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I love a good massage. I’ve gotten more professional massages than I can count. When I’m done with my manicure and my nails are drying, I move over to the massage chair to be rubbed and kneaded while my nails dry. When I’ve got more time I go for the on-the-table naked “real” massage. I can’t get enough.
Being able to have my neck or back massaged any time I want is pretty much heaven for me. I’m wearing the Brookstone Shiatsu Neck & Back Massager With Heat right now, as I type this. It’s not going to replace being massaged by an actual person, but nothing is.
This massager is really simple: You plug it in, put it where you want to get massaged, and turn it on. The massager heats up after a few minutes, which feels wonderful (but if you don’t think so, you can turn that function off). Every minute or so the massager changes direction, a feature that you can also turn off if you want. (Personally, I leave both of those features on always.)
When you have the massager on your neck, you put your arms through the straps to control how deep you want the massage to get. When you have it on your back, you can just lean against it however much you want. You control how much pressure you can handle. And you can put it exactly on the spot on your back where you want it.
The best part about this massager is that it’s passive. You don’t have to do any work to hold it in place, you can just relax and watch TV or type or, as Jake is demonstrating, play games on your phone. (Omer says we look like we have T-Rex arms when we wear it like this.)
My son and I have been fighting over this thing for the 24 hours its been out of the box. In fact, when I went to get it a few minutes ago, he was using it. It turns off automatically after twenty minutes, so we decided that that’s how long our “turns” could be when someone else was waiting.
I get tension headaches fairly frequently, and this massager hits right where the tension is. The next time I feel one coming on I’m going to grab this instead of Tylenol and see if I can massage it away.
I also sometimes get a sore back from standing too much, especially when I’ve been baking a lot, and I know that this would feel fantastic.
You can buy this for $119, and it would make a wonderful Christmas gift – especially for someone who is always asking YOU for neck rubs!
We’re keeping ours right by our couch, so that we can grab it whenever we want.
Want to see it on action? Here you go:
Brookstone sent this massager to me free of charge.