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What are the benefits of using the Spike Mat?

The Spike Mat has been used through many centuries for relaxation exercises, meditation and yoga, as well as for healing the body and releasing emotional, physical and mental blockages. As a result of regular usage of the Spike Mat you may achieve following benefits:

  • Decreased muscular tension
  • Reduced pain
  • Stress relief
  • Relaxed body
  • Improved blood circulation
  • Strengthened immune system
  • Increased uptake of oxygen
  • Decreased inflammation
  • Alertness
  • Increased metabolism
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Increased energy levels
  • Improved sleep
  • Deep sense of relaxation
  • Positive mental outlook.

Regular usage of the Spike Mat may provide many positive effects by increasing blood circulation and oxygen absorption. You may improve your overall well-being, especially if you’re stressed out, sleep poorly, have muscle tension, stiffness, headache, back or neck pain, or simply need a better and more complete sleep / rest to get more daily energy.

The Spike Mat may be a very effective tool for releasing tension and inducing a state of deep relaxation, and is most beneficial during times of stress and anxiousness. If used before sleep, it will relax your body to unable body’s self-heal and recover, as well as starting a renewal process, both physical and mental.

 

How can the Spike Mat be so effective?

Your muscles can repair and rebuild damaged muscle fibers when at rest. But if you always tense a muscle or area by heavy lifting, computer work, repetitive movements or just during periods of stress and anxiety, the muscles will never get a chance to rest and relax, or the intervals of rest are too few and too far between. This may lead to chronic aches and pain.

Pain, as well as psychological, physical and inflammatory stress increases the body’s production of adrenalin, cortisol and noradrenalin – the body’s stress hormones. A long-term increase in the level of cortisol (more than four hours) impairs the immune response, raises blood pressure and blood sugar level, as well as making us more sensitive to pain. High levels of cortisol also influence metabolism. High levels of noradrenalin result in muscle tension and aching muscles and joints. In addition, the level of oxytocin decreases, causing sexual desire to decline or disappear altogether. When oxytocin levels are reduced, levels of the harmful stress hormones are raised and the vicious circle starts.

Pressure from the spikes on the mat activates the body's own production of 2 substances: endorphins - "natural painkiller" hormone and oxytocin - "feel-good” hormone. Endorphins relieve the pain and give a sense of physical well-being, while oxytocin help relax and wind down.  When levels of oxytocin rise, the levels of stress hormones in the body fall. Damaged or worn tissues are repaired and new cells grow where they are needed. Our pain threshold is raised, blood pressure falls and worries and anxieties decrease. Sexual desire increases. By increasing the body’s production of oxytocin, you optimize your body’s performance and durability instead of manipulating it. 

 

What are endorphins? [1]

Endorphins are among the brain chemicals known as neurotransmitters, which function to transmit electrical signals within the nervous system. At least 20 types of endorphins have been demonstrated in humans. Endorphins can be found in the pituitary gland, in other parts of the brain, or distributed throughout the nervous system.

Stress and pain are the two most common factors leading to the release of endorphins. Endorphins interact with the opiate receptors in the brain to reduce our perception of pain and act similarly to drugs such as morphine and codeine. In contrast to the opiate drugs, however, activation of the opiate receptors by the body's endorphins does not lead to addiction or dependence.

In addition to decreased feelings of pain, secretion of endorphins leads to feelings of euphoria, modulation of appetite, release of sex hormones, and enhancement of the immune response. With high endorphin levels, we feel less pain and fewer negative effects of stress.

Endorphin release varies among individuals. Studies of acupuncture and massage therapy have shown that both of these techniques can stimulate endorphin secretion. Sex is also a potent trigger for endorphin release. Finally, the practice of meditation can increase the amount of endorphins released in your body.

Endorphins are also referred to as a "natural painkiller" hormone.

 

What is oxytocin? [2]

Oxytocin is a mammalian hormone that also acts as a neurotransmitter in the brain. It is best known for its roles in female reproduction: it is released in large amounts after distension of the cervix and vagina during labor, and after stimulation of the nipples, facilitating birth and breastfeeding, respectively. Recent studies have begun to investigate oxytocin's role in various behaviors, including orgasm, social recognition, pair bonding, anxiety, trust, love, and maternal behaviors.

Oxytocin is also referred to as a "feel-good” hormone.

 

For how long shall I use the Spike Mat?

At the beginning, spend 10-15 minutes on the Spike Mat. Gradually, you may increase your sessions to 20-40 minutes. It is not dangerous to spend more time, or to fall asleep on the mat.

 

Is it dangerous to use the Spike Mat?

No, it is not dangerous to use the Spike Mat. Regular usage of the Spike Mat helps with relaxation and pain relief, however does not provide medical cure to diseases. Experience of using the Spike Mat is very individual.  Always consult your physician before use at the slightest uncertainty. Always use the Spike Mat with caution, lie down for a few minutes at a time and see what feels best for you.

 

Is it painful to use the Spike Mat?

During the first few minutes it's common to feel a warm sensation on the body areas that are in contact with the Spike Mat. Discomfort is quickly replaced by a pleasant feeling of relaxation.

 

Can children use the Spike Mat?

Sure. Children experience the same benefits as adults. They can use the Spike Mat before bedtime to relax. Children cannot use the Spike Mat without adult supervision. The Spike Mat must be covered by a cloth to protect their sensitive skin.

 

What are the body areas on which I can use the Spike Mat?

The Spike Mat can be used on back, neck, stomach, feet, thighs, and jaws - use a cloth on the mat, as facial skin is a lot more sensitive. We recommend that you treat the back first. The back is the body's largest single treatment area, and the hormones that are released (endorphins and oxytocins) affect the entire body.

 

What happens in the body when I use the Spike Mat?

The blood circulation and oxygen flow to the body's muscles and organs may increase. Blood pressure may be reduced and the pain signals sent to the brain releases endorphins and oxytocin. This gives a relaxing and pain easing effect. You may achieve following benefits:

  • Decreased muscular tension
  • Reduced pain
  • Stress relief
  • Relaxed body
  • Improved blood circulation
  • Strengthened immune system
  • Increased uptake of oxygen
  • Decreased inflammation
  • Alertness
  • Increased metabolism
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Increased energy levels
  • Improved sleep
  • Deep sense of relaxation
  • Positive mental outlook.

 

How does the Spike Mat affect the skin?

Small red “dots” on the skin will occur after using the Spike Mat. Those marks will disappear after some time. The redness that occurs is due to the increased blood circulation and is a positive effect of the Spike Mat’s pressure points.

 

What is the correct way of using the Spike Mat?

Here are easy-to follow steps on how to use the Spike Mat:

  • Place the Spike Mat on a bed or a soft surface. For stronger effect, place the Spike at on a hard surface (floor, etc.)
  • Put a cloth between yourself and the Spike Mat. You can adjust the thickness of the cloth according to your own pain levels. When you get used to the feeling, you can start using the Spike Mat without a protective layer on it
  • Put a rolled up towel or a pillow underneath the Spike Mat to support your neck
  • Distribute your weight evenly from lower back to shoulders, when you lie down on the spikes of the mat
  • Distribute your weight evenly from lower back to shoulders - lie down slowly and carefully. If
     desired, support part of your weight on your hands and elbows temporarily. Relax and do not move around. Sit back up and lie down again, if you wish to alter your
    position
  • Lie in a comfortable position, so that your skin rests in contact with the points
    • 10-15 minutes at the beginning of using the Spike Mat
    • 20-40 minutes after 1-2 weeks of using the Spike Mat
    • It is not dangerous to spend more time, or to fall asleep on the mat
  • Relax and breathe deeply. You may feel some temporary discomfort, which will decrease and eventually go away when endorphins and oxytocin are released. The feeling of discomfort will shift to a warm sensation with light pressure.
  • Drink water after using the Spike Mat. 

 

Who shall not use the Spike Mat?

Do not use the Spike Mat if:

  • You have open wounds, infected or not, acne wounds or scars that have not yet healed
  • You have any form of heart disease
  • You have low blood pressure. The Spike Mat can lower blood pressure further when used, which can lead to fainting when you stand up
  • You are pregnant
  • You have coagulation problems (haemophilia)
  • You are undergoing treatment with anticoagulants such as Waran, Klexan or Heparin, since there is a large risk of subcutaneous bleeding and bruises
  • You have allergic back eczema or general psoriasis
  • You have skin damage.

 

What are the signs that I should consult a physician before / after using the Spike Mat?

Always consult your physician before / after use at the slightest uncertainty. We do not recommend using the Spike Mat during special conditions (see “Warnings” section). If you do decide to use the Spike Mat at your own discretion, consult your physician. If you have any side effects, contact your physician immediately.

 

Can I use the Spike Mat if I have acne and scars on my back?

Yes. It should not make any difference if you have acne or scars on the body. If you have open wounds or scars that have not yet healed, we do not recommend using the mat as it can make the wounds worse.

 

Can I use the Spike Mat if I have a cold?

Absolutely! The Spike Mat may produce a reduced stress level, and the infection will break out, because the body's immune system takes care of the sick cells. You can almost never prevent a cold from coming, you have to let it progress and let the body repair itself properly.

 

Can I use the Spike Mat if I have or have had some form of heart disease?

We do not recommend using the Spike Mat if you have any form of heart disease. 

 

Can I use the Spike Mat if I have a rheumatic disease?

Of course you can. People with rheumatism report positive effects from using the Spike Mat.

 

Can I use the Spike Mat if I have an inflammation of the neck / back?

Absolutely, it can even speed up the healing process, when the blood circulation really gets to work on the inflamed area.

 

Can I use the Spike Mat if I have infected wounds on my back?

In cases where the user has open wounds, infected or not, we advise against the use of the Spike Mat.

 

Can I use the Spike Mat during depression?

Absolutely. Because of the release of endorphins and oxytocins you may experience more happiness and harmony.

 

Is there a weight capacity? Can I use the Spike Mat if I am overweight?

There is no weight capacity for using the Spike Mat. You can adjust the pressure from the spikes on the mat by using a cloth between yourself and the Spike Mat. You can adjust the thickness of the cloth according to your own pain levels.

 

Will my blood pressure increase when I use the Spike Mat?

No, probably on the contrary. The blood circulation might increase, but the blood pressure may lower.

 

Are there potential health defects from using the Spike Mat?

No, there are no potential health defects when using the Spike Mat properly. We do not recommend using the Spike Mat during special conditions (see “Warnings” section).

 

What is the difference between the Spike Mat and the Acupressure Mat?

Following terms are used to mean the same: Spike Mat, Acupressure Mat, Shakti mat, and Pressure Relief Mat.

 

How shall I clean and store the Spike Mat?

Cleaning:  Remove the foam rubber pad. Mix a little detergent or soap in warm water and wash the Spike Mat by hand. Be aware of the spikes to protect your hands. Rinse thoroughly several times. Let the mat hang dry. Do not use washing machine or tumble dryer.

Storage:  Fold / roll up the Spike Mat with spikes inside and keep it in a bag in a dry and safe place. Keep the Spike Mat out of reach of children.

 

Is the Spike Mat portable?

Yes, the Spike Mat is portable and light (with foam mattress 1.2pounds). To save the space, remove the foam rubber pad from the Spike Mat (without foam mattress 0.9pounds). Bring the “thin” mat and use it on your bed mattress. Fold the Spike Mat with spikes inside, and preferably, keep the Spike Mat in a bag. 

 

Does the Spike Mat take up a lot of space?

The Spike Mat is light (with foam mattress 1.2pounds) and takes little space – its actual size is 29 x 17  inches. For storing and packing, we recommend folding the Spike Mat with the spikes inside (14  x 17  inches).

 

What material is the Spike Mat made of?

StyleWellness Spike Mat is made out of:

·       A cotton mattress sheet

·       A foam rubber mattress

·       ABS plastic spikes attached to the mattress sheet.

Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) is a common thermoplastic, which is used to make light, rigid, molded products such as musical instruments, toys, suitcases, etc.

[1]                  Source: MedicineNet

[2]                  Source: Wikipedia