What is a Massage Chair?
A massage chair is a robotic device with electronic vibrators and motor components that makes whole body or part massage possible. Traditional massage chairs were designed to make it easy to access the head, shoulders and the upper body of an individual undergoing massage.
The use of massage chairs is quite a prevalent practice in many parts of the country and they have been proven to be relief-inducing when in use. People are more likely to be introduced to them through their placement at strategic spots in shopping malls. Others might come across them on product leaflets, magazines or websites.
Traditional Massage Chairs
The use of traditional chairs over the years is proof that their design has served the purpose for which they were intended. A visit to some malls or massage parlors provides ample evidence that they are suitable and that they are put to productive uses.
The traditional massage chair in itself provides no therapeutic value except that it has an ergonomic design that makes it possible for massages to be efficiently administered.
In contrast with a full cover chair, the traditional massage chair has a role to play in massage sessions. Full covered chairs will not only make it difficult for the massage recipient to be properly seated but will become a hindrance to easy access that is required.
Electronic Massage Chairs
When contrasted with traditional massage chairs, electronic versions are miles apart as they provide an assured therapeutic value. Some variants of the electronic massage chairs have full robotic hands that will give the massage recipient a natural feel. Others have full-body stretch capabilities, vibration, foot kneading, soles and acupuncture node massaging functions, among others.
Some Electronic Massage Techniques
The effect of electronic massage can be traceable to the applied techniques which are directed at certain parts of the body and are therefore, result-oriented.
Shiatsu is a Japanese creation that works through the gentle application of pressure on any part of the body using the thumb.
The effect of this is that with the right pressure applied, energy flow is triggered all around your nerve network.
Kneading is the application of definite pressure using small punches, palm pressure or dough-like kneading movements on the massage recipient’s back.
Rolling is directed at your spine and works through the thumb as it gets gently rolled over the spine disc to relieve pressure. It also relieves tension if joints, tendons, ligaments and muscles.
Swedish massage targets the direction of blood flow to the heart and by gently rubbing in this direction, blood circulation is enhanced. It specifically has no use of body point stimulation but instead relaxes the muscles.
Tapping is geared towards relieving tension on your back though rapid movements. Using the back of the hands in succession or as closed fists, therapists are able to deliver this massage successfully.
There are many proven benefits that are associated with massage therapy and they include:
Effects on Back Pains
People who work long hours are prone to back pain and this is quite well known. Back pain is a prime target of massage therapy and where painkillers have proved insufficient; it has been deployed to produce results.
Effects on High Blood Pressure
Massage reduces stress and when the body is relaxed, heart rate stabilizes and high blood pressure is controlled.
Work related pressure acts in many ways to increase blood pressure rate and in recent studies, onsite chair massages have proved effective for high performing employees and executives.
Waste Removal Boost
Massage leads to compression and associated relaxation of your muscles such that blood vessels can empty and refill easily. The repeated action of movements during massage sessions acts to compress and relax your blood vessels and muscles. This process leads to the removal of lactic acids and opens up your skin pores.
Effects on Cancer Patients
The effect of massage on cancer sufferers have been documented such that it is proven to relieve the side effects and symptoms associated with the ailment.
Massage is able to aid patients’ relaxation by relieving nausea, depression, fatigue as well as swellings and pains. Massage is a proper fit for cancer treatment since it improves the immune system functionalities when administered at anytime.