SmileMat was made to help people of all body shapes, sizes, and activity levels. This diamond in the rough was developed after years of trial and error for pain relief.
As a recreational athlete (weightlifter, skydiver, rock climber), I'm used to my muscles not being super happy with me. Between practicing my hobbies and craning my neck over a computer screen at a full-time sales job, my body had worked up a good amount of tension. Like most people, I wrote the pain off as normal and resolved myself to go to the chiropractor for a quick fix.
After a quick back crack from the doc and some symptom relief, life went on as usual. Little did I know that there were proactive steps I should've been taking to keep things from getting worse.
Obviously, the pain came back and made it harder to sleep, which affected me at work and made me even more stressed - I was caught in a vicious cycle and I needed out.
To be clear: the chiropractor visits weren't the problem (shouts out Dr. Grant) - the problem was relying on bi-weekly appointments to fix a daily problem.
Bi-weekly appointments became weekly appointments, and I got more stressed as my residual pain started eating up more of my time.
I'm pretty hard-headed, so I'd been biting the bullet and repeating the same routine expecting different results (literally the definition of insanity).
My orthopedic doctor suggested acupressure as a good first step because it was less scary than acupuncture (I hate needles) - I went to a local practitioner to try it out. After reluctantly spending the $60 for 20 minutes, I chatted up my caretaker to learn more about what was going on; it was just a massage focused on specific pressure points to relieve tension... it felt pretty good but it was hardly worth 3 bucks a minute to me to get momentary relief (the pain came back after a day or two of my normal routine).
I was pointed to acupuncture next - I'd heard about people laying on beds of nails thousands of years ago to relax but I always thought it was more of a mental exercise... I couldn't imagine the thought of people being excited to jump on a bed of spikes!
I tried it and I absolutely loved it - it relieved my pain beyond a couple of days and it helped me break that vicious, stress-inducing cycle. It isn't for the faint of heart though. I felt most of the needles throughout the whole process, and while it did feel really good after the initial few stabs, the $120 price tag had me listening to Everybody Hurts by REM the whole ride home.
This whole adventure got me thinking...
If I'm struggling this much - how many people are having the same issue?
After everything was said and done I heard from both of my doctors that most of the problems people come to them with can be prevented with daily self-care, but most people don't have the time or the means to make that happen.
My struggle motivated me to create a better self-care routine for other people who suffer from residual pain - so I created SmileMat!
The SmileMat blends the ideas behind acupuncture and acupressure to reap the benefits of both - preventative self-care has never been made easier or cheaper.
With the help of gravity and over 6,000 plastic micro-spikes spread across 230 groupings, the SmileMat loosens up tight muscle fascia by simulating a deep-tissue massage - helping you relaxed and rejuvenate anywhere, at anytime!
Experience relief in as little as 15 minutes: from the comfort of your own home, on a work trip in your hotel, or on a hike!
Try it for yourself!