Bring Us Your Poor, Your Tired, Your… Achy?
So, it’s been a long day, or week, or even month? You’re tired and achy, but what can you do about it? You might be wondering about Shiatsu massaging chairs and what one might be able to do for you.
What Is Shiatsu?
Although the word Shiatsu means “finger pressure” in Japanese, it’s actually a type of massage developed in traditional Chinese medicine. You might be familiar with other Chinese medicine techniques such as acupuncture. Shiatsu massage emerged during the late 1860’s, what we now term the Meiji Restoration. By 1955, Shiatsu was backed by the Japanese Ministry of Health and Welfare, and practitioners were required to be licensed.
This type of massage incorporates techniques from both physiotherapy and chiropractic disciplines. Often, gentle manipulations and stretches are combined with pressure from the fingers and thumbs.
Health Benefits of Massage
According to a 2007 American Massage Therapy Association survey, “almost a quarter of all adult Americans had at least one massage in the previous year. (Inadausa).” People seem eager to gain overall health, and are discovering the benefits of massage.
Massage is more than just for relaxation. Research shows massage can reduce heart rate, lower blood pressure, and increase blood and lymph flow. It can also release endorphins, defined by the Free Dictionary as “any of a group of peptide hormones that bind to opioid receptors and act as neurotransmitters. Endorphins reduce the sensation of pain and affect emotions.” Many health conditions can benefit from massage. These include:
- Anxiety and depression
- Headaches and migraines
- Repetitive stress injuries
- Muscle strains
- High blood pressure
- Sleep disorders
- And much, much more.
A 2003 study showed that “massage worked better than acupuncture or spinal modification [chiropractic manipulation]—reducing the need for painkillers by 36% (Inadausa).”
Help for Cancer Patients
Massage has been used as a supplement to medical treatment for patients who suffer from cancer. Besides helping the patient to relax, it can alleviate symptoms such as nausea, fatigue, and depression, as well as help with pain and swelling.
Chronic Pain Sufferers
People suffering from chronic pain disorders, such as fibromyalgia, can benefit from massage therapy. Gentle massage helps to reduce the odd flares of perceived pain felt by people with fibromyalgia, and help with the depression and fatigue that go hand in hand with this condition.
High Blood Pressure
An experiment carried out in 1999 by the University of Miami School of Medicine and Nova Southeastern University in Florida showed that massage therapy demonstrated “decreases in sitting diastolic and systolic blood pressure; decreases in salivary and urinary cortisol stress-hormone levels; and lower scores for depression, anxiety, and hostility (Inadausa).”
Massage in the Home
Now you can get the benefits of massage in the comfort of your own home with a massage chair. Shiatsu chairs are an excellent way to get all the health benefits of massage while staying at home.
Yes, buying a massage chair is a tremendous decision. You’ll want the best quality you can afford, with all the features you need in a chair.
Features of Massage Chairs
Different massage chairs will offer distinctive features, so the one you choose will be the one you believe will give you the most benefit. Some of these features are further discussed below.
Shiatsu Massage Chairs
Shiatsu massage chairs focus on releasing tension throughout the body. Often, these chairs feature built-in rollers to simulate the same finger pressure of Shiatsu. They’ll cost more than chairs with simple vibration features, but are more effective.
Many chairs offer the heat feature, which can add to the benefits of the massage and help reduce tension.
It’s not just for astronauts anymore! Some chairs feature a zero-gravity position, which allows the chair to distribute weight evenly. This is proven to reduce the stress on the heart.
Some massage chairs offer user-customizable features, which allows the user to change the massage for different heights, and much more.
So, if you’re ready to take the plunge and find out more about Shiatsu chairs, check out reviews on several models to find out which one would be best for your situation. You’ll be able to reap all the health benefits of massage without the hassle of making appointments. You can relax your way to a better, healthier YOU!