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The best self massage tools will allow you to accomplish the following:
- Effectively reach and massage your target areas
- Be convenient to use, and take with you on the go if necessary
- Have a durable construction
- Not break the bank
Notice how I don’t mention a specific brand, or product, because the best self massage device may very well be an every day item depending on your needs. You could use common products like foam rollers, massage balls, or massage sticks – but often times PVC pipes, lacrosse balls, and other household items work perfectly in their place!
So what are the BEST self massage tools out there?
There are some really ‘unique’ products, but for the most part I stick with the basics – foam rollers, massage balls, and massage sticks. Also I don’t specifically believe that there is one ‘best self massage tool’ out there, I think you need a combination of devices to hit all of your target areas but you can certainly trim the collection down to 2-3.
Foam rollers are the staple of a self massage tool collection, and in fact it’s the device that most people will get first when starting out. This is because you can effectively massage most of your body with the roller in comparison to other devices. Foam rollers may not be able to get into some areas, but the amount of muscle coverage you can get out of them vastly outweighs the other smaller devices you’ll want to use to get into tight and isolated areas like the hips, chest, shoulders, and more.
Massage balls, chronologically appearing here on this guide for good reason, are normally the second self massage tools I’ll recommend. A massage ball combined with a foam roller is a great tag team to roll over the larger muscles on your body, and also target the smaller harder to reach areas with the ball. Also one of my favorite self massage exercises is rolling my foot over a very firm massage ball for a great foot massage and release.
Here’s about as far as I go with funky massage devices – massage sticks. These serve some pretty niche purposes like the theracane, which I’ve primarily used as a trap massage for some time. Other massage sticks are useful for putting a different and more controlled type of pressure on quads, calfs, and also another benefit is that you can use it with your hands on yourself and not have to roll over it. Some people like this aspect as it gives them more control over the massage.
So how do I know what the best self massage tools are?
Generally you want to start basic like I recommended – get a foam roller and introduce yourself to the world of self massage and self myofascial release tools. Once you’re comfortable on your roller and giving yourself a full-body massage, you may have the desire to roll out and massage harder to reach areas that you can’t quite stimulate with just your roller. The next logical move is to get some sort of massage ball to use in conjunction with the roller.
That’s about as far as I normally venture, and for the average person you don’t really need anymore self massage tools than that. Those seeking extensively therapeutic self myofasical release tools may reach for the more innovative devices including massage sticks and beyond.Find Mobility Guardian on Google+