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Life is busy and stressful—that’s a fact. Every day, work- and family-related challenges leave little time for us to sit and relax and engage in some much-needed self-care. Self-care is essential to keep our bodies and minds in peak condition, to be the best version of us we can be.

Having a massage chair is a great way to squeeze in a little me-time when you have a minute. Owning your own massage chair means you can experience a relaxing massage whenever you feel like it without having to book an appointment or visit a spa. A home massage chair is great for reducing stress, soothing aches and pains, and making you feel good all over. After a long day at work or when you’ve put the kids to bed are perfect times to get a quick 30-minute massage in. But before you start searching for the ideal massage chair by yourself, take a look at our Best Massage Chairs of 2020 guide. We highlight the pros and cons of the chairs and break down what it takes to qualify for a place in our list of the best massage chairs of 2020.

Top 10-Rated Massage Chairs Reviews


1. Zero Gravity Full-Body Kahuna Massage Chair Recliner LM6800 with Yoga & Heating Therapy

For an overwhelmingly luxurious massage experience, the Kahuna Massage Chair LM6800 Recliner with Heating Therapy is an excellent choice. Some of the features that make it the chair of choice for many massage lovers:

Space-saving technology means the chair functions perfectly even in a relatively small room.

The frame and structure offer supreme comfort during your massage session.
The chair’s L-Track massage system includes a roller track that allows a complete neck to back massage with a focus on the lower extremities. This complete body support significantly enhances the effect of the massage therapy.
Fully adjustable two-stages zero-gravity massage places the body in a weightless position that avoids any unnecessary strain on the back during the session.
The chair also comes with body scan technology that automatically detects the size of your body and adjusts the massage settings accordingly.
An air massage system with airbags programmed to inflate and deflate for deep intense massage therapy.
Automatic yoga stretching programs.
And finally, dual foot rollers to massage and relax your legs and feet.
This chair has some great features that you normally only find with the more expensive models. If you’re short of space and looking for a completely luxurious chair, this is the one for you. It has everything you need at a reasonable price. Once installed in your home, it will provide relaxing massage and yoga stretching automatically tailored to the needs of your entire family.


  • Elegant design and utility

  • Auto Programs

  • Contains 4-roller massage system

  • Space-saving technology

  • Boosts relaxation of neck and back


  • Arms, calves, are nonexistent

  • Noisy

2. Osaki OS4000TA Model OS-4000T Zero Gravity Massage Chair

Many users were worried that the lack of airbags in a massage chair would deny them some of their favorite features, namely arm and calf massage, heat therapy, and bonus features like leg extension, foot roller, etc. However, the Osaki OS4000TA Model OS-4000T has done a splendid job putting forward all the perks you can imagine in a chair with less working valves: arm, calf, and foot massage, lower back heat therapy, and zero gravity. While not completely devoid of airbags, there are fewer of them to strengthen the volume and surface area of the massage. A smart body scanner detects all the parts required to follow your selected massage program, and the vibrating seat massage adds to your comfort.

Top Features

Auto Timer 5-30 Options While you’ll appreciate the chair’s 6 different massage styles, the auto timer functionality further enhances its workability!

Easy-to-use remote control – The OS-4000 is equipped with a big screen that displays the current function. You can also use it to control the type of massage along with speed and intensity. And, with the remote in hand, you can choose which limbs you’d like the airbags to massage.

Auto Recline and Leg Extension – Taller folks, or anyone who needs to extend their legs for comfort, will find this a handy feature. At the same time, you can experience greater comfort and luxury by reclining the backrest and triggering the zero gravity position with the remote control.

Warranty – The Osaki OS-4000T has a 3-year manufacturer’s warranty (1-year in-home service, 2 years on parts, and 3 years on structure/framework). You can also purchase a 1- or 2-year extended warranty.


  • Zero gravity position for optimal comfort level

  • Next-generation air massage technology increases the size of the area to be massaged

  • Auto leg scan enables the airbags to concentrate on specific areas


  • Taller users may get massaged in the wrong places

Warranty: 3-Year Manufacturer’s Warranty

Massage Programs: 6 Unique Auto-programs

Massage Styles: 6

3. Electric Full Body Shiatsu Massage Chair Recliner Stretched Foot Rest 06

The Electric Full Body Shiatsu is one of the best high-end massage chairs. Impressively designed, its embedded features markedly enhance the massage therapy experience. Here are a few of them:

  • Updated design with added comfort.
  • Airbag compression massage with more than 30 airbags located at various strategic points around the massage chair.
  • A heat intelligent roller system that identifies the structure and shape or your body to give customized massage therapy.
  • Massage programs designed for specific parts of the body such as the neck and head, relieving stress and pain by focusing on so-called tsubo (or acupuncture) points
  • An extended range that covers your entire lower and upper back area with rollers for a complete back massage.
  • Control panel that lets you set the level of intensity of your massage between weak and strong.
  • Automatic reclining backrest option with foot ottoman.
  • High-intensity vibration massage that works over your lower extremities.
  • A rolling motion moves up and down and simulates the finger and hand pressure of therapeutic massage therapy.
  • Varied styles and therapies to work over various chronic pains as well as stiff and knotted muscles.

If you’re after a good relaxing chair within a specific budget, the Shiatsu Massage Chair is a bestselling, cost-effective option that’s ideal for the home environment. For people plagued with chronic pains in specific areas such as the neck, back, and other parts, this equipment can focus its therapeutic powers on those particular points.


It took an extra update to bring this working massage chair by Kahunat to the mainstream. In fact, no other model has been so meticulously built to fit a body with a height of up to 6 foot 5 and a maximum weight 0f 320 pounds. The chair is furnished with 5 auto and 4 special massage programs, all of which—from the  Yoga Stretching to the Athlete programs—you can experience in the “zero gravity” position. Some users, who’d expected to experience real weightlessness, complained the zero gravity position hardly raised their head and legs above their stomachs. This, however, is something of a side issue when the main attraction is the 21-inch wide seating, the 24-inch wide shoulder area, and the 12-inch leg extension. And Kahuna doesn’t stop at adjustments just to accommodate the big guys. They’ve also been hard at work attempting to provide the machine’s automatic massage techniques—kneading, tapping, knocking, tapping & knocking, and shiatsu massage—with a human touch. You can choose to direct them to a specified point,  or set to partial- or full-body massage. The downside? In a world where relatively inexpensive devices offer wireless remote control, we expected a bit more oomph from this hefty and pricy chair. On top of that, the excessive pressure it applies, as we mentioned, is really meant for taller, stronger people. So, if you’re on the shorter, weaker side you can lessen the pressure either by inserting a towel between you and the airbags or by choosing a different chair.

Top Features

Space-saving technology – The improved forward sliding mechanism enables the chair to fit into areas where space is at a premium. The device can function freely just 3 inches from the wall.

3 different squeeze styles on foot area – Seniors and people suffering from aches and pains in the soles of their feet due to constant walking will benefit greatly from the chair’s scraping, kneading or rolling techniques.

Zero gravity position– To enhance the impact of the massage to your torso, nothing beats the zero gravity position. As your legs rise above the level of your heart, your body experiences a pleasant state of stress-free relaxation.

Acupoint detection system –  Once the system has detected your acupoints, you select whichever massage program you prefer, and the rollers connect with your detected bumps to increase blood circulation and release a feeling of freshness and rejuvenation.

Rollers Starting from the skull, the rollers run down the spine all the way to the buttocks for a complete body massage without the slightest hint of discomfort.


  • All the auto programs designed with their intended job in mind

  • Manual choice of pressure points

  • Adjustable roller height

  • Hassle-free assemble


  • No thigh massage

  • Poorly configured remote control

  • Doesn’t provide true gravity

Warranty: 2-Year Parts and Labor

Massage Programs: 5 Auto, 4 Special

Massage Styles: 5

5. Real Relax Massage Chair Recliner – Full Body Shiatsu, Zero Gravity, Armrest linkage system with Heater (Black)


The Real Relax Massage Chair is another indisputably cozy chair that’s popular with people whose tired bodies regularly yearn for a soothing massage. Two wheels attached to the chair make it easy to move around the home. It’s great for napping in too. But its real forte is massaging your body from head to foot. It can handle individuals up to around 440.9 pounds. And you’ll need to be no taller than 6.1 ft. to enjoy the full measure of its features. Taller guys looking to relaxing in the chair can expand the footrests to accommodate their height. A touch of technology, such as the modern HD VFD display screen and the easy-to-operate remote puts you in complete control.

Top Features

Waist Heater – The chair has a built-in waist heater that stimulates blood circulation while improving the metabolism.

Extendable footrests – Taller users feeling confined in the foot area can become comfier by extending the adjustable footrest.

User-oriented manual – Unlike other chairs out there, this one comes with a detailed manual that makes setting up a breeze. Included video instruction is just another add-on.

Easy & smart control – From appointing the target spot to calculating the speed, duration, and strength of massage, controlling the manual program is a snap with the accompanying remote control.


  • Vacuum fluorescent display (VFD) for a clearer view

  • The foot rollers work perfectly

  • Cleaning the synthetic leather is a piece of cake

  • Hassle-free assemble


  • You’ll have to be prepared for a relatively strong massage

  • The customer service has room for improvement

Warranty: 3 Years

Massage Programs: 4

Massage Styles:

6. RELAXONCHAIR [MK-II PLUS] Full Body Zero Gravity Shiatsu Massage Chair with Built-In Heat and Air Massage System – Chocolate

If other massage chairs give you a stiff, uncomfortable, high-pressure massage experience, this redesigned version of the Relaxonchair [MK-II Plus] Full Body Massage Chair comes highly recommended, especially for the old and frail. The massages are mild yet effective. A computerized scan of the structure of your spine allows the L-track massage system to ease stress and strain in the narrow parts of the body like the neck and the lower back. Airbag massage technology takes care of  the shoulder, arm, hip, calf, and foot areas leaving you free to choose the preferred program and speed. For smooth blood circulation around your whole body, the roller also gives head massage. Rollers under the soles of your feet make them feel more relaxed when you’re up in the zero gravity position.

Top Features

Lower back heating – Squeezing with airbags alone can’t relieve the aching sensation in lumber regions. That’s why the Relaxonchair introduced 2 heating pads to relieve fatigue in those aching muscles.

Human-touch massage – The “spinal decompression” program combined with stretching gives your torso an elaborate human-like massage: the airbags keep your body in place while gently stretching your back and leg muscles.

Beauty hip massage – Keeping your lower back and pelvis area aligned will be easier than before with compression massage from multiple airbags.

Comes with set-up 99% complete – No complex installation necessary. Just attach the footrests and hop into the chair.


  • Easy-to-read/understand remote control display

  • Real zero gravity to soothe your aching back

  • Control over variations in 3-level airbag intensity over 5 acupressure points


  • Foot massage feels harsh, but wearing socks and/or shoes or placing a folded towel in the massage area can help

  • Requires a spacious room, lacks a space-saving feature

  • Loud remote

Warranty: 2-Year Parts & Labor

Massage Programs: 9 (5 Auto & 4 Special Auto) Programs

Massage Styles: 5 Manual Specific Targeted Massages (Kneading, Tapping, Kneading + Tapping, Shiatsu, & Rolling)

7. Medical Breakthrough 4 Massage Chair Recliner – Zero Gravity, Built-in Heat, Deep Tissue Shiatsu Massage, and Back Stretch (Black) 

Suffering from bone deterioration, gout, or joint pain? Grabbing wildly at just any old massage chair is hardly going to solve your problem. A chair invented by a team of more than 25 doctors, chiropractors, surgeons, and pain specialists would be a much better bet. One such chair is the Medical Breakthrough 4 Massage Chair. It comes with multiple modifying options to mitigate your aches and pains in particular and reduce your stress. After scanning your bodily proportions, the fully controllable chair sets the massage rollers in place for an enduring outcome. While enjoying your target therapy session, you can enter zero gravity mode where your weight is distributed equally across the chair to make you feel much lighter. Meanwhile, the chiropractic back-stretch function lets expandable airbags grasp your hips and mildly stretch the muscles of your back, easing tension and enhancing spinal health.

Top Features

L-shaped backtrack – Apart from the smart body scan system that pinpoints your acupressure points and prepares the chair for the healing session, there’s an L-shaped backtrack that follows the curvature of your spine and during zero gravity imparts a soothing effect.

Remembers two different settings – It’s irritating to have to set up the programs and the timing every time you want to use the chair. Thankfully, the Medical Breakthrough 4 can store two set-ups for frequent use.

Foot and calf massage  – The roller massage function works on the soles of the feet. In case you have an ailing toe, affixing two pairs of papillae provides a toe root rotating massage. On the heels and arches, a mastoid skin scraping massage has a heavenly effect!

Gentle infrared heat – Heat therapy is a frequently recommended way of relieving pain in joints, muscles and other parts of the body. The chair uses heated carbon fiber to convey the radiant heat to ease your aching limbs.

Manual upper-body massage  You can access three different manual modes for different types of upper-body hand massage at 5 different speeds. When you choose partial or fixed-point mode, the adaptable hand-massage feature comes in handy for customizing the massage points.


  • Smart body scan system for a better more effective massage

  • The width between the two kneading balls is changeable in knocking, shiatsu and flapping modes.

  • Impressive zero gravity position


  • Instructions a little vague

Warranty:1 year, limited

Massage Programs: 6

Massage Styles: 5

8. Bhealth Back Massage Executive Dreamer Deep Shiatsu



The Best Valued Massage Chair New Full-Featured Luxury Shiatsu Chair is an extra-ordinarily designed super value comfortable, relaxing chair equipped with features that will make your massage your best ever experience. Some of the exclusive features of this massage chair:

  • Set your preferred duration for a complete uninterrupted head-to-toe massage session.
  • An intelligent 3D detect system that scans your body for a more customized relaxing therapy experience.
  • A set of vertically movable, four-wheel driven muted massage hands that noiselessly simulate soothing hand massage therapy.
  • An S-Track rolling system that gives the effect of a therapeutic human hand massage.
  • The chair includes 4 automated preset programs with massage techniques that combine kneading, spinal rolling, shiatsu, and vibrating that the user can choose with one touch.
  • Manual mode, where the user can adjust the chair’s back rollers for a more focused massage.
  • User-adjustable speed, intensity, and other functions of this customized therapy.
  • Built-in heat therapy to relax your back muscles.
  • Air compression technique with airbags placed at strategic points on your chair to give a relaxing massage to shoulders, arms, feet and lower body parts.
  • People who work all day long on their feet will benefit from deep foot massage therapy, with 6 balls that simulate the kneading massage technique on the soles of the feet.
  • Zero gravity positioning at the touch of a button allows you to enjoy a relaxing zero-gravity massage in your most comfortable position.

The Medical Breakthrough 4 Massage Chair  works well for those looking for a durable, high-quality chair with flexible massage options. If you have aching feet, the chair’s deep foot massage will work wonders for you. You can use it every day; for people on a tight budget, it’s reasonably priced; and the silent wheel drive makes it ideal for the home environment.

9. Inada Sogno Dreamwave Massage Chair, Dark Brown



A joint venture between shiatsu massage experts and masterly Japanese engineers, the Inada Sogno Dreamwave Massage Chair excels at alleviating stress and anxiety. With its impactful therapy sessions, the chair delivers a professional-grade massage comparable to any you’d get in a spa. After relaxing circular motions performed in the mid-back, shoulder and hip areas, your stretched muscles become more flexible and better prepared to endure the physical challenges of daily life. And the best part? Its well-thought-out design is equally perfect for young and old alike. So, from now on, your children (of 14 and older) can safely have their tired little bodies massaged after the grueling school day. Lastly, with its surrealistic, avant-garde exterior, the chair will undoubtedly garner some quizzical glances and comments from curious guests.

Top Features

Dream wave technology  This technology includes 8 motions that come with the proper body balancing that a real shiatsu masseuse would provide.

Appropriate for all ages  So, no more scolding your kids (14+) for secretly trying out your massage chair. A single chair will serve your entire brood, and each one of them can choose their favorite options.

Gentle muscle stretching  This stretch function is designed to make the muscles in your shoulders, mid-back, and hips more flexible.

Adjustable rollers – The rollers are designed with multiple users in mind. So, the remote control allows you to make it harder and softer depending on your preferences.


  • Airbags on lower back, hips, and legs work perfectly

  • Foot airbags put just the right amount of pressure in the exact spot

  • Instructions are to the point


  • Too expensive

Warranty: 3-years. An additional $450 will buy you 2 more years

Massage Programs: 8

10. Authentic Beautyhealth Shiatsu Arm Hand Massage Chair with Jade Heat Therapy

The Authentic Beautyhealth Shiatsu Arm Hand Massage Chair amazed us not only with its magnificent 5-30 minute non-stop massages but also the comfort it provides with its 6 great new auto programs. Even though it’s less expensive than other models we’ve reviewed here, the chair is stable and performs extremely well. Ergonomically designed, it begins each selected or preset programs by scanning your back in  full 3D, so that it doesn’t feel like you’re getting a massage from a lifeless machine. Personalized massage is what the Authentic Beautyhealth has paid the most attention to while designing the system. But don’t expect the back rolling mechanism from this stationary device to come rolling up and down your back. It’ll only spin at different speeds in both directions. And, surprisingly, that’s more than enough for you to experience a serene and calming effect. Dark-brown, black and beige color options available.

Top Features

Jade Heat Therapy – Broadening the scope of comfort, this massage chair adds jade heat therapy to its range of massage programs. This cozy heating session for your whole body singles out your back and feet for special heat treatment.

6 all-new auto programs – Choose from any of these auto programs: wake, fatigue, prescription, physical therapy, relax and healthcare. And if you can’t make up your mind, the chair will treat you to a healthy shiatsu massage, starting from your neck and shoulders and finishing off with your calves and feet.

Straightforward control – Operating the chair is child’s play. You control the movement of the rollers with the up and down button. Holding the button down stops the rollers in their tracks, allowing them to work at a fixed point in their route.

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Built-in MP3 player – While your body enjoys a relaxing massage, your brain can also benefit from the soothing strains of synchronized music courtesy of the built-in MP3 player.


  • Affordable

  • Easy assembly

  • Four air massages from 12 airbags in the calf area (2 intensity levels available)


  • Less comfortable for taller users

  • Heavy chair, awkward to move.

Warranty: Body and frame, 10 years; all electronic parts, 5 years

Massage Programs: 6

Massage Styles: 24

Who makes the best massage chair?

Of the many manufacturers who make excellent massage chairs, the following are often listed as the top five massage chair brands:

  • Osaki
  • StrongLite
  • Master Massage
  • Human Touch

Why Choose a Massage Chair?

You may be wondering whether it would be wiser to buy a massage chair or invest in regular massage sessions with a therapist.

To answer this question, you would need to have a close look at some of the pros of purchasing a massage chair. Armed with this information, the final decision would ultimately be up to you based on your personal preferences and objectives.

Cost: A chair from a good massage chair brand offering high quality and impressive customization features would certainly not come cheap. It would be a lot more expensive than one session with a good massage therapist. However, once you consider the cost of regular visits to your therapist, the chair is obviously a much more cost-effective option. If a single massage session with a therapist costs $100, and you’re planning to take one a week, by the end of the year you’ll have spent around $4,800 to $5,000. Apart from that, with your own massage chair, you get to use it as often as you like. A chair like this is a one-time investment in unlimited relaxing massage sessions and good health.

Convenience: Think of an aching back in the middle of the night or early in the morning before you leave for work. You wouldn’t find many massage therapists available at times like these or many other times when you’re in need some relief. Massage centers and spas are rarely open 24 hours, and in many cases, you have to book an appointment, then get there somehow. Why go through all that trouble, when you can have spa-like facilities accessible at all times in the comfort of your own home?

Health: Apart from relaxing your body and mind and giving you a pleasant experience, massage therapies do many other things your health both physical and psychological. Many health-conscious people have gym equipment in their homes. One example is the power rack, a weight lifting device that helps strengthen and  improve your body.

Power racks have proven benefits to health:

  • Reducing stress and depression,
  • Regulating blood pressure,
  • Strengthening immunity,
  • Relieving stiffness and fatigue in muscles,
  • Stimulating the flow of lymphatic fluid,
  • Improving blood circulation,
  • Helping in recovery from injuries,
  • Detoxifying the body,
  • Reducing symptoms of chronic diseases,
  • Relieving chronic pain
  • And more . . .


Taking all this into account, buying a therapy massage chair appears to be the smarter option.

What makes this massage chair different?

Let’s explore all the extraordinary features that make this massage chair stand out above its competitors as one of the best choices a massage chair buyer can make. Here are some of the prominent features of this massage chair:

  • Uninterrupted 30-minute sessions: This massage chair includes an intelligent 30-minute massage session that you can enjoy uninterrupted without having to change or adjust the settings. You can also choose a massage duration of anywhere between 5 and 30 minutes and set a time that suits you as well.
  • 3D Intelligent Detect: This smart equipment detects the structure and weight of your body and customizes the therapy accordingly, resulting in a comfortable, relaxing massage for anyone who steps into this massage chair. What’s more, the massage you get from this machine is almost indistinguishable from anything you’d get at the hands of a human therapist.
  • Quiet 4-Wheel Drive System: The chair’s 4-wheel drive system operates without a sound, so you can easily set it up in your home or workplace.
  • 4 Automatic Preset Programs: You get the flexibility of choosing from 4 different auto program presets. The touch of your finger on the control panel  sets the massage session you desire.
  • 4 Massage Functions: The convenience of setting your desired duration and program including 4 different relaxing massage functions: kneading, shiatsu, spinal rolling, and vibration.
  • Multiple Zero Gravity Positioning: Enjoy complete comfort and a relaxing massage therapy with 3 true zero gravity positioning options to get their body in a relaxing weightless position for your desired therapy.
  • Warranty: The Best Valued Massage Chair offers a complete 3-year warranty covering maintenance of the frame, body, and electronic parts of this chair.

User-friendly control options:

All the controls and functions are within easy reach. You can change settings and functions with a touch of your finger on the easy-to-use, LCD-lit remote control that details all the information. Advanced digital technology ensures that you have  accurate information about every massage session and function. In automatic mode, massage sessions combine different massage techniques and methods to give you a multi-functional massage. When the chair is in manual mode, however, you have total control over the type of massage, position of back rollers, intensity, airbags, and other options for a completely customized therapy session.

Tips for getting maximum comfort and relaxation out of this model:

This model has an S-shaped backrest that’s ergonomically designed for optimal comfort. Apart from that, the double layer front cushion includes a neck pillow that further relaxes your body. Step into this massage chair every day to enhance your physical and mental wellbeing with a relaxing, therapeutic session. For the best results, be sure to choose an intensity or speed that’s compatible with your age and physical condition.

Ease of storage:

Though its weight of 200 pounds is relatively light compared with other massage chairs, it would still be difficult to move if it didn’t come with wheels. Fortunately, the Electric Full Body Shiatsu Massage Chair Recliner does have wheels on the back, so you can move it around and store it with ease.


  • Three true zero gravity positions that you can set according to your preferences at the touch of a button.
  • Built-in heat therapy for pain relief across your entire back.
  • Four auto and 3 manual program settings to choose from.
  • The soundless back rolling massage adds to the soothing effect of this massage therapy.
  • The ergonomically designed S-type backrest offers complete comfort for individual needs.
  • Airbags distributed around the chair provide soothing full head-to-toe massage therapy.
  • Smart therapies focus on individual parts of the body.
  • Uninterrupted 30-minute massage sessions that you can shorten according to your needs.
  • User-friendly, easy-to-reach LCD-lit Remote Control makes everything super easy.


  • As a full-coverage massage chair designed to soothe the entire body, it does have a large footprint. So, make sure you have plenty of room for it. But remember, thanks to the wheels, it’s not too difficult to move out of the way if necessary.
  • Apart from that, you’ll need a good wide door space to get the package inside the house.


Who is this massage chair for?

For anyone suffering from an aching back with tensed-up muscles around it, this chair, with its built-in heat therapy specifically designed for aching backs, would be a perfect choice. Therapeutic airbags are strategically placed to massage different areas including shoulders, feet, calves, arms, and seat, which can be combined to give you a relaxing full-body massage session.

People who work all day long on their feet benefit tremendously from a massage that works on all those tired bodily areas. However, after a full day’s work, it’s your feet that usually come home the tiredest, which is why the massage chair places 6 simulating kneading balls around the soles of your feet to give you a deeper, stronger foot massage. What’s more, a soothing shoulder and arm massager makes this chair even more effective on our tired bodies.

The chair’s soundproofed rolling system makes it suitable for both the work and the domestic environment.

Who else will be using your Massage Chair?

When you’re thinking of buying a product like this, it’s vital to consider who’ll be using it. Knowing this and several other facts should enable you to make the right choice. It’s wise for all potential chair users to try it out before anyone goes ahead and buys it. The main reason being that if you can’t sit comfortably in the chair, you’re unlikely to get a really relaxing massage. Massage chairs are usually designed to accommodate a person up to 5’10” in height, give or take an inch or two.

It’s all about the rollers, padding, airbags, and controls being in the right position for a completely relaxing experience. So if you don’t try the chair before buying it, and it turns out to be unsuitable for someone of your build, the massage won’t be as effective as it would be in the right-sized chair. Apart from height, certain health-related problems such as chronic lower back pain can also have a detrimental effect on the quality of the massage. So the message is, try before you buy. And that means not just you but you and anyone else who’ll be sharing the chair.

Where are you going to put your Massage Chair?

Another important factor to consider before buying a chair is whether you have enough room for it.  These chairs are usually huge. They would occupy a considerable amount of space in your average bedroom, living room, or office. A reclining position would need even more space, and it’s also advisable to place the chair close to the wall.

Some massage chairs have wheels, so you’d be able to move them to another room or a storage area when not in use. This would be handy if you were having friends to stay over the weekend, for example.

If  you are really short on space, it’s probably not a great idea to get a chair. Instead, you’d be better off with a massage cushion or getting relaxing massage therapy at your local spa.

Massage Chair vs. Manual Massage, which is best?

Massage chair or traditional manual massage therapy? Both have their pros and cons. The chairs are electronically trained and designed with features that users can customize to provide a relaxing massage. Human touch therapy, on the other hand, involves a trained, licensed massage therapist who renders services and works on the client’s body to administer massage therapy that relaxes and brings relief.

Massage machine benefits include the following:

  • Availability: A chair is accessible and available whenever you need a massage. However, at odd times of the day, such as early in the morning or late at night, you may not be able to get hold of a massage therapist.
  • Convenience: For a chair massage, there’s no need to get dressed up or travel anywhere as you would for a human massage therapy appointment. At home, in your massage chair, you’re free to enjoy massage therapy of unlimited duration at your leisure.
  • Personal Comfort: Some people may be shy of visiting a massage therapist for reasons of privacy. You may not be comfortable with undressing or may have concerns about some feature of your body like a birthmark or a scar or other privacy issues. If you have concerns like these, a massage chair is a  viable option.
  • Complete Control: With a chair, you have complete control over the actions it carries out. You can customize your massage according to your preferences and needs.
  • Additional Features: Using a chair gives you certain additional features such as a heat press machine, several reclining options and other extras that make it a smart choice for a relaxing experience.
  • Cost: Overall cost for daily massage therapy with a massage therapist would be much higher than the one-time cost of a massage chair designed to administer a relaxing therapeutic massage

Massage chair drawbacks compared to human massage therapy:

A massage chair limits you to the massages on its menu. A therapist, on the other hand, can adapt their therapy to a specific problem area the moment you mention it. You can also ask your therapist to avoid certain areas if necessary. Human massage therapists can concentrate on problems like knots that they come across during a massage, something that most massage chairs have not yet smart enough to do.

Features to Look for in a Massage Chair

Different models and brands offer a variety of features added to give added value to their clients. However, when considering which equipment will serve you best, there are certain things a good massage chair should not be without. Having these additional features will not only enhance your experience with the chair but also have a noticeable effect on your physical and psychological wellbeing.

Quality of Construction: To find out about the quality of a massage chair, check out the manufacturer’s reputation, make sure they have a solid history (the longer the better) of producing and delivering quality products as promised. Read online reviews. Avoid massage chairs whose manufacturers attract a lot of negative remarks. Look out for good massage chair reviews that speak of high-quality construction, sturdy components, durability and helpful after-sales support.

Full-Body Massage Coverage: Some massage chairs target only certain parts of the body. However, in most cases, it’s best to go for a massage chair that offers full-body coverage. You can then use it for specific types of massages when required.

Massage Type and Techniques: Massage therapies come in different types and use different techniques. Certain models of massage chair may offer particular  therapies and others might provide a combination of styles. Massage therapy that draws on various techniques makes for a much more satisfying and beneficial massage session.

Preset Programs: Most chairs include a variety of preset programs that can be adjusted according to your preferences. Using combinations of these preset programs, you can easily customize a therapy at the level of intensity that suits you best.

Acupoint Detection and Acupressure Technique: The chair measures the length of the user’s back and uses the information to determine the location of target acupoints around the body, to which it then applies a relaxing, targeted body massage.

Body Scan Technology: Massage chairs use a peripheral system that scans your body to assess your posture, monitor your heartbeat and locate tense and stiff areas of your anatomy. This technology allows users to benefit from a custom massage based on information the machine has gleaned from your reclining physique.

Zero-Gravity Technology: A zero-gravity chair has the added advantage of being able to suspend your body in a neutralized position, making it virtually weightless. Placing your legs above the level of your heart unburdens your back of your body weight and relaxes your muscles.

Airbag Compression: The chair’s airbag massage system simulates the technique of deep tissue massage therapy. It does so by inflating and deflating airbags with varying degrees of intensity. The airbags press and release your muscles and the underlying tissues and manipulate them to gently relax your body.

Vibration: Many of the high-quality chairs include vibration and a shaking motion which cause your muscles to relax.

Heat Therapy: Most expensive machines offer heat therapy applied to the entire back to impart great relief and relaxation.

Rollers: Some expensive high-end mechanical massagers have embedded rollers that administer a massage with a touch that’s barely distinguishable from that of a human massager. The rollers are designed to move up and down, and from side to side. Some chairs even have rollers that make a circular motion and move from left to right.

Reclining: When looking for a chair, you will come across some that have a reclining function for deeper, more relaxing massage therapy. These chairs often  comprise a motorized reclining system that completely reclines the chair to create a comfortable resting position for a deep and soothing massage. Some chairs have a press button system, while others have a handle that physically pushes the backrest into the reclining pose.

Warranty: Whichever massage chair you choose, be sure to scrutinize the warranty with care before you part with your cash. Some top-flight massage chair brands would normally offer a warranty of at least 3 years with parts, repair, and service support. Anything less would mean the manufacturers themselves do not have 100 percent confidence in the quality of their product. Buying a high-quality massage chair is an expensive one-time investment that you should not rush into. Sitting down (in the chair if possible) and carefully considering the pros and cons of your potential purchase based on the information that you’ve read on this page  will help you make the right decision.

Taking Care of your Massage Chair

Whether it’s your car or any of your many electronic gadgets, maintenance plays a crucial role. So, if you want to keep your massage chair in good shape, it’s important to take good care of it. In fact, your chair won’t require that much maintenance. Following the following tips should keep your  massage chair looking good and working well for years to come:

  • Keep it clean.
  • Wipe the chair down with the manufacturer’s recommended cleaner (this will vary depending on manufacturer and model).
  • Never leave any spills or stains till later. Always deal with them immediately to avoid permanently staining or damaging the chair fabric.
  • Dust your chair every day to prevent dirt and debris from accumulating in nooks and crannies.
  • Always disconnect your chair from the power supply before performing any cleaning or maintenance.
  • The footrest on most models is easy to vacuum.
  • Before restarting the equipment after cleaning, make sure that it is air-dried.
  • Do not, at any time or for any reason, attempt to clean, lubricate, disassemble or otherwise interfere with the internal workings of the chair.
  • If anything goes wrong, and you need maintenance or replacement parts, contact a professional repair technician to handle the job.
  • Use of a surge protector is highly recommended to prevent power outages from damaging your equipment. This only costs a few dollars and is well worth the peace of mind.
  • Keep the chair’s controls out of the reach of children.
  • Does using a massage chair have the same beneficial effects as professional traditional massage therapy at your local spa?
  • I am suffering from chronic pains, will using a massage chair help?
  • Apart from relieving pain, what other health benefits can be gained by using  a massage chair?
  • Can I use a massage chair to treat just one specific area or part of the body?
  • Does using a massage chair cause fatigue?
  • What is the ideal duration of a massage chair session?
  • In what conditions might the use of a massage chair be unsuitable?
  • Is it safe for pregnant women to use a massage chair?
  • Is massage safe for people suffering from cardiovascular/heart diseases?
  • Is it safe to use a massage chair when you have kids and pets in the house?

The secret to selecting a massage chair that meets your needs and fits in with your budget lies in considering all the factors. You will need to evaluate the features and performance of the chair to ensure that it will be suitable for everyone who will be using it (members of your family, for example). If you go for an established quality brand known for its durability and functionality, you will be on safe ground. Spend some time on research. Test the chair for comfort and perfect positioning. Try to stay in budget, but don’t opt for an inferior model just because it’s a bit cheaper. After all, you won’t be buying a chair every other day. So, it’s important to make a thorough investigation of all the pros and cons, features and functions, reviews and recommendations to make sure that your purchase provides you with faithful service for many years to come.

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