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Sore, stiff, and tired feet are a common complaint, especially among people who spend most of their day standing. When you’re tired at the end of a long day, there’s nothing like a foot massage to relax you and relieve some of your pain and tension. It’s difficult to administer an effective foot massage yourself, so that’s where a shiatsu foot massager machine comes in handy.
Foot massager machines make it easy to administer custom foot massage, all at the touch of a button. You simply set the machine on the floor, slip your feet into it, and turn it on. A good foot massager offers multiple levels of intensity as well as different types of massage. Some even have heat.
The Cloud Massager is a cut above the rest. When it comes to foot massagers, this model stands out from the competition with its generous options for customization, effective combination of heat and compression, and its versatility as both a foot massager and calf massager.
We took a critical look (and massage) at the Cloud Massage shiatsu foot massager machine to learn how it works and to see how it stacks up against the competition. Here are our thoughts on why this massager stands out.
Cloud Massage Review
Foot massage machines come in many different forms. Some feature a fully enclosed design that require you to insert your whole foot into the machine while others require you to simply rest your feet on top of a vibrating pad. The Cloud Massage falls somewhere in between. You place your feet in the machine, but it isn’t fully enclosed. This open design also means that you can use the machine for calf massage.
What makes the Cloud Massage shiatsu foot massager machine stand out from the competition is its versatility. Not only does it offer five pre-set massage modes, but it has three intensity levels.
This massage machine utilizes deep-kneading action using the latest Shiatsu technology. The user can choose from compression therapy, rolling massage, sway function, and heat to create a completely customized massage experience. The adjustable bar enables you to find the position that’s most comfortable for you and you can even set the machine upright to massage the calves.
While the Cloud Massage machine is an excellent choice, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons of such a major purchase to ensure that it’s the right choice. Here’s a quick overview of the pros and cons.
Pros of the Cloud Massage
- Choose from three levels of massage intensity
Cons of the Cloud Massage:
- Doesn’t come with a remote control
Overall, the Cloud Massage machine is a customizable, and functional choice. With three different levels of intensity and options to customize your preferences in terms of vibration, compression, and heat, this is one of the more versatile options on the market.
The downsides of the Cloud foot massager include the price, aspects of the user interface, and the open-foot design. Some Cloud foot massager reviews mention difficulty getting used to the user interface – some people found it less than intuitive. It’s also worth noting that this foot massager isn’t a fully enclosed model, so it doesn’t massage the very tops of your feet. It also doesn’t come with a remote.
While the Cloud Massage may not be perfect, we believe the pros outweigh the cons. If you’re looking for a massage machine that enables you to customize your massage for different concerns on different days, the Cloud Massage is an excellent choice.
How the Cloud Massage Works
The Cloud Massage foot massager is easy to set up and simple to operate. The machine arrives fully assembled so all you have to do is set it in place and plug in the power cord.
To get started with the Cloud foot massager, your unit comes with a quick-start guide that walks you through the simple four-step process.
The first step is to set the machine on the floor a comfortable distance from where you’re sitting. Place the machine close enough that your back rests against the chair or bed and adjust the support bar to the desired angle for optimal comfort. Plug in the power cord then place your feet, ankles, or calves into the machine and press the power button.
Once the unit has started, you can press the individual buttons to active the heat or vibration functions, or you can press the Modes button to activate one of five pre-set massage modes, each indicated by a solid or flashing light in one of three colors: green, blue, or red.
The five pre-set massage modes include the following:
- Air pressure and vibration (solid green light)
- Rollers and vibration (flashing green light)
- Air pressure, rollers, and vibration with sway function (flashing blue light)
- Air pressure, rollers, and vibration with increased sway function (solid blue light)
- Air pressure, rollers, and vibration with no sway function (solid red light)
Once you’ve selected your preferred massage mode, adjust the intensity of your massage by pressing the Intensity button to switch between low, medium, or high intensity. The unit has an automatic shut-off feature that ends the massage session after 15 minutes.
The Cloud Massage machine offers three levels of intensity and utilizes the following massage methods:
- Rolling massage
- Compression therapy
- Sway function to loosen joints
- Heat function to relieve tension
Included with your purchase of a Cloud Massage foot massager is a comprehensive 1-year warranty. It covers the machine from top to bottom for 1 year from the date of purchase, including parts and damage. You can register your massager to activate the warranty on the Cloud Massage website.
Here are some simple tips for using the Cloud Massage properly:
- Always wear socks and long pants when using the machine.
- Start out at the lowest intensity and adjust to your comfort level.
- Only use the massager in a seated position, never standing up.
- Limit your use to 15 minutes at a time up to 3 times per day.
- Wrap your feet in soft cloths to provide more padding if desired.
Because the Cloud Massage foot massager offers so many different modes and levels of intensity, it may take some time to find the settings that work best for you. The best place to start is generally one of the pre-set massage modes. Select one option to start and work your way through to find the ideal combination of settings and intensity.
If you find the three intensity levels inadequate, there are a few things you can try. To reduce the intensity, try wrapping your feet in soft cloths to provide more padding. If you desire a higher intensity, specifically for calf massage, lay the machine flat and lower your calves into the machine.
Benefits of Using a Foot Massager
Nothing feels better after a long day on your feet than a foot massage. A massage doesn’t just feel great, however, it also provides health benefits and can enhance wellness. Massage has a long history of practice in many cultures and was one of the earliest tools developed to naturally relieve pain.
When properly administered, massage therapy has the potential to relieve many types of pain including neck and shoulder pain, lower back pain, and arthritis pain. It increases circulation, relieves muscle tension, and supports relaxation.
Foot massage in particular may help with the following conditions:
- Diabetic neuropathy
- Edema (swelling) in the feet and ankles
- Heel spurs
- Raynoud’s Disease
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Joint pain
- Post-injury recovery
- Plantar fasciitis
Foot massage, also referred to as reflexology, may also help reduce the effects of depression and anxiety and may help relieve headaches and migraines. Reflexology is the practice of applying pressure to specific areas on the feet and hands which have an impact on the health of related parts of the body. It also has a general relaxing effect.
There’s no denying that a foot massage always feels great, but there’s a stark difference between a good massage and a great one. The Cloud Massage shiatsu foot massager machine not only delivers both foot and calf massage, but it is highly customizable. If you’re looking for a foot massager that gives you complete control over your massage experience, look no further.
Frequently Asked Questions
How to use Cloud foot massager?
To use the Cloud Massage foot massager, you simply set the unit on the floor, plug it in, and adjust the support bar to your preferred position. Then, place your feet in the machine and turn on the power. You can adjust the massage mode and intensity level as desired.
Who is a foot massager good for?
A shiatsu foot massager is great for anyone who wants to relax and relieve pain and tension in the feet and calves. It is particularly good for people who can benefit from increased circulation in the feet and legs and may help speed recovery after foot or ankle injuries.
What is the maximum calf size it will fit?
The Cloud Massager works for calves as well as feet if you adjust the positioning of the unit. It fits calf sizes up to 18 inches in diameter.