Cotsoco Neck and Shoulder Massager Review

Karen Parnell February 16, 2024

Cotsoco Shiatsu Neck and Shoulder Massager Review


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I’ve been increasing my cycling and indoor rowing volume recently and have found that my neck and back is getting tight and painful, so I started to look for an effective way to relief this and keep training.

I had to go to hospital last year and had a neck x-ray as part of the investigation and the doctor pointed out that my neck was mis-aligned due to tightness in my neck and upper back, and she recommended regular massage.

I do like a good deep tissue massage, but these are not always possible or practical so I thought I would order the Cotsoco neck and shoulder massager and see if this works.


The Cotsoco Shiatsu Neck and Shoulder Massager

The Cotsoco Shiatsu neck and shoulder massager is an electronic kneading massager shawl with 16 rotating heads that mimic a manual neck massage. It is primarily designed to massage you neck and back but can also be used on your lower back, thighs etc.

It has three massage settings, and it automatically changes direction every minute to help you relax after a long day or hard training session.

The neck massager also has a heating mode as well as a 15-minute automatic shut-off function to avoid overuse when falling asleep. It heats to body temperature (113°F / 45°C) and has overheat protection. I always use it with the heat turned on as I find it adds to the massage effectiveness and feels good on a cold evening.

I bought the rechargeable version so I can use it without having to plug it in but these is a corded version that also comes with a car adaptor so you can use it after a race in your car. There is also a version with a carry bag but the version I bought did not come with this.

On the control panel there is a power button, direction button, speed button (medium, fast, and slow settings) and the heat on/off button.


Amazon: £45.99

Weight: 1900 Grams

Power: Corded or cordless (rechargeable) versions available

Modes: 3 speeds, heat on/off, 2 directions (clockwise/anti-clockwise

Massage Points: 16 powerful 3D massage nodes.

Dimensions: 50L x 40W x 17H centimetres


The Neck Massager Rotating "Fingers"


My Experience of the Cotsoco Neck and Shoulder Massager

Over the years I have tried many massage products to supplement my massage qualification such as guns, sticks, balls and more with varying levels of success. My favourite up until now was the Bob and Brad Q2 mini massage gun.

I wanted something that I could use easily every day in my home and the Cotsoco neck massager seemed to fit the bill.

It’s a no fuss product and you simply connect a standard USB charge cable to it to charge it then place it on your neck and power it on.

Since purchasing I’ve used it every evening sitting watching TV. I use it first on my neck through two cycles (1 minute clockwise, 1 minute anti-clockwise, twice) then move it steadily lower down my back until it times outs at 15 minutes. I like the 15-minute time out feature as it reminds me not to over do it! Plus, I have found 15 minutes is enough to relief the tension I have and relax my muscles.

Since using this every day, I have had a lot less pain and also sleep better.


What’s in the Box

The version of Cotsoco neck massager I bought comes with:

  • Cotsoco Massager
  • USB Charger Cable
  • Use Manual


The Cotsoco Neck Massager Box


Here’s a video of my massager being unboxed and also switched on and working:




Unboxing Video showing what's in the box plus the massager working



I have been really impressed by this simple but effective product. As mentioned, I have tried a lot of massage devices over the years and for me this one is the best. It has reduced the pain and tightness of in my neck and shoulders and has enable me to sleep better.

I use the neck massager every day on the sofa whilst watching TV so it’s really convenient to use in my house without taking time out of my day.

It get’s a big thumbs up from me!


Karen Parnell 
is a Level 3 British Triathlon and IRONMAN U Certified Coach, WOWSA Level 3 open water swimming coach, 80/20 Endurance Certified Coach and NASM Personal Trainer and Sports Technology Writer. 

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Cotsoco Neck and Back Massager FAQ

1. What is the Cotsoco neck and back massager?

The Cotsoco neck and back massage is a electronic kneading massage shawl that you apply to your neck and back to massage your muscles to relieve pain and muscle tightness.


2. How many modes does the Cotsoco neck and back massager have?

The massager has three speed settings (slow, medium and fast), two directions (clockwise and anti-clockwise) plus heat on/off.


3. Is there a corded and cordless version?

Yes, there is a corded version which you can plug in and use at home or in your car using an adapter and a rechargeable cordless version that can be re-charged via a standard USB cable which is included with the item.


4. Can I use the massager on other parts of the body?

Yes, you can use the massage on your neck, back, thighs and other parts of your body.


5.Does the massager come with a bag?

You can purchase the massager with and without a carry bag.


6.Does the Cotsoco massager have an automatic power off?

Yes, the massager powers down automatically after 15-minutes of use to ensure you don’t over-massage.


7. What temperature does the massager heat up to?

The massage heats up to body temperature (113°F / 45°C) and has overheat protection.


8. What does a shiatsu massage do?

Shiatsu is a non invasive therapy originating from Japan. It uses a combination of kneading, pressing, tapping and stretching techniques. These gentle techniques aim to reduce tension and re energise the body. Shiatsu works with the body's energy flow, known as Ki or Qi (pronounced chee).


9. Is Shiatsu good for athletes?

Most common sport injuries are easily treated with Shiatsu massage. 


10. Shiatsu massage good after workout?

 Yes, massaging sore muscles can be beneficial after a workout.

There are many different types of massages you can consider for post-workout recovery. Some massage therapists recommend relaxation massage, Shiatsu, or self massage. Choosing the type of massage that is best will depend on your body and your body's needs.