The Spoonk Acupressure Massage Mat – a healthy healing alternative

Around 80 percent of adults experience some sort of back pain in their lives. Almost 50 percent experience some neck pain.

There are countless remedies to help you get relief – scads of medications including Tylenol and Ibuprofen, chiropractic adjustment and acupuncture, to name a few. All of them are valuable and can make a difference. But there’s another option that’s surprisingly simple and as effective in easing the discomfort.

The Spoonk Accupressure Massage Mat resembles a yoga mat but has over 6,000 flower-shaped raised pressure points. These non-toxic, plastic points stimulate blood flow and nerve endings, helping your muscles relax.

Spoonk technology is based on a combination of shiatsu massage and, strange as it may seem, the Indian bed of nails. Though at first it may look daunting to consider lying down on the Spoonk, once you do, as you lay on it, your body relaxes so much, you may just drift off to sleep!

There are a wide number of benefits to using a Spoonk mat. It’s particularly effective in helping to relieve chronic pain, as I was delighted to discover. It helps bring relief from headaches caused by tension in the neck, face and jaw and it’s great for relieving achy feet. It acts similarly to Reflexology, a therapeutic pain relieving method that stimulates pressure points on the feet and hands

The Spoonk mat’s been shown to help improve digestion, increase blood circulation, improve sleep and boost energy. As you lay on the Spoonk for the recommended 15 to 20 minutes at a time, it releases endorphins as it relieves your stress.

The company recommends lying on the Spoonk mat either with bare skin or very thin clothing for best results.

The Spoonk works on the meridians on the back and neck, says Natasha Frykman, founder of SpoonkSpace.com.

The best part, Frykman said, is that it’s not a pill!

Originally created in Russia in the 80’s, the Spoonk was widely popular throughout the country for years. But it became forgotten with Perestroika. Years later it was brought to Sweden and took its present form.

The Spoonk Acupressure Massage Mat is made with all natural materials. The non-toxic ABS stimulation points are made from recyclable plastic. The foam pad is made from non-toxic, plant-based natural foam that utilizes Variable Pressure FoamingTM technology. The mat doesn’t contain adhesive glue, fire retardant chemicals and produces no off-gassing or CO2.

The mat itself is certified organic by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), the worldwide leading textile processing standard for organic fibers.

“It’s kind of like a Fair Trade environment,” said Frykman. “There’s no child labor involved.”

As for the mat cover, there are several options to choose from. The original, 100 percent organic cotton cover, a newer, 100% organic hemp cover and a combined organic cotton-organic hemp cover. Hemp is an amazingly green fiber. It requires less water to grow than cotton, it’s pesticide- and chemical-free, and is naturally dyed.

The Spoonk mat can be used either in the morning or just before going to bed, to help relax.

“The Spoonk (can put) you into a deeper sleep, Frykman said.

Frykman said they’ve just received the go-ahead from a Vancouver-based leader in sleep research field to begin research with a group of patients using the Spoonk.

The Spoonk Acupressure Massage Mat comes in five fun colors. Frykman has plans to introduce a smaller mat later this summer that can be used for a neck pillow and for travel.

This versatile mat is an easy to use, excellent pain relief alternative.

“It’s simple, effective and affordable,” says Frykman. “It’s like an energetic toothbrush!”

You’ll find it online at Spoonkspace.com.

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