The LotusMasters AcuMat ECO combines the therapeutic benefits of acupressure with the curative and meditative power of the Hindu “bed of nails” to help you reach a state of optimal well being. Acupressure is an ancient healing art used widely in Traditional Chinese Medicine that involves applying physical pressure to certain points on the body to improve circulation and promote a state of enhanced physical and mental health.
Western medicine is now discovering, 5000 years after Chinese medicine, that activation of the body’s pressure points by acupressure increases the blood’s ability to absorb nutrients and oxygen, and facilitates the removal of harmful metabolic by-products that build up in the circulatory system. By increasing blood circulation, additional neuropeptides flood the nervous system, creating a sense of increased relaxation that promotes healing. For a history of acupressure please see here.
As you lay on the LotusMasters AcuMat ECO, the tips of 5,750 tiny lotus flower petals embrace the surface of your skin under pressure from your body weight, helping stimulate the flow of blood throughout the body and we believe triggering the release of natural endorphins and oxytocin both of which produce an overall calming, relaxed sensation. With improved blood circulation, stored toxins are released from your cells and tissues, easing stress and relieving pain and tension in the muscles and joints.
Endorphins (hormones of happiness or “natural pain killers”) are among the brain chemicals known as neurotransmitters, which function to transmit electrical signals within the nervous system. Stress and pain are the two most common factors leading to the release of endorphins. However, when the body is out of balance due to chronic stress, it often experiences an endorphin deficit. Then it needs help to fight stress.
During a LotusMasters AcuMat ECO session we believe that endorphins are released. Endorphins are effective in blocking pain and producing analgesia and a sense of well-being. With high endorphin levels, we feel less pain and fewer negative effects of stress.
A LotusMasters AcuMat ECO session may also cause levels of Oxytocin to rise and the levels of stress hormones in the body to fall. Oxytocin is both a neurotransmitter (signalling substance in the brain) and a hormone (acts in the body through the bloodstream) in the body that is involved with calming, connecting, growth, reproduction, healing, socializing, friendliness, curiosity, digestion, trust, and recharging of energy. It induces a state that is believed to encourage damaged or worn tissues to be repaired by the body and new cells to grow where they are needed. Additionally, in this state our pain threshold is raised, blood pressure falls, worries and anxieties decrease, sexual desire increases and we optimize our body’s performance and durability. Our body returns into physiological balance and we feel relaxed. For more information on the wondrous effects of oxytocin, please see here.
Acupressure is a popular alternative to acupuncture because it does not require the insertion of needles that require very specific skills to be effectively administered. Studies conducted in 2009 by the National Institute of Health (1), demonstrate that self-applied acupressure has proven successful in treating chronic fatigue resulting from chemotherapy treatments. Research from the National Taipei Nursing College (2) in Taiwan found conclusive results that acupressure improved the quality of sleep for institutionalized residents by releasing endorphins and oxytocin, the body’s natural pain blockers.
Human research on oxytocin demonstrates that oxytocin release occurs when we eat, make love, have physical contact with other human and breast feed (3). Animal research on oxytocin has demonstrated that this hormone makes individuals less fearful, more sociable, more curious and feel safe and supported. It has been shown to lower blood pressure, improve learning ability, and promote wound healing and new cell growth (3).
The Association of Anaesthesiologists is validating the effectiveness of acupressure on reducing pre-operative anxiety. They are also seeking to discover viable alternatives to prescription medications as the consequences of sedating patients is becoming clear as fatalities from pain and stress reducing drugs escalate (4).
Finally, we refer to a pilot study (5) on the observable effects of using an acupressure mat conducted in 1999 at the Community Holistic Health Center in Carrboro, North Carolina and their review of previous similar Russian studies. This paper was presented at the International Symposium on Integrative Medicine at the Omega Institute in New York. Key findings of these studies, based on thousands of treatments on over 600 patients, conclude that users of the acupressure mat can expect:
- Strengthening of the liver, spleen and kidney
- Alleviating headaches, fatigue, depression and insomnia
- Easing spinal problems, sciatica, muscle spasms and cramps
- Activation of the immune system
- Relief from flu, cold and asthma
- Regulation of digestion and elimination
- Improvement of conditions of cystitis, diarrhea, hemorrhoids, PMS and complicated periods
Additionally, the study found 98% of users reporting pain relief, 96% reporting relaxation, 94% reporting improvement in the quality of sleep, 81% reporting increased energy level and a 50% success rate in allergy symptoms relief among sufferers.
We encourage you to join the many who have benefitted from the healing and restorative powers of the LotusMasters AcuMat ECO!
Selected Published Articles and Research on Acupressure Mats, Endorphins and Oxytocin
- Acupressure for Post-Treatment Cancer Fatigue, Study NCT00959998, Suzanna M. Zick, University of Michigan Cancer Center, August 14, 2009 link
- The Effectiveness of Acupressure in Improving the Quality of Sleep of Institutionalized Residents. CHEN ML, LIN LC, WU SC, LIN JG., J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci 1999;54(8):M389-94. Department of Nursing, National Taipei Nursing College, Taiwan link
- Nurture Your Life With Oxytocin, Michelle Maniaci, Licensed Physical Therapist, Yoga Therapist, Energy Healing Practitioner. Creator of NURTURING MOVES®. December, 2010 with further reference to The Oxytocin Factor: Tapping the Hormaone of Calm, Love and Healing. Uvnas-Moberg, Kerstin. De Capo Press, 2003.
- Acupressure for Prevention of Pre-Operative Anxiety: a Prospective, Randomised, Placebo Controlled Study. Journal of the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland, Volume 60, Issue 10, pages 978-981. link
- Research In Reflexo-Therapy With Mechanical Skin Stimulation: Pilot Study, Tanya Zilberer, Ph.D, Jim Roman, at Community Wholistic Health Center, Carrboro, North Carolina, 1999 link