We all need to take a break from our busy schedules from time to time to relax and unwind. One of the most effective ways to do so is through massage. Having a good massage can help you get relief from body pain, ease anxiety and stress, regulate blood pressure and improve blood circulation among others. To get professional massage, you can either hire a personal massage therapist or go to a spa.
However, not every person has the money or time for regular massage sessions. A massage chair comes in handy to provide a more user-friendly and affordable alternative with similar benefits. So, what features should be in the selected massage chair? Here are the seven most important features to look for when shopping:
Most massage chairs come with automatic pre-programmed massage functions. At the press of a button, the chair takes over and delivers the type of massage you’ve chosen, whether it is shiatsu, reflexology, tapping, rolling, vibration or kneading. However, not all massage chairs are equal, so you need to make sure that the chair you buy has the auto programs that will perform the massage therapies you want, read more about the different massage chair types here.
Another key feature to look for in a massage chair is the intensity or strength of massage it provides. This is usually dependent on the number of motors the chair has. More motors in a chair means more power and higher massage intensity. It is better to choose a massage chair with more power as you can always reduce the strength of the massage with the removable padding that comes with the chair.
Heat provides immense benefits when applied appropriately. It is very relaxing to the muscles, helps to increase blood flow, ease aches and pains, and reduce swelling. Most massage chairs come with integrated heating elements. Some chairs are able to heat only one area, while others are capable of heating multiple areas. It is better to choose a massage chair with individual area controls that allow you to apply heat in the specific area you want.
Body Scan Technology
Because every person is built differently, a massage chair with body scan technology comes in handy to detect your body’s position in the massage chair i.e. the shape of your spine. After detecting all the areas of tension, it positions its rollers accordingly to tailor your massage based on the feedback it gets.
The number of rollers a massage chair has, directly determines how the massage feels. Most chairs come with 2-4 massage rollers. However, some have more, but they are usually stationary. Chairs with 4 rollers provide a life-like massage and have the ability to combine different massage techniques.
Another major feature worth considering is the recline function of the massage chair (the degree at which the chair tilts back). Mot high end chairs come with 2 or more recline settings to choose from. Some chairs provide a zero gravity option, in which the chair puts your body in a position of total weightlessness. This takes all pressure off your spine, thereby increasing massage effectiveness and relaxation. Others recline to 175 degrees, in which the chair lays your body almost flat. For maximum massage experience, it is recommended to choose a chair that can recline to 170 degrees.
Massage airbags deliver pressurized air to tiny pouches on the sides, back or legs of a massage chair. When inflated, airbags compress the muscles, which stimulate blood flow and relieve stiffness and tension. It is advisable to choose a massage chair that delivers both rolling and airbag massage simultaneously. The two, when combined, create an advanced full body massage.
With the above features in mind, finding the right massage chair that suits your specific needs should be much easier.