I just found a super comfort product– click and heat packs that you can use at home or on the go. I was shopping in a department store the other day and ran into a young woman demonstrating “Body Comfort” click and heat packs. I found the same technology in Italy about 10 years ago. I was in Rome in late November and just couldn’t get warm, until I discovered two click and heat items. One was a disposable cup that had hot chocolate powder in it. You just twisted the bottom after filling it with water and voila — really hot chocolate that stayed hot out in the cold and wind. Amazing. Then, at the Sunday flea market near Porta Portese a vendor sold foot and hand warmers that worked the same way. You just squeezed a disk inside the plastic pack and the warmer became quite hot and stayed that way for at least an hour.
The Body Comfort Company has taken this technology to a much higher level, with packs made of high quality materials. “All of the Body Comfort click and heat packs contain water and food grade sodium acetate (a form of salt). The metal disc inside is made of stainless steel and the outer shell is medical grade plastic.” You can either heat the packs or chill them to create a long-lasting cold pack.
The company’s website tells the story about this amazing product:
“How is the heat produced? By flexing (not breaking or cracking in half) the stainless steel disc, small molecules turn into a solid state which then creates a chain reaction causing the solution to crystallize and instantly heat to a predetermined amount of energy, 130° degrees F / 53° degrees C to be exact. The ability to create heat for a long period of time is accomplished due to the liquid NOT crystallizing at the same time. Molecules that were not required to heat the pack to its maximum temperature will remain liquid and crystallize as required, thus maintaining the maximum temperature.”
Before I tried mine I wondered how long the heat would last. The website states:
“Body Comfort click and heat packs retain their heat for a period of 30 minutes and up to an hour. As your body draws heat from the heat pack the temperature will decrease gradually. All Body Comfort click and heat packs will maintain appropriate heat for therapeutic or doctor recommended timing, usually 15-20 minutes per use.”
In my experience the heat wraps were very warm for about an hour, with diminishing warmth during the final 15 minutes or so. Amazing. They are re-usable and seemingly will last for years, if handled properly. My experiences with other heat pack products have been disappointing. Most products must be heated in a micro wave oven, and eventually the coverings break down. I’ve also found that temperatures are uneven and many of the wraps I’ve used were often much too hot to handle for several minutes. All in all, the products I’ve tried in the past produced usuable heat for only 10 minutes or so.
You can also use the Body Comfort products as cold packs, which will come in handy for me this summer when Baltimore gets hot and humid. For now, I’m using the set I bought as a source of soothing warmth. My packs have no aroma, but you can purchase models from Body Comfort with lavender and other scents built into the covers. (I’m wondering about adding a drop of your own essential oil to the outside before warming?) You don’t need electrical cords and you can use dry or moist heat on demand at home or on the go. You get 130 degrees of therapeutic heat in an instant!! Amazing.
Body Comfort Gel Pack Hand Warmers
Large Body Comfort Gel Pack
There are probably other companies out there with similar products. I’ve discovered Body Comfort, but if anyone has tried and liked another company’s products please pass on the information. For now, I’m off to click on my neck wrap and read a book!
For a video of how to use the product on the Body Comfort website, click on:
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