January 2008

Health Note: The Amethyst BioMat

Author: Lindsey Hawkins

I have a close girlfriend who loves the quote, “I used to care; now I take a pill for that.”

Though funny but seriously true, modern day medicine is expanding daily, and it seems there is a pill for everything, especially pain and stress relief. Many if not most pain relievers are considered narcotics and have possible negative side effects, like addiction. It seems odd that you have to risk addiction to something to relieve another negative ailment, but in some situations alternatives can be healthier if not more efficient.

Educating yourself and asking the right questions really can put risk at bay. But it’s hard to get the information you need on new trends and harder to trust them as an option when there’s a quick ten minute fix available. I am a skeptic and always have been, but I never knock it until I’ve tried it, which brings me to the introduction of the Amethyst BioMat.

It sounds weird and almost too mythical to buy into, but the important catch here is that the BioMat is FDA approved for pain and stress relief. In my happy but self-imposed dramatic world, I can honestly say I have tried a stress/anxiety pill and liked the results. But I am seriously opposed to ever being reliant on a pill, let alone addicted to one.

I have learned to walk away and breathe deeply. I have learned to change my diet and exercise on a regular basis. But implicating what you’ve learned isn’t always as practical as it sounds when you have an anxiety attack in the middle of a corporate meeting, or have 15 minutes to eat, not to mention I would rather go out or watch television than exercise. Then I learned about the BioMat.

Without the risk of sounding like a cheesy infomercial, I will get to the point. Chiropractors, acupuncturists, massage therapists, wellness centers and spas, are just a few of the professions who are utilizing this new technology.

The original BioMat consists of 17 layers of space-age materials. The mat actually combines state-of-the-art technology, including far infrared rays (natural light waves), negative ions (natural energy), and amethyst quartz (natural heat conductor). The system combines into a thin, portable mat and has eight temperature settings ranging from 95 degrees to 158 degrees. It works without electric coils and no electromagnetic frequencies.

All this aside, it is the positive results that are what make it so unique. I have a friend who allowed me to borrow her BioMat for a little over a week because she really believes in its benefits and wants more people to know about it. I have to say I love it, and have only one negative comment, which I will get to later.

First off it is recommended to where cotton to sleep or if you prefer, sleeping in the nude is just as good. You place the mat underneath your sheets; it comes with its own padded cover. You turn it on to temperature you prefer. It is recommended that beginners start in the green spectrum of temperatures and move gradually to the yellow spectrum. I started in the yellow because I wanted to see benefits now; it’s probably because I’m American right?

My first night experience was interesting due to the fact I kept waking up in the middle of my REM cycle, which is the point in your sleep where you are experiencing rapid eye movement and dreaming, and going back to sleep but immediately slipping back into my dream. It was kind of more cool than beneficial because I got to control my dream, which is always fun.

The next night, I can honestly say I don’t remember because I woke up in the same position I went to sleep in to my alarm. I felt refreshed, but sweaty. This is the only negative I have to share with you. You do sweat and it gradually became less over my first week, but it takes some getting used to.

However, there is a natural benefit to the sweating. It is written that the BioMat is a natural way to detoxify the system. The heat defiantly boosts your metabolism, and makes you more regular. I haven’t noticed any significant weight-loss yet, but I happened not to be bloated due to my natural womanly cycle and I am always bloated. I assume I was sweating out the bloat and I must say I had no menstrual cramps until briefly at the end of my work day. My cycle was shorter by a day and I never had cramps after the first day.

As the week progressed, my boyfriend started to hog the mat because he noticed how sound he slept on it. Lucky for me he sleeps during the day. But that aside, you will feel tension release. I had clearer skin, but had to drink lots of water. My boyfriend didn’t drink enough water and had a headache or two, probably due to dehydration.

I am no longer a skeptic about the Biomat; I would just like a bigger one. I have to say that the highest heat on the mat in the red color spectrum reaches 158 degrees and is awesome for relaxing. If you do it for 30 minutes it feels like you’ve had a message, but it makes you tired. I have noticed that I am almost sleeping too deeply where I feel it takes me longer to wake-up, and I am definitely more passive aggressive in the morning. Which makes life easier for others, I guess.

Like I said before, don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. I find it funny that I referred to pills negatively because of addiction, because you could honestly become mentally addicted to the mat. At least we know it’s natural and doesn’t have heart attack and stroke as a side effect!

Just as a side note, I didn’t have the chance to experience other benefits of the BioMat yet, nor do I have the need for other therapies. However, my friend uses it to help her with asthma, and has said she rarely ever uses her inhaler anymore. It has been used for an array of other health challenges like menopause, post surgery recovery, radiation sickness, rheumatoid arthritis, acne, spasms and gastro-enteric problems. The list goes on, so it’s definitely worth your time to check it out.

To learn more about the BioMat, contact your health professional, as you always should before trying anything new. But if you would like to experience the BioMat, there will be a demonstration fair Saturday, February 2, at Bluffton Library from 11am to 5pm. The second BioMat Fair will be held on Saturday, February 16, at Hilton Head Library from 10am to 4pm. Nine distributors will be there giving 30 minute demonstrations. Please contact Cathie Kelly for reservations and questions at 843.384.3138.

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