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Take a load off your feet with this $80 foot massager

The Shiatsu Foot Massager with remote control usually sells for about $100.

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Massage therapy can relieve stress and relax your muscles, but your feet are often a neglected part of the massage equation. If you spend a lot of the day on your feet, then you might not even realize how badly your feet need the recovery of a massage -- or you might realize, but not have access to someone who can rub them for you. A shiatsu foot massager kneads and rolls your feet with fingerlike dexterity, and many people swear by these gadgets to help them feel better at the end of a long day. Right now you can get this Shiatsu Foot Massager with Remote Control for $80 when you apply discount code CNETSFT at checkout. That's roughly 20% less than the price I've found elsewhere, such as on Amazon. 

I think this product deserves a quick pseudoscience alert: Shiatsu is a Japanese massage technique that's rooted in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), and shiatsu devices sometimes make somewhat overreaching claims about health effects. It's worth keeping in mind that TCM is not science-based, but is rooted in unprovable concepts like meridians and qi. As reputable scientific journals like Nature point out, there's virtually no evidence that TCM actually works. But meridians aside, this foot massager is actually, you know, massaging your feet. And there's a ton of value in getting a foot massage on its own merits, as long as you aren't counting on the reflexology behind it.

This massager has three speeds and four modes, which you can use to target different parts of your feet, like the toe, arch or sole, and all the adjustments can be made using the included remote control, so you don't have to bend over to the floor to adjust the settings. All the controls are duplicated on the massager itself as well. The whole thing is completely enclosed in plastic, foam and fabric, which makes it easy to clean. One feature it does not include, though: a heating mode. 

All that said, if you're looking for a kneading-and-rolling foot massager that'll help you relieve tension and fatigue in your feet, this one will definitely put a kick in your step and save you as much as $20 in the process. 

This article was first published earlier this week. 

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