I recently bought myself a gift.
….and I can’t remember making a purchase as good as this at any other time!
I bought myself a rechargeable,
…with infrared heat.
I really like this slight heating element, because after you sit with it for a while the heat builds up and it makes it feel a lot more like a person is giving you a massage and not a robot. It all started when I tried one of these massagers on a quiet day in a mall and it was this feature that really had me convinced. – You know the feeling when you want a hug but everyone is busy?
Now I get a massage-Hug every Single night!
It has been worth every penny. That is why I wanted to share this experience with you.
I wish I had thought of looking for one of these sooner because when my little one was born, I was always sore and stiff. First, it was the stiff neck from the hospital bed. Then saw shoulders and back from the huge change in weight – now my stomach was lighter but my chest had me wishing I could walk on my all fours. So then it was my lower back…. this would have come in really handy in those early days.
I have since given it to a few friends to try and the response has been unanimous approval 🙂 So I have taken some time to make chosing one simple and to share my number one feature to look out for.
How to choose?
Once you start looking around, it is surprising just how many seemingly identical offers you find – so I thought I would write a break down for those thinking about getting a mechanic masseuse. This is the general idea of the device:
Material: they all seem to be high-quality PU leather. This feels really quite good – it would feel silly to have real leather but the PU leather makes the massager feel weighty and really pleasant to hold.
Cover: All of them have a mesh to cover the moving elements which come into contact with your skin (at least on the back of your neck). All of the models I have seen have a zip which enables you to remove the cover. A few models offer a spare cover with your purchase. I am not sure yet, how useful this is.
Dimensions: This over the shoulder format has quite a distinctive shape – all the massagers have loops for you to put your hands through to vary the firmness of the massage. Each loop is about 42cm long. And if you stretch the massager out between your hands it is about 116cm long. This seems pretty uniform across all options. Bonus: Some of the massagers have a velcro strap which you can stick behind your back to hold the massager in place. Although this is not a deal breaker it strikes me a ‘handy’ feature.
Functionality: All of these massagers follow the same template: Nodes rotate clockwise then automatically reverse to go anti-clockwise. Heat function is optional and it will not heat more than 42ºC. All of these massagers shut off after 15 minutes. As the masseuse is mechanical it is not recommended to be used for longer than 30 minutes in one go – it better to take a rest to make sure you don’t put too much pressure on any one point.
The number one feature which differentiates the different models: cordless vs corded. The images make many corded massagers look like they are wireless while they are not and in many cases, a few extra pounds gives you this really handy feature. Even if you don’t plan to be taking it with you on the train, you may not want to be sitting right near the power socket or be getting extension cables out for your message. And if you have children or pets it can make the experience a lot more relaxing to be able to charge it before you want to use it.
Just a quick note about promises: all models promise a great massage, some go even further with talk of detox and weight loss benefits …I wouldn’t pay too much attention to these and just think of the warm fuzzy benefits of a hug 🙂
I would love to hear about your purchases and how you approach self-care. Drop me a line in the comments below