Is Vitamix Worth It?

Is Vitamix Worth It?

Is Vitamix worth it? In this review, I’ll describe the pros and cons of this popular blender and my experience with it. To start with, I was considering getting a Vitamix blender for several years already, but I was reluctant because the price seemed rather over the top to me. I had a common blender for my soups and sauces, and a Nutribullet for making my smoothies.

The Nutribullet could blend my smoothies pretty well, so I didn’t really understand what the fuss about Vitamix was all about. However, when a close friend of mine got her Vitamix and I was able to witness directly what this machine was capable of, I finally made my decision, started putting some cash aside each month, and eventually purchased the model 3500 from the Ascent series. There are many different models and sizes of the Vitamix blenders, so it’s a good idea to take your time and select your favourite. For me, the A3500 ticks all the boxes and shall explain why in this review.

Vitamix A3500

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Product: Vitamix Ascent 3500

Dimensions: 20.5 x 28 x 43 cm

Container Capacity: 2 litres

Main Benefits: Eating healthier and enjoying it

Price: $599.95 or £695

Available from: Amazon US / Amazon UK

My Rating: 9 out of 10

Much More Than Just Smoothies

Compared to the standard blenders, I was highly impressed by the spectrum of possibilities that this blender offers.

Unlike Nutribullet, you can throw huge frozen chunks of fruit or veggies (or plenty of ice cubes made of water, lemon or lime juice) into your Vitamix and the blades will pulverize it within seconds, releasing the flavor as well as making the drink nice and chilled.

The Vitamix completely won me over when I made my first Tahini, which tasted even better than the one from the health food shop. The only ingredients I needed were lightly toasted sesame seeds, (not even oil), and the result was a real, fragrant and tasty tahini. The essential ingredient for homemade hummus and halva!

Tahini made with Vitamix

My first Tahini made in Vitamix

Another great surprise was ice cream, which Vitamix can make in about 30 – 50 seconds. I made a really nice vegan chocolate ice cream, and my – very picky! – husband said it tasted better than his favourite Booja Booja vegan ice cream.

Chocolate ice cream made with Vitamix

Straight after the chocolate ice cream, I made frozen yogurt (with greek yogurt and frozen pineapple pieces) sweetened with agave syrup. The memories of me sitting at my favourite frozen yogurteria came back instantly, and what I spooned out of my Vitamix tasted at least as good, of not better, as the high-street treat.

Frozen yogurt made in a Vitamix
Frozen yogurt made in Vitamix A3500

Freshly made frozen yogurt

Superfood Breakfast

And now to actual smoothies: My husband and I are completely addicted to our morning elixirs of life. The best thing is that you can smuggle the healthiest of ingredients into a really tasty smoothie.  Spinach, turmeric, spirulina, Chia seeds, cashews, even flaxseed oil…basically all the superfoods you can think of, which you probably wouldn’t fancy consuming on their own.

You can throw frozen chunks of fruit or vegetables or several cups of ice-cubes into the Vitamix jug without worrying about straining the machine; the strong blades will smash it within seconds. If you do the same with standard blenders, you may end up with a chunky drink, not the cloud-like, velvety smoothie that you get from Vitamix. Plus, you might damage the regular blenders by forcing them to process the hard parts, such as ice cubes or frozen fruit or veg.

Vitamix green smoothie ingredients

Our morning green supersmoothie – before

Vitamix green smoothie
Vitamix green smoothie

Our morning green supersmoothie – after

Blueberry smoothie made in Vitamix

A heavenly blueberry smoothie

Delicious drinks like this will help you kick start the day and keep you energized and in a good mood for much longer than a coffee or tea would do. Plus, it’s so much more nutritious, healthier option than caffeinated drinks. I can’t deny my love of good quality coffee, but after learning what happens in your body after ingesting caffeine (see my article The Physiological Effects of Caffeine) I now treat myself to coffee only once in a while. I also stopped craving coffee since starting a regular meditation practice, which I’ve written about in the post The Physical and Psychological Benefits of Meditation)

How About Nutribullet?

A friend asked me why I got Vitamix when I already have the much cheaper Nutribullet to make my smoothies. Let’s make it clear – I really like Nutribullet and bought one in 2013. It does make great smoothies. I recollect with fondness my morning journeys to college on the London bus, while slowly sipping my freshly made Nutribullet smoothies which energized and kept me well focused in my class, and kept me going for hours.

However, unlike Vitamix, Nutribullet doesn’t crush ice cubes or whole chunks of frozen food. It certainly cannot create ready-to-serve ice cream or steaming-hot soup. It can mill nuts, but it cannot create nut butters or crate a creamy consistency out of seeds. I realised that after making my first (and I must say, amazing) tahini in the Vitamix.

You’ll Start Eating Healthier Spontaneously

The amount of stuff that you can make with Vitamix is mind-blowing. You can base your whole diet on it, and you’ll naturally start eating in a much healthier way, while genuinely enjoying your creations. You can make nut butters (e.g. peanut, cashew, almond butter), guacamole, tahini, hummus, baby food, all sorts of sauces, bread and cake dough, and soups.

Vitamix can actually make a steaming-hot soup in about 6 minutes thanks to the high-power friction of the blades. I haven’t tried this feature yet, because I prefer chunkier soups made with a hand blender, and somehow I don’t want to become too lazy with my cooking, but if I’m ever stuck for time, I know the option is there.

You can also use the Vitamix for chopping. Juts drop the food (e.g. onion, garlic) through the small hole at the top of the container into already spinning blades. The blender can mill seeds and grind spices as well.

Hundreds of Recipes

With your Vitamix, you’ll get a free recipe book, and you can also follow plenty of great recipes on the Vitamix website. Youtube is also full of creative ideas. Discovering all the recipe possibilities is enjoyable and exciting, and I recommend creating a folder with your favourite recipes, because you are very likely to use them frequently.

Here the recipe categories listed on the Vitamix website:

Vitamix recipes
Vitamix recipes

As an example, I’ve selected two delicious smoothie recipes from the Vitamix website.

Important warning: This recipe has been designed for a high-performance blender, such as the Vitamix A3500. If you are using a non-Vitamix blender, please check carefully whether your blender is powerful enough to process hard, frozen parts, otherwise you may damage your device. For example, you cannot use these recipes in a Nutribullet.

tropical escape smoothie by Vitamix
Going Green Smoothie by Vitamix

Regarding the ‘Directions’ section in these two recipes, (after ‘Ingredients’) please note that with the model A3500 you won’t have to increase the speed manualy (unless you wish to.) You can use the smoothie preset – i.e. simply press one button and everything will be done for you, including the speed increase. Also, the blender will stop on its own after 50 seconds, so you can go away from the blender and do something else.

Smootjie preset on Vitamix A3500

The Vitamix App – Even More Recipes and Presets

As this was not enough, you can explore over 600 recipes on the Vitamix app that you can download for free. Below is a screenshot from my mobile, presenting the app. Using your mobile or iPad, you can pair the app with your Vitamix blender via Bluetooth.

Apart from a crazy amount of recipes, the app will also give you 17 preset programs. The Vitamix Ascent 3500 comes with five preset programs for smoothies, hot soups, frozen desserts, spreads, and self-cleaning, and the app will add additional ones, such as dry chopping, nut butters, baby food, spice grinding, and more. You may just well open your own ‘conscious food’ chain!

Vitamix App
Vitamix App presets

Below are some examples of the recipes from the Vitamix app. This shows that the blender is certainly not limited to just smoothies. Now you can make your own salsa, guacamole, hummus, all sorts of sauces, dressings, and marinades, jams…you may be surprised by what you’re suddenly capable of!

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A Closer Look at the Features

After all the recipe madness, let’s have a closer look at the features, to understand what makes this machine so powerful and how to actually use it.

If you want, you can watch a short presentation video by Vitamix first:

64 Ounce (2 Litres) Container

You’ll get a generous size container made of BPA-free plastic. The container feels very sturdy and safe. The lid clips onto the container. If you happen not to close the lid properly, the smart machine won’t start, and will show a ‘no entry’ icon in the top left corner of the display. This is a very useful safety feature, which could prevent splashing your dark green smoothie all over your kitchen walls.

Vitamix A3500

1380 Watt 2.2 Hp Motor and Powerful Blades

The power of the motor, together with specially designed blades that don’t just cut through the food but smash it/pulverise it, makes it capable to crush even large chunks of fully frozen food. The motor power is also the reason why the machine gets quite loud at the high speed. Fortunately, you don’t usually have to use the high speed for more than 30 – 50 seconds.

Vitamix Ascent blades

Self-Detect Technology

The blender won’t start unless the container is placed correctly and the lid is fully closed, which is a great safety feature, helping to prevent disasters of the kind ‘your flat being freshly painted in dark green by your morning smoothie’. The blender will also recognise what size of the jug is sitting on it, so if you have purchased a tiny jug for grinding spices  or making very small amount of baby food in it, the machine won’t start (as a safety precaution) if you select an 8-minute pre-set for making hot soups, for example.

10 Speed Dial

If you don’t want to use the pre-set buttons, you can use the manual speed dial. If you read in one of the recipes ‘Select Variable 1’, this refers to the speed number on the manual dial. The dial has 10 speeds. You usually start blending on a low speed and then turn the know to its higher speed (10) until you reach the desired blending result.

Touch Controls

The touch controls make the machine look sleek and also easy to clean. The only downside of this, I think, is that it’s not suitable for the visually impaired. (Fortunately, there are other Vitamix models with more manual controls available)

Tamper

The tamper is used for pushing ingredients towards the blades. You usually use it when making ice cream, which requires only about 30n seconds of blending on high power, (if you left it blend longer it would start melting) and within those 30-ish seconds you push the ice and other frozen bits towards to blades. You can also use it to make nut butters or tahini – you’ll help to push all the nuts or seeds closer to the blades.

5 Blending Presets

This is a v very useful feature if, especially at the start you are not sure how long and with what intensity to blend certain things, e.g. ice-creams. In the case of ice-creams the preset is especially helpful, because if you use the manual controls, you may overblend the icecream, which will result in melting (due to the heat caused by the friction of the blades) and you’ll end up with a smoothie instead.

But even if you use a preset that has specific timing preprogrammed, you can turn the machine off any time you wish.

Five preset programs for Vitamix A3500

Timer

You can set the timer to a required length (through the plus and minus icons) and let Vitamix do its job. It will turn itself off automatically after the required length of time. This is one of my favourite features of this blender – the fact that I don’t have to stand next to it amidst all the noise, but do other things or even leave the kitchen if I wish.

The Pulse Function

The pulse function is very useful if you don’t want to over-blend your food. If you press the pulse button shortly, it will generate a quick burst, which is ideal for keeping the right consistency of the food. I have created a short demonstration video where you can see me using the pulse function to grind coffee beans.

10 Year Warranty and 30 Days Money Back Guarantee

The warranty provides you with peace of mind for 10 full years, and the 30-day guarantee gives you enough time to try and test the blender (and probably become a Vitamix addict).

Bluetooth Connectivity

The Vitamix Ascent 3500 is connectible via Bluetooth to your mobile or tablet, so you can download the Vitamix app with 17 presets and over 600 recipes.

vitamix ascent 3500

Sneak in All Sorts of Healthy Supplements

I also consume really healthy supplements that I would previously find quite unpleasant to eat on their own, such as Flax Seed oil, full of Omega 3 fatty acids, which are great for your cardiovascular health as well as skin and hair! Add a tablespoon of the oil into your green smoothie and you will never notice it. You’ll only start receiving compliments on your shiny hair.

My smoothies also mercifully hide powdered superfoods I had always wanted to eat but couldn’t bear it: Spirulina, turmeric, lucuma, maca…all get blended in the smoothie, and you wonder why you’re feeling great all morning juts after one glass of tasty green smoothie.

Imagine what all this could do to your health, especially your children’s health. A lot of kids hate greens, but all kids love getting involved in creating yummy treats!

Imagine treating your friends and family to a freshly made, delicious ice-cream, impress them with home-made almond/peanut/cashew butter, and never again have to buy baby food from a supermarket?

More Fruit & Veg in One Go Than in a Whole Day

For me personally, the fact that since getting the Vitamix3500i I started eating much healthier, (and profoundly enjoying it), which is leaving me feeling more energized and happier, completely justifies the price. Through my morning green smoothie only, I now consume more vegetables and fruit in one go than I used to in an entire day!

Green Smoothie by Vitamix

Your Investment Will Pay Off

The purchase price will pay off eventually – you won’t need to buy expensive smoothies from the supermarket (which are mostly apple juice anyway) or even more expensive smoothies from the juice bar. Also, you won’t waste as much food as you would previously; if you can’t consume all your fresh fruit and veggies, just freeze it for a delectable smoothie or ice-cream.

And, above all, your investment will also pay off in a much more important way – through your improved health, better moods, improved focus, and a happier frame of mind thanks to all the nutrients fuelling you up.

In the same way as you’d want to feed your baby the safest, healthiest baby food, give your pet the optimal nourishment, your car the most appropriate fuel, your body and mind equally deserve the best nutrition, so you can show up in the world at your best. You will have more energy and feel better overall, so you’ll have more to offer to the ones near you.

People will be positively affected by your good energy. If you sometimes think you have nothing to offer, then try to remember the time when your spirits were simply lifted by the presence of some really nice person. Someone who felt happy inside and shared that lovely energy with you. You can now be this person.

My Vitamic A3500

The Vitamix A3500 in my kitchen

Well Worth the Wait

Do I regret not getting my Vitamix much earlier? No, because only now, after years of using other blenders, I can truly appreciate everything it can do. I still have a fresh memory of all the bitty, lumpy, crunchy smoothies that my old blenders couldn’t fully process, and now I relish my super smooth, silky Vitamix smoothies, (plus sauces, dips, and nut butters) ten times as much.

Also, had I purchased one a few years ago, I would have most likely got an older model, and miss out on the super-sleek looking, space-saving, yet still generously-sized Vitamix Ascent 3500.

Conclusion

So back to my initial question: Yes, for me, Vitamix 3500 has been completely worth it. I am enjoying my food twice as much. I’m much more creative in the kitchen but saving a lot of time at the same time. I have started eating much more healthily without even realizing it. I do encourage you to try this amazing blender out, and if for any reason you don’t like it, simply return it within 30 days. To your great and long-lasting health!

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Share Your Thoughts

I would love to hear your thoughts or share your experiences with Vitamix or other blenders. Just leave a comment below and I’ll get back in touch with you as soon as I finish my frozen yogurt!

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POINTS Review: Acupuncture Points and Charts

POINTS Review: Acupuncture Points and Charts

If you have been searching for high-quality software and app with the topic of acupuncture points and charts, you may find this review useful. POINTS Acupuncture Reference software is a comprehensive, user-friendly, and very helpful tool for:

  • Anyone in need of getting rid of pain
  • Anyone who’d like to learn about self-healing and improving their health
  • Students and professional practitioners of acupuncture or acupressure
  • Anyone with an interest in ancient healing techniques

 

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Product: POINTS – Interactive Acupuncture Software

Available from: MIRIDIA Acupuncture Technology

Main Benefits: Pain Relief/Relaxation/Clearing Out Toxins

Price: £99/£79/£39 (limited time special)

My Rating: 9 out of 10

Acupoints, Acupuncture and Acupressure

First of all, let’s have a quick look at acupoints, and the difference between acupuncture and acupressure.

Acupoints:

  • Acupoints are small points on the surface of our body.
  • They have less electromagnetic resistance then the rest of the skin, (which is measurable by specific electronic devices) so when they are stimulated, they and trigger healing or pain relief.
  • They are detectable by infrared light.
  • They are located on the body’s energy pathways, knows as meridians.
  • I like comparing meridians to motorways, and acupoints to service stations.

Acupunture:

  • Uses small needles to stimulate acupoints.
  • It must be carried out by a professional – a licensed acupuncturist.
  • An acupuncture session can be expensive and may be quite time consuming
  • A qualified acupuncturist may not always be available when you most need it

Acupressure:

  • Uses pressure or massage to stimulate acupoints
  • You can use acupressure at home or anywhere else as a self-healing tool
  • Unlike with acupuncture, you don’t have to be as precise in terms of locating the point correctly

What Acupressure and Acupuncture Have in Common:

All the acupoints are the same, whether you use acupuncture of acupressure.

They are both based on the knowledge of traditional Chinese medicine.

Both acupressure and acupuncture can be highly effective and facilitate deep healing or pain relief.

Both acupressure and acupuncture have their foundation in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), where it has been practised for over two thousand years.

The principle behind the method lies in activating the body’s self-healing mechanisms to alleviate pain and treat illness.

Both acupuncture and acupressure stimulate the body’s acupoints (also known as pressure points). These points lie on fixed pathways or channels of energy, known as meridians. These energetic pathways are detectable by CT imaging methods, including MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), LCD thermal photography, infrared imaging, or ultrasound. They can be even visible to people with extrasensory perception abilities, such as the master energy medicine practitioner Donna Eden, who can see energy.

What makes acupuncture and acupressure work is the fact that each meridian pathway is energetically connected to a specific organ. (That’s why the points are named after the organ, eg LI = Large Intestine). Each meridian sends its energy and thus nourishes, a specific organ. Working with individual points that lie on the meridians (by applying pressure to them or needling them) can trigger multiple healing processes. It’s like switching a single light switch that will cause the whole room to fill with light. You can become your own body’s ‘electrician’!

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POINTS – Interactive Acupuncture Software

As a student of energy medicine and holistic healing techniques, I am very interested in the systems that acupuncture and acupressure and based on. I like finding acupoints and using them to alleviate pain or detox the body. My favourite acupoints chart is the folding laminated accupressure chart by award-winning medical illustrator Vincent Perez.

accupresure points and meridian chart 2

But I also wanted to know what points to use for specific problems, and learn more about each of the points. So when I came across the website of Miridia Acupuncture Technology and found out about the POINTS software, I knew it was the very tool I’d been looking for for months.

points - interactive acupuncture software

A Brief Overview of POINTS

POINTS It is a reference tool that you can download to your computer or laptop, or you can get an app for your iOS devices.

Through POINTS, you will learn about practical use of acupoints.

The software (or app) contains complete information about all 361 acupoints and the treatment protocols related to each of the points.

You will also learn about the acupoints energy pathways, also known as channels or meridians.

POINTS will enable you to:

  • Understand the function of each acupoint
  • Search for a health problem in the list of symptoms
  • Locate the acupoints related to the symptom and treat it using acupressure (or acupuncture if you are a qualified practitioner; POINTS also contain needling instructions for every point)

I’ve got the iOS version of the software and I can easily say that POINS is one of the best interactive reference tools currently available.

points - interactive acupuncture software

How Can You Treat Yourself with Acupressure

Don’t worry if you are not a licensed acupuncurist. You can equally benefit from all the knowledge in POINTS software or app by using acupressure.
Once you know what issue you’d like to treat, look it up in the POINTS app and find the related points. (You can use the search tool in the app.)
Then, follow these steps:

 

  • Using a circular motion, apply pressure on the point for five seconds. Keep the pressure firm, but not painful.
  • Do this three times.
  • This cycle can be repeated several times a day.

Exploring POINTS

Now, let’s have a closer look at the software so you can start using it straight away. The POINTS software consists of three sections:

  • Points
  • Protocols
  • Charts

 

points, protocols and charts menu from Points acupuncture software

When you click on ‘Points’, a list of all the meridians and their related acupoints will appear (in their abbreviated form).

There are 14 of the main meridian names and 42 extra points.

points, protocols and chlist of acupoints names from Points acupuncture software

The 14 Meridians and Points Names

If you are not familiar with the abbreviations of the main meridians and acupoints, here is a quick reference list:

LU – Lung

LI – Large Intestine

ST – Stomach

SP – Spleen

HT – Heart

SI – Small Intestine

BL – Bladder

KI – Kidney

PC – Pericardium (Heart Protector)

TE – Triple Energiser (Triple Warmer)

GB – Gallbladder

LR – Liver

CV – Conception Vessel (Central Meridian)

GV – Governing Meridian

Selecting a Point

You can then click on the point of your choice. As an example, I clicked on ‘LI’, meaning the pathway (channel, or meridian) of The Large Intestine. You’ll see the entire meridian pathway as well as its acupoints.

Clicking on the blue tab ‘Information’ will reveal the main functions of the meridian. For example, The Large Intestine meridian regulates elimination of solid waste, and together with the Lung Meridian controls lung function and can even influence the health of your skin. 

the large intestine meridian

This image is the property of Miridia Acupuncture Technology.

Under the picture, you will see three display options: Channel, Muscolotendino, and Internal Pathways.

Channel

This shows the meridian channel with all its acupoints, as in the photo above. When I saw this for the first time, the first thought that came to my head was “Hold on, I don’t think large intestine is in my arm…!”

No, it really isn’t. What we see on the photo is only a part of the meridian, the part that runs on the surface. The energetic pathway then continues to flow deeper in the body through internal pathways, and through these internal pathways it connects to the organ it has been named after. So now you no longer have to get confused when you see the large intestine, kidney, or lung run up the model’s arm!

Muscolotendino

This option displays the muscular and tendinous tissues related to the meridian.

Internal Pathways

This shows the internal pathways of the meridian. Every meridian has external and internal pathways. What we see in the first photo (under ‘Channel’) is the external pathway – the pathway that runs near the surface of your skin and that has the acupoints on it.

But the meridian doesn’t end there – is continues to flow deep inside the body through its internal pathways that you can see in this picture.

Through pressing or needling the acupoints of the external pathway you can influence the internal pathways of the meridian – the ones that feed the related organ – and improve the health of the organ or system.

internal pathways of large intestine meridia

This image is the property of Miridia Acupuncture Technology.

Protocols for Over 360 Issues or Conditions

There are over 360 listed issues or conditions listed in the app.

Even if you are not an acupuncturist, you can still work with these points by pressing and massaging them.

protocols form the interactive acupuncture software POINTS

Here are some examples of the issues listed in the app:

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Alcohol: Hangover
  • Alcohol: Intoxication
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Asthma
  • Autism
  • Common Cold Prevention
  • Common Cold Treatment
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Cough
  • Depression
  • Dreams: Nightmares
  • Epilepsy – During and After Seizure
  • Fatigue/Exhaustion
  • Fear
  • Fever
  • Flatulence
  • Food Poisoning
  • Grief
  • Hay Fever
  • Headache
  • Hernia
  • Hiccup
  • Immune Function (Low)
  • Impotence
  • Indigestion
  • Inflammation (infection)
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Knee: Weakness, Pain or Stiffness
  • Labour: Induction
  • Labour: Prolonged
  • Laryngitis
  • Libido: Lack of sexual desire
  • Libido: Lack of sexual desire
  • Lover: Hepatitis
  • Low Back Sprain
  • Low Back: Weakness, Pain or Stiffness
  • Manic-Depressive Disorder
  • Menopause: Hormonal Imbalance
  • Menopause: Hot Flushes
  • Motion Sickness
  • Mouth Ulcers
  • Nervousness
  • Nightmares
  • Neuralgia
  • Orgasm: Inhibited
  • Pain: Fixed
  • Pain: Tendons
  • Palpitations
  • PMS: Irritability
  • PMS: Lower Back Pain
  • PMS: Mental Depression
  • Pneumonia
  • Poor Memory: Forgetfulness
  • Post Pregnancy (various issues)
  • Sea Sickness
  • Shock
  • Shoulder: Weakness, Pain or Stiffness
  • Sinusitis
  • Sore Throat
  • Stomachache
  • Tinnitus
  • Toothache
  • Urinary Disorders
  • Vision (variosu issues)
  • Voice: Loss of
  • Weakness

(This is only a selected list from over 360 conditions covered in POINTS)

Example of using POINTS for specific issues

Let’s say you have a headache.

Under ‘List’, press ‘Protocols’ .

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Look for the ‘headache’ in the list of symptoms, arranged in alphabetical order.

Headache - search for the condition

Clicking on the issue will reveal a list of suitable acupoints that you can work with to treat the condition. For instance, if you click on ‘Headache: Frontal’, you will get an option of five acupoints that you can work with.

Headache - primary acupoints

Let’s say you select the first point offered – LI 4 (Large Intestine 4).

Clicking on ‘LI 4’ will reveal the exact location of the point through a photo as well as a detailed anatomy picture. The high-quality visuals and precision are one of my favourite aspects of the POINTS app.

Large intestine 4 - photo

This image is the property of Miridia Acupuncture Technology.

Large intestine 4 - anatomy

This image is the property of Miridia Acupuncture Technology.

Clicking on the blue tab on the right hand side,  ‘Information’, will reveal the Chinese and English name of the point, the location, attributes, functions, indications, and cautions. (For example: Large Intestine 4 should not be used during pregnancy, because it can induce labour.) 

large intestine 4 acupoint - information

An example of information about a specific acupoint. (A selected part only.)

This image is the property of Miridia Acupuncture Technology.

Another way of searching for various conditions is to use the search tool at the top right corner of the screen.

When you type in a condition or a symptom (e.g. a headache) a list of relevant points for addressing the issue will appear.

And, of course, each and every point is backed by a photo, an anatomy drawing, and detailed information, just like in the example with ‘Large Intenstine 4’.

Search-tool

PROS:

  • Easy to use with clear, comprehensive explanations of all the points and protocols 
  • A vast list of conditions and issues that can be treated immediately
  • Beautifully designed interface, real-life model in the photos, and great detail in the drawings, making it easy to locate every point with precision

CONS:

  • If you want to own both the desktop version and the app, you have to buy both of them
  • Not all the charts in the part ‘Charts’ are for beginner-friendly – some of them lack detailed information and can thus come across as incomprehensible to beginners.  

Customer Reviews 

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My opinion: Like this customer, I particularly like the search tool option as well as the extensive list of conditions under ‘Protocols’. The illustrations are great indeed.

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My opinion: One of the best features of POINTS is that it is both professional and easy to use, suitable for experienced practitioners as well as people with no experience in acupuncture.

Conclusion

Learning about the vast sea of acupoints as well as their functions can be incredibly overwhelming. However, POINTS presents all this knowledge in a simple, user-friendly way. This software may of great value to anyone – from people wanting to help themselves or others improve their condition, to students and professional practitioners of acupuncture or acupressure, and anyone with an interest in ancient healing techniques. I love this app and would recommend it to anyone.

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Share Your Thoughts

If the POINTS software appeals to you and you are considering getting it or recommending it to someone, let me know in the comments below and feel free to ask any questions. If you aleeday own the software I would love to hear how it’s been orking for you and what your protocols you have found most effective.

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The Best Back Massage Tool

The Best Back Massage Tool

If you’re looking for the best back massage tool that doesn’t require a power supply, you may enjoy my review of The Original Backnobber II. There was a time I would spend a lot of time on the road and suffered from back pain as a consequence of carrying musical equipment around. Fortunately, a friend had recommended this simple but powerful S-shaped tool that has been in and out of my travel bag since. In this review I’ll walk your through the good as well as the less desirable aspects of this handheld massager.

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backnobber hand-held massaging device

Product: The Original Backnobber ii

Available from: Amazon

Main Benefits: Pain Relief/Relaxation/Clearing Out Toxins

Price: £42.83

Dimensions: 55.88 x 33.02 x 2.54 cm

Weight: 453.59 Grams

Power Source: Not needed

My Rating: 8.8 out of 10

Overview

The Backnobber II is a popular handheld tool for self-massage, mostly for shoulder and back areas. It is capable of managing muscle pain, as well as clearing toxins out of the body by stimulating neurolymphatic reflex points and encouraging the lymph flow.

The tool is made of a strong and highly durable polymer-fiberglass composite. The ergonomic S-shape of the massager allows you to easily reach your back, shoulders, neck, and other areas to massage and manage muscle pain.

It has a special locking mechanism in the middle, so you can take it apart easily. This practical feature of splitting the device in two (by pressing the button in the middle) makes it easy to carry around or store at home.

backnobber hand-held massaging device
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How to Use the Backnobber

The Backnobber is best used the following way:

Hook one of its curves over your shoulder or under your arm. You then use its leverage to apply firm, deep pressure to the points on your muscles that need deep treatment.

I personally find it very easy to manipulate. I mainly use it to treat the muscles of my back, shoulders, or the sides of my neck. Most frequently, I hook the S-shaped Backnobber over my shoulder and massage the areas of my upper back.

backnobber hand-held massaging device

It’s quite incredible how much healthy pressure can be achieved by gentle pushing against the device. The type of pressure that would make a massage therapist’s knuckles sore can be done by you with almost zero effort.

Holding the Backnobber Horizontally

As I’ve just mentioned, you can reach your back muscles from your side by holding the Backnobber horizontally. You can start at the top and then continue all the way down your spine. Do this from both sides.

You will be pressing a large number of important acupressure points that affect various systems in your body and clear out toxins by making the lymph flow more easily.

Massaging Lower Back

To reach my lower back, I hold the Backnobber horizontally so it can reach the sides of my back. Again, I use the device as leverage to apply pressure to the points of my choice.

Lying Down

My favourite way of using the Backnobber is lying down on my back and sliding the ‘snake’ under my back. Then I just gently push down the top part and can feel a nice deep pressure. It almost feels as if the device is working on its own.

This is one of the most effective ways to clear toxins from your body and release stale energy. You’ll notice your mood lifting up as well.

backnobber hand-held massaging device

Which End to Use?

The Backnobber has two ball-shaped ends of slightly different sizes. I tend to use the smaller end for hanging over my shoulder, and the larger end for massaging the muscles of my lower back (I reach these points from the side).

Watch the Instructional Video

You can watch the manufacturer’s video explaining how the device works and what the benefits are. Just watch out for the skeleton in the background..!

When Do I Use it Most?

The Backnobber has been helping me relax my muscles in various situations. I use it after long drives, carrying heavy luggage, vacuuming the house, gardening, or long sitting sessions. As soon as my back muscles get a bit stiff and achy, I reach for the Backnobber and target the affected area.

Get Creative

You can get quite creative with the Backnobber – for example, you can even use it for a foot massage. I’ve even read some reviews which made me gasp in disbelief over people’s ‘overcreativity’ with using the Backnobber – I don’t think it’s necessary to get into further details here..!

backnobber hand-held massaging device

Self-administered Spinal Flush

The Backnobber is particularly great for a self-administered Spinal Flush technique. It’s a technique used in energy medicine and it’s incredibly relaxing and rejuvenating.

Find out more in my article Two Simple Techniques for Deep Relaxation where I describe the procedure, and where you can also watch Donna Eden showing the technique in a video called  How to Connect with Your Partner Using Energy medicine. The Spinal Flush is really worth learning, and you can either use your hands or the Backnobber device.

PROS:

  • The Backnobber ii is capable of a powerful and effective massage without the need of a power supply.
  • It’s easy to hold, and not too heavy.
  • It’s most convenient for travel, because it splits into two parts and doesn’t take much space in your bag.
  • With your Backnobber, you’ll also get an illustrated user guide full of stretching and strengthening exercises.

Backnobber User Guide

CONS:

  • The Backnobber may not be every effective if you don’t know how to use it – for example, if you don’t place it on the required areas properly, or if you don’t apply enough pressure.
  • Some users have found it unstable and wobbly, with the locking mechanism not working properly.
  • You can’t fully relax while using it because you have to operate it and apply some pressure/

Note: In order to get the best out of the Backnobber, I highly recommend watching the instruction video and read the user manual that comes with the device.

Reviews from Other Customers

Let’s have a look at some reviews from Amazon customers. I’ve selected a variety of good and bad ones, and I’ll comment on each one. It’s always helpful to hear different opinions of different customers because you make your own decision. So here we go, 12 different reviews from the best to the worst:

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Backnobber Review

My opinion: The Backnobber is indeed a highly effective device for trigger point relief. I’m glad to see that a rehab nurse has endorsed it.

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My opinion: What a lovely outcome for this man. It’s great to hear that such a simple device can save someone a trip to a chiropractor or a massage therapist! 

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My opinion: As Sarah K. points out, the Backnobber allows you to reach places on your back you would find it hard to get to otherwise. This is thanks to its S-shape.  You can detach it very easily by splitting into two parts. One of the other reviewers were complaining that this feature makes it unsteady and wobbly, but I don’t find that the case. The device also comes with quite a detailed booklet full of useful tips, so you can make the best out of your Backnobber.

Backnobber Review

My opinion: This reviewer mentions that applying the pressure hurts a bit, which is what it is supposed to do in order for it to be effective. And in my experience., it is capable of loosening the stiff muscles quite quickly.

Backnobber Review

My opinion: The two different sizes of the ends of the Backnobber is a feature I particularly like; it makes the device quite versatile. Like this man, I have also tried lying on tennis balls in the past but rather than finding it effective, I would end up frustrated whenever the balls would roll away. The Backnobber eliminates this problem completely.

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My opinion: The Backnobbers probably come in many different batches. The one I have feels really sturdy and does not wiggle. If you do get one that feels loose, return in at once and ask for a replacement.

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My opinion: I agree about the Backnobber being great for targeting specific pressure points or muscle knots, and that it is not to be understood as a substitute for the type of massage where you can fully relax, especially when being massaged by someone else or by a massage chair.

Backnobber Review

My opinion: It’s not nice reading about this unfortunate man near-accident. As he is a strong man and seemingly applies all his strength while using this device, it is possible that the device cannot withstand so much pressure. I would definitely recommend this man to get a hand-held percussion massager instead!

Backnobber Review

My opinion: This should definitely not happen with the Backnobber. I have had mine for years and it always kept holding together very well, and never snapped.  It is a pity that in this case it passed the return window and the customer could not claim his/her money back. I would always test the device excessively in the first few days after receiving it, to ensure that I got a quality product and not an item from a bad batch.

Backnobber Review

My opinion: There are many types and causes of muscle pain. Sometimes the Backnobber can be effective, other times not. As with everything, it is a matter of trial and error, and perhaps the Backnoebber is not the best tool for this person. It’s also possible that the reviewer has not been persistent enough or did not use the correct angle. He/she mentions that a percussion massager, which is probably better in this case. I have one and can’t praise it enough – you can check my review here.

Backnobber Review

My opinion: This is interesting because I’ve never found it to be ‘slippery’. I reckon it also depends on what type of clothing you wear while using it. If you have something heavily synthetic on, it is likely to be sliding about more than if you wear cotton or linen, or materials that have a certain amount of resistance.

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My opinion: Erm…sorry to hear that! 

Conclusion

As seen from the reviews, the Backnobber, however popular, is not a tool for everyone. If you don’t find the device suitable for you and would prefer something that works on its own, then get a handheld powered device, such as a percussion massager. You can read my review of one of these, called Hangsun Percussion Massager, here.

As a frequent user of the Backnobber ii, I would personally recommend it to anyone who’d like to relax their back, shoulder or neck muscles, while being ok with having to hold it and manipulate it. After all, the technique with lying on one’s back and using it as leverage requires almost zero effprt and is highly effective.

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The Original Backnobber ii

Available at Amazon

Share Your Thoughts

If you like the features of The Original Backnobber II, and think you may find it useful, try it out and let me know in the comments under this post how it’s working for you and what your favourite techniques are.

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Nada Chair Review

Nada Chair Review

Several years ago, while suffering from lower back pain, I was recommended by a physiotherapist to get a lower back support belt. Maintaining a correct posture is crucial for preventing back pain, but it is not easy to always remember to stand or sit straight. Fortunately, there are devices such as back support belts that can provide considerable relief for the back, and alleviate pain caused by stress or incorrect posture. In this post, I’ll be reviewing the Nada Chair back support.

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Back Up back support by Nada Chair

Product: Nada Chair Back-Up

Available from: Amazon

Main Benefits: Pain Relief/Relaxation/Correct Posture

Price: $49.00 

Dimensions: 11.7 x 6.9 x 2.5 inches

My Rating: 8.8 out of 10

Nada Chair Back-Up: A Simple Device for Back Pain Relief

There was a period when I suffered from quite intensive back pain – mainly in the gigging season when I used to carry my keyboard and amplifier around frequently. The pain would often last for days.

A discovery of that year was an inconspicuous, but surprisingly effective  device called ‘Back-Up’, made by a company ‘Nada Chair’, who, as I later found out, holds the World Chiropractic Alliance’s endorsement, and, as I have found out, quite rightly!

This deceptively simple accessory provides great support for the lower back and eases the general strain on the back. It allows you to sit comfortably for a long time while helping you maintain the correct posture.

Description

The Nada-Chair is essentially a lower-back support resembling a flat padded pillow. The back support is connected with two straps that you place around (or just under) your knees. The length of the straps is adjustable; the shorter you make the straps, the more tension you’ll get. The area that gets hooked around your knees is also padded for greater comfort.

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A Wide Range of Users

It is a highly effective device for anyone with chronic back pain or strained back muscles, pregnant women, people who spend long hours sitting or driving. It has even been used by NASA astronauts because of its ability to decrease back pain caused by microgravity. 

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Practical and Portable

I remember carrying it everywhere because it’s so practical. It folds into a pouch, so it’s easily portable and fits into a small shoulder bag. I would even take it with me when visiting friends and use it while chilling on the sofa. Needless to say, it quickly became a hit amongst all the back-pain sufferers. And in my case, after about a week of daily use, my back pain subsided.

How Does Nada Chair Work – And Why is it called a ‘Chair’?

The Nada-Chair is known as the ‘chair that you wear’; Whenever you move forward or backward while sitting, the Nada-Chair will follow your body. This means that even if you move, the Nada-Chair will keep supporting your lower back in a firm but adjustable way.

In a way, the Nada-Chair acts like an extra muscle that never gets tired. While you are wearing the device, your knees (with the strap around them) will be stabilizing the pelvis. The stabilized pelvis will become a stable foundation on which your spine can rest effortlessly, with its natural curves restored.

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What Others Have Said About Nada Chair

Here are a few reviews from a selection of Amazon customers who are happy with the product. One of them showed it to his/her chiropractor who is now recommending it to his patients. A user called Garland rightly recommends taking some time with adjusting the Nada Chair correctly so it doesn’t become uncomfortable. (There’s a video further down with detailed instructions on how to wear it.) 

Nada Chair Reviews

How to Use Nada Chair Back-Up:

The Nada-Chair is very simple to use. You just strap it around your knees and lower back. This creates stable back support and often provides immediate relief from the pain. And although it is strapped around your lower back, it can reduce pain in both the lower and upper back.

Here is an instructional video from the Nada Chair website:

It’s also quite fun wearing it – you can shorten or lengthen the straps as you want, and the more you shorten it, the more you can ‘swing’ in it!

PROS

Effectiveness

The Nada-Chair is effective and can provide fast back pain relief

Portability

One of the biggest plusses of The Nada-Chair is its portability and light weight. It can be folded into a relatively small pouch that fits into a standard handbag, which makes it very convenient and you may find yourself carrying it with you just about everywhere!

Affordability

The price of the Nada-Chair is, to my mind, very reasonable, provided its proven effectiveness and quality.

CONS

It May Put Stress on the Knees

Although the Nada Chair webiste doesn’t say so, I’ve heard from several sources (including a yoga teacher) that the pressure from wearing the straps for too long may put stress on the knees. As long-term sitting is not healthy anyway, I would keep the strap on for 15-20 minutes maximum, and then take a break or at least stretch the legs.

It Can Take to Learn to Use Properly

It can take some time to find your ideal position in the device and feel comfortable with it.

The Straps Sometimes Twist

The straps sometimes get twisted around the knee support part, which can be annoying.

 

Conclusion

As a frequent user of Nada-Chair, who has experienced back-pain relief after using it, I do recommend giving Nada-Chair a go.

However, this device may not suit everyone, as it requires a bit of patience when it comes to adjusting the straps and finding a correct, comfortable position. Not wearing it properly may be counterproductive; if your pelvis is not properly supported, you may end up slouching.

It’s also a pity that it doesn’t come with a complimentary part that would support the upper back at the same time, like, for example, this adjustable upper back brace.

upper back strap for better posture

A two-in-one deal would be ideal, I think! Correct posture of shoulders is very important, not the least because of the amount of oxygen we breathe in. A posture can also have a direct effect our mood and self-esteem.

Overall, I’m still a great fan of the Nada-chair as it has helped me many times to ease my back pain. I would mainly recommend it to two groups of people:

1) The ones who spend many hours sitting, either behind a computer, on the plane, or behind a counter, etc.

2) People who experience long-term back strain, like pregnant women or people who often have to carry heavy objects.

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If you belong to one of these groups, give Nada-chair a go and see how you feel after you’ve figured out your ideal position. You should feel relaxed but your back should be stabilised. Above all, I hope that you’ll enjoy wearing it as much as I have done!

Nada Chair Back-Up lower back support

Nada Chair Back-Up

Available at Amazon

Your Opinion

I would love to hear about your thoughts about Nada Chair or similar kind of back support. Feel free to share your thoughts or ask any questions in the comments below and I look forward to replying to you soon.

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Best Handheld Percussion Massager

Best Handheld Percussion Massager

In this review, I’ll be talking about the pros and cons of the Hangsun Percussion Massager. I have been using regularly for treating my muscles, especially in the back and shoulder areas. If you have been looking for the best handheld percussion massager, then keep on reading! I will also mention how to use it safely to prevent a possible unpleasant experience, and give you a special tip for a deep, highly enjoyable massage with multiple benefits for your health.

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hangsun percussion massager

Product: Hangsun Percussion Handheld Massager MG400

Available from: Amazon US / Amazon UK

Main Benefits: Pain Relief/Relaxation

Price: £24.99

Power Source: Corded Electric

Guarentee: 1-year

My Rating: 8.8 out of 10

Percussion Massagers

There’s nothing like fully unwinding and relaxing at the end of a long day with a deep massage. Although it’s not always possible to have a professional treatment by a physio, there are affordable and convenient ways to have a quality massage at home with either massage chairs or handheld devices. Among the most effective types are so-called percussion massagers, and the Hangsun Percussion Massager is one of the most highly rated ones.

The Difference Between Percussive and Vibration Massage

This device is called ‘Percussive Therapy Massager’ or ‘Deep Percussion Hammer Massager’. It is different from a standard vibration massager. So which of them is better? It is a matter of personal preference. Gentle vibration may be all you need to relax. However, if you like your muscles being massaged really deep, (especially your back muscles) then I’d recommend getting a percussive-therapy massager like Hangsun Percussion Massager because percussion is more powerful and effective than ordinary vibration. The real difference between percussive and vibration massage therapy is that percussive therapy can reach about 60% deeper into the muscle than the standard vibration massagers.

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An Overview of Hangsun Percussion Massager

The Hangsun percussion massager is a mains-powered held-held device that is capable of a deep, restorative massage. You can also use the percussion massager for a back, shoulder, leg, foot, and neck massage.

Main Features – Summary

  • Height: 16.9″/43cm; Head width: 6.6″/16.5; Head depth: 5.3/13.4cm
  • Long power chord – 98″/249cm 
  • Dual head percussion
  • 3 removable and interchangeable nodes
  • Variable Speed Control
  • Ergomomic, lightweight design
  • 3500 pulses per minute
  • Stepless speed (can be regulated during without interruption)
  • Red light
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Main Features – Highlights

A Powerful Motor

The massager produces incredible 3,500 pulses per minute, which guarantees a highly effective, deep, soothing massage, that can penetrate even a very stiff and tight muscle.  

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Variable Speed Control

You can change the speed of the percussive action from moderately slow to a high-speed percussion. What I like about this feature is that this can be done without interruption while using the massager. Simply slide the button up or down, according to your preference.

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Three Removable and Interchangeable Massage Nodes

This is one of my favourite features of the Hangsun massager: It comes with a set of three removable and interchangeable attachments/nodes, so you can customize your massage treatment by choosing the preferred type of a node.

You can choose from:

1) Original Massage Node – ideal for general whole-body massage.

2) Salient Point Massage Node – designed to focus on specific points, e.g. acupressure points.

3) Pillow Massage Node – brush-like attachment that can be used for stimulating your palms, feet, calves and other areas of your choice.

hangsun percussion massager

Dual Head Percussion

Having two massage nodes is more effective than a single head massager, especially when having a full-back, deep-tissue massage. 

hangsun percussion massager

Extra Long Power Cord

The 98-inch extra long power cord means you don’t have to limit yourself to having your massage near the ower supply, but get a great massage on the sofa or on your bed.

Andvari handheld percussion massager

How to Use a Percussion Massager

Place the massager on a required area. This should always be your muscles, never an area with bones. Unlike some other massagers, you don’t need to push the device down to make the massage deep and effective; the Hangsun percussion massager provides all the necessary force by just placing it on the body. 

The Best Areas to Massage

There are multiple areas you can treat with the Hangsun percussion massager, such as:

  • Neck and Shoulders (trapezius and deltoid muscles)
  • Upper and Centre of Back (rhomboids and latissimus dorsi muscles)
  • Arms (biceps, triceps & forearm muscles)
  • Lower Back and Buttocks (erector spinae and gluteus muscles)
  • Thighs (quadriceps, abductors and hamstrings)
  • Calves (soleus and gastrocnemius muscles)
  • Soles of your feet

A Special Tip for Massaging Your Back

If you don’t have anyone with you and want to massage your back, you can still use the massager by yourself: Just hold it over your shoulder and massage the parts of your back that you can reach.

However, you will benefit from the Hangsun massager most if you have someone who can slowly run it down your back (with your spine in the middle of the two nodes) while you are lying down on your belly and fully relaxing.

This technique is frequently used in Energy Medicine healing sessions, where it is called Spinal Flush. It is a highly relaxing and rejuvenating treatment, because it works with multiple neurolymphatic points, that, when stimulated, positively affect a number of organs and systems in the body.

You can check my article Two Simple Techniques for Deep Relaxation where I describe the procedure, and where you can watch Donna Eden and David Feinstein demonstrating the technique in a video called How to Connect with Your Partner Using Energy medicine.

PROS:

Ergonomic Design and Light Weight

Thanks to its ergonomic shape and light weight, the massager is easy to use and comfortable to hold. The device is moderately light, yet still capable of a deep, powerful massage thanks to its powerful motor and the percussive feature. The three sets of interchangeable attachments is a huge plus as well.

Extremely Effective

I’ve been using it every time my back feels tired or sore and the machine always gives me a deep, soothing massage which results in the feeling of relief and deep relaxation. My husband loves it too, and we treat each other with the Hangsun almost on a daily basis. (Warning: It can get rather addictive!)

Very Affordable

Taking into consideration its power, effectiveness, and sleek, elegant design, I think the price is a complete bargain. I have purchased several of these because they will make great Christmas presents.

CONS:

The Back Massage Requires Another Person to Hold the Device  

If you have a partner who can do the massage for you then it’s ideal, but if you don’t, you cannot fully enjoy a proper back massage. You can still reach behind your shoulders with it, but it’s impossible to have a full-length back treatment without someone holding the massager for you.

Power-Dependent 

The Hangsun massager is not battery operated, so it’s not possible to use it outside or very far from a power source unless you have an extension. (However, the cord is long enough for comfortable use at home.)

Can Cause Pain if Used Improperly

The massaging can get quite intense, especially at the muscles near your spine. If you have a partner massaging your back, they have to be careful not to run the vibrating nodes into your spine or other bony areas such as your scapula. The percussive action is quite intense and contact with a bone can be painful.

I would recommend to always place the massager on the body before switching it on, otherwise it can start jumping about and hit a bone. Once in contact with the skin, you can always ease the action up by sliding the adjustable speed slider to a lower setting.

Conclusion

The Hangsun Percussive Therapy Massager is one of my favourite devices for deep musle treatment and it always makes me feel rejuvenated and relaxed. Based on its effectiveness, multiple features, and lovely design, I would personally recommend it.

However, this massager may not be ideal for people who like just a very gentle, vibrating massage. It’s also not suitable for the ones who prefer wireless devices.

If you are considering getting this massager, be extra careful about the correct use, especially during the first few times. It is a powerful device, and can cause pain if you use it carelessly and let it hit a bony area on your (or someone else’s) body.

hangsun percussion massager

Hangsun Percussion Handheld Massager MG400

Available at Amazon US / Amazon UK

Share Your Thoughts

I would also love to hear about your own experience with massagers. Have you been using a similar handheld device, or do you prefer massage chairs or a hands-on treatment? Let me know your thoughts or ask any questions in the comments below and I look forward to getting back to you soon. Take care!

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ZIVA Online Review

ZIVA Online Review

The Ziva Technique

Product: ZivaOnline – a 15 days’ online training

Price: $399

Guarantee: 30-day Money-back Guarantee

My Rating: 8.9 out of 10

It goes without saying that meditation has become a highly popular practice. We hear about Google CEOs daily meditation practice to increase their productivity, stressed-out entrepreneurs trying to detox their system, and people from all walks of life who meditate to find inner peace. Whatever the reason for meditating is, it is always recommended to find an experienced teacher who can guide us through our first steps.

This is a review of Ziva Online – an online mediation course by Emily Fletcher, the author of the best-selling Stress Less Accomplish More who has developed an online meditation course that lasts 15 days.

Having first read the highly informative and enjoyable book, I enrolled in Emily’s course in January 2020 and benefited from her tachings on many levels. Taking this course and following the instructions step by step has had a great effect on my health and wellbeing, and I will be talking about the specific benefits in this review.

There are some aspects you need to consider before taking this course and I will be listing both pros and cons of this course, so you can get an idea if the course is for you or not.

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The Course Content

Ziva Online takes 15 days to complete. You will receive an instructional video each day which you have to complete in order to unlock the next day’s video. You cannot unlock the next day’s video in one day. I like this approach because it supports proper learning. You will concentrate a lot at just one video a day, which means that in the long run you will learn more and retain more information. You will also look forward to the next day’s video.

The videos are very engaging and full of interesting information. Emily Fletcher is clearly an expert with plenty of experience. She studied meditation and meditation teaching in India Her instructor course lasted three years, which is very clear in her teaching. I felt I was in good hands throughout the whole course.

Upon completion of the course, you’ll receive a certificate, with which you will be able to take Emily’s live training in her studio in New York. (The live training now requires the completion of the online course).

Certificate Ziva Online

What makes Ziva Online different from other meditation courses is the inclusion of threedifferent techniques: Mindfulness, Meditation, and Manifesting. Emily Fletcher clearly explains the difference between mindfulness and manifesting and guides the learner through both.

The course finishes with manifesting, which is getting clear on what we want in life and making our dreams become reality. Emily teaches specific visualisation techniques to achieve our goals.

The 15 Days’ Course  Outline:

 

DAY 1Beginner’s Mind

DAY 2 Come to Your Senses

DAY 3Patience is a VirtueDAY 4 – First Day of Meditation Training

DAY 4First Day of Meditation Training

DAY 5The 5 Most Common Things During Meditation

DAY 6Alarms, interruptions, and rules – Oh My!

DAY 7Make a Promise to Yourself…and Keep it

DAY 8The Bubble Diagram

DAY 9The Importance of Twice a Day

DAY 10Creation, Maintenance, & Destruction

DAY 11Higher States of Consciousness

DAY 12How to Make Ziva Non-Negotiable

DAY 13Thoughts Become Things (Manifesting )

DAY 14The 3 Keys to Manifesting

DAY 15YOU DID IT!

 

Pros:

Learning to meditate regularly leads to clear results, such as:

  • Better Sleep
  • Better immunity – fewer colds
  • Better mood, less reactivity
  • Improved productivity

I personally credit the course for impacting my life in the following ways:

Deeper and More Restful Sleep 

Amazingly, my need of 9 hours of sleep decreased to 7, and I no longer experience the crashed of energy in the afternoons

More Energy and Focus

I have noticed that since I’ve started meditating regularly that I am able to read with more concentration.

Increased Productivity

Thanks to recharging my body’s energy with meditating twice a day, I get many more tasks accomplished in the day. My days also feel longer thanks to sleeping less (but still feeling rested). I am also experiencing more ‘flow’ states when working.

Being Less Reactive or Confrontational

that when I get into a tense situation that would normally lead to confrontation, I am able to stay calmer and more grounded, and my need to react defensively is minimal.

Feeling More Connected to Others

Mediation has the amazing ability to release the so-called bliss chemicals into your brain. Amongst these chemicals are oxytocin (the bonding hormone) and anandamide (also dubbed ‘the bliss molecule).

If your body is flooded with these feel-good chemicals, it will be natural to feel a loving connection with others. You will also be able to forgive more easily! Again, I am talking about my own experience. This aspect of the biochemical reward of frequent meditation is truly amazing and can save and heal many relationships!

A Huge Decrease in Negative Thought-Patterns 

To my astonishment, I have experienced a really noticeable drop in the involuntary, automatic negative thoughts and inner critical commentaries (of ourselves and other people) that used to bring me down a lot. This is one of the greatest benefits of having taken the course.

Reduced Need for Caffeine or Alcohol

Don’t take me wrong, I still really like both! However, I’ve noticed that their effect on my body is much stronger since I started meditating, so I need a considerably smaller quantity of both. I’m also convinced that the fact that my sleep is much better now can be attributed to my natural reduction of caffeine and alcohol.

I Stopped Biting My Nails

I’m happy to say that my annoying habit of biting my nails has stopped! I used to bite my nails whenever I felt nervous and on edge, often after drinking coffee.

If you’d like to read more in-depth about all the ‘perks’ of mediation, check my post on the physical and psychological benefits of meditation!

Recharging with meditation15 Minutes!

Cons:

This course is expensive. For many people, $399 is a lot of money, and the price may put them of and prompt them to search for free Youtube meditation videos instead. Although I am very happy to have invested this amount into improving multiple aspects of my life, I still have to point this out. It’s a pity that this price aspect may deter quite a few people from taking the course.

What I also dislike is the 6-month limit of access to the course content, the private Facebook group, and the live calls with Emily. You’ll only get 6 months of access, after which you can upgrade, but personally, I just don’t like that feature. I have done other courses, such as the Mindvalley course Eden Energy Medicine and Jim’s Kwik Superbrain and SuperReading. With these, I have lifetime access to both the course content and all the live video calls and private Facebook groups. This generous approach is exactly why I have recommended many of my friends to join their programs.

I do understand that Emily Fletcher’s aim as a professional meditation teacher is to help us become independent meditators who don’t have to repeatedly come back to the course material and follow her along with the meditations, but I still think it would be nice to be able to revisit the course (and have access to the Facebook group and the encouraging live calls) without having to pay for it repeatedly every 6 months.

Having said all that, you can try the whole course for 30 days with a money-back guarantee which I think is pretty great, because in the space of 30 days you will you can learn to meditate and start experiencing many of the physical and psychological benefits. The course is only 15 days so you will have plenty of time to decide whether the training was worth it or whether you prefer to cancel the payment.

Conclusion:

I’ve been pretty frank in this review in terms of my opinion about the price and the 6-month access limit. However, all this can’t change the fact that taking the Ziva Online course has been one of the best investments in my life – exactly as what other reviews say about her course (which you can read here.)

With the overwhelming amount of information on the internet, it is difficult to choose the right teacher or a course. Often we just download a meditation app and stop using it a few days later, with no results. The fact is – Ziva Mediation works, and it may even surprise you how well it works. If you want to become more productive, have much more done, sleep better and in many cases need fewer hours to feel fully rested, feel calmer and more stable emotionally, I recommend you give Ziva Online a try.

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BY LUCIE DUN

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