Naipo Shoulder Massager (Review)

Naipo Shoulder Massager (Review)

I’m one of those people that suffers with back, neck shoulder and joint pain, and it has been ongoing for a few years now. I’ve tried it all: NSAIDs, painkillers, better desk ergonomics, heat packs, Pilates, and while all of this helps (particularly Pilates), none gives such immediate relief as a proper massage.

Being somewhat uncomfortable with the very idea of stripping off and having someone kneading my back with their bare, cold hands, I wanted something a little more private and less dependent on other people. So I was very excited to receive the Naipo massager in the post recently – thank you so much, Naipo, for sending me your massager to try out and review.

I don’t think I’ve talked about it before on this blog, but I suffer from Marfan Syndrome, which is a connective tissue disorder that can lead affected people to suffer with chronic joint problems, including dislocations, and cardiovascular problems, such as aortic dilatation (I had to have heart surgery for this 5 years ago, in my early 20s.) More recently this condition has caused me chronic back pain, as well as neck and shoulder pain, that I usually treat with anti-inflammatories and heat packs, and I’ve been working on building my strength and alignment through Pilates (which, by the way, has been a hugely beneficial experience.)

But I’ve always wanted to try massage and have never really felt I could justify the expense on a regular basis, so this little contraption by Naipo is an ideal solution for me as it’s a one-off cost for a product I can use as regularly as I like. I’m really keen to try this massager because the rotating nodes and the heat from the device is supposed to be really good at increasing the circulation in my connective tissues, which in theory will help them to recover more quickly when the pain from inflammation kicks in.

What is Shiatsu massage? A specialist style of Japanese massage that focuses on pressure points. It rotates and stretches the joints to release tension. Essentially, it uses the fingers to manipulate the affected joints or muscles into a more comfortable, relaxed position. While there’s no scientific evidence to suggest it can cure you of anything, but it is helpful in alleviating symptoms.


  • Relieves tired and aching joints and muscles.
  • Relaxes body through use of heat, massage, and taking a little time for self-care.
  • Can be used in conjunction with other methods of pain relief to improve chronic conditions.
  • Stress reliever.

The Naipo Shiatsu Kneading Massager: Neck & Shoulder Massager with Heat



  • The Naipo massager has 8 nodes that rotate to knead aching muscles.
  • Heat can be applied to intensify the effect and relax the muscles even more.
  • It’s quite light and portable and can be used in the home, office, or even the car (though not while driving, of course).
  • Ergonomic U-design with handles to manipulate the pressure applied by the rotating nodes.
  • Made from sturdy material that can easily be wiped clean after use.
  • Adaptable design – can be used on neck, shoulders, back, calves, thighs or abdomen.
  • Improves blood circulation.
  • 3D rotating nodes move clockwise and anti-clockwise, switching automatically after a minute.
  • Timer set to 20 minutes to conserve power and built-in thermostat to avoid overheating.

I found the Naipo massager really easy and simple to use as all you have to do is position it where you want to use it and plug it in. It was slightly surprising that the nodes started rotating immediately at full pelt rather than gradually building up to full speed, but you can control this by pulling the handles to adjust the pressure applied to your muscles, which is a very useful feature. It really does feel like a pair of hands as you can feel the nodes getting right into the shoulder joints.

The heat gets to about 40 degrees so it’s a gentle temperature that won’t burn your skin. The package also comes with a dust guard cloth that you can put on over the nodes so you don’t get any friction from the mesh covering, though I didn’t notice that without the dust guard.


After my initial use, I ended up using the Naipo massager every day after work and it has really helped. I often get a lot of tension in my neck and shoulders purely from sitting at a computer desk all day long, so on a weekday evening this product has become an essential part of my de-stress routine. It’s so easy to use and you can just stick on your shoulders while you’re watching telly.

I cannot recommend this massager enough; it has been so helpful and relaxing and I’m so impressed by the quality of this Naipo product. I’ve just found out they have also released a really cute limited edition Christmas version, which you can also buy on Amazon here.



Starlings at Strumpshaw Fen (November 2017)

Starlings at Strumpshaw Fen (November 2017)

I had heard that large flocks of starlings have been seen most afternoons at RSPB Strumpshaw Fen in Norfolk and they had been murmarating in fairly large numbers to the delight of enthusiastic crowds – so we had to make the trek and have a look for ourselves.

For those unfamiliar with the term ‘starling murmuration’ – it is basically when large numbers of starlings gather together to roost and fly around in a strange pulsating rhythm. No one is completely sure why they do it but it’s probably because it offers them several advantages, such as safety in numbers, warmth and companionship (starlings are noisy and communicative birds.)


It’s hard to know how many birds classify as a murmaration (at Strumpshaw recently they’ve seen several thousands to 21,000) but it’s possible to get millions.

I managed to get a short video:

Starling flock & murmaration

Sorry for the poor quality – I don’t think me and my new camera are quite sympatico yet!

A few shots of the setting sun first of all:



The reedbed outside reception hide. Note the cormorant spreading its wings.



The first starlings begin to arrive.



The flock thickens



A marsh harrier in the distance spots the spectacle and hopes to catch a bite. A sparrowhawk also got in on the action later.

Autumn Walks: Holt Country Park

Autumn Walks: Holt Country Park

Another post in my unofficial ‘walking around Norfolk in the Autumn’ series.

Holt Country Park is frankly a nice, easy day out, and it helps being so close to Holt as there is so much to do there – so many little boutique shops and tea rooms. We went to The Owl Tearoom for a cream tea, which is a very cute place with delicious food, a charming atmosphere and friendly staff – I would definitely go there again.



Sweet Potato Chocolate Brownies

Vegetables in cakes. Cakes made of vegetables. Somehow it works.

This blog post is an easy recipe to make sweet potato chocolate brownies. It took about an hour to make, including prep time, and they have gone down pretty well served with Swedish Glace vegan ice cream.




2 medium sized mashed sweet potatoes – I microwaved them first then removed the skins and mashed them

60 grams butter (I used dairy but you can easily use nut or soy butter to make the brownies vegan)

1 tbsp maple syrup (substitute with honey, golden syrup as desired)

20g cocoa powder

20g dark choc chips



  1. Microwave or cook the sweet potatoes. Peel off skin when cooled and then mash to a lumpy pulp.
  2. Melt butter on a low heat and add the maple syrup.
  3. Mix cocoa powder and choc chips together. Add to mashed sweet potato and mix well – make sure the potato is thoroughly mashed.
  4. Add butter and syrup and mix.
  5. Spread batter into a pan on grease proof paper and cook for about half an hour.



The mixture is very dense and won’t rise as this recipe does not use flour.

Once brownies have cooled, store in the fridge for a short while.


Autumn Walks: Hinchinbrooke Country Park in Cambridgeshire

Autumn Walks: Hinchinbrooke Country Park in Cambridgeshire

A few photos from a recent trip to Cambridgeshire to visit my sister and a family walk around a country park near Huntingdon.

We saw lots of geese and ducks and also a dragonfly landed on my shoe.

If you want to know a bit more about Hinchinbrooke Park have a look here.



Autumn Walks: Taverham Mill in Norfolk

Autumn Walks: Taverham Mill in Norfolk

Hello and welcome to Autumn! Isn’t it wonderful?

Here’s a few photos of what I’ve been up to so far this season. Recently I visited Taverham Mill in Norfolk. Here is a nature reserve on my doorstep that I didn’t even know about (because I thought it was just a fishery, which it is also is, but in the last few years has been deemed a nature reserve in its own right.)

The 100 acre site contains 4 lakes and is situated along the river Wensum, an SSSI. The highlight of my walk was certainly hanging out with the highland cattle, which have horns and an impressive fringe and are so gentle and calm.

If you’re interested in the history of the site, have a look at this site about Norfolk mills.


Deer at Holkham in Norfolk

Deer at Holkham in Norfolk

A few photos of a recent trip to Holkham estate in Norfolk. This was early October and sadly the stags weren’t quite ready to rut (at least while we were watching) but we still go to see them quite close.

There’s a very large herd at Holkham and they are mostly fallow deer but there is a smaller herd of red deer. It’s a really special area of North Norfolk as it also has very popular beach and nature reserve.

Other wildlife sightings:

  • 2 buzzards
  • 3 marsh harriers (one of which flew right in front of our car!)
  • 2 kestrels


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