The Swedish Acupressure Spike Mat

The Swedish Acupressure Spike Mat
The Swedish Acupressure Spike Mat
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Price From: R399.00
  • Classic or Soft
  • Height of spikes 1.5cm

This classic acupressure mat works to relieve aches and pains, stress and strains. Based on the ancient Indian "bed of nails", the Swedish Acupressure Spike Mat is made from washable, recyclable plastic, with sturdy 1.5cm round-tipped "spikes" designed to apply pressure to your muscles. Simply lie on your Spike Mat for deep relief from muscular pains, aches, tension and spasms. Available in Classic or Soft.

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  • 1.5cm spike height
  • Dimensions: 30 x 40 cm (buy more than 1 and they clip into each other to create a larger surface)
  • Hygienic & washable
  • Adjustable intensity
  • High quality
  • Eco-friendly, made with durable recyclable plastic (no PVC, no latex)
  • Works deep in to your muscles to relieve aches, pains & tension

Available in Classic or Soft (for the more sensitive back)

How Does it Work? 

For thousands of years, the bed of nails has been used in India for relaxation exercises, meditation and yoga. The Acupressure Mat is designed to work in a similar way, activating the body's own production of "natural painkillers" known as endorphins. It also encourages the release of oxytocin, sometimes called "the love hormone" or "the peace and calm hormone". Endorphins and oxytocin raise your pain threshold, and create a feeling of wellbeing and relaxation, so you wind down and find it easier to fall asleep. Use the Acupressure Mat whenever your muscles ache or when your joints feel stiff. When your body is relaxed, it's easier for you to heal and recover.

Pain is one of the body’s important warning systems. It is a signal that something is wrong. Sometimes we do not find the time to listen to these signals or we have few options in our lives to change or influence the cause of the pain. Pain may then become a chronic ache. If you have continuous pain for more than three months, you are considered to have a chronic ache. Do you often have pain? Unfortunately you are not alone. According to SCB (Statistics Sweden) over 63% of the adult population have aches in their necks, shoulders, backs and joints.

Aches and pains stress your body: Pain and psychological, physical or inflammatory stress increases the body’s production of adrenalin, cortisol and noradrenalin – the body’s stress hormones. A long-term increase in the level of cortisol (more than four hours) impairs the immune response, raises blood pressure and blood sugar level, as well as making us more sensitive to pain. High levels of cortisol also influence metabolism; stomach fat is laid down.

Everybody knows that people often put on weight in periods of stress, and that it often collects around the stomach. High levels of noradrenalin result in muscle tension and aching muscles and joints. The body is in high tension. In addition, the level of oxytocin decreases, causing sexual desire to decline or disappear altogether. When oxytocin levels are reduced, levels of the harmful stress hormones are raised and the vicious circle starts.

Oxytocin is the body’s own "happy pill"! Oxytocin is our peace and calm hormone. It is secreted during breast-feeding, caresses, massage, meditation, when people listen to pleasant music, go for an enjoyable walk, exercise, dancing, riding, a good dinner and so on. When levels of oxytocin rise, the levels of stress hormones in the body fall. Oxytocin makes us socially open, improves our working memory and our self-esteem expressed through the body. Damaged or worn tissues are repaired and new cells grow where they are needed. Our pain threshold is raised, blood pressure falls and worries and anxieties decrease. Sexual desire increases. Large doses of oxytocin make us drowsy. Oxytocin is the body’s own ”happy pill”. (Kerstin Uvnäs-Moberg, Swedish researcher in the subject). By increasing the body’s production of oxytocin, you optimise your body’s performance and durability instead of manipulating it.

Pain and stiffness in your back, neck or shoulders? Your muscles can repair and rebuild damaged muscle fibres when at rest. But if you always tense a muscle or area by heavy lifting, computer work, repetitive movements or just during periods of stress and anxiety, the muscles will never get a chance to rest and relax, or the intervals of rest are too few and too far between. This may lead to chronic aches and pain.

Relaxation: You can also use the Acupressure mat for pure relaxation. Use it when you find it difficult to wind down, or when you are feeling stressed. Try using the Acupressure mat before going to bed to help you fall asleep more easily. Regular use of the Acupressure mat will help you relax and create a quicker self-healing process for your body.


Lie on the mat for 20-40 minutes as needed, preferably at least a couple of times a week. You can use the Acupressure mat every day. It should feel "nicely painful" to achieve its effect. We all have different pain thresholds, so most of us will need to adjust the effect by putting a towel or thin cloth on the mat to soften the pressure of the "nails". Try it out until you find the right level of sensation. The "nails" of the mat have a rounded tip and cannot harm you. There are more detailed instructions for use enclosed with the product.

Whiplash: People with whiplash injuries become dizzy and sometimes have pains in their neck at the beginning of the treatment. This is because the neck is important for balance. When a person has chronic tension in the neck and shoulders, the muscles "force" the neck into a new position. When the muscles relax, a new balance is created and this may cause dizziness. This is harmless and will gradually disappear as the muscles around the neck become less tense. Lie on the mat for 5-10 minutes every other day and gradually increase use of the mat as the dizziness/aches decrease.

Fibromyalgia: Those who suffer from fibromyalgia are often over-sensitive to pain and should initially lie on the mat for a short time, about 5-10 minutes, and use a fairly thick cloth to get used to the sensation. Gradually increase the time on the mat and preferably use a thinner cloth as the body becomes accustomed to the pain with time.


People with sensitive skin should be careful and to avoid itching always use a towel or wear a T-shirt when they start using the Acupressure mat. People with coagulation problems (haemophilia) or people undergoing treatment with anticoagulants such as Waran, Klexan or Heparin must not use the Acupressure mat, since there is a large risk of subcutaneous bleeding and bruises. People with severe allergic back eczema or general psoriasis should be careful and always use a towel, and should initially lie on the Acupressure mat for a shorter time than recommended, experimenting to find the optimal treatment time. People with substantial skin damage on their backs should not use the Acupressure mat.

You can purchase the Spike Mat here, and there is so much belief in this product that a five week money back guarantee is offered on the Spike Mat.

Overall Rating
4.5 out of 5 stars from 7 reviews

6 out of 7 people would recommend this product

06/04/2016, By Vivienne
I was expecting a mat but instead received what I would describe as a spike pad about a third the size of a mat. Only once you receive the item are you informed on the packaging that you can buy more than one and connect them together to make a bigger surface which of course has implication for costs.
02/03/2016, By Wendy
I have used this product often and find it to be very relaxing and helpful with a sore back.
21/10/2015, By Alez
I have been in love with dry needling since it was performed on a leg injury earlier this year. I saw this mat and thought it might do something similar for my tight shoulders. I chose the classic because my muscles are quite dense (I need strong pressure to make massages enjoyable), and I was not disappointed.

I spent twenty minutes on it earlier, and I already feel more relaxed. Just note that along that the soft mat is recommended for neck and shoulder use; wish I had read that part properly. My next Faithful purchase will likely be the soft mat to clip onto the classic for an all-out relax bash.

03/08/2015, By Rolene
Received this as a gift from a friend. Ive been using this mat for four days now and can definitely feel an improvement in my back. Thinking of buying myself another one.
01/08/2011, By Ushmita
This is to let you know that my ordered item was received in good order. I am very happy with my purchase, and the quality thereof. I am most impressed by the excellent customer service. Thanks again.
25/02/2011, By Jasmin
The Swedish Acupressure Spike Mat is amazing, only two days of using it and my back is feeling wonderful
04/02/2011, By Annette
I have always suffered from back pain that has been attributed to poor posture and stress. Apart from yoga this is the next best thing I have found to bring me sustained relief during the day! You have got one very happy customer as a result :)

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