The Shakti Mat is a portable bed of nails used to relieve pain, promote relaxation and help with a range of health problems including insomnia, pain relief and recovery from injury. It is very popular in Sweden where it is used by an estimated 10% of the population. So we thought it was worth trying – we were so impressed we now use it in clinic. Why? Because we have seen this simple self help option make a difference to many common problems that western medicine does not offer sustainable solutions to. It helps us help ourselves – with no harmful side effects.

What is it?

Originally, a bed of nails was constructed out of wood and metal nails. Today the mat is available in a portable user friendly design. The metal nails have been replaced with plastic spiked discs and instead of a wooden base there is a comfy Styrofoam padded insert within a 100% cotton material ‘pillowcase’. Each mat has 230 plastic discs and each disc has 27 points. This results in potentially 6000 points of contact with your skin which surpasses traditional models.

How the mat works:

“From a physical viewpoint the points on the discs stimulate the body to release endorphins – a family of neuropeptides concentrated in the pituitary gland and hypothalamus involved with pain relief. These endorphins are the body’s response to stress and help determine mood. Membrane receptors for endorphins are found in large quantities in the pain pathways of the nervous system. The release of endorphins triggers a self-healing mechanism in the body and blocks pain. The result is a sense of deep relaxation and well-being, even high levels of happiness.” Use of the Shakti mat also prompts the body to release a range of other calming hormones and it increases the circulation of blood and lymph. This too has a detoxifying, stimulating and healing effect.

Finally, the mat stimulates acupressure points which are linked up all over our body via a meridian system. Stimulating one set of acupressure points will link up to other parts of your body so by using the Shakti Acupressure Mat you give yourself and acupressure treatment by default. Clearly using the Shakti Mat is not the same as seeing a reflexologist – it is a more generalised treatment but none-the-less valid. To enhance your use of the Shakti Acupressure Mat (bed of Nails) a series of articles will be made available on the site about reflexology and acupressure.

The Experience

Here is what happens for me when I use the Shakti mat. At first I don’t feel too much and then a tingling starts. Then the tingling morphs into a painless throbbing sensation with heat and I can feel the blood pulsating close to the surface of my skin. It is amazing. After that – the sensation morphs again into relaxation and a nice floaty feeling kicks in. Then I just stay with that for as long as time permits. I feel a bit silly saying it but it really is amazing and soooo relaxing.

What I LOVE about the mat: It works!!! pure and simple. It is portable, kids love it, everyone that has used it has had a positive reaction. It allows/enable all of us to help ourselves – whether with a medical problem or stress relief/relaxation. It has no moving parts so it is durable! You won’t need to buy an upgrade or new model or anything like that and it’s cost effective. For the cost of one chiropractic/osteopathic/massage treatment you have the mat for life.

In real terms, using the Shakti Acupressure Mat will save you money because you will spend less (no?) money on other aids eg pain killers etc. And regular use of the mat will contribute to your overall health. At the most basic level regular use will reduce your accumulated stress and reduce any reliance you may have on pain killers – your liver and pocket book will love you. Regular use of the mat will also help with the rest of your life – by relieving the effects of any problems you will feel better and so be better. More profound relaxation will also assist you with any subliminal/affirmation/visualisation work you may be doing or are contemplating. The benefits just go on and on.

What I would change about the mat: From my point of view, in relation to Shakti, size does matter. I think the mat is made with smaller people in mind. For ‘big’ people – either really long torso or wide girth – I don’t think the size is optimal. Sure you will get benefit – but I think you may need to use the mat differently i.e where a smaller person would lie on their back – depending on your girth you may need to ‘halve’ your back and do it in two sections.  There is no doubt that bigger person will get the same benefit from the mat – you may just have to experiment and use it a little differently. Or, if you try it and love it, buy another and stitch them together.

One last thing: The only other thing I would like to say – and it is not about the mat as such…it is about the effect. I do have one concern that some folks are likely to have such a good reaction to it that they may not get a problem checked out that they actually need to attend to. So we stress – it is critical to know what issue you are dealing with – so please always get it checked out. Always be clear about what you are treating/working on. The Shakti will relieve pain – and you want to be clear you absolutely understand the source of that pain.

So there you have it our review of the Shakti Acupressure Mat. Try the product and see what you think – and please let us know about your experience. You may need to persevere with the mat if you have any blocks about using a product like this. Rest assured in my steadily growing experience with the mat, everyone who has tried it has benefited from it. If, in the extremely unlikely event you decide it is not for you – pass it on. I know lots of people will gratefully receive a pre-loved Shakti! More likely, sit or lay back, relax and enjoy the benefits of this marvellous piece of non technology. The 21st century is demanding – add this to your tool kit for optimal living and flourish!

If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got

…NLP Adage (Anthony Robbins)