One of the best brand gifts I received during quarantine was a Theragun massager. Theragun reached out to see if I would like to try their Elite massager and I was immediately intrigued: I’d been seeing it all over social media named as one of the best massage guns on the market, while also simultaneously realllllly missing my massage therapist, especially in after I finally started working out again… I was extremely SORE, and self massage and yoga balls can only do so much for relieving muscle pain.
I have to be honest. This product is kind of like my first Dyson vacuum. I never would have bought it with my own money if I hadn’t been gifted it, but now that I have it and have been using it so often, I would absolutely repurchase it with my own money if it were lost or stolen. That’s my standard for deciding whether to feature something in a blog review. I use it a LOT and it’s made a big difference for me, especially with sore traps and neck… and my IT band. And I even use it on my feet. I have now had mine for nearly a year and a half and swear by it but if you have any questions please leave them in the comments section!
Review of Theragun Massager
How it Works
The Theragun massager is a percussive massage device with an ergonomic triangle-handle design you can hold to target your different muscle groups (yes even your own back) to melt away tension and soreness. There’s also the Therabody app you can use with different massages and wind-downs for things like bedtime, tech-neck, a sore IT band, etc. etc.
The Theragun has four different massage guns which use percussive therapy to melt away tension and soreness in your muscles. Each of the massage guns offers different speeds (percussions per minute) to target your trigger points, a varying stall force (meaning that there is a range of pressure you can apply into the body before the motor will stall), and an array of head attachments (I personally love the standard ball) to use on any body part.
This is what I have. It retails for $399. I absolutely love it. It’s quiet but extremely powerful with 40 lbs of force. It’s their quietest model and I love that it is powerful but also quiet enough for me to use while I’m watching TV or a movie.
This is the professional, ultra-fancy, serious business model, with 60 lbs of force. It retails for $599 and I think it’s probably best for professional athletes. My back and shoulders get extremely tight, I’m the person who asks for as much pressure as possible when getting a massage… and I cannot imagine needing even more pressure than the Elite.
This is the basic model, retailing for $299. It has all the essential features, at a lower price point than the other models. It provides 30 lbs of force. And it doesn’t have some of the fancier features of the other massagers, like the OLED screen, but to be honest I don’t think you really need them. I had seen a Theragun Prime review claiming that the Pro is probably not worth the money… I personally agree. I’d choose between this one or the Elite, based on how quiet you want it to be.
This cute little guy retails for $199 and is structured differently than the other Theragun models (it has a totally different shape) but would be great for on the go and travel since it’s so little and portable. This would make an AMAZING gift for a frequent traveler (especially because of the compact carrying cases).
photography by Allie Provost.