They say “if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.” This isn’t literal heat, of course. It’s more like pressure — the pressure that comes from everyday stresses like work, family, money, and keeping up with our to-do lists. So while we’d all love to get out from being under pressure, a lot of us have to find ways to keep our bodies relaxed and our minds refreshed for the next day. However, taking a spa holiday or scheduling a monthly massage isn’t always in the cards. But there’s still hope: You can give yourself a rejuvenating massage right at home for a fraction of the price of seeing a massage therapist.
1. IDSON Muscle Roller Stick ($13): Athletes know that those deep muscle aches only get in the way of tomorrow’s workout. After going to the gym, relax at home by rolling this massage stick over your sore muscles to stimulate recovery and reduce tightness.
2. Naipo Shiatsu Back and Neck Massager ($40): It comes as no surprise to anyone that most of us hold all of our tension in our backs and necks. Hunching over our desks and clenching our shoulders only leads to pain and soreness, so work it out with this handy massager that doesn’t just knead away at knots but also applies soothing heat.
3. Body Back Scalp Massager ($6): Ever experience the tingling relief of a scalp massage? You may get the chills at first, but these simple wire tools really do the trick to give you a sense of peace and tranquility.
4. Zyllion Shiatsu Pillow Massager ($40): People with head, neck, and shoulder problems need a good pillow, so why not opt for one with heat and massaging nodes? Release all that unwanted tension before you hit the hay.
5. Homedics Triple-Action Shiatsu Foot Massager ($59): Commuting isn’t easy when you’ve been on your feet all day. Those tired tootsies deserve a bit of respite: Let these deep-kneading massage nodes work out the pain and stiffness your feet accumulate during the day.
6. Master of Muscle Massage Ball ($9): Anyone with plantar fasciitis absolutely needs to get one of these inexpensive, miracle-working massage balls. Stretch and roll away deep muscle knots in the balls of your foot, arches, and heels so they feel light and pain-free.
7. Conair Pedicure Spa with Vibration ($28): You’ll definitely want to grab your Epsom salts when you stick your tired feet in this at-home spa. Moisture, heat, and vibration all work together to rejuvenate you when your dogs are barking.
8. RENPHO Rechargeable Handheld Deep Tissue Massager ($40): Got a knot that just won’t relax? Seeing a professional is a good option, but you can also fortify yourself with this handheld massager that gets right to those painful spots anywhere on your body.
9. Coolife Fascia Release Muscle Roller ($13): Tight muscles can be debilitating. Next time you do any rigorous exercise — or just need some real tension relief — roll this massager where you most need it. (It also claims to be a great way to blast away cellulite.)
10. TheraFlow Dual Foot Massage Roller ($19): Plantar fasciitis pain is long gone when you regularly treat your feet to this simple-to-use massager. You can even use it when you first roll out of bed.
11. Heeta Massage Shampoo Brush ($8): For some, the shower is our oasis. It’s where we go when we really need a moment to ourselves to completely recharge. And with this little scalp massager, your shower will be even more relaxing. Plus, it can help with dandruff.
12. Invivo Essential Fractionated Coconut Oil ($13): All good massages need a good lubricant to feel truly luxurious. Treat and moisturize your skin with some therapeutic-grade coconut oil while you’re working out your muscles. You won’t just feel better — you’ll look better too.
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