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5 Things To Consider Before Buying A Massage Chair

5 Things To Consider Before Buying A Massage Chair

Massage therapy is one of the oldest and most effective practices to relax both your body and your mind. Massages prevent and relieve back, shoulder, and neck pain, soothe anxiety and depression, help maintain proper posture, and improve circulation. Among other things, massage therapy is especially helpful for desk workers.

Although it might not seem like it, desk workers have a very physically taxing job. All the stress, pain, and imbalance accumulated through long hours of sitting in a chair can manifest as neck, shoulder, and back pain.

Regular exercises, frequent stretching during work, sitting in an ergonomic and comfortable chair with proper neck and foot rests, and maintaining a proper position are all necessary when it comes to avoiding such ailments. However, nothing relaxes and soothes all the stress and muscular pain in your body quite like massage therapy.

Given its benefits, it should come as no surprise that more people have started including regular massages in their fitness regimen. Although massages are usually performed by massage therapists, massage chairs are becoming immensely popular due to their convenience, mobility, and time efficiency.

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If you’re among those interested in enjoying the benefits of massage therapy and have wondered about the prospect of owning a massage chair, here are 5 things that you must consider before buying one:

1. Features

Massage chairs come with different features to choose from. Shiatsu massage chairs target pressure points all over the body with pressing, swaying, and rolling movements. Some offer Swedish massages that use light intensity kneading movements. Then there are zero-gravity chairs that recline to a zero-gravity position before providing the massage. Try out different chairs to find out which provides the best experience to you.

Massage chairs cater to different areas of your body. You’re probably not going to use all of the features of your massage chair so it is important to figure out which part(s) of your body requires special attention and buy a chair that caters to those areas. If you want a good foot massage, buy chairs that incorporate foot massagers. If you feel excessive pain in your neck and shoulder area, then go for massage chairs that focus on alleviating pain in your neck and shoulder.

2. Budget

Buying a massage chair is a hefty investment. The cost of a massage chair ranges from few hundreds of dollars to thousands of dollars depending on a lot of factors including, but not limited to, its features, appearance, the manufacturing company, and the type and quality of materials used in the chair.

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High-end massage chairs with several features, expanding air bags, aesthetically-pleasing appearance, top quality leather, USB ports, and music players can cost you well above $5,000.

But don’t let those prices scare you away from your investment. You can cut out features that you are least likely to use, sacrifice the luxury of in-built music players and USB ports, and compromise a little on the appearance to get a chair for a price that fits your budget more.

For example, if you only need to massage your back, you can buy a chair that does not have a foot recliner. Similarly, if you only need to massage your feet, buy a foot massager instead of an entire chair. The important thing is not to buy a chair outside of your means, but instead to buy a durable chair with the right functions that you can use frequently.

3. Location

Most massage chairs are huge, bulky furniture that you can’t just tuck anywhere. The living room is not generally where you keep the chairs because, despite the efforts of manufacturers to develop aesthetically pleasing chairs, they can disrupt the overall décor of your room.

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Because they are for personal use, placing massage chairs in your home, office, or bedroom makes the most sense. However, your bedroom/home office has to have enough room to house a massage chair.

In addition to its bulky shape and size, the chair might also include head and foot recliners so you can’t necessarily put them in a corner or near walls. Make sure that you measure your room properly and calculate how much space you’re going to need for a chair before getting one.

Some massage chairs come with wheels so they can easily be moved around. With these chairs, you can keep them at a place while not in use and move them to a spacious area when you want to have a massage.

4. Durability And Ease Of Repair

Massage chairs consist of several moving parts, computer components, and wiring, so it is possible that things can go wrong. Considering how much money you might have to spend on the chair, you will definitely want a durable chair.

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You are probably going to use your chair frequently so make sure that you get a resilient, heavy duty chair. Even if you may have to pay more for a durable chair, consider it as a quality investment. It is always better to buy a reliable and solid chair the first time than to regret buying a cheap and passable one that quickly needs to be replaced. This is especially true in the case of massage chairs.

Due to their size and weight, repairing a massage chair can be a formidable and expensive ordeal. As a result, you may end up paying more for the chair in the long run. Look for massage chairs with modular designs. This makes any repair work that might need to be done a lot easier. If a part of chair with a modular design is broken, then you can just remove that part and send it in for repair instead of paying to ship an entire chair.

5. Warranty And Customer Care

Before making a purchase, find out how long the warranty lasts and what it covers. At the very minimum, make sure they cover labor and parts. Also ensure that they offer a minimum of one month unconditional cash back guarantee. These warranties and cash back opportunities indicate that companies believe in the performance and durability of their products.

In addition, make sure that there is someone in the company that you can talk to regarding any problems that might arise. It always helps to have someone trustworthy to answer your queries if you have any questions or concerns about your chair. Companies manufacturing and selling quality products always have a chat service or a toll-free numbers for resolving customer concerns.

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Last Updated on September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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