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Recently, I was able to try something truly new to me – an acupressure mat by Spoonk.

What the heck is an acupressure mat, you ask? Good question, because I wasn’t totally sure when I agreed to review the product. Basically, it’s a padded mat with pointy discs. The Spoonk Acupressure Mat works on the simple principle of acupressure – the healing art known as the Shiatsu massage. By stimulating increased circulation with 6210 acupressure points on problematic areas, you relieve muscle tension and pain, while at the same time rejuvenating and rebalancing the whole body.

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What do you do with it? A number of things. You can lay on it – it’s roughly the size of my back. You can wear a shirt, but if you really want to get all up in the acupressure goodness, you can lay on it with bare skin. That is … interesting. Definitely a new sensation. I’m starting to get an idea of how it feels to do a bed of nails act – I have a couple of burlesque friends who include that in their repertoire. It didn’t hurt, although you can definitely feel what’s happening. It can be intense, but I actually enjoyed the sensation and found it did help with relaxation.

You can also use the mat to release tension in your feet – in that case, it is recommended that you wear socks, and then stand on the mat for 3-5 minutes at a time. This can help relieve Planter Fasciitis.

You can also wrap the mat around sore muscles to relieve tension, and there are a variety of other suggestions on their website.

Photos above via Spoonk Space on Facebook

Overall, I’m really glad I had a chance to try out this product. It’s not something I would have sought out on my own, but I really like it! It also rolls up nicely like a yoga mat (just take care while rolling it, because … pointy) and fits in its own bag.

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Want to try it yourself? Spoonk is giving one acupressure mat to a Mag Mile Runner reader, and a second acupressure mat to an Instagram follower! I’ll pick winners on Monday, August 14th.

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Or, buy your own mat and save 10% with code SPOONKSUMMER.