In today’s culture, we place more emphasis on our wellness than ever before. After all, a higher level of overall well-being leads to a higher quality of life, which better equips us to conquer our limitations and enjoy doing the things we love most. At Infinity, we aim to help people of all lifestyles do just that. When you hear “massage chair”, you might not realize the extent to which it can impact your life, but the physical and mental benefits can be truly astounding in unexpected ways.
The recuperating athlete getting back on the wagon after suffering and recovering from an injury.
The chronic pain patient working to overcome pain and discomfort and enjoy everyday life once more.
The office worker looking to improve posture and reduce back pain from long days spent at a desk.
The chronic stress sufferer facing anxiety and tension while working toward mental wellness.
The active senior needing to maintain flexibility, range of motion, and circulation.
Massage Chair Health Benefits
Are massage chairs good for you? There has been a great deal of research into massage therapy and its benefits, and if you have a massage chair of your own, you can enjoy them on a daily basis. Discover the many physical and mental benefits of massage below.
Reduce Stress and Anxiety While Increasing Productivity and Alertness
Research shows that massage reduces stress on physical and psychological levels by lowering heart rate, blood pressure, cortisol levels, and insulin levels. Serotonin and dopamine are also released, which helps the body overcome chronic or habitual as well as acute or short term stress.
A well-known study by The University of Miami School of Medicine’s Touch Research Institute found that 15 minutes in a massage chair enhances measurable EEG brain activity in adults. Additionally, these adults performed more quickly and accurately in mathematical testing after receiving the massage, while groups without massage showed no improvements.
Improve Your Mood
Massage also increases the production of endorphins, your body’s natural “feel good” chemical. This helps balance your body’s mood and more.
As noted above, massage therapy boosts serotonin levels, which the brain can convert to the sleep hormone, melatonin. So enjoy your chair pre-bedtime for a blissful night’s sleep!
Improve Cardiovascular Health
Decades of research shows massage can serve as a powerful complementary treatment for lowering stress (as mentioned above) and blood pressure, two major contributors of heart disease. In fact, massage has been shown to acutely reduce blood pressure and heart rate in hypertensive women. Another study found that massage therapy may reduce pain, anxiety and muscular tension in cardiac surgery patients.
Manage Lower Back Pain
According to the American Chiropractic Association, lower back pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide. Approximately one in ten people have it, and for many who develop back pain, it becomes a chronic condition.
A recent study found that massage may provide lasting relief for chronic lower back pain, according to research published in the journal Pain Medicine. Researchers looked at 104 people with persistent back pain who were referred by their doctors to licensed massage therapists. They went to 10 sessions over 12 weeks, and the practitioners were free to design massage programs that were individual to the patients, rather than all using the same technique.
Most subjects completed a questionnaire, and more than 50% reported clinically meaningful improvement in their back pain. Several people even dropped below the threshold for disability according to lead author Niki Munk, an assistant professor of health sciences at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Additionally, many of these improvements lasted. Three months later, with no further massage sessions, 75% of the people who reported initial improvement said they still felt better.
Tension headaches are often caused by poor posture, a sore back or tight neck, or constantly straining your eyes. Massage improves blood flow and loosen tight muscles to reduce that pain and tension. A study published in the International Journal of Neuroscience found that massage reduces distress symptoms, pain, and sleep disturbances. Subjects in the study also experienced more headache free days and showed an increase in serotonin levels.
By helping you relax and giving you a moment to pause, massage opens your mind. You can think more clearly and get a better picture of the project at hand or the problem you’re trying to solve. This is another massage benefit linked to the release of the hormones serotonin, dopamine, and endorphins, and the decrease of the stress hormone cortisol.
Rekindle the Romance
One of the common side effects of chronic stress, depression, and anxiety is reduced libido and sexual dysfunction. While no studies have been done linking massage therapy to the improvement of hypoactive sexual desire disorder, massage has demonstrated the ability to dramatically reduce stress as measured by lowered cortisol levels. Cortisol also decreases testosterone, the hormone most responsible for sex drive. So hop in your chair for a relaxing massage session, let the stress melt away, then light some candles and set the mood!
Be More Mobile
Massage therapy has been proven to improve flexibility and range of motion by working on muscles, connective tissues, tendons, ligaments, and joints. It also stimulates blood flow. This keeps your joints more fluid and less prone to injury.
Research indicates that massage may strengthen the immune system (especially during winter months) by increasing the activity level of the body’s white blood cells, which fight viruses. The up in white blood cells is another result of a decrease in cortisol, which destroys natural killer cells.
Massage Chair Buyer’s Guide
When shopping for a massage chair, there are several important factors to take into consideration to ensure you find the perfect fit for your lifestyle. If you’ve already done a fair amount of research and have browsed our selection, you’ve noticed how many different options we have . . . but now you may be wondering, What is the difference? Infinity’s massage chair guide was created to educate you and help you determine which model will be best for you.
Number of People Using the Massage Chair
Will you be the only one using your massage chair, or will you be sharing with multiple people? If it’s going to be used by the whole family, you’ll want to take their needs and preferences into account in addition to yours to ensure everyone is happy. For example, height, problem areas, and massage intensity are all areas that vary by user—and each of our chairs addresses these preferences in different ways. Let’s break it down.
Massage chairs are not a one-size-fits-all type of product. They offer many features and benefits, so to make the most of those benefits, your chair should fit you comfortably. Consider your height and, if applicable, that of other potential users in your household. Depending on the model, Infinity Massage Chairs cater to people from 4’10” to those who stand over 6’3″.
Exactly why does size matter?
Shoulder Airbag Massage: All of our chairs include shoulder airbags, which should reach and compress your shoulders and help keep them straight to encourage proper posture.
Massage Roller Track: Roller track length varies by massage chair, which affects where the rollers hit your body and make it another feature to account for when considering height.
Leg Rest: The leg rest of each massage chair provides a comprehensive calf and foot massage using airbag technology. They also have rollers in the soles of the feet for a soothing reflexology massage. To thoroughly enjoy the lower body massage, your legs should fit comfortably in the leg rest compartments. Each of our chairs features an adjustable leg rest mechanism, which means every chair accommodates a certain height range.
Symptoms and Needs
How are you looking to unlimit your wellness? Do you have problem areas you’re trying to improve upon? The massage benefits are many, including:
Decreased Lower Back Pain
Faster Workout Recovery
Certain models in our line-up offer particular features to treat these areas. For example, the Riage X3 includes a rocking technique, a motion that is linked to better sleep and reduced stress. Other models are designed with exception inversion stretches for spinal correction and pain relief, such as the IT-8500 X3. Determine which of these benefits matter most to you, and we’ll help you find the perfect massage chair based on your needs.
Desired Massage Intensity
Do you enjoy a gently soothing rub-down, or would you prefer a deep and powerful massage? Perhaps your ideal strength is somewhere in the middle, or it depends on your mood. Gentle massage can help improve circulation, while deep pressure massage relieves muscle tension and loosens tissues. Consider this factor in combination with the areas of your life that you want to unlimit when you’re ready to buy a massage chair.
S-track vs. L-track
An S-track massage chair is built with a roller track that conforms to the S-shape of your spine and runs from about your neck area to your lumbar region, right about where your pants sit on your waist. An L-track, while also conforming to the spine’s natural shape, extends to the glute muscles. The benefit of an S-track model is its ability to offer the ultimate stretch, because the chair back can recline further back since the track does not extend as far. An L-shaped roller track, on the other hand, provides maximum massage coverage, but cannot be reclined as far due to the track design. Which is more important to you?
Other Features &apmp; Considerations
Infinity Massage Chairs come with a variety of bonus feature sets that facilitate the most convenient and comfortable massage possible. Keep these in mind if any of them spark your interest or sound like they would fulfill a need.
Lumbar Heat: Heat function located in the chair back around the lumbar region intended to warm and loosen muscles to better prepare them for massage
Heated Rollers: Ceramic rollers that warm up to enhance your massage and soothe muscles more effectively
Wireless Remote: A cordless version of your remote for easier control of your massage chair
Bluetooth Technology: Capability to pair your massage chair with your Bluetooth enabled device to play your favorite tunes wirelessly through the chair’s speakers
Mobile App: Apple™ or Android® app that allows you to pair your chair to your smartphone via Bluetooth® and us it as the massage chair remote control
While we do our best to ensure Infinity Massage Chairs will unlimit your life, we understand that sometimes there are unavoidable space limitations—but have no fear! We’ve got smaller and space-saving models that can fit even in small and cozy rooms. If space is no concern and your massage chair will be going into an open area, of course, then you won’t have to worry about our larger models.