Massage chairs are, by design, meant to be fairly straightforward in their function, and end up doing most of the work for you. If you have done any research into buying a massage chair, you will quickly find out that there are many differences, and a wealth of information can quickly bury you in new terms. The glossary below is going to help you along the way. We have broken down some of the finer aspects of massage chairs and several of their techniques and technologies. This list will help you make an informed decision about your new chair purchase!
Acupressure is a massage technique that delivers pressure to a targeted range of “acupoints” across the body.
Acupressure has much in common with acupuncture, but there are no needles involved. Shiatsu massage is often called acupressure massage, and it is believed that applying pressure to the acupoints will have the same desired effect as the acupuncture needles.
Acupuncture Point or Acupoint
You have more than 350 acupoints across your whole body, with over 100 of them in your back and neck.
Acupoints are believed to have a direct connection to specific parts or systems of the body. They can be found along the body’s meridian and are used in acupressure and acupuncture.
Airbag Massage System
Airbag Massage Systems are used to mimic deep tissue massage, and they do this by inflating the airbag system in specific ways to provide a deep massage to muscles in the extremities and a beneficial stretch to muscles that need it. The airbag system on most massage chairs is the basis for any stretch programs and can work with the back rollers to improve the benefit you receive from your massage. This is done by pushing you back onto the massage rollers.
Automated Programs are preset massage programs that come with your chair. They provide a specific kind of massage focusing on one technique, and most automated programs can be customized to the user’s preferences using manual adjustments available on the remote.
Body Scan Technology
Body Scan Technology uses the rollers and computer mapping to determine the size, shape, and locations of stress on every individual who uses the massage chair. A chair with body scanning technology will provide each user with a more personalized massage.
The clapping technique uses the massage rollers to mimic a cupped hand and utilizes a clapping motion on the muscle, lifting and stretching it.
A compression massage is a tight squeezing or rubbing motion that is used to provide relief. This technique is often administered by the massage chair’s airbag system.
Deep Pressure Massage
The deep pressure massage mode applies strong pressure to a group of muscles for a sustained amount of time. This is done in an effort to remove deep knots in the muscles.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage is able to access deeper muscle and connective tissue for an increased effect. This is done by applying deep sustained strokes to problem areas in your back and neck. There can be a bit of soreness associated with this type of massage if you haven’t experienced it before.
Heat Therapy is a set of built-in heating pads that work with the massage rollers and airbag system to increase the effect of the overall massage. When heat is applied to large muscle groups, it can help relieve stress and loosen muscles.
Kneading Massage Technique
Kneading Massage uses the thumb and forefingers in a pinching method. Pressure is applied to stretch and warm the muscles.
The tissues and organs, including the bone marrow, spleen, thymus, and lymph nodes, that produce and store cells that fight infection and disease. The channels that carry lymph are also part of this system.
Massage Chair Motors
Massage chairs have internal motors that provide the different functions of the chair. There are rotary motors, piston motors, and vibration motors. Rotary motors control the massage rollers and the kneading and tapping functions, piston motors control the leg rest and recline functions, and vibration motors control the vibrating movements.
Massage therapy is comprised of several techniques that are designed to relieve muscle knots and promote relaxation and well-being. Known benefits of massage therapy are enhanced muscle function, improved healing process, improved relaxation, and a better sense of well-being.
Reflexology is a therapy that applies physical pressure to the feet, hands, and ears. These points are believed be connected to systems throughout the body, providing therapy to them as well.
The massage roller is a circular-shaped robotic component that runs vertically along the upper and lower back when you sit in the chair. This is used to stretch and warm the back for deeper levels of massage.
Shiatsu Massage is a Japanese therapy that incorporates the thumbs, fingers, and palms in applying pressure as well as stretching to the body.
Swedish Massage is a varied therapy that includes multiple styles and stretches. This technique applies kneading, long strokes, and friction to different muscles as well as joints.
The Tapping Technique applies deep tissue massage by emulating fists tapping on the back and shoulder muscles.
Vibration gives a balanced shaking effect that can alternate in muscle penetration. Vibration is often used with other massage techniques so you get the most out of your experience.
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