Massage Therapy Has Been Around For Ages!
Massage has existed for thousands upon thousands of years. Early civilizations believed in the power of massage to heal and cure all types of ailment. As such, the art of massage was widely practiced, with high regard and respect given to the practitioner (or therapist). In addition to curing sickness, massage was also done to reduce stress and promote relaxation. If you’re interested to know more about the history of massage, you should check out this awesome write-up from Natural Healers.
Fast forward a few millennia later to the 2000’s, and things are a little different. Technological revolution has allowed for major advancement in the area of massage therapy. We now have electric foot, neck, back, and shoulder massagers, and if any one of these devices doesn’t satisfy your needs, you can buy a full body massage chair! Talk about being spoilt for choice! But really how effective are these electric massagers, and should you buy them? That’s the question i’ll be hoping to shed some light on today.
Why You Should Trust My Opinion & Hear Me Out!
Most people who blog about electric massagers don’t actually even own one. They’ve never used one, and probably have no interest or intention to do so. How am I different? I own a massage chair as of 6 months ago which I bought for about $2500. That’s actually one of the reasons I decided to start this site….so I can share my experience on what I think of these automated massagers.
By the way, in no way do I intend to brag and i’m sorry if it comes of that way. All i’m saying is you may wanna hear me out given that I have some experience with these devices.
That being said, let’s start off by talking about the benefits of electric massagers!
8 Benefits Of Electric Massagers—The Good!
Electric massagers have several benefits. Below in no particular order are my 8 favorite things about these devices! (Infographic created using Canva)
But It Also Has Its Drawbacks—The Bad!
We’ve talked about the good side of electric massagers, so it’s only fair we also talk about the shortcomings. As a matter of fact, I think it would be foolish not to. If you’re considering an electric massager, it’s in your best interest to understand both the positives and negatives associated with these devices, so you can make an informed purchasing decision. Below are my list of drawbacks, as per my experience! (Infographic created using Canva)
Man Vs Machine—A Quick Comparison!
Does the electric massager take the place of a trained therapist or masseuse? It’s a widely debated question that has differing opinions depending on who you ask. My opinion at this moment in time is as follows:
There isn’t a single electric massager out there that will ever come close to what a qualified, competent, skilled therapist can do.
Why? The answer is simple. Massage is an art. It’s not something you can logically program into a machine. It’s much more than that. It’s about instinctively feeling and pressuring muscle in hopes of alleviating pain and promoting relaxation. Everyone may generally have the same physiology, but our muscles differ. Some people’s muscles are more tense, and some are less. Some have more sensitive areas, and others don’t.
That’s why it’s so difficult to conclude machine as being superior to man. But here’s the thing…..why even choose between the 2!? Choose both and you won’t have to deal with the dilemma. Find a qualified, reputable, consistent therapist and make appointments at least once every month. Once a month is affordable, and definitely not an inconvenience. For the remaining 3 weeks of the month, use an electric massager. This is the routine I personally follow, and I’ve found it works pretty well!
Closing Words Before You Leave
How effective are electric massagers? Pretty effective, but like everything these devices come with their shortcomings. As long as you understand this, you’ll be fine. Final words before you leave: consult with your physician before commencing any massage regimen or routine. I cannot stress this enough! I hope you enjoyed reading and got some value out of this. What’s your take on electric massagers? Maybe you have a differing experience from mine. If you do, please leave a comment and let me know! Lastly, a share would be massively appreciated!