This next gift has “the avid cook” written all over it!

That would certainly be ME — as you all know, I love to cook. I’ve definitely made that clear in the last 2 years. hehee!

I’m not one that’s big on convenience foods. I honestly prefer to cook my meals from scratch. And in doing so, some of my meals can take hours to cook. If you read through the recipes I post I’m sure you’ve noticed.

This can sure cause fatigue, not to mention pain in my back, hips, knees, ankles and feet. Wow, I sound old don’t I? Well, I’m no spring chicken but I’m far from old and as most of you know I’ve experienced injuries to those areas I mentioned, so standing on my feet in the kitchen isn’t always pleasurable.

Cooking seriously is like therapy to me. I can go into my kitchen, spend hours cooking and baking up a storm and I feel great. It feels great creating tasty meals and confections. Problem is, in the last few years, my past injuries have really crept up on me. I’m getting older of course (as we all do) and my joints are feeling the effects. Not fun at all! And so, I’ve really not been looking forward to cooking as much as I used to. That’s really sad because it used to give me so much pleasure. It still does but afterwards I’m in pain. Blah!

Thanks to Wellness Mats, I’m back in my kitchen for extended periods of time, cooking homemade meals — and enjoying my time there — painfree!!! How? Wellness Mats was gracious enough to send me one of their Motif Mats for my kitchen and I absolutely LOVE IT!!!

The design I chose is the “Bella” in burgundy. What other design would I choose? hehee! When I first received it I was pleasantly pleased. I love the scroll pattern and the color is perfect for my kitchen. It goes well with the paint color and my Italian-themed decor of clay pots, grapevine and grape bunches.

I decided to place the mat in front of my peninsula cabinets because I spend a lot of time there prepping ingredients for my meals. After positioning the motif mat, I couldn’t wait to try it out. OMG, I was in heaven! I honestly went from feeling pain in my feet and ankles from the hard tiled floor, to saying “AHH!”. The pain literally went away. It was amazing. Standing on the mat is like wearing really thick gel shoe inserts.

Very thick and comfy!

My hubby gave it a try and he loved it too. He said he would love to cover our whole floor with the material. You all know the pain he deals with daily so that says a lot. The mat is the perfect size for in front of my cabinets, and since I do a lot of standing in other areas of my kitchen, I’m thinking seriously of purchasing one for in front of my kitchen sink or for our oven. Hmm, I just might wind up with my whole kitchen floor covered in Wellness motif mats. hehee. You never know!

What’s It Made Of?

The Motif mats are made using Advanced Polyurethane Technology. APT allows the thick elastomeric and resilient core (polyurethane) to permanently bond to the thin abrasion/stain/microbial resistant outer layer. The molecules bond (permanently) using a process called thermosetting.  Polyurethane is the golden standard for Wellness’ anti-fatigue mats.

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The Motif mats are uniquely designed to effectively suspend your body’s weight by reducing impact on your legs and back. In addition to improving circulation, reducing back stress, and decrease fatigue. Using these mats also improves balance.

I really love standing on my mat and find myself making excuses to get in the kitchen just so I can stand there and enjoy the relaxing feeling I get. It’s like being weightless on a cloud. Here’s a secret — I like standing on it barefoot just so I can squish my toes in it. hehee. It’s SO relaxing! Much more than any other mat or rug I’ve used.

Another great feature of these amazing mats, besides the maximum comfort level, is the easy-to-clean outer material. It’s not only attractive but durable and easy to clean. When it becomes soiled, just wipe it clean with a wet rag and allow it to air dry. Very simple!

Something else I love is that the edges are guaranteed not to curl, PLUS they’re puncture and heat resistant. VERY durable!

How Does It Measure Up?

The Motif anti-fatigue mat I received measures 24″ x 36″ and is 1″ thick. They’re also available in a 24″ x 72″ size.

You can choose from 5 attractive colors and 2 designs — Bella or Trellis.

Wellness mats are not just for kitchens either. They’re perfect for bathrooms, laundry rooms, garages, game rooms, any room that requires you to be on your feet for extended periods or locations where you want an attractive and comfortable alternative to your typical throw rugs. Heck I want one of these for my exercise space!

BUY IT!

The 24″ x 36″ Motif anti-fatigue mat retails for $119.95 and can be purchased at www.wellnessmats.com. Additional size available for a separate fee.

Wanna spruce up that mat even more? Wellness Mats now also offer Seasons mat covers in 9 festive designs and colors to compliment your 3’x2′ mat.

The covers retail for $39.95.

PERFECT GIFT FOR: Anyone who loves to cook or bake and those who suffer from painful arthritis, lower back pain, or foot pain and stand for extended periods of time.

~ All opinions expressed in this review are my own and not influenced in any way by the company.  Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider. Please refer to this site’s Disclaimer for more information. I did not receive financial compensation for my post but did receive the product(s) mentioned above free of charge from the manufacturer or PR Agency and was under no obligation to write a positive review. ~

Win It!!!

1 Winner will be chosen at random at the end of the entry period 12/19/11. Prize is a Wellness Mat & Seasons Cover (in the color/pattern of your choice) — $160 value.

To enter, 1st complete the mandatory entry by leaving a comment in the comment box below on this blog (not in the rafflecopter widget) telling me which Wellness Mats color/pattern you like most. Then enter as normal using rafflecopter.

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Dee

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