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I still remember the time I was about eight, when I witnessed my Grandma having a session of acupuncture and being absolutely horrified. I was talking to my sister about it the other day and she remembered it too. We were both mentally scarred by the incident. So it’s fair to say that being poked and prodded by teenie tiny needles is not something that has ever appealed. However, my Grandma and a few other people I know who are way braver than me and don’t mind being a human pin cushion always speak its praises, saying that it was a solution for a whole smorgasbord of ailments. This has always been in the back of my mind and during one of my many browsings of Cult Beauty I stumbled across a solution for needle-whimps like myself…

The Bed of Nails Acupressure Mat; acupuncture reinvented with a non-piercing Skandi acupressure twist. Instead of needles, the foam mat houses 8,800 non-toxic plastic spikes that work in a similar fashion to acupuncture by causing your body to release endorphins and oyxtocin, the former to cheer you up and the latter to keep you calm. It supposedly helps out with insomnia, neck and back pain, energy levels and all that jazz and I have to say, so far, so good.

I will admit that when my order first arrived I eyed it up for a good hour before I felt ballsy enough to lie on it. When you take a single finger to a spike it feels seriously painful. I imagined laying down and being punctured 8,800 times over resulting in a polka dot pattern of wounds on my back. But after lowering on myself slowly, with a thin t-shirt on (a layer that’s recommended for beginners) I was surprised by how un-painful the whole thing was. After a few minutes my back felt tingly and warm and 10 minutes later I’d got so into my current read that I’d forgotten about the whole spike situation completely. 10-15 minutes daily is the recommended dose for beginners, working up to half a hour sessions for the more advanced.

Luckily I don’t suffer to much with my back (I have no idea how I get away with that, while being hunched over my laptop for way too long per day) and I don’t have too much of a problem getting to sleep, so it was more the whole energy level side of things that I was placing my bets on. And I would say that after almost daily sessions on the mat for three weeks I do feel perked up. I find the 10 minutes of time out a welcome addition to my day and I try and make sure that it’s a no-tech zone so I can really relax. Headspace cleared, endorphins released, I’m one happy bunny.

It’s also a great party piece. If I had a penny for every time someone has laid themselves down on my mat since I got it. Well….I’d have 11p.

  • http://sophiesmakeupblog.blogspot.co.uk/ Sophie

    It sounds amazing! I’m so scared of needles and when I finally plucked up the courage to go, the acupuncturist told me not to be scared and rammed a needle in his hand! I hate even the sight of needles and he sat there the whole time with the needle jammed right in his hand! This mat sounds like the perfect way to ease myself in it it! x

    SophiesMakeupBlog

  • sophie brewster

    I have some pretty bad back problems and I’ve tried acupuncture but it didn’t work for me (although apparently it does work for most,) and I literally eyed these on Cult Beauty a while back. I figured I’d try the cushion first though, as it’s a little cheaper. Great to see you’ve had results with it though. :)

  • marikuska

    We have had this in our family for well over 20 years, a beige one with red spikes :) I like that you included this in your blog, definitely something different.

  • http://atigerslife.wordpress.com/ Lisa

    We gave my Dad a similar one for Christmas and he has been loving it! I tried it a couple of times and it does feel kind of strange but not in an unpleasant sort of way.
    It is definitely nice to have that designated time slot each day for relaxing though!

    x

    A Tiger’s Life

  • Leannemariexo

    This sounds like a great little product. I suffer with my back due to working in an office, then getting home and doing even more blogging. I’ve never tried acupuncture but this sounds like a non scary alternative!

    ​Leanne @ Leanne-Marie
    x

  • http://mividabonitaa.blogspot.nl/ Savannah Giersthove

    Ooh this sounds really nice! x

    http://mividabonitaa.blogspot.nl/

  • Antonella_7694

    This sounds amazing to me:)
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  • Beatriz

    Seriously considering purchasing this…

    http://beaboon.blogspot.co.uk

  • http://ya-beauty.blogspot.ie/ Ya-Beauty

    Sounds interesting :)

    http://ya-beauty.blogspot.ie/

  • http://www.thevelvetblack.co.uk/ Alice Young

    This sounds awesome, will definitely look into buying one!

    The Velvet Black // UK Style, Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

  • Lavinka

    I’m from Germany and I purchased it a while ago, for myself. And I’m freaking obsessed with it. After work, I’m lying directly on my mat. It works wonders.

    Germans can purchase it here: http://www.aktivshop.de/entspannungsmatte-kissen-als-set

    xoxo
    Lavinka

  • alice bea ☮

    sounds so strange, but also relaxing!

    http://wiltedxfaded.blogspot.co.uk/

  • http://sophielfarrell.blogspot.co.uk/ Sophie L Farrell

    Your brave! I couldn’t do this everyday!

    sophielfarrell.blogspot.co.uk

    x

  • Emily Knott

    Wow, actually really like the sound of this! Who would have known there are things like this available!

    http://www.britishbeautyaddict.com

  • http://www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk Lauren S

    oooh that does sound interesting, and saves having to venture out to a therapist all the time. Might give this a whirl

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Fashion Lifestyle + Photography – http://www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

  • Maurice

    You can get the same one at amazon for £25 with free delivery!

  • http://blushingwit.com/ Morgan Victoria

    I really love the sound of this! I hate needles, so the idea of acupuncture has always freaked me out, but this sounds like a nice alternative to try. I think I might just have to pick this up!

    Morgan // http://www.blushingwit.com

  • http://breachofbeauty.blogspot.com Sarah Elise

    See, I would love (and NEED) something like this, but I run into the problem that my ass is so big in comparison to the rest of my petite frame that whenever I lie on my back I have this sizable gap in my lower back that won’t even touch the floor.

    Granted, that’s probably why I have the back of a 60-year-old woman but I’d say it’s all worth it for a butt that werks it.

    Anyways, lovely post (as always!!).

    Xo, Sarah

    breachofbeauty.blogspot.com

  • http://my--socalledlife.blogspot.com.es/ Kate Wilson
  • https://twitter.com/ESRScreatives Emily

    Haha Brilliant! They could have made it look a little bit more friendly and healthy though! Maybe a dry sense of humour entered their branding meetings..

    https://esrscreatives.wordpress.com/

  • Stephanie

    ‘Well I’d have 11p’ hahaha! This sounds really interesting!

    Stephanie

    http://missstephanieusher.blogspot.co.uk/

    http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/3436251

    xxxx

  • Daniella

    lara stone is gorg!

    xx

    daniella

    simplybeautifulelegant.blogspot.com

  • Chantal

    I have to say that’s a pretty cool purchase you made there. It looks like a really interesting product. I’d love to try something like this some day. x

    http://www.savvysuperstylish.blogspot.co.uk

  • Annie Lindsay

    I LOVE my acupressure mat. I even have an acupressure pillow! I have fallen asleep on my apartment floor many a time with that mat and pillow. I’ve also found that lying belly down on the mat can help with digestion.

  • http://palsywalsyblog.blogspot.ca/ Angela

    Pretty neat. I love learning about alternatives to traditional medicine. I bet even just taking the 10-15 minutes of “mental time” could do most people a lot of good!

    http://palsywalsyblog.blogspot.ca/

  • http://www.apriloverall.com April Overall

    Oh my gosh, I have one too! Love it!

  • http://stellaryder.blogspot.co.uk/ Ella

    This looks so cool!

    Ella xx

    http://truthfullyella.blogspot.co.uk/

  • PeonyandPeach

    Sounds interesting but I think I might have to give this one a miss!! When it comes to relaxation/back pain/beating insomnia I’m all about the long hot baths!

    Giveaway on my blog!
    http://www.peonyandpeach.blogspot.com

  • Caroline

    Thanks for sharing this, I’ve been suffering terrible back pain causing me to faint, I might have to try this out, especially if it just involves lying down and chilling out! Thanks Anna x

  • http://everydayingrace.blogspot.ca/ Grace

    This looks so cool! I love when people write about unique products like this :)

    http://everydayingrace.blogspot.ca/

  • http://www.laurelloves.com/ Laurel Loves

    This sounds really cool! I do have issues with my back sometimes, and this sounds like it would stretch it out and relax it a bit for me. Would love to try.

    http://www.laurelloves,com

  • http://ellabooxo.blogspot.co.uk Ella

    This sounds so strange but awesome! I might give it a go.

    ellabooxo • beauty & lifestyle

  • http://www.elisabethrilatt.com ElisabethRilatt

    I am SERIOUSLY intrigued by this! I get a bad back frequently and I like the sound of this even though acupuncture seriously scares me!! x

    Lis x

    http://www.elisabethrilatt.com

  • http://currentlywell.wordpress.com/ Currently Well

    I remember seeing these lying around at my aunt’s house and playing with them as a kid :P I can imagine it would be a great party piece, almost want it as a conversation starter haha!

    -Naomi from Currently Well
    http://currentlywell.wordpress.com/

  • http://littlecrocodile.blogspot.com Steph

    If you’re into little rejuvenating tricks, there’s a great app called Headspace that like, teaches you to meditate for ten minutes a day :) really good if you’re stressed and are ever looking for a quiet 15 minutes to perk up again.

    • Victoria

      Calm is also a great meditation app! It always gets me to sleep when I can’t, and the anxiety mix has also been helpful on exceptionally stressful days

  • http://unstitchedd.blogspot.co.uk/ Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD.

    Sounds like such an interesting little thing, I really want to try this out! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD

  • Audra

    I got the spoonk version of this. It really helps me out with insomnia.

  • Clementine Buttercup

    I am oh so tempted. On a bit of a relaxation kick so would be good. Need to convince the other half. There was a bit of eyebrow raising when I showed him your post. Note to self….do not expose him to my Enabler!
    http://www.clementinebuttercup.blogspot.co.uk

  • http://mrsdloves.com Amanda (mrsdloves)

    I have this too as have suffered with back pain for so many years. I got mine from amazon tho for around £17. Nowhere near the ridiculous price Cult Beauty are charging

    http://www.mrsdloves.com

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  • Lauren Riordon

    This looks amazing! I have a little bit of trouble with my back and neck sometimes so this sounds so good! I really want to try it out! Thanks for sharing this otherwise I never would have discovered it! :)

    -Lauren :)
    http://laurenellen1.blogspot.com.au/

  • Megan Roisin

    This looks intriguing, I’m a bit sceptical though I must say!
    Megan x
    MeganRoisinn

  • Grace O’Malley

    I bought one of these a while back and I just find, as I’m such a cold bunny, I can never bring myself to use it cos it involves taking me top off!! I never used it daily consistently but I wasn’t so convinced. I must give it another try.

  • http://crazybeautyland.blogspot.com/ Lana (crazybeautyland)

    This seems very interesting! Glad to know its painless
    http://crazybeautyland.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.themakeupwriteup.com/ Carolyn @ The Makeup Writeup

    I have had insomnia for years now unfortunately so have been looking into various methods to try to improve the condition. This definitely sounds unique and intriguing. I’ll have to look into this and acupuncture in general!

  • Food, Fash, Fit

    Wow, fascinating! I never would have even considered something like this! Thanks for sharing!

    http://www.foodfashfit.com

  • Sophie LovesFood

    I think this is exactly what I’ve been looking for! Thanks Anna, I shall have to try it out x

  • http://kissmesunday.blogspot.co.uk/ Plearn Nataricha

    I’m agree that this is a weird purchasing but it seems very interesting. My dad would love that. Thanks for sharing

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