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I’ve been suffering from backache for a while now and I’ve read that infrared mats can ease muscle pain. So I thought I’d have a look at some to see what they’re all about and if they could be useful for me for a bit of pain relief and I noticed that they all seem to have some kind of crystal inserted in the mat.
I don’t know about you but I’d never seen this before. The infrared crystals weren’t all the same though, they seemed to use different crystals depending on the mat. I thought I’d better delve a bit deeper and find out what crystals are being used and why so that I can look at the type of mats that are best for me.
What infrared crystals are used ?
The main choices seem to be Amethyst, Tourmaline and Jade. The mats created with these stones have ridges sewn along the width of the mat creating tubing that holds lots of the stones inside it, these tend to be Amethyst mixed with tourmaline and/or other stones.
Some other options seem to have discs of the stones incorporated in the mat mostly jade and tourmaline. Although this sounds uncomfortable they are similar to lying on a hard mattress and some can be used to sleep on at a low heat throughout the night.
I’ve heard of these stones before of course but only as options for necklaces and earrings. I’d heard that these semi-precious stones were supposed to be good to carry around with you but I didn’t really believe it. I’ve never heard of infrared crystals before so here is what I’ve been able to find out about the properties of these 3 stones and why they are chosen.
The Amethyst is a beautiful purple semi-precious stone, a rare form of quartz and has been revered through history in many countries around the world. It was highly valued and was used in jewellery and amulets as people tried to harness the healing energies.
In the church it was worn by bishops in a ring as a symbol of their allegiance to Christ. It was even thought by the ancient Greeks that it could protect them from intoxication. It’s known as a stone of spirituality and contentment helping to still the mind.
It’s colour is due to iron and aluminium deposits and it’s also a very conductive gemstone and can generate it’s own small but beneficial magnetic field.
The amethyst has been used for many years as a healing stone because it can create far infrared waves when heated and negative ions. Far infrared rays can penetrate the body up to 6-8 inches where it can stimulate the cells to increase blood flow and detoxify the body, it’s also very soothing and relaxing.
We haven’t mentioned the negative ions produced by Amethyst which are believed to attract positively charged toxic particles in your body and in the air around you.
Who knew there was so much too it!
Tourmaline is one of the highest crystal producers of negative ions, even in it’s natural state, but when it has been heated it can emit many more. It’s also known as the electric stone creating it’s own tiny electric current under stress which is believed to be the reason for it’s negative ions.
Like the Amethyst it is very conductive and when heated can produce far infrared heat. Tourmaline can radiate energy on the same wavelength as our brainwaves which can help bring you to a state of calmness by reducing fatigue and anxiety while improving your mood.
Its also very useful at neutralising high levels of electromagnetic fields (EMF) with it’s negative ions.
Jade is known as the lucky charm because it is meant to bring prosperity and abundance in your life. Known as the royal gem the Chinese carved it into masks, jewellery and ornaments and used it to decorate tombs of emperors.
Jade has a powerful and calming vibration and is meant to be able to drain the lymphatic system, increase blood circulation and lower blood pressure. Jade is known as a natural heat absorber and conductor of infrared and it then radiates that heat evenly, better than other materials. Jade can get close to the body’s natural far-infrared wavelength.
When it’s heated up it also produces negative ions which act like natural anti-depressants by oxygenating the brain. Alternatively when it isn’t being used for heating it can be one of the most relaxing cooling stones.
Why do they use crystals in an infrared mat?
Using crystals is the most effective way of producing far-infrared waves. The mats are made up of layers, usually a heating element like in an electric blanket which heats the stones which create the far-infrared rays and all the benefits that this entails.
The far-infrared can heat deep into the tissues giving pain relief. If you can remember macrame car seat covers, some of these mats look a bit like that, as if someone has threaded beads together but the beads are crystals and they’re made to a much higher standard.
When these mats are plugged in to the electricity they heat up the stones which pass the heat on to you. Some of the worlds most advanced cultures have been relying on the healing power of nature and in this healing electrical field the crystals amplify the power of the light waves and negative ions which in turn can increase blood circulation, relieve neuralgia and calm nerves.
Did I learn anything?
I just thought all these stones were good for different colour necklaces, I didn’t think there was anything else in it. If you’re a skeptic then you might think this is all a bit of gobbledegook but you can’t argue with customers who have bought an infrared mat and have found the benefits of pain relief, improved sleep and better circulation.
As all of the crystals can generate far-infrared waves and negative ions there doesn’t seem to be more of a benefit to have one type over another. I think I’m going to look for a a mat that has a mixture of all of these stones so that I can get all of the benefits that they can give.