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  • Fore! Your Pleasure

    Patented golf ball-massage device digs deep, becomes a quick hit
  • A licensed massage therapist has created a unique way of using a golf ball as a massage tool, and her patented inventions have created a new niche business.
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  • A licensed massage therapist has created a unique way of using a golf ball as a massage tool, and her patented inventions have created a new niche business.
    Heather Karr, who owns Ahhhmmn Massage Therapy in Westlake Village, Calif., said she started using a golf ball as a massage tool by chance, but it's proving a hit with clients, industry professionals and retailers.
    Karr invented the SPAball Kaddy, a polymer device that holds a golf ball, allowing a therapist to move it freely over a client's body, and the KaddyBACK, a kind of pouch that allows you to position a golf ball on the back while leaning against a chair, wall or car seat and use it to massage the back.
    The idea of using a golf ball as a massage tool came about when a client asked her to use it on his back for deep-tissue massage. It was effective, she said, but after a while started to hurt her hand.
    Her goal in creating the SPAball Kaddy was to find a device that would allow the golf ball to do its work while protecting the therapist's hands from injury.
    "I've been working on prototypes for two years, and I had several different prototypes. The slightest little change in design made a difference in its function," Karr said.
    "The final design, which is made of hard plastic, allows the ball to roll around inside if you push lightly. If you push hard, the ball doesn't move, and you get really deep work. You can also move it in circles for cross-fiber work."
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