Children's sensory mat

Today we tell:

  • what orthopedic sensory mats are needed for,
  • what types of mats there are and how to choose them correctly,
  • whether it is possible to make an orthopedic mat by yourself at home.


Orthopedic mats or also called sensory mats are used not only in the complex treatment of foot deformities (flat foot, varus or valgus position). The human foot was originally made for walking on uneven surfaces: grass, sand, stones. If we don't give the foot enough stress, we get weak muscles and ligaments at the base of our body. That's why it's healthy to walk barefoot over pebbles, seashore and ... Sensory mats when there is too little natural relief.

In the meantime, our topic is orthopedic mats, exercises that can be used to achieve a good effect, especially in the field of orthopedics, for the prevention of foot deformities or in the treatment of already identified foot deformities.

Orthopedic massage mats

 

What orthopedic mats are available?

Orthopedic massage mats differ in:

 
  • Material: natural (pebble, wood, cork) and artificial (PVC, EVA, etc.),
  • Shape and size,
  • relief.


Today, modern materials are easily available to us: hypoallergenic, hygienic, with excellent spring properties. And they are not inferior to natural materials: stone, wood, oak cork bark. It is difficult to decide which stones are better on the mat: colored plastic stones or those given by the sea and the river? Here the choice is rather based solely on personal preferences.

Relief plays an important role: it is recommended to walk on different surfaces - so muscles and foot ligaments are loaded differently. Besides, it is pleasant and interesting to walk not only on bubbles and curves, but on mushrooms, cones or spikes, both for children and adults.

 Massage Sensory Puzzle Mats

How to choose the right sensory mats?

Often, buyers are repelled by the characteristics of use. In this regard, puzzle massage mats win. These mats are easy to clean and easy to store. You can buy as many elements as you need. Different reliefs can be combined with each other. These mats are durable, do not wear out. It is interesting to assemble the puzzle mats from Montessori.store. Another important factor: what you want to have. Choose a mat that will please the person.

 

Where should the sensory mat be placed? And what if the space in the apartment is not enough?


From practice: it can be placed in front of the sink. Then the whole family will certainly step on it and enjoy massaging their feet in the morning and evening while washing their faces and brushing their teeth. Each member of the family will have a favorite relief: one likes puzzle spikes massaging into the longitudinal arch, the other likes prickly grass, someone likes sweet cones, and someone strict rather likes pyramids.

If there is enough free space to practice, you can buy several puzzles, from which you can create zigzag paths with adventures or a large rectangular mat.

If you are closer to ecology, you can choose massage mats made of natural gravel. Imagine: until recently, these stones, lying on your personal pebble carpet, were warmed by the sun and washed around by a salty wave.... Environmentalists can also opt for a textile mat with wooden elements. In addition, the choice in favor of a pebble or wooden mat may be determined by the desire to harmoniously fit a new accessory into an existing interior.

Probably the most "hard" mat - is the one with wooden elements in the form of thorns. But the feelings after application are also absolutely extraordinary! After literally 2-3 minutes of walking on it with bare feet, you get off the mat, and any other surface will seem soft and flexible. The ordinary parquet floor, laminate or the tiles will seem like the most delicate soft carpet. But to use such a mat, you need to be ready for thrills.

 Children's Orthopedic Rug Mats

How to get a child or yourself to practice on a massage mat?


Sometimes a conscious person, driven by concern for their own health, just need to give themselves an internal back (or with the legs :) and do a list of necessary exercises that are healthy for the feet for 10 minutes a day. But not everyone can bounce with iron self-discipline ;) In such a case, it is better to place the mat in a place where you definitely will not pass. For example, in front of the already mentioned sink or in the shower (if, of course, we are talking about PVC mats).

How to motivate a child to practice on a sensory mat

Probably, as in many other areas of life, it helps to follow the personal example of parents. Based on the experience and the specifics of the approach to the lessons of our clients, we can offer some more interesting ways to motivate the child to practice on the mat: 

  • sweeties after practice,
  • cartoon after the exercises,
  • attractions during a walk, etc.

 And then, as practice shows, it will be interesting for children to jump and stride on the colorful elements of the mat with different reliefs. Many children will find it interesting to collect the mat itself: today the child will collect its pieces in one order, tomorrow in another. For children, puzzle mats that can be combined to form tracks with curves and even entire carpets are perfect.

 

Sensory mats homemade

If you have a rich imagination, a lot of time and your hands set to the right wave, that is, crafting skills, then you can make a mat yourself. Although, you know, you can even do without imagination, because on the Internet there are countless articles, videos and posts about how to create an orthopedic mat, what parts are used for the relief and how you can use the resulting product in the future.

 So, as a relief for a homemade mat, the following materials are suitable: 

  • Sea or river pebbles,
  • natural corks (you can carefully cut along wine corks),
  • buttons,
  • Ropes, braided thread cables, felt strips.

There is another variant of the so-called fabric mats, where a sewn cushion serves as a relief, filled, for example, with pits of cherries and sweet cherries, dates, peaches and apricots, apple and pear seeds. Scarce and cheap. And healthy.

Numerous Internet craftsmen also use other elements, both natural and artificial, but the use of some of them is undesirable.

Chestnuts or acorns are free material that can be collected in abundance in the nearest park. They make excellent relief, but are only good in a fresh state, where they stay for a relatively short time (especially acorns). Over time, they dry out and crack. First, cracked acorns and chestnuts can injure the skin of the feet. Second, the cracked shell releases tannins (polyphenols) that are undesirable to the skin. Chestnuts last longer, but care should be taken to ensure the integrity of the shell.

Real cones can also injure the skin of the feet.

Plastic bottle caps can be painful if turned upside down. If they are on the other side, their flat surface does not have a very high therapeutic effect.

Sensory mats homemade

And an absolutely luxurious advice: if you are a happy owner of your property house, you can create a whole path or even a meadow of pebbles. The result of this work looks like a total work of art.

And when you are in nature, remember to take off your shoes whenever possible and relatively safe. And do not forbid children - let them walk barefoot.

But no matter what mats you finally choose for your children, the main thing is that it gives your child fun and joy, and, of course, supports and strengthens it in its development. Our product range will make your choice much easier. Please have a look. We look forward to seeing you!

 

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