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Archive for April 2010

A massage chair for your home is for many a major investment that they have high expectations for. While these recliners are ideal for relaxing when many people make the purchase that costs them anywhere from a few hundred dollars to a couple of thousand they usually have a specific need in mind. For some it may be pain relief in a particular joint or part of their body while for others it may be to reduce their stress.

No matter why the massage chair was purchased understanding how to use it is essential so that expectations will be met. Some who purchase a massage chair for their home end up disappointed with their purchase simply because they are not operating it in a way that benefits them the most. While the modern massage chairs are so much more useful than the models sold just a decade ago they are also a little more complex than just turning them on to get a massage.

Buyers do not need to be worried that they will need a degree in programming to use these massage chair recliners but there is a little more than just turning them on. Many offer more than one massage style pre-programmed in as well as several sessions which will focus on different parts of the body. Taking the time to understand the chair and know what it offers is important for getting the best use from the purchase.

Many massage chairs have videos on YouTube which potential buyers and even new owners can view to better acquaint themselves with the chair and the features that their particular model offers.  These videos made by professionals in the massage chair business are a perfect way to shop for a new chair and learn all there is to know about each.

Not only is it good to learn what the massage chair is capable of but make sure the recliner it setup for the person using it. Many chairs have adjustments so that the rollers will end up massaging the right area of the body. Proper setup of the recliner is just as important as knowing how to use it in order to get the best results possible to make the cost worthwhile to the buyer.

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Sore muscles can develop for a variety of reasons in people of just about any age. This soreness is most often a result of overuse or even a strain which has depleted the muscles of the nutrients they need to work. Whether the overuse is from exercise or even from work, recovery can be improved through the use of massage.

Of course most people think of a spa when they hear massage and yes this is a relaxing experience. But massage can also have other uses besides relaxation making it an effective healing tool for all sorts of medical problems and even sore achy muscles.

Many who turn to massage to ease sore muscles are athletes who use a massage therapist who specialize in sports to promote the healing and increase flexibility. But anyone who has seen one of these professionals before knows just how expensive a session with one can be. On a regular basis this would add up quickly and for many this is not always convenient with their schedules to fit in appointments.

The perfect solution for this problem is a home massage chair. These chairs have come a long way since they were first introduced. They no longer look like medieval torture devices that need to be hidden in the back room. Chairs such as those from Panasonic like the Zero Gravity massage chair look like modern furniture but have easy to operate massage units inside that feel amazing. Many of these chairs are comfortable enough that lots of people choose to sit in them even when not using the massage unit just because they feel so good.

A massage chair in the home will increase the blood flow throughout the body in order to promote the healing to sore, tired muscles. This increased blood flow will help remove toxins in the muscles while bringing them new nutrients they need to work which will reduce that achy feeling within them. As an added benefit muscles will also become more flexible and many massage chair users feel they regain some of them range of motion they have lost in the natural aging process.

While a massage chair in the home may seem expensive once compared to the cost of seeing a professional the cost is quickly justified. To make these home recliners even more of a bargain everyone in the family can use it and at their own convenience, not when they can get an appointment. This makes regular use for the maximum benefit easier to achieve and the results more effective.

Whether looking for a solution to sore muscles from overwork or just wanting a way to relief stress in your life through therapeutic massage these chairs are a wonderful way to improve your overall health. With so many styles available delivering a wide range of massages to the whole body with sophisticated rollers these chairs are worth a look for just about everyone.

Founded by Buddha’s physician, Shivago Komarpaj over 2500 years ago, Thai massage is a form of passive yoga.  It is a blend of Indian, Chinese, and Southeast Asian techniques and is currently practiced throughout Southeast Asia, (Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, etc) as well as abroad.

Thai massage is based on the idea that there are 72,000 pathways (called “sen” in Thai) throughout the body through which air (called “lohm” in Thai) moves.  This is similar to the TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) belief that the body has meridians through which chi (energy) moves.  Much like acupressure or acupuncture, the “lohm” of the body is manipulated by a Thai massage therapist who applies pressure to specific points along the “sen” lines.  It is commonly believed by Thai massage therapists that the “sen” of the body start at the navel and branch out through the body, ending at the orifices.  Although similar to TCM, the Thai paradigm states that the “sen” are not connected to internal organs.

Thai massage also utilizes yoga-like stretching, which is believed to stimulate the “sen” of the body in order to help the “lohm” move through the body and exit.  Often a Thai massage will start with the person lying on their back as the massage therapist starts at one foot and works their way up the entire leg, both applying pressure to key points along the “sen” and stretching and moving the foot and leg in order to promote the flow of “lohm.”  The Thai massage therapist will then move on to the other foot and up the other leg in the same fashion.  Next, one hand, arm and shoulder are stretched and pressure is applied to points along the “sen.”  And then the therapist will move on to the other arm, hand and shoulder.

After the legs and arms have been massaged, the therapist will ask you to “non kwam” (or “turn over”) to lie on your stomach.  The backs of your legs are then massaged and stretched again.  Then the therapist moves up to the buttocks, back, shoulders, and neck.  Depending on the therapist, they may or may not “walk” on the backs of your legs, buttocks, and back, or they may “walk” up your body on their knees, using the weight of their body to further stretch and stimulate pressure points along the body’s “sen.”

After they have finished with the back, you will again be asked to “non kwam,” (turn over), so that you are again on your back.  If you have a therapist who is from Thailand, they will likely excuse themselves to wash their hands at this point.  The head is believed to be the more sacred part of the body for Thai people and it would be considered rude to touch someone’s head after touching their feet and “lower” body.  Some massage therapists even say, “Excuse me,” before touching a client’s head.  The head, neck and face are then massaged.  Before ending a Thai massage, many therapists have their clients sit up so that they can again apply pressure to specific points along the “sen” of the back and neck.

The ancient art of Thai massage is only one of many massage techniques.  Modern massage chairs combine Eastern and Western massage styles and can provide the benefits of massage in the comfort of your own home.