I’ve been using a new product to help me relax and ease muscle soreness, and I wanted to share it here. It’s called a Spoonk mat, and it’s unlike anything I’ve ever tried before.
At first glance, it may look like a yoga mat, but nope! It’s not. It’s covered in white discs, and each disc has 27 ‘acupressure stimulation points,’ to use their lingo.
Let’s get real, though. Up close, they look like teeth. Thousands and thousands of teeth. 6,210 of them, to be exact. (I counted them myself.) (Not really.)
Laying on a Spoonk mat is kinda similar to lying on a bed of nails. Laying on one tooth (or nail) may really hurt, but when you’re lying on so many of them, spread across a big area of your skin, none of them really hurt.
While it’s not painful, the Spoonk mat does take some getting used to. It took me a while to get accustomed to the feeling. At first, I could only lie on it for a few minutes, but I’ve built up my tolerance, and, most recently, I spent over a half hour relaxing on it.
I’m sure you’re asking: WHY? To answer that question, I’ll turn to the Spoonk literature, because I can’t explain it any better: The 6,210 acupressure stimulation points, “once pressed against troubled areas of the body, will increase circulation and will relax stiff muscles and decrease pain. In the process, the body can release endorphins, which induces a feeling of wellness and positive attitude.”
The makers of Spoonk claim that their mat can be super helpful for those with fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, or chronic pain, but I can’t speak to those claims. I can only say how it’s helped me. I’m sore, a lot, from my workouts, and regularly have muscle aches. There have been weeks, while I’m training for race, where I’ve been perpetually sore for 4 or 5 days. The Spoonk mat has been really helpful in relieving soreness.
I’ve wrapped my Spoonk mat around my quads and calves, to help relieve pain and soreness after tough workouts (like my sand dune workout adventure).
And I’ve stood on it, for 10 minutes or so, after a run, to give my feet a little boost of circulation. (At first I wore socks, but I’ve gotten used to it, and now use it barefoot.)
And I’ve laid down on it before bedtime, so help ease soreness throughout my back and core, which I often feel first thing when I wake up.
They also say that laying on the mat will help induce sleep, but I haven’t noticed that.
At first, all those thousands of teeth against my skin felt weird, and a little uncomfortable, but I can honestly say now that I like the sensation. It feels refreshing, in an odd way, and it really does seem to help with soreness, so this is something I’ll definitely keep using!
Keep it up, David!
Disclaimer: I was sent a Spoonk mat for free. All opinions are my own.
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