Gadgets 76

Published on November 30th, 2005 | by Greg


Relaxing Holidays

Hanging up decorations, carrying presents, high-impact shopping- the holidays are anything but relaxing. All the more reason to relieve some stress, and massage your neck, feet, and body with any of these products from Homedics.

They seem to have a stranglehold on the “personal massager” line- and that’s because they manage to make decently effective, fairly inexpensive equipment. Their units range from the high-end with all of the bells and whistles (bells=fully adjustable speed, whistles=heat) to the more basic “just vibrate already”.

We tried out their SQUSH neck pillow, comfortable and fairly relaxing- though loud. It takes 2 C batteries, can operate in fast or slow mode, and is filled with those really fun beads. Warning- it doesn’t work so well as a regular pillow, but is nice for a massage during a movie.

They also make a FootPleaser, an ultra deep kneading foot massager, with one speed, and both hot and cold modes. It’s great for tired feet, though only works on the soles of the feet (instead of a more full-foot design)- counter rotating, free floating ball bearings do a surprisingly good job of loosening up your heels.

Finally, we got some exercise using their Therapist Select Compact Percussion Action Massager with Heat, a long name for a fairly large, fairly heavy handheld device. It works wonders on neck and back muscles, but is hard to use yourself due to the weight and bulk. The heat is nice, as are the interchangeable heads, and the cord is long enough to reach quite a ways (though a retractable cable would’ve been great).

Take off some of the stress this holiday and try one of the many Homedics products- but test them first so you can figure out which will help you most!

About the Author

Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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