From carrying stress about the election to a suboptimal work-from-home setup, there’s a whole host of reasons your back might be a little tighter and achier than usual. But relief can be found for far less than it costs to buy a new mattress or Herman Miller executive chair. We’ve just spotted this well-reviewed heated back massager on sale for just over $40 (it typically retails for $60).
The massager — which Strategist readers have admired in the past — has two heat settings, three speed settings, and adjustable arm straps to ensure the correct fit for your body (and the bodies of everyone else you live with who’ll want to use it, too). It’s also machine washable, and rotates in both clockwise and counterclockwise directions to emulate an in-person Shiatsu massage. As one of the product’s 2,545 five-star reviewers explains: “You can manage the amount of pressure and heat you need and where the Shiatsu-type knobs are kneading. The knobs work forward and backward, but are not painful like the original Shiatsu units tended to be.” Another satisfied customer summed up their experience in the same way we’ve described particularly satisfying in-person massages we’ve had in the past: “It feels so good! And so bad at the same time.”
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