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The Dosha Mat acupressure mat is everything I didn’t know I needed in my life.
I’ve never used acupressure before and have only ever had one real therapeutic massage. However, I do foam roll often and used to get my leg muscles rubbed out a lot when I was involved in sports years ago. I rarely ever get rubbed out professionally any more but I do sometimes attempt to do it myself if I have major leg knots.
However, that’s not something I can really do for my back and neck knots. My middle to upper back is almost always sore and I feel like I’ve had a perpetual crick in the right side of my neck since college. Stress will do that to you.
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I sit at my desk while at work trying to rub out my shoulders and adjust my sitting position so my spine didn’t feel like it’s in so much agony. Neither ever really provide lasting relief, especially since for work I’ve always sat at a desk for hours staring at screens.
Then I discovered the world of acupressure mats. Specifically the Dosha Mat.
What is Dosha Mat?
Dosha Mat has thousands of little lotus flower tips to provide pressure on your body to provide pain relief and relaxation. The mat itself is made of hypoallergenic natural linen and the cushion inside is made of 100% natural coconut fiber. The lotus flowers themselves are made from toxic-free surgical plastic. Making the Dosha Mat 100% eco-friendly.
Dosha mat is about 2.25 feet by 1.5 feet and easily folds in half, making it almost as easy to transport as a yoga mat.
The best part of Dosha Mat as a company is that they donate 15% of their profit to non-profit organizations that work to provide exercise programs like yoga to youth in need. Combining that with the fact their mats are 100% eco-friendly makes me love the company even more.
Benefits of an Acupressure Mat
Dosha Mat claims their mat will help with the following things:
- ~ Reduction of pain and muscular soreness
- ~ Deep calm and relaxation
- ~ Reduction of stress and anxiety
- ~ Reduction of insomnia and improved sleep
- ~ Weight-loss through the lowering of cortisol levels
- ~ Increased circulation and blood flow
- ~ Rejuvenation of the skin
- ~ Improved digestion
- ~ Increased energy levels
- ~ Reduction in the appearance of cellulite
- ~ Alleviation of arthritis, fibromyalgia, myofascial pain syndrome, and sciatica pain
- ~ Faster muscle recovery after workouts
In my experience, I could see the mat help with my muscle soreness, providing a sense of calm and relaxation, increased energy levels, and faster muscle recovery. Some of the claims seem a little out there to me, but I also don’t have as much experience with acupressure nor do I have some of the ailments they say they offer relief for.
However, whether all the claims have accuracy behind them or not, the most important ones to me did. I’d say this mat is worth it just for the sole reason of it finally ridding me of my seemingly endless upper back and neck pain. Yup, that’s right. After using the Dosha Mat for a month my back has stopped aching day in and day out.
How I Use my Dosha Mat for Back and Neck Pain
I personally benefit from laying on my mat more than anything else so that’s what I do most of the time. When I first started I had to do it with a shirt on but now I find I don’t feel much when I do that, so I usually do it shirtless. It can be very painful at first but it slowly turns into a comforting pain – like a massage. The longer I lay there I start to feel a warmth spread over my back relaxing me even further.
I like to lay flat on my mat for a few moments first to adjust to the pressure and then move into a position that really targets where I need relief the most. A lot of times I lay down and pull my knees in towards my chest and hold them there to target my middle back more as that’s usually where my discomfort starts.
After doing that I sometimes go into plow pose from yoga to really get my upper back. This applies an amazing amount of pressure so I can’t hold it for long if I am shirtless. However, it is amazing for targeting tight traps and deltoids. Something I suffer from due to my weightlifting training.
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The last thing I like to do is for my neck pain and also migraines. I will stick a rolled-up yoga mat a little higher than halfway up the mat and then lay my neck over the raised bump to really target where my shoulders meet my neck. This is my favorite thing to do with the Dosha Mat.
Overall Dosha Mat Review
I would give this product a 10/10. Anyone looking for back or neck pain relief should really look into getting an acupressure mat. I’d highly suggest Dosha Mat considering it’s eco-friendliness and firsthand knowledge of it providing relief.
The Dosha Mat is also perfect for anyone looking to get into meditation. You can easily lay on the mat and scroll through your phone or sit on it and watch tv, but you can just as easily close your eyes and breathe through the sensations and meditate. I use it both ways but find my body even less tense when I try to meditate while using it.
If you’re reading this and you’re still skeptical about the true benefits of an acupressure mat, let me tell you a story:
I went wakeboarding very shortly after receiving my mat in the mail. Why does this matter? Well I completely ate it trying to go over the wake and basically gave myself whiplash. Add that onto the sore upper body muscles from wakeboarding in general and you have me feeling like I got hit by a bus. That night I went home and laid on my Dosha Mat for about fifteen minutes and woke up barely sore. Using it again later that day I went to bed with little to no muscle tenseness. Which is huge considering last time I wakeboarded I was sore for days.
Long story short, the Dosha Mat really does provide amazing muscle relief.
Have you ever used acupressure for pain relief?