Massage Chair Buying Guide
At Emassagechair.com we understand the difficulties of buying a high priced item online. Questions about the quality, what type of return will I get on my investment, and why should I buy online instead of the store, are all questions encountered during the buying process. So we decided to brainstorm on what we’ve experienced with our shoppers and offer a quick guide explaining these thoughts. Why buy a massage chair, What to look for, and What type of security you receive from the Manufacturers Warranty are all covered here.
Why Buy A Massage Chair?Affordability
If you go to a massage therapist regularly, or have just had a massage a few times, you know that the cost to have a massage isn’t cheap. Usually you'll spend somewhere around $50-120 for an hour massage, and massage therapy is most beneficial when done multiple times per week.
Let's just say that you have one massage a week every week at say...$75. At years end you will have spent $3600. Wow. 3600 dollars that you don't get back. Now, if you invest that into your massage chair, your investment will have paid off in one year, you can have unlimited massages per year (for multiple people), and never pay a massage therapist again! Your massage chair will give relaxing massage for years to come and will never expect a tip.Accessibility
If you’re feeling tense or tight, back is out of whack and you need a massage, what are the odds that your massage therapist is available right when you need her before you head to work? Or say you just came home from a long day of chasing the kids and chauffeuring to and fro, and you need some relaxation time when they’re in bed. Do you think you’ll find a spa open at 9 pm?
Now imagine waking up with your neck feeling a mess, rolling out of bed and into your massage chair. Relieving tension and pain and getting you ready for your day all before you’ve changed from your jammies. Or think about coming home from your day and falling into your massage chair to soothe your sore feet without having to schedule an appointment, find a sitter for the kids, and run to your appointment to be there before closing time. Enjoy your massage from the comfort of your home, when you need it most without the stress of going to your therapist.Health
Massage therapy goes far beyond the pleasure and relaxation one feels during and after treatment. Though that’s enough for most, you may be wondering if there are any actual, proven health benefits of massage. Studies have found that massage relieves stress, helps you manage depression and anxiety, relieves pain and stiffness, helps to regulate blood pressure, speeds recovery from injury, boosts your immunity, detoxifies your body, and also increases circulation. Massage therapy is even used in cancer treatment to stimulate the lymphatic system, eliminate toxins, and to help with nausea and fatigue. You’ll be improving the quality of your life and saving money on health related expenses while you relax and enjoy your massage!
What Features To Look For
Massage chairs are pretty complex in their features and it can become confusing deciphering the massage chair “lingo”. We’ll break down the most important things to look for so you can find your perfect massage chair with ease.Massage Techniques
There are numerous massage techniques used to achieve relaxation, pain relief, and detoxification. From Deep Tissue to Shiatsu, make sure you know the type of massage that you like and that the chair you purchase offers that option. Learn more about the different massage chair techniques and their benefits.Massage Intensity
The intensity of the massage will vary from brand to brand and most massage chairs have various settings so that you can customize the pressure of the massage. When looking at massage chairs, the strength or intensity of the massage is generally correlated to the number of motors the chair has. So the more motors, the more power, the more intense the massage will be. More power is usually better, as you can always soften the intensity of the massage with padding, but adding power to the chair is impossible.Massage Chair Size
Most massage chairs are made to fit all body types and sizes. However, if you are taller, shorter, wider or thinner than average, you will want to take this into consideration before purchasing your chair. If a massage chair has a height or weight limit, we will note it in the massage chairs specifications.Massage Chair Material
Most massage chairs are covered in leather or synthetic leather. Though real leather seems like the best choice and is recommended for other home furnishings, synthetic leather is made to handle the substantial amount of heat created from all of the massage chairs moving parts and from the heating pads (if the chair has heat). Real leather also requires more maintenance as it is prone to cracking or fading if it is not properly cared for.Heat
Many massage chairs include heat to the massage to help loosen the back muscles increasing the benefits of the massage. Heat also eases aches and pains and increases circulation on contact.Massage Stroke
The length of the massage stroke is very important to the feeling and effectiveness of your massage. The longer the massage stroke, the more area of your back is massaged, and the closer your massage feels to your massage therapist. Midrange chairs typically have a massage stroke of around 20 inches, not reaching from your neck to your lumbar region. Higher end massage chairs have a massage stroke closer to 30 inches, massaging your neck, low back, and everything in between.Massage Programs
Many massage chairs come with pre-programmed cycles combining various massage types making it quick and easy to start your massage session. Most chairs have a timer so that you’re able to press a button for a certain time increment and relax not worrying about the time. Higher end chairs will allow you to save programs to your favorites and some will even save customized massage programs for you. Some of the more expensive chairs also have mapping technology, which determines your stiff, tense areas, and customizes the program to give longer duration and more frequent massage or more pressure right where you need it.Airbags
Air bags are pockets that fill with air to add pressure to certain areas of the body, squeezing and releasing to increase circulation and again add a more humanistic feeling to your massage. The air bags are usually located in the chair seat, the ottoman, the chair backrest, and in some cases, the headrest and armrests. Some of the more technologically advanced chairs are capable of mechanical massage and air pressure massage simultaneously, improving your massage experience but also adding to the price of the chair.Massage Rollers
It is important to look at how many massage rollers a massage chair has as this will make a huge difference in how the massage feels. Most massage chairs have 2 to 4 massage rollers, some have more but these are often stationary rollers. Four rollers will give a very lifelike massage and generally offers a more varied massage with the ability to combine rolling, kneading, and tapping massage techniques. Another great roller feature is the “grasp and knead” which acts like the human thumb and fingers massaging the neck and shoulders relieving tension from the most commonly tight and inflamed area of the body.Recline
Though it may not seem important, we’ve found that the recline or degree that the massage chair tilts back, is worth looking at. The recline of the massage varies and some massage chairs offer a “Zero Gravity” option where the chair places the body in a position of complete weightlessness, taking all pressure off of the spine, increasing relaxation and massage effectiveness. Some chairs recline to 175 degrees, lying the body almost flat, thus being the largest degree of recline. Some massage chairs have 2 or more recline settings allowing you to choose your degree of recline and some have options to move the ottoman (leg rest) independently as well. We recommend looking for chairs that are able to recline to 170 degrees for maximum relaxation and optimum massage experience.Body Scan
Body scan technology detects your body’s position in the chair, as everyone is built a little differently. The shape of your spine as well as the areas of tension are detected and the massage chair positions its rollers accordingly and customizes the massage based on this feedback.
Remember that these are the features that we consider make the largest difference in your massage. There are many other features, but not all deliver substantial benefits.
The Warranty that is offered by a manufacturer is a good indicator of the quality of the massage chair. All massage chairs will require maintenance at some point and most manufacturers know that this will most likely not occur within the first year. Some of the best massage chairs have coverage for up to 3 years. We also provide Extended Warranties to add protection to your investment.
Buying Your Massage Chair - A Few Things To Remember
- Buying from Emassagechairs.com is always more affordable than buying in store. We are a factory direct distributor and do not have the expense of a brick and mortar location, allowing us to pass on the savings to you.
- Please double check the dimensions of your massage chair. Make sure that it will fit through your door and comfortably within the room.
- Do try out the massage chairs in the stores. Why not test the massage chair before you purchase and get the savings by ordering from us.
- All of our prices include free standard shipping, delivery, and sales tax*.
Not sure about something, please feel free to call us anytime. Our knowledgeable team members are waiting to assist you. 888.360.9996