YOUR COMPLETE GUIDE TO MASSAGE DEVICES AND ACCESSORIES FOR HOME AND PROFESSIONAL USE.
A massage is one of the few luxuries in life that are truly available and beneficial to everyone. Whether you are young or old, healthy or suffering from pain or fatigue, a good massage session will almost certainly ease your muscle tension, lower your stress level and elevate your mood.
If you have access to a certified massage therapist, great. If, however, regular sessions by a professional are outside of your reach, a home massage device is a close second-best option. This website is dedicated to introducing, reviewing and helping you to choose the right home massage tool for yourself or for your loved ones.
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 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. Power recliners can be particularly helpful for the elderly.
Upper Body Massagers
Massagers for the upper body parts include many different options. Back massagers are perhaps the most popular, since back pain is among the most common ailments. Today, more people than ever before work in office environments or sitting in cars often resulting in some form of muscle tension or pain. Car seat massagers are a special kind of back pain devices that can be used while driving but also on a sofa at home while shiatsu massagers can come in the form of massage cushions or shawl-style devices.
The category of handheld massagers also include different styles of tools. The two most popular forms are the wand-style handheld massagers that can be used on any body parts and the massage guns that are mostly used to treat stubborn knots in the back, shoulders or legs.
Neck and shoulder massagers usually come in a shawl-style with two handles, allowing for a comfortable relief of tension in the neck, upper back and shoulder areas. If you don't have a specialized device for that, they can be also used on the leg muscles.
Lower Body Massagers
The other main section of the body also has its own dedicated tools. Leg massagers resemble oversized boots that cover the full length of the legs from thighs to the feet. Usually equipped with a remote, they let you lay down and relax while the tool is massaging and refreshing your legs after a long day.
Knee massagers for arthritis and other chronic pain conditions usually combine the healing power of heat and vibration. There are models that come in pairs while others only contain a single device. Make sure you choose one that fits your needs.
Calf massagers are popular with athletes as well as with people standing for long hours during work while foot massagers are often preferred by older people.
Full Body Massagers
Apart from massage chairs which we have already covered, massage mats are used for the relaxation of the full body. There are versions offering heat and vibration while other models can be used in a bathtub or as an acupressure mat.
Hi, I'm Grant Moore, the main voice behind this website. 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.