Onyx and I both have back pain, which we often help each other with by massaging the other. His is generally located in his upper-back, while mine is in my lower-back, though sometimes we inadvertently swap symptoms through no design of our own. We sometimes even use the Hitachi as a back massager (unheard of, I know) to allieviate these symptoms.
When I had the opportunity to receive the Amazing Hot Heart Massager from Pink Cherry I jumped at the chance. Anything that makes massaging easier for the massager or better for the massagee was something I definitely at least wanted to try.
The massage heart also comes with a little packet of massage oil, so you don’t have to buy anything else for your first few massages with it. The massage oil was a citrus scent and very pleasant. The heart itself has a vinyl casing with pink liquid inside, which, according to the packaging, is non-toxic. There is a little metal disk floating around in the pink liquid of the heart which you are supposed to bend to activate the heat up the heart.
I bent the metal disk and immediately the pink liquid began to crystallize and heat up. The instructions say that you should knead the crystals to soften them while it heats up. The Hot Heart Massager can get up to 129 degrees Fahrenheit (54 Celsius)! Once it’s fully crystallized and heated up it slowly cools down. If you place a thin towel over it, according to the instructions, you can keep the massager from cooling as quickly.
Next: the use. First, Onyx used it on my back. He drizzled some of the massage oil that came with it and then began massaging and kneading my back using the massager. It felt wonderful. I especially liked pressure with the hot heart as that relaxed me the most. The scent of the massage oil coupled with the relaxing heat and massage was absolutely heavenly. The only negative was occasionally the edges of the heart would scrape against my skin, but they seem to curl up slightly to the front of the massager, so turning it over alleviated that for the most part.
Once I had gotten a good rub down we switched places. I drizzled some massage oil onto Onyx’s back and went to work. I found that working with the massager was very easy, and not at all awkward. The shape of it actually lent itself to holding, a finger could easily rest in the top v of the heart shape, and it was very easy to slide around his back, both softly and pressing harder. The entire heart got coated with massage oil, and it was slippery enough to slide around his back but not so slippery that I couldn’t hold on to it, partially I think because of the seam on the edge of the heart.
Once I had given Onyx a good rub down, as the heart cooled down even further, I lay down and just let the heart rest against my lower back, right where I have the most trouble. Even just sitting there I could feel my back relaxing due to the heat.
The Amazing Hot Heart Massager is not just a one time use massager, either. The instructions for use and re-use are on the back of the heart itself, which means you don’t have to worry about keeping an instruction booklet or the original packaging in order to re-use it.
To re-use you simply put the hardened massager into a pot of boiling water for 10 minutes until all the crystals are gone and the massager is back to it’s original pink liquid state. The only thing I’ve noticed while boiling is that the pink color on the vinyl gets scratched a bit, but that’s neither here nor there. Once the massager is liquidy again you let it cool to room temperature, which very slowly restores the crystals as it cools, and then it’s time for another heated massage. You can do this an unlimited amount of times, according to the packaging.
Since it’s easily reusable and such an easy addition to normal massage with advantages for both the massager and massagee I know I’m going to be using this many more times in the future. Another great feature of the massager is that it’s fairly inexpensive, and for something that can be used as many times as you’d like (assuming it doesn’t get punctured or otherwise destroyed) that’s a great deal! Much thanks to Pink Cherry for letting me review The Amazing Hot Heart Massager!