serenity.
Allow yourself to ease into positions when using the acupressure mat and pillow. AJNA recommends direct skin contact for best results. However, in the beginning, wear a thin layer of clothing until you become acquainted to the sensation. This acclimation is different for every individual. This process may take place over a single time or twenty sessions. Each person’s experience is different, so find out what works for you.
Use cases for the acupressure mat and pillow
There are numerous practical uses for the Acupressure Mat and Pillow. Here are some great ideas of how you can use them:
– Before bedtime to promote a deeper and more restful sleep
– At the office, you can sit or stand on your mat while you work
– Use your pillow to induce circulation to tired legs and relieve sports-related aches and pains
– Elevate your meditation practice by using your acupressure mat and pillow
– Use your mat to discover gentle stimulation and release in a variety of yoga poses
– The pillow is perfect for long car drives and plane journeys
Start with 5 to 45 minutes per position with your mat and pillow. While you may feel results immediately, using your mat and pillow daily can offer even greater benefits and results.
For a more comfortable feeling, you can wear a thin shirt or place a thin sheet between your skin and the spikes until you are used to the sensation. Remember: For best results, direct contact is recommended. But you need to gradually work yourself up to this point.
The mat and pillow can be placed on the floor or bed. If you desire a more intense pressure, use a harder surface. Any intense sensations will dissipate after about five minutes and then you can expect to feel the benefits of the mat. Just hang in there. Your muscles will relax and any feelings of pain, stiffness, and tension should start to ease.
Ailments that acupressure can alleviate
For those dealing with the following health ailments, an acupressure mat may help:
– muscle soreness
– back pain
– stress and anxiety
– neck pain
– poor circulation
I highly recommend incorporating the AJNA Eco-Luxe Acupressure Mat and Pillow into your health and wellness practices. This is a more natural way to manage and improve overall health and wellness. The mat and pillow also addresses many health problems that people face. Make sure to check out their Eco Lite Acupressure Mat and Pillow version that comes with eco-foam as the mattress and cotton batting in the pillow if you are seeking a set at a lower price point.
AJNA Acupressure products are a great solution for people of all ages, sizes, and fitness levels. I have enjoyed so many non-pharmaceutical and non-supplemental benefits using them — They have helped me feel tranquil, improved my well-being, and helped me so much with my mindfulness during these stressful and unpredictable times. I enjoy including them into my daily ritual.