We cover a lot of cool cutting edge technology and gadgets on Dad Does, but now we realize our definition of cutting edge technology has been too limited. The Spoonk Mat has shown us that real cutting edge technology is jabbing your body with over 6,200 little spikes.
Ancient Technology to Help With Modern Day Problems
The Spoonk Acupressure Massage Eco Mat from Spoonk Space is based on the ancient healing art of Acupressure that originated in India and was developed in Japan as shiatsu massage. The theory is that if you can apply pressure to reflex points in the body you can increase blood flow and release blocked energy. The Spoonk Mat, with its 6,210 little spikes, applies pressure to reflex points on your body and gives you a Shiatsu massage. What is a Shiatsu massage good for? Reducing stress, increasing energy, improving sleep and reducing aches and pains. This is clearly a “technology” that any Mom, Dad or Grandparent could appreciate.
Who Knew Lying on a Bed of Nails Could Be So Therapeutic?
When we first felt the Spoonk Mat at Natural Products Expo East it felt like a yoga mat that someone spiked with nails. Our brief demo of standing on the Spoonk Mat at Expo East just felt weird, we clearly needed more hands-on…or should we say body-on… time with the Spoonk Mat.
Spoonk Space was nice enough to send us a mat to review and we have now had a chance to lie on it and really understand the appeal of the mat. When we first lied on the Spoonk Mat, it did feel like lying on a bed of nails for a few minutes. It is just a strange sensation as the 6,000 plus plastic spikes press into your back, neck and head. However, once we got past about 5 minutes we started to feel the love!
Spoonk Space says that the even pressure of spikes on your body stimulates blood circulation, relaxes tense muscles and induces “feel good” hormones (endorphins and oxytocin) that release feelings of well being and calm. I can’t really verify the science behind it, but I do know that after about a 15 minute session on the mat I really did feel good and more relaxed.
To give a better idea of what the Spoonk Mat looks like, let’s look at our video review -
Spoonk Mat is Good For You and The Planet
The Spoonk Mat is not the only acupressure mat on the market, but it is the most eco friendly. Check out some of these specs –
- Cover is made from 55% Organic Hemp and 45% Organic Cotton
- Certified Organic Mat
- Mat filled with Eco Foam – high quality Plant Based foam – No Toxins
- No Fire Retardant Chemicals (PBDE and CFS)
- No toxic off-gassing chemicals
- Spikes made of Recylable non-toxic ABS Plastic
- Heat pressure – no adhesive glue
- 5 Year Warranty and Made in the USA
As you are going to be spending a good amount of time lying on the Spoonk Mat, knowing that it is free of harmful chemicals is very important. We also really like the 5 year warranty as we would be concerned that the spikes could break, so it is reassuring to know that the company backs it with a 5 year warranty.
Take 20 Minutes Out of Your Hectic Day To Go To Your Happy Place
The Spoonk Acupressure Mat comes with instructions on how to achieve various goals such as sleep induction, back pain relief and morning energy routines. While those programs all sound nice, my life is to hectic to really plan out any type of routine. Luckily, to get results with the Spoonk mat all you really need to do is take 20 minutes, and lie on the mat in such a way that the spikes hit your “troubled areas“. Have lower back pain, let your lower back hit the spikes. Feet killing you and sore, stand on the Spoonk. I am sure there is a more disciplined way to use it, but the “put it where it hurts for 20 minutes” routine worked for me.
Conclusion: The Spoonk Acupressure Massage Eco Mat – Keeping It Simple and Effective
Too often we come across products that over-invent, things that try to reinvent the wheel by using the latest and greatest technology. The Spoonk Mat shows that sometimes keeping it simple and linking to ancient “technologies” is the best approach. No batteries, no cables, no plugs – just a simple, portable device (even has its own carrying case) that can increase energy, reduce stress and make you feel happy. Now that is cutting edge technology anyone can appreciate!
With the holidays around the corner, parents will soon be stressing about…well…everything! Do yourself a favor and add the Spoonk Acupressure Massage Mat to your holiday list – at least then you know you will get 20 relaxing minutes in your day.
Visit the Spoonk Space website to learn more. Spoonk mats sells for about $80, available in a number of colors.
Note: Spoonk Mat on Sale At Amazon.Com for $40
Watch our Video Review of the Spoonk Mat
Spoonk Acupressure Massage Mat Gets 4 D’s (scale of 1 to 5) -
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