As the brochure suggested, I first tried the acupressure mat with a thin T-shirt on instead of on my bare skin. While some reviewers said they first tried the mat on their beds for a less intense experience, I decided to go all in and laid mine out on the floor of my living room. Facing off against a mat with nearly seven thousand spikes (plus more on the pillow!) I took a deep breath, got down on the floor and slowly eased back onto it. While I definitely felt the spikes, I didn’t experience any searing pain or uncomfortable feelings. The pillow felt more intense on my head than the mat did on my body, but I decided to relax into it, having set a timer on my phone for 10 minutes (they recommend you start off with 10 and increase to 20 to 30).
After my 10 minutes was up, I slowly sat up and realized that I did indeed feel more relaxed. I wasn’t sure if it was due to the acupressure points being stimulated or just the fact that I don’t usually just lie down on the floor and do nothing, which in itself is pretty relaxing.
The next day, I used the mat wearing a sports bra. The mat does leave an impression on your skin, which the booklet said would fade in about 20 minutes (it did). I found that I preferred not using the acupressure pillow under my head since that way, my shoulders made more contact with the spikes on the floor mat (the main source of my tension). I did enjoy putting the pillow under my legs to target my hamstrings, and you can use the mat and pillow in a variety of ways, even standing on it for a very intense sensation on your feet!