You might be familiar with massage chairs already. Maybe you’ve seen them in malls, or maybe in an airport?
But if you’re still unsure why anyone would want to buy one in the first place, then this is the blog for you!
To give you that short sweet TLDR:
- Massage chairs are a great way to practice daily self care
- Massage chairs make it easier for people who are unable to leave their house often, or people who are time poor to get the relaxation they need
- Massage chairs help both the body and the mind relax
That might answer your question, but allow me to take you on a journey to understand why exactly massage chairs matter!
The History of a Massage Chair, and the Underlying Health Theory of Yangsheng
To understand why people even thought of making a massage chair in the first place, it’s a good idea to understand the principle of Yangsheng.
In academia, Yangsheng is an ancient Chinese term for health and wellbeing as a routine, and a lifestyle (Englehardt, 2000). In practise, people live their lives in ways which work around their bodies, such as incorporating good forms of exercise or self-care as part of a daily routine.
One example of this is seen in Tai-Qi, where it serves as a form of exercise, meditation, and stretching all in one (Harvard Health, 2022). The health benefits gained from exercises and practises like these include increased flexibility, reduced stress and stress related pain, improved sleep, and better bodily recovery.
Knowing how great Tai Qi is for you, what does this have to do with massages and massage chairs anyways?
Massages have been used for generations to help improve one’s health
Just like Tai Qi, massages have been used to improve the health and wellbeing of people for many generations now. It is another form of relaxation, that is also used to help improve the health of many people.
Massages have helped millions of people reduce their pain, stress, blood levels, cortisol levels, and helped reduce and ease some of the symptoms of ailments such as sciatica, herniated discs, arthiritus, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and more.
In addition, massages help people feel relaxed, stimulate endorphins, and help increase blood circulation throughout the body.
You get the same benefits as Tai Qi, while also feeling much more relaxed and cozier afterwards.
However, unlike the past, getting a massage done is much harder, and much more infrequent. Under the Yangsheng practice, how can someone get the massages they would need daily, or every other day, when they cannot go for a massage as often?
Enter: The Invention and Use Case of Massage Chairs in Daily Life
Here’s some of the underlying reasons a massage chair was invented in the first place. It’s no surprise that people need massages, especially with people who have underlying conditions.
People who often suffer from sciatica pain, herniated discs, or even arthritis are simply unable to conveniently go for the massage they need to or require help to do so.
Some people might even be just tired from work, a long day is super draining, and you don’t really want to do anything afterwards, right?
So why not bring the relaxation home to you, in a massage chair!
Our team have made a video about this topic too, so if you’re interested, have a quick look!