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What You Need To Know Before You Buy A Massage Chair

| Articles | January 16, 2014

A large number of people are nowadays buying massage chairs for health and relaxation reasons. If you are also thinking of investing in one, then you should at least be aware of certain important facts about massage chairs. Massage chairs are not cheap by any standards and you ought to be clear about your requirements, needs and your budget before you go for buying a massage chair. Some of the main things that you need to know before you buy a massage recliner or chair are:

What are the advantages of using a massage chair?

A massage chair can give you a full body massage in the comfort of your own home when you need it. Apart from helping in relieving both mental and physical stress and tension, a massage chair helps in alleviating body aches and pains, improves blood circulation, reduces high blood pressure and helps in rejuvenating your body after a hectic day at work. Regular use of a massage chair helps in improving your over all flexibility and makes for healthier muscles.

What are the different types of massage chairs?

Massage chairs are broadly divided into Shiatsu massage chairs and Swedish massage chairs. Opinion is divided as to which one is the best massage chair. A Swedish massage chair combines kneading movements with long, smooth strokes during a massage while a Shiatsu massage chair combines patting, pressing, swaying, and rolling movements while targeting the pressure points all over the body. In both cases, a good massage chair will provide you with complete muscle relaxation and freedom from body aches and pain.

What are the features that you should look for in a massage chair?

Massage chairs range from basic to highly feature laden models and the more features you want in your chair, the more dough you will need to shell out. So it is better to decide on the number of features that you are actually going to need or use and then pick a massage recliner that provides you with only those features. Almost all massage chairs come with a number of different massage options and speeds, but most people end up using only two to three such options. So, you really do not need to go for a chair that offers too many massage options that you might not want to use.

People suffering from shoulder and neck aches need to invest in a massage chair that has particular programs for the neck and shoulder area. Similarly massage chairs with airbags in the foot or leg area are beneficial for people who suffer from pains in the lower extremities and muscle and joint pain in the legs. You may want to consider massage chairs with airbags. There are massage chairs with air systems for the buttocks and hip area. The best massage chairs in the market come with airbags for all possible body parts, but these are generally costlier than basic models. Many massage chairs do not offer a raised foot rest, which can be uncomfortable for people who are used to sitting with their legs raised while on a chair.

Others might offer a massage that is too low in intensity, which after using for a few months will not be effective in relieving aches and pains. Remember that you will need to use a massage chair for at least twenty minutes to half and hour in order to benefit from your massage and therefore, it is advised that you sit in a massage chair for at least twenty minutes before you make the decision to buy.

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