Spoonk Rider Portable Acupressure Mat: Review and Giveaway

Spoonk Rider Portable Acupressure Mat: Review and Giveaway

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There is a new nighttime battle between my husband and I. No, it isn’t a tug-of-war for the comforter or over who gets the fluffiest pillow. We’re both clamoring to use our Spoonk Rider mat, for a little bit of bedtime relaxation!

I first ran into the Spoonk Rider portable acupressure mat at an Eco Trade Show in Vancouver early this year. They were available to try for a few minutes in the midst of the busy convention center. I was a bit wary of these spiky mats, which somewhat resemble a porcupine. But my feet were tired from walking, my back a bit achy from carrying a heavy bag, and I thought it was worth a try.

My first thought when I stepped onto it was “ouch!”. Those little spikes are surprisingly sharp and the sensation was stronger than I imagined. And yet, after just a few moments of sticking with it and letting myself get used to the feeling of the mat, I began to feel somewhat energized and surprisingly refreshed!

When we connected again with Spoonk Space some time after the convention and they offered that I actually try using a mat regularly for the purpose of review, I had to admit, I was intrigued.

What the Spoonk Rider is all about:

Acupressure is an ancient healing art, originating in India and developed in Japan as shiatsu massage. Traditional Chinese medicine uses acupressure as one of its techniques to stimulate the body’s natural healing process. Fingers, thumbs and tools such as an acupressure mat press body points called reflex areas. When reflex areas on the body are pressed, it prompts the body to increase blood circulation and release blocked energy. As a result, acupressure encourages the body to balance itself, easing muscle tension and relieving pain. (From the Spoonk Space website)

Now, while I don’t agree about the concept of releasing energy, a traditional Eastern medicine philosophy, I have seen how this acupressure mat can easily and quickly increase circulation and ease muscle tension.

When the 6,210 plastic spikes on the mat are applied to the skin, they stimulate blood flow by stimulating the nerve endings in the body. When blood flow increases, muscles are able to relax, pain subsides, physical stress and anxiety dissipate.

Spoonk Rider Portable Acupressure Mat: Review and Giveaway

What are the benefits of increased blood circulation?

  • Oxygen and nutrients are carried throughout the body
  • Bodily resistance to infection is increased
  • Metabolism speeds up
  • Endorphin levels rise (those wonderful brain chemicals that make us feel good)
  • Stiff, aching and restless muscles are released and tension decreases
  • Detoxification is increased (the natural process of getting rid of toxins in the body speeds up)

My Experience

I’ve had my Spoonk mat for about 2 months now, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. This summer has been a very busy and stressful time for me, and I have definitely carried a lot of tension in my back and shoulders.

I was in a very bad car accident about 11 years ago, and since that time I have had at least a couple of occasions each year where my back begins to spasm and can only be relieved through visits to the chiropractor and massage therapist. However, this is our first year without any medical benefit coverage and little extra cash, as we are starting up our own business. Visits to my regular therapists were out of the question, unless it became a desperate situation.

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By laying on my Spoon Rider mat most nights (probably 5-6 nights every week), I have been able to keep the back pain and muscle spasms to a minimum. My back has flared up here and there, but by using the mat faithfully, I have been able to avoid having to go and spend big money getting treatments for it. Additionally, I injured my shoulder muscle at the beginning of the summer, and though it still gives me grief some days, I think that my use of the mat has kept it from being unbearable.

My husband has also noted that it helps him to relax before bed, and it does release his tight muscles and reduce back and shoulder pain from working all day at the computer or bending over an instrument.

The mat is a bit pricey at $69 CAN. However, seeing how much it has truly helped me to cope with my back and shoulder issues (without resorting to spending hundreds on other treatments), I can actually now say that I would consider that a worthwhile price. If you find yourself in a similar boat, it may just be worth it to you, too!

A few thoughts on the use of acupressure for Christians:

Though acupressure is sometimes connected with more mystical, Eastern medicine, it can absolutely be used in a purely physical way that brings real relief to muscles and does seem to be very effective. Acupressure points are used more commonly than we think.

Take sea bands for example, those elastic wrist bands that are used to alleviate or reduce nausea from sea sickness or even morning sickness. They push on a point inside the wrist, which seems to be able to reduce sensations of nausea. Another example is rubbing your head when you have a headache. Though we may do it somewhat unthinkingly, there are actually pressure points in the temple that can sometimes bring relief to a headache when we rub or gently massage them. There are numerous examples of this all over the body!

So while I would always suggest that you look prayerfully into the use of various methods of natural healing, I have personally come to the conclusion that acupressure is a legitimate and in fact, God-given, technique for aiding our body in relaxing, healing, etc. Most alternative schools of thought, although they very often mix up dangerous spiritual rituals or belief in their teachings, are actually grounded in some sort of truth or physiologically accurate foundation. As Christians, I believe that we need to use careful discernment to distinguish between the two, and always listen carefully for the Holy Spirit’s leading as we choose avenues for physical healing and wellness.

Would you like to win your own Spoonk Rider Portable Acupressure Mat?

I have one Spoonk Rider to give away, at a value of $69!

Here’s how to enter to win (please leave a separate comment for each entry):

1) Visit the Spoonk website and then leave a comment telling me why you’d like to win one, and which color you would choose.

2) Subscribe to Keeper of the Home, either by RSS or by email (or let me know if you already do).

3) Share about this giveaway on your blog, or through your favorite social media (you can find Keeper of the Home on both Facebook and Twitter). One extra entry per social media share.

Giveaway ends Tuesday, September 21 at 4:00 PM, PST. Giveaway has now ended.

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  1. I would love the Mimosa Yellow mat since “hope” and “happiness” are things I strive for share daily. I also think it would be a great way to relax a little before bedtime since I do not like massages.

  2. I would choose the pagoda blue as it is a soothing color for me and I husband would be more likely to use the mat being a more neutral color.

  3. Very interesting! I carry huge tension in my upper back and shoulders from my stressful desk job. Massage gives only temporary relief and I tense up again hours later. This sounds like a promising alternative – I would love to win won. I like the blue one! Thanks!

  4. I love the pagoda blue! Great concept and I know I could use one with all my aches and pains! I love that it is ECO friendly too, something very important to me!

  5. I’ve been a lurker for a while now, probably a couple of years even, I really enjoy your blog and these mats look wonderful, I’d get Magenta Sunrise. Have a lovely day!!

  6. Hi – This looks like it would be a great tool to use before going to sleep. It might help ease some of the muscle tension I have from working at a computer all day. If I won I would choose the blue colour. Thank-you for the opportunity!


  7. I’m intrigued. When I clicked and went to the site and saw what those spikes look like, I thought OUCH. But, still intrigued!

    I’d love the magenta, but since I’d want to share it with my hubby, I’d settle for pagoda blue! 🙂

  8. I have a constantly sore back and neck and would love to try anything that will help to give some relief. I’d like the blue one 🙂

  9. Wow these look incredible!!! My neck is always hurting so this would be a great way to try and alleviate some of that pain. If I had a choice on color I would go with the Pagoda Blue!

  10. I would love to try this! I depend heavily upon chiropractic care, and it does wonders. But, there are still times where my neck muscles spasm and I have a flare up of pain. It would be great to have this at home to provide some relief! I would choose Pagoda Blue.

  11. I vistited the site and I like the Canadian Red. My husband and I could really use this. He always has back pain resulting from a bulging disk and make many visits to the chiropractor!

  12. I teach online classes from home, which has been quite the physical adjustment for me. I find that, unlike the regular classroom, I have much more shoulder, neck and back pain from sitting at the computer all day. I would love one of these mats. I’d choose the Magenta one, as pink is my favorite color. Also, I already subscribe to your RSS feed. 🙂

  13. Oo, oo…mimosa yellow! It’s a bit like acupuncture without the actual needles or cost. My “old lady body trapped in this 27 year old” would surely benefit.

  14. Another pagoda blue fan! I really think this would be helpful to my husband who always has a hard time relaxing.

  15. I would love one~ really, who couldn’t use one if it makes you feel that good? I would take any color. My whole family would use it regardless of the color. If it felt good to my husband he wouldn’t care what color it was. He would after all, be using it in the comfort of his own home.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win this.

  16. Oh, “Pagoda Blue” is lovely! I’d actually kind of like to give one of these to my in-laws. My FIL is a driver for UPS (and thus gets his share of sore muscles!) and my MIL has had a number of physical problems for a couple years now. I think they could really benefit from this!

  17. Anything I can feel spiritually “safe” using to reduce stress, I’m all about! I’d choose the blue mat. Thanks Stephanie!

  18. I like the Mimosa Yellow! Such a fun color. I would give it to my husband b/c he has terrible back pain. It would help him out a lot!

  19. I would choose the Pagoda Blue one because I need some calm and coolness in my life! I am responsible for the special education services for a school district and usually am only involved when there are problems, therefore, I lose a lot of sleep. That along with the fact that I live in the desert…I would love to try the blue one!
    I did share this on my Facebook and Twitter and I do subscribe to you.

  20. I would love to win this mat for my husband. His company was recently bought out and his work load has increased dramatically. Poor thing is under so much stress. Yesterday he told me that we may be transferred to another state, which makes me stressed LOL.

  21. i would love to try this for my tight back and neck due to anxiety and stress. it seems like it would help me relax. i like the pagoda blue color best.

  22. I love all things blue, so I would choose a Pagoda Blue mat.

    I tend to have fairly tense muscles and visit the massage therapist regularly. This would be so useful to me!

  23. I love the Canadian Red. I would love to win this because I had read about the value of acupressure. I have a book that shows what spots to press and hold on the feet to help relieve pressure on the body and it really works.

  24. I would love to win one for my hubby who has a lot of back problems, and I would probably use it when I get stressed…blue would be my color of choice!

  25. I would love to win a mat in pagoda blue – so soothing! I am expecting baby #3, and we are tight financially. Having some at-home acupressure would be such a blessing!

  26. I would choose the Pagoda blue. I’ve always wanted to try accupuncture, but it’s so expensive. This is a nice alternative to that.

  27. Ohh I love the crimson red… red is good too!

    I would love to win this! My back muscles are often tense and sore. Before I had my first child I had a massage twice a month to releive the pain and tension. I haven’t gone since (2 1/2 yrs) because its hard to find time with little ones, and my back has been pretty tight for the last several months! I wonder if this would help it.

  28. I’m intrigued…I’ve never heard of these before! I would love to try one out, especially after a busy day with littles, my mind is racing! I love the Pagoda Blue.

    Sarah M

  29. This looks amazing. I love acupressure. I’d love the one in Pagoda Blue. My husband has chronic back/neck issues and this looks like something effective that he’d be willing to try.

  30. This looks like an incredibly good idea…I’ve never seen anything like it before! I think my husband and I would “fight” over it, too. =) hahaa!
    I went to their website and read all about it. I would probably choose Canadian Red. =)

  31. I would love the Magenta Sunset one. That is such a gorgeous color and then I wouldn’t have to worry about my husband stealing it 😉

  32. I love the mimosa yellow one! This would be great for the next year of long-distance wedding planning while my fiance and I take care of his family!

    Oh, and I already follow your blog 🙂

  33. The Pagoda Blue is very appealing, I would choose that mat color to correlate with the feeling of calming and relaxation. The Spoonk Rider looks like it can relieve pressure from virtually any area on your body! With continual sore feet and neck pain, I would love to try this out after a long night of running after spirited children!

  34. wow – this may be the coolest thing since sliced bread! i could totally use a gentle stimulating massage on a daily basis. i might have to use it right before dinner time to energize me for the evening push. i think i like blue or white – can’t decide.

  35. Very interesting! I visit a chiropractor and massage therapist regularly, and this sounds like a promising alternative – I would love to win one. I like the blue one! Thanks!

  36. i have never heard of such a thing but it sounds so wonderful!! i would definitely get the pagoda blue although all the colors are nice… the more i’m thinking about it, the more i want one!! my husband would be very grateful because then he wouldn’t have to massage my neck and shoulders quite as much.

  37. My husband has back problems and I have too. In addition if this would help me feel more rested, I could be better for my kids. I think I would go for the blue one.

  38. I would love to be able to relax at the end of a long day with one of these! I would definitely go for the red one.

  39. I would love to win the Pagoda Blue for my step-mom. She’s having lots of back and muscle problems lately and I think this would be just the thing!

  40. I am so excited about this! I have sciatica and back pain from previous car accidents and sports injuries. Sitting and working infront of a computer each day just compounds the issue. I go to acupuncture and it is expensive. This would be a great way to help diminish the pain and stretch out the acupuncture appointments! Woohoo! I LOVE the Yellow!!

  41. i really like the blue color as well! i have always carried a lot of tension in my shoulders/upper back which are filled with knots that not even an hour long massage can get rid of for long. i would love to try this mat!

  42. I visited Spoonk Rinder’s site. Pagoda blue for me. I like to give this a try for my tense back muscles and my husband’s chronically sore shoulder.

  43. My husband and I both suffer from arthritis in our backs! I have benefited from acupressure treatments before and would really like to have the mat in the Canandian Red. This mat sounds like a fantastic idea!!!
    I am a subscriber to Keeper Of The Home.

  44. This looks fabulous! As a mom of very challenging kids my stress level can often send me to bed very tense and sore. I am sure this would be most helpful in getting my body to relax at the end of the day. I’d choose the Ivory Pearl color. I also subscribed to your site by email.

  45. I love the pagoda blue one. I’ve been having back pain at night after carrying my 6 month old all day. This would be great for that…and for my husband too!

  46. Magenta Sunset, I love the subtitle of Uplifting & Calming… thats just what I need. Resently started accupuncture and it has been working wonders- would love to have the mat!

  47. I would like to win because I have terrible tension in my shoulders and upper back. To have something that would release that would be amazing! I think I’d like the Pagoda blue or Mimosa yellow!

  48. Wow, that would be amazing! I was a professional dancer, and then I was in a car accident. I was able to go to therapy 3 times a week and get massages regularly, until I just got married and lost my Father’s coverage, for no insurance, right now. 🙁 But,hm, this looks very interesting. I would get the yellow, because it just looks so cheery!

  49. There are so many reasons I want one of these! Everything on their list of benefits, I think “oh I could use it for that!” My husband and I both have back pain and I could also use it for the energy boost and stress reduction. I love the mimosa yellow color.

  50. I’m fascinated by these 🙂 we have lots of back/shoulder issues here, so I’d love to try this {in blue}. thanks, Stephanie!

  51. I would love to win one of these! I have had scoliosis for most of my life and back spasms come right along with it! This could be a really great relaxing tool. I like the pagoda blue.

  52. wow, that looks wonderful! I would love to win as I have similar back issues. Yoga has been my best remedy so far – before that I was almost constantly having flare-ups. If I were to win, I’d go with the pagoda blue. thanks for introducing me to this!

  53. As much as *I* would want to use one of these, I would LOVE to give this to my husband for Christmas. I know he would absolutely love it.


  54. I love the yellow one! I think it would be great for my husband especially as he struggles with backpain and working at a desk and computer all day doesn’t help!

  55. I would love to win the Spoonk to help with fatigue, stress, and hormonal issues I’ve had since giving birth 10 months ago (I have read that accupressure can help with these issues). I would choose the “Ivory Pearl” color. 🙂

  56. My husband is having some back and tension problems and I think this could really benefit him. As a mother of four young/active children I am sure I can find a good use for it also. Thanks for this opportunity. I would love to have a his and hers. Blue for him and magenta sunset for me.

  57. For work I sit in front of my computer most of the day – I’d love this (in Pagoda Blue) to ease my tight neck and shoulders!

  58. I would love the mimosa yellow. With three kids and two previous back injuries, I can almost feel the relief knocking at my door! Good luck everyone:)

  59. i’ve been wanting to learn accupressure for a while now. i too believe it is a god given and natural way to ease pain. i love the mimosa yellow, the pagoda blue is nice also.

  60. I would love a blue spoonk mat!!! I looked at buying one myself, because really! am I going to win this…but I cannot afford one. I have trouble with my neck and back.

  61. I just subscribed to you! I don’t deserve your free mat any more than anyone else, but would love to try one! I would be thrilled if it would help ease my chronic arthiritic pain, and energize my weary self after teaching all day. With God and a Spoonk Rider, all things could be possible! 😉 I really love the peaceful quality of the blue colored mat.

  62. After giving birth to my second child I suffered life-threatening complications resulting in hospitalization in ICU. Thankfully God spared my life to enjoy my family here on earth & I am fully recovered. However, I don’t think my muscles have quite been the same since. My husband who is building our house works very long labor-filled days & I think this would benifit him greatly! Signing up for email now, going to FB as well!

  63. I just have to comment on the spiritual issues.

    I have noticed an extreme unwillingness in the church to consider most “alternative” therapies. It’s not even that people will say they have a spiritual issue against them — at least not directly. But they simply will not consider that there are other ways besides mainstream.

    I personally find this sad. I believe God created our bodies to heal themselves, and that He provided the tools we need when we need a boost — in the form of plants (herbal medicines), foods, and more. HE created these FOR us! It doesn’t make any sense to me why man-created drugs would be “more appropriate” for a Christian than something God created! We need to learn to separate any lingering notions about “witches” and “magic rituals” from the natural, healing substances God created for us, so that we may take advantage of God’s creation while avoiding any “religious rituals.” It’s unfortunate that many are not able to do this.

    I’m sorry, this is an issue that’s been weighing heavily on my mind lately, and since you addressed it, I had to say this.

    1. @Kate, Kate, I agree with you 100% God created the heavens and the earth, and we have come so far away from the natural forms of healing He provides for us. Whether it’s food, plants, sunshine, sea water, kelp, krill, whatever, He created it FOR us, just as you said. We aren’t even in tune with our bodies anymore because of all the outside influences, and just plain NOISE. Lying on one of these mats would allow us to use our own bodies’ natural inclination to heal itself. cjh

  64. Reminds me of the tune, “I’M WALKIN’ ON SUNSHINE!” Thank you for the INSPIRATION! I have been working with a friend in need of tension relief due to cerebral palsy (we are trying regular massage with essential oils to good effect) and, in her particular case, I have been hoping to come across an inexpensive method she could employ to keep the benefits & circulation flowing between times when she has someone else to lend a hand. She uses tennis balls to help relieve pressure, but – VOILA! Viva la accupressure mat! I’m certain that if we were to win the (yellow!) mat, it would find a happy home with her! Perfect solution. Just what I was looking for!

  65. What an intriguing product. Both dh and I have back issues that could probably be helped by this mat. And if mine were Canadian Red it would make me feel better just to look at it! =)

    Oh, and I’m already an RSS subscriber.

    Thanks so much for the review and the giveaway.

  66. This is such a cool idea! I am pregnant with my second child and this would be so nice in the evenings to help relax all those aching muscles and bones from carrying around a 14 month old toddler and a baby on the way. I think if I had a choice I would definitely choose Pagoda Blue. I love the color blue (I even have sapphires in my wedding ring) and the website said that this color is “cool and calming”. Boy does cool and calming sound good right about now!
    Thanks so much for posting this! I am going to look into this more and see what I can find out!

  67. I would love to have one of these. I am a stay at home mother of young children and my husband has frequent neck pain; I think both of us could benefit from this! I would chooose pagoda blue! Thanks!

  68. That looks absolutely amazing! I think that having one would help me 1) hold still for a few minutes every day (!) and 2) feel soooooooooooooooo goooooooood! Having two children under the age of 3.5 is so tiring and I think that rather than turning to caffeine to help energize me – this would be a MUCH better alternative! Thanks for such a great giveaway! I just subscribed btw and am looking forward to more posts. Thanks! p.s. I like Red, especially that Canadian Red…

  69. I would love one of these, at least to see if it would help my pain. I love how Christ-centered your posts are even when it is about a product like this. Wonderful.

    Thank you!

  70. I just went to the Spoonk site and if I won, I would love the purple one! I would love to win it because I have had chronic migraines for 12 years now with no successful treatment after years of tests, specialists, prescription drugs, and alternative treatments. Almost every day I have pain in my neck, shoulder, and hip which I am sure is somehow connected to the migraines. This spoonk mat might just do the trick!

  71. I would love the magenta one, it’s lovely… I carry all my tension in the right side of my neck and it would help TONS!!!

  72. I’m interested in relieving tension in my muscles at the end of the day! I like the Magenta Sunset color.

  73. I would pick the blue. I love calm colors. I need it because i’m in pain all of the time

  74. I LOVE the Pearl White Spoonk! My husband and I are also in business for ourselves – the business that I take care of is our Bed and Breakfast. I love meeting all the people who come to stay there, and cooking their breakfast is also a joy, as cooking is one of my favorite pastimes (good thing, since we own one restaurant, and are partners in another one!), but the changing of sheets, ironing them, carrying down all the dirty laundry, carrying the clean laundry up, scrubbing the bathrooms, etc., is really hard on my body. How I would love to lie down on this in the evenings! Love your website, and am now subscribed to receive it by email. Thanks! Carla Hays

  75. magenta sunset-I could definately use some uplifting and calming during our sell house, find perfect future home and start homeschooling year!
    I have always wondered if accupressure would help my back issues…

  76. I have TMJ and have found little relief from the tension headaches it causes. My dh works long hours at a computer also. I like the ivory pearl

  77. magenta. how pretty. what an interesting concept. first for my migraines and second for my insomnia – why am I looking at your website at 257 am? because I can’t sleep 🙂

  78. My back and hips make it difficult to work at a job I love
    and I must continue to work for another five years at least!
    I’m 61 and retirement isn’t on the near horizon….
    Pagoda blue

  79. Hi! I would absolutely love this mat! I am always looking for new natural remedies to help me after a long road the last 4 years. Chronic fatigue, the loss of our baby, infertility treatments (due to PCOS), and now the adoption process have all contribued to a great deal of emotional and physical stress. I would also love to share it with my husband who has served me endlessly and worked hard to provide for us but rarely gets pampered himself. I am already a suscriber and really appreciate your helpful tips!

  80. Wow!!! I’ll definitely start saving for this. I think it could do me a world of good… maybe go to the chiropractor less? Fall asleep easier? Love the Pagoda Blue. And I think my husband would also enjoy it.

  81. I would pick the pagoda blue. It looks relaxing.

    I hyper extended my shoulder trying to catch a kickball my little one kicked. I’ve been through physical therapy for over a year. I would love to try this to see if it would help. Sometimes at night I still wake up with pain in that shoulder.

  82. Wow! I love it, and potentially it could keep me from needing to be at the chiropractor monthly. Those bills add up! I would love it in Magenta!

  83. I love the Ivory Pearl mat pattern. I was in a car accident a long time ago that left me with pretty bad back pain most days. It would be nice to have some relief at home without relying on anyone else for assistance.

  84. I have fibromyalgia and I think this would help with the pain and fatigue so much. I like the pagoda blue as it seems like a relaxing color.

    I subscribe to your blog by email.

  85. I think my husband would benefit greatly from this. He comes home with the desire to play with the kids, but is simply exhausted from his long work day. I really think this mat would help with that. Blue is his favorite color, so Pagoda Blue would be my choice.

  86. With a large family someone always seems to have an ache or pain! Being pregnant, I know I do! My husband has injured his shoulder recently and it has been very hard for him to get a good nights sleep. He may be looking at surgery, but I think this mat may just help him get some extra needed shut eye. I would choose the Canadian Red mat. Most of the things we own are not full of color, and I think it would be fun to have something bright in my home 🙂


  87. We would love a Spoonk in magenta. I would love to utilize this for my own tension which contributes to migraines, as well as for sensory stimulation for my daughters (due to pre-adoptive issues.) What a blessing!

    Thank you!

  88. Your story sounds similar to my husband’s – he has recurring back problems and I would like to win this for him in hopes he would benefit from this as you have. I would choose Canadian Red.


  89. I would love to win the Spoonk Rider Mat! The Magenta Sunset is my favorite, but my eyes will be closed, so color wouldn’t matter. 🙂 It would match my massage table though!

  90. Thanks for the chance to win this mat. I am intrigued also. I like the magenta color best I think. It does look a bit spikey, but my husband and I could both use a lift after a long day at work, so I would love to try it.

  91. I think I like white best- what an interesting product! I’m intrigued. I stumbled across your blog today through a bread making site- I’m loving it and looking fwd to hearing more! Thanks

  92. Those are so great! I would love to try one… my husband and I both get tension in our upper backs. I would choose the blue!

  93. I would choose the yellow one personally, but as it would be a gift for y hard working husband, i’d have to go with blue. 🙂 Thanks!

  94. That looks like heaven. I suspect most moms have this reason- but I would love one to relieve back pain from carriing my 11 month old. Im a mom of three (7 yr. 5 and 11 months) and feel like Ive had back pain for 7 years (since my daughter was born). I would choose the cream color- looks so peaceful, calm and tranquil- something else Id love. Are you giving that away too? smile. I just signed up your email. Thanks!

  95. I would love to use a Magenta one, or the blue for my sweet husband – he would use either though, as long as I promised not to tell! Thank you for the giveaway.

  96. Thank you for this opportunity. As this would be a gift for my hard working hubby, I would choose the Pagoda blue. He bends & twists all day long under the dashboards of vehicles installing GPS units. What a wonderful way for him to relax each night. I am also a faithful subscriber.

  97. After losing our business, my husband started a new job that is very labor intensive. His body is really sore. I would love for him to try this mat. I like the blue one. Thanks for all the great e-mails.

  98. This looks like something that would be so helpful. I like the pagoda blue one.
    Thanks for introducing us to this product! So glad it helps you Stephanie.

  99. oooo, this sounds so intriguing! pagoda blue for sure…and i’m on the RSS! i might have to try one, even if i don’t win. 🙂

  100. Oooooooh! I need this for my husband!!! He has so many aches and pains in his back. And I need this because I’m a momma to 4 little ones….need I say more??!

    If we were so lucky to win this I would pick the pagoda blue! 🙂

  101. I’d love to win one (in pagoda blue) because my little 3 month is already up to over 15lbs and never really likes to be put down, even for naps!

  102. I agree it is tricky to to discern whether certain “natural” health practices are appropriate for Christians, however I do think that the practice of acupressure has a biologically sound basis. I am coming up on the birth of our fourth child I would love to try this to relieve all of those breastfeeding and carrying baby aches and pains in my upper back.

  103. I’m already a receiver of your posts via email. They’re always interesting. Thanks for what you do and the chance to win one of these .

  104. I would like the pearl Ivory – this looks really great, I did do several Accupuncture sessions and helped me a great deal with some arm pain. My husband and I would both appreciate one. thanks for the chance.

  105. I think I would like this. I respond well to trigger point so this would probably help now that we had to cut out the chiropractic. I would choose blue just because I like it.

  106. I’m a Mom to Littles and I’m a pianist and violinist. That combo makes for some pretty sore muscles! I think I’d like the Pagoda blue.

  107. I’ve been reading a lot about alternative therapies for various conditions lately. I would love to give this a try. The pagoda blue is my favorite.

  108. I saw their ad on your site and have looked at them before but wondered how well they work…glad to hear it does!

    I would love one of these to see if it helps my migraines! The tension always starts in my neck and shoulders and works its way up…

    The Ivory Pearl looks nice and relaxing…

  109. I think this would be perfect for me! I strained my upper back, neck and shoulder a few months ago from using a baby sling, and have tried many things to get relief. This sounds wonderful!

    I love all the colors but I’d pick the Pagoda Blue.

  110. this sounds like a wonderful and relaxing way to relieve my chronic back pain and stiffness i experience… especially after i sit for hours at the kitchen table schooling my children… what a way to get spend some ‘alone/mommy’ time after a long day 🙂 ! i am very intersted in this product, i am a supporter of using natural- God given alternatives to help keep our mind and bodies healthy. thank you so much for introducing us to this, what appears to be, 🙂 amazing product …

  111. I Love the crimson red and mimosa yellow! I am pregnant with our third blessing and I deal with a lot of sciatica, numbness at times from poor circulation and that would seriously help! I follow you on twitter and am also subscribed to your blog:)

  112. Hi,
    I am so intrigued by this mat! I have chronic and severe rheumatoid arthritis. I frequently live with tension and pain in my shoulders and back as a result of the chronic pain I experience in most of my joints. I have always looked for things that might help me, but we are limited financially. I have had massage therapy before, which has helped me quite a bit, but it also very expensive!! I wish our insurance would cover such things!! Thank you so much for the opportunity to possibly win one of your mats! I don’t have a color preference….my sore shoulders are color blind!!

  113. I would love one of these mats. Lately, I have been lacking energy and taking more naps than normal. I would love something like this to give an energy boost. I would also love it for my frequent sore necks.

  114. I would pick pagoda blue. I would so love to win this for my husband. He has pain in many different parts of his body that started with a joint problem in his feet over 6 years ago. He is only 32 but feels much older due to these health issues. Thank you very much

  115. I think this mat is a great idea. I would love one to reduce my tension and make me feel more energized. Who couldn’t use that with five kids. Red would be my color of choice. As always, thank you for your information and research on all the products that you discuss.

  116. I would love one of these mats to soothe my achy muscles! Carrying around a big 25 pound baby much of the day wears on my hips and knees. These are cute, too — the mimosa yellow looks so happy. and I’m impressed with their use of eco foam.

  117. I homeschool my kids and work from home as a graphic designer so a lot of my day is spent sitting down and/or at the computer. I would LOVE one of these mats to help me get rid of the stress in my shoulders and back, as well as help with foot pain that I have from time to time. If I could choose the color, I’d go with Mimosa Yellow or Ivory Pearl. Thanks for the opportunity to win one! 🙂

  118. I’d love one or more of these Spoonk mats. They look awesome. My preference would be blue or magenta, but yellow or red would be fine also. Even the ivory.

    My daughter has an awful time trying to sleep and her adrenal levels are off the chart, so I’ve been doing whatever I can to alleviate her problems–the main ones being asthma and trying to do too much at school. We renovated our bathroom to get rid of mold ($12,000 value), changed laundry detergent and other cleaners, purchased scentless bounce sheets, bought her an air purifier, and most recently bought a bolt of natural linen with which to make pajamas and sheets for her because of its healing qualities. The material was not big enough to make sheets so I made a large pillow case for her and am in the process of making PJ’s for everyone.

    Connie Lacelle

  119. I am subscribed by e-mail to your blog.

    Thank you so much, by the way, for your excellent defense of the use of acupressure in a non-new age context!

    Connie Lacelle

  120. just looking at it makes me want to lie on it….it think my head, neck & back will love it especially in canadian red!
    email subscriber

  121. Interesting timing. I just had my second cortisone injection yesterday and start physical therapy Tuesday. Insurance won’t cover PT…this looks like it would be helpful! Subscribed via e-mail/FB

  122. looks like the Pagoda Blue one is very popular! This sounds awesome, I’d love to try it for my migraines and shoulder pain. Thanks for the awesome giveaway and a chance to win.

  123. I’d love to win one of these for my husband! He’s been dealing with back pain off and on for years but it’s gotten bad lately. And I’m grateful that the Spoonk company has chosen a production method that’s both kind to our earth with a lower carbon footprint and kind to ourselves with no off-gassing.

  124. I would love to win one for DH, who has chronic lower back pain. I might have to consider just buying one, although that is expensive! I like Magenta Sunset.

  125. Hi Stephanie ~

    Thank you for introducing me to the Spoonk Rider, explaining it so nicely,
    and for offering a chance to win one!

    I’d love to give this a try, as my husband and I both deal with back, hip, neck, and
    shoulder pain on a regular basis and we are trying to avoid using medications to help
    control the pain. We do know that our bodies will know what to do to heal certain
    conditions if given the proper tools to assist it.

    Thank you for your input as to whether or not this might compromise our Christian
    values. Yes, we have to be careful, but I do agree that God has given us the tools
    and gifts we need to handle any situation in our life. We just need to be prayerful
    and use discernment before embracing any new treatment – – whether it is physical,
    emotional, spiritual, etc.

    Should I be fortunate enough to win a Spoonk Rider Portable Acupressure Mat, I’d
    love to have one of the Pagoda Blue mats. I have a feeling I’d have to buy another
    one fairly soon, since both my husband and I would want to enjoy the benefits
    (sound familiar?).

    I am already a subscriber to “Keeper of the Home”, which is how I found out about
    this unusual and wonderful offer in the first place. Please keep up the great work
    with this newsletter. I will definitely share this information with my friends!

    Peace, Health, & Blessings,

    Sandy Tabako

  126. I would love to win a Spoonk mat to give my husband’s hands a bit of a rest 🙂 I injured my back when I was a teen and now I am prone to back pain when I do any physical work. I am always asking my husband for back rubs and he is getting a little tired! I would love to be able to have less back pain during pregnancies and when I am baby-wearing.

  127. Thanks for offering this giveaway. Like you, I was in a car accident years ago. When I was able to go for massage therapy, she used reflexology and it helped so much. I’ve been w/o that help for years so I’d love to give this a try.


  128. I could use the mat really bad. My back is always so tense and now that I work in an office, those chairs are killer on my back! I love the Pagoda Blue.

  129. I like the yellow, blue or Canadian red colors. Interesting concept. I am forwarding this post to my hubby. Middle age aches and pains are what plague us!

  130. I am a subscriber. Your thoughts on using alternative methods of healing are spot on, in my opinion ( “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ”, Rom. 1:16 …. you shine this through your blog). Thanks & God bless!

  131. O.M.G. would I love to win this! I’d get one in yellow or Crimson for my alma mater– ALABAMA! ROLL TIDE! 🙂

    I’m a faithful subscriber, and I facebooked about it! 🙂

  132. My dh has muscular back issues several times a year. I’d love to let him try to see if this will help.

    I like both the Pagoda blue and Canadian red–I’d happily use any color though. 🙂

    Thanks for the review and the Christian explanation, too.

    I’m also a subscriber.

  133. I’d love one to help with my circulation as I have some issues with that especially during pregnancy. I like the Ivory one. Also, I subscribe to your blog via email:)

  134. I would love to win one of these because my back always aches so much. I honestly believe this mat would help my situation. I would choose Canadian Red (because I’m Canadian!)

  135. I work full time and crash in the evenings. I would love some stress relief and relaxation. I like the Crimson and the Pagoda Blue.

  136. i would love one in magenta blue. we too don’t have benefits and i have a little one who has prevented me from having much sleep over the past year, so i would really benefit from one.
    thanks 🙂

  137. I would love to win this so I can let my brother(s) with a bad back try it to see if it gives them any relief from their chronic pain.

  138. I am a nurse who works long hours, a mom of 2 active young boys, and a wannabe natural health sustainable living type person (I try hard, but I still have more to do … like have all our meals from scratch with quality, cost-effective ingredients, etc ;). I so need this … in pagoda blue!! I deal with neck pain, foot pain, general fatigue (from life’s demands, haha 🙂 and have been told by a chiro of some of my problems with neck but I just can’t afford to go to a chiro all the time and my husband could definitely use this for his headaches and back pain flare-ups. It would be put to good use and I could definitely let you know how things worked out after using. Please! 🙂

  139. I like the pagoda blue color. I would love to try this for my feet and back! My feet get so sore walkign around the house.

  140. I checked out the website and I would love to have the Pagoda Blue one! I have SI joint disfunction and tense shoulders and neck – I would love to have one – it’s cheaper than the massage therapist! I also follow your blog with Google Reader.

  141. I’d love to win something like this because I do have a very mild case of fibromyalgia, and I think that this would help a lot! I would have to choose the Magenta Sunset color – my girls would also love it – although I’m not sure my husband would be too crazy about using it if it was that color!

    Thank you for offering this giveaway.


  142. My mother, who lives with us, could REALLY use this for some back and hip pain…and she would use it too. I like crimson red.

  143. I like Canadian Red, or the pink one. I have worn 5 children in baby carriers and slings including twins. I frequently have back pain! This would help! Thanks.

  144. This sounds great and is something I didn’t even know existed. I would choose the Canadian Red one and hopefully it would help me relax. I am seeing a specialist next month for some health issues that I am guessing are largely caused by stress. It would be great if this product would help my body chill out 🙂

  145. I would like to win one because I would love to relax a little more before going to sleep, and I think my husband would love it too because he always need to relax more ! And I like a lot the Crimson Red mat or the Ivory Pearl one.

  146. I neeeeeeed this!!! I have been in and out of physical therapy for 5+ years due to back and neck issues. It’s only been worse since pregnancy and carrying around my 1 yr old. Someone I work with has one and raves about it. I want one too please! Like your situation, chiropractors and massages don’t come cheap and I can’t really fit it into the budget now that we have a baby….
    I would take any color if I was lucky enough to get one–but if i had to choose i love the magenta.
    oh, and yes i’m a subscriber!

  147. I would like the blue mat you feature in your post. I live with A LOT of pain daily (probably Fibromyalgia if I would seek medical help, and I won’t). Massage feels wonderful, but that is cost prohibitive, so maybe this could serve as an alternative. I am hoping to read some more reviews of this project and possibly try one. Thanks for the chance in the drawing.

  148. I would so love to try one of these! My hubby has back problems and I think this might really help him. I would get either the Pagoda Blue or the Canadian Red.

  149. I would love to try one of these. I have chronic back and neck pain due to stress. I would pick the blue or maybe red one

  150. I would love to win this for both my husband and myself. As a massage therapist, I definitely realize the benefits of acupressure. My husband has been having a lot of back pain lately and we are without medical insurance right now. Unfortunately, he travels with his job and regular massage really isn’t happening right now. This might be just the thing to help! I think the pagoda blue would be a lovely color!

  151. I would choose the Ivory Pearl or Canadian Red color. I would love to try this. I have had chronic headaches and neck pain for over 20 years. I was in a diving accident when I was 11, and I believe much of the problem originates from that experience. I wish to avoid traditional medications as much as possible. Also, since my husband and I have a growing family, the stresses of life affect us both. I think the mat could help both of us.

  152. I would love to win this! I have back issues and Lyme and this seems like a fantastic way to ease muscles and de-stress. I would choose the Magenta Sunset

  153. When my husband was 8, he was injured while racing another friend across the street. He was not able to see an electrical cord that had been strung up for some repair work by a construction worker and the cord caught him by the chin and threw him to the ground where he fractured his scull. He had to stay in the hospital for several weeks and they were not sure he would survive. Well, praise be to God he did survive, but due to the trauma, he has had lifelong pain in his neck and shoulders. Not being a fan of injecting pain meds, he has sought out more natural remedies with some relief, although it is expensive to see an acupressure/acupunture specialist as often as he needs to. I think that this product would be great for him and his chronic pain. He is an amazing husband and father and any relief that this could provide him with would be a huge blessing.

  154. I love all the colors, especially the magenta. This would be a great thing to have, since Physical Therapy is so expensive.

  155. i really liked the blue one and i would love to try this in the morning instead of my cup of joe; see it really does help wake me me up-getting my oxygen in blood and my blood circulating

  156. I would love a pagoda Blue one. It would be very helpful for all the nights we are at the hospital. I think the extra blood flow and extra relaxation could really benefit my son in the fight for his life.

  157. Twenty-eight years ago I married my best friend. When he was just beginning his tenth grade year he had to leave school to work in the family business and has never stopped working like a dog since. With a brilliant mind, but little education he has had to work hard to support his family. Without complaint, he has shown our children the value of an honest day’s work and to take pride in all they do. It breaks my heart to see him come home from work night after night in pain and physically broken down. I would love to have a Spoonk Rider Mat for him. Honestly, whatever color is available would be fine, but I do like the Pagoda Blue or the Mimosa Yellow. I read over the entire website and am impressed with the claims made about this product. I would love to see my husband get some relief from the constant aches and pains.
    BTW I subscribe to Keepers of The Home via email and Facebook and appreciate the gems of wisdom I glean from your postings.
    Thank you for a chance at winning this product.
    Blessings to you and yours,

  158. I’d love to try one of these in conjunction with my yoga practice for my hip problems. I think I would go with pearl because it’s calming and would go with any of my mats.

  159. I am already subscribed to your blog by rss feed to my google reader;
    Also I shared it with my followers there!
    I agree, accupressure and Christians do not have to part ways entirely, tho our philosophies and beginning points are not similar!!

  160. I Looked at the site. I would give a pagoda blue to my sister who has back probs and no insurance right now. After I test drove it!

  161. I’d love for my hubby to try this! He has chronic pain and I wonder if the acupressure would help relieve that to some degree. I’d go with the red, his favorite color. 🙂

  162. I would like the Pagoda Blue if I were to win. My husband has chronic back issues and I have an old shoulder injury that continues to flare up. I think we could both benefit from this and would love to win one! Thank you for all you do, Stephanie!

  163. I would love to have one of these to help me unwind at the end of a long day with my four little blessings! The purple one is the one I would choose.

  164. I’d love to win one for my lower back. I also have pain in my shoulder area. My husband would also benefit from using this. What a great product! I would pick Magenta Sunset.

  165. Would love to have the Canadian Red one! I subscribe through email and follow you on Facebook. I believe that the pressure would work great for my headaches. I used c-bands when I was pregnant and loved them. I also use very firm self massage to help my headaches, but those Spoonk mats look super cool & the comments on their website sound great.

  166. Pagoda Blue, my room is blue, and it would go smashingly 🙂 I subscribe to u on fb, and of course love it..looking forward to the possibility of winning something to help our backs! other than a chiro 🙂

  167. My husband has back problems and I think this would really help relieve his tension. The pagoda blue would be my color pick. Thanks for hosting this givaway.

  168. We are a homeschooling, military family with 4 boys. My husband has been away training since last November and is returning home to us this Thursday (hooray!)…we could all use some extra energy around here (maybe not the kids so much:) and this mat is so intriguing! We would choose Canadian Red. Happy day!

  169. I struggle with hormonal issues and would love to visit an acupuncturist regularly but finances are limited right now, so I would love to win the mat! The magenta color is gorgeous!

  170. I just saw this product last Saturday at a local health food store and it has totally peaked my interest, so much so that I have e-mailed the store to get as much information about it as I can. If I could choose any color it will be the Magenta Sunset. Although we all could use a bit of hope and happiness (Mimosa Yellow) in our lives I think after a long day at work, I need to be uplifted and calm. The school I teach in is for students who have been removed from their general education program due to their severe emotional and/or severe behavioural disabilities. I observe violent behaviour on a daily basis. I see student’s (and adults) being hurt physically and mentally by their peers on a daily basis. I am the victim of physical and verbal attacks on a daily basis. It can and does take a lot out of you, but I return, day after day, year after year because I love “my kids”. Personally, I could use anything that will revitalize me after work and maybe something that I could bring to work and use within my school day (if my co-workers are lucky, I might even share, haha).

  171. I would like to win one of these because I would be very afraid to try it otherwise. I suffer from old car accident injuries and autoimmune disorders and feel like poo every day LOL. But I KNOW accupressure is an immense help but I’m talking like with fingers. This looks way spikey! I love the Ivory one but the Mimosa is beeeautiful!

  172. I got one called the Heavenly acupressure mat on Amazon and love it. It works amazingly for stress relief and insomnia but i also use it after strenuous workout to relieve sore muscles. Highly recommend it! Much more info on the company’s website as well http://www.heavenlymats.com

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