How to Choose a Massager?May 30, 2005 (Updated Jun 14, 2005) Write an essay on this topic.
Popular Products in Personal CareThe Bottom Line I highly recommend trying a Hand-held Massager or any other type of Massage.
What is the purpose of Massage?
Mmmm.. Not only does it feel great to be massaged, but the art of massage can have many useful benefit to the body. Massage can improve circulation of blood flow, and can help increase the amount of red blood cells in the body. It can help lesson the pain in certain diseases, first hand I can tell you that having Fibromyalgia as well as Cancer, that massage was a huge life saver for me. It help to lesson the pain in my muscles, I was able to think more clearly. I noticed that when I went for massage on a regular basis, it opened my self up to more mobility than with out the message. I was more awake and vibrant than I had been in a while. Massagers can reduce stress, help eliminate tension, help to reduce high blood pressure, and can help with your overall well being.
I also have problems sleeping, and various types of massages will help me to relax my muscles and my mind, calm any anxiety, and I am able to sleep better. When I have my sleep on a regular basis, I notice that I am in less pain, my mood is enhanced, and generally, I have a much better day.
In addition to going for massages, I had also purchase a few different types of massagers, which happen to be just as beneficial as going out and spending the money at a massage parlor, or going to the Chiropractor for alignment and message. I prefer to use my massagers first, and then if I am unable to find enough relief, then I will pay the extra and go somewhere for a professional massage. Purchasing your own massagers can end up saving you lots of money, but it does have its drawbacks. You have to really experiment to find out what types of massagers will be most beneficial to you.
I want to talk about pain. If you purchase a massager and you experience any type of pain or discomfort with its use, I would encourage you to discontinue, especially if this pain happens to be in the legs. I would discourage heart patients, or persons with diabetes from using any types of massagers on their legs. While most can benefit with increased circulation of the blow flow, in certain people with heart and diabetes, this can actually produce a negative reaction, such as encouraging blood clots. Always ready your manual that comes with your massagers. If you are getting a professional massage, ALWAYS tell you medical history. A place that will not ask for my medical history, I would very much be leery of. Even something as small as going to get a pedicure can be very harmful. Cosmetologists many times offer a small massage from the tips of the toes up to the knees. I would really take this into consideration if you have diabetes or health problems concerning the heart.
Hand held Massagers or Otherwise
When using a massager be sure to follow all directions, and warnings. They are there for a reason. Most directions that I have seen warn to not use a massager for more than 20 minutes at a time. When purchasing a massager there are a few things to consider. Is this a massager that I will be able to maneuver on my own? Or will I need someone to help me with it? Will this special someone be able to make time for up to 20 minutes out of their day to help you with your massage? Or would a different type of massager better be suited for your needs?
How to choose??
Well thats entirely up to you. I don't look for an expensive massager to suit my need and expect it to work better than a less expensive model. I like to be able to take the massager out of the box and try it out before I make a purchase. Being that there are so many different types of massagers along with a huge price range, choosing can often be overwhelming. I encourage you to ask your sales representative many questions. That is what they are there for.
When I purchase a massager I try to keep a few things in mind. Am I looking for a electric massager, or battery powered? Will I be on a short leash with an electric verses battery powered? Can I get more features and save more money by buying one that can do everything? Or would it be more practical to purchase less expensive combination of different types? I personally am really in to the message. So I will want something with all of the bells and whistles. I want a product that warms, and provides me with deep massage at a range of different speeds. Each speed will provide a different reaction. I am concerned with safety as well. I want a product that will not over heat, and provides me with a warranty, especially if I am paying top dollar for a product. How heavy is this massager? I want one that is as light as possible and ergonomic, especially if I am the one holding it in place for up to 20 minutes. I don't want to relax one part of the body and tense another.
I would highly recommend at least trying a few massagers. In addition I would like to say that many people can benefit both physically and mentally from all types of massage. Take your time and choose, do your research. If you find that your massager causes you any pain discontinue use. Its a good idea to consult your doctor if you have any questions.
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