By Wayne McDonald
After a long hard day at the office wouldn’t it be nice to get
a massage. Unfortunately you have to first find a certified or
licensed massage therapist. If you’re lucky and happen to know
someone or have a regular therapist you work with, you still
have to schedule an appointment. After you call and set the
time you’ll have to get back into your car and drive to
In today’s world most of us want instant gratification and
limited time in our hectic life. If money was no object most
us would get a massage every week, or possibly two or three
times a week.
Let me pause here for a moment. It is very ironic that I would
be writing an article about massage recliners because I am a
certified massage therapist. As a therapist my first goal is
help the client get healthy. Sometimes I refer a client to a
chiropractor or to an acupuncturist that can better serve the
clients needs. The same is true about massage recliners. With
new technology massage recliners have advanced beyond clunky
massage rollers to high tech massagers that can emulate the
There are many health benefits from a massage from a trained
therapist or a massage recliner. A trained massage therapist
knows how to get the kinks out of your back and relieve the
muscle tension from everyday stress. Massage recliners have
superior technology and do more than rub your back. New models
from Human Touch, iJoy, Panasonic and Sanyo can also massage
the legs, feet, arms and shoulders.
Health Benefits of Massage
* Improves lymphatic flow. The act of massaging and kneading
the muscles increases blood flow. Health benefits are better
circulation and absorption of nutritional elements into the
muscles and tissues. In addition, kneading the muscles helps
clear out toxins out of the muscles.
* Decreases muscle tension and improves flexibility. Body
tension and stress causes the muscles to tighten and shorten.
Health benefits include loosening tight muscles and restoring
range and flexibility.
* Massage therapy produces the ‘feel good chemical’, the same
endorphins that are increased after working out at the gym.
This ‘feel good chemical’ helps speed recovery, reduces pain
and reduces anxiety.
Another benefit seldom discussed is clearer thinking. When you
are out of body pain and the range of motion is restored to
your neck, your mind can better concentrate on your everyday
Rates for a massage therapist can range from $40 to $100
depending on the therapist’s level of training and the city
they are located in. Massage recliners are not cheap and can
cost thousands of dollars. But over time, a massage recliner
can pay for itself and provide many health benefits. Other
considerations of cost savings are other family members using
the massage recliner. In addition, some massage recliners are
very stylish and are a handsome addition to any home décor.
Another benefit of a massage recliner is the fact it is a
recliner chair. Anybody who has ever sat in a recliner knows
how comfortable it is. Even if you do not activate the
of the massage recliner, the recliner itself has health
benefits. The simple act of just sitting in a comfortable
relaxes your body and eases body tension.
It’s your choice. Buy a massage recliner or call a massage
therapist. Either one that you choose will have many health
benefits. To make your buying decision easy I’d suggest
scheduling two or three appointments with a certified or
licensed massage therapist. Then try several brands and models
of massage recliners to compare results.
Copyright © 2006 Wayne McDonald. All rights reserved.
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