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Shiatsu and Swedish Massage




Shiatsu and Swedish Massage to Chairs

Massage chairs are increasingly popular as modern life gets more hurried and work-life more frenzied. In spite of their cost, which ranges from about $800 to over $4000, sales of massage chairs have increased by almost 25% over the past three years, many of them higher-priced models. Harried working people seeking relaxation, armies of workers sore from hunching over computers for hours on end, and aging baby boomers have all fueled the increase in sales.

Every massage chair attempts to mimic the trained hands of massage therapists and most emulate either or both of two massage techniques, the shiatsu method and the Swedish massage.

Shiatsu, a Japanese word meaning 'finger pressure', involves applying pressure along 'meridians', pathways of the body's energy flow (ki), using fingers, palms, forearms and knees. It focuses on precise points but may be applied to large areas, thus it is sometimes called 'acupressure'. A session lasts about forty minutes with the goal of releasing tension. Chairs that mimic Shiatsu employ technologies including varying sizes of nodes that mimic the human touch of a masseur or masseuse.

Swedish massage has been in use since the 1700's when it was developed by Per Henrik Ling, a Swedish doctor. Its techniques involve sweeping pressure along muscles in the direction of the blood flowing back to the heart and include long strokes or 'effleurage', kneading or 'petrissage', vibration, friction, and other movements, all with the goal of improving circulation. Chairs that emulate the Swedish methods incorporate technologies that include rollers and heat.

There are numerous health benefits in using a massage chair. Users gain a sense of relaxation and a release from stress that contributes to mental well-being but is also a precursor to treating more serious problems. Muscles are more relaxed and flexible yet stimulated leading to better blood circulation and lymphatic flow. Relaxed muscles relieve pressure on sore joints and spine and increase flexibility allowing for more comfortable and safer movement. The most mentioned benefit is that it just feels so good.

Massage chairs came into their own in the 1980's when they were found in hotel rooms or, overseas, in public bathhouses, but the technology existing then primarily involved vibration and had serious shortcomings, specifically, they were designed one-size-fits-all. Today's chairs are able to detect the size, weight and shape of the user and adjust its massage accordingly. Moreover, users can adjust the massage for intensity, time, and other features. Some chairs today offer reclining positions and leg rests or ottomans, and many feature stylish designs that would fit any decor.



Massage Chair Massagenius 988 Zero Gravity Shiatsu Recliner Massage Chair

Massage Chair Massagenius 988 Zero Gravity Shiatsu Recliner Massage Chair

Enjoy true zero gravity relaxation with the Massagenius 988 Zero Gravity Recliner Massage Chair. It also delivers true relaxation with a combination of massage techniques and multi-posture reclining. Using revolutionary technology, the Massagenius 988 Zero Gravity massage chair gives you rolling, tapping and/or kneading deep-tissue "Shiatsu" massage. Each technique can be used simultaneously for the ultimate triple-function deep penetrating massage. A key feature that makes this Massagenius Massage Chair stand a "headrest above" other Reclining Massage Chair Loungers is its ability to tip back to a 180-degree, Zero-Gravity position, or fully recline to 190 degrees for maximum relaxation. Now you can sit in comfort and enjoy a great massage.


 
Massage Chair Portable Discount Massage Recliner Chair by Massagenius

Massage Chair Portable Discount Massage Recliner Chair by Massagenius

Finally there's an electric portable massage recliner you can take with you anywhere. The Massagenius Folding Electric Massage Recliner adjusts to many positions, even lying flat. This portable Massage therapy Chair offers both rolling and vibration massage at variable speeds. Now you can sit in comfort and enjoy a great massage.


 
Massage Chair Panasonic EP3222 Real Pro Elite Massage Recliner Chair Warm Grey

Massage Chair Panasonic EP3222 Real Pro Elite Massage Recliner Chair Warm Grey

Body scan technology for a personalized massage and a full body air massage system is the newest Panasonic innovation in the world of intelligent, electric massage chairs. The newest Panasonic innovation in the world of intelligent, electric massage chairs, the Panasonic Real Pro EP3222 Elite Massage Recliner is the first massage chair to be approved by the American Chiropractic Association (ACA). The ACA found that Panasonic massage chairs provide outstanding deep-tissue relief, which can temporarily relax tense muscles, offering an ideal complement to chiropractic manipulation.


 
Massage Chair HoMedics AntiGravity Heated Recliner

Massage Chair HoMedics AntiGravity Heated Recliner

Feel the warmth of soothing heat as ten powerful massage motors dissolve tension in your shoulders, back, thighs and legs. Random pulses travel down your back and thighs. Bursts of massaging pulses radiate out from your spine. How good would it feel to have a massage anytime right in your own home? The HoMedics anti-gravity massage recliner uses the power of massage and the benefits of defying gravity to relieve muscle tension, increase circulation and reduce pressure on the heart and spine. The anti-gravity massaging recliner will quickly help you feel more relaxed and invigorated, ready to take on the rest of your day.


 
Massage Chair Panasonic EP1272 Swede Atsu Wave Recliner Massage Chair Brown

Massage Chair Panasonic EP1272 Swede Atsu Wave Recliner Massage Chair Brown

Outstanding deep-tissue relief to temporarily relax tense muscles! The newest of Panasonic's innovations in the world of intelligent, electric massage chairs is the Panasonic Swede-Atsu Wave Massage Recliner. It features 8 massage modes that cover a total of 135 square inches - including the neck, shoulder and back. This massage chair recliner also uses a Dual-Use Air Ottoman System which allows for a more complete, contoured lower body massage. Panasonic massage chair recliners are the first massage chairs to be approved by the American Chiropractic Association (ACA). The ACA found that Panasonic massage chairs provide outstanding deep-tissue relief, which can temporarily relax tense muscles, offering an ideal complement to chiropractic manipulation.


 
 
Massage Chair Panasonic EP3222 Real Pro Elite Massage Recliner Chair Black

Massage Chair Panasonic EP3222 Real Pro Elite Massage Recliner Chair Black

Body scan technology for a personalized massage and a full body air massage system is the newest Panasonic innovation in the world of intelligent, electric massage chairs. The Panasonic Real Pro EP3222 Elite Massage Recliner is the first massage chair to be approved by the American Chiropractic Association (ACA). The ACA found that Panasonic massage chairs provide outstanding deep-tissue relief, which can temporarily relax tense muscles, offering an ideal complement to chiropractic manipulation.


 
 



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