Good vibrations: we check out the RecovaPro massage gun
RECOVAPRO Percussion Massage Device
£229 | Tester: Holly
Whether you’ve upped your training ahead of a big race, are completely brand new to running or are an old hand, your muscles probably have a few complaints. Let me introduce you to the RecovaPro, here to make them complain a little more and then a heck of a lot less.
This massage gun uses percussive vibrations to work into sore or tired muscles, helping your body to recover more quickly after exerting yourself. It’s 2020’s answer to using a foam roller and we’re all for it.
This is a serious piece of kit and its sturdiness and reliability justify the higher price point. The innovation displayed in its design is impressive – the Smart Glide Technology™ behind the motor really does create a smooth motion that makes massaging simultaneously more comfortable and more powerful. With five speed settings you can tailor your massage to suit you, honing in on the points that need the most attention. The battery life is excellent, too – it charges quickly and lasts for hours.
The RecovaPro comes with five interchangeable attachments: the Flathead for general use, which can also be used with the Power head to dig into areas where you might normally use a thumb, the Forkhead for neck and spine, the Round head for large groups of muscle and the Bullet head for deep tissue and trigger points. I found a combination of the Round head and the Bullet head worked best for me – the Round head worked a treat on general aches and pains and would help me to discover the real nasty niggles, which I’d then apply pressure to with the bullet.
The lovely thing about the RecovaPro is the flexibility it offers – you can go from a gentle massage to a serious kneading at the push of a button. It works similar pain-relieving miracles to a sports massage and, at just shy of £300, is a worthwhile purchase if you need regular treatment. I felt the tension seeping out of my aching muscles and was noticeably more comfortable the next day.
I’d definitely recommend having your friend or partner to hand so you can reach all those sore spots, but I was able to tackle most of my lower body myself. The user manual that it comes with doesn’t offer much advice in terms of technique, but there’s a handy how-to section on their website that’s definitely worth consulting.