Top 3 Acupressure Nail Beds.

Via elephant journal
on Jun 10, 2010
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Bed of Nails vs. Pranamat Eco by Advaita vs. Shakti

What’s the fairest Acupressure Mat of them all?

“The origins of massage mats go back to ancient Indian Yogis who used a ‘bed of nails’ for meditation and self-healing.”

1. Bed of Nails

Review via Lindsey Block

“The Bed of Nails Mat is a re-invented modern version of the ancient practice of healing and meditation used by Gurus and Yogis rooted in Indian mysticism.”

I’m more of a massage girl myself, and have consciously steered clear of (what I believed was) acupuncture’s pain. I’m a scrawny thing who obviously hasn’t done enough yoga, and loves to complain about something as small as a splinter…so the idea of lying on the Bed of Nails Acupressure Mat with many little thingies poking me all over my back sounded less than delightful.

But alas, I’ve got a tough job here, so I bucked up and went for it.

I tried it on my feet first, to gauge the prickliness and my sensitivity to it. Felt great. So I moved onto my back. Lying there on a less than eco “bed” (made of non-organic cotton and foam) half the size of a yoga mat with too many spiking (apparently non-toxic) plastic crowns (that are melted in to the cotton, no glue!) to count (over 6,000), I painfully wondered to myself why I was withstanding such torture. But after a few squirming fits, I began to breathe…and relax…and enjoy. I was happily surprised that the mat actually felt good.

Lying on this Bed of Nails mat for a minimum of 10 minutes (ideally, daily) supposedly helps rid your body of toxins, helps release endorphins (which provide a joy, energy and pain relief) and oxytocin (which makes you calm and relaxed). The mat is great aid for self-treatment, for stimulating energy, and for breaking through stress and really relaxing, for once.

If the Bed of Nails is used regularly for a long enough period of time it may alleviate: “stress, headache, constipation, tiredness, insomnia, tension, back pain, muscle aches, malaise.”

The environment is very important to us as well and we are striving to become more eco and are looking into the options as we speak. Bed of Nails also donates part of our proceeds to help support Take Heart India, a youth run charity focused on practical education projects in India ~Bed of Nails

2. Pranamat Eco by Advaita

Review via Waylon Lewis

Waylon’s already reviewed Advaita, Contestant Number Two, when he was at the Natural Products Expo West. Click for photos, and to see why it’s super-stylish, elegant and eco-responsible. The cover is undyed/unbleached linen. I don’t think the interior cover is organic cotton. The core is cococut fiber (biodegradable), instead of foam. Even the nails themselves are recycled plastic, or something, and they’re stuck to the cotton using heat, not cheap, toxic glue.

3. Shakti

Review via Waylon Lewis

This is the one you’re likely familiar with, because they’ve thrown down some big advertising dollars at Yoga Journal, and their ads are cooool. Not eco. Great functionally (though I bled on one, a bit, at the YJ conference at Estes Park, it was my fault—a puppy was jumping all over me, after all). Eco-wise, it’s crap (goodbye, ad dollars, hello editorial integrity). Functionally, it’s awesome.


All three mats are stellar, functionally, and I can highly recommend them. Particularly great for those who may not be inclined to get to yoga class, but want some of the same benefits (father’s day is coming up!). Great for the back and circulation, and the mind and relaxation.

Still, it’s no contest.

Pranamat—while the case and lining may not be organic—the rest of it’s pretty awesomely eco-responsible. The other two thought about the environment about as much as is conventional—ie, not much. Pretty hypocritical for a product that’s devoted to wellness.


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6 Responses to “Top 3 Acupressure Nail Beds.”

  1. Katharina Nandita says:

    I have already heard and read about unique features of Pranamat Eco on Elephant Journal. I bought mine on company's web store and absolutely love it. As written in this article, Pranamat Eco is absolutely safe to use and allergy-free, because it made of pure natural materials. I have a very sensitive skin, so any kind of synthetic materials, like in case of Shakti and Bed of nails, might have negative consequences for my skin and health. As far as I know, nowadays Advaita is the only company, who is producing eco-friendly acupressure mats, which is always a good thing to consider while making your purchase.

  2. Trina says:

    Thank you for a nice article. I’ve heard of acupressure mats before and after reading this article I decided to purchase Pranamat Eco. Can’t wait to start using it!

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  5. Roman says:

    There are actually quite a few acupressure mats that top this list in terms of popularity, value and authenticity.

    The brand that started it all is called Iplikator, it has been on the market for 25 years and is still going strong. Their product is CE marked and registered as a medical device in EU, which makes it legal for them to make medical claims about the product, such as "pain relief" for instance.

    In the USA, there are two brands that outperform all of the ones listed above, Holsa, Soonk and Heavenly. Heavenly is rated top value, though you can buy a cheaper alternative that's the same quality.

    If you want to talk about original and convenient design, you should mention the Osteomat. Osteomat is not all organic, but it is the most convenient to use and is 100% safe – CE marked, which you can't say for many in this list. Osteomat features a foldable design, so there is no need to roll it, and has handles or a strap, so you don't have to stuff it into a bag. It even has a side pocket.

    So Best 3 List Just Got Updated ))))))

  6. Dave Evans says:

    Outstanding product! I bought the Swedish one, Mysa, which is also eco-friendly as it is made of vegetable fibres. The model I purchased, Meditate Mysa, comes with a guided meditation CD that takes care of my mind while the spike mat takes care of my back. I thoroughly recommend it.