Some people believe self-care starts from the inside out and that it should be rooted in nourishing the soul, first. For mamas constantly on their feet, self-care starts with nourishing their soles, via delicious, toe-curling foot massages. Unfortunately, if you feel like you’re on your feet 24/7, running errands, running after kids, or constantly on the go, go, go, then you probably don’t have a whole lot of time for a spa trip. Fortunately, we’ve rounded up the best foot massagers money can buy for at-home treatments whenever you need to take a load off (or just indulge in some well-deserved mommy-time).
Just like Cinderella’s glass slipper, your foot massager should be the perfect fit for you. These devices come in all shapes and sizes. Some are chunky and state-of-the-art while others are small enough to carry in your purse or diaper bag. For the next few minutes, think with your feet, and check out our top picks!
What mom doesn’t want an excuse to treat her tootsies like they’re more important than her own children? Nothing quite compares to having the ability to slip your toes into a toasty foot massager that can restore and relax a burnt-out mama. It’s a powerful deep-kneading massager, but it’s quiet enough for her to use while getting a full dose of reality television. There are three different kneading preferences as well as three different air pressure levels that can easily be personalized. According to New York Magazine, reviewers credit the included remote control for making the experience deeply relaxing. Ain’t nobody got time to bend over and adjust settings manually!
For most mamas, spa days are few and far between, but just because you can’t spontaneously book yourself a rubdown, doesn’t mean you have to go without it. Case in point: Ivation’s Foot Spa Massage takes what we pay top dollar per hour for, and channels it into a tub. Sneak the device upstairs, lock the door, and tell the kids mommy needs some “me” time. Trust me, you’re going to want to enjoy the automatic rollers (designed to knead out aches), invigorating vibration (to enhance circulation), while your tootsies soak in the bubbly bath that reaches up to 122 degrees to help relieve pressure and pain, in pure silence.
I realize this wooden contraption looks like something you’d pull off the shelves of a vintage toyshop (or something like that…), but don’t overlook it. The TheraFlow Dual Foot Massage Roller might not offer all the bells and whistles of a high-tech machine, but it definitely gets the job done… so, so well. What makes this foot massager stand out from the lineup is its focus on reflexology, with the goal being to target the reflexes along the bottoms of your feet with acupressure. This not only eases pain in the foot, but it also sends a signals to other nerves in the body to relax as well.
When the dogs are barking, shut them up with Miko’s Shiatsu Foot Massager. This highly rated machine means business, complete with deep-kneading, subtle vibrating, rolling, and heat function installed to target and alleviate any problem areas on the foot. What’s more, its shiatsu massage therapy combines both heat and air pressure to treat plantar fasciitis, chronic pain, muscle tension, knots, and more. It really is heaven for mamas dealing with more than just a pair of sore soles.
Moms know they should dedicate every free second they can to a little R&R, but unfortunately, the right tools aren’t always readily available. The trick is to collect a few knickknacks you can store in your tote for instant zen whenever, wherever. The Moji Compact Foot Massager is the perfect on-the-go accessory to start with. The travel-friendly, stainless steel compact is especially beneficial since you can easily whip it out at home watching TV, or use it while standing on the sidelines at soccer practice. Plus, it’s small enough that it fits nicely in the freezer, so when the kids want ice cream, you can enjoy your own icy treat, too.
Moms run the freaking world. And while some moms would do anything for a break, others thrive off that sense of control. For those of you who relate to the latter, Renpho’s Rechargeable Handheld Deep Tissue Massager lets you keep that sense of control, while offering a sense of total relaxation. Now that’s what I like to call the best of both worlds. Plus, the device is cordless, travel-friendly, and can be used all over the body. Need I say more?
The second you slip your feet into this shiatsu heated foot massager, a traditional pair of slippers will never compare. Designed with eight deep-kneading nodes that are said to mimic the hands of a masseuse, the device is also meant to ease ailments like plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, bunions, arthritis, and foot swelling while correcting poor blood circulation. Essentially, the product is just one large, cozy pocket to snuggle your feet into at the end of the day for a little warmth and a lot of relaxation. What more could you ask for?
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