I mentioned this to a friend and he said what's happening is the massage chair increases blood flow in the muscles it massages, but also increases blood flow in nearby muscles, because blood flow can't increase in one area without the surrounding areas having an increase in blood flow also.
And, as always, the massage chair makes me feel good - relaxed and peaceful.
I have raised my chair off the floor a little bit and I can get in and out of it a bit easier. Simple and inexpensive to do (just added a small platform under the chair's base.
I found the massage on my chair too strong for extended use. Your chair may have an intensity adjustment, mine does not for the massage but does for the air bags. I added some 'insulation' under the seat pad to reduce the intensity so I can stay in the chair longer without discomfort.
Glad to hear it is working for you!
The thing that makes my massage chair less than easy to get into is the foot massage unit in front of it.
But, like I said, with the living room now cleared up, it's not that hard to get in and out of the chair safely.