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How to Use a Shakti Mat

How to use the Shakti Mat?

Place your Shakti Mat on a bed or other soft surface.  A neck pillow or
a rolled-up towel should be placed underneath your Shakti Mat to support
your neck.  Lie in a comfortable position so that your skin rests in contact
with the acupressure points.  Relax and breathe deeply.  If your skin is very sensitive,
you may want to start out with a thin cloth between yourself and the mat.
This will, however, lessen the effect of the treatment.  Initially, 10-15
minutes on the mat may be enough, but you can gradually increase your
sessions to 20-40 minutes.  It is not harmful to spend more time on the
mat or even to fall asleep on the mat.  Use it whenever you have time
and feel the urge -  preferably every day, if possible!

Rest or only moderate activity is recommended after each session,
so as not to disrupt the flow of the released energy.

You can use your Shakti Mat to reenergize and refresh yourself any
time, even during a short break at work!  You will soon find that you
may feel less stressed and more efficient at carrying out your tasks.

As with any therapy or exercise, regularity is the key to success!
We recommend daily use of the Shakti Mat for optimum results.
With regular use, deep, chronic tension and stress can be released
and you can experience a long-lasting sense of ease and well-being.

Specific usage

The Shakti Mat can be used basically over the entire body.  From the
spine, nerves radiate out and reach all parts of the body, which means
that a back treatment can affect the entire body.

Suggestions for use on specific "problem" areas of the body are shown
below.  We have modeled the suggestions using a thin cotton cloth so
as to not to offend.

Shakti for lower back
Seat
Shakti treats knees and thighs
Knee and thighs: Affects the tractus ilotibialis muscle located on the outside of the thigh.
Shakti treats the stomach
Stomach: Careful! Please observe that this can be a very intense and powerful position.  You should be accustomed to doing the back treatment first.
Shakti relaxes the feet
Feet: This position works on the reflexology zones which will in turn have an overall effect on the entire body.  Using the Shakti Mat on the soles of the feet enhances stability.
Shakti sooths the jaw
Jaw: Symptoms associated with jaw-clenching and teeth-grinding can be alleviated and your whole face can appear more radiant.  Use a very thin cotton cloth between your skin and the Shakti Mat if your facial skin is very sensitive.  Do not use a towel, as it will be too thick.
Shakti treats the neck
Neck: Place a neck pillow or rolled-up towel under your Shakti Mat so that it gives adequate support to the back of your neck and  all the way to the base of the skull. This position is very good for relieving tension in the shoulders and, in particular, for relaxing the trapezoid muscles that run all the way up to the base of the neck.

Cleaning

When required, you may hand-wash your Shakti Mat with
mild detergent in lukewarm water, rinse thoroughly and hang
dry. Avoid using washing machines and tumble dryers, as it
may damage the points.


Using the Shakti Mat on your travels

Shakti mat on your on holiday

Take your Shakti Mat with you when traveling!  To save space and
minimize weight, you may remove the thin foam padding inside and
leave it at home.  If you use the Shakti Mat in bed, you don't need
padding anyway, as it will be soft enough with the bed's
own mattress.

Place your Shakti Mat on your bed, chair or floor. Recommended time
on the mat is 20-40 minutes, but if you fall asleep, it is not harmful to
remain on the mat until you wake up.

Use your Shakti Mat when you have time and when you feel like it,
preferably every day. It can be used basically all over the body. From
the back, nerves radiate out to the whole body which means that a back
treatment gives effect to the whole body. The Shakti Mat is also very
good to use after exercise, as it promotes increase in blood flow
and rejuvenates the body. Relaxation and calm activity is recom-
mended after treatment in order not to disturb the flowing energy.

Shakti Mat is beneficial for all ages. Regular use of the Shakti Mat
promotes the release of endorphins and oxytocin and, therefore, helps
us to be more relaxed, sleep better and be happier.

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