After a long and stressful day, it would be nice to get a relaxing body massage to soothe the body. Unfortunately, that is not possible given how little money we make for doing so much work. The next best alternative for you could be an electric massager.
The idea is pretty simple, as many people are already familiar with them - an electrically powered vibrating massager that can be used to massage your neck, back, feet, shoulders and more. However, they come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. They might be specifically made for a certain muscle group or be made to target the whole body. Some might not even use electricity (requiring you to give yourself a massage...sigh.)
Electric Neck Massagers
By far the most common electric neck massagers are the U-shaped units that wrap around the neck and rests on the shoulders. In fact, they usually are made to massage the shoulders as well. There are also pillow massagers that are pillow shaped and have you resting your head on it while facing up, while the neck is up against the massaging motors.
Because they are placed very close to the ears, be sure to shop for a quiet one. The Conair Neck Massager with Sound Therapy is a good example. Also, you should consider how the controls are handled. Since you will not be able to directy see the unit as it is resting on your shoulders or you are laying on it, a separate remote control will allow you to adjust settings with much greater ease.
Electric Back Massagers
The most common back massagers resemble seat cushions. You place it somewhere you can sit and then turn it on. They can either vibrate to massage the whole back area, or they will have rollers that will target specific points. Vibrating massagers tend to be less effective and can even be uncomfortable, since it's not actually massaging anything. Massaging rollers are much better, and will cost more. Some massagers will also apply heat as well. You can expect to pay at least $100 for a comfortable electric massager, like the HoMedics quad-roller back massager with heat.
Foot massagers are basically foot plates with kneading motors. They rotate under your foot to relieve your stress. Some foot massagers will also apply heat at the same time. Other models may allow you to submerge your feet in a water bath while you get a massage. A few really expensive models have a place to put your calf to get a nice foot and calf massage.
Full Body Massage
Then of course, you have full body massagers. These are recliner chairs that you sit back in and it will massage the neck, back, legs and feet. Some chairs may even give arm massages. These machines are king when it comes to massaging.
As you would expect though, they are really expensive. They will cost about $1000 for one, but some really high end full body electric massagers like the INADA ROBO massage chair costs almost $6000!!!
For the not-so-grossly-rich population, there is the cheap full body massage option - the handheld electric massagers. These units have an extended arm with a vibrating motor at the head which you can use to apply pressure to any part of your body. Given the overall usefulness and effectiveness of these, handheld electric massagers are the most efficient given their cost. These are the best for people who don't want to spend an exorbitant amount of money for a more limited massager.