It’s National Massage Day on Saturday so if you’re feeling the stresses and strains of everyday life, there’s no better time to try out these massaging gadgets…
1. Foot Warmer & Massager
This may not look particularly techie, and it’s probably not the most stylish of foot accessories you’ll own, but what it lacks in the fashion stakes it more than makes up for in comfort. Pop your tired tootsies into the fleece-lined contraption and use the accompanying remote to warm and soothe them. While summer is here you’ll be making the most of the two massage settings, then when the colder season rolls around you can throw the two heat settings into the mix. The perfect accompaniment to sitting on the sofa after a long, hard day.
2. Beurer Metal Pro-Line Infrared Massager with Tapping Massage MG100
Don’t be fooled by the image, this hand-held percussion massager is surprisingly large – which is actually a good thing as it makes it easier to apply light pressure to your muscles. While you can use it on yourself, it might be advisable to ask your partner to help out when you’re using it on your back and shoulders. In terms of function though, it’s very straightforward – on the top of the device sits a control panel which features four programmes, five speeds and an option for heat. Pick your desired setting and the two pads will tap away on your aching muscles. It also comes with two adjustable heads.
3. HoMedics Gel Shiatsu Back Massage Chair with Technogel
For a realistic masseuse feel, the HoMedics Gel Shiatsu Back Massage Chair is about as good as it gets. Mains powered, you can attach this to any seat (though given you want the back to be as flat as possible, a dining/office chair is probably your best bet). The reason this gadget gets two thumbs up is due to the endless number of options: three shiatsu and three rolling programmes (full, upper and lower back) all of which do a remarkably good job and are just a click away on the attached remote. If you come across a knot in your back you’re keen to focus on, use the additional spot shiatsu button, it will stop the massage from moving away and focus on that ache.
4. HoMedics HHP-110-GB Body Massager with Perfect Reach Handle
This handheld massager may be small but it packs a punch! A small, battery powered (2xAAA batteries required) gadget that’s simple to use (though you’ll need a screwdriver to pop the batteries in); you just move the switch on the front from the off button onto either low or high. There are three different heads; use the roller for kneading, a smaller pointed attachment for spot massages and a square-like head for wide massages. Due to how light it is (just 460g) and the fact it comes with a storage bag, this could make for a great travel accessory.
5. Anywhere Massage Cushion
What looks like a pretty suede cushion in this season’s must-have bronze, is actually a clever massage gadget. Unzip the end, pull out the plastic contraption in the middle and insert two D batteries into it. Then, stick it back it in, zip it back up and it’s ready to use. When it feels pressure, for example when you lean on it, the cushion begins to vibrate, massaging your aching muscles.
If you have non-specific lower back pain this could appeal. You place it on a flat surface (the floor or a bed will do), then lie on the pad. You then turn on the button and it’ll offer up ‘Continuous Passive Motion (CPM) technology’ and ‘Oscillation therapy’, meant to relax your muscles and strengthen your back at the same time. The gentle rocking motion is quite soothing but you’d need to use this product for a period of time to see any results. The manufacturers recommend you use it for 10 minutes a day for three weeks, but as it’s not suitable for people with certain back conditions, such as slipped discs, we’d advise only using once you’ve cleared it with your doctor.