Guest Blogger – Karen Price | 10 Massage Chair Benefits You Can’t Miss Out On
Opting for a massage chair can be very advantageous for you. Apart from just relaxing you, they can also play a major role in treating several conditions as well as improve blood circulation, mental health, and physical well-being. While hiring a massage therapist or going to a spa for a spectacular massage session sounds like a fantastic way to achieve this, most people do not have the time, money or the inclination to get a massage every month, let alone every day. Hence, the option for the rest of us is to buy a massage chair to replace the human touch and give you a professional massage, which can be both enjoyable and therapeutic.
Listed below are a few benefits of a massage chair to enable you to make an informed decision about buying one for your personal use.
1. Relief from Stress
The burden of work and fast-paced life has overwhelmed the lives of majority of people, and few can cope with the strain effectively. Consequently, people have become more and more prone to heart ailments, anxiety attacks, and chronic depression. Massage chairs use various techniques and features that help increase neurotransmitters known to fight mental and emotional stress, leaving you a much happier person. A massage session every night can leave you invigorated and revitalized and subsequently induce a sound sleep without the help of a slipping pill.
2. Enhanced Blood Circulation
A massage therapy session improves blood circulation from head to toe due to the increase in temperature caused on the surface of the skin. The kneading techniques, which are stronger than the stroking techniques stimulate the flow of blood physically as well. In both cases, better circulation ensures the removal of harmful toxins from your body. Experiments indicated that people who undertook massage chair therapies for an extended period of time had a major reduction in strain and anxiety, which is the key source of high blood pressure. Additionally, improved circulation reduces the strain that the heart has to face in order to ensure that blood reaches every part of the body, which results in a healthier heart as well.
3. Relief of Pain and Aches
Massage chairs aid in soothing common body aches, headaches, and chronic neck/back/shoulder pain. Studies indicate a decrease in cortisol levels and increase in serotonin by an average of 28% due to continual massage sessions. By increasing serotonin and lowering cortisol levels, the body is better able to manage pain.
Studies also indicate that massage chairs either significantly reduced or eliminated some chronic pain. Massage chairs offer an inexpensive alternative to the costly physical therapies for an aging population that is tormented by chronic pain.
For people suffering from pain for a long time, this is the most compelling of all massage chair benefits.
4. Reduce Headaches/Migraines
Despite the large number of people suffering from them, migraines are perhaps the least understood of medical issues today. However, there are a few known triggers such as exhaustion, hormonal changes, sudden changes in mood, irregular sleeping patterns etc. Massages are known to remedy almost all of these triggers, which can significantly help in reducing the chances of migraine occurring. When you take a massage session regularly, you will feel that your nerves and muscles are working properly and so, there is no more headache or migraine attack.
5. Posture Correction
People try to correct their posture by walking straight or by practicing yoga, often overlooked is the fact that a massage also helps in correcting posture. Massage will help you get the right posture, mobilize and loosen your stiff muscles and help to maintain balance.
When you use a high-end massage chair, the backbone is forced to align itself in its natural position due to the shape of the chair. The motions of massage therapy also help to relax the muscles further, gradually undoing the built up damage. Eventually, over a period of time and therapy, massage can aid in loosening muscles and align the posture of the spine.
6. Increase Flexibility
Another positive side effect of regular massage chair use is increased flexibility. Massage chairs help combat decreased flexibility caused by a trigger point. A trigger point is a painful condition caused due to strenuous exercise and over-exertion that leads to a restricted range of motion and sore muscles.
Research findings from the Buck Institute for Research on Aging in Ontario showed that massage decreases inflammation and even promotes the growth of new mitochondria, the body’s powerhouse on a cellular level. All these individual factors combine to create healthier tissue, which is strong and flexible as well.
7. Boost Energy Levels
After a long and tiring day at the office when you sit on the massage chair, it works on your tired and worn-out muscles, gets them stretched and rolled, relaxing the stiff portions and providing the much-needed revitalization your body needs. As a result, you feel rejuvenated and re-energized when you get out of the massage chair. It also improves your sleep cycle which helps the body rest and recover from everyday ordeals and makes it more energetic during waking hours.
Besides improving the quality of sleep, a deep massage can increase your energy to a great extent due to the improved circulation of blood and the nutrients it carries to the muscles and tissues. Massage therapy also improves the body posture which allows you to breathe more freely. All these contribute towards providing you more energy than before.
8. Reduce The Impact of Repetitive Motion Injuries
Repetitive motion injuries are injuries that occur due to a long term impact of performing the same type of motion again and again. For example typing continuously over extended durations can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome which is caused due to the pinching of nerves in the wrist during the unnatural position required to be maintained while typing. Bus drivers who drive automatic door buses need to lift their arm to pull the lever that opens the doors several times in a day. They suffer from severe shoulder pain.
Massaging these parts every day can go a long way in delaying the onset of such conditions, at least until you can take out the time to address them properly.
9. Help Alleviate Side Effects Of Complex Treatments*
Some diseases like cancer have treatments where the actual treatment can cause as many issues as the disease in itself, especially when the treatment is chemotherapy. Chemotherapy takes a huge toll on your body and causes nausea, pain, depression, stress, and fatigue to an already weak body and exhausted mind. Relief from these issues can be a blessing for patients. It has been found that cancer patients who undergo massage therapy get better sleep, improved overall health, and decreased pain.
10. Relief For Pregnant Women*
Pregnant women face a lot of stress-not just mentally, but also physically. It is a time of immense upheaval due to the load of volatile hormonal levels, carrying a lot more weight than one is used to. With regular massages, pregnant women can experience alleviation in the stress on their muscles, improvement in discomfort and posture due to excessive strain on the spine, reduction in myofascial pain, cramps and muscle spasms, increased circulation of blood and lymph and gained physical nurturing and emotional support.
A healthy mother, after all, can deliver a healthy baby and this helps her to nurture herself and the baby in times of high stress.
With people falling prey to several lifestyle diseases and being unable to take out time for their bodies, massage chairs are a wonderful way to relax after a hard day at work, and also enable the body to recover from various issues. A proactive investment in the form of a good massage chair can help to prevent and remedy several health issues as well as provide a better quality of life.
* – Please consult your medical professional before beginning any massage treatment
Author Bio: Karen Price is a professional Massage Therapist and Blogger. She writes about Massage and Relaxation at her blog Relaxish.com, where she also reviews Massage products such as Massage Chairs and Foot Massagers.