When you need to work out those knots, aches, and tension throughout the body, the best massage balls can seriously work wonders. Massage balls come in different sizes, so before you buy, first consider where on your body you’d like to use them — smaller balls are best for pinpointing small areas like the balls of the feet, while larger balls can cover more surface area at once. Most balls are circular in shape (and therefore can be used on various sore body parts), but there are also peanut-shaped balls that are designed specifically to fit around the spine.
Size and shape are just the start when you’re looking for your perfect massage tools; density and texture are also significant factors to consider. Most massage balls are fairly firm, but if you want a really deep massage, you may want to look for ones that are extra-firm and dense (fair warning: some may find these balls a bit painful, especially when just starting out). You’ll also have to decide if you’d like to use a textured ball or not — raised bumps create a more intense massage since they dig in deep and can stimulate blood flow, while smooth, non-textured balls are still plenty effective, but also less intense. If you're not a fan of texture, you could also try adding intensity with massage balls that vibrate. These balls are often battery-operated and can be good options for extra relief, but they're also typically more expensive.
If you aren’t sure which type of massage ball will work for you or if you’d like to have multiple options at your disposal, consider purchasing a massage ball set. These sets often come with balls in a variety of sizes, firmness levels, shapes, and textures so you can see what's most effective.
These four massage balls and sets are all wildly popular, you can be sure at least one that will be right for you.
1. A 3.2-Inch High-Density Massage Ball
Relieve tightness, and even potentially improve blood flow. Made from rubber, the 3.2-inch ball is larger than most, so it will cover more surface area at once. Use it on your back, shoulders, quads, glutes, or even your feet — wherever it feels good.
2. A Peanut-Shaped Massage Ball To Target Your Spine
This peanut-shaped massage ball will hug your spine perfectly, allowing you to roll it down the center of your back to gain relief in those hard-to-reach muscles. Made from 100% natural rubber, the massage ball is 5 inches in length, and is described by the manufacturer as "firmer than a tennis ball."
3. An Extra-Small Massage Ball For Hands & Feet
For smaller areas like your hands or balls of the feet, this massage ball is perfectly sized. The ball measures approximately 1.5 inches in diameter, which is about the size of a standard golf ball. Amazon reviewers indicate that this pick can help to relieve foot pain, since it’s made from firm rubber and it’s textured for a deeper massage.
4. A Vibrating Peanut-Shaped Massage Ball
With its high intensity vibration, this peanut-shaped massage ball will feel absolutely amazing after a long day, relieving tension, aches, and knots, some of which you maybe didn’t even realize you had. It's shaped perfectly to address muscle tension around your spine, but can be used in problem areas all over the body. The massage ball has four vibration intensity levels with different speeds to choose from according to your liking.
This pick is powered by a rechargeable battery, but it has automatic shut-off after 10 minutes to help preserve its charge. The massage ball is waterproof, and reviewers on Amazon confirm that it operates super quietly. This pick is 3.75 inches by 6.75 inches in size. Choose from two colors — black or blue.
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