Stress? Find Relief with a Massage Chair

Posted on March 23, 2009 @ 3:02 am
by Steve Esquire

If you have stress, you are certainly not alone. Stress is simply the response our bodies have from all the demands placed on it. We have all felt the effects of a stressful day. We may have sore, tight or tense muscles, especially in the neck and back. Research studies show that getting a massage really helps to relieve all that built up stress. You may not have time to slip off to the day spa, but there are other options. One particularly effective option is to have your own massage chair.

But how do we respond? Whether we know it our not our bodies respond. In fact we call it the fight or flight reaction. Either way our body prepares itself for the worst on autopilot. Our hands and feet are ready for action. The major organs divert activities that enhance immediate survival and we are bodily primed to do something. Trouble is with the new economy, our stress is mental and not physical. We get all pumped up for action and then take a seat! The issue with this is we just had a major chemical release in our bodies and we need an effective way to release it if we are not fighting or flighting.

We are all hearing the new economic doom and gloom and it is scary. OK, so we know our stress levels are going up because we are faced with more troubling situations. This just means we need to recognize the balance is changing and we need to change with it. We need to find more effective ways to relieve and reduce its presence and affects. In other words, we need to find a new balance.

One way to kick up your relaxation a notch or two is with massage therapy. Come on, a massage helps you relax and unwind. The peace of mind is priceless. And of course, let us not forget about our muscles are being worked over ever so nicely. Like getting an invigorating shiatsu massage. Perhaps a little deep kneading on the shoulders. Followed by some rapid tapping action to loosen up and invigorate your back muscles. I am getting more relaxed just thinking about it.

Let us take a quick look at two of the most important massage therapy techniques. Swedish massage and Shiatsu massage. These are different schools of through with slightly different benefit sets. Swedish massage uses a variety of 6 techniques to relax and energize the muscles and the body. Shiatsu massage uses a combination of acupressure, kneading and rapid chopping to invigorate the muscles increasing blood and lymph flow, while increasing mental awareness.

The top massage chair manufacturers have integrated comprehensive massage therapies into their recliners. Companies like Panasonic, Sanyo, Omega and Human Touch have many beneficial massage treatments. You can find Swedish, Shiatsu, Reflexology and many others in these massage recliners. The best of these chairs massage the entire body from head to toe. They are constantly adding new features and massage therapies to help people relax and relieve their stress and soreness.

Massage techniques are just part of these new generation massage chairs. You can find heat therapy or muscles stretching and even music. After all, music helps you to relax your mind. If your mind relaxes, your body then has a chance. Best of all for a massage chair is it is always waiting and available. Effective stress relief must occur on a periodic basis, just like the events that are causing you stress. Got Stress? Find your new balance of harmony in the new economy with a massage chair recliner.

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