This Infrared Mat Aids in My Muscle Recovery and Helps Relieve Cramps
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A new year often brings a renewed focus to taking care of your body, whether you’re limiting alcohol intake (hello, dry January) or investing in new products to help you relax and unwind.
I’m a very active person, working out five to six times a week, so I wanted to focus on incorporating post-workout recovery into my daily routine this year. For the past few weeks, I’ve been testing out HealthyLine’s infrared mats and I am impressed with the results. It efficiently assists in muscle recovery and leaves me feeling rejuvenated and relaxed—and all I have to do is sit down and turn it on.
After using the mat one or two times for an hour, I noticed immediately the next morning I was not as sore as I was on days I didn’t incorporate the mat into my recovery. It’s easy to do other tasks while the mat does its job—whether placing it like a back cushion while working at my desk or under my legs while watching TV. I also like to lay on the mat while meditating, which helps relax me into a calm state. And, since it’s still a heating pad, after all, it has helped with cramps and muscle spasms. It’s become a part of my day that’s dedicated to restoring my body—and I always look forward to it.
As for how it stacks up against other heating mats—well, others don’t involve as much technology as HealthyLine’s. The mat has 21 functional layers, the top of which has healing gemstones. It features crushed amethyst, tourmaline, and jade, each of which is known to have relaxing, energizing, and tranquil properties.
Plugging the mat in is admittedly a little clunky, as the plug is thick and a bit awkward to hold, but once you get the hang of it, it becomes easier each time. As you plug your mat in and turn it on you’ll find the controls look similar to a remote. You’re able to set the temperature for the mat (up to 158 degrees), a timer from one to 12 hours, and turn on photon lights (these are meant to promote skin health and collagen production) and Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Field therapy (PEMF), which uses electric currents that mimic our body’s natural electrical activities to promote healing.
The HealthyLine Taj Series Mat is definitely an investment (the smallest size mat comes in at $349), but it’s priced similarly to other workout recovery tools like massage guns. It also comes with a controller, a carrying case (which I love since it makes it much easier to store), a cotton padded cover (makes laying on the mat more comfortable), a waterproof cover, a sauna foil blanket to hold in heat and a user guide so you can be sure to get the most out of your mat. Since it has become a go-to item in my daily routine, the usage and effectiveness absolutely live up to the cost. Overall, I recommend this mat if you’re looking for something to improve your at-home wellness experience.
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