“After using the Advaita Pranamat every afternoon for a couple of weeks I am sincerely impressed with the relaxation effect it has on my body. I spend a large portion of my day working on a computer, and as a result, tension is sometimes held within my shoulders and back. I have been using the Pranamat to help make the transition from “working day” to “relaxed evening” and it has certainly helped tremendously. In a world where we lead increasingly busy lives, spending more time at work, and bringing that stress from work to the home environment, many of us are finding it more and more difficult to naturally relax in the evenings. I highly recommend the Pranamat for making that transition and releasing the day’s stress to help promote a peaceful night’s sleep. Needless to say all the other wonderful benefits the Pranamat does for your health and wellbeing!” Samantha Sample, advocate for holistic health and happiness, and founder & owner of Be Genki
“I am a 67 year old woman, active in sport and yoga all my life but had to succumb to back surgery which was a success 5 years ago. As one gets older a few aches and pains seem to set in around the hip and back area, particularly after a lot of stooping when gardening. I purchased a pranamat recently and after a short time using the mat couldn’t believe the results. The first time I used it fully clothed and lay in front of the TV and fell asleep. The next night I tried it naked with a pillow under my head – it was quite painful and initially I couldn’t straighten my legs because I couldn’t bear the pressure on my buttocks, but after 10 – 15 minutes my torso was experiencing a nice fuzzy warm sensation so I straightened my legs and completely relaxed. The following morning I was amazed as I bounded out of bed with no aches or pains around the hip and back area. I will definitely be using this wonderful ritual in my daily life as I play a lot of golf and am feeling the benefit in loosening me up.” Joan, Sydney Australia
“I was suffering from a raging headache the morning my Pranamat was delivered; after settling myself (somewhat gingerly!) onto the mat I gradually became accustomed to the sharpness of the little lotuses and drifted off into a lovely sleep. I awoke about 15 minutes later feeling invigorated….and without a trace of the headache I’d been battling with for days!! I love it, and the kids think it’s really funny to tell their friends that mum lies on “a bed of nails!” Alison, United Kingdom
“I use my Pranamat at night before i go to sleep – it completely de-stresses and relaxes me, allowing me to let go of any thoughts from my day. The improvement in the quality of sleep i now have since using the prana mat is amazing, I wake feeling energised and refreshed for the new day ahead. I highly recommend using the prana mat on a daily basis.” Rebecca Amos, 31, United Kingdom
“It’s been only couple of weeks since I started to use the Prana Mat. I am amazed and pleased that I can already experience positive impact on my health and wellbeing of the product. It is very efficient tool for resolving tension, stress and helps with deep relaxation and in my case – most importantly with sleep. The little needles of lotus petals are bit ticklish, but after couple of minutes laying on the mat you do not feel any disturbance. The minimal time for me to relax deeply on the mat would be about 15- 20 minutes. The mat is compact, so I have taken it with me to work to sit on while at my desk. I also used the Prana Mat while doing my Yoga exercise, in particular it works well with seated, some of the standing and balancing, and restorative asanas. I definitely can recommend the mat and wish everyone happy using.” Jevgenya Barone, researcher and yoga teacher in UK
“Although being a doctor and consulting people with health problems, when trying the Pranamat I was trying to identify the benefits it can bring to people in general with no serious pathologies.
I discovered an amazing role for the Pranamat to play nowadays when people due to long office hours and lack of time spent in the fresh air are not having enough oxygen supply which is a vital source for healthy life and proper functioning of human body.
The Pranamat is amazingly stimulating the skin integument. Microcirculation of blood is activated thus stimulating the absorption of oxygen through skin. It leads to better elasticity, vivid color and improved structure of the skin. Due to the usage of synthetic materials in our clothing we are preventing the skin from the essential amount of oxygen as well as stopping the proper oxygen supply to our inner organs. By skin stimulation all the body starts “to breathe”.
The skin is our main part of the body for the detoxication. Acupressure mat is activating the blood circulation even in very small capillary which leads to activated detoxication. Getting rid of toxins is one of the main processes for keeping healthy and clean body and proper functioning of all the organs.
It is hard not to notice the naturally warming impact the Pranamat creates for the back. Our natural thermoregulation centers are stimulated. People with back pain can heal it and people who never had back pain can prevent it. The warming effect appears in the part of the body where it is needed at the particular moment the most.
As great as acupressure massage therapy or acupuncture therapy can be, the Pranamat works in similar technique but what is special about it – it works on various points at the same time.
From all the effects mentioned by me above as 39 years old woman I can say that the skin is the best sign for the young and energetic look and we want to keep it elastic and healthy as long as possible, so I would definitely recommend it to every woman and in all the parts of body you can imagine! In combination with anticellulite oil or cream after using the Pranamat it can be an amazing help in conquering that problem.
From doctors point of view I can say that lungs and skin are connected and by stimulating the skin, all the body starts to “breathe”. Due to this function Pranamat can be a great support in healing bronchial and pneumonic diseases. I will definitely recommend it to my friends, clients and family.” Svetlana Nikitina, 39, Latvia, Ayurveda specialist and certified doctor
“I admit to being a little bit sceptical when I first saw the Pranamat. I have had the privilegeand life changing experience of living in India for one and half years and am committed to preserving its ancient knowledge and teachings; so I was also intrigued. Something about the quality and colours of the Pranamat and friendliness of the team drew me in when I first saw and experienced the Pranamat at the London 2009 Yoga show.
The Pranamat is a high quality, attractive, contemporary bed of nails. Wow, how does this work? I asked myself. I had seen the old beds of nails in India and never been tempted to lay on one, for obvious reasons! I certainly would not want to get pierced by nails. I felt no need to test my will power or prove my mystical capabilities. However, I was happy to try the Pranamat and immediately stepped on to it. After standing on it, an amazing sensation filled my body that I knew was triggering the nerve pathways throughout my whole system. My feet and body tingled at first and then gave way to a feeling of peace. I wanted to put the Pranamat to the test. Over the past two weeks, I have used my mat daily I have stood on it, laid down and relaxed on it, and used it at my desk as a foot or back rest. I have really enjoyed it and most of all I have definitely felt an increase in my energy levels and a need for less sleep.
So how does it work?
The Pranamat is actually working on many different levels. It works on the physical, psycho-emotional and metaphysical levels. Physically it is great because it stimulates the nervous, cardiovascular and immune-endocrine systems. It has a balancing effect on the autonomic nervous system as it both stimulates and relaxes. In order to relax on a bed of nails you have to release and let go, it requires you to focus, breathe and return your attention to your physical body. This is very healing in itself as many of us live outside our bodies preferring not to feel the various aches, tensions and stresses we regularly live with. Pranamat helps you release physical and mental blockages, allowing you take up residence again in your body. Pranamat promotes self-regulation which is your body’s ability to self heal given the right circumstances.
This process of release and self-regulation also involves the psycho-emotional aspect of your being. Unlike many activities, lying on the Pranamat asks you to be conscious and present. It requires a special kind of awareness; the lotus petal nails are relatively sharp so you have to be aware as you get on and off the Pranamat. Anything that raises body awareness is a good thing. A level of trust is also developed, although the lotus nails cannot pierce the skin and are not really painful, it is still a challenge initially as the mind negotiates with itself finding the trust and courage to step onto the mat. This strengthens the mind much like walking on fire, only a lot easier. As you gently allow the pressure of your bodyweight to settle onto the mat pressure from inside your body is released. You spontaneously breathe and let go as you initially get on the mat. It reminds me of some of the stress techniques used in somatic therapies where a build up of pressure is created in the peripheral body that eventually gives way to a release in the inner body and corresponding internal orgāns. This offers a sense of deep relaxation. When using the mat for periods of twenty minutes and more I experienced deep relaxation and what is known as Yoga Nidra, Yoga sleep. This is a waking sleep that deeply rebalances the entire body, mind and spirit.
Using the Pranamat daily is a ritual, a meditation, and in this way it raises energy Ievels and uplifts the spirit. It is a wonderful way of getting rest, alone time and deep relaxation. It gives the body an opportunity to switch to parasympathetic dominance; this has a cleansing effect on the body. Chemicals release that clean up after the body has been subject to flight and flight chemicals, which are a common occurrence in modern living. We are often plagued with stress and all its related dis-orders and repercussions. While relaxing on the Pranamat, visions, colours, dreams can be experienced, the body might gently jerk, spontaneous sounds may be heard, these are all signals of the body, mind and spirit self-regulating. Resting on a Pranamat can provide the system with much needed space to heal and revitalise.
After my initial scepticism, the Pranamat gets my vote. I use it personally and with clients. I recommend it as a tool for relaxation and self-regulation that can help the body self-heal. The colours used for the Pranamat are designed to resonate with the chakras and different energetic vibrations in your body. This ancient Indian tool has been preserved by Advaita as a high quality, beautiful contemporary way of relaxing and re-balancing for health and wellbeing.” Caroline Shola Arewa, a Master of Yoga, Health Coach and expert on the ancient Chakra system. Shola is the Author of the highly acclaimed ‘Opening to Spirit’ and Founder of Energy 4 Life – health and conscious living programme.