US 1980803 A
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Nov. 13, 1934. JOHNSQN 1,980,803
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I ATTORNE Patented Nov. 13, 1934 omrsc STATES Aren't OFFICE 2 Claims.
My invention relates to a new and useful improvement in a massage applicator adapted for use in connection with a vacuum producing machine and intended as an applicator with which the body is massaged so that massaging and invigorating may be effected at the same time. In applicators of this class, a rigid holding member is provided with a removable yieldable member preferably formed from rubber and being formed essentially cup shaped, and in which a vacuum is maintained, the base of this cup shaped member having openings formed therein. It has been found in structures of this type that the removable contact member may rotate relatively to the rigid holding member while in use, thus destroying the air channels which are formed by a predetermined relative location of the holding member and the contact member.
It is an object of the present invention to provide a device of this class wherein the holding member and contact member may be maintained in fixed relation while the contact memberis readily removable from the holding member.
It is another object of the present invention to provide on the holding member a retaining disc about which the cup may be engaged, and to provide on the face of the disc which engages the base of the contact member, projections which form, with the contact member, channels so that a vacuum will be produced over the entire area of the contact member uniformly.
Another objectof the invention is the provision in an applicator of this class of an auxiliary vacuum control whereby the suction or adhering power of the contact member may be regulated Another object of the invention is the provision of a device of this class which will be simple in structure, economical of manufacture, durable. and highly efficient in use.
Other objects will appear hereinafter.
The invention consists in the combination and arrangement of parts hereinafter described and claimed.
The invention will be best understood by a refer- "ence to the accompanying drawing which forms a part of this specification, and in which,
Fig. 1 is a central sectional view of the invention taken on line 11 of Fig. 2.
Fig. 2 is a sectional view taken on line 22 of Fig. 1.
Fig. 3 is a fragmentary sectional view of a modified form taken on line 3-3 of Fig. 4.
Fig. 4 is a fragmentary sectional view taken on line 4-4 of Fig. 3.
Fig. 5 is a side elevational view of a modified form of the invention, with parts broken away and parts shown in section.
Fig. 6 is a side elevational view of a further modified form, with parts broken away and parts shown in section.
In the drawing, I have illustrated in the preferred form a holder formed from metal and having a handle 15 cast integral with the flat, disclike retaining portion or member 16. Ribs 1'7 project radially inwardly a short distance from the peripheral flange 17' which is formed on the undersurface of the retainer 16. Positioned between the ends of the ribs 17 and the center of the disc 16 are bosses 18. Clamped over the retainer 16 is the cup shaped contact member 19 which is preferably formed from rubber or other suitable yieldable material and which is provided at its open end with the inwardly projecting flange 20. Openings 22 are formed in the base 21 and an outwardly projecting flange 23 is formed on the base 21, this flange 23 extending outwardly beyond the periphery of the cup shaped contact member and forming a continuance of a circumferential boss on the outer surface of the base so as to retain the major portion of the base spaced so from the body to provide the chamber 23. The handle 15 is provided with a central passage 26 terminating in the threaded socket 27 in which may be secured the end of a suitable conduit connected to a vacuum producing machine. The ribs 35 17 and the bosses 18 form channels 25 so that an even distribution of the vacuum over the entire area of the base 21 of the cup shaped member is effected. In order to prevent rotation of the contact member on the disc-like retainer 16 so that the rib 1'7 and the bosses 18 may not cover any of the openings 22 formed in the base 21, there are pins 24 extended from the face of the disc 16 and projecting into pockets 24 formed in the inner face of the base 21. A lateral passage 28 is formed in the handle 15 so as to communicate with the passage 26 so that the operator while holding the handle 15 may by uncovering the passage 28 diminish the force of the vacuum transmitted to the body which is covered by the 1 chamber 23.
It will be noted that the applicator with this construction is of a fiat formation and is quite compact and light.
In Fig. 3 and Fig. 4 I have shown the same construction as illustrated in Fig. 1 excepting that the ribs 17 and the bosses 18 have been eliminated, the flange 17' engaging the inner surface of the base 21.
In 5 .I have shown a slightly different struc- 3 massaging.
ture in which a head 30 is provided with the outwardly projecting flange 30' which serves as the retaining disc on which the contact member is mounted, the flange 30" engaging the inner surface of the base of the contact member 35. A passage 31 is formed in the head 30 and communicates with the threaded socket 32 in which the tube leading to the vacuum producing mechanism may be fastened. A lateral passage 33 serves to communicate the passage 31 with the space 33 which is formed between'the inner face of the contact member 35 and the head 30. A passage 34 also communicates with the passage 31, and this passage may be closed to regulate the force of the vacuum produced in the space 33'. A flexible handle 36 preferably formed from rubber and integral with the contact member is provided for encircling the hand to enable the operator to hold the applicator while being used.
In Fig. 6 I have shown a further modified form in which the retainer 38 is provided with the upwardly extending post 39 having the passage 40 formed therein communicating with the threaded socket 41 to which the tube may be attached. A handle 42 is formed integral with the post 39 and the retainer 38, the end of the passage 40 extending through the handle for vacuum regulating purposes as previously mentioned.
This applicator may be made of various sizes depending upon the particular work which is to be performed, the size for body massaging differing from the size used for facial treatments or the size used for scalp massaging. In the drawing I have illustrated a full size applicator used for body In use, an oil is first applied to the body and when the body is massaged with the applicator the vacuum will draw the fat or loose body layers into the opening 22 and as the applicator is moved over a body a thorough massaging When used for facial treatments or scalp massaging, the holes 22 would be formed smaller than shown in the drawing and the entire applicator would be made of a size most desirable for the treatment to be administered. When used 7 for facial or scalp treatments, the size of the openings must be such that no pulling or stretching of the skin will be effected and the massaging as well as the elfect of the vacuum on the face or scalp will result in an increased blood circulation which is desirable for beneficial results in such treatments.
While I have illustrated and described the preferred forms of construction of my invention, I
do not wish to limit myself to the precise details of structure shown, but desire to avail myself of such variations and modifications as may come within the scope of the appended claims.
Having thus described my invention, what I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent is:
1. An applicator of the class described, comprising a flat disc-like retaining member having an annular peripheral flange projecting beyond the inner surface thereof, a cup-shaped yieldable contact member, means for detachably securing same to said retaining member, said securing means comprising an upstanding, inwardly projecting annular portion integral with the contact member overlying said flange, said flange contacting the inner surface of the contact member to space the same from the opposed inner surface of the disc-like member, said cup-shaped member having a plurality of openings formed therein communicating with the space between the disclike and contact members; and an apertured handle integral with the disc-like member also in communication with said space, and means for maintaining the disc-like and contact members in relatively immovable relationship.
2. An applicator of the class described, comprising a flat disc-like retaining member having an annular peripheral flange projecting beyond the inner surface thereof, a cup-shaped yieldable contact member, means for detachably securing same to said retaining member, said securing means comprising an upstanding, inwardly projecting annular portion integral with the contact member overlying said flange, said flange contacting the inner surface of the contact member to space the same from the opposed inner surface of the disc-like member, said peripheral flange having spaced ribs projecting radially towards the center of the disc-like member and spaced bosses surrounding said center constituting interrupted extensions of said ribs to provide a channel like structure in said space, said cup-shaped member having a plurality of openings formed therein communicating with the space between the disclike and contact members, and an apertured handle integral with the disc-like member also in communication with said space, and means for maintaining the disc-like and contact members in relatively immovable relationship.
DOLLETTA M. JOHNSON.