Pros: The U-shape of the pillow and aroma therapy fragrance.
Cons: Difficulty with heating, warmth lasts about 30 minutes.
I occasionally develop muscle tightness in my neck which is likely due to a combination of things such as poor posture, sitting at the computer too long, and prolonged stressful situations. When that tight knot in my neck surfaces there are just a few things that help alleviate my discomfort. Massage, anti-inflammatory medication such as Aleve or Advil, and heat really help.
For heat I use my EARTH THERAPEUTICS Anti Stress Microwaveable Neck Pillow. It's basically a U-shaped heating pad that sits comfortably around my neck. The terry cloth covering is really soft and the scent of lavender and chamomile is truly relaxing.
What is that U-Shaped thingy around your neck?
It's a U-shaped sack filled with flaxseed and it gives off the aroma of lavender and chamomile when heated. The outer covering is a removable cotton terry cloth case which can be washed when necessary. The heat retaining flax-seed conforms nicely around my neck and because it's U-shaped it stays put. I don't have to hold it on my neck or reposition it. But I definitely wouldn't call it a pillow. The terry cloth covering is kind of soft but the contents make it kind of crunchy. The EARTH THERAPEUTICS Anti Stress Microwaveable Neck Pillow is not a typical pillow.
How Do You Use It?
Place the EARTH THERAPEUTICS Anti Stress Microwaveable Neck Pillow in your microwave and heat for 30 seconds. If the pillow isn't hot enough heat for up to an additional 30 seconds. The usage directions state that the pillow should not be heated for more than two minutes in order to prevent the possibility of burning. I usually heat mine up for a little over a minute, after the first 30 seconds I shake it and flip it and then put it in the microwave for another 30 seconds. In order to get it nice and hot I've been able to heat it up to a minute and fifteen seconds in my microwave. But flipping it or shaking it is absolutely necessary! I once heated the pillow for a minute and a half without interruption which resulted in a burning smell and uneven heating of the pillow.
What Do You Think?
I have a love/hate relationship with my EARTH THERAPEUTICS Anti Stress Microwaveable Neck Pillow. I love the calming aroma and the way the warm and cozy pillow wraps around my neck. But the heating process is a pain in the neck! I've had my pillow for about a year and still have trouble heating it up to the perfect temperature. Sometimes the pillow is perfectly heated and sometimes it's unevenly heated. And when it's perfectly warm it feels wonderful around my neck!