A Sandy Springs resident has invented a health and physical fitness device which is used from head to toe to create flexibility and mobility in the body and relieve many of the areas of tightness and soreness throughout the body.

Dawn Clements has developed an apparatus she calls a Fit Buddy, which is versatile enough to increase one’s fitness level and relieve bodily aches and pains. But at only 18 inches long and five inches wide and weighing less than 1.5 pounds, it is small enough to fit into a carryon bag.

Clements, a 50-year-old married mother of two sons and two stepdaughters, said she developed the idea for this device about two years ago.

“I created a prototype of the device and then met with a variety of people about the device, including a podiatrist, neuromuscular therapist, yoga instructor, physical therapists, vein surgeon and personal trainer, as well as everyday people,” she said. “I already knew there were many uses for my product, but found out even more uses for it after meeting with these professionals.”

In addition to those purposes mentioned, Fit Buddy helps relieve neck and shoulder tension, sore hands, tight pectoral muscles, tight hip flexors, back pain, shin splints, Achilles heel injuries and plantar fasciitis, she said.

Each Fit Buddy comes with a product sleeve that has a poster inside showing exactly how to use the device.

It sells for $69.95 and can be purchased from Clements’ website, www.fitbuddy.us, as well as being sold at Springs Yoga Studio in Sandy Springs, Concord Carlton Pharmacy in Dunwoody and Peachtree Bikes in Sandy Springs and Salon V in Buckhead.

Clements, who suffered from herniated disks when she was 23 and expecting her first child, has received numerous testimonials as to the effectiveness of her fitness product.

Former NFL running back Zac Stacy, who met Clements in an elevator where she sold him a Fit Buddy, had high praise for the device.

“I love using my Fit Buddy on my neck and I love the density and how it gets into the muscle, (because) I have had problems with my ankles and feet,” he said in a news release. “Fit Buddy wakes up my feet, activates my feet and I get a ton of stretches for my feet and it works wonders when my feet are tight when I wake up in the morning.”

Another supporter of the Fit Buddy is tennis coach Tony Palafox, who partnered with fellow Mexican Rafael Osuna to win the 1963 Wimbledon doubles title. Palafox is also the former coach for John McEnroe, who for 17 years was the top male tennis player in the world.

Clements also offers corporate wellness and fitness. Because of her invention, Clements will be a presenter at the Atlanta Mania Sara’s City Workout (SCW) Fitness Conference in Buckhead in July and has been accepted in a woman’s entrepreneur program called launchpad2x, where she graduated in October.

“I had my proof of concept in America and then started having the Fit Buddies manufactured in Asia and received my first shipment in late November,” she said.

For more information, visit www.fitbuddy.us.

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