If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen the unboxing of something that looked like it was designed for home renovations, not to help your body recover from exercise and activity.
Yes, it looked and sounded like a power tool – but it’s actually a self-massage tool designed to “to help break down knots, increase blood flow, and release stored lactic acid.”
As someone who regularly runs and lifts weights and has issues with tight muscles (who doesn’t, really), I was more than happy to test out the latest tool in the self-massage toolkit: the TimTam Power Massager.
The nice folks at TimTam Therapy sent me their Power Massager a few weeks ago, which came with a fancy carrying case, battery, charging station, and five different massage heads: a softer, rubberized tip; a flat, round metal tip designed for warming up broad muscle groups; a trigger point tip designed for specific targeting; a hot tip you can microwave to heat up; and a cold tip you can put in the freezer.
As some of you mentioned to me on Insta when I fired up the TimTam tool after I took it out of the box… it’s intense. And loud. And a bit intimidating.
It really does get into the muscle; the fast vibration feels like it almost numbs it. This happens due to the rapid and forceful motion of the massage tip, which, according to TimTam, “heavily increases blood flow to the area causing pain relief and an increasing range of motion and function.”
This kind of massage, called percussive massage, is said to have several cosmetic and health benefits, including:
- Relaxing of thickened connective tissue and fascia
- Breaking down of adhesions and internal scar tissue, present after injuries or surgery
- Increased venous and lymphatic circulation
- Elongating muscle fiber, especially when spasms, stiffness and restrictions are present
- Increase range of movement by relieving stiff muscles around a joint
Over the last few weeks, I used each tip on tight muscles on my forearm and calf every two to three days (I preferred the rubber tip as it was a bit more gentle). I also had Matt use it on my upper back, which I did not like, as I felt like it was vibrating my head too much. I tried it on Matt, and even had him bring it in to his massage therapist to see what she thought (she was skeptical).I did notice the tight spots I tested on became more pliable and no longer hurt after two weeks of use. I did not like the sensation much, nor the noise (it really does sound like a power tool), but it definitely did what it claimed to do. I could see the TimTam Power Massager being a godsend for anyone who works out regularly, has a physical job or is any kind of athlete and suffering from tight muscles. As I transition more into yoga as my primary activity, I’m hoping I won’t have a need for such a violent massage, haha!
What I liked: It actually did reduce pain and loosened tight muscles; it felt great on meatier parts of the body like the quad and calf; there was no cord or anything to deal with; it was fairly lightweight; and I liked all the different massage tip options it came with.
What I didn’t like: The noise; how you had to be careful not to use it too close to the bone; how it vibrated my skull when I tried to use it near my upper back; and the price ($399 is a bit much for a self-massage tool, but totally justifiable if you’re an athlete who competes regularly, or maybe an athletic trainer or coach who could have it available for her team and clients).
To see the TimTam Power Massager in action and some of the other things you can use it for, check out the videos below:
If you’re interested in learning more and picking up your own TimTam, visit www.timtam.tech.