Is there anything more relaxing than a massage? Most people buy massage chairs or book appointments with massage therapists because they want to de-stress and alleviate tension. But did you know that massage can also have other benefits, especially for women’s health?
Let’s explore how massage improves a woman’s health and offer massage tips.
What Kind of Massage Is Good for Improving Women's Health?
Virtually any type of massage can benefit a woman’s health, but some types offer greater benefits than others.
Some of the best types of massage to improve women’s health are:
Swedish massage uses gentle, long strokes to help reduce minor pain and promote relaxation. This type of massage also helps promote better blood flow and improve flexibility.
A deep tissue massage is a bit more rigorous and intense than a Swedish massage. More pressure is applied to the muscles to help alleviate pain and get rid of tension.
The objective of this massage is to focus on the deep layers of the muscles.
Along with reducing pain and tension, deep tissue massages can also:
- Promote better blood flow
- Reduce inflammation
- Reduce arthritis
- Rehabilitate injured muscles
Shiatsu massage is a Japanese technique that applies pressure to specific points on the body to promote flexibility and reduce pain.
This type of massage offers many benefits, including:
- Less anxiety and stress
- Better posture
- Better blood circulation
- Improved sleep quality
Reflexology is a healthy massage technique that aims to restore natural energy levels using gentle or firm pressure on different pressure points on the feet and hands. These points are believed to be associated with different areas of the body.
Individual's Specific Needs and Health Conditions When Using Massage Chairs
When choosing a massage chair, it’s important to consider the person’s individual woman's health needs and conditions. For example, is the person experiencing:
Understanding the person’s needs and health issues can help you determine which type of chair and which type of massage will provide the most relief.
For example, if the person has moderate back pain, a deep tissue massage may be more beneficial than a Swedish massage.
How To Choose a Massage Chair That Will Help Improve Women's Health?
Now that you understand the benefits of massage and the role of the individual’s specific needs and health conditions, you can start looking for a massage chair that will help you enjoy these benefits.
Here are some factors to consider when making your decision:
- Massage Needs: What type of massage will you want or need? It’s important to choose a chair that can deliver your preferred massage intensity level.
- Space: How much space do you have? Some chairs will need more room than others. You can find massage chairs that are compact enough for home office use and others that are best suited for dedicated relaxation spaces.
- Features: What type of features would you like in a massage chair? You can find models with built-in speakers, acupressure massage, lumbar heating, foot massage and more.
With these points in mind, let’s look at some of our best massage chairs to promote and support women’s health.
Super Novo Massage Chair
The Super Novo is one of our most advanced massage chairs, offering 3D and 4D massage, a built-in sound system and more. This massage chair has an S- and L-track massage that extends the entire length of the spine to cover more of the back than other massage chairs.
The 3D and 4D massage programs speed up and slow down the massage strokes to mimic the hands of a real massage therapist. In addition, dual lumbar heating helps soothe tight muscles, alleviate pain and help with stress reduction.
The extended foot, calf and knee massage provides a full-body massage experience. There are 38 built-in programs, including deep tissue, recovery, full-body immersion and more. Plus, the Cloud Touch Acupressure system targets pressure points on the body to help alleviate pain and even stretch muscles.
You’ll also love that this chair can move into the zero gravity position, which helps take more pressure off the spine.
Learn more about the Super Novo at Human Touch.
WholeBody® ROVE Massage Chair
The WholeBody ROVE chair delivers a moderate intensity massage and is suitable for people of virtually any height.
ROVE features an S- and L-body track massage, but it also offers a full-body stretch functionality. Eight auto wellness programs will help alleviate pain and tension. Dual lumbar heating allows you to slip into a state of total relaxation while melting away tension in the back.
There's a built-in foot and calf massager, making it another great option for full body massage chairs.
What’s great about this model is that it has a built-in AcuPoint system, which scans the back and maps out the built-in programs to maximize effectiveness.
Zero gravity seating and Cloud Touch acupressure can help alleviate pressure on the spine and manipulate muscles.
Learn more about the WholeBody ROVE at Human Touch.
Certus Massage Chair
For people with more moderate to intense pain, the Certus massage chair is a great option. This chair can deliver a vigorous massage and accommodate people of most heights – up to 6’9.”
This sleek chair has auto wellness programs, a 3D massage function and other great features that help deliver a truly realistic massage experience.
Certus has 11 auto wellness programs and an S- and L-track massage system. The extended foot and calf massager provides a full-body massage experience.
If you suffer from lower back pain, you’ll find that the dual lumber and foot heating will help melt away tension. This chair also has Human Touch’s AcuPoint system, which scans and maps out the back to maximize the effectiveness of massage programs.
The built-in sound system can help you relax and make the experience even more immersive.
Learn more about the Certus massage chair at Human Touch.
Gravis ZG Chair
The Gravis ZG chair is a great option if you want a gentler massage. With its sleek and compact design, the Gravis ZG fits into any home or office.
While this chair doesn’t have a complex massage system like the other models on this list, it does offer air massage technology, heat zones and adjustable features for maximum comfort.
Learn more about the Gravis ZG chair at Human Touch.
Massage offers many benefits for women’s health, and having your own in-home massage chair will allow you to enjoy those benefits anytime you want.
The chairs listed above can help alleviate pain and tension. No matter what your health issues are, you’re sure to find a chair that will meet your needs on the list above.
Winter activities like snowboarding, skiing and skating are fun ways to stay active in the cold winter months, but they can be hard on the body. Muscle aches and soreness can leave you feeling miserable after a weekend on the slopes.
A good massage can help you feel better or even prevent soreness in the first place. The great news is that you don’t have to go far to enjoy a therapeutic massage. An at-home massage chair can help melt away stress and tension in minutes.
How Massage Chairs Help You Relax After Active Winter Sports
A full body massage chair is a great investment if you enjoy winter activities or lead an active life in general. Here’s how they can help you relax after engaging in active winter sports.
Massage Chairs Can Help Improve Blood Circulation
One major benefit of massages is that they help improve blood circulation. For example, one 2020 study found that a five-minute leg massage helped improve blood flow to the affected leg and the surrounding area. An older study saw similar results.
Improving blood flow benefits the body in many ways:
- Reduces stiffness
- Promotes flexibility
- Helps you feel more relaxed
- Helps soothe aches Improves breathing
When you have a massage chair at home, you can enjoy these benefits anytime you want.
If you’ve spent the afternoon or weekend snowboarding, skiing or doing some other winter activity, a massage session can do wonders to alleviate aches and pains. That's why so many active people use massage chairs as sports recovery equipment.
The increased blood flow also helps your body heal and recover faster after rigorous activity. In addition, better circulation helps deliver more nutrients to your damaged muscles.
How Massage Chairs Reduce Muscle Tension After Winter Sports
Intense activity can cause muscle tension and discomfort. A massage chair can help alleviate this tension, making muscle recovery less painful.
A chair with a sport massage feature can help massage away tension and gently stretch the muscles to prevent tightness and further tension.
Enjoying a chair massage before and after winter active sports can also help prevent tightness and tension.
Some people also argue that massage chairs strengthen the immune system. If you’re engaging in active winter sports, having a stronger immune system may help you stay healthy and even avoid getting sick.
When Is It Better to Use Massage Chairs:
Before or After Winter Active Sports?
You know that massage chairs can help improve blood flow and alleviate muscle tension. But the question is: when should you use your chair?
Is it better to use a massage chair before or after a winter workout?
Pre- and post-workout massages both have benefits.
- A massage before active winter sports can help loosen muscle tension and knots to improve flexibility. Having less stiffness and tension may help prevent injury, but it’s important to keep your massage light and brief. Save that deep tissue massage for later. And if you have any anxiety or stress about the activity, a quick massage can help you relax.
- A massage after active winter sports can help aid in recovery and reduce soreness. It’s best to get your massage within 2 hours of the activity to maximize the benefits. Research has shown that post-workout massages can help with muscle fatigue, reduce stiffness and more. One study found that massage was the most effective post-workout activity compared to stretching, active recovery, hyperbaric treatment and more.
As you can see, there are benefits to both pre- and post-activity massages. But most experts agree that you should save your massage for after the activity. You’ll maximize the recovery benefits and help your body relax after intense exercise.
The great news is that if you have a massage chair at home, you can experiment with pre- and post-workout massages in your own relaxation zone to see which one you like best.
Top Models of Massage Chairs That Will Be Useful for
Fans of Winter Sports
Now that you understand the benefits of massage chairs for fans of winter sports, you may be wondering which chairs are best.
Choosing the right massage chair doesn’t have to be complicated or overwhelming. We’re going to share our top picks for the best massage chair for winter sports fanatics.
The Super Novo is an advanced massage chair with features that can help with pain management, tension and workout recovery.
- 3D and 4D massage technology
- 38 built-in wellness programs
- Magnetic dock to keep your devices within reach
- Cloud touch acupressure
- Dual lumber heat
- Unibody track that covers 60% more of the back than competitors
- Zero gravity position
- Built-in Altec Lansing sound system
- Extended knee, calf and foot massager
- Full-body stretch
The 3D and 4D massage functions vary the speed of each stroke to mimic the feel of a real massage.
With so many built-in massage programs, including recovery, you’re sure to find the perfect massage for your needs. Plus, the full-body stretch can help prevent soreness and stiffness after engaging in winter sports.
Click here to learn more about the Super Novo massage chair
The Certus delivers a 3D massage that extends the entire length of your spine and thighs to cover all areas that may be stiff or sore after winter sports.
- 11 auto wellness programs
- S- and L-track massage
- Foot and calf massage options
- Zero gravity seating
- Built-in sound system
- Lumbar and foot heating
With 11 built-in programs, heated features and full-body massage options, this is a chair that can help speed up recovery after engaging in active sports.
Click here to learn more about the Certus massage chair
WholeBody® 8.0 Massage Chair
The WholeBody 8.0 massage chair delivers a moderate massage and comes loaded with features that will help melt away tension and stiffness.
- FlexGlide massage
- 7 auto wellness programs
- Warm air technology
- Swiveling base
- Headrest pad
- Foot and calf massager
The WholeBody 8.0 chair is a great option if you want a simple model with fewer massage chair features. You still enjoy a full body massage and the benefits of built-in wellness programs but without all of the bells and whistles of more expensive chairs. The back and foot massage functions will help with muscle recovery and soreness after winter sports.
Click here to learn more about the WholeBody 8.0 massage chair
If you’re a fan of winter sports, a massage chair can help you recover faster and relax after an intense day of activity. The right chair can help melt away stress and tension while helping improve blood flow. It’s the perfect way to indulge in some much-needed self-care after rigorous exercise.
So for the month of June I was on the road 26 of the 31 days. This played a huge effect on how my body reacted and recovered. Obviously being on the road I was unable to use my Super Novo massage chair as often as I liked. For this reason, I was sure to maximize my use of it while I was home by sitting in it twice per day to help my body to really recover. Between training and travel, it’s become crucial to optimize my recovery during my “down time” by really taking the time to relax and work through any built-up tension that my body is holding. I was also recently able to get my hands on the new WHOOP 4.0 wearable technology that Human Touch has partnered with, which will allow me to track my recovery to ensure that I’m making the most of my massage chair and other recovery tools. More on that next month!
That being said, all of my recent travelling has made me find new and creative ways to stretch my body out so I can perform at my best.
The first thing that I did was use the suspension trainer that was available in the hotel gyms and set a 30 min program that gave me a good upper and lower body stretch using my body weight to make it more challenging. I followed that with a 15 minute balance and awareness program to stimulate my mind and body to make sure they were aligned to start the day. I avoided all heavy pounding on my body (sprints, ect) because I knew if I got out of alignment I didn’t have access to the things I needed to help get me back to a place of peak performance. I finished with a 15 minute core strengthening program because I know my hips and lower back have been problem areas in the past.
To finish off the day I would go to the pool and walk around the pool as an active recovery and cold therapy solution. This would help reduce any inflammation that I got throughout the day also allow for a latic acid flush from my muscles.
A large part of recovery is doing the work necessary for you to feel better. It may sometimes be inconvenient but trust me there is no substitute to feeling good. Feeling good sets the tone for the rest of your day it allows you to be open to the opportunities and possibilities that the day will bring you. When you’re away make sure that you focus on the areas that give you problems so you can function at the best of your ability while you’re gone and most importantly so you don’t have huge issues when you get back.
Being on the road can be inconvenient but for so many of us it’s a necessity to earn a loving. While we don’t have all the comforts of home at our disposal it’s a time to help us appreciate home just a little more. Learn to take care of your body and your body will take care of you. Thank you for checking in at the recovery corner this week.
Balance is a term commonly used in today’s world and it’s consistently connected to energy. These terms have become catch phrases without a consensus understanding of the words true meaning.
In reference to the human body, human output, and recovery, the term balance is truly nonexistent. In the medical views we work in “range” instead of balance, this is due heavily to the fact that life is a progression. Balance is a term that only exists in a stagnant form, a stage or state of no movement and no outside influences. Everyday your environment is forever changing just as you are forever changing. By the time you finish reading this article you will have gotten older, your environmental influences can be different and your internal influences may have changed as well.
In trying to learn how to recover it is extremely important that you understand that it is a cycle. The things that you do will be extremely effective until your body builds a tolerance to that particular thing, which is when it’s important to introduce something new. Ironically, after introducing 3 to 4 new things you will be able to go back to your original recovery regimen and repeat that same cycle as long as there are no new injuries. We must remember that our body is our experience, and what works for us an individuals doesn’t have to fit into a current philosophy practiced. The most important part is that it works for you and allows you to be at your best at a most consistent base.
No one will ever not have bad days that a part of the journey and “balance” give the thought that when those bad days happen it’s because you of out of sorts. Days when you aren’t feeling 100 percent can come from a long line of things but most of them aren’t bad especially when you are training towards a goal of getting better. Growth in any arena is extremely difficult and stressful but it’s because you are pushing your mind and body to new levels. This is simply the act of you changing your threshold or range, while doing this it’s important to consume enough of the proper food, the correct amount of water as well as get the proper a mouth of rest (not sleep but rest, including recovery using products such as the Super Novo massage chair).
Over the next 90 days I will document my journey and I prepare for the opportunity to win 4 Long Drive World Championships in three different divisions. During the next 90 days I will push myself at the highest levels of all ranges to see if I can achieve this goal. It will be extremely tough but necessary to get every ounce of production out of my body. I hope you enjoy following me on this journey.
Hello, my name is Maurice Allen and I am a professional long drive competitor as well as a professional golfer. I have teamed up with Human Touch over the next 12 months to document my recovery methods in hopes that it will give you some ideas that you can use to help you gain a greater quality of life.
How to Use Massage Chairs for Recovery in the Right Way
In this first month I started with baseline, it’s important to know where you are to start and also to help you see improvements of any kind which will give you the motivation to continue the process. The assessment and documentation is a lot of work to be honest with you but I feel that it is a necessity and one of the first steps to truly get better. In my baseline assessment I would take 5-7 minutes every morning when I first wake up and again right before I got to bed to see how my body is responding to movement.
The key parts I check are the following:
- Lower back
These are the major places that are the site of discomfort for most individuals.
The assessment is a simple series of movements that help me look at range of motion and strength. You are looking to see what feels tight, is there any sharp pain, is muscle atrophy present, inability to move, and is the movement smooth and fluid. The purpose in doing it twice a day is to see how well my body recovers as I sleep.
From my assessment I’ve learned that I need to work on:
- Ankle mobility
- Knee stability with strengthening the supporting muscles
- Loosen up my hips
- Shoulder range of motion
- Strengthening the muscles in my neck
Do I Need a Massage for Muscle Recovery?
I know that many of you reading this will say “I’m not a professional athlete so how does this relate to me?”
Recovery and wellness is something important for everyone because you can’t perform at top level without it. If you are consistently in pain or discomfort you can’t be the best parent you want to be, the best spouse you want to be or be the best worker you want be. This is a long ongoing process but it hopefully gives you all some great information that you will be able to use as well.
Each month I will tackle one issue at a time in detail using a series of methods, I will also use my Super Novo massage chair as one of my daily maintenance tools to help me recover better and enjoy life more. We'll also explore how massage helps with muscle recovery and overall recovery in general.
Thank you for following my journey, and starting your own as well!
We work hard to improve the lives of ourselves and our loved ones, so it’s important to consider the rewards of any investment we make, whether it be of our time, our money, or our energy.
As many people look into purchasing a massage chair, they ask themselves whether the purchase is worth the price. Should I buy a massage chair? Do massage chairs really help? The value of a solution is relative to the individual problem it solves, so let’s examine a few different cases.
Massage for Injury Recovery
Whether you’re an athlete or a “Regular Joe,” physical injuries can lessen both your quality of life and the amount of money in your bank account. Missed work and multiple doctor visits come as an unexpected cost, and you’ll find yourself taking your vacation days for errands that are anything but relaxing.
Even with health insurance, missed time from work can cost you hundreds or even thousands of dollars. If your injury requires massage therapy, this also means taking a few hours per week to visit a therapist that is likely to only be available during your standard business hours.
Massage for Stress Relief
Our stress responses are actually a primitive survival tool, commonly known as our “Fight or Flight response.” When we sense any type of potentially harmful situation, our bodies produce a chemical reaction that increases our heart rate and tightens our muscles. We are physically preparing ourselves to respond to a threat to our well-being.
Small doses of stress can allow us to enhance our focus and performance, but long-term stress puts a strain on our bodies that can actually be harmful. Think about tension headaches, body aches, skin rashes, hair loss, and insomnia. Our modern way of life supplies us with plenty of stress, but we aren’t USING that physical response to run, fight, or otherwise exert that energy. Our bodies pump the adrenaline through our systems, and it manifests itself as physical strain.
Aside from the same inconveniences of missed work that we mentioned in the previous example, bear in mind the effects that these ailments have on quality of life. Yes, you’re missing work. But, more importantly, you’re missing life. You’re missing play time with your kids, enjoying your weekend bike rides, and waking up refreshed and energized each day.
Some stressors can be avoided, but others can only be managed after they happen. That’s where meditation, exercise, and massage can make all the difference. Calming your mind will help you to manage stress, and easing the tension in your muscles through exercise and massage can save you from emotional, physical, and mental anguish.
Massage for Health Problems
We’ve discussed massage for injuries, but what about long-term illnesses or health problems that can’t be repaired in a few months? Those suffering from ailments such as Fibromyalgia or chronic anxiety may require medication that has a multitude of adverse side effects.
Stress-related skin problems may require topical medications that heighten sensitivity to the sun, making sunburns even more likely (and dangerous) than they already are. Loss of appetite related to depression can mean nutritional deficiencies with long-reaching and hugely impactful consequences.
Massage can help to stimulate blood flow and relax your muscles, allowing your body to better care for itself. Better blood flow means that you can move more easily, with less stiffness or pain. That means that less pain-management medication is required, which means that your mind can perform without medication-associated brain fog.
Stress-relieving massage means flare-ups of eczema or acne are less frequent, which means less inconvenience and discomfort. The sleep-enhancing effects of massage mean that your body is better rested, more able to repair itself, and better charged to handle the small stresses that can develop into physical ailments. Your appetite improves, which means your body can be given the nutrients that fight illness and general lethargy.
Is a Massage Chair Worth the Money?
When purchasing any kind, you should always consider whether the product/service is worth the price. But you should also consider the long-term effect of your investment.
There are many advantages to buying a massage chair, but there are some drawbacks that should also be considered.
Why Massage Chairs are Worth It
Is a massage chair worth the money? If you ask anyone who owns and uses a massage chair regularly, the answer is probably “yes.” There are many advantages to having your own massage chair.
An Investment in Your Health
A massage chair is an investment in your mental and physical health. Regular massages can help alleviate stress and tension that can take a toll on your quality of life.
Some people find it challenging to motivate themselves to drive to work each day, but we do it because we know that it will allow us to create something worthwhile, engage in personal development, and provide for our families. Words like “investment” can make us feel like we’re in a business meeting, but an investment in our health can mean avoiding a hospital room and enjoying the outdoors instead. And a better, longer, more fulfilling life doesn’t come with a price tag.
More Cost Effective Than Massage Therapy
How much is a massage chair worth, really? Apart from the investment in your health, a massage chair can offer tangible savings over the long-term that make them well worth the cost.
Inconvenience aside, the cost for a 1-hour massage is generally $100-$175, which can cost up to $210 when you include a 20% tip. Let’s be lenient and say that an injury requires you to have weekly massages for two months. Your total cost is then $1,680 for that period of massage therapy. That’s more expensive than the cost to own a WholeBody® 5.1 massage chair, forever.
Is a massage chair worth buying? When you consider the costs of buying a massage, yes.
When you purchase a massage chair, it’s yours forever, and it’s available whenever you are – 24/7. If you work until late in the evening, you can still come home and enjoy a relaxing massage after a long and stressful day.
When you own a massage chair, there is no need to worry about booking appointments and working your day around the therapist's schedule.
A Consistent Experience
Even if you visit the same massage therapist every session, the experience will be different every time. The massage technique, the amount of pressure applied and even the music and overall ambiance may be different with each appointment. These inconsistencies can also mean that some massages will be less effective or enjoyable than others.
One advantage of owning a massage chair is that the experience will be consistent. You may have different programs to choose from, but each session of the same program should provide the same overall experience.
Private, Contactless Massage Therapy
Some people are uncomfortable with the idea of working with a massage therapist. After all, massages can be a personal thing, and it may not be easy to relax completely when another person is in the room.
Having your own massage chair affords you privacy and a contactless way to enjoy massage therapy.
Different Massage Options
Massage chairs may have a variety of programs that can help you address different issues. For example, you can choose a deep tissue massage to alleviate tension in overworked or injured muscles. The next day, you may use the foot massage function to help soothe your aching feet.
Massage chairs offer the ability to adjust your settings and programs based on what you’re feeling in the moment.
Some Drawbacks to Consider
While there are many advantages to buying a massage chair, they may not be the right choice for everyone.
Higher Upfront Cost
A quality massage chair is an investment. While you will save money over the long term, the upfront cost can be significantly higher compared to sessions with massage therapists.
Why are massage chairs so expensive? Because they use sophisticated mechanical parts and systems to deliver an authentic full body massage. These chairs are built with high-quality materials and engineered to provide a luxurious experience with each session. They also have features like faux leather upholstery and Bluetooth speakers that allow you to relax with an audiobook or listen to calming music during your massage.
While the features and construction of the chair make it worth every penny, the high cost may put a massage chair out of reach for some individuals.
A Different Experience
When considering the question “are massage chairs worth it?” it’s important to remember that the experience will be different from a session with a massage therapist.
Quality massage chairs are designed to mimic the hand movements of a masseuse. However, while the experience comes close, it can’t completely replicate the true feeling of a massage therapist’s hands.
So, when asking the question “are chairs worth the money?” consider whether the experience of an in-person massage is important to you.
Massage Chair Effectiveness
Along with the benefits and drawbacks of a massage chair, it’s important to consider its effectiveness. Do massage chairs work? Are massage chairs good for you? If so, how good are massage chairs, really?
To answer these questions, let’s explore what research has to say about massage chairs and the overall health benefits of massage.
Massage chairs have been shown to help:
- Reduce pain. One study found that massage chairs were just as effective as physiotherapy at reducing pain and improving quality of life in participants. That study also found that a massage chair was more cost effective than physiotherapy.
- Improve blood flow. One study found that regular massages may improve blood flow in localized areas.
- Reduce stress and anxiety. Research has found that just 15 minutes in a massage chair can help reduce stress and anxiety while improving alertness. Participants also had fewer symptoms of depression after five weeks. Reducing stress and anxiety can also help lower your heart rate and help you slip into a state of total relaxation.
A massage chair gives you access to massage therapy anytime and from the comfort and privacy of your own home. Massage chairs are worth the cost, all things considered. The convenience and health benefits of regular massages far outweigh the upfront cost of purchasing a chair.
Looking for something to ease your aching, tired feet? If you’re on your feet all day at work or have a medical condition that causes pain or swelling in your feet, a home massager is a convenient way to get some relief.
Exercise plays an important role in overall health and wellness, and your recovery can be just as important as the workout itself. Not only can recovery prevent muscle soreness, but it can also help support healthy muscle growth.
The many positive effects of massage therapy have long been recognized by the athletic and sporting world.
Many coaches, athletes, and sports medicine experts have long acknowledged that massage can provide numerous benefits to the body, including increased blood flow, improved circulation, reduced muscle soreness and tension, lowered mental stress and anxiety, and better overall wellbeing.
And now, with the recent partnership between Human Touch® and Recovery For Athletes (RFA), these many benefits are now even more accessible to athletes than ever before.
In this post, we are going to explore Human Touch’s market-leading massage chairs and zero gravity recliners and review their many benefits for athletic recovery.
The Important Role Massage Therapy Plays For Athletic Recovery
It’s not hard to see why the athletic world is so jazzed about massage chairs. Their many benefits have seen professional athletes from around the world incorporate massage therapy into their recovery routines.
Below, we explore the main benefits of massage therapy and how it helps some of the world’s greatest athletes stay on top of their game.
Increased Blood Flow, Circulation, And Reduced Blood Pressure
Whether it’s simply muscle soreness from an intense workout or recovery from an injury, massage therapy, delivered by massage chairs, is a great way to increase blood flow to painful or injured areas of the body. When blood flows into an affected area, it brings oxygen and nutrients that replenish cells and help sore bodies feel better and heal faster.
In fact, research has shown that deep tissue massages can work to reduce systolic (contracted heart pressure), diastolic (expanded or open-heart pressure), and mean arterial blood pressure.
These benefits not only promote athletic recovery but can also help to promote the longevity of an athlete’s professional life.
Great Range Of Movement And Increased Flexibility
With intense workouts and heavy athletic routines comes tightness and limited range of motion. Stiff, sore muscles and joints don’t perform optimally and are more susceptible to injuries like tears, pulls, and strains.
Thankfully, massage chairs help to loosen and relieve areas of damage due to physical activity, reducing the risk of injury and preparing the body for the next tough training session.
It has been shown that consistent use of a massage chair is an effective intervention for musculoskeletal aches, pains, discomfort, and a great way to increase range of motion.
The perfect combination to avoid injury and stay active and healthy for longer.
There's nothing more effective at killing motivation and reducing athletic performance than pain. Tired muscles, soreness, and tightness all lead in one direction, more recovery time and less time athletically training.
Thankfully, massage chairs are great at relieving unwanted pain symptoms from athletic and sports training to return the body to optimal conditions in a timely manner.
Take Ryan Bader’s experience with his Novo XT2, he says, “…it’s really taken my recovery to a whole new level.” and reveals, “What I really like about it is it has so many features that I can easily tailor a massage to my day and how I’m feeling.”
Massage chairs are the perfect solution for pain relief and to help athletes, even with regimes as demanding as an MMA fighter, quickly and effectively relieve their post-workout pain to get back to training as soon as possible.
Injuries, big or small, are the antithesis of effective athletic training. A niggling injury can keep athletes from training, performing, and competing at their very best. And could, quite literally, be the difference between a long prosperous athletic career and retirement.
Former NFL player, Hiram Eugene, suffered numerous injuries throughout his career, and describes, “I am most affected by tightness/stiffness/soreness in my lower back, joint tightness/soreness in left hip, and stiffness/tingling/inflammation/numbness in my neck.”
He goes on to say: “My attraction to the [Human Touch] Novo massage chair was that it really does have the touch of human hands giving you a firm massage, and it also has a recliner mode that helps you relax while you receive that massage.”
Hiram, unfortunately, sustained a career-ending injury back in 2012 , but has been using his Novo massage chair to help with his recovery and manage pain ever since.
In addition to physical fatigue, muscle soreness, and injury management, athletic training can also take a mental toll.
This, once again, is where massage chairs shine. Professional racecar driver and Human Touch Wellness Council Member, Cassie Gannis’ experience is a prime example.
Cassie uses her iJOY® massage chair to help her relax both during and after her workday: “This chair uses long strokes, kneading, compression, vibration and tapping to help relax and energize me while I review race films, post to social media and answer emails. The positive effects of the iJOY massage chair are that it reduces my stress level, back pain, and muscle tension.”
She also adds: “Outside of the massage effects, the iJOY chair is a comfortable chair. It provides a great place to just sit and relax. I can be found watching TV in it after my workday has ended.”
As a professional athlete, it’s just as important to keep your mind sharp and relaxed as it is to keep your body pain-free. That way, when stepping onto the field or competing in a big event, their head is in the game and they are ready to perform at the top level.
Post-workout Muscle Care
Ultimate athletic achievements take not just serious commitment but also a rigorous athletic routine. Routines such as this can take a serious toll on the body and require just as much time off the field recovering as on the field performing.
Andy Potts, a world champion triathlete, shares his experience with the Novo XT massage chair: “As a professional triathlete, one of the pillars of my racing and training success comes from proper recovery. I train for over 35 hours a week, which takes a tremendous toll on the body. By adding the Human Touch Novo XT to my daily routine, I’m able to unwind and recover in a way I never thought possible.”
An investment in a high-quality massage chair is a convenient and easily tailored way to recover from heavy workout loads and professional athletic commitments. The process of giving
muscles and joints the care they deserve pays dividends to both recovery and performance.
Massage chairs are a fantastic way to take any athletic regime to the next level. That’s why a partnership between Recovery For Athletes and Human Touch is the perfect alliance for athletes everywhere.
RecoveryForAthletes.com is the top online retailer for athletic recovery, fitness, and wellness equipment. We stock products from over 75 brands within our online store, partnering with manufacturers who share our vision: to improve the recovery and performance of athletes irrespective of their sporting discipline.
With over 40 years of experience, Human Touch designs and manufacturers market-leading massage chairs that have set the bar for innovation and technology within the industry. Their comprehensive portfolio of high-quality massage chairs and zero gravity recliners has taken athletic recovery to the next level.
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