The Benefits of Massage Therapy and Massage Chairs.
A good Professional massage can play a crucial role in helping relieve pain and tension and for some anxiety. That said, a good massage chair is also designed to provide pain relief, relaxation and relieve tension. This without the need for person-to-person interaction, dealing with insurance and the long tired drive home.
Massage improves blood flow
Critical for healing, Increased blood flow helps with the circulation and absorption of nutrition into the muscles and tissues. Increasing circulation helps flush toxins out of the body. Together, this revitalizes the massaged area. This is why your Masseur will ask you to drink plenty of water after a massage.
Massage therapy decreases tension and improves flexibility.
Massaging also helps loosen tight and strained muscles. Reducing what some doctors refer to as Muscle guarding, a protective response in a muscle that results from pain or fear of movement. muscle guarding Muscle guarding is an effective self-protection mechanism. However, if left untreated it may stop being part of the solution and become part of the problem. We humans have evolved very effective forms of protecting ourselves both from injury and from further injury. Stretching and kneading problem areas allow muscles to relax thus reducing cramping and pain.
Massage therapy increases endorphin levels
Endorphins our bodies “feel-good” hormones, This is one of the most beneficial aspects of massage. Increasing their levels helps to provide positive results like quicker recovery, reducing pain, improving sleep and reduced anxiety, Endorphins help induce feelings of pleasure or euphoria. They play an important role in the brain’s reward system.
Massage Therapy Techniques
The two most effective massage techniques that massage chairs
are designed to mimic are that of Shiatsu and Swedish massage.
Shiatsu uses a pressing, sweeping, patting, rolling, and rotating movements. The defining characteristic of Shiatsu is that it focuses on releasing tension.
Swedish massage uses long gliding strokes, kneading motions. This type of massage is to help with healthy and strong circulation.