FOMENTEK®, makers of the “World’s Largest Hot Water Bottle”, has been in operation since 1986.
In 1986 Angie Brassette, the creator of FOMENTEK®, was suffering from the muscular back pain. After trying in vain to derive pain relief through the use of a heating pad, Angie tried a using a red rubber hot water bottle. The hot water bottle was decidedly more comforting, but did not stay hot for very long and did not cover her entire back area. Angie wondered why someone had not made a hot water bottle that was large enough to provide soothing heat to her neck, shoulders, and back and would also be comfortable to lie on. Her husband, Duane, concocted a rudimentary bladder from plastic sheeting material and filled it with warm water, presenting it to Angie. Upon lying on the not-yet-named FOMENTEK bag Angie uttered the phrase “Oh, this feels great!” Duane refined his idea and gave one to their massage therapist. The early FOMENTEK bags worked well, but the thick plastic membrane was not pliable enough. Also, the heat-welded seams were rough to the touch. Even with these drawbacks, the word spread and massage therapists began calling for the “big water bags”. Ultimately the FOMENTEK™ bag was totally redesigned. The early thick and stiff material was replaced with a double layer of pliable proprietary polymer that is impervious to any solvent on Planet Earth. Modern manufacturing processes were employed for consistency and RF welding smoothed out the rough seams.
The trade name FOMENTEK® is derived from a combination of two words: Fomentation and Technol
Two smaller sizes were added to the line, making this product the standard for heat therapy in thousands of massage therapy clinics and spas. Over the years word of the FOMENTEK bags spread to other health professionals and home users.
Tiger Tail USA, a pioneer of mainstream muscle recovery and muscle pain relief (www.tigertailusa.com), purchased the assets and trademark rights to Fomentek in January of 2020. Tiger Tail USA is now proudly carrying the flag of Angie’s original mission to help people in pain.
We still have many of our customers who purchased FOMENTEK® from us during our first years in business. Word-of-mouth and actually experiencing the comfort of the FOMENTEK bag brings most of our customers. Many of our customers have become close friends and like friends, it is always good to hear from them year after year.Angie Brassette
FOMENTEK IS NOW PART OF TIGER TAIL USA
Please note that as of January 1, 2020 Fomentek is now part of the Tiger Tail USA brand. The Fomentek bags themselves are exactly the same; however, we have changed the pricing and the packaging. We have also added a label on the bags to indicate the proper fill line.
Rest assured that you are receiving the same fabulous products you depend on and everything is made in the USA. Your orders will now be shipping from the greater Seattle area which may change the delivery time for some customers. Most orders will ship out within 24-48 hours via UPS or FedEx Ground. Once your order ships, you will receive an email confirming your order and providing tracking information for your reference.
We will continue to offer excellent customer service and will be happy to answer any questions regarding the changes. Feel free to call us at 206.395.7811. Our office hours are 8 AM – 5 PM PST.
We appreciate your business and look forward to working with you.
Tiger Tail USA Team