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10 Ways a Massage Chair Can Make You Happier and Healthier

The top tier of massage chairs combine well-choreographed massage with aromatherapy, body scanning technology, zero gravity positioning, and more to achieve an immersive luxury experience with numerous physical, mental and emotional benefits.

A luxury massage chair can soothe pain

Whether you wake up with sore muscles from your workout the day before or live with chronic pain, a luxury massage chair can be a powerful tool in reducing discomfort. Modern massage chairs apply targeted pressure and vibration that imitates techniques performed by trained therapists, including shiatsu and deep pressure, with features like heat therapy, aromatherapy, and the ability to scan the body to target specific focus areas.

Sink into stress relief

We all experience stress in our lives. While stress is a natural and normal response to difficult situations, excessive stress can put your health at risk. It can lead to anxiety, sleep deprivation, high blood pressure and elevated cortisol levels. A 2022 study demonstrated that the regular use of a massage chair over six months decreased cortisol and improved mood. The study concluded that “using a massage chair might be an effective way of managing chronic stress in older adults.”

Improve your mood

Massage stimulates the release of endorphins, serotonin and dopamine. These “happy hormones” are known to regulate mood and reduce depression and anxiety symptoms. By helping reduce stress and bring the body into balance naturally, massage can stabilize your mood and alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Experience fewer migraines

Migraines are highly prevalent, affecting 12 percent of the population and accounting for three percent of all emergency visits annually. Migraines can have debilitating side effects, including nausea, vomiting, blurred vision and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. While the exact cause of migraines is unknown, some of the common triggers reported are stress, shoulder and neck tension and insufficient sleep. Regular sessions in a massage chair can decrease the frequency and intensity of migraines by releasing muscle tension, alleviating stress and improving blood flow to the brain.

Massage is proven to lower blood pressure

According to the CDC, nearly half of American adults have or are currently taking medication for high blood pressure. Several factors can increase an individual’s risk of developing high blood pressure, including stress, lack of exercise, poor diet, smoking and obesity. 

Blood pressure consists of two measurements:

  • Systolic pressure (higher number) is the force at which your heart pumps blood around your body. 
  • Diastolic pressure is the resistance to the blood flow in the blood vessels between heartbeats.

High blood pressure strains your blood vessels, heart, brain, kidneys and eyes, and if persistent, high blood pressure can increase your risk of serious health conditions, including heart disease, strokes and kidney disease. The good news is that regular massage can help relax your blood vessels to alleviate the symptoms of high blood pressure without even leaving home.

Realize better sleep

Sleep is a fundamental part of our overall health and well-being. We spend about one-third of our lives sleeping, and the quality and amount of sleep we get is directly related to how good we feel mentally and physically. During sleep, hundreds of biological processes restore the body and mind: 

  • Blood supply to the muscles increases so tissues can grow and regenerate
  • Hormones that support digestion, cognitive function and physical performance are released

Lack of sleep affects reaction times, alertness, mood, hand-eye coordination, short-term memory and infection-fighting abilities. A massage chair session before bedtime may significantly improve sleep.

Stimulate lymphatic flow

Your lymphatic system is one of the central pillars of our immune system. This network of organs, vessels, and tissues moves lymphatic fluid through your bloodstream, transporting infection-fighting white blood cells and eliminating metabolic waste products and toxins.  

Luxury massage chairs offer an array of settings and features that help detoxify the body by stimulating lymphatic flow, such as heat therapy, vibration and compression. Heat therapy dilates blood vessels to increase blood flow, while vibration and compression promote lymphatic drainage.

Improve blood circulation

The circulatory system utilizes the heart, veins, arteries, capillaries and other blood vessels to deliver blood, oxygen and nutrients to your cells and carry waste away from them. Obstacles in your blood vessels make it harder for blood, oxygen and nutrients to circulate efficiently. Side effects of poor circulation include muscle weakness, numbness, discoloration and swelling in the extremities. 

Massage chairs allow you to improve your circulation in the comfort of your home. Applying pressure and heat to targeted areas of the body can stimulate blood flow to send vital nutrients around the body. 

According to a study published in the International Journal of Neuroscience, regular massage decreased cortisol levels in patients by 31% on average and up to 50% in some cases. It also increased serotonin and dopamine, the hormones that support mood and pleasure, by 28% and 31%, respectively. This rebalancing of hormones helps relax the blood vessels and improve circulation.

Improve flexibility

Regularly using a full-body massage chair can increase your flexibility and range of motion. Consistently relaxing and stretching the muscle fibers reduces stiffness and fatigue in your body, helping you maintain mobility, improve your fitness and avoid injury.

Boost immunity

Stress suppresses your immune system, making you more vulnerable to disease. By helping you relax, massage encourages your immune system to work more effectively. So, while massage doesn’t prevent illness, it can promote the conditions in which your body can better defend itself.

Further, studies show massage can increase the production of white blood cells in your body. These cells are the soldiers your body sends to attack pathogens when you’re in distress. You’re more resistant to illness as you produce more white blood cells. When your body and mind are healthy, your self-improvement journey can prosper year after year. Ready to invest in yourself? Visit an OHCO dealer to experience our luxury massage chairs. Find a dealer >