Most, if not all of us, deal with stress in one form or another. Coping with stress however varies from person to person and not all coping methods are healthy or productive. In fact, the most common coping methods in America is overeating, alcohol consumption and taking over-the-counter or prescription medication.
Stress isn’t going away. In fact, according to the American Psychological Association, “stress is up. Most Americans are suffering from moderate to high stress, with 44 percent reporting that their stress levels have increased over the past five years. Concerns about money, work and the economy top the list of most frequently cited sources of stress. Fears about job stability are on the rise, with 49 percent of respondents citing such fears as a source of stress — up from 44 percent last year.”
Though there are multiple ways you can relieve stress like eating healthy, exercising and avoiding drugs and alcohol, I wanted to discuss how massage chairs could easily increase your positive hormones; endorphins, serotonin and dopamine in just 10 minutes.
Massage chairs are regularly used to reduce stress. A massage chair uses gentle pressure throughout areas containing soft tissues. The main goal of a massage chair is relaxation. When you aren’t relaxed, stress levels increase causing a variety of issues including tension build-up, muscular knots and anxiety. A massage chair increases localized or full body blood circulation.
Not everyone is capable or has time to go to the gym but being able to carve out 10-20 minutes in the morning or evening to reduce stress in the comfort of your home in a healthy way is invaluable.
A few of of the most relaxing massage chair features are...
1. Heated back rollers. Therapeutic heat has also been shown to boost your natural immunity, making this feature a doubly effective. If that sounds good to you, check out the OS-4D Pro Paragon massage chair, which has the most upgraded back heating system available. The roller itself heats up, acting like a hot stone massage. This heated back roller allows for a far greater surface heating area, allowing you to experience the luxury of hot stones warming the muscles from your neck to your hamstrings.
2. Heated foot rollers. Reduce stress by renewing your foot energy with our Paragon massage chair. Spinning reflexology rollers located at the bottom of the footrest providing a soothing, kneading massage to relieve sore feet. These spinning rollers stimulate heat therapy around the foot area, offering mild-to-strong pressure options.
3. Neck & Shoulder Massage. Most of us carry a LOT of tension on our neck and shoulders. Targeted massage helps melt all that tension away! The Osaki OS-Aster chair features 6 different automatic massage programs, including one that specifically targets massage on the neck and shoulder areas.
If you would like to learn more about the benefits of reducing stress using massage chairs, do not hesitate to visit one of our locations or even chat online with one of our massage chair experts. Questions? Click the chat icon in the bottom corner of your screen-- we're here for you!