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Massage Techniques- Vibration

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What is a Vibration Massage?

Vibration massage is a gentle, shaking movement that in the case of massage chairs is performed by an electrically powered plate. Vibrations can be used to stimulate soft tissues and nerves, relieve muscle tension, and decrease stress. Vibrations at a slower pace can promote relaxation. The benefits of vibration massage techniques are relieved tight muscles, reduced stress, and improved circulation.

A vibration massage delivers a shaking motion to the muscles to soothe or stimulate. Lighter vibration can help the muscles relax and stronger vibrations can boost circulation and loosen tight muscles.

When are Vibrations Used?

Vibration massage can be especially helpful for:

  • Pre-Event warm-ups
  • Loosening tight muscles

Vibration is an effective massage technique used before an activity or event to encourage circulation, flexibility, and mentally prepare people for activity to enhance performance.

Vibration is also used for tight muscles and loosen them by increasing the temperature of soft tissues and increasing circulation. Vibration helps restore this circulation to tight, overworked muscles and increases the number of new blood cells in the area, stimulating healing.

What are the Physiological Effects of Vibration Massage?

The physiological effects of vibration include:

  • Increased muscle temperature
  • Heightened cellular exchange
  • Increased venous return

Vibration increases soft tissue temperature, which causes increased blood flow. When temperature increases, the muscle fibers relax and loosen. Vibration can also increase cellular exchange as a direct result, which is the transportation of oxygen and nutrients. This ensures that muscles get the nutrients they need to stay healthy. This is also improved because vibration helps to increase the number of capillaries in an area for better blood flow. 

As a final step of this process, the vibration aids with returning blood to the heart also called venous return. As you can see, as a whole vibration encourages circulation throughout the body.

What are the Benefits of Vibration Massage?

The benefit of vibration includes:

  • Looser muscles
  • Lessened stress

Vibrations are a beneficial massage technique to help alleviate tight muscles by increasing circulation and the temperature of the muscles in order to help them relax. It can also reduce stress. Vibration can also be performed before exercise to help prepare an athlete mentally and physically for their performance.

Vibration in Massage Chairs

There are a few massage chairs that offer vibration in the seat. You can find out whether or not the massage chair you’re looking at has vibration by checking out the description. If it mentions a seat massage or a vibrating plate in the chair, you’ll be able to enjoy a vibration massage from that chair.

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