A one-size-fits- all massage rarely fits anyone. Chairs with optical body scanning and pressure point scanning automatically detect your body’s shape and size then custom tailor a massage to perfectly fit you.
Shiatsu, kneading, tapping, and vibration massage help work out knots and penetrate deep into muscles, while air-cell massage gently squeezes and releases shoulders, arms, legs, and/or thighs to relax muscles and help promote better circulation. Higher end chairs generally feature more massage options.
Originally developed by NASA to reduce stress on astronauts’ bodies during liftoff, the zero gravity position elevates your arms and legs while rotating and reclining your body to take gravitational pressure off your spinal column and spread it more evenly throughout your skeletal system.
By changing up the massage choreography, the same chair can relax or invigorate you, help treat overused muscles, or even increase your flexibility. Choose a chair with multiple auto programs to get greater versatility.
For those times when you just want to focus on one sore area or one stubborn knot, you are going to want manual control of all massage functions. Look for chairs with full- function remotes that let you personally direct your massage when your not in the mood for one of the auto programs.
A little warmth goes a long way in helping relax and unlock tired muscles. Most commonly positioned in the lumbar section of massage chairs, heat should be easy to turn on/off or adjust at any time.