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Hand-L Massage Tool, version 2.0

The Original Ceramic Massage Tool, invented by Bob McAtee, updated in 2014

Watch the Hand-L demonstrated
on video by Bob McAtee.
What is the Hand-L 2.0?

What is the Hand-L 2.0?

The Hand-L 2.0 is . . .
an innovative professional massage tool designed for trigger point work, for deep tissue massage, or for simple relaxation massage. Now proudly made in the USA, the size and shape of Hand-L 2.0 are unchanged from the iconic original, first introduced in 1996. U. S. Patent #6010469
The Hand-L 2.0 is . . .
ergonomically designed to be comfortable to hold and easy to use effectively.
The Hand-L 2.0 is . . .
made of hand-finished stoneware clay in an attractive “earthtone” color, glazed at client contact areas for comfort, unglazed on the gripping surface to provide safe, slip-free control even if you have oil on your hands. The updated glaze finish on the client contact surfaces has slightly more “drag” than the original to provide better control when working with lubricant on the skin.
The Hand-L 2.0 can . . .
reduce stress on your thumbs, fingers, and joints. It’s designed to allow you to perform deep work easily, using leverage, saving strength. Prolong your career by minimizing fatigue and the chance of overuse injury.”…looks rather like a wavy stick, with a comfortable hand-grip in the middle and two slightly different rounded massage tips projecting out either end. The Hand-L can be employed with a variety of grips that use your hand and wrist muscles in different ways. The massage tips hook around at an angle, which can give you a good angle of attack for certain applications.”
As seen in Massage Magazine May/June 2000
Click here to order the Hand-L Massage Tool.


The Hand-L was invented by Bob McAtee, an internationally known sports massage therapist, author and lecturer. He searched unsuccessfully for years for a massage tool that was both effective and comfortable to hold. The shape for the Hand-L came to him in a dream. McRub, Inc. is proud to bring you the finished product. We welcome your comments.


Simply hold the Hand-L in the palm of your hand and rest your straight thumb on the Hand-L (as in the photo); avoid hyper-extending your thumb.

Treat trigger points as usual, except push/lean through your hand, not your thumb, allowing the Hand-L to do the work as you relieve the stress on your joints. There are several other ways to hold the Hand-L 2.0. See some examples in the demo videos and then let your creativity, skill, and client needs guide you. The unique shape of the Hand-L 2.0 utilizes leverage instead of strength making your work much easier. Click here to order the Hand-L Massage Tool.


The Hand-L 2.0 makes a fabulous self-massage tool. It is especially good for working along the occipital ridge, the forearms, the hands, and the feet.

The Hand-L 2.0 is Great for Reflexology

By holding the Hand-L as shown below, you can easily apply cross-fiber strokes, deep stripping or deep pressure.


Each Hand-L 2.0 is made of high-fire stoneware clay. It’s extremely durable, hygienic and temperature sensitive. The Hand-L will break if dropped, so be sure to place it in the padded holster when it’s not in your hand. Avoid placing it on the massage table where the client may accidentally bump it to the floor. The Hand-L 2.0 is sold with a one-year replacement warranty if it breaks for any reason (even being dropped on the floor, because accidents happen). The Hand-L may be heated using hot (not boiling) water, a heating pad, sunshine, or by holding in your hands for a few minutes. It may also be chilled to provide cryotherapy applications. To clean, simply wipe with alcohol, or wash with soap and water. The Hand-L may be used with any massage lubricant: oil, lotion, salve, ultrasound gel, etc. Click here to order the Hand-L Massage Tool.