Acupressure is a complimentary therapeutic approach, its origins reaching back to the ancient traditions of both Chinese and Ayurvedic Medicine. Acupressure is the use of manual pressure to stimulate specific points along the body.
Reaching back to around 5,000 years ago, the Chinese and Indian healers understood that pressing certain points on the body can, not only relieve pain, but also benefit other parts of the body more remote from the area of discomfort and the pressure point1 itself. Pain may have been the start of this form of healing but eventually adapted when the understanding that organ function (both the physical and energetic function
There have been several pilot studies done with The Shakti® Mat and other acupressure mats and many of these scientific studies are confirming the documented effects from The Shakti® Mat users’ experiences.
There are approximately 6,000 points on The Original Shakti® Mat. Each plastic disc has 27 points and a hollow middle and they are placed in a geometric pattern called a Yantra (in Sanskrit). A yantra literally means a "machine" and yantras are used in various forms to help achieve specific outcomes during meditation. For more in-depth information about Yantras, visit the Isha website as they provide great information!
It is believed that the geometry of the yantra created by the spikes stimulates the acupressure points of the body like a whirlpool. The flow of Chi (prana/life-force energy) increases between the points, which in turn balances and supplies the weaker parts of our body with energy.
The orange colour of the Tangerine Shakti® Mat gives energy, satisfaction and warmth. It has a positive effect on the consciousness, as it yields an open and more accepting mind.
The colour green of the Avocado Shakti® Mat gives calm and harmony. It is a healing colour. It is also a colour full of life, as you can see when you look around in any landscape. Green is the colour of the heart chakra, Anahata. It yields balance to body and soul.
The back of The Shakti® Mat is adorned with a beautiful design called a Yantra. This particular symbol is called the Sri (pronounced "Sh-ree") Yantra and in the yoga tradition, it is considered to be the most complete geometric shape. It is composed of 5 downward-facing triangles, representing the feminine energy Shakti, and 4 upward-facing triangles, representing the masculin energy Shiva. All 9 interlocking triangles create 43 smaller triangles and each one of these smaller triangles represents a deity associated with a certain aspect of the existence. These triangles are further surrounded by two circles of lotus petals with the whole encased within a gated frame, called the "earth citadel". For more information on Sri Yantra, here are some great websites to check out:
Through stimulating both masculine and feminine energy, the power of creation and consciousness united, both halves of the brain too are stimulated and a deep state of meditation can be reached.
DISCLAIMER & NOTICE: The statements presented on shaktimat.ca regarding reported benefits of The Shakti® Acupressure Mat have been demonstrated through Pilot Studies but have not been thoroughly evaluated by any governmental regulatory agency. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Individual results will vary. Please see the "Research" and "Medical Disclaimer" sections of this website to review research findings on the results of using acupressure mats and the limitations regarding reported health benefits.