Massages & Massage Chairs - Do either do anything for muscle tightness? Deals on massage or chair?
Brief background: I've long been overweight, if not obese. I "carry it well," but that just means that I'm broad/thick as well as a bit round. I'm presently getting in shape. I see a personal trainer twice a week. Some exercises I cannot complete due to insufficient range of motion. Multiple trainers have told me that this is due to muscle tightness.
I don't know what it feels like to not have tight muscles. I can't even be sure that my muscles are tight since I don't really understand what the alternative is. I have never received a professional massage, mostly due to insecurity and the sense that it's just quackery.
So tell it true wooters - Does massage relieve muscle tightness? Does that relief increase range of motion? Can I get the same thing from a fancy chair so that I don't have to do the awkward, hairy naked man, package-towel thing? Any deals on such a chair?