Massage Therapy began 4700 years ago. It is considered one of the best modes of relaxation. Massage has been known to provide numerous health benefits. Massage chairs were first sold in the 1980s as a replacement for masseuses. Most people believe these chairs only provide relaxation, which is not true. In addition to relaxation, these chairs provide a number of health benefits as well, somewhat similar to an ordinary massage. These benefits are listed below.
Reduces Stress, Anxiety, and Tension:
Scientific studies have discovered that massage therapy alleviates stress symptoms. According to the studies, oxygen consumption, blood pressure, and salivatory cortisol (stress hormone) levels are reduced after a 10 to 15-minute chair massage. Massage also increases the level of dopamine, which is associated with feelings of happiness and calmness, and serotonin, which is associated with feelings of motivation and being productive. The decrease in the stress hormone and increase in happiness and motivating hormones have a positive effect on health. Furthermore, a therapeutic massage costs way less than medication for stress. Finally, a massage has no side effects.
Loosen Sore Muscles:
Whenever the body is subjected to extreme workouts and activities beyond what is healthy for it, the muscles get stiff and become sore. Sore muscles reduce the functioning and normal activity of the body. After a long hard day at work or an extended session in a gym, a massage chair can be considered a gift sent directly from God. A good massage chair loosens sore and fatigued muscles, which in turn releases tension out of the body and normal functioning may be resumed comfortably.
Relieving the Pain:
As has previously been stated, massage improves the level of serotonin in the body. Serotonin has also been found to heal wounds. With an increased serotonin level, the body is better able to manage pain. Almost all massage chairs are designed to relieve the pain in muscles. Especially for people with back pain, a massage chair is a quick and less expensive relief as compared to medicines and a licensed massage therapist. For lower back pain, a massage is also recommended by orthopedic doctors. An estimated $12 Billion are spent in the United States every year on health care costs due to back pain and it costs a total of $635 Billion to the US economy every year (due to lesser working days, etc.) A massage chair will help in the reduction of this cost.
Stiff Neck Problems:
A majority of massage chairs have a dedicated massage for the neck and shoulders. A stiff neck occurs generally when a neck tissue become strained and may be caused by an abnormal sleeping position, extreme stress, anxiety, or an injury. A stiff neck may also induce pain. As the massage reduces pain and stress levels, it also reduces the problems associated with stiff-neck.
Improves Blood Flow:
A massage helps the blood circulation system of the body. Some massage techniques including rolling, tapping, gripping, etc. are helpful in improved blood flow. These techniques move and vibrate key parts of the body. The zero-gravity position decreases the burden on the heart which increases oxygen intake and improves blood flow. Increased blood flow facilitates the absorption of nutrients, speeds up recovery from an injury, eliminates toxins from the body, and helps the body in coping with pain.
Increases Lymphatic Circulation:
The body’s lymphatic system is also important, similar to that of a blood flow system. It keeps the body fluids level optimum and it defends the body against infections. It also collects waste products from the body. The blood is pumped by the heart, while the lymphatic circulation takes place with breathing and the contraction of muscles. The massage by a chair, especially in the reclined position, helps in the smooth flow of lymphatic circulation which reduces the waste product and helps in defense from pathogens.
Improvement in the Posture:
A massage chair improves the overall posture and balance of the body. Good massage chairs can treat the misalignments of spine, neck, and shoulder muscles. Massage also loosens overworked muscles that are affected by poor postures and allow the body to relax into natural and pain-free alignment.
Regular use of a massage chair increases flexibility. A decreased flexibility caused by a trigger point may be treated by a massage chair. A trigger point may arise because of extreme exercise or overexertion and leads to sore muscles and reduced motion. It is very important for people who are unable to raise their muscles after heavy lifting. It also helps the athletes participating in gymnastics, weightlifting, wrestling, etc.
Regulates High Blood Pressure:
Similar to a yoga workout, a massage reduces the heart rate and lowers blood pressure. A massage relaxes the body, thus helping patients with high blood pressure. It has a positive impact on the sympathetic nervous system which increases blood pressure while stressed. Therefore, it is advised that people with high blood pressure shall get a massage more often.
Studies have shown that massage reduces fatigue and stress levels. A regular massaging habit is known to have improved sleep patterns. The release of serotonin, melatonin and endorphin by massage creates a mode of relaxation, which helps in falling asleep early and helps in creating a normal sleeping pattern. It gradually removes the effects of a fight-or-flight mode.
Reduces the chances of depression:
There has been an exponential increase in depression in recent times. A massage chair also helps in keeping depression at bay. As has already been established, massage therapy releases hormones related to happiness and motivation such as serotonin, dopamine, and endorphins. These hormones reduce stress, and anxiety and keep the state of mind healthy, thus reducing the chances of depression.
Improves Immune System:
When the body is stressed, the body’s immune system is pressurized, thus, increasing the chance of diseases. While relaxing the body, massage reduces stress and allows the immune system to work in a better condition with a clean lymphatic system and good sleep.
An increase in stress level, reduced sleep, back pain, and low energy levels reduce the sex drive of a person. Regular massaging has been found to increase muscle stimulation which in turn increases testosterone levels, thus improving the sex drive.
The ability to solve problems is associated with a massage. With reduced stress levels and higher motivation, a person can concentrate better on required tasks, and his ability of problem-solving increases.
Studies have found that massage has a huge impact on aggression levels. It was found that a considerable level of aggression dropped after a massage. This is because of the reduced stress and increase in the production of happy hormones.
All these benefits may be attained through an ordinary massage involving a person, or through a massage chair. A massage chair is cost-effective, consumes less time, and is available at all times.