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A few months ago, as I was picking up a toy my cat left in the middle of the kitchen, I felt something in my lower back crack.
For the next few days, I could barely walk, sit up straight, or do much of anything without looking like Quasimodo from The Hunchback of Notre Dame. So, in a last-ditch attempt to feel even the slightest semblance of relief, I ordered the Zyllion Shiatsu Back and Neck Massager ($45) from Amazon. It had over 9 thousand reviews, cost roughly half of what I pay to get a professional massage, and the best part, it would arrive at my doorstep in two days’ time (thanks, Amazon Prime!)
The Zyllion massager almost looks too cute to be so powerful. The device is roughly the size of a small pillow, and has four heated nodes that rotate to give a gentle (yet surprisingly firm) massage. The nodes are programmed to automatically reverse direction every sixty seconds, so it’ll never feel boring. Worried about the massager overheating, or forgot to turn it off before you left the house? It automatically shuts down after 20 minutes, but don’t worry — with just one tap of a button, it’ll get back to work.
The best part? The massager is easily portable. Adjustable straps can securely attach to a chair, car seat, sofa and even bed. It’s only 3.5” thick, so it won’t take up much space in a closet or suitcase. It’s lightweight, too, so it can easily be carried from room to room. It has to be plugged into an outlet to work, though Zyllion recently released a wireless option ($55) that lasts up to two hours on a single charge.
While I mostly used it on my lower back, reviewers found that the Zyllion can help with neck pain, sore thighs, and overworked muscles just about anywhere in your body. It’s gentle but firm, and wonderful to use after a particularly strenuous workout or a long flight. Some shoppers even bought an extra massager so they can keep it in the office or in their car.
“I'm writing this review because I am about to buy my 9th one,” one thrilled reviewer raved. “This makes the perfect present for family, friends, coworkers... really whoever you are buying this for will love you for it! And so will their family members that try it out. It's really addicting to use. I'm typically running mine on a daily basis for a couple hours at a time. It also worked great with the car adapter during a long road trip- although I think I would be too relaxed to use this while driving!”
“Maybe my best Amazon purchase of the year!!” another happy shopper noted. “Bought it for my husband for Christmas but everyone in our family fights over it. The massage pressure is perfect and the heat option takes it over the top! We love that you can use it on different areas of your body. It’s is convenient in size making it easy to store and pull out for use. You can use it in your car, in a chair, couch, bed, etc.”
Bottom line? I’ve been using this nearly every day before bed, and it’s my favorite part of my night routine — that is, when my cat doesn’t fall asleep on the warm massage nodes.
Shop it: $45, amazon.com
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.
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