We could all benefit from a massage. But there are various reasons why we don’t have massages on a regular basis. Most of us are too busy, some don’t have the spare cash, some people are a little intimidated, whatever the reasons are, you’re denying yourself some quality relaxation and muscle healing.
The good news is, there is an alternative. There are some amazing home massage tools available at an affordable price. These are designed for people to use without any help, and still achieve some amazing results.
Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of using self-massage tools:
With all those benefits at your disposal, let’s take a look at four of the best home massaging tools on the market.
Acupressure mats are simple, yet effective home massaging tools. They are mats with thousands of needles on that cover large areas of your body, such as the back. The needles work by hitting acupressure points all over your skin.
You will experience an increase in blood flow, which leads to more productive natural healing. Aches, pains and tension in the muscles are reduced, and it can help you sleep better.
All you need to do is lay on the mat, or place an arm, leg or foot, whatever you’re targeting on there. Try and keep up a routine of 10-15 minutes a day, and you will feel a lot better for it. You can see the best acupressure mat picks here.
Foam rollers are great home massage tools. They are inexpensive, simple, easy to use, and most of all – effective. It’s common to see athletes using foam rollers as part of their warming up or cooling down routines. So you know they deliver results.
All you have to do is simply roll the stick across your muscles back and forth. You can apply the amount of pressure you want, and it only takes about 20-30 reps to make a huge difference.
You can use foam rollers to heal from injuries, stretch out your muscles, improve joint mobility, and speed up the recovery of your muscles after a work-out. Pretty good for what is effectively just a stick.
Self-massaging hooks come in all shapes and sizes. They are usually ‘S’ shaped with several nodes on them that act as massaging points. They are easy to pick up and use for a few minutes at a time, and are good at digging into work out deep knots.
They are cleverly designed to allow you to massage sore muscles all over your body. You can reach your traps, back, and shoulders with ease. As well as all those easier to reach muscle groups like the legs and arms.
Like all good home massaging tools you can use it anytime while doing other things. It feels great to use this on the lower back after a long day at work seated. Just 5-10 minutes is all you need, anyone can make time.
Shiatsu pillows are a convenient way to give your neck and back a massage while you’re watching TV, sitting at a desk, or a number of other activities. Most are designed to fit in with the contours of your neck and are very comfortable.
Shiatsu pillows are fitted with motors and you can control which setting you want to use. They typically come with several settings ranging from soft to firm and fast vibrations.
Once you use one of these pillows you’re never going to look back. They offer a hands-off massaging experience, with no need for expensive trips to the spa, and you can use it whoever, and how often you want.
Jessica Fuller is a massage therapist and alternative medicine enthusiast. She blogs at foryourmassageneeds.com where you can find product reviews, new therapies, and much more.