Bed of Nails Acupressure Mat – Quick Review

Bed Nails

This was an impulse purchase for me, but I’m glad I bought it. My friend Alex was placing an order on Cult Beauty and asked me if I wanted anything, and I picked this. I’d been looking at this mat for a while, but I wasn’t sure I’d end up using it. But I’m glad to report that I’m using it a lot more than I thought I would!

What is it? 

It’s an acupressure mat based on the ancient Indian practice of lying on a bed of nails for therapeutic benefits. The ‘nails’ in this case are made of durable plastic and there are 8,820 of them on each mat!

Impressions so far:

I’ve had this for about a month now. I was surprised by how sharp the nails were when I first got it, but my skin has got used to it. Seasoned users may be okay with direct skin contact, but I’d recommend wearing a thin top until you get used to the sensation of lying on thousands of sharp plastic spikes. I didn’t really think it did much in terms of relaxation/stress-relief the first couple of times I used it, but recently, when I was especially sore after a workout, this really helped. It’s not as good as getting an actual massage, but it’s probably the next best option. I now spend about 10 minutes on this in shavasana after every workout.


I’d highly recommend buying the matching pillow, if you are thinking of buying this. I didn’t buy it, and I sort of regret it now. I feel like I need something to support my neck/head when I’m lying on the mat, and their half moon pillows look perfect for this.

Price and Purchase Info: 

Cult Beauty – £50 for the mat and £30 for the pillow


  1. July 31, 2016 / 1:04 am

    Hey Arjun! I purchased a mat, from a different company and love it too! I was super surprised by how sharp the nails were too but have grown to love them 🙂 I got the pillow with my purchase and I agree, you should definelty pick up the pillow when you purchase the mat, you will not regret it! Great mini review. Tal xo

    • askarjun
      July 31, 2016 / 4:37 pm

      Hi Tal, thanks for stopping by and sharing your experience. Was it Prana Mat, by any chance? I was looking at those, as well! I’ll have to get myself a pillow now! 💚

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