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This $50 heated massager is the perfect antidote to carrying around a heavy backpack — it relieves my shoulder and back tension

This $50 heated massager is the perfect antidote to carrying around a heavy backpack — it relieves my shoulder and back tension

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I use my at-home massager both after work and after runs, and I'd highly recommend others do the same.

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I use my at-home massager both after work and after runs, and I’d highly recommend others do the same.
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  • I recently purchased the InvoSpa Shiatsu Back, Neck, and Shoulder Massager with Heat from Amazon for $50, and it is a game changer for anyone like me who struggles with back and neck pain on a daily basis.
  • My life is very different now that I get daily, professional-grade massages. If I were to visit a masseuse that regularly in New York City, I’d be down close to $100 per week at minimum.
  • What makes this at-home massager even better than going to a professional, however, is that you remain in total control as you use it.
  • This massager also has a timer, so it automatically shuts off every 15 minutes.

As a freelancer in New York City, I’m regularly hauling around a backpack filled with my computer, its charger, a work book, a fun book, hand sanitizer, a water bottle, a just-in-case umbrella, and about 14 inkless pens. My bag not only burdens my back, but it also strains my neck, shoulders, legs, and arms as I contort my body to fit into crowded subways and carry it in one hand while the other roots around for an elusive, working pen. Then when I arrive at my destination, I sit down and type for hours, hunching over my laptop like Golem guarding his precious.

None of this activity helps ease my back pain. After I tried repeatedly to hand-massage myself for relief (about as satisfying as scratching that itch at the middle of your back), my friend whose job entails a lot of upper body work let me try her at-home shiatsu back, neck, and shoulder massager with heat. I’m not exaggerating when I say it changed my life. I immediately went home and ordered my own off of Amazon for $50.

Those times when I’ve tried to get a knot out of my upper back by using the edge of a door frame? This kneading massager from InvoSpa is infinitely more effective in its ability to dig deep into my muscles, relaxing tensions I barely even knew I had. Its pack-like shape – featuring two straps you can slip your arms through while positioning dual massagers comfortably on your neck, back, or shoulders – mimics that of my backpack, allowing me to hit all the sore spots that wearing my bag daily creates.

The apparatus has a groove for your neck, with one massager on either side, each consisting of four, rotating nodes. The four larger nodes loosen up your muscles while the four smaller nodes really get in there, tackling the most stubborn knots. Four controllers on one strap let you turn the massagers off and on, change the direction of the rotation, alter the speed, and switch on and off the heat, respectively. I find that the direction of the nodes changes regularly enough, so I end up pressing the heat button most. Using heat at the start of the massage helps relax my muscles before I apply more pressure for heavy kneading, at which point I turn the heat off.

I mentioned that this massager has changed my life, and it’s true – my life is very different now that I get daily, professional-grade massages. If I were to visit a masseuse that regularly in New York City, I’d be down close to $100 per week at minimum.

As with all massagers, it's also not good for you to use it for too long. Luckily, this one has a timer, so it automatically shuts off every 15 minutes.

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As with all massagers, it’s also not good for you to use it for too long. Luckily, this one has a timer, so it automatically shuts off every 15 minutes.
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What makes this at-home massager even better than going to a professional, however, is that you remain in total control as you use it.

The straps make it very easy to manipulate its position, letting you reach the nagging sore parts that are nearly impossible to explain to other people (“No, a little more to the left…”). And even though it’s called a “back, neck, and shoulder massager,” it feels amazing on the soles of my (clean) feet.

However, you can’t use the massager on any old body part. I learned this the hard way. The manual warns you’re not supposed to put it on “joints and bony parts of the body,” which I didn’t read until after I’d ended up with some sore knees joints – a fate people who read manuals (or this article) can easily avoid. As with all massagers, it’s also not good for you to use it for too long. Luckily, this one has a timer, so it automatically shuts off every 15 minutes.

This massager’s only other minor downside is that it has to be plugged into the wall to work. That being said, the cord is plenty long. I’ve never had a hard time getting it to my couch, bed, or desk chair, some of which are closer to outlets than others. Impressively, it’s still portable. It comes with a car plug and a convenient, handheld case.

Even if you don’t lug around a full backpack every day and hunch over your computer, doing any kind of physical work, exercising, or even just experiencing stress can lead to tight, painful muscles. I use my at-home massager both after work and after runs, and I’d highly recommend others do the same. It’s giving me a foot massage right now.

Buy the InvoSpa Shiatsu Back, Neck, and Shoulder Massager with Heat at Amazon for $59.97.

5 signs your new relationship is moving way too fast

5 signs your new relationship is moving way too fast

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“We should take our time to know a person and make sure they are who they appear to be,” Sussman said.
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  • While committing to another person is a fulfilling experience, there are some signs that you should take a step back and slow the process down, New York City-based therapist Rachel Sussman told INSIDER.
  • If you plan multiple dates in the same week with one person, can’t go long without texting or calling them, or just got out of another relationship, you could be moving too fast.
  • “We should take our time to know a person and make sure they are who they appear to be,” Sussman said.

When you’re navigating a brand new relationship, it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of it all before realizing things are moving too quickly. While committing to another person is a fulfilling experience, there are ways to tell if you should take a step back and slow down, Rachel Sussman, a New York City-based therapist, told INSIDER.

“We should take our time to know a person and make sure they are who they appear to be,” Sussman said. She added that trust is earned over time and through experience, so rushing into something won’t allow trust to form naturally.

These are the signs to look out for if you might think your new relationship is moving too fast.

You plan multiple dates in one week

While going on dates is a great way to get to know someone, Sussman told INSIDER that planning too many get-togethers can be a sign that you’re moving too fast.

Sussman recommended one date per week when you're just starting to see a new person.

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Sussman recommended one date per week when you’re just starting to see a new person.
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“You want to be able to process it and think about that person after the date and miss them even,” Sussman said, adding that going on lots of dates in a short time span won’t allow for that processing period. She recommended one date per week when you’re just starting to see a new person.

You can’t go an hour without texting them

Similar to planning too many dates into a short period of time, constantly being in contact with a potential partner could be a sign things are moving too fast.

Read more: 8 signs of a cheater that you could be able to spot on the first date

Sussman said you shouldn’t be afraid to lessen the frequency of texting, calling, or emailing if you feel overwhelmed. On the other hand, if you feel like you have to be in constant contact because you’re worried the person will lose interest or refuse to commit to you, it’s time to re-evaluate your relationship with them, Sussman told INSIDER.

To better understand a person’s level of commitment, you can look for signs that suggest they aren’t serious about the relationship. These signs include never introducing you to their family or friends, not following through with plans, and refusing to talk about the future, INSIDER previously reported.

You’re already meeting their parents

While meeting a person’s family and friends is an important step in a new relationship, Sussman said doing so too soon can raise some red flags. Before you meet your partner’s inner circle, you should establish a close connection with them and clearly define your relationship status.

Before you meet your love interest's inner circle, you should establish a close connection with them and clearly define your relationship status.

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Before you meet your love interest’s inner circle, you should establish a close connection with them and clearly define your relationship status.
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Sussman generally tells people to give it about three months before meeting parents and friends. “If you had three dates and they’re like, ‘my parents are in town, want to meet?’ it’s too early,” Sussman said.

You just got out of another relationship

If your new relationship is following another relationship you recently ended, it could be a sign you need to slow down. There is no specific amount of time you should take between relationships, but you do need to come to terms with why your relationship ended and resolve any feelings (both positive and negative) you have about your ex, Susan Winter, an NYC-based relationship expert, previously told INSIDER.

“Take it slow because if you fall for someone, they can end it at any time,” Sussman said. “Ask yourself if you’re in a space to handle that.”

You talk about making major life plans with them

It’s one thing to know you want to eventually get married and have children, but planning your life with someone you only are starting to know could be a sign you need to re-evaluate how quickly your relationship is moving.

In the same vein, if your new love interest won’t stop telling you how much they want to buy a house or hit another major milestone with you and it makes you uncomfortable, that’s a huge red flag.

Visit INSIDER’s homepage for more.

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