Gyratory vibrator

Massage with this type of appliance is much heavier than with percussion and audio-sonic vibrators. It is therefore more suitable for heavier work on large and bulky areas of the body. There are two main types of appliance.

^^ The hand-held vibrator: this is heavy to use as all the electrical component parts are held in the hand. It is useful for domiciliary work.

| 2 | The floor-standing vibrator, commonly called G5: this is a very popular treatment in the salon. Here all the electrical components are housed in a box, which is supported by a stand, and only the moving head is held in the hand. This machine uses a rotary electric motor to turn a crank, which is attached to the head. The head is driven to turn in gyratory motion, moving round and round, up and down and side to side with pressure, providing a deep massage. A variety of attachments is available, which screw onto the head; they are designed to simulate the movements of manual massage:

a) effleurage: sponge heads, curved and disc b) petrissage: hard rubber heads, single and double ball, flat disc, four half-ball (eggbox), multi-hard spike c) tapotement: fine spiky and brush heads.

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