This is a sponsored post.
Confession: I do not like massages.
Or rather I like getting massages, but I don’t like giving them. I find them tiresome and hard work, and anyone who does it professionally is pretty close to a super hero in my book. I mean having tough finger muscles is on its own, very impressive.
Now to be fair; I don’t mind giving the odd one (to Boatman that is; I’m not fond of touching other people), but I do get frustrated if they become a regular thing. Which when you have a husband whose back has a propensity to tighten up quickly, and a physical job, is pretty much a done deal.
Poor Boatman; he is almost too scared to ask me to give his shoulders a rub, such is my frustration at having to take time away from important things (like blogging), so that I can torture my thumbs. Being the long-suffering sort that he is, he was only asking every two to three days, but the knots on the shoulders were evidence he really needed more help.
Enter the magic pillow. (Otherwise known as a Technogel Contour Pillow.)
When I got the PR pitch for this pillow, I initially overlooked it, because, hello? Pillows are boring! I watched some infomercial thing on pillows on the morning show the other day, and if I hadn’t been wondering how they did it, I would have left the room. Honestly, who wants to read about pillows? (On a side note, I’m now finding pillow technology a wonderfully interesting thing. It pays to have an open mind.)
And then I thought, ‘what if it’s actually a decent pillow, and I can give it to Boatman as a present, and get brownie points (for giving him a flash pillow), plus save my thumbs?’ Not that I was really holding my breath because we’ve gone down this road in the past and its done nothing, but it was worth a shot.
Now I get what a reader expects when you read one of these type of posts. The general formula for sponsored posts goes like this:
I get it. It’s tired, it’s boring, you all think I’m required to say the pillow was great, blah blah blah.
Well you’re wrong. Because it wasn’t great. Honestly, I opened it and apart from being impressed by its weight (why is it that heavy pillows are impressive?), I found it uncomfortable. It’s not great for me, but I’m a side sleeper and this is for those who prefer to sleep on their back. My initial thought was, ‘it’s a little disappointing.’ (There are pillows for side sleepers I’ve since found out. And mattresses too. I’m keen to give them a go.)
That was not Boatman’s thought. He was like a little kid at Christmas and instantly declared it the best pillow ever. Sceptical Jess on the other hand, was reserving judgement until after she was no longer required to give bi-nightly neck-rubs.
Well a month after receiving it, I can tell you this.
This is not a fantastic pillow.
It is not an incredible pillow.
It’s not even an amazingly awesome (to borrow a phrase from Bridie) pillow.
It is a magic pillow.
Magic I tell you.
In fact, I’m kind of convinced that the gel inside of it, is made by fairies. In some part of the world there is a field where Tinkerbell and all her tinker gal pals (and fellas too-let’s not leave them out), are making magic pillows for people, so that their other halves aren’t spending hours a day tormenting their hands trying to work through steel like muscles.
The relief it provided Boatman, literally came over night. He felt it in his neck and shoulders, and I also felt it when I gave them a massage a few days later. He still needed a rub in the initial week, but he hasn’t needed one since. (Apart from one night where Ava climbed into bed and stole the pillow. He wasn’t happy. She slept great. 🙂 )
Unlike memory foam pillows, the Technogel Contour pillow is filled with a gel that supports weight better and springs back after use. Honestly, I’m not a hundred percent sure how it works, I just know that it does. Because it’s magic.
Really that’s all I care about, the magic.
That and the fact that I can now resign my position as part-time masseuse, and return to part-time-wishing-it-was-full-time blogger.
Technogel products are available for purchase at Snooze retailers and selected allied health professionals.
Have you ever had a magic pillow?
Where do you stand on giving and receiving massages?