Massage Chairs Benefits
History of massage chairs
The massage chair was first
introduced to the consumer market in the late 1980's. Intended to
emulate the motions and techniques of an actual masseuse, the goal of
the massage chair was to relieve stress, tension, and alleviate back
pain. Although massage chairs were initially slow to catch on, after a
decade or so, interest in the technology increased, spurring
competitors to strive for the most effective models.
Massage therapy techniques
the most effective massage techniques that massage chairs are designed
to try to be like are that of Shiatsu and Swedish massage.
Shiatsu tends to use pressing, sweeping, patting, rolling, and rotating
movements. The defining characteristic of Shiatsu is its focus on
releasing tension in specific locations of the body.
massage is characteristic of long gliding strokes and kneading motions.
This type of massage aims at fostering proper and strong circulation.
Main components of massage chairs
Most massage chairs are designed to involve three main components intended to closely match these massage techniques:
Massage chair motors - these are the essential mechanical aspects of
the massage chair. They power and move the nodes and rollers to the
necessary areas, as well as allow the needed adjustments to the seat
The massage chair has numerous preset patterns and
programs used to massage the entire back. However, the motors, nodes,
and rollers are meant to be modified through the control pad that
accompanies all massage chairs. As the user specifies, the massage
chair focuses on the neck down to the lower back, with a tapping
motion, rolling motion, or kneading motion.
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nodes and rollers - these vary in size and shape, designed to emulate
fingers and hands. A massage chair with large rollers and nodes
provides a more generalized approach at massaging, while massage chairs
with smaller nodes and rollers provide the more detailed,
point-specific massaging. They target specified areas of the user's
back and can move in a variety of ways, which are pre-programmed into
the mechanics of the massage chair. Again, the user can adjust these
nodes and rollers on the massage chair to best fit his or her needs.
Computer assisted adjustability of the massage chair - This is perhaps
the most essential factor. Almost all massage chairs are designed to
automatically adjust for the weight, height, and width of the selected
user. By measuring the pressure on the seatback, the height of the
protrusion of the rollers and nodes adjusts. In addition, by locating
specific areas on the anatomy of the back, the massage chair makes the
necessary adjustments for the height and width of the user. Selecting
various inputs on the control pad can also refine these options.
course, a mechanical substitute can never reproduce the exact feeling
of human touch. As years have gone by, designers have more closely
approximated the necessary factors in a massage chair to provide its
user with some measure of relief from back pain and neck pain.