General Purpose Massager

Introduction to the General Purpose Massager, by Dr Graeme

Before we started building our massagers the manufacturers of hand held massagers for the public were mainly concerned about how they looked on shop shelves. These massagers were given as gifts, used a few times, then put in a cupboard.

Professionals found them to be ineffective, and did not recommend or support their usage. This is not our opinion. It is the findings of a UK university study published in a respected scientific journal.

As a practitioner I decided to build something that was powerful, easy to use, affordable and did a fantastic job. We started with the Deep Tissue Massager which was a purpose built machine to do trigger points and other deep focused massage. We then built our more powerful General Purpose Massager which incorporated all the deep tissue ability of the Deep Tissue Massager, but was a lot more versatile, easier to use and suitable for other types of massage as well.

You can read below about powerful motors, ergonomic designs, strong hammer mechanisms and all the other things that make it so effective and easy to use. However, I use one myself in practice, as do the professionals in most of the clinics listed in our find a clinic section. They work!!! and are built to provide practically unlimited quality massage in the comfort of your own home. I’d thoroughly recommend though that you looked at our instruction manual and other information on this website and see the benefits you, your family and friends could be getting.


McDonagh D. et al Good vibrations: Do electric therapeutic massagers work? Ergonomics Vol. 48, Iss. 6 2005

What have we improved upgrading the Deep Tissue Massager to the General Purpose Massager?

  • The key is the motor upgrade. They modified the 18w @ 2800 motor by putting in high quality bearings, silicon bushes, and adjusting it to develop much more power @ 3500 rpm. It's noticeably much more powerful, gives much better penetration, and is able to drive the new much larger heads. (Even though it's noticeably more powerful it still carries the "18w" electrical certification. As a practitioner I don't understand it, but my government accredited electrical certification consultant says it is OK)
  • Made new casings able to accommodate a larger head.
  • Made new larger heads that are larger so can work on a bigger area at once.
  • Made a flat rubberised head for comfort. It's incredibly comfortable, but we found it actually penetrates better and diffuses over a larger area than the "standard" one.
  • Included a smaller head similar to the Deep Tissue Massager heads to do "focused" work"
  • Replaced the two speed switch with a variable speed control that gives you an infinite choice of speeds. As a practitioner I'll often start slow and comfortable, then gradually increase speed as a muscle relaxes.
  • Made the casing 1mm thicker all over which has made the machine smoother and quieter.

The potential benefits

Instruction manual

General benefit related research