Ajnamat Pillow FAQs
What is acupressure?
Acupressure is an ancient therapy that originated in India and developed further in Japan as Shiatsu massage. Acupressure uses the fingers, thumbs, and certain tools, such as an acupressure mat, to apply pressure to various areas in the body called pressure points. The pressure that is applied stimulates the release of blocked energy and increases circulation in the targeted areas, which brings about various therapeutic benefits.
How does the Ajnamat Pillow work?
The Ajnamat Pillow uses the same principles as acupressure and has been designed with more than 2,000 spikes that help to activate the natural healing abilities of your body.
What are the benefits of using the Ajnamat Pillow?
Acupressure has been shown to provide various benefits, including:
- Increased blood circulation
- Pain relief
- Stress relief
- Improved sleep
What conditions can be treated with the Ajnamat Pillow?
Various conditions can be treated using the Ajnamat Pillow including:
- Circulation issues
- Lower back pain
- Muscle recovery
- Neck pain
- Anxiety and stress relief
What areas of the body can I use the acupressure pillow on?
The pillow can be used on:
- Neck and shoulders
- Upper back
- Lower back
- Hip flexors
What is the difference between the Ajnamat and the Ajnamat Pillow?
The Ajnamat and Ajnamat Pillow are the best of friends and work well when used together. However, they can be used separately. The Ajnamat Pillow is smaller than the Ajnamat and is filled with buckwheat hulls instead of coconut fiber. The buckwheat allows the Ajnamat Pillow to mold to your body and is great for targeted pain relief. It fits perfectly under your neck and shoulders, so it is wonderful for relieving migraines or relaxing you before you go to sleep.
Can I wash my Ajnamat Pillow?
Of course, the outer pillow cover can be washed! However, avoid washing machines and tumble drying as this can damage the spikes. Instead, hand wash your pillow cover using lukewarm water and a mild soap and hang it to dry. Be careful not to get the inner buckwheat filling wet.
The scent of lavender is fading, what do I do?
We do include lavender in the buckwheat pillow to help relax you even more. The scent will dissipate over time, when it does you can add a few drops of lavender essential oil to the filling to top it up.
Can I adjust the filling in the Ajnamat Pillow?
Yes, you can adjust the buckwheat filling in the pillow to suit your needs. Simply remove or add more from the inner pillow. Buckwheat hulls are usually readily available from the supermarket.
How long should I use the Ajnamat Pillow?
We recommend at least 10 to 15 minutes per day to start. Once your body gets accustomed to the mat, you can increase by 5-minute increments until you reach 20 to 60 minutes. We also recommend that you use the Ajnamat Pillow regularly, and if possible, daily.
What if I fall asleep on the Ajnamat Pillow?
There is no harm in falling asleep on your Ajnamat Pillow. When you wake up, simply remove the pillow and continue sleeping.
If I have a skin disease (such as back acne) can I use the Ajnamat Pillow?
If you have sensitive or inflamed skin, the spikes on the Ajnamat Pillow may feel slightly irritating. An easy solution to this problem is to place a thin layer of cloth between your skin and your Ajnamat Pillow. However, if you notice that your skin condition is worsening with treatment, you should discontinue use immediately.
What are the potential side effects of using the Ajnamat Pillow?
There are no major side effects of using the Ajnamat Pillow. Immediately after treatment, you may notice some redness in the targeted area, which is the result of increased blood circulation. This redness should disappear within a few minutes after treatment.
If I’m overweight can I use the Ajnamat Pillow?
Absolutely! Regular use of the Ajnamat Pillow helps to promote general health and well-being.
If I’m pregnant can I use the Ajnamat Pillow?
Believe it or not, there are certain acupressure points that can induce labor. For this reason, we do not recommend using the Ajnamat Pillow if you are pregnant.
Is the Ajnamat Pillow painful to use?
Just like many treatments, your body will take time to adapt to using an acupressure mat or pillow. During the first several minutes of treatment, you may experience a prickling sensation, followed by a feeling of warmth, in the areas that are being targeted. There is no need to worry though; this sensation is just muscle tension being released. If you’re not able to tolerate the sensation in the beginning, place a thin layer of cloth between your mat and your skin to ease the sensation. Keep in mind that once you start using the Ajnamat Pillow on a regular basis, you will likely experience little to no discomfort.
Can the Ajnamat Pillow pierce my skin?
The Ajnamat Pillow will not pierce your skin when used correctly. Ensure that you handle the mat carefully, and gently lie on the acupressure mat so that there is an even distribution of pressure. Avoid jumping or hitting the mat, or dragging it across your body as these activities can result in injury.
Can my child use the Ajnamat Pillow?
It is perfectly safe for your child to use the Ajnamat, with proper supervision. It helps them to relax quickly, which allows them to calm down, especially close to bedtime.
Who should not use the Ajnamat Pillow?
It is advised that you speak to your healthcare provider before using the Ajnamat Pillow if you suffer from any of the following:
- Heart disease
- Blood disorder or if you are taking anticoagulation medications
- Open wounds or sores
- Acute illness or fever