The Shiatsu Neck and Back Massager with Heat from Brookstone is designed for a combination of comfort and ease of use. The unique strap design lets you easily reach the more inaccessible areas of your back.
This back massager uses motions based on the principles of shiatsu, a Japanese therapeutic discipline that utilizes penetrating kneading motions to help relieve sore muscles. It features eight nodes to cover a wide area. An added heating element warms your muscles to improve circulation and make them more pliable for greater comfort and to prevent causing additional strain. It also helps you avoid awkward and uncomfortable arm positions when you use it.
The straps have large loops so people with arms of many different lengths can use them comfortably. Both the cover and straps are padded for extra softness. This unit's nodes are not all connected on a single piece, which makes the massager more flexible and easily able to wrap around backs and necks of various shapes. Its node placement is also ideal for working the muscle groups around both sides of your spine simultaneously.
You can customize your massage by turning the heat on or off, which is important because the manufacturer recommends against leaving the shiatsu back massager's heat function activated for no more than 20 minutes at a time. You can also select from the regular one-direction massage or an auto-reversing mode that massages in two directions for a balanced and relaxing effect. This device can get caught up or damage scarves and necklaces, so you’ll get the best results if you wear nothing or a close-fitting shirt, and you should wear your hair up if it's long.
The unique strap design lets you hold the massager in place over the back of your neck, the lumbar area or between your shoulder blades. The drawbacks of this back massager's design are that you have to remain upright to use it, and it's not as simple to move around your back in lateral or circular motions compared to a handheld model. There’s no handle for your partner to hold, so he or she can’t perform a massage on you while you relax. Additionally, this massager has to remain plugged into a wall while it operates, which tethers you to a fixed location. If you'd prefer a massager that doesn't always need an outlet, you might be interested in the PADO Pure Wave CM 7.
The Shiatsu Neck and Back Massager with Heat is a moderately priced entry in the field. Its design makes it impractical for a partner to use on you, but it's handy if you need to reach difficult places.