For those who have serious back and neck pains, getting a regular massage can be very helpful. But a massage therapy is not only meant for people with back pains. Actually, regular massage can help lessen your tension and stress to a considerable level. Because it’s not possible to visit a massage therapist or a classic spa everyday, there is now a provision for you to receive regular massage right at the comfort of your home. With a high quality massage chair, all you need to do is sit and relax and the massage chair will do all the work for you. A good massage chair provides different types of massages in different intensity levels.
So, how does a massage chair work and how do you make use of one?
There is an operating manual attached to the massage chair that shows you how to properly use the massage chair to achieve great result. If this manual is not enough for you or is a little bit confusing, below is an explanation of how a massage chair works and how to make use of one for best results.
Different massage manufacturers have different massage chair designs. Although they have different designs, there are some general deign techniques applicable to all types of models.
When you want to use a massage chair, no matter its design, just sit comfortably and make use of any of the massaging programs outlined in the massage chair. There are program modes for different types of massaging such as Shiatsu acupoints, gripping, tapping, rolling, or kneading. For the shiatsu acupoints, the rollers press against some points on your back to relieve stress and tension. If you want to massage your arms or legs, you will need to use the gripping technique which grips your legs or arms in a smug manner before releasing. The tapping mode stimulates the common “karate chop” massage method by pushing in and out from the backrest. For the rolling techniques, the rollovers move upwards and downwards along the backrest. The kneading pattern is a technique which enables the rollers move in a circular pattern.
The rollers play a very important role to ensure that you get the ideal massage therapy you need. They imitate the movement of human hands and work in different patterns as explained above to give you the desired massage. Some other rollers have little range of movement and can only move up and down the backrest. Others massage chairs have a wide range of movements and can move in any direction you want-vertical, horizontal, or circular.
Other massage chairs are more complex and have more features for a great massage experience. These massage chairs have electric motors that power the mechanical movement of the mimicking arm of the rollers. Examples of these types of massage chairs are the Shiatsu massage chairs.
Adjusting the intensity levels of the massage chair
A lot of massage chairs have provisions where you can be able to adjust the intensities of the massage therapy by pressing a single button. There are two basic ways you can do this: The first is to place the frame on the pivot in the backrest and allow it to move further or closer to your back. The second approach is to adjust the distance the roller covers away from the frame as the massage is going on. There are mechanical and electrical systems designed to operate in diverse positions to give you a lot of options in the way you want to get massaged.
The intensity level you choose will depend on what you want and how you want the rollers to work on your body. Overall, the more you massage with the chair the better knowledge you will have on its operation and efficient uses.