With golf season just around the corner, it’s time to prepare before getting back out on the green. Did you know massage benefits golfers in many ways? This goes for everyone from weekend warriors to touring professionals!
Massage Benefits for Golfers
Massage is a preventive, corrective, and rehabilitative treatment, which is why many golfers of all levels invest in an Infinity Massage Chair. Regular massage will help you avoid injury, enhance your performance, and play more pain-free golf. Massage therapy does this by:
Reducing muscle spasms, trigger points, and adhesions or scar tissue
Improving range of motion and muscle flexibility
Decreasing anxiety and stress levels
Boosting mental focus and alertness
Perhaps the most important of these benefits for golfers is improving range of motion and muscle flexibility, which leads to increased power and performance. This is because the power of your golf swing is mainly determined by the height of your backswing. The higher your backswing is, the more powerful your swing and follow-through will be.
Massage can be beneficial to golfers both before and after a round on the links. After all, golfing uses several muscle groups: wrists, arms, shoulders, back, and legs. This puts a lot of stress on your body, but regular massage can relieve that stress and tension from repetitive swinging.
The Perfect Solution: Infinity Massage Chairs
An Infinity Massage Chair is the perfect solution and is there for you whenever you need it—no appointment necessary! Each chair in our line-up includes various settings, so you can choose special programs or to focus on certain problem areas. Plus, you can enjoy high-quality massage from the comfort of home or your office, or wherever else your favorite space may be.
Keep your body and your golf game in peak form with regular massage. Remember, Infinity Massage Chairs fit into all lifestyles!
Please note: Deep massages should be done at least 48 hours before your next game, according to Golf Digest fitness advisor, Ralph Simpson. One of these right before you play may leave you too sore or prevent your muscles from performing optimally.
February is American Heart Health Month! Did you know cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of men and women in the United States, according to the American Heart Association? Fortunately, massage therapy can serve as a powerful complementary treatment for heart health. Discover how massage benefits the heart, and then spread the word all month long!
Regular massage can help heal the heart and prevent heart disease.
In 2008, researchers studied 263 volunteers who underwent massage for 45 to 60 minutes. Average blood pressure fell by 10 mg Hg, and heart rate by 10 beats per minute—after just one treatment. “That’s about as much as you might get from prescribing a new blood pressure medication for life!” says cardiologist Dr. Joel Kahn.
In 2013, 50 people with mildly elevated blood pressure received a 15-minute massage three times a week for 10 sessions, while a similar group just relaxed for the same amount of time. By the end of the sessions, only blood pressure of the massage group participants had fallen, and remained lower for several days.
Massage has been shown to acutely reduce blood pressure and heart rate in hypertensive women. Another 2013 study examined eight women with high blood pressure who had an hour-long massage each week for four weeks. At the end of that period, their blood pressure fell by 12 mm Hg systolic (top number). Measurements in their blood reflecting inflammation also fell significantly. According to Dr. Kahn, the drop in markers of inflammation suggests massage therapy may have a body-wide healing effect.
Since regular massage also helps eliminate stress, it can reduce its associated risks. One of these risks, known as cardiac arrhythmias, causes the heart to pump less effectively, so less blood reaches the brain and other vital organs. Massage also releases contracted muscles and pushes venous blood toward the heart, easing strain on our most vital organ.
Additionally, researchers found that massage therapy may reduce pain, anxiety, and muscular tension in cardiac surgery patients. The volunteers who received massage during the 2013 study experienced a 52 percent reduction in pain in comparison to the participants who received an equivalent amount of rest time, who saw no major improvements. This reduction in pain increased over the six-day trial.
Why Does Massage Result in Cardiovascular Improvements?
The research suggests that these massage benefits on heart health relates to a decrease in stress. Reductions in salivary and urinary levels of the stress hormone cortisol have been observed in several experiments in humans; however, urinary levels of the stress hormones epinephrine and norepinephrine were not seen to fall during several studies.
There is still much research to be done and nothing is a given when it comes to massage for the heart. We have yet to see studies showing a reduction in heart attack, strokes, and heart-related deaths, which Dr. Kahn says are unlikely due to the costs of such research projects. So for now, stick to your blood pressure medicines and supplements, as well as a healthy green diet low in cholesterol.
Of course, massage likely won’t hurt your heart, so check with your doctor and then utilize it as a complementary vascular treatment! If you’re looking for a convenient and affordable way to enjoy daily massage, contact Infinity Massage Chairs today at 603-910-5000 and one of our knowledgeable specialists will be happy to help you.
To celebrate National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day, we are highlighting some of the main ways in which massage therapy can benefit those who suffer with this painful disease. There may not be a cure, but the pain can certainly be managed so that fibromyalgia patients can enjoy their everyday lives!
Check out our infographic for a quick breakdown on how massage helps those with fibromyalgia.
Always remember to consult your physician prior to massage or any other treatment if you suffer from fibromyalgia. It should also be noted that fibromyalgia patients should only be treated with light massage in order to prevent flare-ups.
Do you suffer from chronic pain caused by fibromyalgia? You’re not alone—in fact, scientists estimate that fibromyalgia affects 5 million Americans age 18 or older. Between 80 and 90 percent of people diagnosed with this musculoskeletal condition are women, although men and children can also have this disorder.
With the help of massage therapy, however, fibromyalgia patients can enjoy significant relief.
“Massage can bring a lot of benefits to fibromyalgia patients in terms of alleviating the pain and discomfort associated with the condition,” says Salifou N. Bishop, a licensed clinical massage therapist at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore who treats people with fibromyalgia.
What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia syndrome is a group of signs and symptoms that include chronic pain in muscles, tendons, ligaments, and other soft tissues. It is one of a collection of chronic disorders that often go hand-in-hand. Chronic fatigue syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, migraines, sleep disorders, and several other chronic conditions often accompany fibromyalgia.
How Does Massage Benefit Fibromyalgia Patients?
Many fibromyalgia patients are choosing massage therapy as a complementary treatment, and with good reason! The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine states that up to 91 percent of people with fibromyalgia use some form of complementary and alternative medicine, and up to 75 percent use massage therapy.
Research indicates that massage therapy can benefit fibromyalgia sufferers in the following ways:
Improve health status
Improve quality of life
Increase sleep hours
Improve quality of sleep over time
Reduce tender points
Decrease urinary CRF-LI (a biochemical marker of stress-related symptoms)
Decrease use of analgesics
Decrease cortisol levels
Be effective in an integrative treatment plan
Additionally, massage releases endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers!
Best Types of Massage for Fibromyalgia Pain
The following forms of massage therapy have been found to be most beneficial for fibromyalgia patients:
Trigger point therapy: Targets painful spots located in bands of muscle fibers, something people with fibromyalgia have more of.
Swedish massage: Combines kneading, gliding/sliding, beating, and friction techniques to promote circulation to nutrition-deprived parts of the body.
Myofascial release: Involves applying gentle, sustaining pressure into connective tissue, therefore eliminating pain and restoring motion by elongating muscle fibers.
Hot stone massage: Places heated, smooth, flat stones on key points of the body to use them as massage tools.
Passive stretching: Exerts an external force on a limb to move it into a new position, thus loosening up stiff muscles and joints caused by fibromyalgia.
Sports massage: Alleviates stress and tension built up in the body’s soft tissues during physical activity, reduces heart rate and blood pressure, increases circulation and lymph flow, improves flexibility, and can help relieve fibromyalgia pain.
Always be sure to consult your doctor prior to getting massage for fibromyalgia pain relief. Your physician can recommend the best type of massage based on the severity of your condition, that way you can get the most from it.
Once you receive the go-ahead, call Infinity Massage Chairs at 603-347-6006 to discuss your options! We can help you find the perfect massage chair to help you relieve fibromyalgia pain in the comfort of your own home. Plus, since it is typically recommended that fibromyalgia patients receive frequent massage therapy, having your own massage chair will provide you with convenient relief. Learn more about Infinity Massage Chairs today!
We all have different needs when it comes to getting a massage, and there are many massage techniques to treat those needs. Before you lean back and let your massage chair do the work, here are some of the most common techniques and why you should use each one.
An increasing number of studies show the dangers of dealing with excess stress and anxiety. High levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, can weaken the immune system and increase blood pressure. Massage combats the negative effects of stress by boosting serotonin (a feel-good relaxation hormone that regulates sleep) levels and lowering blood pressure and heart rate.
Go with a Swedish massage when you need a good chill sesh or a solid night’s sleep. The slow, rolling movements of Swedish massage works quickly to relax you. Try enjoying your Swedish massage toward the end of the day to maximize sleep results.
Deep Tissue Massage
If you have a desk job that keeps you sitting still for long periods, you probably experience daily muscle tightness. Those who have had past injuries leaving them with significant scar tissue in the muscles may also have tightness. Sitting in one position for 20 minutes causes your muscles to tighten and “mold.” A deep tissue massage, however, can effectively relieve severe muscle tension and improve your posture.
A deep tissue or myofascial massage targets the shoulders, hips, ankles, wrists, and mid-back. These areas tend to get tightest from typical overuse or seated inactivity. It also increases your mobility by breaking up adhesions and reducing scar tissue in stiff muscles, thus letting you get back to your normal lifestyle doing the activities you love.
We already know our muscles can hold painful tension, but what does that do to our nerves? Tight muscles also put pressure on the nerves and blood vessels, causing even more pain.
Shiatsu or trigger point massage therapy applies pressure to points of tension in the joints of your body. This technique sends a message to the area that is radiating pain to release the muscle. Because the Shiatsu method relieves tension by applying pressure to acupuncture points, it is best for those who can endure slight discomfort during the massage. Despite the firmness, however, your muscles will feel relaxed and you typically will not experience soreness afterwards.
Are you suffering from tension headaches? Perhaps you want to improve your digestion? Then consider a reflexology massage. Reflexology is a massage technique that focuses primarily on the feet. It is not, however, simply a foot massage. The underlying theory behind reflexology is that there are “reflex” areas on the feet and hands that correspond to specific organs, glands, and other parts of the body.
Tips of the toes correlate to the head
Ball of the foot correlates to the heart and chest
Arch of the foot correlates to the liver, pancreas, and kidney
Heel correlates to the lower back and intestines
It is believed that the pressure sends signals that balance the nervous system or release chemicals such as endorphins that reduce pain and stress. People often get reflexology massages for conditions like:
Stress and stress-related conditions
Menstrual disorders, like premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
Digestive problems, such as constipation
Regardless of your reason for getting a massage, there is a technique for what you need. If you do have a pre-existing condition or injury, be sure to consult your physician prior to trying any form of massage. Once the doctor gives you the go ahead, remember than many Infinity Massage Chairs include combinations of these techniques so that you can enjoy the perfect massage! Call us today at 603-347-6006 to learn more.
When was the last time you had a full night (as in 8 consistent hours) of sleep? As we are probably all aware, chronic insomnia causes extreme fatigue and problems with concentration, and can negatively impact our mood and well-being.
Ralph Pascualy, MD, medical director of the Swedish Sleep Medicine Institute (SSMI) in Seattle, states that both the quantity and the quality of one’s sleep directly affects his or her health. No matter what’s causing your insomnia, massage can help. Read on to find out how!
Massage and Serotonin Levels
It comes down to one simple fact: Insomnia is associated with a lack of serotonin, while massage increases serotonin levels.
Serotonin is a highly important neurotransmitter that is essential to our survival. Aside from sleep, serotonin affects our mood, behavior, body temperature, physical coordination, and appetite. Serotonin can also be converted by the brain into melatonin, a hormone that quiets and resets the part of the brain that prepares our bodies for sleep.
A January 2000 study on back pain demonstrated that in addition to a decrease in long-term pain, subjects receiving massage experienced improved sleep and increased serotonin levels.
Massage for Pain and Other Chronic Issues
In addition to insomnia-related stress, according to the Mayo Clinic, studies have found massage to be beneficial to those who suffer from:
Myofascial pain syndrome
Paresthesias and nerve pain
Soft tissue strains or injuries
Temporomandibular joint pain
Research gathered by the American Massage Therapy Association has also been shown to improve sleep in individuals with psychiatric disorders, fibromyalgia, cancer, heart disease, lower back pain, cerebral palsy, and breast disease.
According to Ann Williams, director of education, Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, and author of Spa Bodywork and teaching massage, “Massage helps people spend more time in deep sleep, the restorative stage in which the body barely moves, which reduces the neurotransmitter associated with pain.”
Types of Massage to Improve Sleep
Four of the most common massage styles can help improve sleep:
Swedish Massage: Gentle form of massage that uses long strokes, kneading, deep circular movements, vibration, and tapping to help relax and energize
Deep Tissue Massage: Uses slower, stronger strokes to target the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue, often to help with muscle damage from injuries
Sports Massage: Similar to Swedish massage, but geared toward those involved in sport activities to help prevent or treat injuries
Trigger Point Massage: Focuses on areas of tight muscle fibers that can form in muscles after injuries or overuse
Many high-end massage chairs include a combination of these massage styles to deliver the most customizable massage possible. When you enjoy your own customized massage daily, you will experience less pain, which in turn will help you sleep more soundly.
A decrease in stress, tension, and pain and improved sleep work hand-in-hand, so experience heightened overall well-being with your very own Infinity Massage Chair. Call us at 603-347-6006 to learn more today!
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Is your sparkly new Infinity Massage Chair your first-ever luxury massage chair? If so, you’ll want to start with brief sessions so your body can build up a resistance to the strength of the massage chair rollers. Follow our recommendations, and you’ll certainly enjoy years of improved comfort and health thanks to your massage chair!
Start With Short Massages
If you are not used to full-body, deep tissue massage, we advise that you begin with 10 to 15 minute massage sessions, two to three times per day.
But I Want a Longer Massage!
We know, and you’ll eventually be able to enjoy your massage chair for longer intervals! You can steadily work your way up from there as your body grows accustomed to the strength of the massagers. Infinity’s luxury massage chairs provide highly effective deep pressure massages. The rollers on these massage chairs are powerful in order to work out knots and rejuvenate problem areas on your body; however, due to their strength, they could leave you bruised and sore if you sit in your chair for too long before your body is prepared.
It’s easy to get carried away as you sit in your massage chair for the first time—after all, it’s supposed to provide extreme comfort! Luckily, Infinity Massage Chairs offers time settings and unique programs and features in which you can control the strength, location, and speed of your massage.
Getting Used to Your Massage Chair
Compare using your first electric massage chair to working out for the first time in a long time. You start your exercise routine slow in the beginning, and gradually increase your session as your stamina increases. As your strength and endurance improve, you can incorporate a wider variety of cardio and strength exercise into your routine.
If you exercise to intensely or for too long of a period of time, you’ll get winded and sore. You could even injure yourself because your muscles are tight. Your first time using your new massage chair is much like getting back into shape. As you increase your body’s endurance, you can enjoy longer intervals.
We at Infinity want to to enjoy your massage chair, so don’t overdo it in the beginning! If you have more questions or are interested in purchasing your first massage chair, call Infinity Massage Chairs at 603-347-6006 or visit us at www.infinitymassagechairs.com. Our friendly team is standing by and ready to get you into the perfect Infinity chair.
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Always feel free to call us at 603-347-6006 with any additional questions!
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