After my “If I Were a Rich Girl” post the kind folks at Vila contacted me and said they would send me a Vila Mat to try.
I was stoked about that. Because I had started to read more and more about acupressure mats and their supposed benefits. Some of the benefits I found online:
- Reduce pain in back, neck, shoulders, hips and other joints
- Alleviate muscle tension
- Improve circulation
- Increase oxygen uptake
- Reduce stress
- Aids relaxation
- Improve sleep
- Improve digestion
- Reduce cellulite
Sounds like a path to a perfect life, right?
Might be a tall order to fill, but I’m game to try…
So starting on August 1 I invented a short program for myself using the Vila Mat. I decided on the positions I would use based on my own tight spots and recommendations from various sources around the WWW on ways to use these types of mats.
- 5 minutes on my right hip/thigh
- 5 minutes on my left hip/thigh
- 5 minutes on my glutes and hamstrings
- 10 minutes on my back
I planned to do this every day, then each week increase the time on each of the steps by 1 or 2 minutes.
I’ll post my experience on this exercise at the end of the month, but since August is already one week in… I thought I’d at least give you a brief synopsis.
- Laying on my hips/thighs on the mat was EXCRUCIATING the first few times. Now it is merely a little uncomfortable.
- Sitting on it to hit my glutes/hamstrings just seems kind of awkward.
- Laying on it on my back, feels really nice. I could probably fall asleep on it this way.
Despite any initial discomfort, each time I’ve gotten off the mat I’ve felt more calm and centered. And I truly feel like I can breathe easier.
Check back at the end of August, I’ll have another recap of how the month as gone.
Disclaimer: Vila sent me this mat free of charge for review/evaluation. Coming up with this program and the thoughts on it are entirely my own.
Whoa! How cool of them! I hope you notice some changes after a little mat therapy.
Oooh…interesting! I can’t wait to hear how this all works out!!
Clever girl… Now if that laser hair removal thingy will come through for you…
Hope the mat gets more comfortable for you!
Yeah, really… I’m thinking I should write a post on how I want a new car and a new house and a jet and … okay, I’ll leave out the jet. That’s just greedy! 😉
LOL – I was contacted by another company about an acupressure mat too. I have it here…been using it for a couple of weeks and will be reviewing it and doing a giveaway.
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