One of the main reasons you might consider a massage chair in the first place is simply because you want to relax.
It’s quite literally in our brand name!
Having a massage in a massage chair is definitely relaxing, however is there actual proof that it can reduce stress and anxiety?
Today, I’m going to do the bulk of the research for you, so you don’t have to.
So without further ado, let’s see what existing research on massage chairs say.
What does Research Say about the Stress and Anxiety Related Benefits of a Massage Chair
There’s two really good pieces of research that I found regarding massage chairs that I wanted to share today.
Massage Chair Research Piece 1: A Study on Mental Fatigue and Cognitive Function
This piece of research focused on understanding the relationship between usage of massage chairs, and their impact on mental cognitive function, as well as mental fatigue.
It used both a normal massage chair, as well as played relaxing music in the form of “binaural beats” to see whether or not it would reduce the mental fatigue that people felt.
It was carried out on 25 people, for which the results were as follows:
- “the decrease in mental fatigue was statistically significant compared to taking a rest or receiving a mechanical massage only on the massage chair.”
- “verbal short-term and long-term memory and non-verbal long-term memory were statistically significantly increased after using brain massage”
I would normally drop a link to the massage chair research like this, but I think it deserves the full name drop in this blog. If you want to view this research further, I’ve linked their DOI right here.
Massage Chair Research Piece 2: A Study on Stress Levels and 6 Month Usage of Massage Chairs
This piece of massage chair researched focused on the balance between the stress levels in the body and the usage of a massage chair over six months. It was done to see whether or not having a massage chair would actually make people feel relaxed, which was measured by the person’s cortisol levels.
They took 80 adults, and made them use a massage chair twice a day for 6 months, for which the results are as follows:
- “Chronic stress in adults could be effectively managed using a massage chair.”
- “This study demonstrated that 6-month use of a massage chair resulted in a significant reduction in DHEA-S and a trend of decreasing serum cortisol levels”
- “Furthermore, there was a significant improvement in the depressive mood and subjective health status using a massage chair.”
This piece of massage chair research was completed in June 2022, which shows its recency. If you’re interested in reading it for yourself, here’s the link to it.
What does Massage Chair Research Prove For Reducing Stress and Anxiety
So after reading through these two reports, there are three main points to take away from this.
- Massage chairs do have health benefits for people when it comes to reducing stress
- Massage chairs help promote relaxation
- Massage chairs can help promote other mental health benefits, such as increased cognitive function