If I could get a massage every day for the rest of my life, I really would. But because I can’t, I’m always looking for ways to ease my tired muscles.


The Roll Recovery R8 Plus is a deep-tissue massage roller that takes the work out of rolling out your muscles after working out or a particularly tough itinerary with uncomfortable seats, beds, and hauling luggage.


The company’s R8 product has been around since 2012, and was redesigned in 2018. The R8 Plus launched in July 2021. Instead of you having to get down on the floor and roll on a foam roller, the R8 and R8 Plus have roller TPU-inserts (that are replaceable) attached to a spring-configured body that applies deep tissue massage force without you having to make much of an effort.


The R8 Plus self-adjusts for different body sizes, and you can use it sitting, standing, or laying. Use the adjustment dial to increase or reduce the force as needed. The FDA Registered Medical Device targets areas like: IT-bands, quads, hamstrings, calves, shins, glutes, arms, and more.


I’ve had the most irritating shin splint for a while now, and it’s helpful to have an easy way (other than always having to schedule a massage) to break up muscle adhesions for myofascial relief, improve circulation, and reduce inflammation.


The R8 Plus is pretty compact (12.5 inches x 9.5 inches x 2.5 inches, weighing 3 pounds) and it’s TSA approved, but I keep mine at home, unless I’m taking a road trip when I have plenty of room for packing. But if I were checking a bag on a trip where I’m going to be adventuring in a hardcore manner for days on end, I’d pack it along. Pretty much everyone in the family has used it by now, which just shows how easy and helpful it is.


The R8 Plus comes in carbon black, Alpine white, and lava red, and lists for $169 on the Roll Recovery site.