Here is my confession. I have a love affair with my foam roller (FR).
We watch TV together. We drink wine together. My foam roller knows all of my intricate and delicate body parts and does his (her?) best to take care of them.
Now it looks like FR’s got some competition. Moji has come to town. Now, FR will never be replaced, per se, but I am feeling a bit attracted to Moji. It’s offering me some things FR just cannot.
This may look like a torture device, but believe you me – it is just the opposite (although it could probably do some damage if you slammed someone in the face with it – not suggesting that).
What is a MOJI?
Basically, it is a self-massager that claims to break up scar tissue and go deep, deep, deep to immediately relieve sore and tight muscles. Apparently it “mimics the stokes of a massage therapist” (no happy ending, though). The device is multi directional – it can go sideways, up and down or in circles to hit the right spot (I’m sorry but I’m going to NEED to put a TWSS right here).
I decided to wait and put this baby to the test after my 16 mile run on Friday. I started with my calves, because my left one has been getting really tight after about 11 miles.
It takes a few strokes to get used to the Moji and to find out how to position it for the right amount of pressure. Once you find the sore spot or cramped area, you can work it. The larger balls are for deep tissue while the smaller ones are for lighter massage. I love balls. All sizes.
Yes, I used to be a gymnast. Now I just pretend to be one in my kitchen.
Next I attacked my IT bands. Those babies have been tight. Funny thing is, I don’t notice them being tight, but when I roll them, they hurt like a mother. Also, when my acupuncturist sticks a needle into them I pretty much wet myself. Again, with the Moji it took a minute to find the right spot and position. The Moji is really lightweight and easy to maneuver so it isn’t hard make it work. This video gives a better idea of how it works.
Turns out the Moji has a little sister, the mini hand held Moji.
This smaller version is awesome. Very flexible and fits right into your palm. You can apply it to your hurt spot and rub away (see me rubbing my glute in this action shot):
The Moji did seem to loosen things up for me. The claim of immediately alleviating soreness was true, although in some cases the soreness returned later. This is not a miracle tool, but it does produce some decent results after a long run.
- Without having to apply much pressure, the Moji provides a deep massage that can pinpoint certain areas.
- The Moji is a nice alternative or addition to the FR, because the balls roll smoothly over target areas in all directions. You can get a bit more specific about your target area than with the FR. Stick massagers also don’t always get small pinpoint areas.
- This thing is light and portable, unlike an FR. You could easily put in your gym bag or suitcase (although it might not make it through security).
- The Moji makes it pretty easy to reach hard to get to places like the center of your back or your hamstrings.
- I’m not certain it’s that different from other hand held massagers out there – I haven’t tried them all.
- Price. The Moji is rather expensive and goes for $69.99 (for a combo pack containing both the Moji Massager and Mini Massager). If it really works, than that is a steal, but it’s a high price point if you are not sure it’s going to do the trick for you.
Want to try a Moji and a mini-Moji? I’ve got a prize pack to give away.
- Tell me in a comment why you want to try this
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Giveaway ends April 8th. Prize can only be shipped within the US.
Fine Print: Moji sent me the product for this review and giveaway in exchange for my unbiased review.