Massage therapy delivers a powerhouse of health benefits. Virtually every system in the body is affected by massage, either directly or indirectly.
One of the immediate benefits of massage is a feeling of deep relaxation and calm. This occurs because massage prompts the release of endorphins – the brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) that produce feelings of wellbeing.
Levels of stress hormones, such as adrenalin, cortisol and norepinephrine, are also reduced. Studies indicate that high levels of stress hormones impair the immune system.
Some of the physical benefits of massage and myotherapy include:
- reduced muscle tension
- improved circulation
- stimulation of the lymphatic system
- reduction of stress hormones
- increased joint mobility and flexibility
- improved skin tone
- improved recovery of soft tissue injuries
- heightened mental alertness
- reduced anxiety and depression
MASSAGE CHAIR COST
Investing in a massage chair provides economic benefits over time. Using a typical example, the Ogawa Smart Reluxe costs about $34 per week on a 36 months long term finance interest free term. Both you and your family can massage anytime everyday at home. Assuming $80 per massage, and two massages per month, this comes to $1,920 per year and 3 years is $5760 and this is just for you, if one of your family wants a massage, this comes to $11520 for 3 years. In this case, a massage chair costing around $5,000 will provide a less cost than that, and for multiple people.
This is quite compelling considering a high-quality massage chair with a great warranty will provide many years of massage. Importantly by owning your own massage chair, you can afford to increase the frequency of massage therapy – and the cost justification is clear, particularly when you consider that being able to receive a high-quality massage at any time could lessen the amount you pay for medical care. Regular massage reduces stress, which has been shown to help alleviate the effects of many ailments and diseases.
MASSAGE THERAPY & TIME
With human massage, you need to schedule an appointment. With a massage chair, your “appointment” occurs and time – or the moment you decide to sit down and press the power button. With this level of flexibility for massage therapy, you can alleviate the time demands you face already – from work and family obligations, exercise time, and in today’s world – social media (let’s face it, social media attention takes time out of your schedule whether we like to admit it or not!).
With a massage chair, regular massage becomes an integral part of the day – transforming massage therapy from a luxury into a necessity. With the burden of time alleviated, those 20 minutes in a massage chair increases the frequency of your quality time, while enhancing your quality of life by triggering the feel-good hormones, keeping you relaxed, reducing pain, and helping to boost your immune system.
We’re talking the massage pressure here – not the stress-related kind. With a massage chair, you are in complete control of the depth and pressure of your massage. Certainly, a trained massage therapist can apply pressure and react to any feedback to create the right amount of muscular manipulation. That is why is important to be open and honest with a massage therapist if you experience pain.
With a massage chair, you “dial in” the pressure that is right for you, and with a massage chair that allows you to program your own custom massages, you can receive the pressure that is just right every time. The more you experience a massage, the more you are likely to want to adjust massage pressure – as it is common to become acclimated to (and desire) a deeper, stronger massage. That’s why you want a massage chair that is capable of a deep, strong massage – you can always increase pressure so that the amount is right for you (vs. realizing you’ve maxed the massage chair’s limit and wish you could apply deeper pressure).
Today’s premium massage chairs boast technology that has been refined for decades and virtually replicates the massage motions of human hands for Swedish massage, Shiatsu, as well as gentle stretching you find in Thai massage. The pressure for any of these massage styles can be customized with the press of a button, and memorized for future massages.
MASSAGE & HUMAN TOUCH
For many, the human touch of a massage is one of the central benefits of massage therapy. For others, they may have issues surrounding touch, and the need to remove clothing can create an uncomfortable environment. We have been through few times lockdown, there may be something stop you to go to massage sometimes.
Time spent in a massage chair is spent alone, in the privacy of your own home, and in conditions that promote the maximum relaxed state. In massage chairs that have integrated music technology, you can even enjoy your massage to the accompaniment of your favorite music or playlists from your mobile phone.
With a massage chair, you can experience a deep, relaxing massage in virtually any attire. The only exception is shoes – as in order to enjoy the full benefits of massage chair foot rollers, it is best to take off your shoes and place your feet into the footrests wearing only socks.
COMPARING MASSAGE & CONCLUDING
When comparing human massage vs. massage chair, BOTH are beneficial to the body, mind, and overall well-being. With today’s massage chairs, there are compelling cost, time, pressure, and touch benefits to owning your own massage chair.