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While many consider a home massage chair a necessity for those who are sick and frail, they really could not be farther from the truth with this train of thought. Just about everyone can benefit from the regular use of a massage chair recliner in their home, not just those who are fighting a debilitating disease or coping with issues brought on by aging. From young strong athletes to average everyday people who work construction or sit at a desk can all benefit from the daily use from one of these therapeutic chairs.

Athletes

For athletes in training whether on the amateur or professional level, or possibly even those weekend warriors; massage has healing properties that will keep them on top of their game. Science has shown that massage can increase recovery time from workouts for healthier stronger muscles. This will alleviate soreness from hard workouts while helping to reduce the possibility of injury in the future. Athletes who receive regular massage also benefit from increased flexibility which can keep them from even further injury while also helping them to perform at their best at all times.

Laborers

People who spend a considerable amount of time on their feet and working for a living can improve their lives considerably by using a home massage chair. Most often these types feel many aches and pains throughout their body from prolonged standing or exertion required on the job. Massage can increase the circulation throughout the body which will increase the flow of nutrients to the muscles. This will supply them with what they need to repair while also flushing away toxins that build up which cause the discomfort in the first place. For those who must work for a living this can make getting up out of bed each and every day to head to the job so much easier than without massage relief to the body.

Office Employees

There is no doubt that more and more people are sitting at a desk for a living than ever before, and more often than not it is in front of a computer. While computers have done a lot for our lives and made us much more productive there is little doubt just how bad they are on the posture of those who sit at one on a daily basis. Poor posture can not only lead to an achy back but can lead to other problems as well including reduced respiration. A home massage chair can help those who sit at a desk all day keep their posture from slumping over to cause them problems. Daily massage can help keep the back in alignment while increasing muscle strength and ensuring that blood flow around the spine is as it should be.

While massage chairs are invaluable tools for those who are suffering from common problems associated with aging and alleviating symptoms from chronic illnesses they are useful for everyone as well. There are so many benefits to a daily fifteen minute massage session that everyone can find a reason to own one of these useful recliners in order to improve their lives and their health.

Work can be very stressful.  Whether in an office, factory or other environment, stress at work often leads to decreased productivity.  In turn, employees who are less productive are more prone to miss deadlines and finish work late, which leads to more stress.  On the other hand, a work environment that is healthy and happy promotes greater productivity, higher job satisfaction, and better employee attendance records.  Introducing a massage chair into the work environment is an easy, cost effective way to break the vicious cycle of work stress and decreased productivity.

A massage chair or recliner can offer relaxing, stress-reducing massage to managers and staff alike.  Massage chairs are programmable and can accommodate nearly any body size and type.

Bringing a Massage Chair to Work
Depending on the work environment, there are several options for how to pay for and use a massage chair at work.

  • Time in a massage chair can be offered for free on breaks
  • A cue can be devised in order to ensure that everyone has a chance to use the chair
  • Extra massage chair visits or time can be offered as a bonus for exceptional work
  • The initial purchase cost may be paid by the company or be shared by all workers or a group of workers
  • Some coin operated massage chairs are available as well – which can help pay for the chair and even earn a profit
  • Some companies has had employees help choose which massage chair to purchase
  • A vote can be held to decide upon a chair
  • Many companies decide to unveil the new chair at a special event or celebration
  • A competition can be held (for example: the employee with the highest productivity for one month, “wins”) to determine who can use the massage chair first

Benefits of Having a Massage Chair at Work
Bringing the relaxing, stress-reducing experience of a massage chair into any work environment has very real and some measurable effects, including:

  • Increased productivity and performance – depending on the work situation, productivity and performance are often measured in different ways, but can be expected to improve almost immediately after the massage chair has been introduced
  • Increased staff loyalty and retention – happy workers are less likely to leave and are more likely to remain dedicated to the company which treats them well and which cares about their health and well being
  • Energizes and motivates – massage helps re-energize the body and motivate employees to strive for a high level of performance
  • Reduces absenteeism and sick time – both of which are measurable benefits

And, of course, the relaxed, unstressed employee is happier, healthier, and a pleasure to be around.  For work environments which are physically stressful, such as those which require repetitive or strenuous work, a massage chair can re-energize tired muscles and alleviate pain.  Even lower back pain can often be diminished or relieved with the massage treatment of a massage chair or recliner.

When the first massage chairs were introduced more than 10 years ago, most of them did little more than vibrate your lower back and buttocks.  Modern chairs have come a long way!  Today’s chairs and recliners come with a variety massage technique options, including but not limited to the following:

Swedish Massage
Physical and emotional stress can be treated effectively with Swedish massage.  Massage chairs perform a combination of long flowing strokes and kneading motions in their appropriate of Swedish massage.  Swedish massage can be relaxing or revitalizing, depending on your state of mind and expected result.  Swedish massage increases blood circulation and promotes healthy blood oxygen levels.

Deep Tissue Massage
Massage chairs, which off deep tissue massage options often, utilize deeper pressure than Swedish massage, with long, slow strokes.  Deep tissue massage helps release muscle tension and relieve stiffness and tightness.  In general, the deep tissue massage available with a massage recliner should not be painful.  If you experience pain from any of your massage chair’s functions, you should consult your specific model’s user guide to ensure you are using the chair properly.

Shiatsu
Shiatsu is a traditional Japanese style of massage and it often available in massage chairs.  By applying pressure to specific points of the body, Shiatsu massage helps open the body’s meridians (energy pathways) to allow the healthy flow of chi (energy) throughout the body. Shiatsu is a holistic massage approach and has become very popular in recent years.  Shiatsu can be refreshing and energizing and can improve overall body and mind health.

Acupressure
As part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (or TCM), acupressure mimics acupuncture, but does not use needles.  Acupressure massage also focuses on specific points on the body to release to flow of chi (energy) through the meridians (energy channels).  Acupressure massage is often used to alleviate a variety of symptoms including allergies, emotional problems, migraine and other headache, digestive and bowel issues (such as irritable bowel syndrome), depression, stress, anxiety, and musculoskeletal disorders.  Acupressure can also help stimulate the immune system and promote the flow of lymph through the body – which helps to detoxify the body and ride the body of cell waste.  Acupressure can also cause the release of the body’s natural pain killers, endorphins.  Endorphins can cause a pleasant, relaxing feeling during and for several hours after massage.

Many massage chairs and recliners are fully programmable – allowing the user to chose the type and duration of their massage experience.  Many chairs even often people the ability to have the massage treatment focus on one or several specific body parts.  If, for example, your legs are tired and sore after a long day of walking, you can program your chair to focus its attention on your legs with a Shiatsu or Acupressure massage.  On the other hand, if you’ve done heavy lifting or experience chronic lower back pain, you can program your massage chair for a lower back Swedish massage treatment.