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What are Shiatsu Massage Chairs?

Say goodbye to tension and pain with the press of a finger. Shiatsu is a Japanese style massage that utilizes finger pressure to target various points on the body. A Shiatsu massage chair stimulates the body's acupressure points, to promote healing and relaxation. During a Shiatsu massage, a masseuse will use a variety of techniques, such as kneading, stretching, and rocking, to manipulate the body's soft tissues and apply pressure to specific points. This technique relieves stress and tension, promotes relaxation, improve circulation, and reduces muscle pain and stiffness. Similarly to Chinese style massages, the Shiatsu technique’s philosophy revolves around the existence of the body’s life force known as Qi (or Chi). A Shiatsu massage chair is meant to open up blocked channels in the body to increase the flow of Qi in the body.


A Shiatsu massage is performed using a combination of a massage chair’s rollers and airbags. Capable massage chairs will perform a thorough body scan in order for the chair’s massage rollers to target specific areas with pinpoint accuracy. Want a massage chair with a good Shiatsu massage? The JPMedics Kumo is perfect for Shiatsu massages with its unique Shiatsu Point Finder that does a thorough body scan to find your body’s Shiatsu points. Want to learn more about Shiatsu massage? Click HERE.


Shiatsu massage chairs, renowned for their ability to mimic the skilled hands of a massage therapist, provide a soothing and therapeutic experience that promotes relaxation, relieves muscle tension, and enhances overall well-being. Learn more about some of the best Shiatsu Massage Chairs on the market:

Osaki Highpointe Massage Chair

Osaki Highpointe

Starting at $139/mo*

The Osaki Highpointe is a shiatsu massage chair that comes installed with high-end luxury features that will put those aching muscles to rest and rejuvenate the body.

The Osaki Highpointe uses a combination of techniques including Knocking, Tapping, Rolling, Knocking and Tapping, and 4D Shiatsu.

Main Features:

  • 4D L-Track Rollers
  • Deep Calf Kneading
  • 44 Air Cells
  • Unique Heating Shawl
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Daiwa Supreme Hybrid Massage Chair

Daiwa Supreme Hybrid

Starting at $226/mo*

The Daiwa Supreme Hybrid is a healing shiatsu massage chair that utilizes rejuvenating inversion therapy.

The Supreme Hybrid uses a combination of the full coverage of an L-shaped massage track with a full-body inversion stretch that would rival any yoga class.

Main Features:

  • Dual Track Rollers
  • Heated Knee Massage
  • 50 Layered Air Cells
  • Inversion Therapy
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Ogawa Active XL Massage Chair

Ogawa Active XL

Starting at $246/mo*

The all-new Ogawa Active XL 3D is a Shiatsu massage chair that delivers healing full-body massage therapy.

The Ogawa Active XL combines various techniques including Shiatsu, Kneading, Clapping, Tapping, Swedish, Rolling, and Dual Action.

Main Features:

  • 3D Roller System
  • L-Track System
  • 5 Patented Stretch Programs
  • Lumbar, Leg, and Seat Heat
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Osaki Maestro LE 2.0 Massage Chair

Osaki Maestro LE 2.0

Starting at $167/mo*

The Maestro LE 2.0 massage chair is upgraded with a slew of luxury features, such as body pain detector, intelligent voice control, and 4D massage mechanism with heated rollers.

The Osaki Maestro LE 2.0 uses the following techniques to deliver healing massage: Shiatsu, Kneading, Tapping, and Rolling.

Main Features:

  • Body Pain Detector
  • 4D L-Track Rollers
  • Deep Calf Kneading
  • Advanced Foot Reflexology
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  • Improves Overall Health
  • Loosens Tense Muscles
  • Relieves Pain, Soreness, and Aches
  • Reduces Stress
  • Stimulates Circulation 
  • Helps with Fatigue

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) For Shiatsu Massage Chairs

What is a shiatsu massage chair?

A shiatsu massage chair is a type of massage chair that uses rollers, airbags, or other mechanisms to mimic the shiatsu technique, focusing on applying pressure to specific points on the body to relieve tension and pain.

Read More: In-Depth Guide: Shiatsu Massage Chair Techniques

What are the benefits of using a shiatsu massage chair?

Benefits include relief from muscle tension and pain, improved circulation, enhanced relaxation, stress reduction, and potentially better sleep quality. Some users also report improved digestion and a sense of wellbeing.

Read More: The Unique Benefits of Shiatsu Massage Chairs

Can everyone use a shiatsu massage chair?

While many people can benefit from a shiatsu massage chair, those with certain medical conditions (such as heart disease, blood clots, fractures, or severe osteoporosis) or pregnant women should consult a healthcare provider before use.

Read More: Shiatsu Techniques in Massage Chairs

What features should I look for in a shiatsu massage chair?

Look for features such as a variety of massage techniques, adjustable intensity levels, body scanning technology to customize the massage to your body, heating functions, and possibly zero-gravity positioning for enhanced relaxation.

Read More: Maximizing Shiatsu Massage Chair Techniques

How often can I use a shiatsu massage chair?

It's generally safe to use the chair regularly, even daily for most people, but it's advisable to start with shorter sessions to see how your body reacts and avoid overuse, especially if you're new to massage.

Read More: Improving Wellness: Shiatsu Massage Chair Benefits

Where is the best place to put a shiatsu massage chair?

Choose a location where the chair can fully recline and operate without obstructions, ideally in a space where you can relax, such as a living room, home office, or bedroom. Ensure there's access to a power outlet.

Read More: Exploring the Benefits of Shiatsu Massage Chairs

How do I choose the right shiatsu massage chair for me?

Consider your needs, such as specific pain points or areas you want to focus on, the space you have available, your budget, and the features most important to you. Reading reviews, comparing models, and possibly trying out chairs in-store can also help make a decision.

Have Questions About Shiatsu Massage Chairs?

A knowledgeable massage chair representative can be reached by calling 800-416-4304 or by chatting with us online 24/7.

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In conclusion, Shiatsu massage has considerable health benefits, boosting overall wellness and acting as a powerful stress management technique. Shiatsu, which has its roots in ancient Chinese medicine, improves the flow of Qi, or life force, throughout the body, promoting the body's inherent ability to heal.

Shiatsu massage, in addition to reducing muscle stress and fostering relaxation, promotes emotional balance and cerebral clarity. Thus, incorporating Shiatsu massage into one's holistic health care regimen can be beneficial.