Have you ever heard the phrase “A massage a day keeps the doctor away”?
No? Thats because I’m probably the only one that says it to my clients.
But catchphrases aside- you probably should be getting a massage fix everyday.
There’s so many clinically proven health benefits associated with massage.
From releasing toxins, anxiety, relieving muscle tension, to dealing with pain.
Now I know you don’t have the money or time to see a massage therapist everyday.
So what’s the next best thing?
One of these excellent self massage tools I’ve recommended below.
They’re convenient, effective, and will keep you in good shape until your next massage appointment.
Take a look through my list and see which tool is right for you.
Handheld Electric Massagers
These electronic devices are a great way to give yourself or another family member powerful massage experiences with ease.
The good products in this category typically include a powerful motor, rechargeable and long-lasting batteries, several massage functions or operation modes, as well as high-quality materials and design.
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The combination of powerful percussion massage and micro-vibration massage therapy options in the Purewave CM-07 makes it a great handheld option. Both in its materials and its design, this model is considered a professional grade product.
Used by both chiropractors and physical therapists alike, the CM-07 is also suitable for home use. Lightweight and cordless, it’s easy to handle and to travel with.
What’s more, it also comes with a 90-day money-back satisfaction guarantee.
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The Hypervolt is advertised as the quietest handheld massage tool in its power category and the vast majority of user reviews seem to support this.
With 3 adjustable speed settings the Hypervolt is also capable of delivering up to 3,200 massage percussions per minute with its high-torgue motor.
This makes it a powerful and comfortable tool for relieving muscle sourness. It’s also quite a versatile tool thanks to its 4 interchangeable head attachments.
Whether full-seat massage cushions or smaller pillow cushions, these products are excellent at giving your good massages every day without taking any extra space in your home.
Instead of getting an entire massage chair you can just get a massage cushion for your desk chair and achieve almost the same result.
Smaller pillow cushions are also easily portable which makes them great travel companions.
- Shiatsu heat massage with 4 back massage nodes
- Rolling back massage with adjustable width
- 4 neck massage nodes
For extensive and adjustable back massage options, the Snailax neck & back massager is our pick.
The neck and shoulder massager includes 4 massage nodes with adjustable positions and 2 rotations.
The back spot massage can be delivered either as a full back, upper back or lower back Shiatsu with heating.
The rolling back massage has adjustable width and is great for muscle tension and relaxation. There is also a vibration seat and a detachable/washable cloth cover.
- 3 dimension deep-kneading shiatsu massage nodes
- Ergonomic and compact design
- Adjustable multipurpose handle straps
If you’re looking for an easily portable and versatile massage pillow cushion, the Zyllion offers a great combination of effectiveness and ease-of-use.
It can be used as a neck and shoulder massager, as a back massager, or even abdomen, calf or thighs massager.
The 4 adjustable and rotating massage nodes are able to deliver a powerful and deep-kneading shiatsu massage to each area, accompanied by a soothing heat function.
For those that don’t mind bending a bit and doing some in-home exercise, foal rollers are a good way to massage yourself.
A good foam roller like the one billow will be comfortable, sturdy, made out of top-notch materials, and will have a design that’s made to deliver powerful massage experiences.
- Multi-density exterior
- Includes a free online instructional video library on the best foam rolling practices
- 13” x 5.5” dimensions and a 500 pound weight limit
A great tool to use for both calf, quad, back and lat rolling massages, the TriggerPoint GRID foal roller is made out of the highest quality materials.
It has a very sturdy design and a dense exterior which gives it a long life even under heavy use. It is suitable both for professional and home use, and it comes with a 1-year manufacturer’s warranty.
The foam roller is also accompanied by a free online guide from some of the best experts at TriggerPoint.
These simple but ingenious products are typically meant to accompany extensive exercise practices.
They are meant to help relieve muscle tension, lower pain, improve blood circulation or even offer located cooling/heating therapies when their design allows for it.
- 4 ounces of cooling gel
- Cryotherapy and traditional massage capabilities
- Easy-to-grip base handle
This cold massage cryosphere is a great option if you want a massage roller that’s also capable of delivering effective cold pain relief.
The sphere is filled with 3.4 ounces of cooling gel that stays cold for up to 6 hours after a night in the freezer.
The insulating gel makes sure that the ball won’t get too cold for the touch but will instead maintain the right temperature for an effective therapy session.
This makes it a great tool for pain relief, mobility and circulation improvement, and for reducing inflammations.
- 4 unique balls with various uses
- 5” high density ball, 2.5” lacrosse ball, 2x 3.5” firm & soft spike balls
- Trigger point therapy and deep tissue massage
The Invincible Fitness ball set offers 4 different massage balls that you can use in a lot of situations.
The set is great for deep tissue massages on quads and hamstrings, shoulder and back trigger point therapy, chronic back pain, increased joint mobility, fascia massages and neck pressure release, as well as foot and muscle pain relief or plantar fasciitis.
The set comes with a lifetime warranty and Invincible Fitness offers excellent 24-hour customer service.
Trigger Point Tools
These non-electronic alternatives to handheld massagers instead focus on helping you target specific trigger points in your body.
By doing this you can efficiently help relieve pain and muscle tension on your own, as well as improve your recovery time or prevent future muscle spasms.
- 6 treatment trigger point balls
- Excellent cane shape for versatile use
- 24” x 15” x 1” dimensions
Our first suggestion for a trigger point massage tool is this Thera Cane Massager.
In its simple but effective cane design there are a total of 6 trigger point massage nodes which you can use to easily massage any part of your body.
The 24”-long can will help you easily reach your back, shoulders, thighs and feet, as well as any other area.
What’s more, the massage ball nodes are firm but comfortable and effective, and they can deliver pleasant trigger point massage experience.
- Non-toxic German polymer massage fingers
- Comfortable and stable handle
- Unique design suitable for many body areas
The KOA trigger point massager may not have a long reaching handle but its 12 massage nodes are capable of delivering powerful massaging sensations on any body area.
Whether you’re looking for a trigger point massage tool for your spine, back, shoulders, arms, neck, thighs, legs, feet, or another area, the KOA massager can be very effective.
Made out of high-quality German polymer, this massager also has a very long life and comes with a no-questions-asked manufacturer’s warranty.
Tens & EMS Machines
Both Tens and EMS machines are well known for their pain relief and muscle recovery capabilities.
When you find a high-quality device that’s capable of doing both, however, that’s indeed a powerful tool to have.
A good Tens + EMS machine should typically include a lot of functionalities, multiple reusable pads, as well as simultaneous dual (or more) output design.
- 14 therapy modes
- 7 Tens pain relief modes
- 25 levels of 80 mA intensity
A great combination of both Tens and EMS, the iReliev muscle stimulator has one mode for arthritis Tens mode, 6 EMS modes for muscle strength building and recovery, 7 Tens pain relief modes, as well as 14 general therapy modes.
All this comes with 25 levels of 80 mA intensity and has a 5-60 minute timer. There are also a locking function and a dual channel versatility.
- 10 strength levels
- 8 pieces of self-adhesive conductive reusable pads
- Simultaneous dual output design
This Nursal Tens unit comes with 8 replaceable self-adhesive conductive pads.
It also has a dual output design which allows you to treat different areas simultaneously.
Great for shoulders, lower and upper back areas, knees and ankles, wrists and elbows, and other potentially problematic areas.
There are 10 different levels of strength to the device’s operation, a great LCD screen, a rechargeable lithium battery, and a 10-60 minute timer.
Instead of going for traditional cushion or handheld massagers you can opt for an acupressure massage mat.
These clever and simplistic devices include thousands of acupressure points designed to deliver powerful pain relief sensations throughout your neck, shoulders, back and spine, as well as your seat and thighs.
- 6,210 acupressure points body mat
- 1,782 acupressure points neck pillow
- Vinyl carry storage bag
This excellent acupressure mat + pillow set from Nayoya includes a very high quality body mat and neck pillow for pain relief.
Whether for professional or for home use, 20 minutes on this acupressure set are great to help alleviate neck and back pain.
They are also highly effective against sciatica, muscle spasms, blood pressure and circulation, as well as stimulating muscle healing.
- 6200 acupressure points body mat
- Neck massage pillow plus a massage Groove ball
- Eco foam
Alternatively, we’d also suggest the Spoonk acupressure massage mate plus pillow set.
It also includes a similar amount and quality acupressure points on its body mat and pillow but it also comes with a special Groove ball.
This gives the whole set a nice “head to toe” feel that many others lack. The set comes in a comfortable carry bag and is made out of special eco foam.