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    Hyperice Hypervolt Review – Good Vibrations for Some

    The Hypervolt is Great for Some People, but a Punisher for Others

    Every few years technology gifts us a praise-worthy upgrade in the electronic massage-tool department. This year my most coveted self-massage tool, the Brookstone (double headed) Thumper, is being demoted to my guest room bedside table. To replace it, I have chosen the uber-quiet, super-sexy Hyperice Hypervolt.

    I took this veritable “jack hammer” for a spin this holiday and tried it on some close relatives and I will warn you, right up front, that most everyone I used it on absolutely hated it and said it made them sore immediately.  One reason, I am guessing, is because I haven’t learned how to finesse it yet; I always avoid boney prominences, of course, but I still may have pushed too hard and used it too long on their tight, weak, dehydrated muscles… But, I also think that it’s because not everyone can take the intensity of its super power. Depth like this is something that one has to titrate into. Personally, I have been rolling on hardcore fascia rollers and therapy balls for years now. And, since I actually teach a form of self-induced vibration therapy called Therapeutic Tremoring, vibration is something I am highly acclimated to and enamored of.

    In contrast to my family’s (see Mary’s profile here) unpleasant experience with my new toy, when I used the Hypervolt on myself for the first time and targeted some of my more stubborn trigger points and ancient fascial adhesions, it worked like a magic wand.  A couple of glides over the problem areas and my pain was deleted like a misplaced phrase in a Word doc. This tool is so intense and works so well, that I actually have to adjust to using it less for a change.

    In the future, I am hoping to learn to use the Hypervolt on clients — to effect the kinds of changes I have achieved on myself — but, I will first need to find some willing guinea pigs to extract the secret to finding the Goldilocks zones on others.

    In a nutshell: I highly recommend this tool for the seasoned and the skilled…but I also highly caution against it for the precious or untrained.

    Need it? Buy here.

    Mary P Shriver
    Mary P Shriver
    A trauma-informed somatic stress therapist with a clinical practice in Los Angeles, she is also a writer and an accomplished cook. Originally from NYC, her storied background includes a stint in Las Vegas as a Big Band jazz singer and Director of Public Relations for the Four Season’s Beverly Hills. Contact Mary here: www.shakeoffstress.com
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