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Massage

Shiatsu

Devices with shiatsu massage use a flat disc with two half-spheres of different sizes. The disc turns slowly around by means of a motor with a gear.

This is a device with two Shiatsu rotating parts:
inventum mg140
Brand en Type: Inventum MG140
Price: 30 euros.
This Shiatsu massage cushion actually massages.
Because of the shape it is sometimes difficult to massage my upper back.

Vibrating motors

Devices with vibrating use often a motor and a weight:
vibrating motor

Massage cushion without brand:
brandless massage cushion
These massage cushions can be placed in a chair or in a car seat. But this kind of massage cushions are often not what they pretend to be.
With the massage cushion in the photo the box claims "shiatsu massage action", and inside is a description which mentions a heating element. However in reality there are only three small vibrating motors inside.

Massager with heat:
massager apparatus
Brand en Type: Fitness DR-3
This massager can provide heat and vibration and also both at the same time. It is nice for my upper back, but if I have to hold it myself, I am no longer relaxed.

Electronic muscle stimulation

electronic muscle stimulation
Name: TENS
There are many devices that make muscles contract by electrical pulses. I bought such a device which was designed to massage. Two pads needed to be sticked to the skin, and the electrical pulse goes through that. But it turned out that it can only make the muscles to contract, has it has nothing to do with a massage. It made things worse for me, and it is also quite annoying.

Last change to this page: June 2012