I Go Moji so you don’t have to

Goin’ Moji
Keep me moving


What’s Moji, you’re asking? Well, it’s a lot of things, but it’s not a dessert. Read on.

Recently, a nice lady contacted me about trying and reviewing a Moji product.

Oooh, MOJI! I thought. Those tender, delicious ice-cream balls of soft, tender niceness. MOJI!


Oops, OK. My mistake. This is a picture of mochi, NOT Moji, and thanks to buzz-killer Wikipedia, I’m no longer very excited about it. Mochi, apparently, is made of “glutinous rice pounded into paste and molded into shape.” Crap, I thought it was ice cream.

ANYway, Moji is not even remotely mochi, which is good.

The nice lady went on to tell me that Moji is actually an innovator among icing techniques.

YUM! “Icing” is British for “frosting,” and you know where THIS is heading:



No. It turns out Moji is actually the “smart icing alternative” to ice packs and other devices used to minimize inflammation and soreness associated with painful pain.

I know someone with painful pain!

Moji Megan (aka nice lady from above) assured me that Moji would be a “superior alternative to conventional icing methods.” It’s hard to argue with that, when my conventional icing method is this:


So I checked out Moji’s Web site and found that Moji makes icing and recovery products for sporties and lazies (my terms not theirs) and is “the leading consumer resource on injury prevention, warm-up, and recovery.” And they don’t just sell stuff; their site includes an interactive library chock-full of educational articles on everything from the benefits of yoga to common causes of sports injuries.

But would Moji work for ME? Let’s find out!

Just a few days after sending an affirmative if skeptical (MY blog? Really?) reply to Moji Megan, I received my Moji Back product.

Pru promptly claimed it as her own.

pru in moji box 1

Once I wrested the box away from her, lookit everything I found inside!


TONS of literature, including a personal HANDWRITTEN note from Moji Megan, an overview of the company, an introduction to Moji Back, and several how-to pieces (note: any blurriness is attributed to JD’s photo skillzz):


The idea is pretty simple. The Moji Back comes with two pieces:


The Compression Wrap


cold cell

the Cold Cell (with a handy plastic envelope)

The Cold Cell attaches to the Compression Wrap with Velcro:

both pieces

And then you just wrap it around your waist. There are adjustable pockets that you use to make it as tight or loose as you like.

As Seen on JD!

moji front

moji back

Does this Moji make my butt look big? (OhMyGod, I was only kidding, but it TOTALLY DOES!)

You’re supposed to wear the Moji over your clothes, unless you’re a hardass like me.

And the Moji is easy to store! Why, if it can fit in my freezer, it can fit in anyone’s. See?


So what’s the verdict?

I like it. A lot. And I wasn’t expecting to be all that impressed.

The first time I tried it was after an almost day-long family gathering. Lots of sitting and standing. My back was screaming. Ice sounded pretty good, but would Moji feel THAT much better than my trusty bag of peas?

YES! Oh, it felt so good. Seriously. And because it’s wearable, I wasn’t confined to lying down. Not that I have any problem with lying down, but, you know. Some people might. Why is Moji (HA! I almost called it “Mojo”) so much better than peas? Maybe it’s because the Cold Cell “conforms to the curve of your back” (in a way peas never could) or maybe it’s the way the Compression Wrap “delivers added support to the lower back.” Try THAT, bag of peas!

Like any old ice pack, you’re only supposed to keep it on for about 20 minutes. But Moji claims that its design “maximizes the coverage and cooling effect” so users can expect to feel a lot of relief in that short time.

And I did. Not only did Moji Back feel really good while it was on, but I continued to feel good afterward. It’s not a cure (for me, anyway), but I will definitely continue to use it on those days when I feel like I need a little icing (not frosting).

At $129, the Moji Back device costs a bit more than an ice pack or bag of peas. That might be a drawback for some. But it seems durable and well-made, and if you’re a sporty person or someone who uses ice a lot, it might be worth it. The only other downside for me was that Gus is afraid of the Velcro noise.

Currently, Moji makes icing devices for backs and knees and is developing products for legs and shoulders. I would put in a request for Moji Hip! Actually, I cheated a little and turned the Moji Back so that the Cold Cell was on my hip — and it WORKED!

Don’t tell Moji Megan, tho.


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  • Cuppa-cake came from here

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45 Responses to “I Go Moji so you don’t have to”

  1. 1 Spot

    Wow. Who doesn’t need a little (or a lot) of icing from time to time?! And frosting, for that matter?!

    When they make Moji hip, I’m so there. Or Moji foot and ankle. That would be great too. Some days I might just need a full body Moji. I’m really glad it worked great for you! You did a really good review so hopefully you get to keep your Moji!

    Oh…and I am never trying Mochi. Thanks for figuring that one out for me!

    .-= Spot´s last blog ..Turkey Day…survived! =-.

  2. 2 dcr

    The burning question is… Can you use it to keep your cupcakes cool?
    .-= dcr´s last blog ..Saturday Stop-Motion Non-Animation =-.

  3. 3 Stephanie Barr

    Moji knees might be good. Mine are shot.
    .-= Stephanie Barr´s last blog ..For Aisha: What about Marko? =-.

  4. 4 Kathryn

    Oh, YAY! I’m glad the Moji worked so well for you. How smart are they for knowing just the right person to review this particular product???

    Anything that can tame the pain beast is a friend for life, right??

    I’m so glad you showed me where the moji was in your freezer (love the graphic with the arrow)….I’d never have found it! (Ya know, in case I go in there looking for it.) My freezer is an identical match for yours, btw.

    I hope you let Pru play with the box. It’s the least you can do.

    We’ll get Gus some therapy for the velcro-sound-aversion.
    .-= Kathryn´s last blog ..The Ribbon Whore-Prelude =-.

  5. 5 Buggys

    I want the Moji knees, 2 please. Winter is hell on my knees. And I would like 6 chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese icing. Wrap that up to go please.
    .-= Buggys´s last blog ..Fear Of Black Friday! =-.

  6. 6 babs - beetle

    Now I’m confused. I want heat for my pain, not ice. What’s the difference? Why would you want cold on a back pain? I’m serious here, I really am confused. I use heat pads.
    .-= babs – beetle´s last blog ..A red breast in our lounge! =-.

  7. 7 ann

    now that is something that I wouldn’t mind doing for myself. I’ve always gone with heat though. I have a very close relationship with my heating pad. Too bad the bag of peas, I mean Moji, you got is so expensive and I’m so cheap
    .-= ann´s last blog ..Lucky Dog =-.

  8. 8 Daisy the Curly Cat

    And if the Moji stops working, you can always go for the delicious Mojito instead!
    .-= Daisy the Curly Cat´s last blog ..Sunday Comics with Daisy! =-.

  9. 9 Moji Megan

    Great question babs-beetle. This is Megan from Moji and we try to answer questions like this and other topics on the Moji Interactive Library that JD mentioned. Here’s a link to one of our articles that answers your question about heat vs. ice. Each has its benefits but hopefully this sheds some light on when to use each modality.
    .-= Moji Megan´s last blog ..The Power of Yoga =-.

  10. 10 Kathy

    Babs, when I threw my back out a few years ago, my chiropractor said heat is the worst thing for it. Great. I’d had a hot water bottle on it for three days before I saw him. Now he tells me.

    JD, do mochis (is mochi plural?) have to be molded into little round balls? It sounds like fondant, equally gross.

    I’m glad you liked the Mojo, oops, Moji. But sorry it scares Gus. But I bet it’s better than when you make that British police car sound. Eeee-aw, eeeee aw, eeee aw!

  11. 11 absepa

    The Moji for shoulders sounds pretty intriguing, if they could knock the price down a bit. My therapist is always recommending that I ice my shoulder, but I’m always cold, so I can’t bear to sit around under an ice pack. It looks like the Moji could insulate the cold pack from rest of my flesh, to keep me from freezing. Thanks for the great review!
    .-= absepa´s last blog ..Maybe this is not the kind of therapy I really need =-.

  12. 12 Tiggy

    I need a full body moji. I’d never leave it!
    .-= Tiggy´s last blog ..Tiggy’s Shopping Bizarre: Happy Panda-Seal Yummy Beer Twigs =-.

  13. 13 Lola

    Oh Girl! I would kill for one of these! I remember the huge ice packs in physical therapy…those were heaven! I use this big sock like thing with 2 handles on the ends. It can be used hot or cold. I like it cold. But I can’t walk around with it because it would slide right down my sweatpants. Lol! Sitting is ok, but bulky. Can I say it again? I would kill for one of these!
    .-= Lola´s last blog ..Raising Cash =-.

  14. 14 JD

    Spot: Icing AND frosting. Just to be safe. And yes, I love the idea of a full-body Moji. I guess it’d kinda be like a Michelin Man suit. I’m glad you read and enjoyed the review (it can be hard cramming everything in, especially when I tend to go off on mochi tangents).

    dcr: Oh, I’m way ahead of you, bud! Yup: your Moji device will keep all baked goods cool and fresh. Just make sure you have plenty of room in your freezer.

    Stephanie Barr: Yeah, the knee product looks pretty good. Now you know what to put on your X-mas list!

    Kathryn: Moji Megan came to me based on my Bumpits “review,” which I found pretty funny! I’m not sure she knew I have back issues. And you’re always welcome to rummage thru my freezer. Just stay way from my Skinny Cow caramel ice cream cones (I’m sure you will.) Yes, Pru has the box in tatters by now. She still hasn’t figured out how to cram her sausage-shaped body in there.

    Buggys: Yeah, I would think the Moji Knees would be very popular. As for the cupcakes: even more popular. Oh . . . cream cheese frosting means red velvet cupcakes to me. Yes, I’ll take a dozen

    babs – beetle: Typically ice is good for inflammation and is usually used right after you injure yourself or if you have chronic pain with inflammation. But heat feels good, doesn’t it? I love my heating pad as much as my Moji.

    ann: It’s a bit pricey, all right. I guess it depends on how much you’d use it. I think I’ll use it a lot, actually. But try taking away my heating pad, and you’ll get a frozen bag of peas to the head (not you, personally, just, you know . . . someone in general).

    Daisy the Curly Cat: You are always coming up with such great ideas! Actually, it’s too bad the name “Mojito” is taken, because they could use that for their mini Moji products, like the Mojito Thumb!

    Moji Megan: Hey! Thanks so much for chiming in! Yes, there’s really a lot of good info on the Moji site. Check it out, everyone!

    Kathy: Yes, good advice. For something like that, I’d definitely go with ice. But it’s hard to know! All the mochi(s) I’ve seen are usually in that cute ball shape. They really do taste good — kind of like ice cream but a little more . . . chewy. I think Gus will get used to the Velcro sound. He’s gotten used to the siren noises.

    absepa: You’re very welcome! Yeah, this is definitely good for people who don’t like the extreme cold of an ice pack. It feels just cool enough. Maybe once Moji starts putting out more products, the prices will come down a bit.

    Tiggy: I know! Wouldn’t that feel great? Especially with extra icing.

    Lola: This reminds of of the PT ice packs that somehow always seemed to be just the right temperature and felt really good. I want you to have a Moji!

  15. 15 Erik

    Thanks for posting this. As a therapist, it’s great to hear about things that really work! Much peace and love…Erik
    .-= Erik´s last blog ..Aerie Home =-.

  16. 16 Leeuna

    Now that is definitely a cool product. (pardon the pun). It certainly beats peas, or in my case frozen broccoli. I have a lot of shoulder pain and wrist pain. I’ll for sure be checking that out. thanks JD. Whatever would we do without you???

  17. 17 Yum Yucky


    I’ll take 4.
    .-= Yum Yucky´s last blog ..I Burned Over 5,476 Calories in One Hour =-.

  18. 18 Florida Girl In Sydney

    Mochi IS ice cream– in the rice paste thing shell! A long time ago I did a blog post about it– because my friend said it tasted like a ball sac… that of course nearly made mochi come out my nose (I was eating one as she said it). I look forward to eating some when I arrive in FL this week!!!
    .-= Florida Girl In Sydney´s last blog ..Fireworks in my Bedroom =-.

  19. 19 Ron

    GREAT review , JD!

    Being a certified reflexologist, this would be something a client could use for lower back issues.

    I will definitely check out the website!

    Thanks for sharing!
    .-= Ron´s last blog ..It’s Black Friday….and I’m Scared =-.

  20. 20 Pricilla

    Daisy just cracks me up!

    I am so glad that it helps you.

    No elbow one, huh? It seems that the publicist has developed “food mill elbow” from all of the processing she did this summer. On the up side the male person is going to buy her a motor for her food mill. ON the down side she now has a new place that hurts. *sigh*

    Hey, maybe you could send her your bag of peas. She could duct tape them to her arm while drinking that mojito! Hmmmm….
    .-= Pricilla´s last blog ..SpokesGoat Notes =-.

  21. 21 Margaret (Nanny Goats)

    Your secret’s safe with me.

    Aw, man, I was ready for cuppa cakes, though.

    Cool review!
    .-= Margaret (Nanny Goats)´s last blog ..Ten Hidden Extra Features for the Amazon Kindle =-.

  22. 22 Patty

    I gotta check this moji thing out to perhaps give me my mojo back. I’m addicted to my heating pad, though, especially since it’s getting cold and my husband is a scrooge with the furnace…something about saving money and the environment and ‘just put on a sweater’ and whatnot.

    This icing device sounds particularly good since I’ve been up since four with my back pain. I, too, admit to loving me some frozen packages of peas, cauliflower, brocolli…I’d love a big ole bag of pain pills, too. (Doesn’t matter if it’s frozen or not…)

    I once had a physician tell me to get a pack of dixie cups and put water in them and freeze them. Upon freezing, I remove the ice from the dixie cup and rub it on affected spots. It was…messy.

    J.D., you mentioned your hip, which I have trouble with as well. I’m curious if the shoulder of your dominant hand hurts as well, especially after writing (ye olde fashion style, with a pen)? In any case, I’m rambling…pain meds’ll do that. A week with the in-laws on a foreign bed and trapsing around and being on my feet has caught up with me, plus the weather. Glad you found something that helps, I’ll go take a look, Moji Megan!

  23. 23 moooooog35

    I thought Moji was the Indian kid on “Johnny Quest.”

    Try wrapping him around your waist and he gets PISSED.
    .-= moooooog35´s last blog ..Social Ostracism 101, Soccer Style – Part One =-.

  24. 24 JD

    Erik: You’re welcome! Thanks for stopping by. Moji really does work, so throw out your peas!

    Leeuna: HA! You’re very welcome. Broccoli sounds painful, unless it’s the little florets. Anyway, I’m glad you found this helpful.

    Yum Yucky: I know, right? I’ll take 24. There is no more perfect food than the cuppa-cake, other than donuts, perhaps.

    Florida Girl In Sydney: Ohhhh! Thank you for clarifying that! I THOUGHT it was ice cream. It tastes like ice cream (NOT a ball sack, thank you very much!) Everyone! Mochi is safe to eat again!

    Ron: Aw, thank you, Ron. I’m glad a professional such as yourself finds this helpful. I definitely think it would be good for anyone doing any kind of physical therapy or other rehab.

    Pricilla: Ouch! No more new hurty places for the publicist, please! Maybe she could get the Moji Knee and use it on her elbow? On the other hand, I bet Moji will start making more products, so keep your eyeballs peeled. Or just have another mojito.

    Margaret (Nanny Goats): Thanks, bud! I know. I desperately wanted some sort of iced cuppa-cake. And did you know your desire for cuppa-cakes increases when you are feeling non-sore and flexible?

    Patty: Huzzah! Not huzzah that you’ve got back pain, but I’m glad you find this helpful. You know, I DO have right-shoulder pain, but I NEVER write longhand. Yeah, melting cups of ice sounds a little messy. I love my heating pad and use it along with ice. Well, not at the same time, but you know. Maybe this could all be solved if we just switch husbands. I love a cold house, and Dave, who lives in the basement, always complains. Good luck with your back pain!

    moooooo35: OH MY FREAKING GOD, Jonny QUEST???? How old are you? You’re not as old as I am, and I clearly remember that. And his name was . . . HADJI! Oh, god. Hadji. And the theme song. Great. Now I’ll be spending the day on YouTube.

  25. 25 CatLadyLarew

    I’ll take one of each kind… they’d come in especially handy this week!
    .-= CatLadyLarew´s last blog ..Now My House is Trying to Kill Me! =-.

  26. 26 Heather Kephart

    My husband would love one of those! Heck, so would I. But I don’t think they make them in “land whale” size. Love your butt, by the way! It’s so tiny it almost doesn’t show up on film! ;-)
    .-= Heather Kephart´s last blog ..My Cyber Cabin in the Woods =-.

  27. 27 Barb - WillThink4Wine

    Awesome! I am for anything that actually works that isn’t surgery or drugs. Something like that would be great for people with chronic pain. As oppsed to someone who IS a chronic pain. Moji probably wouldn’t help that at all. But if it would, be sure and let me know.
    .-= Barb – WillThink4Wine´s last blog ..I’m floored! =-.

  28. 28 carissajade

    I want mochi. I still don’t understand what it is, but it looks like something I need pronto.

    As for Moji, I would have been a little disappointed that it wasn’t desert, but that could be bc I am pms-ing like a mad woman right now. But I’m glad that it worked for you!

    Your freezer looks pretty much the same as mine… are you sure that is the Moji that you pointed to? :)
    .-= carissajade´s last blog ..In which I go Bah Humbug on your face. =-.

  29. 29 Regan

    I thought Moji (I wrote Mojo then had to delete it) was going to be a type of Japanese snack chips.

    Maybe next time you can wear you Moji and eat Mochi so I don’t have to. :)

  30. 30 Jen

    Your butt looks fine.

    And your fridge looks just like mine. We can’t get to real ice either because of all the stuff shoved in it.

    I use the pea method myself when necessary, usually on a kid when they get a scrape of goose egg. I usually like heat. Do they have a heat kind?
    .-= Jen´s last blog ..Thanksgiving Recap =-.

  31. 31 Mia

    Thanks for this review. Sounds like a simple but very useable product – better than the old pack of peas ;)

  32. 32 JD

    CatLadyLarew: I know! A full-body Moji, as someone already suggested, would be just the ticket. Sorry to hear you’re in need of a good icing. Would a cuppa-cake help?

    Heather Kephart: They DO make them in “land whale” size! It’s on their Web site! Oh, and believe me, that photo was taken on a weird angle, because my butt is definitely in the land whale category. (But you’re nice to say otherwise!)

    Barb – WillThink4Wine: I’ll find out about that for you. They seem to be expanding their products, so they just might have figured out how to “ice” someone who is a pain. Until then, please have a cuppa-cake.

    carissajade: Mochi is adorable, isn’t it? And it comes in all different colors, like cuppa-cakes! Boy, all I can think about is sugar. I wish my freezer was stocked full of ice cream instead of Moji. But I’m very thankful for my Moji, regardless.

    Regan: You could’ve kept “Mojo” — I would’ve known what you were talking about (maybe if enough of us call it “Mojo” they’ll change the name). I hope you weren’t too disappointed to find out Moji is not a snack food. I think I’ll definitely try eating mochi while wearing my Moji. So you don’t have to.

    Jen: Nothing heat-related over at Moji. They’re all about the ice. But who knows? I like heat too. Actually, I like to alternate. Both methods feel good to me. But I’ve thrown away my peas. I’m goin’ full Moji.

    Mia: You’re welcome! Yeah, definitely a step up from the pea bag method.

  33. 33 Lidian

    Wow, JD, you have totally sold me on the moji! I get a lot of backtalk from my back and this is clearly what it is yelling for.

    And at first I was, like you, sad that it was neither mochi (which I love) nor cuppa-cake icing (ditto).

    BTW, your freezer looks very neat and tidy compared to – oh, to…this freezer I happen to know ;)
    .-= Lidian´s last blog ..Leftovers I Love You =-.

  34. 34 hostgator

    Well you totally lost me with the whole moji/mochi thing, but I was intrigued and entertained so, good job!

    I think I’d rather have some icing than an icing, if you know what I mean?
    .-= hostgator´s last blog ..How To Get Hostgator Hosting For $0.01 Using A Coupon =-.

  35. 35 Tricia

    Great review!

  36. 36 Katherine

    Fabulous review. I love your blog. Well written, entertaining and full of “good to know” stuff. The Moji people ( aka nice lady) will be very pleased with your write up. Well done!
    Wishing you happiness, Katherine

  37. 37 Bingo

    Cool name! It seems like a good product.
    .-= Bingo´s last blog ..Landyn’s Basket Bingo =-.

  38. 38 David

    This review was so great, it made me wish I had a back problem so I could have a reason to buy the Moji.

    Well, you know.

    Not really, but kind of.
    .-= David´s last blog ..Miscellany =-.

  39. 39 JD

    Lidian: Try it! It’s not cheap, but it looks like it would last for a while. And you can always use it while eating cuppa-cakes, so there’s that. (I actually had to rearrange my entire freezer to make it “presentable” for the photo — and the Moji.)

    hostgator: Everyone prefers icing to AN icing, but sometimes you need both.

    Tricia: Thanks!

    Katherine: Oh, thank you. You probably haven’t looked around TOO much, as there is also a lot of “not that great to know” stuff. But you’ll find it. If you dare. Welcome!

    David: Oh, no, you don’t, mister! Just buy yourself a cuppa-cake and enjoy THAT kind of icing.

  40. 40 Canucklehead

    I actually came to tlak about the mojito connections – only I had already been beaten to the punch. By a cat. DAISY! Anyway, the real deal here is you take your frozen Moji and wrap it around the pitcher if mojitos on a hot summer day. Am I right people? Is thing on? Ah well – I’ll stop by soon to learn about another one of your exciting medical procedures. Stay cool kiddo.

    .-= Canucklehead´s last blog ..Mo No More =-.

  41. 41 Jeff

    Yeah, you know what’s inside that fancy Moji strap-on?

    You got it… peas.
    .-= Jeff´s last blog ..Important Alert: USB devices can easily transfer viruses! =-.

  42. 42 Preston

    You had me until you said the price. At that price, it outta do the dishes and wash the floors too. Yikes. I guess I’m just a big fat cheapo.
    .-= Preston´s last blog ..Thanksgiving, Empty Nesting, and Turkey Noodle Soup =-.

  43. 43 V

    you know i wouldn’t mind wearing this thing, but i can’t deal with the fact that it’s cold. i’m a hot mama and i only do heat. now where is the discount code for this thing if one wanted to purchase it. it should look something like this:


    one of those discount codes should get your readers at least 50% off. no?

  44. 44 JD

    Canucklehead: I know, that Daisy is pretty up-to-speed on her cocktails. When summertime rolls around, I will definitely try out your suggestion. Can it be a pitcher of sangria instead of mojitos? I think it would still work. There will be more exciting medical procedures coming up!

    Jeff: HAHAHAHA! Now I absolutely HAVE to take it apart and see if there are peas in there. Also, Moji strap-on? I think you have this confused with another post.

    Preston: No, you’re not cheap. It’s expensive, no doubt. But I’m going to see if it actually does do the dishes and wash the floors. It think there’s a way to make that work. Also see “Moji strap-on” above. There could be yet more uses.

    V: Er . . . no. I’m afraid there’s no discount code. I should’ve foreseen this. Will you accept an I Do Things magnet? No? How about a bag of peas? Oh, you’re a hot mama. OK, then: a can of peas. I’ll even heat ‘em up for you.

  45. 45 Ellen from Farmville guide

    When searching for the word beautiful in Dutch I found this post. hilarious. Actually the Dutch word is mooi.

    But this review is ‘mooi’ too :). I’ll be sure to bookmark you blog :). Funny


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