On the surface, automated massage chairs seem to be the perfect solution for people that want a massage from the comfort of their home. However, with many of them costing over $1,000, are they really worth the investment? This article will attempt to answer this question by analyzing three main concerns associated with massage chairs: 1) efficiency, 2) the lack of individualized therapy and 3) overuse.
Massage chairs, like any other product, can break down or not work as expected once put together. This is especially the case for massage chairs that use air hoses. Not only are they very noisy, but they also crack, which interferes with the chair’s functioning. Plus, they don’t offer a pleasant sensation, since they put pressure on the affected area.
With a masseuse this is never an issue. If you don’t like how a particular masseuse does their job, you can always hire someone else. Hopefully though you’ll be able to speak opening with your massage therapist and they will modify your treatment accordingly. You can’t talk to you chair! Also, you don’t have to mail in anything or worry about warranties. In fact, you may even be able to get a refund, depending on how the massage therapist runs their office or spa.
2. The Lack of Individualized Therapy
The art of massage comes in many different styles, some of which are more beneficial for a particular situation. For example, if a person is suffering from inflammation, they could get treatment from cold massage stones. Why is this helpful? Well, massage stones are known for maintaining a constant temperature. So, they are able to stay cold while offering a relaxing sensation for the client. And, when the cold is applied to the area, the swelling goes down since the blood flow gets constricted. Conversely, there is also hot stone therapy, which uses warm massage stones to rev up a person’s blood flow. Massage chairs cannot offer either experience, since obviously massage stones are not used in their functioning.
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Massage chairs can actually be harmful if they are used too often. That’s why most of them will have a 15-minute timer, but what happens if you fall asleep? Sure, maybe spending a couple of hours once or twice won’t do anything, but if it’s done everyday, you put your muscles at risk for bruising and over-working which certainly won’t help you to feel better.
With professional masseuses, this never becomes a problem, since they have been trained to know when the body is responding negatively to their treatment. If they notice any bruising, they can stop the massage or modify it. Massage chairs can’t do this at all because they are machines designed to ‘massage’ in just one way.