Updated January 08, 2019 by Brett Dvoretz

The 10 Best Self Massagers

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This wiki has been updated 21 times since it was first published in April of 2015. Nothing beats a good rubdown after a workout or when you have chronic aches and pains but, unfortunately, seeing a masseuse regularly gets expensive quickly. One of these self massagers can help you obtain cost-effective relief without ever having to leave your home or office, or badger your significant other on a daily basis. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best self massager on Amazon.

10. The Stick Roller

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9. Einyou Myofascial Release

8. AZHealth Ball Set

7. LuxFit Deep Tissue

6. Happy Trigger

5. Dr. Berg's Massage Tool

4. GoFit GoBall

3. Nayoya Hook

2. TriggerPoint AcuCurve

1. Body Back Buddy

Editor's Notes

October 15, 2018:

We removed the Body Back Roller as we felt it was too difficult to use on many of your body parts without the help of another person. However, on offer from the same company, the Body Back Buddy dethroned our previously ranked number one item, the Nayoya Hook, because it provides you a bit more leverage, allowing you to dig deeper into your pressure points. Making its first appearance on our list, the TriggerPoint AcuCurve is both an effective and affordable option that most buyers would be more than happy with.

The Many Health Benefits Of Massage

These handy devices make it so that you don’t have to beg your friends and family to rub your body down, reducing the risk of embarrassment and awkwardness on all sides.

If you’ve ever gotten a massage of any kind, even from someone who wasn’t very talented at it, it probably felt pretty good. It reminds me of an old saying: “Even bad pizza is still pizza.” There’s an adult version of that saying, as well, but whatever version you go by, the same can usually be said about massage.

There is a slight danger in getting a non-professional massage, however, especially if the amateur decides to incorporate some extreme techniques. Back walking, for example, is a significantly dangerous method of massage that can result in serious spinal injury if not performed by a certified professional. As long as your inexperienced masseuse doesn't try anything so ambitious, though, you should be just fine.

That’s good to hear, especially considering how healthy for you even the lamest massage can be. Massage does wonders to loosen up sore, tight, and aching muscles by working out knots and increasing blood flow to the massaged area. The human musculoskeletal system is incredibly complex, and applying massage in one part of the body can often reduce pain in another.

For example, I suffer from an old hockey injury that causes two of the bones in my right wrist to try to switch places. The muscles and tendons that help to keep those bones in place stretch all the way up the forearm to the area around the elbow, so when my wrist starts acting up, I hit the forearm with a little self-massage and relief is almost immediate.

Massage also relaxes the body as a whole, releasing a host of chemicals in the brain that promote tranquility. Anyone suffering from depression or anxiety can see their symptoms reduced by applying just a few minutes of massage each day.

Of course, depression and anxiety might make it hard for some people to maintain relationships that could grant them a free massage. These people could seek the help of professionals, but even inexpensive spas can get prohibitively expensive if you attend them on a regular basis. And if you’re new to the spa world, and you find yourself in the wrong spa at the wrong time, you could end up in a police bust.

That’s why it’s smart to employ a self massager. These handy devices make it so that you don’t have to beg your friends and family to rub your body down, reducing the risk of embarrassment and awkwardness on all sides.

How To Choose The Right Self Massager

A lot of the self massagers on our list must look pretty strange. Many look like nothing else in the world outside the pages of a Dr. Seuss book, and if you were to pick one up without knowing how to use it, you might put out an eye before you worked out any knots. You’ll also notice than none of these devices is electrical. There are plenty of excellent handheld massagers out there that plug into a wall or run on batteries, but the models on this list are decidedly analog. That means you can take them anywhere, and you never have to worry about them running out of juice.

A lot of the self massagers on our list must look pretty strange.

In an environment of such weird devices, it can be difficult to know which model or models would bring you the most relief. There are a few things you can come to know about these devices that will help you find the perfect tool for you.

For starters, those strangely curved pieces of plastic with all the little nodes on them are, despite their foreign appearance, among the easiest devices to use. Most are designed to give you access to your back the way many back scratchers do. The variety of node placement gives you the ability to reach more spots on the back with more leverage. Essentially, you line any one of the nodes up with an area you want to massage and push against the portion of the massager that’s in your hand on the front side of your body. You can work the unit in small circles and feel your cares melt away as the nodes invade your muscles.

The main takeaway from understanding these massagers in particular is that each item on our list is designed to target a specific area or areas on the body, with some providing much more reach than others. Consider where you need the most relief and make your selection accordingly.

Other Ways To Relax At Home Alone

After you’ve given yourself a few great massages, you might want to treat yourself to a whole home spa day. Given the availability of great relaxation tools on the market, there’s no reason you shouldn’t take some time to pamper yourself.

Your feet are also among the most influential parts of the body, and sore feet can lead to everything from decreased energy to increased risk of some diseases.

One of the most powerful ways you can induce a relaxed state is through the nose. We often take for granted what a sensitive part of our anatomy is the olfactory system, but science has shown us that it’s as deeply linked to our emotional centers as our eyes and ears, if not moreso. Investing in high-quality scented candles or an aromatherapy diffuser with top-tier oils will transform any space into a haven of relaxation.

Your feet are also among the most influential parts of the body, and sore feet can lead to everything from decreased energy to increased risk of some diseases. A simple foot spa can reverse these effects in seconds.

Of course, if you’re more interested in soaking the entire body than just your feet, you’re going to want to run a bath. Bubble bath has been popular for decades, but bath bombs have recently come along to replace it as the ideal way to deliver both soapy suds and healthy minerals to your bath water. As you soak in a hot tub, the warmth and moisture increase the permeability of your skin, allowing healthy minerals to pass into your bloodstream and make you feel fantastic.

When your spa day is done, you’re going to fall asleep rather easily. If you have the right mattress at your disposal, that relaxation will carry through the night and into the following day, making you feel a lot better about whatever lies ahead.

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Brett Dvoretz
Last updated on January 08, 2019 by Brett Dvoretz

A wandering writer who spends as much time on the road as in front of a laptop screen, Brett can either be found hacking away furiously at the keyboard or, perhaps, enjoying a whiskey and coke on some exotic beach, sometimes both simultaneously, usually with a four-legged companion by his side. He has been a professional chef, a dog trainer, and a travel correspondent for a well-known Southeast Asian guidebook. He also holds a business degree and has spent more time than he cares to admit in boring office jobs. He has an odd obsession for playing with the latest gadgets and working on motorcycles and old Jeeps. His expertise, honed over years of experience, is in the areas of computers, electronics, travel gear, pet products, and kitchen, office and automotive equipment.

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