If you’re like me and wake up every week with a new aching body part, consider the humble electronic massager. Instead of leaving your house, shelling out handfuls of cash for some tenderizing relief, grab a massaging device that you can use again and again from the comfort of your own couch. You can even pick up a device for every part of your body. It never hurts to be prepared. In fact, being prepared feels great. Let’s work our way down from our head to our toes, shall we?
Small, low-tech option. Amazon
This simple-but-effective scalp massager is made with 2mm wires with round acrylic beads on the tips to prevent scratching and snags. The device is intended to increase blood circulation to the scalp, but also it just feels really nice.
A great, cheap electric choice. Amazon
The waterproof Maxsoft scalp massager is a portable option that comes thick silicone bristles. Since it’s waterproof, you can even use it in the shower to massage shampoo and conditioner into your hair.
Most relaxing. Amazon
I bet you didn’t know there were massagers for your eyes. I didn’t until I was doing some research on Mynt’s website. Their Eye Energizer uses soft silicone tips to massage your closed eyes. It lets you choose between either hot or cold therapy and features three modes—a 64-degree low, a 104-degree high, and one that alternates between both temperature settings. It claims it can combat crow’s feet, dark circles, and dehydration. It holds a 70-minute charge and can be recharged with a USB.
Use on the floor or your bed. Amazon
This SnailLax has ten built-in vibrating motors and four heating pads located on your upper and lower back, thighs, and calves. It comes with a remote that can trigger massage nodes in specific areas and adjust the intensity of the kneading. The mat is flexible so you can easily store it or place it on a couch or bed when you’re using it. It comes with an attached pillow and the cover is made of soft polyester.
Enjoy much-needed upper body love. Amazon
This Zyllion shiatsu massager has “3D massaging nodes” that knead your aching neck and back. They change direction, heat up, and, really, fit underneath most body parts. It also includes straps on the back so you can hook it up to a chair while you’re sitting. There’s a 20-minute shut-off feature to make sure it doesn’t overheat. It also comes with a car adapter for relief while driving.
Use wherever you are sitting. Amazon
This is the device that started my obsession with electric massagers. Inside the foot holes are 22 massage heads to push into targeted pressure points on your feet, rollers on the bottom of the feet, and air pressure to aid in blood flow and alleviate aches. Within the machine, a heating system keeps your feet at a consistent temperature. There are programmable settings for things like temperature, air pressure, intensity, speed, and roller pattern, but I always go with the 20-minute preset mode.
Soft leather. Amazon
Naipo’s oCuddle neck massager has four nodes that can work on your neck, back, waist, and legs. It includes two heating levels and has bi-directional movement, which is intended to mimic the touch of a real person. The arm straps are adjustable, so it works for people of any height. Controls for direction, heat, speed, and power can be found on the left arm strap. The massager comes with a carrying bag.