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At first they went virtually unnoticed, blending into the landscape of Asian businesses sprouting up throughout the San Gabriel Valley. Like the Oriental shops and restaurants around them, acupressure clinics seemed to offer newly settled families a link with their homeland. To local and county officials, the healing therapy called acupressure was as much a mystery as the Chinese letters adorning other Asian storefronts. Both acupuncture and acupressure operate on the channel or meridian theory, in which imaginary lines outside the body are said to connect with organs. An acupuncturist inserts needles through the skin along those lines to affect corresponding organs, while an acupressurist uses deep finger pressure at the same points. In one of the largest sweeps, the San Gabriel Police Department in April raided and closed all seven acupressure clinics in that city, arresting 23 people on charges of prostitution. In Alhambra, police closed down two acupressure businesses that same month, making five prostitution arrests. And in June, Baldwin Park temporarily revoked the license of one acupressure clinic after arresting three employees on prostitution charges.
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It was a Saturday night and instead of sharing a few wines with friends, I found myself lying on a bed of prickly nails with nothing but a light t-shirt on for protection against the spikes pressing into my back. The product in question is called the Shakti Mat. The brainchild of two New Zealand friends, the wellness tool incorporates aspects of acupressure and promises to give the user enhanced relaxation, better sleep, increased circulation and pain relief from tight muscles. Although you can stand or rest select body parts on the mat, it advises you to lie on the mat, butt naked ideally for 20 to 30 minutes daily before bed.
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