The neck and shoulders bear the brunt of the working day, patiently enduring as we hunch over our computer screens, scrunch ourselves into seats on public transit, and slump, world-weary and exhausted, at the end of the day.
And yet the neck and shoulders are also the focal point to conveying good posture and health.
When tension sets in, it’s not always going to be possible to dash off and get a professional massage. But it is easy and affordable to have a simple tool at home that will give you a quick yet effective neck and shoulder massage. Discreetly and without a lot of fuss, these neck and shoulder massagers are an ideal pick-me-up – to refresh and rejuvenate those tired muscles.
Best Neck and Shoulder Massager Reviews 2017
Five Star FS8801
The FS8801 is a corded, bi-directional massager that offers eight roller heads, for a professional neck and shoulder massage experience, which can be extended across the whole body.
It is easy to use, and comes with an in-car charger, so you can give yourself a soothing, rewarding once-over before you leave for work, or set off for the comfort of home after a demanding day.
However, the cord is quite short, which does mean you will need to be seated close to a power socket – not always an option, and the roller action isn’t particularly smooth, which you might find uncomfortable.
Gideon Portable Shiatsu Massager
The Gideon Portable offers multi directional deep tissue massage with its eight massage heads, together with optimal heat therapy for soothing warmth to repair damaged, strained muscles.
The Gideon is probably best-suited to women as it doesn’t work all that well for those with broad shoulders.
Body Care Massager
The Body Care Cordless is, as its name suggests, a cordless massager with a rechargeable lithium ion battery, making it the ideal choice when you’re traveling, at work, or on the go. It offers an ergonomic, portable design, eight massage modes, and intuitive touchpad control.
However, the Body Care Cordless does come with a LOT of warnings and exemptions regarding those for whom it is suitable, and it doesn’t offer much in the way of heat massage, as other plug-in models do.
Bonsai Wellness Shiatsu Kneading Back & Neck Massager
While its name may suggest a small, delicate tree, the Bonsai is anything but. In fact, it’s quite heavy to use – while this may make it less than ideal as a handheld massager, it would actually offer increased durability if you plan to fix it in place, for example in your favorite armchair.
It certainly offers full functionality, with a three-speed, bi-directional massage offered through eight massage heads, and an in-car adapter (included) – perfect for a quick, relaxing massage before heading in to work, or just before your drive home at the end of a long day.
Thnip Shiatsu Deep Kneading Massager
Finally, the Thnip Shiatsu, is another corded massager that needs to be plugged in to a power socket while in use.
It provides acupuncture point massage through its eight massage heads, and, like most of the corded models featured, comes with an in-car adapter. While some have suggested the Thnip could benefit from additional heat, the main effect of massage comes from the kneading and pressure-point focus, with heat being used more as immediate pain relief, and part of the overall relaxation experience, therefore this is not really necessary.
When done properly, either by a qualified professional or with a suitable quality massage device, massage serves a vital function of relieving tension, and helping to repair damage caused to muscles by the stresses and strains and constant, awkward positions of everyday work and life. Rather than simply a relaxing indulgence, massage, done properly, with the right tools, can be considered an important part of your regular wellness kit, ensuring that tired or damaged muscles don’t lead to poor posture, and the health and bone issues that this can lead to in later life.
Massage is also, of course, relaxing, and a good, quick, affordable way to help combat stress, which is a major threat to workplace productivity and personal well being. And, no less importantly, a massage, either with professional hands, or a device like the ones reviewed above, is a sensual and mutually rewarding bonding experience for couples, helping to rekindle those initial romantic feelings, without the need for words, expensive gestures, or special settings. Put a warm, thick, fluffy throw on the bed, light some scented candles, and bring out a neck and shoulder masssager – and let the sensual fun begin!
Isn’t It Just For Women?
Absolutely not – boxers and other high-performance athletes will almost certainly incorporate massage into their training routines, and, in terms of neck and shoulder massage, men are firstly more likely to be involved in jobs that focus on heavy lifting, and thus need their shoulders to be in peak condition, and, secondly, are more naturally driven to focus on presenting a strong, confident posture – which demands excellent neck and shoulder condition, as well as putting significant strain on those areas. A massage isn’t about admitting you’re weak – it is about taking the necessary care of your body so that you can be strong, and get the job done. Whatever the demands of your workload, whatever your gym routine, a massage, even a quick and simple neck and shoulder massage with a portable device, is definitely an effective, affordable, accessible add-on.
So, Can I Replace My Spa Visits?
If you do your research, and are prepared to invest in the most suitable neck and shoulder massager for you, and learn how to use it appropriately, then definitely – the key to a good massage is the technique, which can be learned by almost anyone. And, with the money you’ll save on those spa visits, you can treat yourself to something you’ve always wanted!