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.