Did you know that 74% of adults in the U.K. have felt overwhelmed or unable to cope with the magnitude of their stress in the last year alone?
The problem is so bad, that 32% of adults say they have had suicidal thoughts as a result.
What should be done? We suggest massage.
Massage can't change life circumstances that may be causing a person's stress. But it can help relax a person and relieve some of the physical symptoms of stress.
Paying for a personal masseuse might be out of reach, but enjoying the benefits of a massage chair is not. Let's take a look at how a massage chair can improve your quality of life here.
Benefits of a Massage Chair
There are many benefits of massage for the body. You're probably already aware of many of them — reducing stress, easing headaches, relieving tension, etc. It's amazing how many benefits even small targeted massages, like a foot massage, can have.
If you're not convinced yet, we'll also touch on a few lesser-known benefits of massage in the following paragraphs.
Massage chairs bring with them all these benefits and then some. Let's get into learning about all the benefits you can enjoy from a massage chair.
1. Reduce Stress
We've made the claim that massages can reduce stress, but are massage chairs just as good?
This study found that a simple 15-minute session in a massage chair during the workday brought down employees' stress levels. To measure this, researchers took employees' blood pressure before and after the massage and found a significant decrease in both systolic and diastolic pressures.
Additionally, this study used information from an EEG and math computations to determine that massage can boost productivity as well as reduce stress.
2. Breathe Easier
Tight muscles and improper posture make it more difficult for you to breathe.
Slumping forward, as with poor posture, contracts your chest cavity and restricts the space for your lungs to expand. To compensate, the body naturally takes shallower breaths, which is not as efficient for oxygen absorption into the body.
Tight muscles in your back and around your chest can have the same effect.
You can program your massage chair to target the muscle groups in your back that are causing you trouble. With regular massages over time, your posture will also naturally improve as your back muscles are more capable of holding the correct position when they are not tied up in knots.
As a result, you will be able to take deeper, more natural breaths. This gets more oxygen into your system, improves brain function, and helps you feel more awake, leading to better productivity.
3. Break it Down for Better Digestion
Better breathing results in a richer flow of oxygen through the bloodstream. Relaxed muscles also facilitate better blood circulation throughout the body.
Both of these result in better function of many systems in the body, including digestion. The organs are better able to perform their tasks, as well as food moves more readily through the lower body.
All this helps to ease constipation and prevent the buildup of gases in the body.
This study found that massage therapy can have a significant effect on easing gastrointestinal problems. However, in people with severe issues, it seems to work best in conjunction with laxative use rather than as a substitute.
4. Excellent Massage Technique Emulation
It might seem that going to a masseuse would result in a better massage. However, many massage chairs are designed to mimic leading massage techniques.
The two most common schools of massage thought that chairs are designed to emulate are Shiatsu and Swedish massages.
Shiatsu uses pressure, tapping, rolling, rotating, and similar movements designed to work out tension in specific locations. Swedish massages focus more on long strokes and kneading motions that help to improve circulation.
Whichever type you prefer, you can get a massage chair that will offer the benefits you're looking for.
5. Save Money
Going to a masseuse can get spendy. If you have a proven medical reason, you may be able to get your visits covered by insurance. But they will be limited to whatever parameters your condition warrants.
If you want to go more often or continue your visits after your doctor's prescription has expired, you'll have to pay out of pocket.
When you buy a massage chair, you can enjoy as many massages as you like. Make a 15-minute massage part of your nightly routine to prepare your body for sleep if you want. You don't have to pay anything extra after the initial investment.
You'll probably find that you sleep better, too.
6. Avoid the Masseuse
Saving money isn't the only reason that some people may avoid going to a masseuse. Not everyone is comfortable with strangers touching them all over their body. Many people find it difficult to fully relax in that environment.
By using a massage chair, you can get all the benefits of visiting a masseuse without actually having to visit the masseuse.
Set up a few aromatic candles, slip on your favourite pyjamas, and you can create a completely personalized massage experience.
Another benefit is that you don't have to go anywhere. If you fall asleep in the chair, that's fine! You're already at home anyway.
Keep Calm and Carry On
Every day our bodies face a certain amount of abuse. Whether it's sitting at a computer, bouncing around on a tractor, or hitting the gym a little too hard, we all participate in activities that our bodies need to recover from.
A massage chair can help alleviate many of the aches and pains of life.
Why not get started enjoying the benefits of a massage chair today? We have a number of different products that appeal to every budget and every physical need. Check them out today!