The Magic of the Bio-Mat
The Bio-Mat. It truly is a magical thing. I’ve known this for a long time because when my husband and I went out to Colorado to visit his aunt and stay at her home/yoga studio in 2011, I practically spent every available moment on the thing. We enjoyed our experience using the Bio-Mat so much that we bought one for ourselves not even two months later.
What is a Bio-Mat, you ask? Well, it’s basically a body-length heating pad that can be placed upon a massage table, a mattress, or just directly on the floor. Apart from that, I can’t really tell you what it does…but luckily the Bio-Mat Co. can! Their website states:
Simple, right? All I know is that using the Bio-Mat makes me feel goooooood.
Fast forward to the present day. Said aunt from the beginning of this tale is now operating a yoga studio in Pekin, IL, and has brought the trusty Bio-Mat with her. I have continued using our home Bio-Mat regularly since purchasing it, and it’s still in excellent shape. But I think I took this magic-machine for granted until the past few weeks. Here’s why:
I have a pretty steady home yoga practice and mix up my workout routine with a couple of weekly cardio sessions. But recently I started to add strength training to my routine as well. Nothing crazy - I’m sure not anywhere close to being one of those CrossFit peeps (whom I admire intensely) – because even mild strength training was ambitious enough for me. In the midst of this change in my workout routine, being less than diligent about listening to my body during a hectic stretch of time, and traveling on an airplane (which I think really pushed me over the edge), I really messed up my hamstring. I mean REALLY. One morning my poor husband found me grimacing to put on pants. And these weren’t even jeans. They were, like, baggy MC Hammer pajama pants. (Yes, I sleep in MC Hammer pants. #noshameinmygame.)
The morning after my fight with my pants, I decided to do some yoga to try to work out my hammy a bit more. But I made one slight change. Instead of rolling out my regular yoga mat, I flipped the switch on our Bio-Mat and rolled it out directly on the floor. I started on my feet with warm-ups and standing poses before going into some modified flows when the mat was really warmed up. And I’m telling you, after 30 minutes of a slow and steady yoga practice on the Bio-Mat at the highest heat setting: pain…nearly gone. Range of motion…a bazillion percent better (that’s a real statistic, right?). Soreness the rest of the day…barely noticeable. This is after ONE mini session on this thing!
I’ve since done my yoga practice a couple times per week directly on the Bio-Mat and my hamstring is back to normal. Not only does Bio-Mat yoga help me with pre-existing discomforts, but it helps me deepen various postures and assists with post-session relaxation and integration. I really wish I’d been doing this for years as I think back to all the minor pains and discomforts I’ve had to overcome without the Bio-Mat’s assistance.
While my hamstring injury wasn’t severe (and I’m certainly not claiming it will cure you of all that ails you), I do believe my leg would have hurt a heck of a lot longer without the Bio-Mat. And my husband loves the thing as much as I do. While he hasn’t had to use it to recuperate from an injury, he does use it to recuperate from the everyday stress of people being jerks at the grocery store or having to wait 15 minutes in his car for a passing train. So our usual evening routine is one of us puts our daughter to bed, the other uses the Bio-Mat…then we switch the next night.
Now…why am I telling you all of this? Well, for one, you can go out and buy yourself your own personal Bio-Mat (or just learn more about them) by contacting Paula at YOGA HAPPENS HERE in Pekin (email@example.com). BUT, if you’re a student (or a prospective student) of YOGA HAPPENS HERE, you actually have a Bio-Mat available to you! Paula offers Bio-Mat relaxation for one student on a rotating basis during her regular yoga classes AND she also offers private Bio-Mat sessions during non-class hours. A private 25 min. Bio-Mat session is only $15!
I know many of Paula’s students are Bio-Mat believers as I am, so contact her for a session to see what all the hoopla is really about: firstname.lastname@example.org or 309-282-6112.