About this project
Our Kickstarter campaign is at an end, but you can still order Massage Track deep tissue massage tools.
Thank you so much to all of our backers - we are so excited about bringing Massage Track to you!!!
Ever needed a professional massage right away, not 'next tues at 3'? I've been there and tried every roller and gadget I could find and nothing worked well enough. So I spent more than 2 years creating something that really gets the job done.
These tools quickly fix muscle and tendon pain - giving you a deep tissue massage at home, WHEN you need it and right WHERE you need it, with the precision and power you thought you could only get from a massage therapist. And they cost about what you paid for your last professional massage -- or less.
The Body Track changed my life. I use it every day and when you try it, I bet you'll want to also.
My name's Eric and here's how I invented the Massage Track - I pulled a muscle in my lower back and after three weeks it was getting worse. Nothing was working, none of my fancy foam rollers or tools, nor gentle yoga and the back pain was preventing me from working - I was crippled.
Two deep tissue therapy sessions were helpful, but after spending $250 I was still having trouble sitting in a chair. I was sure daily therapy would heal my injury but didn’t have the money or the time.
In desperation I was rolling around on the floor with a pair of loose tennis balls - which is not easy! But I finally got them in the right place and it was my bolt of lightning - I knew that I'd heal quickly if I built a gadget to position the balls for me.
A week after I started using my first prototype, I was 80% recovered and in 2 weeks I was back to 100%.
After being crippled for months, I was so overjoyed to regain my freedom I felt like dancing. And that's why this project exists, I want to help you feel like dancing too.
I've used the Massage Track nearly every day since inventing it. No more muscle pulls/painkillers and no more missed activities!
Here's how I know my tools are better than anything you've ever tried. An untreated case of lead and mercury poisoning gave me chronic tendinitis and muscle tightness which I fought for more than 10 years. During that time, I worked with and learned from some of the best deep tissue specialists in the country becoming an involuntary expert.
What I learned? Getting the right amount of pressure in the right place for the right amount of time will solve your aches and pains and improve your performance. That's what the Massage Track tools do.
Because the Body Track and Neck Track let you use any ball you like, you can choose the one that gives you the right amount of pressure every time you use them. Sometimes that’s a tennis ball and other times it’s the lacrosse ball which is smaller and harder. And, if you have an injury, you'll want to start with something very soft like the blue ball in our Massage Ball Set.
Having a massage therapist work on you is wonderful, but doing your own self-care right away prevents muscle pulls and resolves tendinitis preventing pain!
The Body and Neck Track will work magic with sore hands, wrists and elbows, foot and ankle pain or back, neck and shoulder problems. And
- they're small enough to fit in a gym bag or carry-on travel case so you use them where you need them and
- they're great for restoring your flexibility after driving or flying.
The early bird gets the worm! Our earliest backers get the deepest discount from expected retail - that's why you see two prices listed for each item (earlybirds are limited to 50 units of each reward).
Our tools make great gifts, so if you want to order more than one set, delivered to a single address - these options are for you:
Money-back guarantee: If you decide you don't like the Massage Track tools within the first month of receiving them, you can return them for a full refund, no questions asked.
Early-bird discount: All of our rewards come with a healthy discount compared with expected retail but we want to especially reward our first backers for moving fast so there's no time like the present!
We need you: Over the last two years my wife and I have committed our retirement savings to this project, and now it's in your hands. You'll decide whether it should be brought to life or not.
We listen: We are prompt with addressing any questions or concerns, and value all backer input. Our Kickstarter backers have a special place in our hearts.
Be the solution: If you like to see great products bubble up from obscure places because they work and people love them, now's your chance to make a difference. Crowdfunding is changing the world one pledge at a time!
Stretch goals: At 500 'likes' on our Facebook page, we'll include a mesh bag for carrying/storing your Massage Track tools at no extra cost. REACHED.
- Each order will come with a mesh bag like this - large enough to keep your tools in. There are two bag sizes to make sure the ball sets are accommodated.
Above, you see Clair using the Neck Track to release and loosen her neck muscles. She's holding each position for at least 12 seconds - this is a trigger point release technique covered in the instructional videos. Her shoulders are lying on top of the orange Body Track turned upside down to adjust for the length of her neck. A large book would serve the same purpose. A very tall person with a much longer neck might need to lie directly on the floor and place the Body Track or a book underneath of the Neck Track.
Above you see the three positions on the top of the Neck Track - this allows you to work the base of the skull, and the middle and lower neck areas without moving the device.
Above you're looking at the bottom of the Neck Track which has a wider ball position spacing that allows you to work either the side of your neck (or your jaw for anyone with TMJ).
In addition to tennis balls, the Neck Track works well with a variety of other ball types including lacrosse, hockey, baseball and the Massage Track Massage Ball Set.
My kids said it was "weird" to show a picture of Clair sitting on the massage balls, but any runner who's ever had upper hamstring tendinopathy, knows that healing comes first! We do what it takes, weird or not.
All of the Neck Tracks shown in the photos and videos are prototypes made in my garage shop. Since making those, I've adjusted the design a little and this SolidWorks render (above) is closer to what you'll get. The color will most likely be green, though.
Here Clair is doing lower back work with the outer tracks of the Body Track. You'll find the lower back is where you prefer the hardest balls.
Above, Clair is working her upper back in the same position I was in with loose tennis balls when the idea for the Massage Track came to me. After years of searching, this was the first time I experienced a powerful way to release the tension I carry in the upper back without the aid of a therapists elbows.
Above you see my wife using a chair to work her hamstrings. You can use 2 balls in the outside tracks only, for this, or a ball in each track. Very effective.
Working the quads and IT band above...
The Body Track accommodates a variety of balls, of course, including our own Massage Ball Set. Not shown here are the 4 inch toy bounce balls used for chest and shoulders - you can find those in toy stores or on Amazon.
The ability to change the spacing between the balls creates tremendous versatility - note the two close positions and two wide positions above.
The body track works well on the, calves, shins (anterior and posterior tibialis), feet and hips.
Great for anyone who works with their hands or has experienced tendinitis in the hands or elbow. You can also work the the deltoids very effectively.
Because deep tissue work is most effective when you hold each position for counts of at least 12 seconds, ideally you're comfortable and watching TV or chatting while you're doing it. So, a four inch travel roller (not included in our rewards) makes it possible for you to watch TV while doing lower back work.
Tennis, hockey and lacrosse balls are great but aren't always perfect. When my back was in crisis, I needed a very soft set of balls (which I found at a toy store). Over the past two years, I've tested dozens and dozens of different balls and often found myself wanting something that didn't quite exist. I wanted massage balls the size of a baseball but with a variety of hardness. So I've designed what I consider the perfect set and hope you'll order it so your experience with these tools can be optimal.
Dr. Lara Johnson, PT, DPT, MS:
"The Massage Track tools changed the way I was doing deep tissue work on myself - previously I was mostly using a combination of tools on the floor including foam roller, lacrosse balls and baseballs, so the massage track allowed me to do something similar but in a more specific and effective way.
What I like most about the tools are the angles of pressure you get which you just can't do with the balls alone on the floor. Using the balls with the Massage Track, allows you to apply pressure from more than one angle simultaneously, which you can't do on top of the ball by itself on the floor, because it will roll away.
I'd use these tools daily if possible - even 5 or 10 minutes a day on those areas that need it most, I found extremely helpful especially with my running.
I do recommend it to my patients, especially those who need some deep tissue work and ongoing soft tissue mobilization.
The videos are extremely helpful - I think they're great in encouraging not just rolling, but working methodically through tissues and holding an area for a length of time. That's one of the most effective methods I've found clinically when I'm working on someone else. This is a way for you to do that at home. "
Dr. Heather North, PT, DPT and Boulder, CO running coach:
"The Neck Track is an effective tool to help release the suboccipital muscles."
Bruce Poulter, Advanced Rolf Structural Integration Practitioner:
"The Massage Track tools precisely reduces pain in the specific area in trouble. It's more precise than a foam roller or most other devices - it allows for specific pressure on the part of my body that is hurting.
This tool will save you money over time, allowing you to correct issues when they arise - not when your therapist has time. I especially like the way I'm able to work the erector spinae group and the specificity that I get to change the exact area in trouble. Between the various devices I'm also able to find the right fit for my body.
Depending on how hard I am using my body, I'll be using the massage track tools from every day to weekly."
Doug Hudson, Cyclist, Racer & Feedback Sports CEO:
"I like how the massage track allows me to really pinpoint problem areas. If it costs less than a trip to the massage therapist, it's a great value.
Recently, I had a really sore neck and the Neck Track allowed me to really work on those neck muscles. Having it available when I needed was key to feeling better quicker!"
Mohini Nicole Summers, LMT:
"To really do the kind of work I do, I probably need massage every day! I've been practicing massage for 10 years . . . The foam roller is good . . . but to do muscle release I found that I'm going to use PVC pipe or actually a lacrosse ball is the best for me.
What I like about the Massage Track is that it holds the balls and is bilateral. With the Massage Track I can get a lot more therapy done on myself in a shorter amount of time - it works on both sides of the body in a symmetrical fashion, the balls are easily controlled so it prevents injury and also you can be very specific with where you want to employ certain therapies.
It can be used for different tissue throughout the body. I love it I think it's great. I like that it's affordable because even a massage therapist does not have thousands of dollars to spend on massage!"
Marshall Hayes, massage therapist and inventor of Relief Roller:
"With Massage Track it's easy to get the right tool stiffness to work on yourself. Many tools are too hard or too soft and here you can use different balls interchangeably. The height of the tracks helps get at the curves you otherwise might miss with other devices."
Graziela Cooper, Boulder tai chi practitioner:
"Before I got the massage track tools, I wasn't really doing deep tissue work on myself. Whenever I felt I the need, I’d look for a professional. But I find it’s very helpful to have a tool we can use regularly to speed up the healing process. I tend to wake up with a really stiff back and the Body Track is very good to help loosen up in the mornings.
I love the simplicity and possibilities to change positions and pressure of the balls according to what I need and see myself using it every couple days."
Read more Massage Track reviews
We committed our retirement savings to this project for one reason - because I use the massage track tools every day and now rarely pick up a foam roller. But it also helps that my entire family has used them to keep active with running, volleyball and other fun. So, they became believers too!
I built the prototypes in my garage workshop (see photos below) but we still burned through our savings. Now, two years into this project, we have manufacturing lined up and there's just one last hurdle in front of us. We need your support to have industrial molds made to begin production and bring the massage track story to life.
If you carry tension in your body from daily stress, from injury or overwork, I believe you're going to love these tools and want to use them every day as I do. So please join our Massage Track family and get one for your home.
You'll free yourself and the people you care about from so many aches and pains. Thanks for taking the time to see this, for ordering and for sharing our project with your friends and family! It means a lot to us.
Some shop photos:
See updated Massage Track video
See updated Massage Track video
My family and I would like to express our heartfelt thanks to everyone who helped us along the journey. A special thanks to:
- SparkShop's Chuck Fryberger and Kyle Berkompas
- Sector 7G
- Annette Hayden, Mountain Moon Photography
- Bruce Poulter, RN, MPH, Aguazul
- Clair Marie, BASEgirl.com jumper and climber
- Doug Hudson, Feedback Sports CEO
- Dr. Heather North, PT, DPT, Red Hammer Rehab
- Dr. Lara Johnson, PT, DPT, MS, High-Performance Physical Therapy
- Graziela Cooper
- Marshall Hayes
- Mohini Nicole Summers, LMT
- Nathan Dundovic, photographer
- Sasha Shtern
- Sharon Butler, Hellerworker and RSI guru
- Steven Sashen, Xero Shoes CEO
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Risks and challenges
I've run a business for 15+ years with a team of up to 30 so have ample experience making things happen and delivering the goods. The primary risk with this project is that it involves more unique items than most Kickstarter projects -- so if one item is delayed, it will affect the schedule for the project. That said, it looks like there will only be two primary manufacturers involved, minimizing the risk. You can count on me to do everything in my power to stay on schedule.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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