Futzuki claims to relieve pain in the feet by massaging the foot pads, toes, arch of the foot, and heels. It utilizes reflexology and just shy of three thousand reflexology points—or in this case small rubber nubs or nodules—to provide pain relief. Users simply step on the rubber pad and move their feet around. The result is a foot massage manifesting in pain relief and pressure point therapy to a moderate degree. This is ideally suited for people with moderate foot, knee, or back pain in particular and is a good accompaniment to traditional pain management techniques or professional therapy.
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The cost of Futzuki is $19.99 and the shipping is FREE!
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- Foot Massages
It offers a full foot massage without having to massage with your hands. Consumers can just stand on the mat and enjoy the pressure point massaging from over 2,800 small nodules.
- One Size
The pad is one size fits all. This means that the science behind the reflexology points covered with the small raised edges might not correspond to the right spots on the feet of the consumer if they are large or small. It is clearly not an exact science, but it works for most people.
How It Works
Reflexology capitalized upon zone therapy, or pressure points in the foot which connect to the rest of the body.
By applying pressure to certain areas of the feet, pain can be relieved elsewhere in the body. That said, the science behind this foot pad is sound, with clinical studies indicative of benefits.
These include reduced pain, increased blood flow to the kidneys, increased relaxation, among others.
- Not True Reflexology
The issue with this mat is that it does not accurately provide reflexology therapy.
This therapy is one designed to target specific areas of the foot, not the entire foot at once.
For example: a trained reflexologist would apply pressure to the center part of the heel to target problems with sleep. They would apply pressure to the tips of the toes for sinus problems.
With this mat, there is no option to only target one area of the body over another.
The small nodules or pressure points are more or less evenly distributed with slight variations in some groupings where the main nodule is raised. Users therefore get a full foot massage rather than specific pain therapy.
Results do include overall foot relief from pain, something especially beneficial after a long day in heels or walking around at work.
This does not, however, mean an adequate substitute for reflexology therapy with a trained professional.
- Other Mats
One of the main alternatives to this includes other reflexology mats.
They all have the same type of foot relief claims with the same pressure point design.
Some state they detox the body by way of alleviating toxins while others claim to massage pressure points like Futzuki.
Futzuki is the only one which has so high a number of precise pressure-point hitting nodules, with the raised elements for specific groupings of nodules. This is indicative of a more comprehensive design.
Alternative designs have different nub patterns, different foot shapes, and different colors. Nonetheless, these traits do not increase efficiency, only appeal or aesthetics.
The price of this mat is comparatively higher to other reflexology mats, although the lower priced products represent lower quality designs without the same range of massaging nodules or nubs.
- Reflexology Socks
Another alternative is a set of reflexology socks sold in stores. These socks utilize the same scientific theory but rather than massaging the points on the body, they have color coded sections which correspond to the area of the body in need of pain relief.
This means that wearer put them on and then massage that area of the foot. However, with the socks, wearers can massage or target a specific area rather than having the whole foot massages which is better for specific pain relief.
With this design, consumers don’t need to actively reach for their feet to massage the right spot, but instead can just massage their feet while standing or sitting on the pad.