If you’ve experienced the bliss that is massage, you’re probably well aware of some of the immediate benefits (having experienced them for yourself, firsthand). However, massage, and massage chairs especially, have some amazing benefits.
- 1. Stress Relief
- 2. Improved Circulation
- 3. Helps Relieve Pinched Nerves
- 4. Relieves Lower Back Pain
- 5. Relaxes Muscles
- 6. Helps Maintain Good Posture
- 7. Improves Your Mood
- 8. Relieves Muscle Spasms
- 9. Relieves Headaches
- 10. Helps Mental Clarity
- 11. Lowers Blood Pressure
- 12. Boosts The Immune System
- 13. Helps You Sleep Better
- 14. Allows muscles To Heal Faster
1. Stress Relief
Your day to day life is filled with stressors, whether you realize it or not. From sitting in traffic to carrying groceries to your car, every day your body is put under physical and mental stress. The stress you encounter can actually have a very detrimental effect on your body. In fact, chronic stress has been linked to things as mild as headaches to as big as cardiovascular issues and depression. To put it lightly, if you want to live a happy and healthy life, you need to find a way to relieve stress. Massage chairs are one of the best ways to do that. Various studies have shown that within 10 to 15 minutes of sitting in a massage chair, participants blood pressure and salivary cortisol levels were lowered. In addition, research found that participants phycological states were also altered, leaving them with lower anxiety.
2. Improved Circulation
Many people live sedimentary lifestyles. This isn’t necessarily because they dislike exercise but more because they have other responsibilities such as work or family. Not exercising or moving too little during the day can lead to poor circulation. While poor blood circulation may not seem like a big deal, it can lead to some pretty nasty symptoms: cold feet, loss of feeling (numb) hands or feet, hair loss, slow healing wounds, and even erectile dysfunction. Massage and massage chairs are one of the best ways to facilitate circulation. How? Massage actually helps the blood move through the pressure it creates by rubbing and caressing the body. Improving your blood circulation will help you feel better in your day-to-day life. Not only will you not feel any of the symptoms listed above, you’ll also have blood (and oxygen) pumping through your body easier which will help you have more energy.
3. Helps Relieve Pinched Nerves
If you’ve ever experienced a pinched nerve, you know just how painful it can be. One of the best ways to speed up the healing process and reduce the pain associated with it is to massage the area. This is because massage not only relaxes the muscles, leading to less of a compression on the nerve but it also increases blood flow (as mentioned above). The key to using a massage chair to relieve a pinched nerve is to start on a low setting. This will ensure that the pain from the pinched nerve doesn’t get worse.
4. Relieves Lower Back Pain
Lower back pain is one of the most common physical ailments people have. This is due to a lot of factors – sitting down too often during the day, picking things up using your back, and not stretching out your lower back muscles frequently. If you think about it, you use your back muscles for nearly everything you do. They keep you standing and sitting upright as well as help your whole body move when necessary. Many people relieve lower back pain through the use of over the counter and prescribed pain relievers. These “quick fixes” don’t actually fix the problem but rather mask the pain. The only real way to relieve lower back pain is by relaxing the muscles. In a study of over 400 participants who had lower back pain, the ones who received a 1 hour massage once a week for 10 weeks had greater improvements in mobility, were able to perform daily functions much better, and spent less time stuck in bed due to their pain.
5. Relaxes Muscles
As you may already know from personal experience with a massage chair, they are amazing at relaxing muscles. In as little as 10 to 15 minutes, you won’t believe how relaxed you’ll feel. Massage works to relax the muscles in many different ways. First, it helps to elongate the muscle fibers. This makes them less likely to cramp. Secondly, it promotes blood flow to areas that are in pain, helping them heal quicker.
6. Helps Maintain Good Posture
We sit down a lot in our normal day-to-day lives. Sitting and hunching over (especially in front of a computer) can lead to bad posture. Bad posture forces some muscles to work “overtime” while others get weaker. This can lead to things such as a permanent hunched back and even put pressure on internal organs such as your lungs, leading to breathing problems. Poor posture can be fixed through massage by relaxing the muscles that hunching over hurts. Regular massage through the use of a massage chair can help your back muscles and joints have less tension, leading to less of a posture issue.
7. Improves Your Mood
Regardless of whether you’re feeling down or have symptoms of depression, massage has been linked to an improved mood and reduced depression in a wide variety of people: those with chronic pain, hospice patients, pregnant women, individuals with fibromyalgia, and more. Massage works for improving your mood in a very simple way, it releases serotonin and dopamine into your blood stream. Serotonin is responsible for elevating your mood and making you feel happier.
8. Relieves Muscle Spasms
Muscle spasms often catch you by surprise and they are not pleasant. They usually range in duration. Short muscle spams are manageable, longer ones can knock the wind out of you. The right massage can help the deep tissues and muscles that contract and leave you in pain during a spasm. A massage chair can work out the spasm in a relaxing way by ensuring blood and oxygen gets directly to the area in spasm.
9. Relieves Headaches
Headaches plague millions of Americans every year. In fact, headaches are one of the most commonly reported pain conditions. Many people try to drown out their headaches through the use of medications. However, your body can build up a tolerance to medications and leave you with a worse headache than you started with. One of the best natural ways to treat a headache is with massage. Studies have shown that massage has the potential to become an option for nonpharmalogical intervention in helping to treat tension headaches.
10. Helps Mental Clarity
Restricted blood flow can lead to more than just numb or cold hands, it can keep you feeling tired and in a state of mental fog. Poor posture only leads to even more mental fatigue due to restricting oxygen (due to the pressure it creates on your lungs from hunching over). A massage chair session as little as 10 to 15 minutes increases blood flow to your brain and helps your posture, leading to less brain fog and more mental clarity.
11. Lowers Blood Pressure
Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, affects the majority of Americans above the age of 65. While high blood pressure is normal in some activities (such as exercise) it isn’t normal at resting periods. What it means is that your body has to work much harder to get blood to the necessary areas in your body at all times. A lot of factors contribute to high blood pressure: stress, genetics, lifestyle, and more. A recent study of subjects who were provided 10 30-minute massage sessions over 5 weeks led to reduced blood pressure and reduced levels of cortisol (stress hormone). The conclusion was that massage can be a great treatment for hypertension.
12. Boosts The Immune System
As mentioned above, massage helps to decrease cortisol levels. High levels of cortisol can severely affect your immune system. Regular massage chair sessions can lead to a big boost in your immune system. If you’re the type of person who gets sick easily, even with using vitamins and other supplements, you may want to look into buying a massage chair.
13. Helps You Sleep Better
When you sleep, your brain produces different brain waves. These brain waves either keep you in a state of slumber or wake you up. According to a study at the Touch Research Institute, massages can increase your delta waves (the brain waves that induce a deeper sleep). A lack of sleep is one of the main reasons people feel stressed, irritated, and less motivated during the day. If you feel like you aren’t getting enough sleep and it’s affecting your daily life, do yourself a favor and invest in a massage chair.
14. Allows muscles To Heal Faster
If you’re an athlete or not, your muscles take a beating every day. Moving around causes muscle tension build-up and even micro-tears that need time to heal. During the healing process you can feel some pain and discomfort – everything from tight muscles to muscle spasms to chronic pain. A massage chair can help speed up the healing process in two ways. First, a session in a massage chair will help promote blood flow to the areas in need of healing. Second, it will lower lactic acid build up from stress or exercise by getting rid of it.
Massage chairs are for much more than relaxation. As you can see from the exhaustive list above, a massage chair could literally change your life. Some people say that the price of a massage chair is high, but think about all of the money you’ll save by not having to go to the doctor for back pain or depression or worse…
From providing faster healing to improving your mood, what more reasons do you need to get one for yourself today?