Rubber ball massager, United Kingdom, 1900-1930

Made:
1900-1930 in United Kingdom

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Rubber ball massager, four balls at end of bakelite handle, Neda brand, British, 1900-1930

This type of massager has four rubber balls (two with ridged edges) and a handle made from Bakelite – an early plastic developed in 1907. The massager would have been purchased from a chemist and used at home, possibly with oils.

Massage is an ancient activity practised by medical professionals and non-professionals alike across a range of different medical traditions. As well as being a means of healing and relieving pain, it also helps people to feel relaxed.

Details

Category:
Therapeutics
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A602770
Materials:
balls (4), rubber, handle, bakelite and head, aluminium
type:
massager
credit:
Moore, R.