The real deal about massage chairs.

written by Karla Mesina, (c) 2010

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Do you often suffer from back and neck pains after a long day’s work? Do you find it hard to sit in straight-backed chairs because it doesn’t quite support your back muscles the way you need them do? Do you often need to lie down and rest your back because sitting up and standing for very long periods of time tire you out?

If your answer is yes to any of these questions, I’m sure that you are an avid fan of massage therapies. Different massage techniques work wonders to relieve stiff necks and sore back muscles. But, don’t you sometimes wish that you could bring home the relief you get from your massage session and benefit from it any time of the day?

That’s probably why you should buy yourself a home massage chair.

Instead of paying a neat sum of money for a 30-minute or one hour therapy with a professional masseur, you can simply invest in a well-designed and comfortable massage chair that will give you the same amount of relief anytime you need it. Chances are you will feel the pain creeping back again as soon as you get home or do some back-breaking (pun intended) tasks such as lifting weights.

Some people don’t believe in the advantages of a massage chair, but I definitely do.
Sitting in an office for at least 8 hours a day 5 days a week will certainly give you tight lower back muscles and a stiff neck. Apart from releasing the tension in your back muscles, massage chairs can also help your body produce endorphins that will significantly reduce your stress levels and put you back in a good mood.

And finally, you can also take advantage of the fringe benefits associated with well cared-for back muscles, such as an improved posture, better blood flow, enhanced breathing, more restful sleep and fewer muscle spasms. A massage chair can work wonders for your body and make you a healthier, more relaxed person.

Not only is a massage chair a great therapeutic option for you, it may also be a fashionable addition to your home furniture. It can double as a sophisticated and more-than-comfortable ‘normal’ chair that your guests and family members will surely enjoy. There was a time when massage chairs were produced purely for functional purposes, but nowadays they are made with an eye for aesthetic elements and superior comfort.

A good massage chair will provide you with a variety of massage styles to choose from, as well as give your back that much-needed support and relief from tension and pain. The convenient and customizable massage patterns are surely an advantage over having to opt for just one kind of massage style every time you visit your spa or massage parlor.

Finding a massage chair that’s suitable for your needs and your budget can be challenging, as there are a number of massage chair types that are available in the market. When you go to fancy gadget shops, you will likely be invited to try at least one massage chair. Take this as an opportunity to learn the features and advantages of each brand or style so you can find out which one is best for you.

One of the most popular types of massage today uses kneading motions and is known as Shiatsu. You don’t have to stick with this, and it might even be more advisable to go for a massage chair that can give you a variety of massage options.

You can also check out online stores for their massage chair offerings to widen your options and your general knowledge and help you pick the best one. Some people really invest in their massage chairs and make their option the purchase of a lifetime, so it’s better if you truly know what you need and want in a massage chair before you go ahead and buy one.

Determine which massage chair material will go along best with the furniture in your home. Most massage chairs come in leather, but you can also come across one that is made from other materials like corduroy. Refer to your home color scheme and make sure that your massage chair will agree with the rest of your furnishings.

Whatever style, color or material you choose, make sure that it’s durable and will last you a long time. The mechanical rollers are possibly the most important feature or component of a massage chair, as these do the actual massage work on your body. Try out the rollers in different settings so you know exactly how each style and pattern will feel. Ask about repair and replacement so you won’t be left with a broken-down massage chair that you can’t even sit on.

Check out the design of the chair itself and inquire whether it can deliver a whole body massage. It might be better if you get a chair that will provide whole body relief instead of one that focuses only on your back muscles. A footrest is an important addition to your massage chair, because it ensures that your back is aligned well while the massage is being delivered and you get maximum relief.

And, before you finally make that purchase, take time to learn the ins and outs of the massage chair and see if it’s easy enough to use. It might have all the bells and whistles, but if you can’t figure out how it works, you won’t benefit from it. After all, it is still really just a mechanical chair.

Massage chairs can be a bit pricey, but it will certainly cost you a lot more savings than if you insist on having a regular massage therapy worked into your daily schedule. If you invest in a good massage chair, you will surely get rid of that persistent crick in your neck and soreness in your back. Nothing beats a body that’s relaxed and functioning well.

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