It seems as though when an innovative (yet ancient) technique surfaces, many flock to try it, but few stack biohacking tricks one on top of the other. We’re here to unlock a new dynamic combo that will heighten that parasympathetic cool-down.
The acupressure mat is well known for its ability to draw blood through the muscle to the surface of the skin with its high grade metals, for better recovery- but what about the breathing component? Many people tend to hold their breath as a reflex mechanism when stepping onto a mat or rolling out a certain muscle.
What happens when we take a deep breath on the mat?
Well, when we think about this, it means a couple of things:
- You are entering a parasympathetic state, slowing the heart rate
- You are increasing oxygen in blood, delivered to the muscle
- More oxygen drawn through the muscle can elicit better recovery
So what are some good Breathwork exercises on the mat?
Ashley Neese, author of the book “How to Breath” shares some very comprehensive exercises for entering the parasympathetic state. Pair these up with an Akuspike mat to double down on healing or recovery.
4 in, 4 out technique
- Find target area to lay on mat
- Set an intention for recovery
- Set a timer for 3 minutes
- Close eyes, lying down or seated
- Place one hand on heart and the other on diaphragm
- Begin counting to 4 slowly on the inhale
- Slowly exhale for 4
- Repeat this till timer rings
- Move mat to another target area and repeat
End of day Unwind Technique:
- Find a calm space to sit, placing feet on mat
- Set the intention
- Release tension from the jaw and release shoulders from ears
- Find an awareness focused on the sensation of the sole of the feet
- Place right finger on left nostril, and thumb above right nostril
- Close right nostril, inhaling the left nostril
- Close left nostril and exhale through right nostril
- Alternate a couple of rounds
- Then practice inhaling through the nose, exhaling through the mouth
- Return to alternated nostril breathing