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May 13, 2002

Rhythm Touch Q

She spends many days giving speeches and greeting guests. When first lady Vicky Cayetano takes time to relax, she sometimes does it with this. The Rhythm Touch Q, electronic massager.

The first lady shows us how she attaches the pads to her neck and shoulders. Those pads are connected to this battery powered device that has several settings and strengths.

"I fall asleep with it a lot of times," says the first lady. "Do you see how my shoulder just kind of went up. I can feel it going up again."

The first lady says she takes the Q touch with her on plane trips, even keeps it in the office for those stressful days.

She says, "sometimes I put it on my arms. Just wherever it's sore. It's a wonderful point here too. And here, and I also put it on the soles of my feet and oh is that relaxing."

But is it a real massage, or just a stimulation of the skin. The first lady called on does it work to ask the experts, "and see how they respond to it. To make sure it's not just up here for me. Ha, ha, ha."

So we've come here to the Honolulu School of Massage where they know all about relieving stress and making you feel good. Students are learning to become massage therapists. Gayle Volger is the school's director of education. She places the pads on her shoulders and then turns it on.

Gayle says, "I feel like my body is jolting, especially when I take it up to a higher setting."

After trying all of the different settings, Volger says the Rhythm Touch Q simply isn't her cup of tea. "At a very, very light setting then it may bring about for some people, it may be a very relaxing effect."

Then Lyle tries the Rhythm Touch. It's an electric shock that forces my muscles to move uncontrollably.

"I'm not doing any of this on my own," says Lyle.

So, what's the word for the first lady. "This is not massage. I see this more as some sort of dermal stimulator," says Volger.

But if you want one, it'll cost you about 150 bucks.

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