Massage therapists are expensive. So are chiropractors, acupuncturists, and physical therapists. Taking care of your body is important, but it’s understandable why many people shy away from self-care when the accompanying costs are so high. Today, we’re letting you in on a few secret tools and products to jump-start your recovery, starting with the TRX Rocker. And the best news? Everything on this list is under $50.
We begin with the most expensive item on this list because it’s well worth its just-under-$50 price tag. Like a foam roller, but way better, the TRX Rocker has three contact points: a low intensity, lightly-grooved side for more gentle massage; a medium intensity, more deeply-grooved side for deeper release; and the apex of the two sides for high-intensity target areas. Thanks to its unique, tear-drop shape, the TRX Rocker is a more intuitive tool for release.
Rocking is an effective technique for self-myofascial release, and it’s a whole lot cheaper (and less time consuming) than scheduling an appointment to pay someone else to work out the knots and stress in your body.
Epsom salts are a self-care winner. Your local drugstore should carry a few options under $5. Epsom salts dissolve in water to help the body recover after a workout. When dissolved, they break down into magnesium and sulfate. In theory, both will get into your body through your skin when you soak in an Epsom bath. WebMD notes “that hasn't been proven, but just soaking in warm water can help relax muscles and loosen stiff joints.”
We’re not suggesting that myofascial release is the answer to all of life’s problems, but it works shockingly well when it comes to helping you feel and move better. For those moments when you can’t pack your TRX Rocker—like when you’re on traveling or at the office—a tennis or lacrosse ball can provide relief. (Tip: the lacrosse ball is more effective, but the tennis ball weighs less.) We love bringing a small ball on flights for an in-seat release; it’s a great way to find time to work the tension out of your feet, hands, and back. Total cost? About $3 or less.
Improving your flexibility and mobility will not only help your athletic performance, but it will also help you feel better in day-to-day life. While there are lots of exercises and stretches you can perform at home with your TRX Suspension Trainer or TRX Rocker to address those issues, a yoga strap can also be helpful for slowly increasing your range of motion.
When you attend a yoga class, an instructor or assistant might help spot you into a deeper stretch during your practice. A yoga strap, which you can find online or in a sporting goods store for less than $10, provides the same type of assistance. It gently pulls you into a deeper stretch.
Whether you prefer ancient solutions like Epsom salts or revolutionary tools like the TRX Rocker, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to help your body recover from the daily stresses of life. Self-care will help you move better longer, so find a routine that works for you and get started.