The shiatsu massage chair is a special type of electric massage chair. It has ball roller mechanisms that are used to simulate real shiatsu massage. In order to understand how this type of chair works, you first need to have a good understanding of shiatsu massage.
The Japanese word shiatsu means “finger pressure.” The palms, thumbs, and fingers are used in Shiatsu Massage to apply pressure continuously to specific pressure point. Those pressure points are called trigger points in Shiatsu Massage.
These are caused by injuries or muscle fiber bands that are overused. The muscle fibers become tight and form into “knots.” Quite often trigger points are very sensitive to the touch and may cause shortening of the muscle and muscle tension as well. Focused pressure is applied to these areas using shiatsu massage to release tension as well as the buildup of muscular waste.
Benefits of Shiatsu Massage
Quite often shiatsu massage is called acupressure, which is not the same thing as acupuncture therapy, which uses needles. The concept behind this kind of massage therapy is getting the muscles realigned and unblocking “gi,” which is the source of inner energy, to improve overall well-being. Some of the main benefits of shiatsu massage include:
- Core energy source is balanced
- Promotes deeper breather
- Heal faster from strained or pulled ligaments and muscles
- Deep tissue and muscle relaxation
- Improve range of motion and joint flexibility
- Increase endorphin levels
- Increase lymph and blood circulation
- Release toxins out of the body
- Reduced muscle tension and spasm
- Helps to reduce swelling from injuries
- Reduce body stress and tension
- Reduces mental anxiety
- Reduces blood pressure
If you would like to experience any of the above benefits, consult with a shiatsu massage therapist to learn more. Another thing you can do is buy a shiatsu massage chair to enjoy the benefits on your schedule, at your pace, and in the comforts of your very own home. The chairs are an excellent alternative to an actual, real massage.