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Cheap Man’s Massage

Is it sinful to dislike going to spas?

Don’t get me wrong. I have nothing against spoiling myself. I’m also a very touchy, feely person so it isn’t the professional hands of strangers that bothers me.  

If I need “body work” done due to an injury or pain, I will definitely go and reap the benefit.  I have been to 2 experienced massage therapists who’s hands worked miracles on my back and overtrained quad muscles.

Here’s why spas aren’t my forte.

  1. The treatments are expensive.  Spending $60 to $150 on one treatment that lasts 30 minutes to an hour.  Am I worth it?  The answer is “yes” but if that was my litmus test for all my decisions I’d be flat broke.  
  2. I don’t feel a lasting benefit.  You have to go often (which takes me back to issue #1). I’d rather reward myself with something I can re-use or an experience that I’m more inclined to replay in my head.
  3. It isn’t that relaxing to me.  A bubble bath or reading a book on the beach is more my style. In a dark room with a total stranger buck naked in a constant mental state of “what’s coming next” just doesn’t induce a zen-like state for me. Deep tissue massages can hurt too.

You need body work when you regularly exercise

I swear by these two tools for a cheap man’s massage:

The Foam Roller

If you do not own a foam roller, get one TODAY! 

This round tube will do more to preserve your hard working body than any other instrument.  I  use it almost daily.

Use the foam roller to prevent injuries such as iliotibial band syndrome (pain usually felt on outside of knee). Your body weight creates the pressure.  The movement of the round tube elongates and stretches the muscles.  Like a deep tissue massage, it can be painful at first.

The foam roller treats aches and pains best in these areas:

  • Iliotibial bands (from outside of knee to hip)
  • Calves
  • Quadriceps
  • Hamstrings
  • Glutes
  • Lower back
  • Upper back

Check out this 5 minute video for my demonstration:

Where to purchase? Foam Roller Trigger Point Foam Roller Travel Size Foam Roller

The Stick

Like the foam roller, the Stick can help work out knots and tight spots in your muscles.  Allows you to apply more concentrated pressure.  Since it is hand held and narrow, you can use it in places you can’t access with the roller.  

The Stick can be used for all the same areas as the foam roller but is particularly good for:

  • Neck and shoulders
  • Bottom of feet
  • Inner thighs
  • Triceps

Check out this 3 minute video for my demonstration: 

Where to purchase? The Original Stick The Stick, Lower Cost

*If you’re really looking for cheap, you can use a rolling pin. Works well on the trapezius muscles between neck and shoulders. Ask for assistance from someone.





Consistent exercise and stress can cause your body to tighten up. These devices are an economical way to keep muscles stretched out and improve blood flow to aid your recovery.

Happy Rolling!

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  1. Never knew they had a smaller type of foam roller. Off to purchase one RIGHT NOW! GREAT video too!

    May 6, 2012

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