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The Omni Massage Roller comes in different varieties, and the one I am going to review is the heavier version with the metallic ball bearing, which costs a bit more than the plastic version shown. I paid around £30 for ours, and you can still buy it for this price from various outlets online. I decided to go for the pricier version as my partner and I were always suffering from knots in our shoulders and backs and I thought this one looked like a more substantial massager than the plastic ones.
The steel ball in this roller weighs in at 700g, so as you can imagine, it does a lot of the hard work in achieving a deep tissue massage. I find that I have to apply very little pressure when using this roller, as the weight of the ball means you really just have to move it over the skin and the ball turns to provide the benefits. In my experience the movement of the metal ball is very smooth and it keeps turning as you move it over the skin.
One possible disadvantage of the metallic version of this roller is that it can be very cold to the touch when you first start using it, which can add a bit of shock value if you just apply it straight to someone's back! However, I normally try to warm it a little first by holding it in the palm of my hand, and this makes for a more pleasant massage.
The roller has a plastic, easy-to-grip base and it is very simple to control. The weight of it does mean that your wrist might become tired after using the roller for a while, but this is nothing compared to the fatigue of trying to do a deep tissue massage or get rid of stubborn knots using just your hands.
The Omni Massage Roller can be used with creams or oils, although I mostly just use it as it is. It can be taken apart for cleaning and is quite an easy thing to maintain.
The metallic version of this roller is recommended for professional as well as home use. In my case, I'm just an amateur wanting to relieve painful muscles and shoulder knots, and I think this massager was a good investment as it's such an easy thing to use and really takes the hard work out of massaging.
The Omni Massage Roller is a plastic ball mounted in a plastic holder which you rub over any tight muscles to provide deep tissue massage. It is available in various colours as well as a heavy duty metal version (which is more expensive). The best way to desctibe it is as the top of a roll on deodorant - so the plastic ball rolls about within the holder as you run it over you body. I purchased my blue and black roller through Amazon for less than £10.
I'm a keen exerciser and have had many problems, mainly knee, caused by tight leg muscles and not enough stretching. I regularly use a foam roller to try to relieve any knots in my muscles and I like nothing more than a deep tissue sports massage but the cost is too much.
I was browsing the amazon site when I came across this product and for the price thought it was worth trying. I find it to be better than the foam roller on smaller, specific areas such as joints and ankles and I can really feel it working but it is no where near as effective as a deep tissue massage.
Hands up if you love receiving massages!
Now hands up if you like giving massages.
Not so many. Just as I suspected.
To give a decent massage I think it has to last a minimum of 30 minutes, but that means the person giving the massage can get very sore and aching hands and they feel like they need a massage afterwards!
When I used to have a desk-bound job I suffered from really bad knots in my back and shoulder muscles, as I had poor posture from slouching due to the work boring me into a stupor! My fiancé spends his life working on the computer, and he finds his work quite stressful, so every once in a while my fiancé and I like to treat each other to a massage to relieve all the tension.
I bought the Omni Massage Roller to make it easier for the person giving the massage, as there can be a lot of strain on the hands when giving a deep-tissue massage. The design of it is quite simple, as it's a marbled ball encased in plastic that you roll over the body in all directions (a bit like the ball inside the old style computer mouse). The plastic part is shaped so that it is comfortable and easy to grip. It's difficult to apply too much pressure, so you're unlikely to hurt the person you're massaging.
When we first got the Omni we were really enthusiastic about using it, but the novelty factor quickly wore off. It's not that it's a bad product, it's just the unfortunate fate of gadgets that aren't quite as good as the real thing. For us, the main purpose for the Omni was for it to be used to loosen the muscle tissue before we broke out the oil and used our hands to massage. But we must have pampered each other too much in the past, as the Omni just couldn't quite beat the soothing feeling of a hands-on massage. So it just sits on the shelf, as we prefer to give each other a proper massage even though it hurts our hands a bit.
So even though we don't use it anymore, I'm still going to give this product 4 stars because it is good. You can use it on yourself and you don't need to use massage oil as it rolls over the skin really smoothly. You can also use it when you're fully clothed, so if you needed a quick massage whilst you're hunched over your desk at work then it's ideal. Or you could use it on a friend to help them to relax without them getting the wrong idea if you suggested giving them a massage (nudge, nudge, wink wink!).
It comes with a little booklet explaining the different ways you can use it. One nice idea is to put it on the floor and use it as a pressure point tool by rolling your foot over it. This is perfect for your circulation on an aeroplane to prevent DVT and its small size (7 X 7 X 6cm) makes it easy to carry around.
It can also be used in the bath, so it is really easy to clean as well with warm soapy water.
For more information please visit www.omnimassage.uk.com
It is available from www.iwantoneofthose.com for £9.99.
Deep tissue massager.