I have always found I benefited from a deep tissue massage. When working in my more boutique workplaces, we would have heavily subsidised 15-20 minute back massages every fortnight in the office. The good ones would get right in there with their thumbs and elbows, while the not so good ones would give a formulaic “back rub”.
Unfortunately for me the waiting list for the local (good) masseuse is … rather long, and they’re not exactly cheap. Which is good, they are worth the money, only it’s money I don’t have for regular massages. So when a shiatsu massage pillow came up for sale on one of the facebook groups I’m on, I leaped at the chance!
I’ve had it for just over a week now. I’ve used it every night. It is amazing.
The first night I wholeheartedly over did it. I slowly worked my way down my entire back, pressed the shiatsu balls to my hips and legs, to the pressure points around my knees. It was too much at once, and while I felt sick the next day, I also felt less painful.
I’ve used it almost every night since and I have seen a tremendous improvement in my overall wellbeing. I typically spend an hour slowly working my way down my back. I really notice when I haven’t done my lower back properly – my hips ache a lot more if I haven’t. I go all the way to the ischial tuberosity in the butt cheeks. If I have time, I do the undersides of my thighs and my calves, by propping the massage pillow up on another pillow while sitting on the couch.
For me, I feel like a lot of my issues stem from nervous innervation from my lower back – these are the areas that are most affected for me, from my gastrointestinal tract downwards. It stands to reason, then, that heated massage to bring circulation and relaxation to my lower back would improve things.
And it really, really has. I haven’t been using my cane as much. I’ve been doing more, feeling better, having a clearer head, and being in less pain. It has been amazing.
I’m now eyeballing what I can get to do the entirety of my back in one sitting, instead of having to ease the pillow down step by step (and missing bits of my back) over an hour. I’m sure there’ll be something suitable!