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Massage is one of the oldest forms of therapeutic comfort and is an efficient way of easing physical (and mental) tension and stress. However, it can be an expensive pastime and many people can't afford the costs associated with visiting a professional masseuse. Luckily, there are a range of massage items available to purchase and those with an interest in massage can find everything they need. Massage chairs Massage chairs come in a variety of styles. The traditional style of massage chair is designed for the client to sit comfortably whilst their masseuse ebbs away at knots and soothes tired muscles. However, massage chairs are also found with inbuilt massage mechanisms, enabling an instant massage simply by pressing a button. Many massage chairs come complete with a soothing rocking motion, providing a relaxing massage experience without needing assistance from another person. Back Massagers Those needing to relax tense muscles can find help in the form of back massage tools. These can take the appearance of chair covers and are easily attached for use in any room of the home, with some emitting a gentle heat which is guaranteed to help the most tense individual. Portable, hand held massagers are also very popular and can be carried to any location - ideal for those who are hunched over desks in their working life. Massage Oils Traditional massage techniques incorporate massage oils and these are an invaluable way of both relaxing and ensuring the benefits of a massage are maximised. Massage oils come in a variety of aromas and can be used for specific purposes (like stress release or a romantic evening). The purpose of using massage oils is to soothe both the skin and the muscles and professional masseurs always use oils.