HigherDose PEMF Infrared Mat – Our Honest Review

HigherDose PEMF Mat Review

The popular Higher Dose Infrared Mat combines the experience and craftsmanship of the HigherDose Product range with the power of Infrared healing. We loved the Higher Dose Infrared Sauna Blanket, but this is even pricier. Retailing at £979.00, the infrared mat is a significant investment, but is it worth it? We have tried and tested the mat out for you – looking at the features, how easy it is to use, and the benefits of using infrared technology. Keep reading to find out more. 

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Higher Dose PEMF Infrared Mat Product Features

The mat has many different layers that combine together to provide various types of therapy. The top layer that you lie on is made of a waterproof, non-toxic PVC material which is excellent as it means that the mat can be wiped down and sanitised after use. Below this is the second layer of PVC mono netting fabric. 

Underneath the two PVC layers are two layers of crystals. Firstly amethyst crystals, which are known for their healing properties, are woven into the fabric. Secondly, black tourmaline is used as this crystal produces negative ions that boost serotonin levels.  Below the crystal later is a layer of oxford fabric and another layer of waterproof, non-toxic PVC for added comfort.

There is also a charcoal layer, which aids detoxification and a layer of heat balancing clay, which helps balance the heat from the infrared layer below. The mat has a bimetal and sensor layer above 5 PEMF coils to help deliver the PEMF therapy and is finished off with fabric at the bottom to seal the layers together. 

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When the product is taken out of the boxing it arrives in, you will find it encased in a lovely bag. This will become very useful if you want to store it away. I have discovered that this could be important for me, as I have cats which would easily tear the top layer, allowing the crystals to spill out.

Below are images of the instructions that came with the PEMF mat. You can see how they clearly detail the different PEMF settings you can use depending on your needs or mood. You will also find safety information here, as you would expect.

Below you can see the controller for the device. It has a simple on off power switch in the middle of the controller. Once turned on, you can now decide which heat setting you would like to use by turning the right hand knob from left to right (lowest to highest heat). Keep in mind that the infrared heat will go as high as 70 Celsius when it reaches full temperature after one hour. I opted for to go about 80% of the highest temperature and can confirm this did become overwhelming after being on the mat for about 30 minutes. Press the button below the heat knob to select how long you want the heat to be on for. You can pick between one hour, 3 hours or 12 hours.

Next, decide if you would like to engage the PEMF. If you do, then hit the PEMF button and you will see the dial at the top light up and the lights will wave from left to right to show you the PEMF is now on. You can then press the PEMF button again to pick from modes 1 to 4. Each setting from one to four is for a different frequency to be omitted from the device. Level 1 is a 3Hz setting which is used for sleep. Level 2 is 7.8Hz and is called Theta brain wave for dreaming. Level 3 is 10Hz and is called Alpha brain wave for deep relaxation and meditation. Finally, level 4 is 23Hz and is called Beta Brain for focus and alertness.

The PEMF only stays on for 20 minutes before turning off. You can then turn it on again if you wish. Note, the infrared heat will still continue even if the PEMF turns off.

The only other decision is if you want the negative ions to be activated. This will mean the crystals will let out negative ions into the air. Many people describe the sensation of this to be calming and feel more peaceful.

After a session on the mat I stretched out. You can see visible marks where the heat has clearly penetrated. There was no burns or lasting damage, but for those who prefer to not have direct heat on their skin, simple wear some light clothes and you will still experience the benefits.

My partner opted to wear her gym clothes and had a great session. Within around 10 minutes she went into a deep sleep and I had to wake her up after 40 minutes. She said she had never felt such a feeling. It took her around 15 minutes to then get up. 

What to Expect When Using Your Higher Dose PEMF Infrared Mat

When I first received the PEMF mat from Higher Dose in the post, I was surprised at how heavy duty and high-quality it was. The mat feels exceptionally well made from quality materials. When I set it up and began trying it out, I was impressed with the three different therapies that I could use. Firstly, I tried the far-infrared heat therapy, which is similar technology to the Higher Dose sauna blanket that I also love. The mat, however, felt different to the sauna blanket and a traditional sauna as I wasn’t sweating. Instead, I just felt a warm and pleasant heat, which then penetrates deep into my body to help repair it. I prefer this to the Higher Dose Sauna Blanket due to the fact that I don’t sweat profusely with the mat – meaning that afterwards, I didn’t need to take a shower and instead could simply continue with my day. Although the mat’s top layer is PVC, it didn’t feel cheap, and I didn’t stick to it when the heat setting was turned on. It actually felt comfortable enough to lie on for a long time. 

The mat also provides negative ion therapy – this means that it puts antioxidants into the air that comes from the crystals that are weaved into the mat. The main crystal responsible for negative ion production is the tourmaline. The purpose of this treatment is for the negative ions to be absorbed into the body as once they reach the bloodstream, they produce biochemical reactions that are meant to increase serotonin. Seratonin has been found to improve your mood, helping with conditions such as depression and stress. It can also boost your energy. While using this mat, I didn’t feel an immediate impact with this therapy, but after a few sessions, I felt less stressed and looked forward to my quiet time using the mat each day. 

The final therapy available is the PEMF therapy. When using the mat for this, it took me a while to choose the level that was right for me. The mat can be set between level 1 and level 9. The lower the level, the lower the amount of PEMF radiation that you are exposed to. Levels 1 and 2 replicate the same exposure you would find in nature, while the higher levels offer a more intense experience. Obviously, I wanted to see what the mat could do, so I immediately chose level 9 – the highest setting. Like the negative ion therapy, I believe that the PEMF therapy’s impact built up over time as I was using it every day. I began to feel muscle soreness like I had been working out at the gym. Having looked into this, I believe that it is because the PEMF therapy causes soreness due to increased blood flow to the muscles (the same blood flow that occurs during exercise).  I decided to try using a lower level and set it at level 5 for a few days – this reduced the soreness, and I felt calmer and less stressed. Over the period of using the mat, I noticed an improvement in my sleep patterns, which also led to positive physical impacts on my body. 

One great thing that I love about this mat is that you can use it for as long as you want – which you cannot do with the HigherDose sauna blanket. I have used this mat for everything – whether it is simply lying down and relaxing or meditation and yoga. It is also great for post-workout stretching, as the mat’s properties can help aid muscle recovery. The mat does have a timer that lasts 60 minutes; however, you can just turn it on again if you want to use it for longer. 

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Who is this Product Not Right For?

If you are looking to get your sweat on and have an experience like you would have in a real sauna, this mat is not for you. As you are not encased in the material, you will not sweat profusely like you would in a traditional sauna or a sauna blanket. If you are looking for this, try the Higher Dose Sauna Blanket instead – we have reviewed it Best Low EMF Infrared Sauna Blankets 

If you are looking for instant results, this also may not be the product for you. When testing out this product, I found that results built up over time if I used the mat once a day. It doesn’t take a long time – we are talking about days or weeks rather than longer, but you may not notice results the first day you use it. 

What Is PEMF?

Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) is an electromagnetic field that works at a variety of frequencies to help stimulate the body’s recovery process. PEMF radiation is very different from the type of electromagnetic radiation produced by x-rays and microwaves, and they do not harm the human body. PEMF radiation replicates the type of radiation found in nature and it has frequencies that are lower than you would be subjected to in a thunderstorm. 

How Does PEMF Therapy Work?

PEMF therapy is energy that pulses to stimulate the cells in your body. If you are lying on the mat, it can impact all the cells in your body as the mat is covering a large surface. Our cells have ‘charge’, and they can run on low, meaning that they will not work correctly, and our body will not heal quickly. PEMF energy gives cells the boost that they need to kick start the healing process. PEMF is reportedly effective in healing more minor health issues such as strained muscles and more significant problems such as joint pain over a prolonged period of time. 

It is not just physical health problems however, a study at Harvard University found that PEMF sessions can improve mood in patients with diagnosed mental health conditions such as depression and bipolar disorder. This is backed up by a study that found that treatment with PEMF sessions over a five-week period led patients to have a 62% reduction on the Depression Rating Scale.  Additionally, a study on animals found that therapy using PEMF reduced anxiety type behaviours in mice. 

What are the Benefits of PEMF Infrared Mats?

PEMF therapy is not a new technology – in reality, it has been around for around 60 years and has many proven benefits. The benefits are so impressive in fact that PEMF therapy has been utilised by NASA to help tackle astronaut fatigue, bone loss and depression. Other PEMF therapy benefits can include:

  • Better circulation
  • Improved sleep 
  • Reduced stress levels
  • Reduced inflammation
  • Less pain
  • Aids muscle recovery and relaxation
  • Better oxygen delivery to tissues leading to quicker recovery
  • Enhanced immune function
  • Joint cartilage repair
  • Improved cell repair and recovery

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Is this Crystal Therapy?

Yes – the mats do provide crystal therapy due to their thick later of 100% natural purple amethyst crystals. The crystals are within the mesh fabric tubes on the mat. The mat also includes tourmaline layers, which, combined with the amethyst, provide a deeper dose of Infrared Radiation. 

Q: Is There A Certain Time Of Day To Use The Mat?

You can use the mat at any time of day, however, you may want to select different frequencies depending on when you are using it. If you are using the mat in the morning, consider using the higher settings that provide a faster frequency (between 15 and 30Hz), as this can boost your energy levels, making you prepared for the day. If you are using the mat before you go to bed, a lower frequency and setting will be best as this is more likely to relax and prepare you for a good sleep. 

Q: Does the Mat Have Any Colour Options?

No, the mat has one option, which is black. 

Higher Dose PEMF Infrared Mat

Conclusion

The Higher Dose PEMF Infrared mat is an excellent option if you are looking for a number of different therapies in one product. Higher Dose is a reputable brand that really focuses on the quality of its products. This mat is such high-quality that it is worth the high price tag – you will also not need to replace it for a long time due to its expert craftsmanship. We would highly recommend this product – if you are looking to purchase it, check it out here or buy it now below: