What the experts say
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"I find the Yantra Mat surprisingly comfortable to lie on and have experienced a restful night's sleep after using it for the recommended 20 minutes. I also use it on my chair and have noticed that it creates a sense of warmth in my back. As the Yantra Mat works on the principles of acupressure, I find that it stimulates contact points in the body thus improving the flow of blood throughout the body. I have recommended the Yantra Mat to my friends and clients to help with relaxation." Sarah Bird, Stress Management Consultant and Professional Mentor.
Check out Sarah's Top 3 Tips for reducing Stress
1) Eat yourself calm. Eat well and eat healthily. Avoid stimulants like coffee and diet drinks, and don't eat later at night when your digestion simply won't have time to work through that late dinner. Drink more water, because if you become dehydrated, your brain will become fatigued and it is then difficult to concentrate.
2) Get yourself a Yantra Mat. The Yantra Mat is based on the ancient healing art of acupressure and stimulates contact points in the body, thus improving the flow of blood. It's perfect for anybody who wants to have more energy and increase their well-being. I personally find it very relaxing.
3) Treat yourself. Little treats like a massage or a manicure make you feel special. Even at bath time, turn it into a treat by lighting some candles or playing relaxing music. And then soak your stress away - don't just jump in and out!
About Sarah Bird
Sarah Bird has worked as a therapist for over 30 years, specialising in the resolution of stress-related problems. She has worked in some of the most difficult arenas of the world, including post-earthquake Pakistan where she offered on-site training workshops with a number of national and international NGO's. She also works with active servicemen and their families who are suffering from the effects of combat-induced Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Sarah is Regional Coordinator in Ireland for the Association of Complementary Energy Psychology, the worldwide organisation which regulates and promotes the practice of Energy Psychology. www.sarahbird.ie
"General practitioner’s are consulted on a daily basis by people who are not unwell but are troubled by aches and pains, maybe poor sleep and poor energy levels-some may just feel tired all the time or find it really hard to relax. For all those who visit a doctor, there will be huge numbers who would just love to get a good night’s sleep and find a way to unwind quickly and easily. Medication may be offered along with lifestyle advice on how to reduce anxiety, take the right kind of exercise and relax. This is where Eastern methods - such as the new take on the bed of nails, the Yantra Mat, may offer the stress and pain-relieving effects of acupressure techniques. When sitting or lying on the mat for around twenty minutes, the small plastic prickles stimulate the skin and may increase circulation and boost the pain-relieving and mood elevating, endorphin levels. Many report feelings of relaxation, reduced muscle tension and improved sleep and so this medication-free, home treatment may prove very useful for people just wanting to reduce everyday stress and relax effectively." Dr Deborah McManners May 2010
"Acupressure is an ancient healing art with Chinese, Thai and Indian foundations. All hold the same basic theory that the body has meridian lines running through it, from the brain down the back to the fingers and toes. Alond the body are ‘acupoints’ and here energy or ‘Qi’ may accumulate, which may lead to health complaints. By applying pressure over these acupoints, this can help to release the accumulated tension and stagnation and improve the flow of ‘Qi’ along that meridian." Helen Kenyon, holistic therapist
“The Yantra Mat gives a nice relaxing moment with positive effects on both body and soul. At first you can feel a slight discomfort, but after a while a warm feeling will spread through your body. I feel refreshed after a laze on the Yantra Mat; perfect after a long walk.” Dr Anders Ehnberg
“There are no doubts that the Yantra Mat really works. The acupressure effect from the Mat is significant. When you work on so many acupressure points at the same time with your own weight, the effect is incredibly effective. People today really need to relax more and this Mat gives a concentrated relaxation while at the same time having a lot of good effects on the entire body. The Yantra Mat is based on Chinese medicine and I have recommended it to several customers and friends who are now using the Mat.” Anna Lena Uhlin, certified massage therapist