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Publication numberUS2935064 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMay 3, 1960
Filing dateJan 26, 1959
Priority dateJan 26, 1959
Publication numberUS 2935064 A, US 2935064A, US-A-2935064, US2935064 A, US2935064A
InventorsWilliam N Moxley
Original AssigneeWilliam N Moxley
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Foot massage apparatus
US 2935064 A
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I FOOT MASSAGE APPARATUS Filed Jan. 26, 1959 2 Sheets-Sheet l 44 43 INVENTOR. 35 WLL/HM M Max/.5? 10 Y y 1960 w. N. MOXLEY 2,935,064

FOOT MASSAGE APPARATUS Filed Jan. 26. 1959 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 a FI Ga 4o IN V EN TOR.

MLL/HM M MOXLE/ 2,935,064 FOOT MASSAGE APPARATUS William N. Moxley, Los 'Angeles, Calif. Application January 26, 1959, Serial No. 789,155 i Claims. (Cl. ms--33 The present invention relates to massage apparatus,

and more particularly to apparatus for performing a massaging action on the feet of persons.

. object of the invention is to provide apparatus on which a person can stand to have his feet massaged and embodying equipment for massaging the feet without transmitting the massaging action to the remainder of the apparatus.

Another object of the invention is to provide massage equipment in an apparatus for supporting a person in a standing position whose feet are to be massaged, in which the equipment is retained in the apparatus in such manner as to transmit the massaging action to the persons feet and to the floor or other surface on which the apparatus is mounted, without transmitting the massaging action to :the supporting apparatus itself.

A further object of the invention is to provide an apparatus for massaging the persons feet standing thereon, in which massage equipment in the apparatus ,does.

not transmit the massaging action to the remainder of the apparatus, but is still readily transportable as a unit with the remainder of the apparatus.

This invention possesses many other advantages, and' has other objects which may he made more clearly apparent from a consideration of a form i'n which it may be embodied. This form is shown in the drawings ac --companying and forming part of the present specification.

It will now bedescribed in detail, for the purpose ofillustrating the general principles of the invention; but it is to be understood that such detailed description is notto 'be taken in a limiting sense, since the scope Ofzih invention is best defined by the appended .=cjlairns.-

Referring to the drawings: Figure 1 is a front elevational embodying the invention; 7

Fig. 2 is a side elevational closed in Fig. 1;

view' of an apparatus view, of the apparatus di Fig. 3 is a top plan view of theapprhtus -,i,l lus t;r ated in Fig. 1; V 1

Fig. 4 is a top plan view, on an enlarged scale, of the lower portion of the apparatus on which a person can stand;

Fig. 5 is on Fig. 4;

an enlarged section taken along the line 5 15 fragmentary section of a lower upon the upper surface of massage equipment 10, which,

,may be in the form of a massage pillow of the specific type illustrated in applicants United States Patent 2,786,465, although the apparatus could assume other specific forms. As disclosed, the massage pillow includes a lower section 11 and an upper section 12 pivthrough a flange 44 Patented May 3, 1959 otally connected thereto, as through use of a suitable intervening hinge 13. Within the upper and lower pillow sections is a massage producing apparatus 14 including a suitable frame 15 to which end cylindrical members 16,

17 ,are secured. An electric motor 18 is connected to the frame at one end by means of a flexible connection 19. The armature shaft 20 of the motor extends outwardly through its opposite end and is secured to an eccentric 21 rotatable within a ball bearing 22, the outer race 23 of which is suitably afiixed to the frame, as well as to the cylindrical member 17.

The massage unit 10 is clamped within the upper and lower sections 12, 11 of the pillow. Thus, the cylindrical members 16, 17 are held between upper and lower rubber or rubber-like pillow blocks 24, 25 suitably secured to the upper and lower sections, as through use of screws 26. These sections 11, 12 are held in clamped relation upon the cylindrical members 16, 17 by means of straps 27 attached to the'sides of the upper and lower sections to hold them in closed relation to one another. When in closed relation rubber or rubber-like bumpers 28 on one of the sections 12, such as the upper section, will engage the other or lower section 11. V

As the motor 18 rotates, the rotation of the eccentric 21 transmits a circular vibratory motion to the upper and lower sections 12, 11 The lower section 11 may have a layer of sponge rubber 29 secured thereto, which,

in turn, is covered by a suitable covering of pliant sheet material 30, such as a plastic sheet; whereas the upper section 12 may also have a layer of sponge rubber 29 attached thereto which is also enclosed by-a suitable covering of sheet material 30, such as a plasticmaterial. A protective mat 31 is secured to the sheet material 30 of the upper section 12. When a person stands upon the the electric motor 18 operating, the massaging and vibratory action developed bythe eccentric21 is transmitted through the framework 15, 16, Hand through the rubber pillow blocks 24, 25 to the upper and lower sections 12, 11, and from'th'e upper section to the feet of the person. V

It is desired to retain the massage equipment or pillow 1-0 inthe apparatus 'and yet prevent the massaging action or vibratory action developed from being transmitted through the apparatus. Thus, the massage pillow 10 is disposed within a well, recess, or opening 35 in the base portion 36 .of the apparatus. This base portion is ,elevated above the floor or supporting surface F, as by means .of spaced parallel bars 37 on opposite sides of the recess 35 which may extend substantially from the front of the base to the rear of the base 36. Adjacent to each of these b,ars,'a rod or tube '38 may be disposed, which also engages the floor or other supporting surface F, as well as "the lower side of the base. The rear ends of these tubes 38 are secured to vertical supporting tubular members 39 which are connected to one another at their upper .end by meansof an integral cross-piece 49. A vertical panel 41 is suitably secured to the vertical sup porting rods of bars 39'.

Lateral supports 41 are provided to facilitate a persons stepping onto and from the massaging apparatus and to insure his safe standing on the apparatus while it is being used. Such side supports 41' may consist of generally L-shapied members disposed on each side of the massage apparatus, therebeing a forward vertical leg 42 attachedto the base 36, as by means of screws 43 passing fixed to each leg and bearing against the base panel of the apparatus. The upper portion 1.42 of each vertical leg merges into a horiaontal bar. 1.45 bent substantially at right angles thereto and extending rearwardly to the rear vertical panel 41, to which a flange 46 attached to the horizontal bar is suitably secured, as

to the vertical panel 41.

by means of screws 47. Thus, the side supports 41' provide hand holds for the person using the apparatus. Each leg 42 may be braced by an intermediate member 48 suitably attached to the leg and to the vertical panel 41 answe s The current to the electric motor 18 is supplied in i the usual manner through an electric line 70. If deone or a plurality of boxes or holders 51 whichcrnay t be used for containing booklets,.folders, or. other advertising literature.

The distance between the sides of the opening 35 in the lower base member 36 is slightly greater than the width of the lower section 11 of the pillow, whereas the distance between the front and rear ends of the panel 36 defining the opening 35 is but slightly greater than the distance between the front and rear of the pillow sections 11, 12. Thus, the massage unit or pillow makes a fairly snug fit within the opening 35. Its lateral movement may be limited by its engagement with a pair of spaced rubber or rubber-like bumpers 52 extending into the opening 35 from the side thereof and suitably secured to the base panel 36, as through use of screws 53, or the like.

The massage unit 10 is movable with the surrounding structure of the apparatus by being supported upon a liner 54 made of flexible material, such as canvas, textile fabric, rubber, or the like, disposed within the opening 35. This liner includes a base portion 55 on which the strips 59 and flanges 58 for threaded reception into the wood or other material of the panel 36.

The liner 54 is in a state of rest when the apparatus is disposed on the floor F or other supporting surface, its bottom or base 55 engaging the floor but the side and end walls 56, 57 being devoid of any load thereon, preferably being in a somewhat slack state. Accordingly, when the massage apparatus 10 is operating, and the eccentric 21 is imparting the massaging action to the pillow 10, such massaging action is only transmitted in a downward direction through the base 55 of the liner to the floor or supporting surface F, as well as in an upward direction to the feet of the person standing thereon. However, it is not transmitted to the base portion 36 through the liner 54, since the sides.56, 57 of the liner are in a relaxed or non-rigid state. Any tendency for the massage unit 10 to move in a forward or rearward direction, or laterally, is substantially non-existent and if it tends to occur, it would be resisted by engagement of the lower section 11 with the rubber bumpers 52,

which will transmit substantially no massaging action or I vibrations to the base panel 36.

It is, thus, apparent that there is no massaging or vibratory action transmitted to the supporting structure which receives the massage apparatus 10. However, in the event it is desired to move the apparatus, it is merely necessary to lift it, the massage unit 10 itself being retained within the recess 35 of the'base panel 36 by the liner 54. The entire apparatus can be transported to a new location as a unit and set in place where desired. When the apparatus is not resting on a supporting surface F, the massage unit 10 is supported from the base panel 36 through the agency of the liner 54 on which it rests and which partly surrounds it.

sired, this electric line may be in a circuit with a timer switch 71 of any suitable type mounted in the upper portion of the vertical panel 41, which will determine the duration of the massaging action imparted to the feet of the person standing on the massage unit 10.

The inventor claims:

1. In foot massage apparatus: a supporting structure including a base adapted to rest upon a floor and having an opening therein; a flexible liner in said opening secured to saidbase and adapted to rest upon the floor; and a massage unit on which av person is adapted to stand disposed in said opening-and bearing upon said liner, said unit including means for developing and im-' parting a vibratory massage action to the person.

2. In foot massage apparatus: a supporting structure including abase adapted torest upon a floor and having an opening therein; a flexible liner in said opening secured to said base and adapted to rest upon the floor; and a massage unit on which a person is adapted to stand disposed in said opening and bearing upon said liner, said unit including means for developing and imparting a vibratory massage action to the person; said massage unit being substantially entirely free from engagement with said base.

3. In foot massage apparatus: a supporting structure including a base adapted to rest upon a floor and having an opening therein; a flexible liner in said opening secured to said base and adapted to rest upon the floor; a massage-unit on which a person is adapted to stand disposed in said opening and bearing upon said liner, said unit including means for developing and imparting a vibratory massage action to the person; a vertical member extending upwardly from the rear of said base; and side supporting members for the person standing on said massage unit, said side supporting members being secured to said base and vertical member.

4; In foot massage apparatus: a supporting structure including a base adapted to rest upon a floor and having an opening therein; a flexible liner in said opening secured to said 'base and having side portions extending downwardly therewithin and a base portion adapted to rest upon the floor; and a massage unit on which a person can stand disposed in said opening and bearing upon said base portion, said unit including means for developing and imparting a vibratory massage action to the person; said side portions being free from tension when said massageunit bears upon said base portion and said base portion rests upon the floor.

5. In foot massage apparatus: a supporting structure including a base adapted to rest upon a floor and having an opening therein; a flexible liner in said opening secured to said base and having side portions extending downwardly therewithin and a base portion adapted to rest upon the floor; and a massage unit on which a person can stand disposed in said opening and bearing upon said base portion, said unit including means for developing and imparting a vibratory massage action to the person; saidside portions being free from tension when said massage unit bears upon said base portion and said base portion rests upon the floor; avertical member extending upwardly from the rear of said base; and side supporting members for the person standing on said mas- References Cited in the file of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS Spencer Apr. 12, 1938 Moxley Mar. 26, 1957

Patent Citations
Cited PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US2113865 *Apr 28, 1936Apr 12, 1938Spencer Wesley DBody vibrator
US2786465 *Jul 21, 1955Mar 26, 1957William N MoxleyMassage pillow
Referenced by
Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US4782822 *Aug 7, 1987Nov 8, 1988Ricken James FResonance frequency stimulator
US7278976Jun 27, 2006Oct 9, 2007Michael LinBody vibrator
US7278977Jun 27, 2006Oct 9, 2007Michael LinBody vibrating facility
Classifications
U.S. Classification601/65, D24/213
International ClassificationA61H23/02
Cooperative ClassificationA61H2201/0165, A61H2203/0406, A61H1/005, A61H23/0254, A61H2201/0157, A61H2201/164, A61H2205/12
European ClassificationA61H1/00D, A61H23/02R