Why did Heather create the SPAball Kaddy™?

Heather Karr Johnson (Certified Massage Therapist in Thousand Oaks, California) found that doing deep trigger point work was very painful to her hands. She wanted her clients to benefit from the good deep work, but also wanted to protect her hands. She tried using a golf ball and although a golf ball is perfectly shaped for smoothly and deeply massaging hard-to-reach muscles, it was damaging to the palm of her hand. She wanted a way to push the ball deeply into muscles but also disperse the pressure of the hard golf ball in her palm, yet still be small enough to allow her hands to glide on the client’s skin.

Golf Ball MassageShe made the first SPAball Massager (Kaddy) prototype in her kitchen from a mound of Sculptey clay. After many modifications not only did her unique design protect her hands, it made the ball more controllable, and allowed her to remain “in-touch” with the client. This enabled her to perform many deep massages with trigger-point work without injuring her thumbs, a common injury for therapists. From baked clay, to the stunning jewel you see today, the SPAball Kaddy has undergone years of therapist and client-tested modifications.

Why did Heather create the KaddyBACK™?

KaddyBACKSoon after she started using her prototype of the SPAball Kaddy and golf ball on her clients she needed some of that golf ball action on her OWN back. She used to put a golf ball in a sock and press it into her upper back muscles against a wall but she wanted something she could use hands-free so she could get deep pressure in her back while traveling and not waste time standing against a wall. She developed the KaddyBACK, and not only did it substantially help the muscles in her back hands-free, but others wanted one too!

Recognizing the benefits of the ergonomic design, versatility, simplicity of use, marketing potential for business’, and cost-effective design, she finally made the SPAball Kaddy available to the public. GBM Health, Inc. is based on a simple and tried philosophy: We all benefit from the health of others, and no one should suffer needlessly.

The patented SPAball Kaddy and the KaddyBACK are used by professional therapists and home users alike. The unique cross-fiber and trigger-point techniques made the “Golf Ball Massage” one of Heather’s most popular modalities, and we are proud to offer our products and knowledge for your continued wellness.

Online 12-Hour CE Course for Golf Ball Massage is now available to all massage therapists.

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  5. […] Heather Karr and her SPAball Kaddy debuted on the CBS TV show The Doctors on November 29, 2010, and kicked off a massage revolution. A few therapists dabbled with using a golf ball in massage before that but were not able to go very deep due to possible hand injury from the pressure. The introduction of the SPAball Kaddy solved that problem and is now being used world wide. Heather has also developed the original Golf Ball Massage, “SPAball Massage” which is now being licensed to spas and resorts. […]

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  7. […]  The SPAball Massage is the exact original and authentic Golf Ball Massage that the founder, Heather Karr, developed, and is only available to licensed spas. You will learn various massage techniques to […]

  8. […] Heather Karr, the inventor of the SPAball Kaddy, says “Ms. Carrino specializes in orthopedic, sports, and medical massage, and has already been using the SPAball Kaddy for golf ball massage for three years. We are very proud she has taken her spa to the next level and are offering her expanded expertise with the specific licensed massage to her fortunate clients.”   […]

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