Buying Guide

A massage chair is the most luxurious equipment available in the market for personal or commercial use. These massage chairs are often bulkier than a typical chair, you need to plan for space accordingly while placing it in your home, office or any other place you wish to place it. A massage chair is not an everyday buying item so you need to consider a lot of factors before going for a direct purchase.

When deciding whether or not a massage chair is right for you, also consider the convenience of having a fully therapeutic machine in the comfort of your own home. You can enjoy the comfort, relaxation and health-boosting benefits whenever you need the most. Whether you need a massage once a day or once a week, purchasing massage chair means that relief is on your schedule

First, you need to know the features of any massage chair. It’s just not a luxurious product but it also has medical benefits. Currently, the most effective massage chair uses these various techniques:

  1. Zero Gravity

Nowadays all the modern massage chairs have this feature which is the most attractive feature one looks for before purchasing. Zero gravity massage chairs put you in the same position astronauts assume upon blast off, but, unlike a space launch, these chairs are designed to help you relax. The highly reclined position takes the stress off of your spine and elevates your feet and legs over your heart while the chair massages your entire body.

  1. Airbags

An airbag will provide a compression massage, as opposed to the kneading, rolling, or tapping motions provided by rollers. While airbags can be used to simulate these techniques by rapidly inflating and deflating them, it is much more common for them to be performed by massage rollers in the massage chair. An airbag is a mandatory feature which should be kept in your mind while purchasing a massage chair.

  1. Heating System

Modern massage chairs come up with an inbuilt heating system which enhances blood circulation and boosts the metabolism. Older models of massage chair do not have this feature. The heating system is an optional feature for a user and the choice should not be made purely on this feature. If you have a good budget then you can look for a massage chair with heating system otherwise you can avoid it too.

  1. S& L Track System

Massage chairs have basically two kinds of rollers which are S track rollers and L track rollers. S-Track allows the rollers to move up and down the back of the user, following the curvature of the spine. It moves more forward for the neck and low back regions of the spine and retracts a bit in the mid back and tailbone areas of the spine. This makes for a more comfortable massage for the user. L track is an extension of S track beyond the low back to the seat and top of the hamstrings. Always look for a massage chair having both S&L track system. The price will vary accordingly.

  1. Music

This is a very common feature in a massage chair. Music will mostly be played through inbuilt Bluetooth which you need to connect with your gadget.

  1. Massage coverage

Always look for a massage chair which covers the whole body. In the market, there are many models which do not cover the whole body. I would suggest you go for full body massage chair as you will make a huge investment one time only so why not go for the best and latest product.

  1. Massage Chair Techniques

Following are basic techniques used in massage chairs:

  • Translated literally as “finger pressure” this massage technique is used in traditional eastern medicine, applying pressure to the same points as used in acupuncture.
  • Referring to a collection of techniques that are designed to relax muscles by applying deep pressure and gentle rubbing.
  • A very common form of massage technique applied to the back of the massage chair, rollers apply even pressure with the intention of warming and loosening the muscles.
  • Rapid tapping strokes that alternate and provide for the release of tension in the muscles while stimulating circulation.
  • Relieving soreness and tension by stretching and lifting muscles, this technique improves circulation and clears out toxins.
  1. Remote Control

Most of the massage chairs available in the market usually work with a remote. You can control the duration and choose the type of massage through the remote. There are few massage chairs which work through an app which you can use on your phone or through the tablet. If you are looking for personal use and not for commercial use then remote control will work just fine and will also cost you less as compared to a massage chair with tablet/phone control.

  1. Recline Functions

Most of the advanced massage chairs have recline function in which chair does the massage in recline position which eventually gives a good relaxation feeling. This feature adds value for money when you go for purchase. Recline feature cannot be overlooked when going for the purchase of massage chair. Your massage chair experience is incomplete if your massage chair does not recline.

10. Space

Before you purchase any massage chair make sure that you check the dimension of that massage chair to ensure it can fit through your doorway and rest comfortably in space of your choice. Also, check whether parts can be removed easily to facilitate installation and moving.

11. Investment

A full body massage chair will have a significant investment. When you consider the right massage chair for your home, office or any other place, the price always plays an important role. While a cheaper massage chair may seem more tempting because of its lower price but it will have a big difference in terms of a feature with its advanced counterparts. Always choose a massage chair as per your requirement.

12. Warranty

Massage chair which you purchase is going to bear a lot of use and in rare occurrences, may require upkeep or maintenance to make sure it continues running smoothly and efficiently. Always remember the massage chair which offers good warranties should be valued higher in your search.

13. Brands

You will find n number of brands in the market with n number of models for Massage chairs. The right way to choose any brand is to look for a number of years the brand has been in the industry along with a good after-sales service. The top brands as per my research for Massage chairs are Osim and REACH. The standout brand among these two is REACH purely on the basis of right price matching with the desired specifications.

After considering all the above factors and researching a lot offline and online I finally emptied my pocket on REACH Optimus Massage chair. It is a full body massage chair and it fits right in my budget for a massage chair which covers the complete body. I decided to use the massage chair first before purchasing because you can never trust online products and when you are making a huge investment you don’t want to be stuck with a wrong product. REACH Optimus massage chair is one massage chair in which the user will not think much before purchasing because it ticks all the boxes for a full body massage chair. You can visit www.reach2fitness.com to know more about REACH Massage chairs.