By Jen Dennis
With all the healthy ambitions on your list—exercise more, hustle harder at work, Sunday night meal prep (so you can avoid the takeout trap)—you’re going to be a prime candidate for a daily massage.
But seeing a professional massage therapist can be pricey and unrealistic. However, there is a quick and easy way to get your relaxation mojo going: DIY massages. All you need is the right gear.
Here are some of the best massage gadgets for a therapeutic experience at home. Try using them before bed for the ultimate sedative effect.
Snailax Memory Foam Massage Mat
For a gentle, light massage without any kneading or percussion, try this heated mat massager from Snailax. All you have to do is place the plush memory foam pad beneath you (on a chair, sofa, or bed for example), and choose from 10 vibration speeds and two heat zones to melt away stress and muscle tension.
Five S Deep Tissue 3D Kneading Shiatsu Neck Shoulder Massager
If you have a tense neck and shoulders, this heated, shiatsu-style massager may be the one for you. Its eight kneading rollers deeply penetrate tight muscles to help improve circulation. Bonus: It drapes over your shoulders for comfort, and you can control the massage pressure and location with buttons in the hand loops.
Spikey Massage Ball
You won’t want to take a Spinning class without having these colorful, super-portable massage balls in your gym bag. Made of phthalate-free PVC, they’re ideal for soothing tight, sore muscles and improving blood flow (at an affordable price). No electricity or batteries needed—just apply pressure and roll on any body part.
AccuMed Rechargeable TENS Unit Muscle Stimulator EMS Electronic Pulse Massager Stim Machine
For a different approach to massage, this lightweight, ultra-portable unit sends low voltage electrical pulses to adhesive pads you can place anywhere on your body The goal is to block pain signals to the brain and relax sore muscles simultaneously. You can choose from different built-in massage programs, and there’s even an acupuncture setting.
MaxKare Neck and Back Massager Massage Pillow with Heat
This shiatsu-style massage pillow is designed to eliminate aches and pains and is said to be the closest thing to getting a deep massage from an actual human. What we love: The car charger feature (perfect for when you’re stuck in traffic) and the massaging nodes that shift direction automatically to hit all your achy spots.
This lightweight, ergonomic handheld vibration massage device (that looks like a hair dryer from the future) has a cult following. Why all the rage? It can deliver up to 3200 massaging percussions per minute, more than many other handheld models, has four different head attachments to customize your massage, a rechargeable battery for travel, and only weighs 2.5 pounds.
Hayo’u Beauty Restorer
If facials don’t come to mind when you think about massage, you haven’t heard about the Hayo’u Beauty Restorer. It’s supposed to encourage blood flow to the sensitive skin on your face, reduce inflammation, and decrease puffiness and dark circles under your eyes. How’s that for sweet dreams?