Massage Chair Buyers Guide

Massage chair buyers guide provides insight into massage chairs, reviewed elsewhere on this site. Also, use with massage chair frequently asked questions to find the best one for your needs.

Airbag Massage

Now, a common technique used by massage therapists is to grip and squeeze large muscles firmly for a few seconds before releasing them. As a result, tight muscles get relief from tension and they relax.

So, simulating this technique, an airbag will provide a compression massage as opposed to the kneading, rolling, or tapping motions provided by rollers. Moreover, airbags are typically found in areas like the shoulders, arms, buttocks, calves and feet. In fact, they are usually used in places where rollers aren't effective.

Most of all, airbags stimulate the area by rapidly inflating and deflating. As a result, you get a massage. By and large, compression is a safe, commonly used technique that can increase blood and lymph flow. Incidentally, compression also massages muscles which can relieve tension and help the body get rid of toxins. In addition, a compression massage reduces swelling.

So, one of the things to look for is the number of airbags in the chair: the more the better. Also, a chair may provide the ability for you to adjust the chair's airbag compression strength.

Auto Massage Modes

Next, chairs may provide a number of pre-programmed auto massages. Moreover, the greater the number of auto massages offered, the more options you have to find the most effective and comforting massage.

Backrest Massage

Now, there are at least two ways to massage the back.

First, the massage nodes or balls are fixed in specific positions of the back. Consequently, these nodes massage only those areas of the back. As a result, the more nodes in the backrest the more areas of the back get massaged.

Meanwhile, another way to massage the back is by using robotic hands that travel up and down the back in a track that extends from the upper back to the buttocks. Now, each robotic hand has, usually two, massaging nodes mounted on it. Consequently, as the robotic hand moves, it's two nodes massage areas of the back that they go over. Furthermore, you can adjust the distance between the two nodes on each robotic hand. Also, you can adjust the node's rotation speed.

Foot Massage

Similar to the backrest massage, the bottom of the feet can be massaged in two ways. First, fixed nodes rotates in specific areas of each foot. Or, they go back and forth massaging the entire bottom part of your feet.


Next, when heat is applied, it causes the soft tissue, near the skin, to relax and become more supple. Also, the heat results in an increase of blood flow to the area. In addition, the heated skin stimulates sensors and blocks pain signals from being sent to the brain. By the way, infrared heat goes deeper into the tissue.

By and large, heat is usually applied to the area around the waist. As a result, the area gets warmed up, which, in turn, improves blood circulation in the body. While convection heat generally warms up areas near the skin, infrared warms up areas deep below the skin. Consequently, infrared heat more effectively improves blood circulation.

Meanwhile, some chair massagers also heat the feet, which helps you relax. However, not all chairs have this feature.


Next, the intensity of the massage is driven by the speed of rotation of the balls. In addition, it is driven by the intensity of the air pressure in airbags.


Lastly, to provide the best massage to help you, a chair has many robotic mechanical and electric features. So, it's good to look into the nature of the warranty service, the manufacturer offers.