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How to choose your acupressure mat | Acupressure mat reviews

Posted at February 26, 2013 | By : | Categories : Acupressure mats Acupressure mat,Uncategorized | 0 Comment

How to choose your acupressure mat | Acupressure mat reviews

Acupressure mats, though already very popular in Europe, are now gaining in popularity here in the USA and Canada.  The first few acupressure mats here were the Heavenly Acupressure Mats, Yantra mats, Himalaya mats, and Shakti mats.  These days there are over a dozen different brands of acupressure mats available, and just by looking at them, one may not see much of a difference between the mats, except the price.

But it is important to consider these factors when choosing your acupressure mat.

1.   Materials used
2.   Quality of materials used
3.   Is toxic glue used to in the manufacture of the mat?
4.   Foam used
5.   Warranty on the acupressure mat brand

1.  Materials Used:

It is important to check that the materials used to manufacture the acupressure mat are non-toxic, of high quality, and safe.  The fabric used should be a breathable fabric such as natural cotton or linen.  Some mats are made with synthetic fabrics, that are not very breathable.  The spikes should be made with non-toxic materials such as ABS plastic which is the same kind of plastic used in Lego’s.  Many of the cheaper mats use different forms of plastic, which may contain BPA or other toxic materials.  Look for non-toxic materials when purchasing your acupressure mat.  The foam should be a natural foam rubber, eco-foam, or other natural material.

2.   Quality Of Materials Used

The Quality of the materials used to manufacture the acupressure mats is also of importance.  For example, if a thin, low quality cotton is used to manufacture the mat, it will fall apart in no time, while a mat made with high quality cotton or other high quality natural fabric, will last you a very, very long time, and even decades if it is well cared for.

3.   Glue

When choosing your acupressure mat, insist on getting a mat that is made without the use of glue.  Most of the cheap mats attach the spikes to the fabric with toxic glue.  Often, you can smell the glue when you open the package your mat arrives in.  The purpose of the acupressure mats are to help you improve your health and your life, not to add more toxins.  Always look for acupressure mats that are made without the use of glue.  The better mats are made using a heat process to attach the spikes to the fabric.  The products made without glue usually state this fact on their products and websites.  If it is not stated, call the company to find out if their acupressure mats are made with or without glue. – Ohh, and don’t fall for the “we use non-toxic glue” schpeal that some may try to use…

4.   Foam

Most acupressure mats on the market use polyurethane foam to cushion their acupressure mats.  For example, the Heavenly acupressure mats are made with a high density non-toxic foam rubber,  the Pranamat Eco are made with coconut fibers instead of foam rubber, and the Spoonk Mat uses something they call eco-foam.

5.  Warranty

Companies that stand behind their products offer great warranties because they know that they are manufacturing high quality products and that their products are build to last.  Find out about the guarantee offered by the manufacturer of the acupressure mat you are looking to buy.  If they only offer the traditional 30 day or 60 day warranty, be wary.  Look for companies that offer one or more year warranties on their products.  The Heavenly acupressure mats come with a 5 year warranty on workmanship and materials.  When choosing your acupressure mat, look for brands that offer long warranties because that is a good indicator of the quality of the product(s).

So to recap, when choosing an acupressure mat, look past just the price factor, and make sure the acupressure mat you are choosing is made with high quality, non-toxic materials, and is made without the use of glue, comes with a good warranty and return policy.  Those extra few dollars you may spend on a higher quality acupressure mat may be well worth every penny in the long run.  Choose wisely!

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