Your Complete Guide to Massage Devices and Accessories for Home and Professional Use.
I wasn’t always the Massage Chair Hero. I started out as a regular dude with chronic shoulder and back pain. One day, an article I read about a handy neck and shoulder massager prompted me to buy one. It helped my shoulder pain. I went after my back pain next by getting a back massager cushion.
Then a friend of mine suggested that I should try out their massage chair and I was instantly hooked. Since then, me and my family have tried out just about any kind of massage and pain relief products and I became the guy who was offering free rides in our massage chair to friends. The Massage Chair Hero was born.
This website is the result of this obsession where I offer advice and reviews for massage related products based on experience from myself, my family and friends and many other real users of massage accessories from around the web.
Why Should You Use Massage Tools and Accessories?
There are many reasons to invest in one of these devices. You or one of your family members might be suffering from chronic pain, you might be a professional massage therapist, or you might own a practice where people in your waiting room could benefit from having access to a massage chair.
Massages been part of human cultures for centuries but with the growing number of recent studies we are beginning to really understand the many benefits they provide. There is evidence that massage therapy can provide varying degrees of benefits for many conditions. These include low-back pain, neck and shoulder pain, osteoarthritis of the knee, headaches, cancer patients and fibromyalgia. (1)(2)
One caveat with massage treatments is that they tend to work either short term or it takes multiple sessions over a long period of time to see positive effects. That’s why if you or someone you know suffers from chronic pain, buying your own massage tool can save you a lot of money over time.
You also don’t need pain as the excuse to wanting one of these clever machines. Everybody welcomes a refreshing massage after a long day at work or a tiring training session.
Massage can be good business too, if you are interested in providing massage therapy for clients, there are excellent courses you can do. You can offer your services in hospitals, wellness centers, indoor and outdoor events, festivals, fairs etc.
If you manage or own a health practice or other facility where people are spending time, you can take advantage of some of the vending massage chairs on the market. These spaces include the waiting rooms of any health professionals, nail salons, wellness and fitness centers, malls, airport lounges etc.
A Closer Look at the Different Kinds of Massage Devices
There is a wide variety of massage tools available on the market today. If you are not familiar with them, it can get confusing quickly. This is why I have broken them down into categories, where I explain what they are for, what are the benefits they provide, the pros and cons of each, and everything else you need to know before you spend money on them.
The kings of the category, full body massage chairs can provide a unique experience, the best ones rivalling or even surpassing what a massage therapist can provide.
Even a simpler model has many features, such as built-in rollers (the “hands” of the massage chair), air cells, multiple auto and manual massage programs and can work your entire body from head to toe.
The mid and high-level models will almost always have a zero-gravity feature which is one of the major advantages of using a massage chair over a therapist. When activated, the zero gravity massage chair will recline and raise your legs to the same level or slightly above your heart, putting you in a position where you can experience a truly relaxing and unique massage session. Don’t be surprised if you fall asleep by the end of the program!
Most modern chairs offer a variety of popular massage techniques such as Thai, Swedish, Deep Tissue, Stretching, Kneading and Rolling, as well as different speed and power settings.
I include the most comfortable recliners in this category too, as the better models often provide some kind of massage and/or heating feature. While recliners are far less complicated than full body massage chairs, they are usually the favorite pieces of furniture in any household.