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Choosing Your Most Ideal Massage Chair

Finding a Massage Chair can be easy as long as you know what you need. Although, it may help to do some research into massage chairs in general to see what your possibilities are, and you may find some unique features that peak your interests. Once you find out what you want out of massage, whether that be overall health improvement, stress relief, decompressing the spine, or simply relieving muscle tension, you are ready to find your most ideal massage chair. 

All About You:

After narrowing down your interests and needs it is important to know about these six necessities: considering your size, intensity tolerance, massage styles and programs, massage chair features, chair design, and your budget. It may seem like a lot, but if you do not shop for a chair with this in mind, you might not find the right chair for you. Your research will be worth the investment and your body will thank you for making the right choice for long term enjoyment. Now, let’s get into how to consider these necessities according to your preferences. 

Shape & Size: Every massage chair has specific height and weight limits for your comfort and chair functionality. Generally, most chairs fit users between the heights of 5’0”-6’0” but it is always important to check the chair’s specifications for exact measurements, especially if you are petite or tall. Another size-worthy note is your shoe size, as some models have enclosed foot ottomans you need to make sure you consider that as well. It can be particularly tough to navigate through massage chairs and not be able to find an option to fit your measurements. However, our specialist team at The Modern Back can help! With a list of your measurements and interests, our team can easily compile a list of chairs to match. We would love to help take the stress off your shoulders and make the process much more enjoyable.  

Intensity Tolerance: One of the most important things to note is your preferred massage feeling, that being soft kneading, medium toughness, or a hard deep tissue massage. Most chairs have intensity adjustments and perform at a medium intensity level, however, some chairs like the Titan Jupiter Premium LE are designed to give tough massages and may feel too intense for some users, even on low settings. Make sure to look at the chair’s features to see how high the intensity is, 1-5 levels mean the chair has a good medium feel, 4D chairs are generally the strongest models. Our team can also help you with this, too! 

Programs, Styles, and Techniques: Knowing your desired feel or favored massage type such as Swedish or Thai massage will be labeled in Auto-Programs or Pre-Programed Massages. Most chairs have around 12 auto-programs and will likely have your desired style. The same goes with massage techniques. In manual settings, a massage chair usually lists up to 6 techniques such as kneading, rolling, tapping, and Shiatsu that you can cycle between.  

Massage Chair Features: Features are what make massage chairs unique. Most chairs have Bluetooth, Zero Gravity, Rollers, Air bags, heat therapy, and calf and foot massage. If you were looking for more specific features such as dual rollers, stretch, reflexology foot massage, calf rollers, heated rollers, chromotherapy, ionization, AI-health body scans, and waist twisting, you may be leaning more towards a premium or smart massage chair. 

Exterior Chair Design: Massage Chairs typically have a modern design and come in a few different color variations. Some models even come in different upholstery options, too. Make sure to consider the dimensions of the chair and how much space it needs from the wall to avoid damage. An important part of design is to make sure you have an area in your home or office selected and measured for your new stylish chair.  

Budget: Massage chairs can be expensive, especially with so much updated technology imbedded in the machines. Be sure to keep in mind that the more needs you have might require a higher budget. For example, a max budget of $2,000 will not get you many features, good quality, or durability; you also have to account for possible taxes, shipping, and warranties which would likely exceed a 2k budget.  

Massage Chairs for Your Needs:

To get you started, here is a list of four massage chairs that mention some of the necessities you will find yourself seeing clearer. Think about your own needs to see if the chair sticks out, and don’t fret if these options aren’t for you, The Modern Back has many other chairs to choose from!  

The Osaki Sigma massage chair features wide-reaching 3D rollers, an L-Track frame, Zero Gravity, and full-body air massage.

Osaki OS-Pro 3D Sigma Massage Chair

This massage chair has some extra cushion for those who prioritize comfort in their massages. Some of its main features are its wide-reaching 3D rollers, an L-Track frame, Zero Gravity, full-body air massage with hip airbags, lumbar heating, 15 auto-programs, and its automatic footrest extension. As for the feel, the Osaki Sigma has medium intensity. It can be placed 2 inches from the wall and fits users between 5’0”-6’2” and up to 220lbs. This chair is great for those within a lower budget who are looking for a chair to get the job done. 

Original Price: $4,999.00 
Discounted Sales Price: $3,999.00 
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The Titan Jupiter LE features heated 3D rollers, a 53” long L-Track, 80 air cell massage with lower back and waist air bags.

Titan Jupiter Premium LE Massage Chair

The Titan Jupiter LE will be a favorite for those who love a strong massage with lots of bonus features. This chair has 3D rollers, an L-Track measuring 53” long, 80 air cell massage with lower back and waist air bags, voice controls, two stage Zero Gravity, Heated rollers with more heat on the lower lumbar, seat, and legs, dual foot massage, a tablet remote, and a temple massage pillow. With so much to offer, it’s hard not to like this chair, especially with its roller and air bag intensity adjustments you can make mid-massage! One of the biggest takeaways is its size, this is the chair for our big and tall users. The Jupiter LE has an extra wide seat measuring 21.5 inches across, holds users up to 300lbs, and has a height range of 5’0”-6’6”. The Jupiter is easily one of the best priced chairs for all its features, functions, and human-like feel. 

Original Price: $6,499.00 
Discounted Sales Price: $5,999.00 
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The Osaki Emperor massage chair has heated 4D rollers with up to 8 levels of roller depth adjustment for a stronger massage.

Osaki 4D Maestro LE 2.0 Massage Chair

This luxury looking massage chair has heated 4D rollers with up to 8 levels of roller depth adjustment, which means the Osaki Maes0tro LE 2.0 is on the stronger side of massage. With a higher price, it has some more beneficial features that really make a difference in every massage session. For more security, the Maestro LE 2.0 has adjustable shoulder massage pads to ensure more coverage. A few of the other nice features are its touch screen tablet remote, wireless phone charger, 2-stage Zero Gravity, 20 Auto-Programs, Reflexology foot massage, and calf kneading! In addition to the calf kneading, the foot ottoman is enclosed for one of the best full-coverage foot massages that massages the bridge and heel of the foot. This chair holds users between the heights of 4’8” and 6’3”and those who weigh up to 254lbs. The seat width also measures 19” across. 

Original Price: $13,999.00 
Discounted Sales Price: $11,999.00 
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The Daiwa Supreme Hybrid is one of the best premium massage chairs on the market and includes an advanced split track.

Daiwa Supreme Hybrid Massage Chair

The Daiwa Supreme Hybrid is one of the best premium massage chairs on the market. It has a split track called an SL-Track that focuses two 3D rollers on the upper body and four on the lower back and glute area. The key reason for the split track is not just more massage coverage, but for the ability tocomplete a full inversion stretch. This stretching function is called Hybriflex™ and is incorporated in its own massage program. As for other programs, the Hybrid has 36, all with written explanations so you know what you are getting from each message that’s displayed on the tablet remote. Since the chair can recline so far back, it has two wonderful Zero Gravity positions to really experience how smooth and effective the rollers are. One of its other great features are the kneading calf and knee massage with heat, waist twisting, and an ankle and foot massage with triple reflexology rollers. The Hybrid fits those between heights of 4’8” and 6’6” and those that weigh up to 300 lbs. 

Original Price: $15,000.00 
Discounted Sales Price: $13,500.00 
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To sum things up, knowing your needs, doing your research, and asking for help, will surely guide you to finding your most ideal massage chair. Make sure to account for your height, weight, intensity tolerance, favored massage styles and features, chair design, and your budget. For questions and tips on finding the massage chair for you, please don’t hesitate to contact our team at The Modern Back. Call us at 800-416-4304 or chat with us online at TheModernBack.com.