The benefits of massage therapy are countless: reducing stress levels, improve sleep and overall mental health, relieve muscle tension and localised pain, lower blood pressure and many more. Massages can be performed in different areas of the body and most likely, each of them will bring you a specific benefit as, as per the reflexology chart, different pressure points are linked to a particular internal function or organ.
One of the best area to focus on is the feet as they are a gathering spot for a lot of crucial functions and a massage there can deliver one of the best massage experience you could get. By extension, calves massage is the natural outreach of a foot massage and it just feels as good. Sometimes calves/legs massages are forgotten to the detriment of feet/back/neck/shoulder massages, much more popular. Calves/thighs massages are more seen as completely dedicated to sport therapy and for professional athletes, however, getting a calves massage can totally help you getting more relaxed and relieve the stress accumulated on the legs area.
Not all of us have the time or can afford to visit a massage therapist or a kinesitherapist often, so we can rely on some very nice calf massager that we do this duty and allow us to enjoy the benefits of a calf massager at home.
1. Shiatsu Kneading Rolling Vibration Heating Foot and Calf Massager Personal Health Studio Leg Beautician by HmRelax
This foot and calf massager will satisfy a lot of us through its variety of choice in terms of functionalities but first, we can have a look at the appearance : it comes in an elegant burgundy and black and it has modern looks (it comes also in a more classic silver grey). It’s a pretty big device (roughly 20*18*16) and weighs about 27 pounds. The inner fabric can be removed thanks to the zips and can be washed so that you can keep your calf massager clean and in a good state all the time.
As for the functionalities, you will find four buttons on the top at centre of this calf massager, between the two legs insertions. The first will be to turn “on” and “off” the power, the second button “foot” will activate the foot massaging part of this device and the rubbing will be performed only on the foot area; you will be able to choose between three levels of intensity, the third button “legs” will activate the massage on the calves area, and here also you’ll be able to choose between three different settings, the fourth and last button “heat” will release heat through all the massage area, and again, you can choose between three levels of heat.
The foot and calf kneading will help you relax and ease the pain and stress that has been put on the feet and legs in general. This foot and calf massager has been conceived based on the shiatsu massage therapy and is configured to aim at specific pressure points. The only negative point here is that it might not be suitable for people with very large calves as it can be too tight, hence uncomfortable.
2. “Reflex-4” Foot and Calf Shiatsu Massager with Patented Figure-8 Technology By Human Touch
This calf massager has a sharp look and it’s quite neutral with silver grey colour on the outside and a dark brown/black inside: simple and efficient. The dimensions are 19” L x 18” W x 18” H, it weighs about 27 pounds and has two hands placed on the side for an easier mobility. The inner fabric can be removed to be washed and can easily put back again to preserve the hygiene.
This device is very powerful for foot and calf massages thanks to its unique specificity: the patented “figure eight technology”. It is quite different from the other products of the market as it does not simply compress your feet and calves, this patented technology really embraces the massaged area through circulatory movements creating an eight shape. The sensation is similar to a wave-like motion. Human Touch also developed the “CirQulation” technology that uses special mechanics through its robotic actuators in order to recreate as closely as possible the human touch, for a massage that won’t seem any different from the one of your therapist.
The ergonomy is quite nice and you’ll be able to fit feet up to men’s size 14 and also, for more flexibility and adaptability, there is a tilt that you can pull to achieve a perfect angle and alignment. This calf massager has moderate intensity and focuses more on the gesture rather than the pressure, which is indeed enjoyable.
There are four functions available on the control panel : shiatsu 1, shiatsu 2 (that are two versions of shiatsu massages) and then relax and refresh. On the bottom (foot area) you will find reflexology massage rollers to perform a firmer massage on the soles and heels.
3. Pro Foot, Calf and Thigh Massager by TheraSqueeze
This super machine and calf massager is really a swiss knife, i.e., multifunctions! It will massage your feet, calves and thighs. That’s quite a promise. We have to admit that the generous leather like frame looks really luxurious, just like its imposing stature. The whole calf massager is really stylish and comes in really neutral and smooth colours. It is about 48 pounds and measures 23”l x 22.6”w x 28.3”h, so you better plan room to store it and potentially a regular place where to leave it if you have problem carrying around heavy devices or suffer from back pain.
The massage experience itself is fantastic: the ergonomy of this feet, thighs and calf massager is made so as you can be relaxing in your chair or sofa and enjoy a delightful massage on your whole lower limbs. We like the fact that the control panel is easy to use, clear and the set of functionalities extensive: you have (obviously) the power on/off button and then the two buttons activating the two different parts of the device -feet/calves and thighs-, then you’ll find the true functional buttons, i.e. auto, vibration and heat alongside to an intensity controlling button with three different levels.
When you apply a different function and intensity to a specific area you will be able to control at best the effect that you wish to have and so you will really feel a custom-made massage: the deep kneading shiatsu massage, dynamic squeezing, vibration and heat will really enable you to make the most out of your massage like improve relaxation level, lowering stress, relieving muscles tensions and so on.
4. Leg, Foot, Calf, and Ankle Massager (Squeeze and Vibration) by uComfy
UComfy is a pretty widespread and well-known brand of massaging and wellness devices. This legs, foot, ankle and calf massager is one of the the most complete devices that they have developed and put on the market. It has specifically designed massaged pads that will recreate the sensation of wavy nice massage on your feet, calves and ankles, which is really enjoyable as most of the calf massager units do not particularly aim to ankle, but as it is the point of junction between the legs and feet, it is submitted to a lot of pressure and a massage specially targeting that area feels really great.
On top of that, you will be able to have a vibration option well, which is quite different from the deep kneading: if the kneading option is more relaxing; the vibration one will make you feel invigorated and will refill you with energy. According to how you feel, you might need and want different levels of intensity in your massage: for that, you can choose between three different settings for either vibration and massage. If you feel like combining both, it’s an option and you can use it in a “mix and match” combo.
The device itself comes in light silver and black, it measures 16.5 x 17 x 16 inches and weighs 30 pounds. It can seem a bit heavy and difficult to carry around but you have two handles on the side to lift it easily. The adjustable bracket on the bottom of the leg, foot and ankle massager will enable you to achieve the perfect angle and inclination for your relaxation session. The deep tissues in your calves and feet will thank you for that.
5. “Reflex-2” Foot and Calf Massager with Patented Figure-8® CirQlation Paddle Technology by Human Touch
Here is again a great piece of technology by Human Touch: this foot and calf massager will delight your feet. The design is refined, black and sober, yet pretty modern. The dimensions are 18 x 20 x 16 inches for 21 pounds. There are handles on the side for a better and easier transportability. On the front of the bottom there are two non-skid floor protectors for a maximum stability. This calf massager does not have a braket that you can pull to adjust the desired angle, however, the front is slightly lifted to benefit from an ergonomic that matches perfectly the body’s one.
The patented figure eight technology, like stated for the previous Human Touch calf massager, tries to imitate at best a human-made massage and the fact that it provides a massage through a circulatory movement, rather than pressure, helps to improve the blood circulation. The flow is gentle, yet present and it, for sure, relieves any soreness or tension you have in your calves and ankle area. The massage on the bottom of the feet is back up by stimulating under-foot rollers that provide a very energetic massage to the sole and heels area.
This feet, ankle and calf massager has a display where you can choose between three wellness programs : “relieve”, “renew” and “soothe” (respectively shown as P1, P2 and Run). The programs are automated and the main difference would be the speed and continuity in the movement.
This massager could be even more considered as a therapeutic device than a leisure one due to the fact that the wellness programs are pre-set and that the Figure-Eight and CirQlation technologies are meant to specifically improve the blood circulation.
How To Pick My Foot And Calf Massager ?
The Benefits of a Foot And Calf Massager:
All the feet, ankle and calf massager that we have reviewed here above are great devices to have at home and all feature great technology. We particularly appreciate the extensive customisation possible on the calf massager by HmRelax that allows you to build custom-made massage anytime you need for any kind of experience you are looking for. The Therasqueeze offers a great advantage with the thighs massaging piece, that can stretch out the benefits of a massage to the higher part of your legs; and last but not least, the Figure-Eight/CirQlation technology patented by Human Touch is little revolution in the foot and calf massager world, as it’s the closest you can get to a human massage and it does really make a real difference with the usual pressure massage.
Now it’s up to you to decide which is the feature you are looking for most in a foot/leg/ankle/calf massager: Speed? Heat? Maximum area cover? It is very important to get the device that will best suit your needs in order to fully enjoy it.
If we head to choose only one out of these five foot, leg and calf massagers, it would be the TheraSqueeze Pro Foot, Calf and Thigh Massager: it really brings the massage experience for the lower body to the next level.