Massage Chair Techniques
Swedish massage is one of the best known types of massage in the West. Swedish massage is perfect for those who don’t get a massage often and have a medium threshold for pain. Swedish massage uses longer massage strokes in an effort to warm the muscle to release tension and break up knots in your muscles, as well as many other health benefits, such as improved circulation, pain relief, and improved joint comfort.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massages is a deeper version of the Swedish massage style that targets deeper muscles and connective tissue, and is especially effective in areas that are chronically tense or contracted, such as the neck, lower back tightness, and sore shoulders. While a Deep Tissue massage does promote relaxation it is not uncommon, for your massage to be a little uncomfortable or painful, the massage strokes work out knots that are deeper within the muscle and are harder to access. Deep massage focuses on chronic pain or muscle tension to provide you with an improved relaxation benefit.
Many massage chairs employ reflexology in the foot rest of the ottoman during the foot massage. Reflexology is a great way to improve relaxation and relieve a lot of tense muscles in your feet and improve overall well-being. Reflexology is a massage style that is based on the idea that application of pressure to specific areas of the foot will promote well-being in correlating areas of the body by releasing endorphins that are natural stress and pain relievers. How good do your feet feel after a nice foot massage at the end of a long day?
The Junetsu massage technique is a Panasonic massage chair exclusive and is a highlight of their Real Pro Ultra series. Junetsu is the Japanese word for “ultra-fine kneading” and consists of one-second circular thumb motions and is used by professional massage therapists all over the world. Junetsu quickly loosens up tight muscles. The spiral circular motion reverberates down through connecting muscles to invigorate you down to the surface of your bones.
Junetsu is the perfect massage style for the person who prefers kneading, but wants a more localized massage. The quick motions help relieve stress fast and invigorate your muscles so you are prepared for the rest of your day.
Shiatsu massage is sometimes described as the equivalent of acupressure; Shiatsu translates to “finger pressure” and employs stretching, pressure, and rotating to provide a whole body restoration effect which can reduce stress, muscle pain, anxiety and depression. The philosophy behind a shiatsu massage is quite old and based on the idea that your life energy or ki (chi or qi) flows through the body within many different energy channels, When you feel pain in a certain area, that energy channel is blocked. Shiatsu massage works to relieve those blocks and provide a relaxing and refreshing massage.
Tapping is a great way to remove stiffness, promote blood circulation and break up scar tissue. Sometimes referred to as Percussion massage, Tapping is a series of rapid tapping strokes that stimulate muscles, and connective tissue.
Kneading massage is a great way to relieve tension and soreness in the muscles by lifting and stretch muscles, and promotes deeper blood and lymph circulation. The Kneading massage style also helps bring vital nutrients to the spinal area, and helps to eliminate toxins from the muscle and nerve tissue in the area. Your massage chair will utilize kneading on your back in small circular motions on both sides of your spine.
Kneading Massage is the basis for the “Grasping” massage style that some Panasonic Massage Chairs have available, which combines kneading and 3D Massage roller technology to provide a massage to hard-to-reach areas of the neck, upper shoulder and certain muscles along the spine.
Vibration Massage is an old and effective method for removing soreness and improving circulation. Many massage chairs have vibration plates within the chair that deliver a vibration massage with varying and adjustable intensity. Most massage chairs that say they can sync your massage with your mp3 player do so through use of vibration massage.
Air Compression Massage
An air compression massage is delivered to the extremities of your body via the airbag system built in to most of our massage chairs. Air Compression has been found to relieve stiffness and improve blood circulation within your body. The compression style is also adept at stimulating the lymphatic system to remove toxins from the body.
Air compression massages usually have varying intensity levels and can sometimes be targeted like much of the back massage by using the manual mode controls. In some massage chairs it is also used to promote a stretch massage.
This massage style focuses on the muscles right next to the spine by applying a constant pressure with the rollers while rolling up and down your back. This warms and loosens these typically very tight muscles and does wonders to prepare your back for the full massage from your massage chair.
Stretching is a great way to relieve knots in muscles as well as loosen muscles up to prepare them for the rest of your day. Most massage chairs utilize their built in airbag system to strategically pin you into the massage chair so you feel a stretch in the muscles in a specific area. This massage style can help relax your body and prepare you for a deeper massage, or loosen up stiff muscles so you feel better during your hard day at work.
A Squeeze massage is great way to alleviate tension in your hip and thigh area. Typically the massage chair will inflate airbags within the hip area to squeeze different areas to help relieve stress and joint pain. The squeeze massage can also be used in conjunction with the back rollers to make sure you get the most out of your massage.