How Do Massage Chairs Work?

Imagine coming home after a long and hectic day at work while your back hurts and feet throbbing with stress?

What would you need at that particular time? 

How about a full-body massage? Feels amazing to think about it, no?

Having a relaxing body massage whilst sipping your cup of coffee in the comfort of your own home is no less than a heavenly scenario. So why not bring a massage chair home?

Therapeutic massage chairs are now becoming more and more popular with every passing day. 

Well, it’s only fair since they bring along a massive number of health benefits for you.

I have a massage chair as well, and one question that keeps making the rounds in my mind is ‘how does a massage chair actually work?’

Ever wonder how a therapeutic massage chair works? What makes it a worthwhile choice?

A simple answer would be that it’s all about a device inside the massage chair that provides your body with a sensation of a massage through various vibrations. Yet I am certain it isn’t a good enough answer.

So let’s find out about the magic behind a massage chair.

history of massage chairs

A massage chair is an excellent invention of humankind, all thanks to the tech world.

Trying to make a chicken chowder? Would you chop the meat by hand? It’s tough, isn’t it? Get an electric chopper and make your life easier.

Similarly, you get home after a hectic workday, and your body is aching. Simply bring a massage chair home, and it will help you unwind and destress just like you need.

In the late 1940s, the first patent application for a massage chair was filed by Roland A. Labbe.

No wonder his prototype looked nothing like massage chairs these days. Still, thanks to his future-forward brain, we now have massage chairs.

From then till now, a lot of improvements have been made in the world of massage chairs.

Massage chairs by high-end brands are now exceptionally comfortable and aesthetically pleasing as well.

Different Modes of a Massage Chair

modes of a massage chair

Needless to say, a massage chair has several modes, and it works according to them. Following are a few modes commonly found in every high-end massage chair these days:

Shiatsu: The rollers in the massage chair target pressure points in the body.

Gripping: Your limbs are squeezed to release tension and stress in muscles.

Tapping: The muscles and tissues in your body are stimulated with the help of rollers by pushing in and out.

Rolling: Your back is massaged through continuous motion.

Kneading: Your body is massaged in a circulation motion, which increases the blood flow and relaxes the pressure points.

If your massage chair comes with a heating element, it is another plus point. The heat rollers or heating wand provides exceptional comfort to the body. Though you need to take care of the temperature as an excess of everything is terrible.

I have a Kahuna LM-6800 Massage Chair, and it comes with a heat massage function. Trust me; there’s nothing better than getting a heated full-body massage after a long and hectic day.

I am the person who works till late at night. My day starts at 6 in the morning. Clearly, I have a rough routine. It goes without saying that my massage chair helps me get through the day easily and comfortably.

It is that one thing which helps me unwind and relax before I go to bed at night.

The heating element of my massage chair imitates a masseuse and makes me feel as if I am getting a human touch massage. In fact, it is even better than that.

How Does a Massage Chair Work?

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There are various kinds of massage chairs available these days. How a massage chair works depends upon the type of massage chair you have.

Thus, make sure to confirm what kind of massage chair you own. Some of the massage chairs come with rollers and airbags, while others focus on vibrations.

Although all the types work amazingly well for relaxing your body. Let’s see how each of them works:

Roller Massage Chairs

Roller massage chairs are constructed using the rollers under their lining. They work by rolling over the muscles in your body. They do exert pressure, but it is mostly pretty mild. Henceforth, it relieves the stress.

A roller massage chair works the same way a masseuse applies his rolling and kneading techniques. 

Though it comes with various modes, you can choose one as per your requirement.

Besides, a number of massage chairs bring along heated rollers. According to the online product reviews I have read, heated rollers work better at relaxing the body muscles as compared to the traditional rollers.

Yet, one thing that you must know here is that a massage chair with heated rollers is going to be more expensive than the one with conventional rollers.

Vibrating Massage Chairs

A vibrating massage chair works by using vibrations. Pretty simple, isn’t it?

Therapeutic massage chairs with the vibrating technology are made using electric motors under their lining.

The electric motor helps generate the vibrations that are transferred to numerous parts of the body, including your back, limbs, neck, and shoulder.

Using the continuous vibrations, the vibrating massage chair relieves the stress and tension from your body while eliminating the body aches.

A lot of massage chairs these days come with tapping vibrations that are especially helpful for your lumbar and back muscles.

Hence, if backache is a continuous issue for you just like it was for me a year ago, a massage chair with tapping vibration technology is everything you need and more.

Apart from that, a vibrating massage chair is quite effective for spinal issues. It helps provide your spine with a healthy alignment whilst improving your posture.

Airbag Massage Chairs

Lastly, you have the airbag massage chairs that are again extremely famous in the world of massage chairs.

Airbag massage chairs are known because of their distinct features and working mechanism. I am sure by now you know that airbag massage chairs are entirely different than the two kinds I discussed above.

A massage chair with airbags functions by squeezing the muscles while relieving the pressure.

The process of squeezing is continuous, whereby it improves the circulation of blood in the body and relaxes the tissues as well as muscles.

Massage Chair Myths & Facts

massage chair myths and facts

Alright. A lot of technicalities have been discussed.

What is that first thing that comes into your mind when you think about purchasing a massage chair?

People often misunderstand the entire concept behind buying and using a massage chair. Hence, there are a lot of myths. 

So, here I am going to bust a few common myths regarding massage chairs:

Massage Chairs Often Break Down

No, they don’t. People mostly perceive massage chairs as something quite complex to maintain, which is incorrect.

Massage chairs by low-end brands may break down due to bad quality and poor construction. Yet when it comes to massage chairs by high-end brands like Kahuna, Human Touch, Panasonic, Daiwa, and more, their durability is not questionable.

Hence, it won’t be wrong to call them failure-free. At least I can vouch for them since I own one myself as well.

Chair Massage Therapies are for Elderly People

Nope, it is certainly not true. Chair massage therapies help with body aches and joint stiffness, but such issues are not only faced by older adults.

Body aches, spinal issues, muscle spasms and even stress as well as anxiety are widespread these days. People from every age group go through such problems in their day to day life.

Such problems mainly happen due to poor work routine and inadequate sleep.

Let’s come to the point; a massage chair is a natural cure for all these issues. So why would you think that it’s meant for older people only?

While age is just the acceptance of a term of years, you can take chair massage therapies whenever you want. It won’t make you look old, trust me. Selfcare over everything, at least that’s what I believe.

Massage Chairs Make Unnecessary Sounds

Again, it isn’t entirely true. Yes, a massage chair does make some noise while working, but it isn’t as annoying as people think.

In fact, a healthy working massage chair SHOULD make some sounds. Why? Since it’s entire functioning relies upon an electric motor.

When the motor works, it’s meant to make some noise. What do you say?

Massage chairs are still viewed as a luxury item. However, for people like me that love having a massage every now and then, investing in a high-end massage chair is indeed the best option.

In a nutshell, what’s not to admire about having a body massage after a long tiring day? And that too, at home? Bingo, there’s no better feeling. Give it a thought!

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