Breaking From Tradition Is Always A Good Thing!
Massage is a billion dollar industry. The American Massage Therapy Association (AKA AMTA) indicates in their industry fact sheet that massage therapy was an $18 billion dollar industry in the US in 2018 (Source: AMTA).
In an industry that’s so big, it only makes sense that investors and businesses will jump at the chance of having a “piece of the pie”. But the more I think about it, that’s not such a bad thing!
50 years ago, the main form of massage you would’ve found is what we today call traditional massage. That is, a therapist who was trained in the art of “human touch” would apply his or her skills directly on a patient. It still is the main form of massage today, but that’s not to say there aren’t other alternatives.
When it comes to massage, the more alternatives consumers have, the better!
If there’s one piece of advice I can give you as a reader of this blog, it’s this:
Because you never know, you might end up being pleasantly surprised at what you find!
What Is Hydromassage?
Hydromassage is a relatively old concept in the world of massage. The science behind it has been around for ages, it’s only technology such as the hydromassage bed that’s somewhat new.
If you wanna read more about the history, methods, and how it came about, I encourage you to check out the Wikipedia link above. I will refrain from discussing about these things in too much detail as I would like to instead specifically focus on hydromassage beds in this post.
The Crux Of This Article: What Is A Hydromassage Bed?
Have you seen those cool looking bed like contraptions last time you were at the mall in your city? If you have a gym membership at one of the big gym/health houses, you for sure would have seen one of these! If not, check out the video below! (Video Credit: HydroMassage)
That my friends is what is known as hydrotherapy and the contraption in the video above is a hydromassage bed. It looks oddly complicated, but in theory it’s not. It’s a device that makes use of water pressure to massage an individual as they lay flat on their back.
Major gyms and health houses all seem to carry them these days, so if you currently have a gym membership, it might be worth asking next time you’re in. Large shopping centers also have them for shoppers to try.
Unfortunately, it’s quite expensive to actually own one of these devices, so it’s not something you can easily pick up from a store and take home. That’s one aspect, the other of course is properly maintaining a hydromassage bed, which I imagine requires some effort!
Why Would One Use A Hydromassage Bed? What Are The Benefits?
For starters, it looks awesome! More importantly, those who continue to use hydromassage beds do so because of the following reasons:
- It’s Affordable!—Using a hydromassage bed will typically cost you less $$$ than seeing a trained massage therapist for the same duration.
- It’s Convenient!—Usually there’s no need to book an appointment which isn’t the case if you’re seeing a specific therapist.
- It Doesn’t Require You To Undress!—Some people like this, some don’t. You can use a hydromassage bed while being fully clothed.
- It’s Not Awkward!—Because you’re on your own laying flat on a massage bed, as opposed to having someone else massage you.
- Tips Need Not Apply!—Call me cheap, but one of my favorite things about using automated massage technology is that tips usually don’t apply!
- It’s Customizable!—Water pressure can be directly controlled by the user thereby allowing one to adjust intensity from mild to moderate to deep tissue!
- It’s Quick!—15 minutes, 30 minutes or 1 hour. With hydromassage beds, you don’t need to schedule a full hour of your time to get massaged. 15 minutes works wonders, believe it or not!
Concerning hydromassage benefits, you can expect about the same benefits as you would with regular massage, more or less. These would typically include pain relief from sore muscles, increased states of relaxation etc.
Should Hydromassage Replace Your Regular Massage Routine?
Should hydromassage replace your bi-weekly (or monthly) visits to your local massage therapist? This is a question most people have after trying a hydromassage bed and seeing just how effective it is. My answer will never change irrespective of how technologically advanced these beds become.
And that’s because massage is so much more than just physical. There are also mental and emotional benefits that can be experienced when a trained therapist applies the healing touch. This is the reason some individuals tear up after an intense session of deep tissue, the emotions trapped in the muscles and tissues have found a way to be released from the body.
In a way your mood is uplifted and you feel relaxed and easy. That’s why for me traditional massage will always be ahead of any automated massage technology such as massage chairs, handheld massagers, and even hydromassage beds for that matter.
Instead of completely cutting out your visits to the massage therapist, you’re better off reducing the frequency. Instead of biweekly (once in 2 weeks), change your visits to monthly. Now you can complement this routine by adding in hydromassage therapy visits (once a week maybe), and even investing and using a massage chair at home.
So don’t be afraid of mixing things up every so often!
Where Can I Learn More About Hydromassage Beds?
If you want to know more about hydromassage beds, your best bet is to visit a supplier site such as hydromassage. Since they sell these devices, they would know best how they work etc. If you’re interested in buying one for your establishment, you can also request a free quote from their website.
I Hope You Found This Informative!
It’s an exciting time to be alive. Advancements in technology are at an all time high, and innovative products continue to make their way on to the market. I’ll end this post with how I started it: always be willing to try new things out for yourself, because you never know….it might end up being the perfect solution to your specific problem!
With that, I bid you farewell and good luck (until next time of course!). If you enjoyed reading, please consider sharing this post on the social platforms to show your support.