Product Type: Homedics Massager
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Homedics FM-S Shaistu Foot Massager
Author Name: superness11
Homedics FM-S Shaistu Foot Massager
Disadvantages: does not get too hot
==Price and availability==
The foot massager costs £30.00 and is widely available from catalogue stores, online and shops such as Boots. I think my boyfriend bought it from a shop in the Trafford Centre and it cost around £32.00.
The massager is a smooth silver base that is curved to each side. The curved sides have ridges so you can rest your feet against these too to experience different sensations. In the middle of the base are two sets of massaging balls for each foot that are illuminated with LED lighting. These sets are quite small so you can either do the front part of your foot first or massage the heel or the other way around. The balls are small and rotate round, there are another two balls in the middle that rotate the opposite way to these so you get a nice jittery contrast as the balls work the feet. The massager plugs into the mains and the lead is long enough so you are not overly restricted about where you put it. To control the massager there is a switch with two settings. This is a large switch that you can control with your toe so no awkward bending down! Simply lay back and relax! The two settings allow you to use the device without heat or with it. To store the device away, wrap the cord around it and pop it in a cupboard it is really light and easy to look after. If you need to clean it use a damp cloth but other than this try to avoid getting water around the device; it is electric after all.
==With heat or without...==
Well that is a question isn't it? If you use heat there is not a chance you will burn yourself as when it says 'heat,' it means that it will get slightly warm. It is a pleasant warmness but it is not as hot as I was expecting. It takes hardly any time to heat up but on the first couple of goes I was sat for ages waiting for it to warm up only to realise this is as hot as it got! You may as well use the heat function though as it does add another dimension to the massage and is a very pleasant feeling indeed.
Shiastu is a Japanese word and it means 'finger pressure'. This is a massage where pressure is applied to the areas of energy lines (meridians) to promote good health by 'stimulating the body's energy flow.' Shiatsu is not only about relaxing muscles and relieving tension but it is suggested that it also has a deeper effect on our organs and internal well being. Many shiatsu points which correspond to vital organs are found in the feet.
So what should the advantages be of a Shiastu foot massage?
Stimulating the shiatsu acupuncture points on the feet is supposed to redirect the energy flow directly to the organs which the stimulated shiatsu acupuncture points correspond to. Blood circulation should increase and flow up in to the legs.
==And my experiences are?==
I have never had a person perform a Shiatsu massage on my in person but I have had other massages where fingers and thumbs are used on the feet in a similar fashion. The Homedics foot massager feels very nice and the balls give a deep tissue massage that will make you feel very relaxed and tingly. It feels nice while the machine is on, there are so many nerve endings in the feet that it would be impossible not to enjoy the sensations of the balls rolling beneath your feet. Towards the end of the massage as your feet get more used to the sensations, it is tempting to push harder against the balls and really press on to try and get the fire back and those sensations you first experienced. This is not advisable and if you press on too hard the massager will stop!
I like the massager but it will never replace the sensation of having a person massage your feet. Although I would not describe the massager as using repetitive motions, you do start to get used to the movement. When you have a person massaging the feet there is more scope and movement that the Homedics massager just cannot recreate. Despite this, it is a really good device and if you cannot afford to have a personal massage every day this could be the answer. My feet feel so awake afterwards yet completely relaxed and the blood does feel like it is circulating better and the tension is gone. If I have had a bad day at work it helps de-stress me and I swear that it has helped get rid of a headache before now. The downside to the machine is that is does make a bit of noise, there is no soothing music that features waves crashing or birds tweeting like you get in a spa but a low groaning noise! I can put up with it though. I still ask my boyfriend to rub my feet though, unlucky him. I would estimate that I use this about once a month but when I first got it, it was practically every night!
The device is guaranteed for two years and this is probably coming up to being 18 months old. It is still going strong and as long as you look after it and not push on like it is tempting to, it should (fingers crossed) last a long time!
Summary: A great piece of kit