The Benefits of Massage
In Australia, massage is perceived as being more of an indulgent way of relaxing. Massage is in fact a highly effective way of maintaining physical health and has many therapeutic benefits. For centuries, it has been central to the lifestyle of many Asian cultures and is something Inada believes should be for Australians as well.
Some people insist that regular exercise and a healthy diet is all that’s needed to live a healthy lifestyle, with massage playing a secondary role as an optional extra. When applied thoroughly, the process of manipulating the skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments can:
- Improve performance
- Aid recovery
- Prevent and eliminate injuries
- Reduce stress
- Enhance metabolism and circulation
- Give a sense of relaxation and mobility to a person
How Massage Works
The formative principle behind massage therapy relies on using specific techniques to rejuvenate muscle tissue and relieve nerve pain. The two main physiological effects of a good massage are:
- Improving blood and lymph circulation
- Relaxation of soft tissue and release of nerves and deep connective tissue
People often say they feel different after a massage – that’s because it makes the body work harder to keep nutrients and oxygen travelling to the vital organs. One of the primary goals of massage is to speed up venous blood return from the extremities (arms and legs). Massage therapy also shortens recovery time from muscular strain by flushing the tissue of lactic acid, uric acid and other metabolic wastes. It has also been proven that massage therapy reduces muscle inflammation after exercise by promoting mitochondrial biogenesis - a process that aids cell function and repair.
Besides affecting our cells and blood circulation, massage therapy relieves pain and muscle spasms by reducing nerve compression. This occurs during a massage due to the release of tight or contracted muscles that compress surrounding nerves. Pressure applied to superficial soft tissue can also help align and balance deeper connective tissues.
Massage and Mental Health
Massage definitely reduces stress, both mental and physical, and is often recommended for use in regular stress management programs. It is known that massage therapy also has the ability to assist in medical rehabilitation and remedial therapy programs by releasing endorphins. These neurotransmitters inhibit pain signals and stimulate the opioid receptors, which produce feelings of euphoria and pleasure. People who have turned to massage for stress relief have reported a calmer mind, increased awareness and better focus.
Many studies have revealed the effectiveness of massage therapy for those living with anxiety, depression and insomnia. One study even saw blood pressure levels and heart rates decrease in patients after a single session of massage therapy.
Why INADA Massage Chairs
It is highly important to have a knowledgeable and experienced masseuse treat your body in order to reap the benefits of a decent massage. This is really no different from seeing a doctor or a dentist.
With massage chairs, the same principle applies. INADA is a trusted Japanese manufacturer with more than 50 years of experience making massage chairs. Decades of research and development, with the help of medical professionals, have culminated in making the perfect massage chair.
The technology and principles behind INADA’s chairs are based on Shiatsu massage therapy, which shares theories with traditional Chinese medicine. This form of Japanese body therapy was formulated in the 19th century with roots that date back to an even earlier massage therapy known as Anma, developed in 1350. Shiatsu translates in English as “finger pressure” and focuses on healing all areas of the body to assist the balance and flow of Ki (otherwise known as Qi or Chi).
INADA consults closely with expert Shiatsu therapists to design specific programs that deliver to the same standard as a treatment given by a trained professional. Every model is also intricately tested to ensure these Shiatsu techniques are followed accurately. Learn how our technology has been developed with the help of Dr Hideyo Matsuura.
Enjoy Massage Just by Sitting Down
Having a personal masseuse working full-time at your disposal would be the ultimate way of ensuring you are stress-free and without any physical pain. This is however, extremely impractical. Owning an INADA massage chair is really the only way to enjoy massage therapy in your own living room. This one time purchase will bring you a lifetime of therapeutic remedies just by sitting down.