Benefits of Massage
Massage offers an exceptional variety of health benefits, beyond simply relaxing and unknotting tense muscles. Getting a massage can reduce heart rate, decrease blood pressure, increase circulation, and aid in healing muscle injuries.
Studies have shown that massage may assist people who have a variety of chronic medical conditions. Some conditions aided by massage are arthritis, fibromyalgia, anxiety, depression, and even dementia.
The Mayo Clinic states massage can also help in the following situations:
- Digestive disorders
- Stress-related insomnia
- Myofacial syndrome
- Temporomandibular joint pain
Massage can increase performance in athletes, even for those without an injury.
Benefits of Massage at Home
When you purchase an at home massage product, whether that be a full massage chair or a massaging seat cushion, you’ll be able to get a massage any time. You won’t have to make an appointment for a massage and work around your schedule, and your therapist’s. And seat cushion massagers are portable, so you can take them anywhere, even your office or car!
Features of Massage Chairs
At home massage chairs offer a variety of features. Many of them have built-in rollers to deliver the same power as a Shiatsu massage. These rollers are designed for deep muscle pressure, but may be uncomfortable for some people.
A good massage chair will also offer heat features. Many of them have multiple heat zones throughout with user-friendly customization.
Often, massage chairs have built-in technology. These high-tech chairs can sense the part of the body they are working on, and adjust the massage accordingly.
One massage chair, the Kahuna Massage Chair LM6800 with Yoga Programming, is even an FDA-approved medical device. With its 3-D scanning technology, the Kahuna can identify your exact problem areas and target these areas more intensely.
A few models offer zero-gravity positions. Using zero gravity is an excellent way to reduce the daily compression placed on the spine by the gravity that keeps us pinned to the Earth. This can help to ease pain caused by sciatica, the compression of nerves low in the back.
Top Three Massage Chairs
Out of all the massage chairs on the market, a handful stand out as best in class.
Kahuna Massage Chair LM6800
We’ve already discussed how this chair is an FDA-approved medical device. It offers a two-point zero gravity function so your legs are placed above your torso. It also has settings for yoga and chiropractic stretching for the back.
The Kahuna also offers heated massage, in both the lower back and leg areas, those places that present most of the issues after a long day.
Some customers complain that the roller action of the chair is too strong in places like the calves. And others have reported some issues with the rollers not working properly, but Kahuna’s customer service seems to be top-notch.
Osaki OS-4000 Massage Chair
Though this is a more expensive model, its features certainly make the price worthwhile. First, the chair is made of synthetic leather, a step up from most other models. This will prevent the rollers from quickly wearing through the chair’s outer shell.
The Osaki has five speed and intensity settings for a customized massage. It also has a built-in intelligent robot. This robot will learn as you use the chair. The chair includes 6 auto program settings and 6 massage styles and has a heat setting.
This chair is backed by a 3-year warranty.
Zero Gravity Shiatsu Chair by RelaxOnChair
This is a less expensive model, when compared to some of the others, but you won’t sacrifice features with this chair. It comes with heated air bags and rollers that move smoothly from your back to your butt for a complete, deep massage.
The Shiatsu chair also features body-scanning capabilities which determines the length of your spine (and thus, your height) and adjusts itself accordingly.
One disadvantage to the chair is that it’s not recommended for more than 250 pounds of weight.
Massage in the Comfort of Home
Massage chairs may well be the future of massage therapy. They give you most of the benefits of a therapist massage in the comfort of your own home. You can have a massage any time of the day or night, without having to work around your schedule and that of a massage parlor. Do yourself a favor and snag a massage chair. Your body will thank you!