Thank you so much Divine Vibes. I bought this about 6 weeks ago, because it was less expensive than similar items. On my first use, when i laid down on it, I didn't think I would last a minute, but if you give it a chance, you get used to the pressure and the experience in quite pleasant. The effects last for a few hours for me, which is great .
FYI: when you first lie down, try to do so evenly. During use, if you have extra skin like I do, you may have to gently adjust areas of your back - gently. When you are finished, either sit straight up (with help if needed) or roll completely off in one motion.
The plastic on the mat and pillow is sharp. Take my word for it, Yes, it can scratch you if you are careless - and even cut you (I guess) if you are a moron. So, give it a chance, be careful, lie down and give it 2 minutes or so and you should have a pleasant experience. Do so in a quiet room with some relaxing music. Try it for 5-7 minutes to start and then build up. It really does help.
I have fibromyalgia and have spent hundreds of dollars on various pain remedies throughout the years. Most things haven't really helped, including physical therapy -- the only thing that would provide relief was Tylenol and scalding hot showers. This mat appears to be invented by a sadist and it definitely HURTS, but with regular use my pain has become much, much better. It also helps relieve pain when it happens, but I've found it to be more useful in reducing pain generally rather than addressing a particular pain spot.
My best evidence of its effectiveness is that I get extremely thirsty after massages and the same thing happens when I lie on the mat for 20-40 minutes. I don't know what the thirst means (a quick Google says something about the lymphatic system?) but I take it as a sign that this mat actually does something for my knotted-up muscles.
It's a modern version of a traditional "nail bed"! The kind of thing we're used to seeing in cartoons of Indian ascetics. YES, it's painful but IN ABOUT THREE MINUTES, the pain is replaced by an extraordinary sensation of deep warmth. It's hard to describe. Like lying on a heating pad, except that the sensation is inside one's skin. It's possible that I have a high pain-threshold because the tiny spikes are really sharp and could potentially really hurt, if I'm not careful while handling the mat and the pillow. But I really look forward to my "sessions" lying flat on my back, bare-skinned, on the floor. I listen to an audio book and have to struggle to avoid falling asleep! About 20 minutes. The mat is quite small, just enough to accommodate the back of a medium-sized person.`
The Savasana Acupressure and Massage Yoga Mat is the best thing I have bought online and it has helped me so much. Thank you Divine Vibes. It's a great product.
Everything corresponds to the description. checked. very well. thank you.