Most people are not aware of the incredible health benefits of regular massage. It’s one of the reasons why CardioTech are so passionate about them! Despite it appearing to be a ‘luxury’ items that few can afford, you’ll be surprised to know many Australians are taking up the opportunity to have a massage chair in their homes and utilising a payment plan in order to make it happen.
The many health benefits that a massage chair can provide include:
- Reduce stress, tension, and anxiety
Studies have shown that massage therapy alleviates stress symptoms on physical and psychological levels. In the studies, measures of oxygen consumption, blood pressure, and salivatory cortisol levels, for example, were all lower after a 10 to 15 minute chair massage in controlled studies. In today’s society where stress accounts for millions of dollars in medical and disability payments, and lost productivity per year, a solution as simple as a massage chair is no laughing matter.
- Relax and loosen sore muscles
The human body is a very smart machine. When you overexert your body beyond what is healthy for you, muscles stiffen and become sore. These are signals to the body designed to keep you in check. Instead of stubbornly persisting and proceeding, listen to your body and take a break. A massage chair is a luxurious way to relax in your home. It will help loosen sore and fatigued muscles, and release tension in your body, especially with a Shiatsu mode. After a long and hard day at work, we can guarantee that a good massage chair is heaven-sent.
- Improve blood flow
Two components of the massage chair assist with improved blood circulation. The first is the mechanised massage that one gets from a massage chair. These massage techniques include kneading, rolling, tapping, gripping, and Shiatsu. In all these techniques, the rollers of massage chairs move and vibrate key points of the body thus promoting improved blood flow. There are countless benefits from boosting your blood circulation. These include:
- Speeding up recovery from injuries and ailments
- Eliminating toxins from the body
- Stimulation of endorphins that help the body cope with pain and stress
The second component is the Zero Gravity feature of premium massage chairs. In such a position, your blood reaches the various parts of the body and improves circulation throughout the body.
- Boost immune system
Did you know that a 45-minute massage increases the number of lymphocytes in the body? Lymphocytes are white blood cells that help defend the body against diseases. They are responsible for the body’s immune response. When the body is able to increase its number of lymphocytes, it is better able to resist sicknesses we encounter every day like the common cold, fever, or flu. According to experts, just one massage is enough to produce and measure significant quantifiable changes to the body’s endocrine and immune response.
- Mobilise lymphatic circulation
The body’s lymphatic system is as important as the body’s blood flow. It is the drainage network that keeps our body fluid balanced and defends the body against infections. One way to think of the lymphatic system is to consider it as the body’s sewer system as it collects the body’s waste by-products.
While blood has the heart to pump it all along the body, the lymphatic system has no such “pump” to force its movement. It is only able to move around the body when you breathe and contract muscles. Thus, when you live a sedentary lifestyle, lymph fluid tends to collect in the body causing inflammation.
The massage action of a massage chair and the recline position help to move lymph better across the body thus combating inflammation and disease. To give a real-life example, after a hard day’s work, people’s feet tend to swell and the common fix is to ‘put your feet up’ to reduce swelling.
- Alleviate pain and headaches
A massage chair has a proven track record of alleviating all sorts of pain including headaches, common body aches, chronic neck/shoulder/back pain and so on. Studies show that massage therapy decreased cortisone levels and increases serotonin by an average of 28%. Serotonin is one of the body’s anti-pain mechanisms. By lowering cortisol and increasing serotonin, the body is better able to manage pain.
While most, if not all massage chairs have the potential to ease regular pain, specialized massage chairs are designed to do so. Pain is relieved through a variety of massage programs and body heating action.
Testimonies from pain sufferers have shown that massage chairs either significantly reduced chronic pain or eliminated it completely. This is a HUGE deal for an ageing population that is plagued by chronic pain. Massage chairs offer a cheaper alternative to expensive physical therapies and gadgets. For people who have been suffering from pain for a long time, this is the most compelling of all massage chair benefits.
- Improve posture
Improving overall posture and balance is another one of our favourite massage chair benefits because it is so unexpected. With continued use, a good massage chair can correct misalignments of the spine, and neck and shoulder muscles. That’s why they are popular among actors and sports stars.
- Generate more flexibility
Another side effect of regular massage chair use is increased flexibility. Massage chairs can help combat decreased flexibility caused by a trigger point. A trigger point is a painful condition from overexertion and strenuous exercise that leads to sore muscles and a restricted range of motion. Have you ever played sports or lifted weights so hard that you literally can’t raise your arms after?
People suffering from trigger points and spasm areas experience relief and restoration from regular massage therapy. Tense muscles and ‘knots’ are loosened over time. 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. Chalk that up to a growing list of massage chair benefits.
- Regulate high blood pressure
The feeling of total relaxation and well-being helps keep blood pressure down. Similar to the effects of finishing a good run or a yoga workout, your blood pressure lowers and your heart rate slows. We can blather on about how the body reacts to lower blood pressure, but the best proof really is to get on a massage chair and experience the “total relaxation” experience.
- Improve sleep quality
Studies have (unsurprisingly) shown that massage therapy reduces fatigue and improves sleep across the board. This includes men and women, the young and the old, and even sickly people like those suffering from cancer, heart disease, or psychiatric disorders. These same studies attribute improved sleep quality to increasing delta waves. Delta waves are brain waves connected to deep sleep. Have you ever noticed how you keep drifting off to sleep during a massage session?