US 3759250 A
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United States yatent Salata Sept. 18, 1973 MASSAGING DEVICE  ABSTRACT lnvemol'i Dominic Salata, 2593 Coral y A device for massaging various parts of the human west, Daytona Beach, 32018 body, especially the arms and legs, to reduce and firm  Filed: Oct. 19, 1971 said parts, including a frame in which a pair of rollers are rotatively mounted in spaced apart, substantially in PP 190,617 parallel relation to one another. The frame includes extensibly mounted end portions, each carrying a roller, 52 US. Cl. 128/57 varying the Spacing between enable 51 Int. Cl A6111 15/00 mum straddle the different  Field of Search [28/57, 58, 24.3; Sectional Sizes, Such as the calves PP 272/79 arms and forearms. Springs connect the rollers to the frame and yieldably urge the rollers toward one an-  References Cited otherdinbtlheir different afdjusted phosigiodns, for apptlying a ie a e com ressive orce tot e o ortion ein UNITED STATES PATENTS missagm p y P g 2,230,890 2/1941 McClenathen 128/57 2,2l9,l38 10/1940 Morrison 7 Claims, 3 Drawing Figures 3,583,396 6/1971 Landis 128/57 Primary ExaminerLawrence W. Trapp Att0rneyJ0hn N. Randolph PATENTED SEN 81973 IN VENTOR DOMINIC R. SALATA ATTORNEY MASSAGING DEVICE SUMMARY It is a primary object of the present invention to provide a body massager of extremely simple construction which may be very economically manufactured and sold, which is extremely durable, and capable of being manipulated by the user for reducing, slimming and firming different parts of the body.
Another object of the invention is to provide a massager which is extremely versatile and may be readily adjusted to provide a correct straddle fit of body portions of different cross sectional sizes, and for varying the amount of compressive force exerted by the yieldably mounted rollers on the part of the body engaged thereby.
Various other objects and advantages of the invention will hereinafter become more fully apparent from the following description of the drawing, illustrating a presently preferred embodiment thereof, and wherein:
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWING FIG. 1 is a perspective view of the massaging device;
FIG. 2 is a top plan thereof, and
FIG. 3 is a fragmentary perspective view, looking toward a portion of the interior of the massager.
DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT Referring more specifically to the drawing, the massaging device in its entirety is designated generally 5 and includes a rectangular frame, designated generally 6, composed of corresponding side members 7 and corresponding end members 8.
The side members 7 are of inwardly opening channel shaped cross section and are disposed in spaced apart substantially parallel relation to one another. The outer walls 9 of the members 7 are provided with spaced apart openings 10. The openings 10 of the two members 7 are disposed in transverse alignment with one another.
The end members 8 are each U-shaped and each include an outer cross member 11 anda pair of legs 12 which extend inwardly from the ends of the cross member 11 and which fit slidably in corresponding ends of the side members 7.
A headed bolt 13 extends outwardly through each leg 12, adjacent its inner end, and through a selected one ofthe openings 10, and a wing nut 14 engages the outer end of each bolt 13 and bears against the outer side of one of the walls 9.
A pair of rollers 15, preferably formed of wood, are rotatively mounted on shafts 16 which extend transversely across the frame 6. The ends of the shafts l6 slidably engage in inwardly opening slots or channels 17 of the legs 12. Thus, one of the rollers is carried by each end member 8.
One looped end of a conventional extension coil spring 18 is anchored to each bolt 13. The springs 18 extend outwardly or toward the ends of the frame 6 and have their opposite looped ends engaging around the ends of the shafts 16 for yieldably resisting displacement of the shafts l6 and the rollers 15, carried thereby, away from one another. A pair of sleeves 19, preferably formed of nylon, are carried by each shaft 16 between the ends of the roller 15 thereof and the ends of the springs 18, connected to said shaft, for retaining the rollers 15 centered in the frame 6, with respect to the frame sides 7.
From the foregoing, it will be readily apparent that the spacing between the rollers 15 can be varied by removing the nuts 14 and disengaging the bolts 13 from the frame sides 7, so that the end members 8 can be moved toward or away from one another, after which the bolts 13 are inserted through different ones of the openings 10 and the nuts 14 are applied thereto. The spacing between the rollers 15 is thus varied depending upon the part of the body to be massaged.
For massaging the thighs, for example, with the rollers properly spaced, the user places one foot inside of the frame between the rollers 15. The cross members 11 are grasped as handles and the massager 5 is moved upwardly on the leg until the thigh is between the rollers 15, which are spaced apart a distance less than the cross sectional size of the thigh, so that the rollers will be displaced away from one another against the action of the springs 18. Thus, the rollers will exert a yieldably compressive force against the thigh as the massager 5 is moved upwardly and downwardly. The frame 6 can be turned clockwise or counterclockwise through an arc of approximately 45 for massaging different parts of the thighs.
For massaging the calf, one end of the frame may be rested on the floor or other supporting surface and the other end engaged for rocking the frame about said first mentioned end as a fulcrum.
For massaging the arm, the frame 6 is disposed in an upright position with one cross member 11 resting on a table or other support. The other cross member 11 is grasped by the left hand, for example, while the right arm is inserted between the rollers 15, which are then disposed in close proximity to one another, and the arm is moved back and forth between the rollers which exert a compressive force against the parts of the arm engaged thereby and follow the contour of the arm as the rollers roll thereover.
The massager 5 can also be utilized for massaging the stomach and other parts of the torso and which is accomplished with the end members 8 disposed at innermost positions between the side members 7 so that the rollers 15 are spaced a minimum distance apart.
Various modifications and changes are contemplated and may be resorted to, without departing from the function or scope of the invention.
1 claim as my invention:
1. A massaging device comprising a rectangular frame having spaced apart substantially parallel side members and a pair of U-shaped end members, said end members having inwardly extending legs slidably engaging and adjustably connected to said side members, a pair of rollers, and means rotatably and slidably mounting said rollers in the frame in spaced apart substantially parallel relation to one another.
2. A massaging device as in claim 1, and means yieldably urging said rollers toward one another.
3. A massaging device as in claim 1, said side members being of channel shaped cross section and disposed to open toward one another.
4. A massaging device as in claim 1, said rollers being carried by said end members.
5. A massaging device as in claim 4, and shafts on which said rollers are rotatively mounted, said shafts having end portions slidably engaging said end mem- 3,759,250 3 3 bers and providing said means for rotatively and slidbly urging the shafts and rollers toward one another. ably mounting the rollers. 7. A massaging device as in claim 6, said springs con- 6. A massaging device as in claim 1, and springs connecting the shafts and rollers to the end members. nected to said end members and to the shafts for yielda-