After a long day in and out of meetings , hopping on and off tubes and trains, the last thing I thought I would even consider doing was lie on a bed of nails!! Well not quite a bed of nails but a mat with small plastic spikes.
When I was asked if I would like to try an Acupressure Mat by I was intrigued but more than a little apprehensive when it arrived. As I tentatively placed my hand on the spikes I have to say that I was not at all sure. I laid it out and walked past it many times as I plucked up the courage to actually lie on it. Perhaps I could wear a puffa jacket (there seemed to be an afternoon chill, I tried to convince myself. )
In the end a friend popped round to give moral support. With a final word of encouragement from her ‘it’s your website- you can go first’. I very nervously lay on it. Surprisingly it didn’t hurt- there was an initial warm tingling, then it felt strangely relaxing. As she took her turn she was amazed to find that it ‘actually feels quite nice!’
Apparently the acupressure mat stimulates the skin and gives an effective acupressure treatment. The mat works by increasing the body’s own natural endorphin levels (natural pain relievers) and stimulating the production of oxytocin (a relaxing hormone) It seems its already popular in Sweden and rapidly gaining in popularity through word of mouth.
I have to say that if, like me, you have days sitting at your PC, then it is a great way to destress your back and shoulders at the end of the day. I have to confess that I didn’t like the sensation of standing on it, but then I realised that it said to start off wearing socks (which I didn’t do).
An unusual product to try but I am glad I did, as I actually look forward to my 15 min lie down.
As my friend left our ‘trial’ session she asked me how much it cost. The normal price for the Pax Vita Acupressure mat is £49.95 + £5.99 P&P but if you order quoting FAF15, Pax Vita (www.paxvita.com) will offer Fabafterfifty readers a £15 discount .
So one more thing ticked off on my ‘to do’ list. Lie on a bed of nails (albeit plastic ones). So any requests to lie on the real ones will be gracefully declined.
If anyone has tried sleeping on a real bed of nails I would love to hear about your experience!