Home spa No ta! Bizarre massage gadgets from Japan look like instruments of TORTURE
16:26 GMT, 27 March 2012
You'd be forgiven for thinking a massage would be a time to unwind, relax and forget about the stresses and strains of everyday life.
But one look at this selection of so-called relaxation aids sold by Japan Trend Shop is enough to have the opposite effect.
The Tokyo-based innovative lifestyle website offers a selection of massaging gadgets that look more like instruments of torture than relaxation devices.
Roll up: Perk up the skin instantly with the Dual Roller Platinum Body massager for use on the face, neck, arms or legs
The Dual Roller Platinum Body massager
is one such disconcerting item. The website claims that the twin-headed
gadget has been designed to look less industrial and cold than so many
other beauty and healthcare contraptions on the market, adding 'a touch
But to the untrained eye, the resulting product looks suspiciously, well, industrial and cold.
For use on your face, neck, arms and
legs these products are apparently 'HUGE in Japan, where women take
their skincare very seriously'.
And well they must, if they would be prepared to spend 192 ($306)
on a gizmo like this.
So-called 'nubs and bumps
designed to perk up the skin' turn and spin
without needing any special speed or effort from its user, the manufacturers claim.
selling point – according to its makers – is that it doesn't need
batteries so can be used in the bath.
Healing hands: This pillow uses a mould of real therapist's hands to 'straighten' the neck vertebrae
Elsewhere, there's a special foam pillow for those who'd rather self-treat than spend the afternoon with a human therapist. The healing hands chiropractic pillow are modelled on a real therapist's hands – and claims to be able to accommodate a head of any size.
'There’s no home massager with a more realistic experience than the Healing Hands Chiropractic Massager,' the site boasts.
'Based on the practice of applied kinesiology, Healing Hands works to ease neck strain and muscle tension around the base of the head, just like a real chiropractor.
Hospital therapy: This model may look like they've broken their legs but in fact this is a relaxing leg massager
In fact, the site goes on to say that
the colourful foam hands are created from a mould of real ones set in
the actual clinical position used for straightening neck vertebrae.
'Simply place your head (it doesn’t
matter how big or small) face up on the Healing Hands to feel the
therapeutic effects, which can be achieved from just three minutes of
daily use,' the makers say.
'Anyone who has felt the headaches
and eye-strain from too many hours slouched over the computer or an
uncomfortable night’s sleep can understand the value of having this home
practitioner within arm’s reach.'
Headache: Makers claim this scalp massager will erase tension and get those creative juices flowing
There's a solution for aching legs,
too, in the form of the Air Foot Pro leg massager. Resembling hospital
for broken bones this product claims to help you 'relax after a long day
on your feet'.
Depending on your needs there are three
separate massage routines available: the Knead Course which pinpoints a direct area of treatment, the
Squeeze Course which as its name suggests, squeezes the legs together while moving them up and
down. You can also use both at the same time with the combination course.
Hook, line and sinker: The Senakanbow Shiatsu Back Massager targets those hard to reach areas
But at $489 (306) it's not just the look of this device that's scary – the price is too.
Another quirky gizmo says it will 'erase troublesome tensions and get those creative juices flowing again'.
Known as the 'Head Kenzan' this scalp massager is described as 'delightful with a unique Japanese twist'.
The brush structure is inspired by a traditional tool used in Japanese
flower arranging to hold the flowers in place known as kenzan, hence the
name, and uses 92 bristles to mould itself to your head.
Captain Hook was clearly the inspiration of this next gadget, the Senakanbow shiatsu back massager.
Designed to help you reach those tough spots on your back when you need
some pressure, the website targets office workers, citing how easy it is to use at your desk.
Ace of Face: Relax AND banish wrinkles with the Akaishi Facial
There aren't many relaxation methods that banish wrinkles at the same time, but the Akaishi Facial will do just that, allegedly.
The write up reads: 'Using four extensions and eight rollers, the Akaishi Facial Massager
stimulates your facial skin and muscles with a soft touch designed to
combat sagging and wrinkles.
'Even better, it's incredibly relaxing! Used
for ten minutes at a time, its great
design fits facial curves perfectly.'
Other wacky inventions available from
the Japantrendshop.com include a Healing Hands Chiropractic Massager, a
Rejuhair Untrasonic Hair Massager and a Danbull Shiatsu finger massager
that costs a whopping $2,310 (1,447).