Katrina Starzhynskaya, founder of Grippz Mats and mastermind of The World’s First Acupressure Yoga Mats found healing on the mat and you can too. Here’s her story…
It all began when I was stressed out just trying to get to yoga class…It is common knowledge that I healed myself from Lyme disease. I’m asked everyday how I did it. My answer is hard to believe since Lyme disease is said to be chronic, debilitating, and so-called “incurable”. Amazingly enough, I found my healing by going to yoga classes and having acupressure treatments. Acupressure and yoga reduced my stress, boosted my immune system and increased my energy. Today I am thriving, not just surviving in my overall health and well-being.
I really struggled to make it on time to the scheduled yoga classes and my Acupressure appointments. It was so stressful, running straight from a business meeting to make it to my yoga class on time, AND THEN jumping off my mat to beat the traffic to get my acupressure session before they closed for the day. My friends and I used to joke around and say that we needed the yoga and acupressure, just to get over the stress of getting to class! Can anyone out there relate?
Eventually, I had a choice to make: attend a yoga class or go in for acupressure treatments, but I wasn’t willing to settle. I was determined to find way to do both. (Basically, I wanted to have my cake and eat it too, an organic, gluten-free cake of course.) That’s how the idea of an acupressure yoga mat was born. Like any great invention, it wasn’t my first idea. I tried wearing special gloves and socks, but they were hot, sweaty, and ineffective for both acupressure and grip. Then, I tried using an acupressure back mat, but it was too hard and the wrong size to use for yoga.
Your yoga practice and health are serious business, so the tools you use should be of the highest quality. Grippz Mats are:
Eco-friendly and made with natural materials.
Non-toxic, so unlike other mats, no nasty chemical fumes are released from the mats.
Closed cell, so they don’t absorb sweat and odors.
Easy to clean.
Not bulky, so they’re still easy to take to class.
Combine the finer points of acupressure to your yoga practice.
The ergonomically designed knobs evenly distributed across each mat adds the benefits of acupressure to your yoga practice. Throughout the workout, you change acupressure points with each pose and eventually every body part will come in contact with these knobs. The pressure points in the hands and feet connect to all the major body organs for added benefits of acupressure. Also, you get the most benefits from acupressure as you do yoga poses on your hands and feet. The pressure points on the back and the back of the legs are triggered as you lay down on it. As the acupressure points are stimulated, there’s an immediate sense of increased calmness with reduced muscle tension. They also promote circulation of blood and the body’s life-force energy to aid in healing.
Get the full health benefits of acupressure and reflexology, without spending extra time or money.
It’s similar to the Pareto’s 80/20 rule, which means the effort you put in isn’t always equal to the benefits you get out. For many things, 80 percent of the effect only comes from 20 percent of the cause. If that’s the case, just imagine the increased impact of a simple Downward Dog! I’m a trained acupuncturist, so I invented the mat with that in mind.
Get a hold of yourself with yoga to balance your mind, body and spirit.
Slipping has become a bigger problem with the rise of hot yoga. Unlike the standard yoga mat, the acupressure knobs on the Grippz mat provide added grip. People who use our mats feel secure and grounded as they go deeper in to their yoga moves.
The Sanctuary Wellness Experience and I are excited to gift you with a free Eco-Friendly Yoga Travel Bag. Here’s how to enter:
1. Comment on our Grippz mat blog post and let us know why you would like to win a Grippz Eco-Friendly Yoga Travel Bag (link in profile)
2. Tag three friends
THAT’S IT. YOU’RE ENTERED! The winner will be announced via IG Story on Sunday, June 3 at 5PM!