The Swedish Shakti Mat

The Swedish Shakti Mat

Geoff Bentz
Dec 15, 2009

Ever longed to lay on a bed of nails but thought — if it only came in orange? Well Santa came early because the Shakti Mat combines the ancient art of acupuncture with modern Swedish design for an at-home healing experience.

The Shakti creates 6000 acupressure points to help relive tension and induce a state of deep meditation. The website claims that when used for 20-40 minutes your body will begin to release endorphins, which we all know is like getting a shot of happy. It helps to relive neck and back pain, reduce stress, increase energy and promote a good night's rest.

The mat can be used all over the body, from your back, your stomach, your feet, even massaging your face (it's also easily washed with soap and water). Does it hurt? Some users report a "prickling warm sensation" but the discomfort is quickly replaced by a feeling of relaxation.

For $70, it's actually the price of a massage and may be worth trying.

To purchase, visit the Shakti website.

Has anyone tried a Shakti Mat? A recent article in The New York Times | A Bed Where Comfort Is Not the Point has more information about this trend.

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