My experience with Purse.IO

I used Purse.IO to order Fascial Dysfunction: Manual Therapy Approaches. The process is not overly complicated. The caveat is that a transaction depends on the honesty of users to complete successfully.

Purse Order
Purse Complete
Fascial Dysfunction


My Equipment

1. Tahiti Onyx superlight massage table with terry towelling fitted sheet set

Tahiti Onyx Massage Table
2. Therapist’s Thumb bodywork tool from Core Products

There are various bodywork tools in the market such as the Jacknobber, but I found the Therapist’s Thumb from Core Products to be the most intuitive tool for deep tissue bodywork. The Therapist’s Thumb was originally designed and made by Curt and Gina Nuenke, owners of BodyNiché Massage Studio.

Therapist Thumb
Therapist Thumb
Therapist Thumb
Therapist Thumb
Therapist Thumb

3. Contoured Face Cradle

I replaced the poorly manufactured original cradle that came with my massage table with a contoured one made of heavy grade steel and aluminium frame with oak wood face plate.

Face Cradle Comparison
Original ABS Plastic Face Cradle
DevLon NorthWest Contoured Face Cradle (Oak Wood)

4. Set of hard spikey balls from China

I have a set of hard spikey balls in three small sizes for specific muscle knots.

Spikey Balls

5. Digital TENS/EMS combo unit

Digital TENS/EMS

SPRI® Xercise Ball™ and the Grid™ Foam Roller

SPRI® Xercise Ball™ Elite

SPRI® Xercise Ball™

Amazon delivered my exercise ball, creased and wrinkled.

I will be using this heavy-duty, professional grade swiss ball to support my method of sanghik vyayam in the Agni (Fire) Śakti (Field).

The Grid™ Foam Roller versus 66Fit Elite Foam Roller

Foam Rollers

The Grid™ foam roller measures 33cm x 14cm in dimensions.
The 66Fit Elite foam roller measures 45cm x 15cm in dimensions.

Foam Rollers

New books arrived in the post

I received these in the post today…

Books April 2013

Theme Weaver by Michelle Berman Marchildon is a new book about weaving effective, likable narratives, in a format that is easy to use. Recommended.

21st Century Yoga: Culture, Politics & Practice edited by Carol Horton and Roseanne Harvey is a compilation of essays by various authors about the contemporary yoga subculture and the narcissistic fixation with the Body Beautiful. Essential reading for those interested in the implanted transmogrification of Yoga in modern society and culture.

Pranamat versus Shakti mat

I received a Pranamat Eco as a lovely gift from Advaita. Since I have the Original Shakti mat™ I am writing a comparative review.

Pain relief through the use of such accupressure products is based on the controversial gate control theory of pain [Ronald Melzack & Patrick Wall, 1962], which hypothesizes that the perception of pain can be suppressed by inhibiting nociceptive transmission. The controversy surrounding the theory is that the clinical or curative efficacy of the treatment cannot be proven or disproven, beyond the placebo effect.

Nevertheless, I found that the accupressure mat is effective in providing therapeutic neck support, because the prickly thorns prevent neck movement.

Unboxing the Pranamat

The Pranamat is visually appealing in all aspects and finer detail of design and packaging. For example, the thorn design of the Pranamat appears sculptured in the form of a lotus.


The original Shakti mat™ consists of flexible memory foam core that contours to the back of the neck and supports the nape of the beck. The Advaita Pranamat, however, substitutes the mattress material with coconut fibres that provide firmer backing, but it is not easily adjustable for therapeutic neck support.