This is one product where the description really applies--this mattress topper *does* cradle your body. I bought it because the surface of my relatively new bed did not seem to offer uniform support. Also, I have mild scoliosis, and sitting all day at my desk job (with minimal physical exercise, unfortunately) adds stress to my back. This topper is extremely effective; my body does not feel sore when I get up in the morning. To address some things other posters have mentioned: The first night I used the topper, it smelled mildly chemical-sweet, in an almost maple syrup way. In the morning, I was quite aware of the smell and found it very unpleasant. But I left a fan in front of it for a full day to pull away the odor, and that was sufficient to get rid of the stench. I totally agree with those who said this topper can extend the life of--and improve the quality of--your mattress. If you doubt this, consider the price difference between this and a brand-new, high-quality mattress; you should at least give this a try. You won't regret it!