6 Massage Tools Everyone Should Try

Because a proper massage is still out of the question for now, you might want to consider the next-best option: at-home massage tools. Designed to decrease pain, ease tight knots and improve circulation – from mechanical rollers to skin toning devices and gua shas, here are six options guaranteed to satisfy…
6 Massage Tools Everyone Should Try
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Esker Beauty Body Plane, £45

BEST FOR: Exfoliation & Removing Dead Skin Cells

HOW TO USE IT: This one may look intimidating, but it’s incredibly easy to use. Designed to ‘scrape’ away dead skin cells, massage the skin and exfoliate, it takes a three-pronged approach, while its larger size is better-suited for covering a wider surface area. For best results, use it right after you’ve taken a long hot bath or shower, when your skin is warm and damp, as this allows for a more seamless glide. Start with your arms and legs, using a moderate pressure as you move the tool across the skin. Try to use upward motions, too – as if you were shaving your legs – and keep moving in circles. This technique will boost lymph drainage, but also stimulate muscles and smooth the skin. No wonder it’s so popular.

Available at NET-A-PORTER.com


HAYO’U Body Restorer Gua Sha Massage Tool, £38

BEST FOR: Releasing Tension

HOW TO USE IT: This smooth tool has won countless awards for alleviating tight, tired muscles. Made from 100% stainless steel, it offers antibacterial properties, while the smooth surface is ideal for gliding across your skin and muscles without any tugging. Try using it after exercise as a deep, intense treatment, or for quick instant relief as and when you need it. Take it over your key pressure points to release tension and tightness. Using long, circular strokes that go upward from the ankle – this will stimulate your lymph nodes and improve circulation. 

Available at HAYO’UMethod.com


Nannette de Gaspe Art of Noir Roller, £35

BEST FOR: Increasing Blood Flow 

HOW TO USE IT: Designed to microneedle the skin while also giving it a thorough massage, this multi-tasking tool stimulates and repairs simultaneously. It quickly gets rid of dead skin cells that sit on the surface, while also increasing blood flow, bringing fresher nutrients to the surface with tiny microscopic pricks that are entirely pain-free. You can use it on dry or wet skin, but we recommend applying an oil or serum first for extra slip and ease of use. The best bit? You don’t have to wait to see results – your limbs will look pinker and healthier immediately with a lighter feel to them, too. Start from the ankle upwards. 

Available at NET-A-PORTER.com


NUFACE NuBody Skin Toning Device, £383

BEST FOR: Smoothing & Toning Skin

HOW TO USE IT: The NUFACE devices may seem gimmicky, but many experts – including A-list make-up artist Lisa Eldridge – swear by them. This one works particularly well on the body to smooth dimples, tone skin and boost dullness, thanks to the advanced micro current technology which gently vibrates and massages the skin. It gets to work deep down, stimulating collagen, elastin production and strengthening the skin to improve the appearance of cellulite. You need to use it for a few weeks, but you’ll see results if you stick with it.

Available at SpaceNK.com


Sarah Chapman Bodylift, £24

BEST FOR: Deep Tissue Massage 


HOW TO USE IT: Using 12 unique rolling heads and 72 massaging nodules, this clever tool eases muscle tension while stimulating lymphatic drainage, too. The rollerballs get down deep into the skin to help break up fatty deposits – you’ll find it works especially well on the arms, thighs, buttocks and calves. Ideal for days where you’ve sat down at a desk and want to re-stimulate your skin for a healthy, toned appearance. Hold the wishbone handle and gently push the head of the tool into the skin for best results. Use it on dry limbs or in the shower – either way you’ll still reap the benefits.

Available at LookFantastic.com


THERAGUN Percussive Device Mini, £175

BEST FOR: Muscle Relaxation


HOW TO USE IT: This intense at-home massager is loved by the pros – and for good reason. Harnessing the power of percussive therapy, it helps to release soreness from weary muscles at speed. It’s an odd sensation at first, but you’ll find it incredibly satisfying once you get the hang of it. Plus, it’s easy to manoeuvre around your body to target every single area. Pricey, but worth it if you’re a hard-core exerciser. 

Available at JohnLewis.com


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