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Published on March 6th, 2013 | by Greg


Lounge, Relax With Brookstone’s Shiatsu Bed Lounger

You’ve probably seen those pillows, the ones that lay on a bed and wrap around you with armrests, and wondered: why can’t I get a classier version of one of those, suitable for an adult bedroom, maybe one that will help ease the stress of a long day at the office. After all, reading in bed can be a frustrating experience, either requiring too many pillows, or turning into an endless futile effort to make them the right shape for you to sit comfortably.

The Brookstone Shiatsu Bed Lounger is the perfect solution, and offers a few nice bonuses besides. There is a USB-charging port for your tablet or e-reader, and a side pocket for it to rest in as well. We found it paired well with the recently-reviewed Brookstone OSIM uSqueez- just find the right position and angle and you can get a near-full body massage simultaneously. The Lounger offers built-in controls that are super-simple, and there are four “deep-kneading Shiatsu nodes” that help relieve muscle tension. There aren’t a lot of modes- you can reverse the movement, but that’s about it. We might’ve liked some programming options, maybe an automatic reversal at the end of a few minute session, but it’s easy enough to click the button when you’re ready for a shift.

The croissant-shaped Bed Lounger is fairly hefty, which means it will hold pretty steady on a surface when you lie back against it. It also has an interesting way to let you modify the strength of the massaging rotors- there is a padded flap, a sort of pillow, that you can lift up to make the sensations much stronger. At first, we enjoyed the shiatsu massage through the added layer, but later found removing it to be more satisfying. The foam is cozy, and the material feels durable, though it is apparently only available in the single color (dark brown) that might or might not fight your decor. The power cord is fairly long, but might not be long enough for everyone. And we wish the back came up a bit higher, especially for taller folks, but it might look a little weird in any other configuration.

When we’re watching TV or catching up on a good book before bed, the Brookstone Shiatsu Bed Lounger is a great way to unwind. Available now, directly, for $130 at press time.

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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 Appleā€™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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