Fast fact: muscle injuries are more common than they were 50 years ago — and no, it’s not because we’re exercising harder. The American population is more sedentary than it’s ever been, and this sit-still trend is causing our joints to tighten, our range of mobility to lessen, and our flexibility to be…well, less flexible. While a balanced diet, regular exercise, and stress-relief outlets are a good start (think meditation or yoga), there’s only so much we can do to counteract daily stressors.
Enter massage. Massage is a great way to make sure we’re maintaining and improving our flexibility and range of motion. By working on tight muscles, connective tissues, and even our joints, regular massage can improve limited flexibility and range of motion, keeping our joints fluid, healthy, and less prone to injury. Not only does it help our musculoskeletal system, it also enhances circulation by stimulating blood flow and — wait for it — is even known to reduce stress.
Ah, stress. The s-word that virtually every American experiences on a daily basis. When consulting the American Psychological Association on the physical symptoms of stress — headaches, muscle tension, muscular “hot spots,” just to name a few — virtually every symptom listed could benefit from massage. New research shows that massage can lower your blood pressure and heart rate, and increase endorphins, the body’s natural Dr. Feelgood chemicals. Massage also releases serotonin and dopamine in the brain, resulting in an intense feeling of calm, relaxation, and peace.
“Great!”, we hear you saying, “But I can’t afford to get a massage every week — or every other week, for that matter.” Fret not, stressed one. We’ve got a myriad of massage tools designed to fit your muscles’ achy needs along with your wallet’s budget-minded limits.
First up, our best-selling Pressure Point Massager. This conveniently sized massage stick has three independent rolling nodules to help compress and stretch muscles, massaging away soreness and providing swift post-workout recovery. Control the speed and pressure intensity easily and roll your way to relief.
When you think of your feet, what’s the first word that comes to mind? Here, we’ll help you: fatigue. Our feet are some of the hardest working appendages on our body, and it’s no wonder that after a long day of work (or play!) they can be stiff, sore, and in desperate need of attention. Our Restore Dual Foot Roller provides tootsies with much-needed relief using two textured patterns — one to enhance blood flow and the other to break up muscle knots hiding in your arches and beyond. Special bonus secret sauce: put this little doozie in the freezer for added relief. #heckyes
And lest we forget about our hard-working hands. Our Restore Hand Therapy Kit features three hand therapy balls to help you relieve stiff joints, improve grip strength, and increase your hands’ flexibility. They’re also color-coded, offering you three varying degrees of resistance. And when you’re bored, you can use them to practice your juggling. (We’re only half-joking.)