What the heck is a Vila Acupressure Mat and why do I freaking love it?
Well, I’m glad you asked.
About 5 years ago, a friend of mine came back from Russia with a rather painful present for me. It was a small piece of black fabric with 56 little blue spikey things glued to it.
After this explanation, he proceeded to go to work on my sore shoulder.
Here’s what happened…
- First, I need you to imagine a guy with big freaky strong hands squeezing my very sore shoulder.
- And then imagine that the guy with the freaky strong hands also has 56 very sharp plastic spikes attached to those hands.
- Now imagine me screaming like a little girl in the middle of the gym where I ran the personal training department.
Luckily for me, after 2-3 minutes of this torture – my shoulder was feeling great and continued to feel great for about 6 or 7 hours.
A little too S & M for my liking, but still pretty cool.
And for the next 5 years or so, I would periodically break out the Russian Spike Cloth and self-massage whatever body-part required attention.
Introducing the Vila Mat
Two months ago, a PR firm representing Vila contacted me about test driving Vila’s acupressure mat.
On average, I receive two of those solicitations per week.
And of those one hundred-ish product solicitations that I get each year:
- 90% get deleted after a quick “no thank you” email.
- Of the 10% that I am interested in testing, about 75% fail the test.
- That leaves approximately 2.5 products per year that receive the Health Habits seal of approval and receive .
But considering that the Vila looked a heck of a lot like my Russian Spike Cloth, I was eager to try it out.
For the past two months, I have put the Vila mat through it’s paces:
- I lay on it – on my back, on my front, on my sides
- I sat in a chair with it at my back
- And I removed the foam pad and used it as an extra-large Russian Spike Cloth
And I freaking love it.
- I love how it relieves my aches & pains
- I love how it makes me feel relaxed & alert at the same time
- I love how when I pulled a back muscle deadlifting far too much weight, it was a bazillion times more effective as NSAIDs and muscle relaxants.
And it’s not just me that loves this thing.
There is actual scientific research backing up the effectiveness of this thing.
I probably would have never used the original Russian Spike Cloth or my new Vila acupressure mat if it hadn’t been for the personal recommendation of my friend.
I don’t care how much science there was behind this 21st century plastic bed of nails.
But, I did have a personal recommendation…and so do you.
So, if you’re accumulating the usual aches & pains that come along with getting older, I urge you to seriously consider buying one of these things.
Normally it costs $40 via the online store, but because I kept bugging the PR company, you can save 25% by using the discount code HEALTHY.
So there you go, I saved you ten bucks.