As a chronic migraineur for 6 + years, I am always willing to try ANYTHING that may help with the management of my migraines. When I lived in Oregon, I absolutely fell in LOVE with acupuncture. But since moving to NC, I haven’t been able to find a practitioner that I like and it is no longer covered by my insurance, and I can not afford the $200 per visit!
I had explored the idea of the Pranamat for some time, but it wasn’t until my sister bought one, that I actually was able to take it for a test drive to make the decision to purchase my own.
They are a bit on the expensive side, but from the reviews I have read the Pranamat is far superior to some of the other brands. Amazon does carry a few competitor brands, which I am sure work just as well. The thing that is nice about the Pranamat is there is a 30 day trial period. If you don’t love it then you can send it back! That’s a win win for me!
The mat is also very eco-friendly, made from natural and recycled materials.
My First Time
I have to admit, the first time I laid on it, I was a bit intimidated. If you look at the pictures above, you will see that there are tiny little plastic spikes! Yikes!
The idea of the Pranamat is that it combines acupressure and reflexology points to give you a gentle massage. It is recommended that to begin you only lay on the mat for 5-10 mins, or as long as you can stand. It is also recommended that you lay on it bare skinned, which also was a bit scary!
I have a great deal of upper back and neck tension, which will trigger a migraine if not dealt with on a daily basis. So, I chose to lay on this. You can also stand or sit, or lay on your stomach. The website gives lots of options for ways you can utilize the mat.
Upon laying down on the mat, it felt a little uncomfortable but not at all as spikey as I had imagined. After a minute or so, I begin to feel incredibly relaxed and, very much the same feeling I have when I receive acupuncture. I laid on the mat for 10 mins my first time, and I could feel a difference in my overall upper back tension and neck pain. The relaxed feeling lasted for the remainder of the day (surprising). Again, much how I felt after receiving an acupuncture treatment.
Verdict on Pranamat
Since taking my sisters’ mat for a spin, I have purchased my own mat. I am on day 5 of using the mat, and I am SO in love. I have been using the mat in the morning and evening; adding in my meditation time during the evening use. I have noticed that I have been sleeping more soundly at night ( on the nights that I am NOT having a migraine attack); And my upper back and neck tension has lessened. Overall, I would recommend this product if you have upper back and neck tension triggered migraine attacks. In my opinion, this product gives a nice massage, and mimics the effects of acupuncture, which historically has been incredibly effective for my migraine attack management.
I have not used the mat for any other part of my body yet, but I do believe that this type product is an excellent tool to have in your migraine management tool belt!
*Note-this was my honest review- I am not being paid or compensated by Pranamat.