Ouch I hear you say! I know it looks like a torture instrument but the Shakti Mat simulates the Indian bed of nails.
The tiny points on the discs are used to recreate the accupressure effect of the Indian Yogis' nail bed. When you lie on the mat or use it for Yoga, you are promised to experience the unique acupressure therapy as the tiny points stimulate your skin. The pressure of the points increases circulation and increases the release of Endorphins the 'Feel Good' hormones. I used it during my meditation this morning and it definetly made for a very interesting experience! The Shakti Mat is not made to use during a yoga session in case you're wondering. It is more of a therapeutic tool that can be used basically over the entire body. From the spine, the nerves radiate out and reach all parts of the body, which means that a back treatment can affect the entire body. Simply lie on it, relax and practise deep breathing, the rest happens on its own! Check the website for more information and ordering online: http://www.shaktimat.co.uk/