How To Use an Ajnamat
You may have seen one of these strange looking spiky mats floating around the pages of instagram, and being raved about by your favorite yoga teacher, health advocate, or wellness blogger. It's likely you've wondered what all the fuss is about. Or, how lying on a bed of spikes can possibly be as relaxing as everyone says it is.
In this article we'll demystify the Ajnamat, and show you just a few of its many uses!
WHAT IS AN AJNAMAT, ANYWAY?
Ajnamat is a therapeutic massage mat that uses the centuries old technique of acupressure to restore health and balance to your body, bringing with it a sense of calm and wellbeing.
The mat and pillow combined have over 6,700 specially designed spikes that activate the body’s natural healing response, relieve tension, and unblock stagnant energy pathways.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF AJNAMAT?
The benefits of acupressure and acupressure mats are wide ranging, and have been proven in multiple studies.
Just a few of the benefits that are constantly reported by our customers include:
- Deeper sleep
- Increased Energy
- Significant reduction in pain, both chronic and acute
- Stress and anxiety relief
- Improved circulation
- Boosted mood
Since Ajnamat is completely natural and non-invasive, it can be used as much you like, without the risk of harmful side effects like those from over the counter medications.
WHERE CAN I USE AJNAMAT?
Before we get to the 'how' of Ajnamat, let's look at the variety of places it can be used. The versatility and ease of transport makes Ajnamat the ideal wellness tool in so many situations, no matter how busy you are.
Here are some of our favorites:
- Before bed for deeper sleep
- On long haul plane rides
- While working, either sitting or standing
- After exercise to speed recovery
- For heavy, tired legs
- While meditating
- In certain yoga asanas
- While traveling
- While reading, holding your baby, watching the stars, taking in some sun....the list goes on
HOW TO USE AN AJNAMAT
Here are just a few suggestions of uses for Ajnamat.
There are many variations of each position, and every person may like to customise them to suit their individual needs.
If you're brand new to the magic of Ajnamat, we suggest wearing a thin layer of clothing until you become accustomed to the unique sensation.
Hold each position for between 5-45 minutes to experience the best results.
BACK & NECK
- Pain in the back, shoulders, and neck
- Headaches and migraines
- Inducing sleep
- Calming the nervous system
The most popular way to use the AJNAMAT, and our suggested starting point, is to lay with your back on the mat. Remember, if you are new to acupressure mats, you car wear a thin shirt, or place a thin sheet between your skin and the spikes until you are used to the sensation.
You can place your mat on any surface, such as the floor or bed.
Any intense sensation will dissolve after about 5 minutes and you can then expect to start to feel the benefits of the mat. Your muscles will relax and any feelings of pain, stiffness and tension should start to alleviate.
HIPS AND GLUTES
Excessive tension in the hips and glutes can cause a host of problems, such as back pain, and sciatica.
You can use your mat to massage into these areas and release tight muscles and fascia.
Using your pillow will increase the intensity and allow you to massage deeper into the muscle.
FEET & LEGS
Stimulation of pressure points in the feet, also known as reflexology, is said to affect areas of the feet that practitioners believe correspond with organs in other parts of the body.
Standing on your AJNAMAT can revitalize and refresh you. We recommend starting out in socks and working up to bare feet. After a while you may gently lift one foot up for a stronger effect on the standing foot.
Regular abdominal massages help to relax the body and mind, as well as boost digestion and energy.
Lie on your stomach with your arms under your head or alongside your body. Breathe slowly and deeply. It is best to use a thin layer of clothing.