After this year, our bodies are all in knead (sorry) of some pampering, and while getting to a masseuse hasn’t been easy in 2020, there are a number of options from a tech perspective that do an excellent job.
What is it? As a benchmark of quality, all of Beurer’s products are designed and manufactured in Europe, including this infrared handheld massager with interchangeable heads that you don’t think you’ll need until you have it in hand. The skinny on this is that it has two settings: massage and massage and heat – the heat being the infrared that penetrates the muscle and stimulates circulation. What sets this one apart is the fully adjustable speed and the long handle, so you can reach right down to the end of your back. The handle also detaches, leaving a handheld head that can target areas like the neck with precision. So, what’s the secret? The percussion massager works by delivering rapid blows that penetrate into the soft tissue.
Is it for me? If you work out or just need to relieve those sore and stressed muscles, this should be on your shopping list.
What is it? Elite by name, elite by nature, this is the complete set-and-forget solution for the tired back and crooked neck. It fits on a chair, although we set it up on the couch (where it remains) to deliver an effortless deep rub with continuous kneading knuckles while you chill out and watch your favourite show on TV. In fact, there are three massage styles on offer here: kneading, rolling and spot massage. Throw in heat functionality to get deep into the muscles and you have the complete package ready to go.
Is it for me? Rather than highlighting specific spots, which this is indeed capable of doing, we see – and use – the Shiatsu Elite II as an overall service for knackered muscles or a spot of good old relaxation.
What is it? Think of this as a neoprene band, where the middle is jam-packed with kneading rollers that work really deep into the muscle in any position on the body. The controls are located on the side of the band and have three intensity settings, with a heat function and the ability to reverse the action. Perfect for the back, shoulders and neck, a loop on each end of the band will allow you to determine how hard you want the massage to be.
Is it for me? The MG151 will deliver deep and powerful kneading massage goodness right to where you need it. Who wouldn’t want that?
Shiatsu Elite Foot Massager
What is it? A total treat for your feet, this Shiatsu will prove invaluable if you’ve been running around all day and need to get some blood pumping through your trotters. There are 12 heated massage nodes set on four heads that rotate to get deep into the areas where you need it most. Once your foot massage has concluded, simply click the power off with your toe.
Is it for me? A deep foot massage while you’re watching a film is just what the doctor ordered.
What are they? Bose’s second iteration of sleep buds has been refined for perfection with a comfy fit designed to be in place all night. The sweat-proof sleep buds come with a charging/travel case and three different sized ear tips to ensure a snug fit. Connecting to the Bose Sleep app gives access to relaxation content to calm a racing mind and mask unwanted noise. From the app you can set alarms and customise call and notification alerts. Ten hours of battery charge will see you safely through the night.
Are they for me? Do you have trouble getting to or indeed staying asleep at night? Can’t switch off the mind when you need to, or sleep next to a snorer or in an area where there’s a lot of environmental noise? You should consider these.
What are they? These are essentially sunglasses that play music you can hear but everyone else can’t, and allow you to answer calls. While they sound gimmicky, they’re actually anything but, allowing music – or podcasts – to be enjoyed without blocking out the world. The new range extends beyond mere fashion apparel to include the Tempo sports model with the ability to fit interchangeable polarised lenses for different sports and lighting conditions. Comfortable and secure, they’re designed to stay on your noggin no matter how vigorous the exercise. The traditional sunglasses are back with two designs – the Tenor and Soprano – complete with touch controls for volume and quality speakers.
Are they for me? Great for working out in the sun, doing the gardening or walking the dog, the Bose Frames provide a unique all-in-one solution. Enjoy music and still be aware of what’s going on around you. Oh, and protect your eyes!
What is it? Who doesn’t suffer from poor posture? This small device attaches to the upper back and uses six sensors to train the user to keep a good posture. If you slouch or move out of position, the Upright Go 2 will vibrate so that you can readjust.
Is it for me? If you work at a desk, spend a lot of time gaming or camped out in front of the TV watching films, this has your name written all over it.
What is it? Covered with a soft washable material, this comfortable heat pad has three temperature settings. The heat stimulates blood circulation to help manage pain, and the pliable construction of the pad means that it can be applied to any area of the body. Unlike a product heated from the microwave, with the heat pad you won’t run the risk of scolding yourself or need to worry about it progressively losing heat.
Is it for me? Great for pain relief, or the ultimate comfort aid when you need it most.
What is it? This needs no explanation. It goes hand-in-hand with your training regime to check your weight loss progress, aided by connecting via Bluetooth to the EufyLife app that takes measurement tracking to a whole new level.
Is it for me? Compatible with Google Fit, Apple Health and FitBit, weight loss tracking and management has never been easier.
What is it? A quality blood pressure monitor is an essential aid for monitoring many health issues, and it’s also a valuable tool for tracking the progress of lifestyle changes implemented to bring down your blood pressure and pulse measurements if you’re exercising more, or dieting. Designed to fit on the upper part of your arm, this monitor suits arms right up to 42cm in circumference, and there are 30 memory slots for four users to log and track their history.
Is it for me? Handy for keeping a regular check on your blood pressure and heartbeat.