Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could get a foot massage everyday? Not just any massage but a heated, shiatsu massage? Or perhaps a robust calf massage?
Wouldn’t it be great if you can experience all of this without having to leave the house? Or annoy your significant other with your requests? All of this is possible with a foot massager.
Foot massagers are wonderful because you can massage your sore and tired feet whenever your want. You could even take it to work with you and get a massage while you are on break.
It is easy to get a great foot massager online. It would be wise to ask some questions before you start looking at foot massagers. In this post, I outline 7 important questions that you should ask before you buy a foot massager as well as list some of the top features that you can expect to see while shopping.
If you plan on buying a foot massager, you should also check out my post on the best foot massagers of 2018. It not only lists the top options that you can find on Amazon but it also has quick comparison charts that help you easily choose between different models.
1. How is my health?
If you suffer from a health condition, a foot massager may be able to provide some relief. At the same time, it is very important to take your health conditions into consideration when choosing a foot massger.
For example, if you have numbness, a foot massager can help wake up your feet and make them feel rejuvenated again. However, a massager that uses heat could be hazardous since you are much less likely to notice if it has gotten too hot and started to burn your skin. In this case, it would be better to choose a feature that encourages more blood flow to your feet without as much of a risk of harm.
If you suffer from plantar fasciitis it could be difficult to know if a foot massager is going to be effective for you. If you are not sure whether a foot massage is going to be effective, there are a few ways to test it out.
First you can get a massage from a professional. Secondly, you could try out a foot massager in the store. Stores like Brookstone are fantastic for sampling products. Lastly, you could order a massager with a money back guarantee in order to sample a massager with very little risk.
2. Do my feet have any specific issues that could affect the massage?
We do not all have the same feet and we do not all benefit from the same massage. Some of us have large feet, some of us have small. Some of us have high arches, while some of us have flat feet. This means that one massager is not going to work for all of us.
It is very important to take into consideration any issues that your feet may have so that you can get a foot massager machine that is more tailored to you.
- Sensitive feet
Count me among the people that have sensitive feet. Usually, if I just walk into a Brookstone and stick my feet into a massager, it would be like torture for me. However, there are some machines that I really enjoy.
Rollers work great for me since I can control the pressure. Vibrating foot massagers also work really well. However, I find that the massagers with a closed top can be too much for me.
- Large feet
A massager will not work very well if only half of your foot will fit in. If you have large feet, you should look look for massagers that have an open top which will be more accomodating for your feet.
- High arches
It can be difficult more many foot massage machines to reach high enough for high arches. This is a shame because a good arch massage can be amazing.
If you have high arches, I recommend checking out a curved roller like the Theraflow. You should also consider a handheld percussion massager or a shoulder massager which are versatile enough to reach any part of your foot.
If you have bunions a covered massager may not be comfortable because it confines the feet. It is best to consider a massager that is open along the top.
3. Which features provide the most benefits for me?
Foot massagers are stuffed full of all sorts of wonderful features. As you become more familiar with different features, you may find that there are some that you cannot live without while there are other features that are unnecessary. Below, I am going to list some of the features that you can find in a foot massager.
- Air pillows
Air pillows are usually around the top and the side of the foot massager. They surround your feet with a gentle pressure. You will feel like the life is gently being squeezed back into your feet.
At the same time, they are intensely relaxing. They are incredible at soothing tense muscles. Covered foot massagers usually have air pillows.
There are also some foot and calf massager wraps that consist only of air pillows, usually at a lower price than shiatsu foot and calf massagers.
- Shiatsu massagers
Shiatsu nodes are great at breaking up knotted muscles and targeting important pressure points on your feet. They provide a powerful relief from tension, but for people with sensitive feet it can be too robust.
Vibration in foot massagers is a little underrated. It is extremely powerful at relaxing tired and sore foot muscles. It’s biggest benefit, however, it that it can increase circulation.
The feet are especially vulnerable to issues with poor circulation since they are extremities. The blood doesn’t reach your feet (or hands) as easily because they are so far away from your heart.
Since the blood carries oxygen through your body, this can prevent the oxygen from reaching the tissues of your feet. Even worse, you can start to have a build up of waste products such as carbon dioxide.
Since vibration increases circulation, it can help your body bring vital oxygen to your feet, helping them feel rejuvenated.
Heat is also a fantastic way of increasing circulation, not to mention how great it is to get some warmth on your toes. Imagine how nice it would feel to have a warm massage cushion on your feet in a chilly office building.
One issue that could be a deal breaker however when it comes to heat is that it can be dangerous if you suffer from reduced sensation in your feet. If your feet tend to be numb, it could be difficult to notice if the massager is too hot and burning your skin.
Overall, heat is a fantastic feature, but you should look for massagers with vibration rather than heat in you have numbness in your feet.
- Calf Massager
You can get powerful relief for your calves from a calf massager. Additionally, tension in the calves can work its way down and start to affect your feet or work its way up and affect your lower back.
Get a calf massager and you may find that you feel relief in other parts of your body as well.
- Remote Control
Most foot massagers come with a toe touch control. Ocasionally, you come across a massager with a remote control.
This is great if you do not feel comfortable using your toes to turn the massager on or off. With a remote control, you can just sit back and let the massager work its magic.
- Intensity modes
Massages are not one size fits all. One massage will not be right for everyone. In fact, you may not want the same type of massage everyday. Thankfully, on many massagers you can adjust the intensity.
You can get a more gentle massage on days that your feet are extremely sore or a more vigorus massage on days that you really want to work your feet.
- Automatic programs
One of the best parts of a massage is when the therapist switches everything up. Right when you start to get used to one technique, they switch it up with a new technique.
This prevents the massage from getting boring. Some foot massagers have automatic programs that switch up techniques so that you do not get desensitized to the massage.
4. Do I really want just a foot massager?
Many foot massagers are designed for one purpose and one purpose only- to get a great foot massage. But what if you also want a shoulder massage? Or a massage on your lower back? You don’t have to buy a separate massager for each of these needs.
Believe it or not, shoulder massagers (the type that drapes over your shouldrers) does a great job of taking care of all of these needs (foot, shoulder, back, and more). In addition, many of them are heated, some of them are cordless, and you can even use them in your car.
Shoulder massagers are so versatile that I believe that everyone who wants a foot massager should at least check out shoulder massagers since they can do what a foot massager does and more.
5. Do I want to take it with me?
Foot massagers come in all shapes and sizes. Some of them have all the right features but are too large and bulky to take on the roads.
There are others that are small, portable, and have other great features. For example, one massager has a handle and storage for the cord in it so that it is easy to take between work and home. It also has some great features, such as a shiatsu carrying cord and heat.
6. How much money do I want to spend?
Foot massagers have a wide spectrum of prices. It is possible to find them for less than $50 and more than $500. Regular foot rollers tend to cost the least while foot and calf massagers cost the most (though it is possible to get a foot and calf massager for a low cost if you are willing to sacrifice features).
7. What do I hope to gain from having a foot massager?
There are many great reasons to get a foot massager. Two huge categories include pain relief and comfort. Knowing what you want the most can help you identify the features that are most important to you.
For example, if you want pain relief, it may be best to go for a massager that has vibration with various levels of intensity. If general relaxation is important to you, you should check out massagers that have automatic programs and relaxing heat.
Become familiar with the features and think about what they can help you gain from your massage.
In conclusion, it is very important to check in with your expectations as well as familiarize yourself with the features of a foot massager before you buy a foot massager. This post listed some questions that you should ask and also showed you some top features.
By knowing what is out there and what is important to you, you can make a great purchasing decision.
In the comments below, let me know what is most important to you when it comes to choosing a foot massager machine. Also, be sure to check out my guide to the best foot massagers of 2018. It has charts that can help you quickly and easily compare some of the top options on Amazon.