Monday, January 4, 2016

Review and Giveaway: Heskier's OneTool



“Everyone experiences pain, tenderness and tension in their bodies sometimes. We intrinsically know and can identify where in our bodies we hurt.” ~ About Heskiers One Tool.

I am in a line of work that has me on my feet for 6-8 hours at a time, often lifting and carrying things around, so I have plenty of painful, tense spots in my muscles upon which to test this product and, like many people, not a whole lot of extra time and/or cash lying around for professional treatments as often as I’d like.  

The Heskiers OneTool is an ergonomic massage tool designed not only for professionals to use in therapeutic massage and myofascial release treatments, but also for laypeople to use in self-treatment. This little doo-dad is designed to mimic the shape of the hand in order to more effectively apply pressure to the body with less effort and strain on your hands, and can help you reach places you wouldn’t physically be capable of doing yourself for self-treatment.


Upon opening the box, I found a very informative pamphlet (as well as a diagram in the lid!) explaining how the various shapes made by the tool correspond to hand positions to use on the muscle groups, as well as sample self-treatments.

There is also a wealth of information on the website about how to use it, including instructional videos. I highly recommend visiting the Heskiers YouTube channel and viewing their instructional videos.

I found the “How to Use” video especially helpful to view before rubbing yourself down; despite my best efforts with the diagrams, I wasn’t quite getting it at first:



Using the instrument takes a little practice, but I found it very effective for pain relief very quickly.

The (ok, oversimplified) process for a muscle knot is as follows:

1) find the crunchy spot in your muscle that’s giving you trouble.
2) press it down with the part of the implement that is easiest to get at the crunchy spot effectively and hold it for a count of 99 (approximately a minute and a half).
3) rotate the tool to a less pointy side and sort of lightly swipe it back and forth over the freshly pressed spot for a count of 99 (also approximately a minute and a half).

It’s important to hold/swipe for the proper amount of time for the treatment to be effective, and Martin Heskier explains the reasons for this in the aforementioned instructional video (so watch it, folks).

The only problem I found with this tool for myself is that I often lose focus and get bored counting to 99, so combating this meant setting a timer for a minute and a half while I glazed over and paid attention to something more interesting to my brain.

A rousing chorus of “99 Bottles Of Beer On The Wall”, while hilariously irritating to those around you, is unfortunately significantly longer than a minute and a half.

(In case you are curious, you can get to about 87 bottles of beer in the timespan of a minute in a half, but you absolutely cannot do so without bobbing from side to side, because it is physically impossible.)

Other treatments, such as those for the face and head, are a little more delicate and require a lighter touch. I watched the instructional videos for jaw tension and facial massage, not realizing that my jaw pain was actually an oncoming sinus issue (this happens to me sometimes).

So I followed the techniques shown in the video and felt better afterwards, then my sinuses just gushed a surprise post-nasal goo that did not sit well in my stomach. I don’t know if this was a good thing or a bad thing, but it was an unexpected thing.

For the pro bodyworkers out there (or those thinking of becoming one) who are interested in learning more about the OneTool and the Heskier’s Method and possibly integrating these into their practice, the Heskier’s Academy is starting this spring, in April 2016.

A book on the Heskier’s Method is also being published at the same time. For more info on either of these, click here: Heskiers Academy.  

If you'd like to try one of these handy little tools, you can purchase directly from their site for $69.99 (free shipping within the US) in your choice of white, black or orange.  In addition, Heskiers is generously offering one tool to each of THREE of our readers in the US!  Read on to see how you can enter to win.

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To enter the giveaway, you must leave a comment in this entry as instructed by the Rafflecopter below, then leave the name you commented under and your email in the box in the Rafflecopter entry. (This allows us to contact you if you win!) This will open up additional optional entries to increase your odds of winning.

This giveaway is open to US RESIDENTS ONLY and will end just before midnight ET on 1-18. 

The winner will be notified by email within 24 hours after the end of the giveaway. In order to claim the giveaway prize, the winner will need to respond within 24 hours of notification, or an alternate winner will be selected.

Once the winner has responded and confirmed, their first name will be posted on our Giveaways page.

Good luck everyone!

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40 comments:

  1. This would be great right now after just running a marathon!

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  2. Wow. What a cool product. I learned that is an ergonomic massage, acupressure and myofascial release tool. I would use it for after working out. Thank you for the review and giveaway!

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  3. I learned that The Heskiers One Tool has been ergonomomically designed to naturally replicate the parts of the human hand and work with all parts of the body. I would really like to use this for my back and achy legs too.
    twinkle at optonline dot net

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  4. I get tension headaches and shoulder pain and would love this for work.

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  5. You know what is funny. This tool might just be the solution because I experience pain in my back sometimes and my lower back on top of my bone and I am always asking my husband to rub it side ways right on top of the bone and this type of tool would be ahhmazing seriously. I think I just fell in love with this product and going to read more about it ahhh I'm so happy.

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  6. It says that Subscribe to Heskiers YouTube Channel. doesn't exist you may want to check that and there website as well because it doesn't work on there either.

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    1. Thanks! We have contacted the folks from Heskiers and they are working on the issue. The link to the channel above (within the review) appears to be working.

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    2. Thanks. Yes it does work and is set up differently.

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    3. My apologies - I think something in the set up of the Rafflecopter didn't work out right. It's been corrected and should work now!

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  7. I learned the shape mimics the shape of a hand. I would use this for muscle knots

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  8. I learned you need to wash it with just alcohol and dishsoap. I would use it on my arm.

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  9. This might actually solve some of my dh's problems. Thanks.

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  10. i love this idea! i need to use this on my upper back

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  11. I need a nice buddy to use this on my back.

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  12. I learned that this tool can be used to relieve tension headaches and migraines. This is a great feature!

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  13. i would love to use this on my neck and shoulders to relieve muscle knots

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  14. I can't believe I haven't heard of this before! I would use this on my neck/shoulders and my lower back. I always have a lot of spasms in these areas and this looks like it would help!

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  15. I learned that Heskiers OneTool is intended to have durability for a minimum of 20 years and can be granulated and thus recycled. I would love to try it on my neck/shoulder area.

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  16. I would use this tool when my lower back cramps up and for tension in my shoulders.

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  17. Oops....I forgot to add what I learned. I learned that this tool is successfully used for sports injuries.

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  18. I can really use one of these tools. I wish I could just reach my shoulderblades myself. #productreviewparty

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  19. i suffer bad from migraines and tension headaches and my muscles get sore this would be great to ease the tension and pain i learned it has an ergonomic massager

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  20. I would like to try this on my calves. They get sore when I work out.

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  21. I learned that it is an ergonomic massage, acupressure and myofascial release tool. That sounds very worthwhile. I would use it on my aching calves.
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    Pam C.

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  22. What an interesting tool! I would use it for my lower back. #ProductReviewParty

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  23. I learned you can use this for tennis elbow, neck pain, & lower back pain. I would use it for neck pain.

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  24. ive never heard about this tool before,
    seems like a little miricale for some people though,
    myself included!!! i exprience siatica pain on a frequent basis along with all over back pain!

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  25. Aurora, this is a great review! Love learning about new products and this one is geared to make us feel better physically, which leads to better mental health too! Nothing better than that!

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  26. I would love to have my husband use this on my neck which has been cramping up lately. It would also be good for my sinus issues and my husband's back pain.

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  27. I learned that on your neck "You can also choose to use only strokes with the small curve for a more subtle treatment. This technique is recommended for treating tension headaches and migraines and can also be used on the scalp."...but I'd probably use the deep pressure for my OA neck pain. Thanks and God bless! ILuvTheEucharist (at) aol.com

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  28. I learned there's something that could possibly help my scar tissue from years back along my upper trapezius, and if that's the case, it's absolutely wonderful and I'm telling all my friend about it! acciokiki (at) gmail (.com)! ♥

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  29. I often get knots in my shoulders, so this would be AMAZING!!! I also checked out their website, and I think I have sciatica pain. I have heard that phrase tossed around but never knew where it was, and in the picture it looks like exactly where mine is sometimes. So this tool would sure come in handy.

    Thanks for the opportunity, and thanks for linking up to Fitness Fridays on Drops of Learning. Hope to see you back tomorrow!

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  30. I would use this for neck pain and hope that it would help with my husbands sciatic pain. I learned that The Heskiers One Tool has been ergonomomically designed to naturally replicate the parts of the human hand and work with all parts of the body

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  31. I learned that it was made and designed to make it feel like your hand.

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  32. i would use this tool on my neck when i get stressed to help me relax that tension. i think it's awesome!

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  33. I would use this on my hands and arms after hours on the computer

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