Four Ancient Techniques That Inspired Massage Chairs

If you suffer from the aches and pains of modern daily life (and who doesn’t?) a massage chair can be one of the most relaxing and health-promoting purchases you can make. While massage chairs are a relatively recent development in human history, people have been practicing and benefiting from massage for thousands of years. Whatever massage chair you choose to buy, its functions will be based on one, some, or all of these four ancient techniques:

1. Kneading Massage

Kneading massage involves compressing soft tissue like your skin and your muscles. Kneading massage uses a circular motion to lift tissue away from the bone and squeeze it in a compressing action. Massage therapists believe kneading can improve the vascular and lymphatic response, cellular function, muscle tone, and help eliminate waste products from the tissue.

2. Rolling Massage

Mechanical rollers provide the massage action for many massage chairs. Rollers provide constant pressure to warm and loosen your muscles before going deeper. A rolling massage technique is designed to stretch your muscles to reduce pressure on the discs in your back.

3. Tapping Massage

Tapping massage is also known as percussion massage or tapotement—but there’s a lot more to it than tapping. There are five types of motion used in tapping massage: beating with a closed fist, slapping with the fingers, hacking with the edge of the hand, tapping with the fingertips, and cupping. Massage therapists think tapping can stimulate the nervous system and release lymphatic build-up.

4. Shiatsu Massage

Shiatsu means “finger pressure” in Japanese. This ancient method uses pressure points, stretching, and rotating to restore energy to your body. People generally feel invigorated and refreshed after a shiatsu massage.

In the Market for a Massage Chair?

Man, you have come to the right place. We have lots! :) They can be purchased online, or in-store. If you decide to come in store, you may as well take a load off and try them yourself! If you decided to buy a massage chair check out these articles first to be prepared to choose the right one for you.
  1. How to Find the Best Massage Chair for Your Pain;
  2. Massage chairs A-Z: Terms you need to know before you buy;
  3. Buying a massage chair? Ask these 3 questions first.