1.) Massage Functions: Low-end massage chairs usually offer little more than simple vibration and rolling massage. On the other hand, high-end massage chairs offer a wide variety of features to help put you and your body at ease. These features often include, but certainly are not limited to: rolling, tapping, kneading, shiatsu, reflexology, vibration, an all-inclusive menu of pre-programmed functions, heat and even functions like Zero Gravity and Inversion Therapy.
2.) Massage Positions: In addition to varying massage styles, all massage chairs feature different massage areas beyond just your back. A good massage chair usually offers leg & foot massage and in some chairs, arm & wrist massages. These massage area options are usually delivered by air bags, massage heads, or rollers throughout the chair. Advanced massage chairs can also feature a thumb-like massage head to mimic the therapeutic benefits of a trip to a masseuse.
3.) Massage Rollers: When you decide to take the plunge and buy the massage chair of your dreams, make certain that one of the features you consider is the range of the rollers. Some offer customization on height as well as the width of the rollers.
4.) Massage Airbags: Massage airbags offer powerful relief from tension and stiffness by delivering pressurized air to small pouches located in the back, legs, or sides of your massage chair. The airbags, when inflated, compress your muscles, which will help stimulate blood flow. If you are deciding whether the airbag function is right for you, look for a massage chair that may deliver both airbag and rolling massage simultaneously. Combined, the two can create the most advanced full body massage available in a chair.
5.) Heated Massage: Most advanced massage chairs come with the option of a heated massage seat and/or back. By offering infrared heat, your massage becomes significantly more effective by adding more relaxation to your muscles.
6.) Recline Function: Most high-end massage chairs feature a variety of recline options, some of which include Zero Gravity. The concept of Zero Gravity is reflected in the weightlessness that astronauts feel in space. This massage chair function places your body in a gravity neutral position, which lowers your heart rate, reduces tension and boosts healthy circulation. Some reclining options might include a single-touch feature, giving you ultimate control. Studies have shown that adding a degree of recline to your massage not only provides a deeper massage experience, but it also significantly boosts the benefits.
7.) Massage Power: Most people will agree that the strength of your massage is one of the most important aspects of any massage chair. This strength is dependent on the number of motors within the chair and, as such, a higher number of motors indicates a greater degree of power. Over time, your body will become accustomed to your massage chair, so the more strength options available for you will make your chair more beneficial in the long run. Many massage chairs offer removable padding, which allow you another level of customization in the strength of your massage.
8.) Massage Programs: Most massage chairs have pre-programmed massage options. These provide a timed massage that targets specific areas of the body. The more advanced massage chairs usually have body-mapping technology, which tests the reactions of various areas of your body and customizes a massage accordingly.
9.) Chair Upholstery: Genuine leather is often the fabric of choice for massage chair furnishings, but you’ll notice that a lot of high-end and technologically advanced chairs are synthetic. This is due to the amount of movement and heat that your massage chair will generate and need to hold up under on a daily basis. Synthetic fabrics are usually engineered to withstand the heat, wear and tear, ensuring the longevity of your massage chair in the long run.