In “Work Smarter and Achieve Better Outcomes,” the Guest Editorial in MASSAGE Magazine’s September 2011 issue, Ralph Stephens details how electromechanical massage tools replace the need for the massage therapist to use his muscles and hands as much, allowing him to save energy for more specific treatments that the tool cannot be used for.

“When choosing an electrical massager, you have to consider a few key points: type of stroke action (percussive orbital, vibration); strength and depth of the stroke; variable speed, and features; versatility; quality of components; reliability and access to service; and cost,” Stephens writes. “Think of using such an electromechanical massage tool as enhancing the massage experience.”