The 5 Best Acupressure Mats of 2021

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"Fans of this acupressure mat love its ergonomic design and the high number of points to help you relieve aches and pains."
"You'll get a supportive neck pillow as well as a mat that covers your entire back, so you can work on more problem areas at once."
"With over 200 'lotus flower' massage circles, this handmade mat provides a lot of acupressure points per square inch."
"Use this set on your neck, shoulders, and upper back to help relieve stiffness and tension, particularly after a long day of work."
"If you're hitting the road, this travel-sized mat makes it easy to relieve post-flight or car ride stiffness away from home."

You’ve heard of acupuncture, but have you heard of acupressure? If you’re not a fan of needles, there’s still a way for you to get your qi in a better flow.

Though acupressure has been used for thousands of years in traditional Chinese medicine, acupressure mats have increased in popularity recently thanks to the trend toward natural, holistic, Eastern-inspired treatments. Studies have found acupressure to be an effective pain reliever and that it can help release endorphins.

Here are the best acupressure mats to help you find relief.

Best Overall: Bed of Nails Original Acupressure Mat for Back/Body Pain Treatment

While a “bed of nails” doesn’t sound nearly as inviting as a bed of roses (or any other bed, for that matter), we can assure you that the Bed of Nails Acupressure Mat is an incredibly soothing tool that will provide a holistic healing experience. After you adjust to the sensation (which can feel quite sharp or intense when you’re getting started), you’ll start to feel relief.

Fans love that the mat features a large number of points and has an ergonomic design. The brand claims the mat can reduce cortisol levels and improve sleep (which hasn't been outright proven scientifically, but it can't hurt to try). It also comes in a convenient bag to carry it with you on your travels or to yoga.

Best Budget: Gaiam Acupressure Mat and Pillow Set

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A trusted brand for all things yoga, meditation, and Eastern healing—at an accessible price point—Gaiam is known for their great quality mats, cushions, and more. The Gaiam Acupressure Mat and Pillow are no exception. Some users of the Gaiam mat claim migraine relief, in addition to saying it helps with post-workout recovery. The 16 x 25-inch mat is on the smaller side, but it also comes with a matching acupressure pillow to help support the head and neck while providing additional acupressure points for relief.

Best Luxury: Pranamat ECO Manual Massage Set

Treat your body to a luxe experience with the top-of-the-line set from Pranamat. Their mat and pillow combo is made from nontoxic, ecologically-friendly materials so you can be kinder to the earth while treating your body well. The mat is made with natural coconut fibers, untreated cotton, natural linen, and HIPS eco-plastic. The mats have over 200 "lotus flower" massage circles, and you'll get over 5,000 acupressure points per mat.

Fans of Pranamat love the strong stimulation and effective relief. Each mat is handmade in Europe, so you know you’re getting a quality product. And to boot, if you’re dropping this much on a mat, you want to make sure it’s guaranteed. Pranamat does that with a five-year warranty, in addition to offering a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Best Set: NAYOYA Acupressure Mat and Neck Pillow Set

Looking for a relaxing combo? This Nayoya pillow and mat set is a dream. The mat has over 6,000 acupressure points, and the contoured pillow has over 1,700 pressure points to stimulate blood flow.

Use this set on your neck, shoulders, and upper back to help relieve muscle stiffness and tension, particularly after a long day of work. Reviewers of this set have claimed it is “life-changing” and has helped relieve stiff muscles, headaches, and lower back pain.

Best For Travel: Spoonk Sleep Induction and Back Pain Relief Acupressure Mat

Get ready for some chill travel with one of the most trusted acupressure mats on the market. The Spoonk mat's smaller size—it's just under 27 inches long—and carrying case make it an ideal travel companion. You can pack it up and lay on a pressure mat to get some relief from post-flight or post-road-trip stiffness.

Final Verdict

Though the appearance and sensation, and even the name, may be a little intimidating to those new to acupressure, the Bed of Nails Acupressure Mat (view at Amazon) offers relief for those experiencing aches and stress. An ideal choice if you prioritize versatility, the portable mat can be used while you're lying down or sitting upright, and the intensity is adjustable based on how much body weight is applied.

While the mat shouldn't be relied on as a cure in place of medical treatment, especially as acupressure's benefits are still being studied, it can complement your holistic wellness routine. 

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