Relax Those Muscles
So many adults deal with tight muscles and the associated pain. It can steam from a variety of sources- physical activity, carrying extra weight, poor posture, and even sitting. Additionally, overuse movements and poor alignment can put a strain on the back and other sensitive areas. This strain can cause discomfort in your upper back, hips, glutes, and hamstrings.
What can we do to alleviate this pain and at least address the symptoms?
Massage can relax tense muscles and increase flexibility which in turn reduces pain. Massage also improves circulation in the affected muscles. That boost in circulation can deliver much-needed oxygen and nutrients to the muscles. Combined, these effects will work together to decrease swelling and stiffness.
Massage therapy also releases endorphins and boosts serotonin and dopamine levels. These hormones help you feel good, promote healing and pain relief, and calm your nerves.
Benefits of Relaxed Muscles:
- Reduces pain associated with tension
- Aids relaxation
- Relieves muscle stiffness
Massage Tip: Deep Tissue Massage focuses on deeper tissues with intense pressure. It is designed to release chronic tension and induce easier relaxation afterward. You may want to ease your way into this type of massage by utilizing the other programs in your chair.
Eases Those Aches
Got sore muscles? Enjoy a few minutes in your massage chair. A 2011 study from the Annals of Internal Medicine, found that the benefits of massage therapy can be as effective as other chronic back pain treatments.
Soothe the Mind
When you relax your muscles and alleviate some pain, you’re much more likely to be in a good mood and in a better place to handle any stress that comes up. Massage has even been shown to ease signs of depression and anxiety.
Not only does massage encourage restful sleep, but it also assists those who can’t otherwise comfortably rest. According to Lisa Marie de Miranda, registered massage therapist and kinesiologist at Paleolife Massage Therapy, massage encourages relaxation and good sleep for people undergoing chemo or radiation therapy. The muscle relaxation massage gives you can help you to release tension both physically and mentally and can help you to be more comfortable laying in your bed, all of which combine to improve sleep quality.
Relieve Your Headaches
If you’re a long time sufferer of tension headaches, regular massage has shown to decrease the frequency and severity. The Granada University in Spain found that even just one round of massage therapy can immediately help people feel better. Plus, regular massage, especially in the neck and shoulders, has also been shown to assist with chronic migraines.
Enhance Your Relaxation
As you can see, relaxing at the end of a long day in your massage chair can lead to a host of benefits, plus there are several chairs that have added therapies to make your experience even better.
You’ll find a good handful of chairs that offer chromotherapy, which uses colored light to help you release tension, music therapy, and aromatherapy, like in the new M.8 line from Ohco. This massage chair even offers negative ion therapy for cleaner air when using the chair.
If you need assistance picking out a chair, check out the Massage Chair Buying Guide, and don’t forget to take time to relax!