June 17, 2016
Americans often equate physical pain with gain. In fitness gyms around the nation, there is a perceived correlation between aches and results. You’ve undoubtedly heard, “No pain, no gain.” When we feel sore, we believe the extent of the exertion has a corresponding benefit; somehow, we’ve been trained to believe that more agony implies more reward.
But that outlook is wrong. Especially when it comes to massage chairs.
“Some forms of massage can leave you feeling a bit sore, but massage shouldn’t ordinarily be painful or uncomfortable,” according to MayoClinic.com in a recent Healthy Lifestyle article. If a massage chair causes the user to wince or feel discomfort, it is not as refined as it should be.
Yet, because of our perception of pain equating to improvement, we often think the opposite–that a session in a chair where we are prodded and pounded is maximum benefit. Nothing could be further from the truth.
In fact, not only should massage chairs not hurt, they should alleviate pain.
The Penn State Hershey Medical Center describes shiatsu as pressure that is, “Gently applied to specific points on the body to relieve pain and enhance the flow of energy through the body’s energy pathways.”
Keep these tips in mind as you experience massage chairs in stores or at the mall:
- When a massage chair scans the user’s body to pinpoint shiatsu locations, it is sensing the most important areas to build a session around.
- A gentle, nuanced massage is effective for pain relief and relaxation when those specific points are known.
- The remote should afford users the ability to customize the session if it begins to hurt.
- Since pain is subjective, sometimes decreasing the intensity if required.
- When a massage chair inflicts physical soreness, something is wrong–usually it has unrefined choreography or is poorly constructed.
When a massage chair provides abiding calm and diminishes stress, then it’s worth the investment. It’s not soreness or pain during or after using a massage chair that should make you feel like you’ve made the right choice. Rather, it’s the fact that pain and discomfort is reduced.