I managed to snag a pair of YogaHands for review (I only begged a little), so of course I have to tell you all about them.
I wanted a pair pretty badly because I know that I abuse my hands a little bit and wanted to give them some love. I’m constantly typing, texting or gripping something, both as a writer and in all of the sports I’ve done (grappling with the gi requires a lot of grip work, as does squeezing the bar while weightlifting). So here’s this contraption that lets you give your fingers a nice, gentle stretch. What’s not to like?
The actual contraption is pretty simple. There’s a couple of pieces of plastic and three large pieces of foam, and you just place your fingers through Yoga Hands until you feel the level of stretch you desire, and leave it on for as long as you’d like. The foam is actually pretty firm, so your hands stay in place instead of sinking into the foam. The design is so simple that I found myself wondering why they hadn’t been invented before.
The cost is $39.95 for both hands. You can also choose to pay an additional $9.95 for a celery stick arthritis oil blend, a .25 ounce blend of celery seed essential oil and arnica oil. I’ve used arnica for bruising, but was unaware that celery seed essential oil is anti-inflammatory and anodyne. I tested it out and really liked the roller bottle; it is easy to use and gets enough oil where you want it without getting all over the place, which is nice. The smell isn’t the most pleasant, but that’s to be expected. Medicinal oils don’t typically smell like roses and cherries.
I don’t have arthritis, so I’m not sure how effective it would be (and, of course, a sample size of one is hardly representative). However, I put it on my bad pinky–the one that I thought was jammed because of jiu-jitsu but somehow stayed that way forever–and the oil definitely felt warming.
Bottom line: these are good for a gentle, prolonged stretch for people who abuse their hands, like me.