Frequent massage has proven health benefits, from treating lower back pain to reducing stress and anxiety. When shopping for a massage chair, one of the most common (and popular) features you may come across is “zero gravity.”
What is the difference between a zero-gravity massage chair and a traditional massage chair? A conventional massage chair will lean backward like a regular recliner. While this is undoubtedly comfortable, it lacks the enhanced health benefits of zero-gravity chairs for people of all ages. You can recline back to the neutral body position in a zero-gravity massage chair. This position, also known as the zero-gravity position, raises your legs above your heart level and evenly distributes your weight along your body.
WHAT IS A ZERO GRAVITY MASSAGE CHAIR?
A zero-gravity massage chair also comes with a moveable footrest that helps to extend your knees and elevate your feet slightly above your heart. This creates a sense of weightlessness by taking pressure off your spine, with the most significant benefit being improved circulation. This technique was first developed by — you guessed it — NASA for its astronaut training program to alleviate some of the physical stress on the human body as it launches through Earth’s atmosphere.
There are two steps to achieving that weightless sensation when using a zero-gravity massage chair. First, the massage chair’s back reclines to level your back and thighs. Then the leg rest raises to elevate your legs above your heart.
THE BENEFITS OF A ZERO GRAVITY MASSAGE CHAIR
Once your zero gravity massage chair is fully reclined, your weight is evenly distributed throughout the massage chair. This relaxes your muscles and alleviates any stress you may be holding in your neck and back. As with any massage chair, there are many long-term benefits of a zero gravity massage chair:
LOWER BACK PAIN RELIEF
The zero gravity position can help with lower back pain by taking the pressure off the lower back.
RELAX SORE MUSCLES
The human body can be considered an intelligent machine. When the body reaches exertion beyond its capacity, the muscles in the body get sore and stiff. Having a zero gravity massage chair in your house can be a great way to get relief from sore muscles. This is especially true for those who play sports, work out in the gym, or do regular labor-intensive work.
IMPROVE BLOOD CIRCULATION
Most zero-gravity massage chairs feature several therapeutic techniques, including rolling, tapping, shiatsu, and kneading. Most of these techniques involve the movement of a specific chair area to induce relaxation, leading to improved blood circulation. Additionally, in a zero-gravity position, the blood reaches various body parts, and circulation is further improved throughout the body.
REDUCE ANXIETY, TENSION, AND STRESS
A zero-gravity massage chair can give the user a heightened massage experience and provide significant relief from daily stress. Such a massage experience offers physical comfort and benefits mental health.
One of the most unexpected benefits of zero gravity chairs is improving posture by decompressing the spine. Posture then improves through the correction of misalignments in your shoulders and necks.
GAIN BODY FLEXIBILITY
Another benefit of zero gravity massage chairs is that they improve the body’s flexibility by combating conditions such as a trigger point, which lowers its flexibility.
WHAT ABOUT FLORIDIAN BRAND MASSAGE CHAIRS?
Our premium Floridian Brand Massage Chairs offer an actual zero-gravity experience by shifting the seat positions, evenly distributing body weight, and reducing pressure throughout the body, producing a floating sensation.