An Introduction to Massage Chairs

By: Jimmy Sturo

Today, more than ever, massage chairs are gaining popularity. With people working longer hours, having longer commute times and generally just more stressed out, massage chairs provide a way for people to relax their muscles in the comfort of their own homes. Although many people continue to prefer the firm kneading of a professional massage therapist, massage chairs offer similar results for less long-term costs and immediate availability.

Today’s massage chairs are ergonomically correct and technologically advanced. Most of us remember the massage chairs of the past that would vibrate violently.  They were not necessarily the most comfortable places to sit. Modern massage chairs have the ability to target trigger points on the body, which experts claim helps to release endorphins.

These endorphins are said to help ease pain and tension the affected areas.  Massage therapists also target these trigger points.

Most massage chair representatives recommend customers not to overuse the massage chairs. Some of today’s models are designed to give deep massages that can cause bruising if used too much. Most experts say that a fifteen-minute massage is the limit. You should get up and walk around and take a little break before coming back for another massage. The goal is to ease tension and muscle pain, not to create more pain that you originally had.

These ever-morphing massage chairs are likely to continuing advancing in the years ahead. Manufacturers are striving to create the best massage chair on the market and ones that more  closely resemble human touch. With these advances, you can also expect hefty price tags to follow. Today’s models are no exception. Prices for standard models usually start at around $1500 and can reach upwards of $4,000 for the top models. You can often find these at good discounts online but remember that shipping for the product can cost up to $200.

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