1. Foam Rollers
Foam rollers offer many of the same benefits as a sports massage, without the big price tag. The foam roller not only stretches muscles and tendons but it also breaks down soft tissue adhesions and scar tissue. By using your own body weight and a cylindrical foam roller you can perform a self-massage or myofascial release, break up trigger points, and soothe tight fascia while increasing blood flow and circulation to the soft tissues.
Massage for aching muscles is really only beneficial if you know what you are doing. If you plan to perform your own massage, learning the basic how to's might be a good idea.
5. Massage Oils
If you are lucky enough to have someone in your life who gives a great massage, you owe it to yourself to have massage oil on hand. It makes the art of sports massage that much more effective and relaxing.
Whether you are an athlete or a recreational exerciser, a warm soak in the tub with mineral or epsom salts feels great. There are many to choose from, but if you want something simple and inexpensive, just go for the epsom salts.
7. Heating Pads
If you'd like to get the benefits of heat without the production of a warm soak in the tub, you can find a heating pad works well for localized heat application to specific muscles or areas of the body.
8. Bath pillowWhat good is a soothing bath, complete with oils or bath salts if you don't have a pillow?
10. Travel Hammock
Finally, if you just want to lounge and relax in the sun, the hammock is perfect. Choose from portable or heavy-duty and let the rest and relaxation begin.