I didn't know what to expect at all when using this. I won't sugar coat it: it really hurt. I nearly said eff it almost immediately. BUT, after about 1-2 minutes you experience the very unique and soothing sensation of your blood pumping and rushing rhythmically across the entire surface of your body that is in contact with the mat. It was a very interesting exercise in mindfulness and surrendering to an experience that you do not want to have, but realizing you can tolerate it.
As a person who suffers from fibromyalgia i found that the mat really helps me! Its almost addictive:)
I lay on 10 minutes every night and it has helped my neck and back pain.. to be honest it does hurt but in a nice way (sounds crazy) when i used it during a flare up I couldn’t last on it for more than 3 minutes. When im feeling well i lay on for longer
You have to deal with the pain for the first 2 minutes or so! Suck it up! Sometimes felt unbearable!! Once your body releases all the endorphins it's amazing. It truly relieves pain like some kind of of weird Japanese spike magic. My Roomate easily uses this 4-5x more often then me. He made me write this review because this mat needs as much hype as possible.
Great thing! Saved my back, just at the time of the week I could not sit, broke my back. Pain was removed after 15 minutes of lying. Needles are quite sharp, but the skin does not hurt. To the fabric are glued well. The covers themselves are removed. Ordered on sale, to Kazan reached about 10 days, did not even expect.
First off I have a severe form of fibromyalgia along with spinal stenosis, degenerative disk disease and pinched nerves. My pain level at times is unbearable...worse than my emergency c-section that I had no pain control for and delivered unmedicated.
I really like the blue color and the fact that it is a mat and a pillow. On the inside is a foam. The outside, well, it seems painful.
When I opened the box this was wrapped in plastic. I carefully opened it and lightly touched the hard white pointed plastic points. Wow! Did I really just order a torture device?
I talked my hubby into trying it first without his shirt on. Immediate pain like a million needles poking into you at once. Let me mention my hubby was on the couch for extra cushioning. No amount of extra cushioning will ease this. However he stayed on it. Within a few minutes the pain started easing and he felt a warmth on his back. He described this feeling like Icy Hot cream on your back. Another few minutes pass and he says he feels his muscles relaxing. He tells me this should help me a lot since he never has much pain. He gets off and I look at his back. Ouch that looks painful.
I decide to wait until close to bedtime and use this on our bed. After removing my clothes I carefully lay on this midieval torture device. My first thought was "This feels like a cruel joke an a real torture device." I consider getting up but decide to try for a few minutes. Soon the painful plastic points feel less painful and I feel a gentle warmth start. Interesting. So I am laying on this with the pillow under my neck. The neck pillow does not hurt as bad. I decide to wait a while. I feel increasing warmth and secretly wonder if I am starting to bleed and die and this contraption.
I stay a while longer. I suddenly start feeling weird things happening to my muscles in my lower back. I will try to explain. My muscles feel like tightly pulled string. It felt like strings were slowly started to pull apart. Almost like water balloons popping. I felt more warmth and a little pain.
Now I know from experience I get stiff when laying down. So here I am alone wondering how I can get up without hurting myself. I slowly start moving. WAIT A MINUTE!!!!! Where did my constant companion go to? I did not feel stiff and I felt less pain than I had in years. I checked the mat to make sure I had not gotten cut. I was good.
I wish this mat was bigger, maybe a whole body length as I hurt head to toe. I do not yet have the courage to lay it on the floor to try it that way. Can this be made to have the points retract for getting on and off easier?
My husband comes back and does my night time massage. He can not believe how loose my muscles felt...especially in my lower back. Needless to say I slept better than I have in a long time.
Be careful touching this. I can imagine they could possibly cut. I will wait a week or so to use this on the floor. If your pain is bad, use it on your couch or bed until you can tolerate this weird feeling more.
This is a helpful product that I am glad I bought. I really wish it came with a storage bag for when it is not in use.
This will definitely be used every day.