I was looking at Mike Green's (@GreenLife52) photos and found this:
Getting worked on by @yourDrG laying on the chi mat right now feels like pins and needles. Oddly very relaxing.
Wait a minute, I know it was produced in Russia long time ago.
I went to @yourDrG web site and found this video and the list of Capitals players who use it: Mike Green, Niklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin. So Dr. Green got it from Henrik Zettenberg, but not a word how chi-mat got to Sweden...
Another YouTube video had it:
A mat like this was first developed and tested in Russia in the 1970s with huge success in treatment of many kinds of disorders and has morphed into what it is now.
And then I found this Russian web site:
Seventy millions sold in former in USSR and major interest throughout the world proves that medical utensil IPLICATOR (known in the world as Miracle hedgehog, Akumat, Spikmatta, Shakti spikmatta, Yantra Mat, Panacea-tools, Nadelreizmatten, The Prickly Pad, Akupressurmattan, Shaktimatte and so on) helps to eliminate many medical problems very successfully.
Originally it was invented in Moscow by I. Kuznetsov, combining the two methods in it, acupressure and acupuncture. Kuznetsov received the USSR patent (№ 791 378) called "The method and device for increasing human's efficiency." But his original device had spike flowers made of metal (ouch!). The next step was to change it to plastic acupressure flowers (Russian web site claims they made the next step) and that was it.
I bet Kuznetsov lives in poverty, he should've patent it in US!
Since it was developed by Ovi's fellow countryman from Moscow, let's call it Ovi-mat. :-)
Here are bunch of Ovi-mats on Amazon.com:
- HIMALAYA ACUPRESSURE MAT/ Bed of nails (THE ORIGINAL)
- Acupressure Mat Spike Body Mat
- RelaxAmat Acupuncture Yoga Shakti Acupressure Spike Mat
- Heavenly Acupressure Mat
- Acupuncture Mat
- Halsa Wellness Acupressure Mat
- Shakti Mat- The Original
- Bed of Nails 1919 Mat
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