massage chairs vs human massage

Massage Chairs vs. Human Massage

Both robotic massage chairs and human massage therapists can provide excellent relaxing and invigorating massages that come with many physical and mental health benefits. But which massage is better? It’s a simple question, but one that doesn’t come have a simple answer. To really get to the bottom of this, we need to consider several different factors.

Traditional Human Massage

Getting a massage from a massage therapist is probably one the best things you can do for your health. The therapists are trained professionals who have a broad understanding of the musculoskeletal system, and can deliver the best, specifically-tailored-for-you types of massages. A great ‘human massage’ can literally rejuvenate you and leave you feeling like a brand new person. And it’s no wonder really – regular massages relax the tense muscles, improve blood circulation and boost the lymphatic and digestive system (which help the body get rid of toxins and waste). Equally important, they also help with stress, reducing its harmful effects, which leads to a healthier nervous system.

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Robotic Massage Chairs

Similarly to human massage therapists, massage chairs provide massages that come with various health benefits. However, these massages can be quite different than their traditional cousins. For one, no matter how intelligent the chair is, and no matter how many programs and features it boasts, it can never replace a human expert’s touch. This is because a machine cannot actually touch you and feel all the knots, tense and sore muscles and painful areas, and tailor a massage specifically for you. Furthermore, a massage received by a talented human therapist offers a unique holistic experience that usually cannot be replicated by any machine.

However, it’s important to note that massage chairs do offer a wide array of health benefits, as well as a few advantages that human massages do not. Here some of the major ones:

Cost: if you were to get a weekly massage from a therapist for a year, you’d probably go broke in a short period of time. But if you were to buy a high-quality massage chair, you’d only spend a fraction of that total sum and still be able to get not weekly, but daily massages. In essence, if you’re on a budget, don’t even think twice – massage chairs are your best option.

Convenience: to get a human massage, one needs to plan around their week – you need to prepare yourself (shaving counts!), travel to a spa center, spend a designated amount of time there and then travel back home. With a massage chair, there is no preparation of any kind – all you need to do is sit back and relax!

Privacy: the best thing about a traditional massage is the human touch. Massage therapists know where to apply more pressure, where to be gentle and where not to massage at all. Still, many people are uncomfortable with strangers touching them, no matter how professional they are. If this is you, a massage chair is a much better option. You can use it at your own home, dressed or undressed, alone or not alone – it’s really up to you!