Self care comes in many forms – good diet, plenty of exercise and quality sleep are a few basic components of achieving and maintaining optimal health.
But there are other “add-ons” to further reach that state of being a well functioning human being. Things like good hygiene and body care options. Things like meditation, acupuncture, reflexology or massage can fall into this category.
While some people might consider these things to be superfluous, others can’t live without them. The only problem is that the cost of something like getting massages regularly can really add up.
Regular massage can do wonders to alleviate stress and tension. They can help with chronic back pain and can be very beneficial for people who have jobs that require them to sit all day. Massages are a great way to relax and unplug, if only for an hour.
So what are you to do if you are feeling like massage is a necessary component to your health, but can’t afford regular treatments? One popular solution is to invest in a massage chair at home. A massage chair can pay itself off rather quickly, especially if you use it often.
There are benefits to seeing a registered masseuse—they will keep a file on you and your progress, can focus on exactly what is bothering you. And let’s face it, it’s impossible to replicate human interaction.
Massage chairs have their benefits, too. Some people are not comfortable in the company of others and would rather not have a stranger’s hands on them. Even though massage therapists are professionals, some people are not inclined to have this kind of encounter and it makes them more stressed out than relaxed.
It is also nice to have the option of getting a massage while you are watching TV, talking on the phone or reading a book. And you can program the chair for as long or as little as you like. Sometimes it’s nice to have a quick 15-minute massage in the morning before you get your day going or just before you go to bed.
But… are massage chairs for everyone?
Some massage chairs do have height and weight restrictions, so it is a good idea to do research before making the investment. If you are taller or weigh more than average, there are massage chairs out there for you, but you may need to do some digging to find which one is exactly right for your body.
Another thing that is important to note is that not all massage chairs are created equal, and you will get what you pay for. Cheaply made, poorly designed massage chairs have flooded the market, confusing consumers and duping people who haven’t looked at all the options. It’s a good idea to really take a look online before you head to a store. Read reviews and look for a company that has a good reputation, and look for chairs that have a good range of options, especially if you are trying to target a specific pain or type of problem.
Massage chairs can be life-changing, and can be a great way to further your journey toward a healthy body. It’s just important that you are doing your research before you purchase one so that you are getting a good product for your money and that it is doing the job you want it to do.