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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Total Pillow Review & Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed.

As a physical therapist who specialized in sports and orthopedic injuries (currently on hiatus to be with the littles!), I know and can appreciate the importance of a quality pillow for proper positioning. Whether in transit or relaxing at home, the ability to maintain good alignment of your body, the spine in particular, is incredibly important for minimizing major and minor aches and pains.

The Total Pillow is a positioning device with a large degree of versatility. Say goodbye to foam, down, and fiber-filled pillows that bottom out and lose their shape over time. The Total Pillow is filled with microbeads (similar to an updated stress relief ball) and can be manipulated into numerous configurations easily without losing its shape. It's covered with a stretchy, almost neoprene-type fabric (though thinner than traditional neoprene) and has a softer fleece on the front. The Total Pillow can be used as a seat cushion, neck support, lumbar support, head rest, and regular pillow. It can also be used for positioning of the arms and/or legs to provide for optimal spinal alignment.

I gave it a test run in my office chair during a marathon site update the other evening and thought it provided very good lumbar support. It was a little on the bulky side when folded over compared to what I usually recommend for a lumbar roll (small pillow placed against the chair in the small of the back to support the lower spine), but I found that it was still comfortable when placed in a chair with good bones (wouldn't recommend this for use with a flexible back chair). I then passed it off to my husband for the ultimate test...a night's sleep. Bless his heart, my husband is the consummate pillow fluffer! He will tear up a pillow trying to find "his spot" for sleeping. All of the fluffing and folding in an attempt to find a position of comfort typically ruins the pillows I buy him in a matter of months. In most cases, I can see some degree of breakdown after just a couple of nights! I am happy to report that there was none of that with The Total Pillow. It held up beautifully to his testing and my sweetie thought it was actually very comfortable...now that's saying something!

The primary drawbacks for me are that it requires spot cleaning and is recommended for adults only. With 4 little ones and a house full of activity, I am always in search of wash and go products. Also, because it is filled with microbeads, it can be dangerous for children should they ingest the beads somehow (for example, following a puncture of the pillow). However, this is clearly marked on the packaging and, by design, it is not really a pillow I would recommend for little ones anyway.

To Purchase: Total Pillow can be purchased for $19.99, plus S&H. Right now, they are having a special promotion during which you can get a second pillow free, plus some extra compresses and compress covers.

Win Your Own: Enter to win your very own Total Pillow by doing any or all of the following. Please leave a separate comment for each entry and include your email if not visible in your profile, so I can contact you if you win. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.

Mandatory Entry:
Stop by Total Pillow and let me know what you find most appealing about this pillow...easy as pie!

Extra Entries:

1. Become a follower of Bullfrogs & Butterflies Baby Blog or let me know that you already are (and thank you!) -
2. Become a fan of Ellia C. Naturals on Facebook
3. Follow me on Twitter
4. Tweet about this giveaway and link back to @ElliaCNaturals - 1 extra entry per day
5. Add our button to your blog (please provide your link)

The winner will be selected by random.org on August 12th. Good luck :)


(Disclosure: I received The Total Pillow, free of charge from Total Pillow, for the purposes of this review. The opinions expressed in this review are honest and based on my own experiences and those of my family.)

49 comments:

  1. I like that it is so versatile!
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  2. I love how convenient it is for traveling and you can use it anywhere.
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  3. I became a fan on Facebook. Thanks! Joy

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  4. I like that in addition to the versatility of the shape, it can be used as a hot or cold compress! Awesome.

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  6. Following on Twitter @purplemommi

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  7. I love that fact that it can be heated or cooled in the microwave. We could really use a pillow like this in my house.

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  8. I like that it has lower back support for the computer!
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  10. I'm getting ready to take a trip & would love it for the airplane!

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  11. Wow! That is so cool! Its great how many options you get from just one pillow!

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  12. I am going to take a look at this right now as I have 3 trips coming up that require a good bit of travel. Great post.

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  13. I check out the Total Pillow website and I love that this pillow has so many different uses!

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  14. I tweeted about the giveaway! LoveBugKids

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  15. I like the way it can be molded into different shapes to fit where I need!

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  16. I am your newest Follower, hope you can stop by for a visit!

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  17. I grabbed your button!

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  18. I love how you can use it so many ways. I sit behind a desk all day would love to try

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  19. I like that I can place it many places for support.
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  21. I like the cute shape. :)

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  24. I like that I can use it for neck support in the car if I want to sleep on road trips and it is small enough to take with you on travels. Not bulky like a regular pillow

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  26. I am a fan of Ellia C. Naturals on Facebook
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  28. I tweeted about your giveaway:
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  33. I love it's flexibility and also the option of having the hot and cold compress packs.

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  34. I love how you can customize it.

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  38. it will make a long flight so much more comfortable
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