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The Zubo Massage Tool and Manipulator

Updated on December 29, 2014
The Zubo™
The Zubo™

The Ancient Healing Art

Massage is an ancient healing art, with records dating back about 3,000 years. The Chinese, Persian, Egyptian and other civilisations used massage to treat a range of ailments. Today, massage therapy is an integral part of many rehabilitation programs, including treatment of low back pain, bursitis and arthritis. It can help relieve tension and stress, and has been found useful for people with fatigue, depression and high blood pressure, as well as those who are giving up smoking.

Why should I use a Zubo?

Massage is physically demanding, and can lead to fatigue and repetitive strain injuries. Repetitive strain injuries to the hands and wrists can make it very painful to continue with massage. A professional therapist may be unable to work if the problem becomes persistent. Whether you work as a massage therapist or simply enjoy sharing the occasional massage with family or friends, you will find the Zubo very useful, for relieving pressure on the hands and particularly the thumbs.

Ollie Batts designed the Zubo

Ollie Batts has been involved in martial arts and health for more than forty years. He has studied pressure points and their use in martial arts and acupressure. Over the years, he has used several different tools to preserve fingers and hands when applying pressure. Ollie designed the Zubo™ for massage therapists, martial artists, dancers, body-builders, and others who need to treat tightness in muscles and soft tissue. Some therapists have found it useful clearing blocked meridians, and it can help reduce the pressure on finger and wrist joints when treating other people. For anyone who needs to mobilise the fingers, hands and wrists, the Zubo, can be useful for that too - see the video below.

Ollie Batts demonstrates mobilisation of the fingers and hand

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Construction and Maintenance

Zubos are made from common hardwoods such as Oak and Beech. They are individually hand-crafted, each with a unique grain pattern. They all have a good shape and feel.

To keep your Zubo in good condition, it is worth applying a little wax or oil from time to time. Beeswax can help prevent drying and deterioration of the wood. It is best to avoid nut oils, in case anyone who touches the Zubo has a nut allergy.

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    • savateuse profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago

      I agree, it's much nicer if the massager knows what they're doing!

    • LisaMarieGabriel profile image

      Lisa Marie Gabriel 

      4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Not officially. I did an aromatherapy and Swedish massage course many years ago and we all had to practise on each other. I don't really mind who gives me a massage so long as they know how to do it properly.


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