Admittedly, I'm a little late on reaping the benefits of keeping a great massage ball close at hand. I’m usually not one for a super-regimented fitness schedule, so it seems that every time I go to a class or on a run, I end up feeling a little sore after. After a few lazy leg and arm stretches, I look for ways to help ease the grip of tight muscles—and fast. Sometimes I’m so tight that it’s tough to even walk down a flight of stairs, so I was thrilled when the Hyperice Hypersphere Mini Vibrating Ball came across my desk recently.
I became a fan of the brand not long ago after trying the Hypervolt Percussion Massage Device, a bigger, drill-like machine that is supposed to improve range of motion and muscle soreness through percussive therapy (a form of deep soft-tissue manipulation). While the Hypersphere doesn’t use the same type of motion to loosen overworked muscles (it’s more of a vibration versus a percussive motion), it still really goes to town on my tightness, even when it’s not the result of going hard at the gym (hello, tech neck!).
Since it’s round, I can effortlessly roll this small but mighty ball—about the size of an orange—across my body for a quick massage while laying down, or go more in-depth with specific achy areas, like my neck and shoulders or the bottom of my feet, with just a hint of added pressure. It also features three different vibration speeds that intensify depending on my body’s needs (it took me a little time to get used to the last one, which is great for deep knots) and is super lightweight, so it doesn’t add any bulk to my gym bag or a suitcase if I’m on the go. Pro-tip: Massage your muscles in a circular motion with the Hypersphere to experience its full benefits.
I barely have to do anything at all except bask in its relaxing (and sometimes uncomfortable) vibrations. After about 10 minutes, or more if I’m feeling particularly sore, my muscles feel super loose, almost as if I had gotten a professional massage, but from the comfort of my living room. I’d even go so far as to call it a miracle worker and stress reliever in one—nearly as soothing as a bubble bath after a demanding workout.
Buy it: Hyperice Hypersphere Mini Vibrating Ball, $166, amazon.com
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