Friday 12 August 2022


Finding time to relax, unwind, de-stress, take time out for yourself and even just have a few minutes to catch your breath is so important. I say that because I am one of the worst people for doing any of this, until the last few months when I was kindly set the Bed of Nails Acupressure Mat.
Described as being an excellent aid in self-treatment, the Bed Of Nails works to not only stimulate energy in the body, but it also triggers the body’s innate way of healing itself, making it an effective tool for easing tension and inducing a state of deep relaxation. As you probably noticed is that this matt is covered in plastic spikes which look like weapons of torture, but I promise you, they are not at all. 
The mystical bed of nails originated over 1,000 years ago and was used by gurus in the practice of meditation and healing. Bed of Nails® has created a modern, ergonomically designed version of that ancient technology, with a Swedish twist, to model those same deep healing effects. With thousands of non-toxic recyclable plastic nails, harmless to the skin but with all the healing benefits of its legendary ancestor. Bed of Nails® (BON) brings the self-healing benefits of treatments, such as acupuncture and massage, into the homes and workplaces of people everywhere to create and sustain a healthy lifestyle amid the stresses of our modern world.
Bed of Nails acupressure is similar to acupuncture but those spikes that you see all over the mat do not penetrate the skin. Instead, the pressure of these rounded nails against the skin are said to help the body release endorphins which are also known as the body’s very own “happiness drug” which provides a sense of joy, energy and pain relief, and then oxytocin which makes you calm and relaxed. Acupressure may also help the body rid itself of toxins, so it is important to drink water after using the Bed of Nails.
Add to all of that, Acupressure may also help to alleviate a whole host of pain issues, including 
  • chronic neck and back pain, 
  • sore muscles and headaches, 
  • daily stress 
Plus, if that’s not enough, this Bed Of Nails matt may even help you sleep. 

When it comes to using your Bed Of Nails, the advice is to use it as and when needed, but ideally, it should be used  daily for 10 to 20 minutes, or longer if you prefer.  For me, I started off for 5 minutes and have increased that time to half an hour and it is just delightful to use.  

One of the questions I am asked is how does it feel to use the mat and honestly, it’s weird to start with, it is tingly and prickly without being painful and the longer you lay there, the better the feeling is - warmness runs through the body and then comes that feeling of relaxation. When I am laid on my Bed of Nails, I usually have my meditation app ready and I find using both together quite soothing and relaxing. 
If, like me you need encouragement to sit back, relax and unwind, the Bed Of Nails is something that you need to make part of your routine. 

Priced around £70 you can find Bed of Nails at Cult Beauty, Boots, Beauty Bay and of course Bed of Nails themselves.

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