Why you should travel with a Massage Gun?
| Erika Locsin
A portable massage gun, such as the HappyGun, is a percussion massage device used for high-impact recovery and low-impact deep tissue massage. It resembles a power drill and is an electric tool that can be charged similarly to a phone, with a variety of massage head attachments such as balls of varying firmness and finger-like tips (the HappyGun comes with a charging cable and 4 attachments).
You can easily switch between different speeds to control the intensity and different massage heads to tailor the impact to your muscles' needs and help relax different parts of your body.
Unlike many other types of massage, performing percussive massage on yourself is not only possible but also recommended. You have complete control over how much pressure you apply to your body when using a massage gun.
What exactly is Percussion Therapy?
Percussion therapy is a treatment for pain and soreness in soft tissue that is delivered deeply into the body by quick pulses of short duration. Because it has a rippling effect on your skin, it is sometimes referred to as vibration therapy.
By penetrating deep into the muscle tissue with a series of rapid, concentrated pulsating strokes, this therapy improves muscle function and recovery. It does not eliminate muscle soreness, but it does increase blood flow to a specific muscle area, which can aid in the reduction of tension.
If you suffer from muscle tightness, soreness, fatigue, or pain as a result of travel, particularly active adventures, this could be a game-changer for you. Especially as it allows you to hyper-target a specific problem area.
Percussion massagers are safe and effective when used 2-3 times per day (if they are used as recommended). You can use them to weaken your muscles or to relieve sorrow or pain after physical activity.
Safety tip: The massage weapon should only be used on muscles, not nerves, bones, joints, or tendons. Do not apply to your head, hard or bony body areas. Bruising can occur regardless of the pressure level or setting.
While they are most popular among endurance athletes such as triathletes and ultramarathoners, they are designed for use by anyone and are extremely simple to use (one button to turn on, one button to increase intensity). They're ideal for travelers because they're cordless, quiet, and ultralight.
Here are some of the reasons why they're an excellent travel companion:
#1: Cost Savings
Massage treatments are extremely inexpensive in many countries around the world. Notably in Asia, where you can sometimes get a massage for as little as $7 for an hour.
On the other hand, there are many more countries where spa treatments are prohibitively expensive, costing hundreds of dollars per visit.
Around the world, the average cost of a one-hour therapeutic massage is around $75 per hour. 90-minute treatments cost between $90 and $175, plus add-ons like aromatherapy and additional fees for special treatments like hot stones or deep tissue.
Even for therapies that are inexpensive enough to tempt you to book them daily, the costs quickly add up and are recurring – you pay each time you want a treatment.
If money is an issue, paying once for a massage device that you own and can use as many times as you want, multiple times a day and for years to come, is a no-brainer.
There are some trips where you get back to the hotel at the end of the day and there is nothing in the world that could make you go out again; that level of exhaustion where you desperately need a massage treatment but desperately need to stay lying face down in the hotel pillows!
Every one of us has been there!
Having a portable handheld device that you can take with you means that you can get a deep tissue body massage, treat pain and soreness, and relax your muscles whenever you need to, without having to get up and go out.
A massage is also useful in situations where traditional services are unavailable, such as an airport during a long layover, camping in the woods, or simply not having a masseuse available.
The device's voltage ranges from 110 to 240 volts. It's also simple to clean on the go: use a damp towel and dry with a different tissue (but don't put it in water or let it dry).
#3 Privacy / Convenience
Privacy and comfort go hand in hand with the convenience of using your device. This is a device that you can use in the privacy of your hotel room. You don't have to be around anyone else to use it; it's very simple to use on yourself.
Then there's the matter of comfort. Have you ever had a massage that was a little too violent and exerted a little too much pressure for your liking?
When you control the device, you can set the intensity to what you need and change it throughout the treatment based on how your body responds.
A massage therapist has no idea how much pain you're in or how much pressure they're applying to your body, so when you use a percussive device on your own, you run a much lower risk of causing real damage.
However, it is critical to understand how to use the device properly, so we strongly advise reading the instruction manual before use. If you are in pain after using a percussive massage device, you are most likely using it incorrectly.
A massage therapist doesn't know how much pain or pressure you are using, so you run much less risk of real damage if you are using a percussive device by yourself.
However, it is important to understand how to properly use the device, so we strongly advise you to read the instruction manual before use. You most probably use it incorrectly if you are painful after using a percussive massage device.
Professional massage treatments are for the most part extremely clean and hygienic. Most of the world follows strict hygiene guidelines including thorough surface cleaning between customers.
But the hygiene level used in less-regulated countries may not be always guaranteed or validated, and if you worry, the most hygienic option is to use a device that only affects the skin.
You eliminate any risk of cross-contamination and contact with surfaces that often are affected by traces of skin disorders or harmful virus droplets, regardless of how low.
Massage therapists do a fantastic job at the moment of keeping COVID safe for their workspaces, and the pandemic should not delay the search. But it is risk-free to have your device.
With a vibration rate of 20-53 Hz and a stroke length of 16mm, the HappyGun offers 1200-3 200 hits per minute. This makes it one of the strongest and most versatile massage systems for travelers.
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