Massage On Demand

by Myron Mariano

We at Organic Spa Magazine—and no doubt you, our readers—know the value of a good massage. Whether it's to help you recover after a hard workout or to ease your body of jetlag, getting a rub down is a must-do. But did you also know that massage therapy can also help ward off the winter blues?

Research from the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) found that when combined with one's normal routine of exercising and eating healthily, getting regular massages helped improve mood and reset circadian rhythms. These in turn lead to a better disposition and more restful sleep, staving off the nasty effects of Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Now, this may be enough reason for you to plan frequent visits to your local spa (and truly, what more convincing do you need?), but this can run a hefty tab.

Enter the InstaShiatsu Plus, a cordless, take-it-anywhere massager. It's a versatile unit that can be adjusted to work on all areas of your body—not just your shoulders and back—to relieve tired and achy muscles.

Operating the device is straightforward: Use the wrist straps to rest the device on the body part you would like kneaded, and turn it on. (Choose the heated option for a more relaxing session.) If you prefer a firmer pressure, simply pull the massager closer. You get about two hours of continuous relief from a single full charge.

It may not completely eliminate the need to visit your favorite therapist—human touch, after all, heals in a way no machine can—but for times when you don't even have the constitution to head out to a massage appointment, the InstaShiatsu Plus, with its pocket-friendly $140 price tag, works as a wonderful complement.

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