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How to use the KOA Massage Tools: A Step By Step Guide to Easy, At Home Myofascial Release

Posted by Kim Kelley on
How to use the KOA Massage Tools: A Step By Step Guide to Easy, At Home Myofascial Release

If you don’t already know what the KOA Massage Tools are and why everyone loves using them for pain management, muscle performance, recovery, and overall cellular health, check them out here!

A KOA Massage is a relaxing, soothing, self-massage using the patented HumanTouch 3.0™ technology of the KOA Massage Tools. They’re designed to mimic the hands and elbows of a skilled massage therapist so you can enjoy an anytime, anywhere massage and relief when you need it!

Here are some tips and best practices to help you get the most out of the KOA Massage Tools:

Step 1: Prep & Warm Up

KOA Massage Tools myofascial release therapy massage tools in the sauna

Always start with freshly cleansed skin and KOA Massage Tools.

If you’re using the KOA Massage tools on bare skin, always use oil or lotion to help the “fingers” glide easily on your skin. If you’re using the KOA Massage tools over tight-fitting, thin clothing, no oil or lotion is needed.

For best results, warm up just like you would before a workout. It can be as easy as being in a sauna, hot bath, or shower, or doing a few minutes of bodyweight exercises to get your body moving and ready for work.

Pro tip: make sure to drink extra water before, during, and after your KOA Massage.

Step 2: Ease In

Start with light, brisk strokes using up-and-down and side-to-side motions on and all around the target areas. Remember, you’re in control of the pressure, duration, and areas you focus on, so always go at your own pace and do what feels good for you.

If an area feels tense or sore, ease up on the pressure and continue with light massage strokes all around the area. You can then work your way to the target area as it relaxes and desensitizes.

Pro tip: for very sensitive areas, use your hands to lightly massage and desensitize the area until it’s ready for a KOA Massage.

Step 3: Treat Yourself To Relief

As your myofascial tissues relax and accept the treatment, it may feel good to apply more pressure. Use the ends or “thumbs” of the KOA tools to press into and release tense areas and adhesions.

If you want even deeper pressure, you can try using the KOA Massage Tool “fingers” at different angles to release deeper adhesions.

Step 4: Cool Down

KOA Massage tools using the flat handle to flush the tissue

When you’ve finished your KOA Massage, use your hands or the flat, smooth handle of the KOA Tools to “flush” and move circulation towards your heart. This helps with tissue restoration and recovery.

Don’t forget to drink plenty of water!

Step 5: Aftercare

If you feel some soreness or swelling after a KOA Massage - don’t be alarmed! It’s normal for your tissue to go through the natural remodeling process after myofascial release and tissue restoration. You may feel some “post-workout soreness” in the areas you treated, but they should not be painful to the touch. You may even see some light bruising as a result of the soft tissue restoration, similar to the bruises you get after cupping or other deep tissue massage treatments.

myofascial release post treatment soreness

Ways To Speed Up The Recovery Process:

  • Movement
  • Go for a walk, do some stretching, dance, or enjoy any kind of cardiovascular exercise that you love! This helps your body move out waste and circulate replenishing nutrients.

  • Cold Therapy
  • Take a cold shower or bath, apply ice packs, or do cryotherapy to help decrease inflammation and move out lactic acid and lymphatic fluid.

  • Hydration & Nutrition
  • Staying properly hydrated is key to cellular health, and it’s even more vital when during and after myofascial release treatments. Avoid or minimize processed and fried foods as well as artificial sweeteners and alcohol.

  • Light, Lymphatic Drainage Massage
  • Do a gentle, full body massage using your hands or the KOA Massage Tools. Keep the pressure very light in an effort to help your body recover and move out excess fluid and waste.

    * Avoid massaging or applying pressure over any bruises or swollen areas. 

  • Muscle Activation
  • For best results, do some resistance exercises within about 24 hours of your KOA Massage. You can use weights, resistance bands, or even bodyweight. The goal is to contract the muscles in the areas you treated so they can tone and condition for a sculpted look and feel.

    A woman activating her muscles with resistance bands exercises at home

    We hope you love using the KOA Massage Tools and experiencing the benefits of myofascial tissue restoration! If you have any questions, contact us! We love hearing from you and we’re always here to help!

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