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.

He told me that all the athletes in Russia have been using this thing for years as a sort of acupressure massage device to heal quicker from workouts & injuries.

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.

Pretty cool

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.

Test Results

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.

Reflexo-Therapy With Mechanical Skin Stimulation – Vila Mat Science – Acupressure Mat


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.