Traditional Massage Vs. Massage Chairs: Pressure Factors and Cost

October 12, 2021
 By Dr. Alan Weidner
October 12, 2021
 By Dr. Alan Weidner

Traditional Massage Vs. Massage Chairs: Pressure Factors and Cost

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the concepts to consider if you’re comparing traditional human massage with a massage chair. Both these massage formats can have enormous benefits for those who take advantage of them, but understanding how they differ and which might be best for your needs is often very important for achieving optimal comfort.

At Massage Chair Relief, we’re happy to offer a number of industry-leading massage chair brands, including Kyota massage chairs and many others. While we certainly don’t have a bad word to say about traditional forms of human massage and the benefits it offers to many people, there are some areas where the technology used for massage chairs offers the same level of comfort — or even greater in many cases. Here are some other important areas of comparison as you make the ideal selection for your needs.

Pressure Factors

One important part of any massage, both from a human or from a chair, is the pressure used. The overall technique is not as big an issue as the pressure used, though, and this is something where chairs really stand out.

Since many chairs allow for a much wider range of pressures to be applied to your back, neck and other body parts than what you’ll experience from a human masseuse, you’re likely to get far more comfort in this regard. There are many different chairs available on the market for you to consider, but most have some form of digital controls on them that allow for easy pressure adjustments on your part.

Massage chairs also remove some of the awkwardness from having to tell a massage therapist that you don’t enjoy his or her pressure techniques. If you don’t feel comfortable asking a human masseuse for the level of pressure you want, this can be an issue. With most chairs, however, it’s easy to adjust things based on your comfort levels and choose a type of massage that feels most pleasing to you–massage chair reviews have shown that most people feel very comfortable adjusting the pressure on their chair to get just what they want.

Cost Variables

And of course, cost is always an important consideration here. While the up-front costs of a massage chair will certainly be higher than a single appointment with a massage therapist, it’s important to think long — and short — term here.

Many massage therapists charge anywhere from $50 to $100 an hour for their work; while this may not seem like a lot of money, it can add up very quickly if you’re getting regular massages–and what’s worse is that many people feel they need to get them frequently to get the kind of relief they’d like to experience.

A chair, on the other hand, can be used any time you like. Since the long-term costs are far less, it’s no wonder that many people report feeling more relaxed using a chair rather than getting frequent human massages.

For more comparisons between human massage and massage chairs, or to learn about any of our quality massage chair products, contact the pros at Massage Chair Relief today.

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