Although research shows that regularly getting a massage can lead to plenty of health benefits (like improved circulation and lower stress levels), most of us don't have the time or budget for that to be possible. Luckily, investing in one of the best shiatsu massagers for at-home use can help.
If you're new to the world of bodywork, the main thing to know about the shiatsu technique is that, typically, fingers, elbows, knees, hands, or feet are used to apply pressure on different points of the body (Swedish massages, on the other hand, use broader, or "gliding" strokes, and are typically much less aggressive, whereas deep-tissue massages focus on relieving deep-rooted muscle tension and knots).
To ensure that you choose a shiatsu massager that provides the type of relief and relaxation you're looking for, here are a few factors to consider.
First, think about the parts of your body that need the most relief. If most of your pain is in your feet or back, you should look for a tool that’s specifically designed to relieve aches and pains in those areas. But if you're experiencing soreness and tension in multiple parts of your body — from your neck all the way down to your legs — you should look for a more versatile gadget with, ideally, an adjustable shape.
Additionally, consider the level of customization you want. While some people are just looking for a device that will provide a relaxing massage, others might be interested in switching up the intensity level, pressure range, and temperature (some of these gadgets come with heat functions).