My husband and I go monthly for massages and our therapist recently purchased this machine, which she uses on my lower back and shoulders. The machine gets so deep into the tissue and really loosens my joints. My husband, who does not really care of "deep tissue" massages, recently experienced some hip pain. The therapist used the machine on him and he was sold. We can use this on each other between massages and it really helps. It is hard to describe how it does the work. It is neither a viberation massager or a shiatsu massager. The movement is more akin to its name "thumper." The longer it is held over an area the deeper it seems to get into the tissue. It is an awesome machine and I did some comparison shopping before purchasing it on this site for the best price.
This is the best massager I have ever owned. I was sceptical about its ability to truly give a deep tissue massage after buying so many other massagers that made similar promises and didn't deliver, but this really gets deep into the muscle. It has relieved the knots and numbness in my shoulder, calves and IT band. It is intense at first but felt great as the knots and muscles loosened. I use this everyday (wonderful for legs & feet after jogging/exercise) and wish I had found this years ago. It can be tricky to use on your back by yourself but, with some manuevering, it can be done alone. I just found and ordered a thumper stand that is supposed to keep it still and "in place" so you can easily do feet and back alone but haven't received it yet- if thinking of buying this to use alone you might want to look into this too. All in all, can't say enough good things about this machine.
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