Holiday Gift Guide – Best Massage Tools for Christmas 2020

It’s that time of year again…. kids are playing, snow’s falling (somewhere), and the rest of us are stressing out over what to get everyone for the holidays. You don’t want to show up to the Christmas party empty-handed and luckily, we’ve got some great gift ideas to share! With the stress of 2020 and the holidays looming over of us, the gift of relaxation is much needed and well-appreciated. Check out some of our best ideas for your Christmas list this year below:

For those who struggle with knotted muscle tension, try…

The Body Back Buddy Elite  – An S-shaped trigger-point massager with 11 knobs to treat various muscle knots all over the body. Other known as trigger points, tense knots can form in the muscle during times of heightened stress or with overuse of a muscle group. To relax those areas, you can apply direct pressure from the knob to a tender spot for 30-45 seconds and can actually feel the muscle loosen up over time. These come equipped with textured handles for grip and numbers on each knob to make “match-by-number” massage that much easier.

For shorter frames, try the Buddy Jr. with 9 knobs and a smaller design made perfect for travel or a gym sesh.

For those who love original designs, the Classic is the tried-and-true trigger point massager that’s been a fan favorite since 1995. Same great massage tool without the added bells and whistles.

AccuMassage – Knock-out muscle spasms and tension with this soothing massage tool. The AccuMassage uses direct pressure on either side of a muscle group to create a DIY (Do It Yourself) percussion massage. The user can maneuver the rubber balls to better customize their experience by bringing them closer or farther apart on either side of the tool. It’s a lightweight design that can be folded down for those who travel or want to pack in in their bag when on-the-go. Many love this tool for neck pain and can be used to lessen stubborn trigger points in the neck that often cause various headaches over time.

For those who struggle with chronic back pain, try…

Wooden Back Roller and the Mini Wooden Back Roller – Both are well-crafted wooden massage tools that allow a gentle stretch to the spine for improved posture and back pain reduction. Because we use muscles known as “anti-gravity” muscles every day to hold us upright, many suffer from chronic back pain. This massage tool helps to loosen the muscle tension around the spine and reduce the pain felt in the upper and lower back.

The Mini version is great for those always on-the-go, can fit into a carry-on suitcase or gym bag, and still offers the same relief as the full-size model!

 

For those who want a deep-tissue massage but don’t have the time, try…

Massage Roller Ball – A holistic approach to massage therapy that fits right in the palm of your hand. These massage tools are great for solo use or can be used for partner massages as well. Perfect for deep-tissue massage, the user has complete control over the pressure used on sore, tense muscles. To further relax, you can use essential body oils in conjecture with the massage roller ball for aromatherapy and help the tool glide over the skin with ease. For those who love cold therapy, place these in the freezer for a cooling, calming therapy called Cryotherapy. Feel all your stress just melt away with deep-tissue massage right at home.

For those constantly on their feet, try…

Foot Star - Equipped with hundreds of acupressure stars, this massage ball targets every pressure point in the foot with a simple rolling motion. It increases blood flow to the feet and can relieve pain caused by plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is a very common cause for foot pain and is brought on by tension within the band of muscles that run from the heel to the toes. It can be a stabbing pain that just won’t quit, making everyday activities less than enjoyable. The Footstar uses direct pressure to these tense muscles to circulate blood flow and loosen the muscles to get the user back on their feet in no time.

Wooden Foot Roller – Much like the Foot Star, the sturdy and well-crafted Wooden Foot Roller uses direct pressure to sensitive points in the feet as well. This tool provides a deep-tissue massage that kneads and stimulates the feet for improved blood flow and muscle tension relief. These are perfect for runners, or diabetics that often see inflammation in their feet, to reduce the swelling that can cause extra pressure on the surrounding nerves and muscles. Equipped with rubber rings for a steady, rolling massage, this tool is excellent for anyone looking for foot and heel pain relief.

                                         

For those super active and looking for muscle recovery, try…

Vibe 2X Power Peanut - Perfect for solo vibrational therapy, the Power Peanut can be used by placing the device directly onto sore spots all over the body. For sciatic relief, we recommend leaning upon this while laying on a soft area (yoga mat, carpeted area, etc.) to target the lower back and buttocks region. For arm and leg muscle recovery, you can hold this device onto sore areas or rest the muscle group on top of the Peanut for an increased pressure sensation. You can choose how much pressure to apply or what vibrational speed to choose for the ultimate revitalization of your muscles.

Vibe 2.0 - A tool that packs a powerful punch. This device can be used alone but in cases of sciatica or back pain, you may need a partner that can move the tool along your lower back, buttocks, and hamstrings to target the muscle tension causing your discomfort. Much like the Peanut, you control the speed of the vibrations and can customize your experience for the muscle groups you’re targeting. For those hard to reach areas, grab a partner so they can apply as much additional pressure as you need.

 

For those with targeted pain all over the body, or chronic neck pain, try…

DaVinci Tools- With two levels of firmness (Firm and Extra Firm) to choose from, you can apply direct pressure to sore spots to relieve pain and release built up tension in the muscle with the DaVinci Tool. Equipped with three different edges, this tool allows the user to adjust the massage technique and has full control over the amount of pressure used on knots. If someone you know suffers from chronic headaches, pressure points lie within the neck and shoulders so by treating these areas, headaches lessen in intensity as well. You can even leverage the weight of your body onto this tool so that you can target hard-to-reach areas in no time at all.

 

For those soon-to-be-mommy’s this holiday, try….

Apollo Roller - Pregnancy is already a hard and grueling time without the added discomfort of sore muscles. Rest assured, massages are baby and mommy-to-be safe and highly recommended. In fact, because of the growing belly, a woman’s center-of-balance is thrown for a loop and the skin begins to expand to support the belly. To help soothe those aches and pains, or for just a calming massage of the baby bump, the Apollo Roller can give you the same relaxation without ever leaving the house. The massage wheels contour with your body so unlike other massage tools, the Apollo Roller can glide evenly over a round belly for a more encompassing massage for the mommy-to-be.

 

With gifts finally under your belt for everyone else, try a massage tool or two to relax after this stressful holiday shopping season. Trust us, no one needs stress relief and relaxation like you do! And what's even better? 20% off our ENTIRE Black Friday collection. Just use BLACKFRIDAY20 at checkout. HAPPY SHOPPING!

WORKS CITED

Mayo Clinic Staff. "Plantar fasciitis." Mayo Clinic, 11 Dec. 2019,
     www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/plantar-fasciitis/symptoms-causes/
     syc-20354846. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.  

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