Do you find your muscles stretched, and you’re body dying for a relaxing break after your 9 to 5 job? And even after having a full night rest your body can’t get rid of laziness because of the stiff positions you sit in everyday for hours.
Fortunately, gone are the days when you had to find a massage therapist to tackle your muscular and mental stress. Now you can have your own personal massage chair that can take care of your muscle problems just like any human therapist would, and in some cases even better.
Almost every high-end massage chair can give you any kind of massage including full body massage, zero gravity massage(a position in which your body is weightless), Shiatsu and more…
Have you decided to get the luxury of your favorite massage sitting in the comfort of your bedroom, but don’t want to waste your money on something stupid? Well, this is just where our comparison chart, reviews and suggestions are going to help you.
Use the Chart Below to Compare the Best Massage Chairs by their Features with details below
Best Massage Chairs Reviews 2017
|Brand/Model||Kahuna/ Lm6800||Relaxonchair/ MCK-II||Ideal Massage Chair||Best Massage/Full Body Massage Chair Recliner 06C|
|Massage Modes||Shaitsu, Rolling, Kneading, Tapping, Tapping/Kneading||Kneading, Tapping, Combo||Shiatsu, Spinal Rolling,Kneading and Vibration||Compression,Percussion/ Chop Action Tapping&Flapping|
|Zero-Gravity||Yes (2)||Yes (3)||Yes (3)||No|
|Heat Massage||Yes (lower back and calves)||Yes||Yes (Lumbar Area)||Yes (Lumbar + Foot)|
|Neck,Head,Shoulder Massage||Neck and Shoulder Massage||Neck and Shoulder Massage||Neck and Shoulder Massage||Neck& Shoulder Massage|
|Lower Back Massage||Yes (L-track robot)||Yes (L-track robot)||Yes (S-track robot)||Yes (S-track root)|
|Foot Rollers||Yes (Airbags + Dual Rollers)||Yes||No||No|
|Warranty||3 Year Warranty||3 Year Warranty||3 Year Warranty||1 Year Warranty|
|Price||Check the price||Check the price||Check the price||Check the price|
Best Massage Chairs Reviews 2017
|Brand/Model||Osaki/OS-4000 T||Titan/Ti 7700r||Brookstone/ ReAct Shiatsu||Infinity Iyashi|
|Massage Modes||Healthcare, Relax, Therapy, Smart, Circulation and Demo||Kneading, Tapping, Palm and Punching, Shiatsu, Combo||Kneading, Shiatsu||Kneading, Knocking, Tapping and Shiatsu|
|Zero-Gravity||Yes||No||No||Yes (2 positions)|
|Heat Massage||Yes (Lower back)||Yes||Yes||Yes (lower back)|
|Neck,Head,Shoulders Masasage||Neck and Shoulder Massage||Neck and Shoulder Massage||Neck and Shoulder Massage||Shoulder Massage|
|Lower Back Massage||Yes (S-track robot)||Yes (L-track robot)||Yes (L-track robot)||Complete roller massage for back, buttocks and thighs|
|Foot Rollers||No||Yes (Rollers + Airbags)||No||Yes|
|Music Player||No||No||No||Yes (Bluetooth Supported Sound System)|
|Warranty||3 Year Warranty||3 Year Warranty||1 Year Warranty||3 Year Warranty|
|Price||Check the price||Check the price||Check the price||Check the price|
These were the 8 best expert picked luxury massage chairs currently available in the market. Below is a short introduction to each of these with a much precise look at their features. If you’re not willing to spend thousands of dollars for a massage chair make sure to give Best Massage Recliners of 2017 a visit..
8 Best Massage Chairs 2017 List:
- Kahuna LM6800
- Relaxonchair MCK-II
- Ideal Massage Chair
- Bestmassage Ec-06c
- Osaki OS-4000T
- Titan Ti-7700r
- Infinity Iyashi
Kahuna Lm6800 Massage Chair
Kahuna was one of the first brands to launch an L-track massage chair below the $2000 mark. Before the launch of LM6800, L-track was a luxury only a few people willing to spend big bucks could enjoy. But luckily with this chair around, you won’t have to compromise on L-track anymore even if you don’t have much to spend. Although, the main attraction of this chair is L-track. It has a lot more to offer. If you’re not familiar with what L-track actually means. You can just scroll down at the bottom and read the massage chair glossary.
The chair supports 2 zero gravity positions which no chair in this range is currently offering. It is like getting a massage in space.
With the help of its heat massage capabilities. The chair can easily heal back ache problems caused by muscle strains. The heating modules in the lumbar region help expand the blood vessels in the lower spine, causing fresh and oxygenated blood to flow towards damaged muscles. The other heating module is placed at the calves. You can combine the heat therapy with airbags and foot rollers to get a more therapeutic and relaxing experience.
The Kahuna lm6800, before every massage scans your body to identify your specific body type and contour. This practice helps this chair deliver more personalized massage that is tailored to your needs.
There is a unique stretch program in this chair that Kahuna calls Yoga Stretch. The intense stretching techniques used by this chair can improve your posture, range of motion and restore energy levels. The chair is capable of performing a full-body stretch. Perfect for a tired body after everyday activities.
And if you don’t feel like getting a full-body massage. This chair still has you covered. Because it provides the convenience of using massage for specific parts of the body. You can configure it to massage only your back, legs or arms according to your mood.
According to the manufacturer specifications this chair is easily usable for tall people up to 6’2. Which is a big plus point, since many tall users complain about not being comfortable in massage chairs. And with that problem solved, pretty much everyone from your family or visitors won’t have any problems using this chair. The chair manages to do that with the help of its automatic extendable footrest. It basically scans your body legs and adjusts itself according to your height.
On top of everything, here is something that makes this chair really stand out: It’s price. No other brand has been able to match the kind of features this chair is offering in such a budget friendly amount. One of the reasons why it’s so popular on Amazon and why I’ve listed it on top of this list. On a conclusive note: It’s the best deal for the price.
1. Best price for the features
2. L-track roller system (roller massage from neck to buttocks)
3. 2 Zero gravity positions
4. Yoga Stretching program
5. Heat therapy for calves and lumbar area
6. 4 automatic massage programs
7. Shiatsu specialized therapy
8. Dual foot rollers
9. Quad-roller massage system
10) Computer body Scan
11) Extendable footrest (can easily fit 5.2″ to 6.2″ tall)
12) Space Saver chair (can be placed less than 4″ from the wall)
13) 5 programs to target specific body parts
2016 New Full Massage Chair Zero Gravity and Shiatsu Chair (Relaxonchair RC-MKII)
Relaxonchair is among the many new brands who have stepped in to the massage chair industry. And a product like this has really helped it stand out in the market. The RC-MKII competes head to head with the Kahuna LM6800 as both of these chairs offer almost the same features at identical prices.
There are some features in which this chair beats the Kahuna Lm6800. While in other aspects the LM6800 can be considered a better massage chair. I’ll explain both to you and leave you with the decision.
First of all, this chair is also an L-track massage chair. Which promises the longest possible massage strokes (from neck to buttocks). Which is great for you, if your job requires to you to be sitting still for hours. The chair also supports computerized body scan that scans the contour of your body to give a more personalized human-like massage. The chair is designed to give a deep tissue massage that slowly kneads out tight muscles and knots. While providing immense relaxation by focusing on the neck muscles.
The chair lets you fully customize your massage sessions. It can change the massage speed and intensity according to your convenience – it has 3 massage speed and intensity controls. The chair also has 3 automatic pre-configured programs and 3 manual programs including: tapping, kneading and combo.
A full body stretch is also supported by the chair referred to as the Spinal Decompression. The chair holds you in your position with the help of many air cells. And then by using several calculated motions, it stretches your leg and back muscles.
The RC-MKII comes fully equipped with a complete foot and calf massager. Which is also expandable. It includes airbags that are there to give a compression massage combined with foot rollers under soles which helps trigger relaxation all over the body.
The biggest luxury you get with this chair is its 3 zero gravity positions. Yes, you read it right. This chair supports 3 zero gravity positions. More than any chair is currently providing. So yes this chair no doubt is amazing. But here is something you should consider before making a decision.
The chair also supports a pretty good warranty policy. The warranty duration is 3 years. In which it protects the parts and labor for the first year. Labor and structural framework for the second year. And only the structural framework for the last year. Which means if anything goes wrong with the chair within the warranty period, you’d be able to replace the damage without spending anything.
And also at the time of writing this review, this chair is priced around a 100 bucks less than the Kahuna lm6800. Which makes it a better deal in-terms of price.
But here are some down sides of the chair if you compare it with the Kahuna LM6800. While this chair supports heat therapy. It’s only available for the lumbar region. Unlike the Kahuna LM6800, that supports heating modules for both lower back and calves.
And lastly, the chair is not a space saver. Which can be a bummer if you’re short on space. To be precise, this chair can take around 2 feet of space from the wall when it reclines into its 3rd zero gravity position.
So here is a quick comparison summary between the Kahuna and the Relaxon RC-MKII: The kahuna lm6800 has 2 zero gravity positions while the RC-MKII has 3. The RC-MKII does not have heating modules for calves and is not a space saver, while the lm6800 has all of these features. And to make up for the features, the Kahuna lm6800 is slightly more expensive than the RC-MKII.
1 ) 3 zero gravity positions
2 ) L-track massage robot
3) Computerized body scan
4 ) Full body stretching
5 ) Foot Rollers
6) Heat therapy
7 ) 4 Automatic Programs
1 ) Isn’t a space saver chair
Best Valued Ideal Massage Chair
This chair from Ideal massage is one of the best options for a low-end massage chair – if you’re looking for more check cheap massage chairs. It was in fact a top seller in professional massage chairs for a good portion of 2015.
Before I dive in to the features. Please keep in mind that this chair only provides the basic features of a massage chair as a whole (since it’s cheap). So don’t compare it with chairs which cost you multiple thousands dollars. Right now this chair is available for less than $1500. In case you have more money to spend and want something more feature-studded, you can skip to the other chairs in the list.
The first thing that I feel worth sharing is that even though it is one of the most low-priced chairs in the list. It still offers 3 zero gravity positions. It is the main attraction of this chair, and the reason why this chair has made it in our top 8 picks.
Ideal massage chair comes with an S-track massage roller system. S-track is a comparatively older massage roller technology than L-track. These rollers can massage your body up from the neck to the very end of your tailbone. The roller system is designed to work in collaboration with a body scan that gives the massage rollers an idea about your physical appearance so that the massage can be made more personalize to your needs.
Since this chair has an S-track massage robot. Hips and buttocks massage is provided by airbags and vibration massage.
You get a complete foot massage unit with this chair; it includes both the calves and foot massager. It supports 8 airbags, but unfortunately you don’t get foot rollers under soles. To cut the costs, the manufacturer has used something called Kneading balls instead of foot rollers. The chair has 6 of them, 3 for each foot. Yes, these kneading balls aren’t that good as foot rollers because they can’t spin and thus can’t get your feet a reflexology treatment. But these static balls push your feet towards airbags making the experience a little more intense and enjoyably.
The chair does not supports any full body stretching techniques or program. So you might want to pass on this chair if you want something to twist and stretch you out.
Other features of this chair include heat therapy for lower back. An extendable footrest to fit tall people. A total of 14 types of massage combinations. 4 auto programs including Shiatsu, kneading, spinal-rolling and vibration. You can customize the massage duration from 5 to 30 minutes, which ever suits your mood. And with the manual massage option you can take full control of the back rollers and drag them to any part of your back while adjusting the massage types, speed and intensity.
The warranty of this chair is somewhat weak. Because the company is not offering to cover the labor costs in case of any damage. The two things this warranty package covers is the steel body/frame and all electronic parts.
Overall, Ideal massage chair is a pretty suitable product for anyone who wants to spend less than $1500 on a massage chair. Other options below this range include: Bestmassage ec 06c and Brookstone’s ReAct Shiatsu. All of these chairs differ in features and price, so make sure to read about them below to make the right purchase.
1 ) S-track massage robot (reach from neck to tailbone)
2 ) Computer Body Scan
3 ) Heat therapy
4 ) Shiatsu massage chair
5 ) Foot and calf massager
6 ) Extendable footrest
7 ) 3 Adjustable massage speeds
8 ) rollers for improved mobility
9 ) Adjustable massage duration
10 ) Shoulder, arm and hand massage
11) Zero gravity positions
1 ) Not a space saver chair
Best Massage Recliner 06C Massage Chair
Best Massage Recliner 06C is one of the most inexpensive massage chairs you’ll find in 2017 with a fair amount of high- end features.
This awesome massage chair is literally available on Amazon for less than a $1000 dollars.
The first thing you should know about this chair is that it’s a recliner not a zero gravity massage chair which is the reason why it is available with a price tag that low.
But still as a massage chair you get many high-end features like heat massage (lumbar + foot), adjustable massage intensity with airbags, air pressure massage and more. The chair is programmed to massage “tsubo points” – a term in chinese medicine. Tsubo points are found all around our bodies near the meridian lines, 360 to be exact. These tsubo points, when stimulated with massage, needles, or heat triggers are proven to release endorphins – a chemical that alleviates pain and puts you in a relax state.
The bm ec-06c has one of the most unique heat modules placements than any chair I’ve seen. It has two heating modules in the lumbar area, just like any other massage chair. But the other two heating modules are placed in the footrest, under your soles. Which in my opinion is better than having them at the calves. But at the end, it’s totally a matter of your own likeness. Another good thing about the footrest is that it is also extendable, which makes this chair easily usable for people from 5″0 to 6″2.
The chair offers 3 pre-programmed modes: Fatigue recovery, Pain relieving, Refresh and airbag massage with vibration for buttocks.
The chair is quite popular as it has been reviewed 100+ times on Amazon and has retained an amazing rating overall. Though, a few negative ratings might ring a bell for you.
As it is mentioned on the product page BestMassage only supports All parts 1 year warranty which does not include labor. So if the chair comes in with any faults (which happened with a few) you’ll have to send this chair back to them to get it repaired. There are no on-site repairs. Which is surely a downside to this chair. The company claims that the shipping costs would be taken care of by them, within the warranty period.
Even the most popular and famous brand models can have defects since day one, but most of them have labor supported in the warranty package which fills up the quality gap. If you want to buy this chair make sure to ship it back in the first 30 days if it comes with any defects. Though, 90% of the customers have reported that the chair is working fine and they love what they’ve spent on.
1 ) Shiatsu Massage
2) Heating modules at lumbar and under soles
3) Extendable footrest
4) Cheapest massage chair on the list
5) Tsubo point detection and massage
Warranty package doesn’t includes labor
Gets noisy with airbag massage
The OS-4000T is the successful successor of Os-4000 which was one of the best high-end chairs in the market, but it lacked some features that the customers had a hard time getting over. Luckily, Osaki listened to their customers and launched its descendant which has the missing features.
With all the missing features this time added in the chair. The Osaki OS-4000T is still one of the best middle-ranged massage chair in 2017 that you can get your hands on.
The new thing integrated in this version are the foot rollers. Previously, the foot-rest of Osaki OS-4000 only used airbags for massage. Foot rollers are considered better than airbags when it comes to foot massage. Because they can target the accupoints of the foot area pretty effectively (also known as reflexology) which results in instant relief. On the other hand, airbags are not capable of mimicking human like motion for reflexology.
Another major feature that was missing in the predecessor was zero gravity. Which pretty much made it a bad deal for the price. Because nowadays, pretty much every chair above $1000 has it, since it is such a widely demanded feature that not many people are ready to compromise on. But now, with the addition of zero gravity this chair is a good option for anyone who is looking for a complete massage chair.
The Osaki OS-4000t has an S-track massage robot to take care of your back problem. These robotic Quad massage rollers can intelligently mimic the kneading, tapping, rolling, Shiatsu and Swedish massage movements of a human masseuse. The massage range of these robotic massage rollers start from the top of your neck to the very end of your tailbone. The best thing about these robotic quad rollers is that you can manually control their position. Guiding them to whichever part you feel like having a massage on.
The auto leg-scan technology adjusts the foot massager according to your height making it a perfect fit. The chair has two lower back heating pads for heat therapy.
It has 6 auto programs: Healthcare, Relax, Therapy, Smart, Circulation and Demo. Vibration seat massage. Shoulder, lumbar and hip squeeze. Neck (Isolated Pillow Massage), shoulder, arm and hand massage with airbags, as well as a foot and calf massager.
Both the massage intensity and speed are customizeable in this chair. You get 5 levels for speed and intensity that can change the massage from the slowest to the fastest and from the lightest to the most intense one.
The S-Track intelligent massage robot chooses the best massage for your body even when you’re not sure which part of your body needs it the most. It coordinates with the body scan technology to identify the body parts in need of most work. So in a way, to get the best massage on this chair you only need to sit back and relax in a zero-gravity position letting the chair do all the work. Please read our full review of Osaki-OS400 T for more details.
1. Low priced as compared to competitors having same features
2. Leg extension (Fits your body)
3. Body scan adjust airbags and roller to your body needs
4. S-track intelligent robot
5. Foot rollers
6. Heat Massage
Titan Ti 7700r Massage Chair
The titan ti 7700r is the most budget-friendly chair in Titan’s inventory. Keeping in mind the price, it offers an overall good set of features that can satisfy the needs of an average buyer.
If you don’t already know, this model is an improved version of the ti 7700. Titan has released 2 new models with different addition of features and prices. The low-end model is available for less than $2000 and the other one for less than $2500. The major update in both models is the addition of L-track massage rollers that can massage your body up from the neck down to the upper glutes. Other than the rollers, both the chairs provide the option to massage buttocks and thighs with vibration massage.
The high-end model has been equipped with foot rollers to further enhance the massaging experience on this chair. But the low-end version of this chair still remains short of this feature.
And the last update made in the high-end model is the addition of zero gravity. But zero-gravity is not available in the low-end model. I don’t know if they did this to keep the price down or what, but that’s the way it is. So if you get lured by the attractive price and overall features, you might want to switch between the models depending on what features you want the most.
The Titan ti 7700r also features lumbar heating modules. These heating modules are a must-have feature if you’re someone that suffers from back pain. It is just like having heat therapy with a hot bottle that expands your blood vessels and helps better circulate blood throughout effected parts of your body.
The foot-massager of this chair uses airbags and foot rollers, but misses 1 main feature that you might not want to compromise in your massage chair. The foot-massager does not have any kind of heating modules as many chairs in the same price range provide. Also, this chair is not a space-saver. Space-saver chairs can take only a few inches from the wall while other chairs need around 2 feet of empty space when fully-reclined.
The chair is available in 3 different colors: Black, brown and cream. Which increases the likelihood of you finding the one that best suits your home and furniture.
Other features of this chair include: arm and shoulder massage, dual lumbar heating modules, computer body scan and a 3 year warranty package that includes all parts, labor and structure for the first year, parts and structure for the second year and only structural framework for the last year.
1 ) L-track massage chair
2 ) Computer body scan
3 ) Foot massage with rollers and airbags
4 ) Dual lumbar heating modules
5 ) Shoulder and arm massager
6 ) 5 Automatic massage programs
1 ) Doesn’t supports zero gravity
2 ) Not a space saver chair
ReAct Shiatsu Massage Chair
ReAct massage chair is an awesome creation of Brookstone. Needless to say, it is the most sexiest massage chair you’ll find on this planet. But other than the aesthetics, it has got some great massage capabilities as well.
This chair is different than any conventional massage chair. How? Well, think of it this way: it looks more like normal recliner, and almost costs the same too (just above $500). And believe it or not. This right here has solved a huge problem. Because many people complain about the odd looks of massage chairs, and how they feel it might not look great in their rooms. But the ReAct Shiatsu is something that even people not interested in getting a massage would love to get for its amazing looks.
Talking about the massage capabilities: this chair supports L-track roller system. Which in plain English means a complete roller massage from neck to thighs. The massage techniques include deep-kneading Shiatsu massage that can help in muscle recovery and everyday muscles aches and tightness.
There are two automatic programs: back and full body. Which are pretty much self-explanatory. The spot massage in this chair helps you target specific areas of your body that you feel are most in need of a massage.
Other than that, the chair also offers heat therapy for the lumbar region. It can be toggled on according to your mood from the side of the chair where other controls are available.
There are no electronic controls by which you can adjust the massage intensity or speed of the massage. But just in case, if you feel the massage rollers to be too hard on your neck. You can use the removable neck cushion to reduce the intensity. Removing the cushion is as easy as unzipping it from the chair. But still, since the cushion only covers the neck area. You would not be able to control massage roller intensity for the rest of your back.
Brookstone covers this chair under a 1 year warranty. Which is 2 years less than an average company. But since, Brookstone is one of the most well-known brands in the massage chair industry. I guess the weak warranty package won’t be a problem for many. And also, if anything goes wrong while getting this chair delivered. You can ship it back to Brookstone within the first 30 days according to their return policy. You can read about about it over here.
But with all these amazing features and jaw-dropping price, who is this chair not for? The ones who want a full body massage chair. Since, this chair was designed to look more like a normal recliner. It had to give up the odd looking arm and foot massager. So if you expect a complete therapeutic experience from your massage chair, this chair might not be the right fit for you. Know what features you want the most in your massage chair and make your decision wisely.
1 ) Exceptional aesthetics
2 ) L-track roller system
3 ) 2 Automatic massage programs: Full body and Back
4 ) Spot massage to target specific areas
5 ) Removable neck cusion
6 ) Heat therapy
7 ) Roller casters for improved mobility
8) The cheapest chair in this list
1 ) No foot and arm massager
2 ) isn’t a zero gravity chair
Infinity Iyashi Massage Chair
Infinity Iyashi is considered unique because of its L-track rollers. You might be familiar with the word S-track, but I guess this one is new. Basically S-track tells about the motion of the rollers (how they move while performing massage) which in case of S-track is a motion making an S from your neck to your lower back.
While L-track rollers do make an S with your back, but they go ahead of the tailbone to your buttocks and thighs which makes it L-track. So if you’re going to buy a massage chair chances are that you won’t regret having one with L-track.
Infinity has also added some new features in this chair that haven’t yet been updated on Amazon, but can be seen on the manufacturers website. And even after all of these years, Infinity Iyashi is still one of the most features-packed massage chairs on the market. But all of this comes at a really expensive price. This chair would cost you more than $5,000. To be honest, it’s not so much about the features that people like to buy this chair. But it’s more of a status thing. Consider it the iPhone of massage chairs.
Coming back to the features, the ultimate massage chair capabilities of this chair include 2 zero gravity positions. A deep pressure massage along the spine which targets the bundle of nerves which normally catch stress and result in fatigue. The continuous strokes of the rollers along the spine from your neck to the lumbar area knead out all the tension from the nerves. And a spinal correction mode which reverts the spoiled posture of your spine to its original “S” shaped curve.
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This is achieved with the help of its shoulder airbags. These aren’t only there to massage your shoulders. But Infinity Iyashi uses these airbags to pin your shoulders at their position. Then the L-track massage robot massages your back in a way that helps your back get straight. So don’t be surprised if you stand a inch or two taller after a massage session on this chair.
The stretch program in this chair is quite different from others. The chair uses its extendable foot rest to give a full body stretch. While in a reclined position, the shoulder and calf airbags lock your body and then the foot rest extends to give you an intense stretch.
For the price, the chair also comes with 2 built in bluetooth speakers. Which you can use to stream music directly from your phone. But the use of these speakers isn’t just for listening music. After all, you can also do that with your phone, right? But wait! There’s more to it. Actually, when you sync music with these speakers you can actually use a really cool feature of this chair, which lets sync the massage strokes with the beat of the music. Cool, isn’t it?
Also, if you feel like using the remote to control the chair is not really convenient for you while getting a massage. You can download the smartphone app from Infinity for Andriod and ios to control the chair right from your smartphone.
Unlike other chairs this massage chair can be placed an inch away from the wall, because its got a sliding base which slides forward when ever it needs to go in any reclining or zero gravity position. Which will save you a lot of space in the room. You can read our review of Infinity Iyashi for more details.
1. 2 zero gravity positions
2. Spinal Correction (New)
3. Sliding Base to save space
4. L track massage chair
5. Bluetooth Technology (Built in speakers)
6. Can be controlled by your smartphone through an app
7. Deep pressure massage along spine
8. Corrects overall posture
9. Music Synced Massage
1. No Head massage
The above mentioned chairs are literally the best you can find in 2016. I’ve laid out my honest opinions and insights for every chair. To further help you in your decision. Let me tell you what I would have spent on, if I were in your boots.
The Kahuna Lm6800 is clearly a winner for me. Simply because it’s budget friendly, and offers every single thing you can dream in your dream massage chair (Click here to buy it).
Though, if you’re short on budget and want something below the $1000 mark. I’d recommend you two chairs: React by Brookstone and Bestmassage ec o6c. Compare both chairs feature-wise above and make a decision.
Massage Chair Glossary
If you’re like many people. It’s the first time you’ve gone shopping for a massage chair. And often, you might have found yourself confused about those weird-sounding terms massage chair companies use to define their products. If you find this situation relatable. Then worry no more! Because you can find the commonly used massage chair terms below with their definitions. So that the next time you go shopping for a massage chair, you feel like a pro.
1 ) L- Track Roller System
The L-track massage rollers refer to the new technology in robotic massage rollers. These rollers provide the longest reach in a massage chair. The feature was first introduced in the Infinity Iyashi – it has a 46″ long massage stroke. Normally, L-track extend the reach of massage rollers from your neck to your buttocks. But don’t be fooled. Because all massage chairs differ in reach. Many companies advertising their chairs to be L-track only provide massage stroke to the upper glutes. The best practice is to ask about the roller reach in inches from the seller.
2) S-Track Roller System
S-track is a relatively older robotic massage roller technology. The reach of a typical S-track massage roller ends at the tailbone.
3) Foot Rollers
Foot rollers are similar to the S-track and L-track rollers, but as the name implies they’re placed in the foot massager under your soles. It has been observed that foot rollers are a much better way of massaging feet. They leave the user more relaxed and rejuvenated, and are more capable of stimulating the tsubo points in the feet when compared with airbags. They push into your feet and spin back and forth to give you a complete therapeutic experience.
4) Zero Gravity
Zero gravity is the most popular feature in massage chairs. And I don’t think anyone would not know what it is. But for complete starters, zero gravity is just a position that is achieved when your legs are above your heart. The position is also referred to as weightlessness – since there is literally zero strain on your body. Zero gravity positions can are really good for better blood circulation and trigger relaxation. Massage in a zero gravity position can be 3 times more therapeutic than in a normal environment.
5) Body Scan
Massage chairs have body scans to adjust the massage roller and airbags according to the body type of the user. As many people with the same height can have different mass and width. The inclusion of body scan ensure that a massage chair would massage the right spots, no matter how different the size and stature of users are.
Airbags are the most standard massage technology. They are found in every massage chair. These empty airbags are inflated and deflated against the body to give a massage-like experience.
7) Space Saver Chairs
If you have already seen a zero gravity chair in real life. You would have noticed that it takes a lot space from the wall to make a complete recline. Therefore, you need to place the chair at quite a distance which doesn’t always complements the overall beauty of the room. But with space saving chairs, you don’t have to worry about that. Because while a non space saving chair takes more than 2 feet from the wall, space saving chairs can fully recline with only a couple of space.
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1. Kills mental stress or anxiety: Stress is one of the most common problems that a person faces in his or her life. Studies have proven that stress if not treated properly can give birth to many physical and psychological disorders including: Insomnia (sleep disturbance), increased heart rate, general restlessness, nervousness, high blood pressure and even fatigue. Having a massage chair in your home is one of the best ways to tackle every day stress. High-end massage chairs use heat therapy and focus on the neck, head and shoulders areas to help relieve stress.
2. Relaxes your muscles: Do you have a desk job where you have sit for hours? Do you have to drive a lot or you simply use your PC for hours? These everyday activities can lead to sore and stiff muscles. A 10 minute massage everyday can loosen and relax your muscles eliminating all the pain in them. Massage Chairs use air bags and rollers that can target specific muscles. You even get the freedom of choosing how intense the massage will be and different massage modes like kneading, percussion and compression depending on the body part.
3. Improves blood circulation: Increased blood circulation throughout your body will give your skin a warmth feeling and a good color. It also helps make your brain sharp and focused. Increased blood circulation speeds up cell growth and recovery from wounds and illness. Diabetic patients face the problem of low blood pressure which can be treated with soothing massage mode (Swedish massage) that is really effective to increase blood circulation.
4. Helps you sleep like a baby: Insomnia is a disorder that is triggered by stress and anxiety. These are the chain of disorders that trigger one and other. A 10 minute intense relaxation massage before sleep forces your mind to quit everyday worries and stress, ultimately making you fall asleep. A massage chair can be the perfect sleep chair you’re looking for.
5. It improves your immunity: You might be surprised to know that regular massage has benefits other than the
doze of immediate relaxation your body gets. In a study by Gail Ironson, HIV positive men were treated with a 45 minutes massage 5 days a week, for a month. The results showed an increase in growth of cells that are considered human body’s first line of defense. The study proves that regular massage can improve overall human cap
acity to fight infection and bacteria.
6. It cures migraine headaches: Migraine headache is a painful headache that affects one side of the head and accompanies the attack with disturbed vision, nausea and vomiting. Regular relaxing massage therapy relaxes trigger points and muscle spams which decreases the chance of migraine attacks. When facing a migraine headache a focused massage on the head, shoulders and neck can effectively alleviate the pain and delirium.
7. It is best for back pain patient: Back pain is the most common problem almost every person faces in life. An average of 3 million cases of back pain are registered alone in the United States. Studies have proven that massage is an effective treatment with benefits lasting for at least 6 months. Swedish and deep tissue massage are specifically recommended to deal with back pain.
8. Improves your posture: The no 1 culprit of neck and back pain is poor posture. But it is near impossible to avoid the daily activities that spoil it. Thus, it becomes a habit. Massage can help your body get back on track. Massage therapy loosens your sore muscles helping them to get back to their natural and pain-free posture.
9. Helps breathing easily: If your body takes labored shallow and short breaths instead of breathing naturally chances are that your abdomen and rib cage muscles are stretched which always keeps you away from feeling relaxed. According to a study by Anna Williams: When the front and back respiratory muscles of our upper body are tightened they result as constricted breathing. Massage therapy can be used to relax and loosen these respiratory muscles as well as to correct the posture which leads to opening of the chest that restores normal breathing habits.
10. Improves muscle flexibility: Loss of flexibility is also one of the worse disadvantages of stretched muscles. As already mentioned above, massage is a great way to get your muscles relaxed which gives you more flexibility and range of motion.
Are Massage Chairs Safe During Pregnancy?
There are more than 80% pregnant women around the world who feel fatigued and find themselves under frequent attacks of neck, shoulder, and back pain.