After years of working at a desk, and ignoring advice to "sit up straight" even though I know I should, my back and shoulders are not what they once were.
I also took up running again as a New Year's resolution, and suffice to say at the tender age of 33, I am currently not without my fair share of aches and pains. I book in for a massage when I can afford to, but I'd always fancied a massage gun.
That is, until I saw the prices of some of them. I did my online research and the best rated ones came in at over £200. Even the best "budget" ones were around the £100 mark.
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Times are tough, and there was just no way I could justify such a lavish purchase, so when Aldi shared the news of its latest SpecialBuy, my interests were certainly piqued. The Crane fitness massage gun is said to "soothe tension knots". Aldi describes it as being "designed to help relax aches and pains after your workout or in your day-to-day life".
In Aldi stores and online for £39.99, it sounded almost too good to be true, but the reviews impressed me. One happy customer said it "makes any pain go away after lifting and is simple to use", while another wrote: "It feels like a solid build and the intensity is good for me".
I ordered it and, when it was delivered a few days later, I immediately charged it up and put it to work. My first opinion was it has a pleasing aesthetic and feels like it will last, and there's a three-year warranty in case it doesn't.
It couldn't be easier to use, and there are five different massage heads with 30 different intensity levels so you can really get into those troublesome muscle knots. There's also a handy guide to where you should, and shouldn't, use the gun and advice on which head to use for which areas of the body.
After 20 minutes of use for two consecutive days, my neck and shoulders feel so much better. I honestly think this gun is worth three times the price Aldi is selling it for.
While there's no replacing a professional massage, this little device was well worth the money and I know I'll get plenty of use out of it for years to come. Click this link to buy the Crane fitness massage gun.
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