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.
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
the Cold Cell (with a handy plastic envelope)
The Cold Cell attaches to the Compression Wrap with Velcro:
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!
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.