Guide to Massage Chairs

After spending a long day at work, we can all agree that getting a massage can be very relaxing. Everyone needs time to relax, especially with today’s busy and hectic lifestyles. However, after spending so much time at work, who has the time and energy necessary to go to a massage parlor? This is where a massage chair comes in handy. One great way to relax without going to a massage parlor is having your own massage chair. You can own a piece of furniture which will take away your knots and pains, instead of going to spas or other facilities for a relaxing massage. Massage chairs help in reducing stress and tension and promote improved health.

Massage chairs are capable of replicating multiple massage techniques, and you can also offer a very comfortable massage experience. A massage chair is capable of administering almost all types and style of massages or massage technique. You can enjoy the therapeutic healing benefits of ancient massage styles for virtually any muscle group, with just a push of a button.

What is a massage chair?

A massage chair is a chair that provides massage. A mechanical massage chair is more on simulating traditional massage techniques, while a robotic massage chair uses electronic motors and vibrations as their massaging method.

It was first introduced to the consumer market in the late 1980s and was intended to simulate the motions and techniques of an actual masseuse. Massage chairs aim to relieve tension, stress, and pain, as well as to provide relief.

Types of Massage Chairs

There are, surprisingly, a wide variety of massage chairs available. This section explains everything you need to know about the different types of massage chairs. Check them out:

Recliner

The recliner is the most common and traditional type of massage chair. It is basically a recliner fitted with massage functions and features.  It also usually comes as cheaper compared to other types of massage chairs, namely the zero gravity chair.

Zero Gravity

Zero gravity chairs are inspired by the weightlessness that astronauts experience as they travel in outer space. This type of massage chair works by taking off the gravity and pressure from your body as you recline on it, distributing your body weight evenly. This position is meant to reduce stress and tension, providing you relief from pain that you experience from your daily activities.

Full Body

As the name implies, this chair offers massage to your entire body, providing you with overall relief from tension, stress, and pain. A full body massage chair is the closest you can get to a regular massage performed by an actual professional masseuse.

Ottoman

Ottoman massage chairs look like just traditional chairs or stools. Many massage chairs come with an ottoman, and several models can be retractable. This is a great option if you want to experience a full professional massage but in the comfort of your own home.

Chair/Seat Pad

A chair pad or a seat pad is a great option if you do not have the budget to buy a massage chair, or if you lack space for a massage chair in your home. A chair pad or a seat pad is a chair cushion equipped with massage features such as nodes and/or vibration, as well as heating feature, which provide relief to your body from stress and pain. It can fit almost all types of chairs.

Features of Massage Chairs

The various features and functions of massage chairs may overwhelm you a little, so this section breaks these features down into different categories so that you are sure which of them is the right for you:

Shape

  • S Shape

Almost all massage chairs have an S shape track roller system. This is so called after the curvature of the human spine. So in massage chairs with an S shape track, the massage rollers move up and down your back, following the shape of your spine.

  • L Shape

The L shape massage track is a fairly new innovation that has been around for about a couple of years or so already. In the L shape track, the massage rollers also run up and down your back, but also into the back of your seat at the same time, as if making an “L” pattern.

Massage Types

  • Shiatsu

We all know that shiatsu is a Japanese bodywork and massage technique. It is one of the most popular offerings at massage parlors and spas. Many massage chairs have a shiatsu massage feature to simulate the hands of a shiatsu masseuse. There are some massage chairs that offer a directional mode option so that the nodes can switch to other directions to provide a more thorough massage.

  • Percussion

If your body feels too much pain and soreness from work or from doing any sporting activity, you may want to choose massage chairs with the “percussion” option. This type of massage aims to treat sore and tense muscle tissues by providing massage in quick, rapid movements which makes you feel as if there’s a thunder striking your back or to any other affected areas of your body. Percussion is not ideal for those people who are looking for a less intense massage.

  • Kneading

A kneading massage technique consists of making simultaneous circular movements on the affected part of your body (mostly the back), often along with rolling and pressing — just like you’re kneading dough — to release soreness and tension. Many massage chairs offer this type of massage technique. This massage technique is good especially for getting rid of knots from your body.

  • Compression

Compression massage chiefly applies static pressure to your muscle. This massage technique brings several benefits such as improved blood circulation and speedy recovery. Many massage chairs offer compression, and this feature usually consists of using airbags to create pressure and applying it on affected areas of the body. This is to provide relief from pain and tension.

  • Stretching

The benefits of stretching cannot be denied, as it helps in lubricating your joints and muscles as well as aligning them. Doing regular stretches helps in improving your body’s overall balance and posture. The same thing goes with stretching, this time in the massage realm. Many massage chairs also feature this technique.

  • Tapping

Tapping is probably one of the oldest existing massage methods. It stimulates circulation, relaxes the body and helps in relieving pain. If you like this technique then look for massage chairs that feature this option.

Programs and Settings

  • Intensity Settings
  • Speed Settings
  • Number of Auto Programs
  • Memory/Recall
  • Vibration
  • Heat
  • Auto Shut Down
  • Body Scan Technology
  • Manual Mode

Entertainment and Connectivity

  • Remote Control
  • Car Charger
  • USB Port
  • MP3 Player
  • Bluetooth Speakers

Logistics

  • Size
  • Weight
  • Swivel Base
  • Space Saving
  • Warranty

Coverage

  • Head Massager
  • Foot Massager
  • Neck Massager
  • Shoulder Massager

Benefits of Massage Chair

Massage chairs conditions the joints and muscles, such as:

  • Arthritis
  • Back Pain
  • Knots
  • Muscle Tension
  • Neck Pain
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Posture
  • Diabetes
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Sciatica
  • Hypertension
  • Increase Blood Flow
  • Reduce Anxiety
  • Relaxation
  • Stress Reduction

If you are planning on getting a massage chair for your home or office,

Here are some of the massage chairs available in the market today:

Relaxonchair MK-IV

This chair massager has a space-saving feature which means it only requires 3 inches of space from the wall. Plus, this chair is lightweight too so easy to maneuverer around if required. And in terms of the programs, it has 5 auto programs as well as a shoulder massager mode and an upper body stretch. Aside from that, it also comes with heat functions and a built-in foot and arm massager.

iRobotics Medical Massage Chair

This chair essentially detects your body shape and works the massage around you to be most effective, delivering intense back and neck massages, and can retain the information for 5 different people which could be hand if it’s something the whole family wants to use. Plus, this chair also offers some fun extras such as the option to play music through the chair.

Electric Full Body Shiatsu Massage Chair

This chair uses Shiatsu power rollers which are designed to wake up your body and help reduce stress within your muscles. If you want to improve your range of motion, then this chair also offers compression and percussion massage techniques. Plus, this chair contains more than 30 airbags to help reach where you’d like on your body and comes with a neck massage feature.

Ideal massage Full Featured Shiatsu Chair

The technology used in this chair is designed to give you the most human-like head to toe massage. It also combines zero gravity positioning to help with space saving in the home. This chair comes with 4 auto programs to choose from as well as other functions such as shiatsu, spinal rolling, kneading, and vibration.

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RELAXONCHAIR MK-IV Full Body Zero Gravity Shiatsu Massage Chair with Built in Heating and Air Massage System (Brown)

Luraco iRobotics 7 PLUS Medical Massage Chair (Black)

Electric Full Body Shiatsu Massage Chair

ideal massage Full Featured Shiatsu Chair with Built in Heat Zero Gravity Positioning Deep Tissue Massage - Black

Ogawa Active SuperTrac Massage Chair with Advanced Roller Technology, Black

Inada Sogno Dreamwave Massage Chair, Black

Human Touch WholeBody 5.1 Swivel-Base Full Body Relax and Massage Chair

Osaki OS4000TA Model OS-4000T Zero Gravity Massage Chair, Black

Ogawa Active SuperTrac Massage Chair

This chair uses air chambers to give you a head to toe compression massage and it combines with roller technology, in order to deliver an intense and satisfying treatment. In, this chair, you will also find tons of presets, manual modes so you can control things yourself, heat, vibrations, stretching modes, as well as a USB charger for your phone or tablet so you can stay in touch during your massage.

Inada SognoDreamwave Massage Chair

This chair covers more of your body than any other massage chair, cradling you and delivering relief through intense shiatsu massage. This chair has been designed to give a figure of 8 motions to closely mimic the hands of a massage therapist. So if you’re looking for a chair that the whole family can enjoy, this massage chair would be a perfect choice.

Human Touch WholeBody Massage Chair

This massage chair comes with 3 auto programs, as well as 3 manual massage techniques. Plus, you’ll find specially designed foot and calf massage technology which can help to rejuvenate your tired feet and legs but also help to improve circulation.

Osaki OS-4000T Massage Chair

In this massage chair, you have the option of 6 different massage styles, 5 speeds, and intensities as well as lower back heat therapy and lumbar and hip squeeze. If you just want to relax, sit back and enjoy, this massage chair also includes an automatic timer.