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Homedics Therapist Select Sp 10h Shiatsu Pillow, Beige

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State of the art shiatsu pillow with heat Conforms to your body to make you feel human again Comes with a rotating massage mechanism and spot shiatsu for targeted massage relief Perfect for use on your neck, back, shoulders and more Relax while the soft … see full wiki

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Homedics Shiatsu Pillow

  • Jul 7, 2011
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Pros: auto shut off, heat, cleanable

Cons: comfort level

The Bottom Line:
"I'ma start with the massage (massage)
From your head to your toes, massage"
~Trey Songz

Shiatsu:  Japanese for finger pressure, used as a massage technique utilizing fingers and palm pressure and stretches.  Used to relieve stress, muscle pain, anxiety, depression, and nausea.   Sounds good to me.  I have two main back problems: the "typist shoulder" where I get a burning pain between my shoulder blades; and, acute lower back pain at the base of my spine.   That is why Diane picked up this Homedics Shiatsu Pillow for me to use while watching TV or just relaxing.

~plush cover wraps around pillow.
~four rotating shiatsu balls
~optional heat setting
~integrated controls - on/off, heat, massage, or heat/massage combined
~auto shut off after 20 minutes
~flap lifts up for more direct pressure
~two-year warranty
~measures 10.75 x 16.5 x 4.25

"Danger, Will Robinson":**
~not intended for medical use
~consult doctor first if pregnant, have pacemaker, or any serious health concerns
~not recommended for Diabetics
~do not cover while in operation
~do not use for over 20 minutes at a time
~do not use on swollen, inflamed areas or any open sores
~not intended as a substitute for medical attention
~avoid sharp objects
~do not wrap power cord around pillow for storage
~do not hang pillow by power cord
~keep out of reach of children


Store in original box in cool, dry area. 

~unplug and allow to cool
~spot clean only with damp sponge
~do not use abrasive cleaners, brushes, glass cleaner, furniture polish, flammables, or paint thinner to clean

Overall impression:
The pillow is fairly lightweight and easy to maneuver around.   You can use it to relieve multiple areas without having to adjust your position too much.   The addition of a heat factor helps sooth tense areas and the easy touch operating switch is a benefit for sore fingers. 

However, on the con side, you can't lean against the pillow while in operation [except for the heating feature only].   This rather negates the idea of receiving a relaxing massage to tense areas on the back, neck, bottom of thighs or calves, or even your bootie.  Because you can't put pressure on the pillow while the shiatsu balls are in operation you have to kind of hover and gently relax back against the pillow.

I find this makes me even more tense since I have to force my body to lean away from the pillow while also leaning into it.   This is especially bad on the lower spine area since I have to practically arch my body to avoid pressing too hard on the pillow.  I would assume the only way you could use it on thigh or calf bottoms, or the bootie, would to recline on your stomach and just lay the pillow on that area.

All the photos show the users happily sitting in their recliners using the pillow.  Rather deceptive since they don't show it from the side angle where the body is shaped like a pretzel.

All that aside, it is relaxing and does relieve the typist shoulder burn.  The heat is great although it takes a while to warm up.   I've learned to turn the heat on for a few minutes before turning the massage on and it works out fine.


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