What to Expect from the Experience and How it Works
People report both short-term effects over the course of one session, and longer-term benefits when used frequently over a period of weeks. The more you use your Zen mat, the more comfortable the experience will become, and the more benefits you will notice.
When acupressure points around your body are stimulated (by the spikes/ nails), they release muscular tension, promote circulation of blood, and triggers the body’s innate healing mechanisms.
A person may experience an intense tingling, or other strong sensation during the first few minutes of use before full relaxation is reached. This is completely normal. After around five minutes, blood circulation will begin to increase, followed by a release of endorphins. These hormones are produced by the central nervous system and pituitary gland, having a number of different functions. One of these is the activation of the body's opiate receptors, our natural painkillers, known for inducing a mildly euphoric feeling.
Additionally, as your body begins to relax it will move from the adrenaline-driven. fight and flight' of the sympathetic nervous system (SNS), to the relaxed 'rest, digest and repair' state of the parasympathetic (PNS) nervous system.
As one's body awareness increases with more frequent use, you will begin to notice the point when the muscles begin relaxing and at this moment, inhale fully, and pause for a moment before exhaling completely. Let the tension be released from your muscles.
Now experience that sweet sense of calm coming over the body and mind.
Please keep well hydrated in order to help flush out any toxins that may be released during a session.