A reason behind CardioTech’s passion for massage chairs is the many health benefits they deliver through a quality massage experience. There can be an impression that a massage chair is a luxury item beyond affordability, however many Australians are taking up the opportunity to have a massage chair in their homes, accessing the health benefits of regular massage.
Relaxing and soothing sore muscles
We are sure you have experienced tired and sore muscles after physical exertion or just at the end of a very long day. Stiff and sore muscles is your body’s way of telling you that you have overexerted your body and these signals are warning you that you may be exceeding what is healthy for you. A massage chair is a way for you to use massage to help heal sore and fatigued muscles and release tension in your body. The chair’s Shiatsu mode is exceptionally great for this.
Reducing stress, tension and anxiety
Daily stress and anxiety can be reduced by 15 minutes in a massage chair. Studies have demonstrated that massage therapy can alleviate stress symptoms on both psychological and physical levels, lowering oxygen consumption, blood pressure and salivatory cortisol levels.
Alleviating pain and headaches
Massage therapy has been shown to reduce cortisol levels and increase serotonin, one of the body’s anti-pain mechanisms. By lowering cortisol and increasing serotonin the body is better able to manage pain. A massage chair is a proven way of alleviating a range of body pain including headaches, body-aches, and chronic neck, back and shoulder pain. Most massage chairs have the ‘potential’ to ease body pain, however specialised massage chairs are designed to alleviate pain through a variety of massage programs targeting body healing action. Massage chairs offer a cheaper alternative to expensive physical therapy and short-lived gadgets. Pain sufferer testimonies show significant reduction or elimination of chronic pain, making massage chairs a compelling investment for long-time sufferers and our aging population.
Improving sleep quality
If you are suffering from poor sleep, regardless of age and sex, or even if as a result of suffering from serious physical or pyschological illness, massage therapy can reduce fatigue and improve sleep. Regular massage, a benefit of having a massage chair in your home, can improve the quality of sleep and an hour of massage can equate to the benefits of a power nap.
Regulating high blood pressure and improving blood flow
The mechanical kneading, rolling, tapping, gripping and Shiatsu of a massage chair can assist with improved blood circulation with the rollers and vibrating points promoting blood flow. The zero gravity feature of premium massage chairs also encourages blood flow and improves circulation throughout the body. The benefits of boosting blood circulation 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
Research indicates that a massage may help calm the body’s sympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for raising your blood pressure. Regular massage therapy can help protect against high blood pressure, a major risk factor for heart disease.
Boosting the immune system
Lymphocytes are white blood cells that help defend the body against diseases and a 45 minute massage can increase the number of lymphocytes in the body. Healthy levels of lymphocytes help the body’s immune response, fighting off everyday sickness like the cold and flu. Regular massages can make the body’s immune system stronger with long term increases in serotonin values, natural killer cell numbers and lymphocytes.
Mobilising lymphatic circulation
The lymphatic system is a network of organs and tissues that target ridding the body of toxins, waste and other unwanted materials. An unhealthy lymphatic system may have a role in obesity, Crohn’s disease and other disorders. The tapping and knocking action of a massage chair, similar to the cupping massage of the Tapotement technique, can help stimulate release of built up lymphatic fluid, encouraging a healthier lymphatic system and reducing the chance of inflammation caused by lymph fluid build-up.
Improving your posture and increasing flexibility
One of the unexpected benefits of massage chairs is improved posture and balance. With continued use, a quality massage chair can correct body misalignments of the spine, neck and shoulder muscles. This makes massage chairs popular amongst actors and sports stars.
Another great benefit is increased flexibility. Overexertion and strenuous exercise can lead to sore muscles and restrict the body’s range of motion. Regular massage therapy can relieve soreness and restore muscle movement, with tense muscles and ‘knots’ loosened over time. Massage can also reduce nervous system tension improving the body’s range of motion. Blending massage and stretching into a fitness routine can also help reduce muscle soreness after exercise.