If you are looking around for a robotic massage chair, then you may want to know the basic technologies and features. Technology has been evolving rapidly and massage chairs have benefited. The best massage chairs combine brilliant software, with cutting edge electronics and mechanics that can feel like fingers, palms, etc. Although most massage chairs are full body massage capable, the type of massage is dependent on the location and technology available. Here are some of the key feature sets to contemplate.
Full Back Massage: The back has always been the most important aspect of a massage chair. Massage chairs really started with the back massage. The most common technology for the back is a mechanical roller system. These are more costly but also the most effective. Roller systems use side to side movements for kneading and up and down movements for tapping. The quality of the motors is key and whether the design is one or two motors. One motor may drive both the kneading and tapping. Or for the most power and reliability a motor is used for kneading and one for tapping.
Reclining the Chair: All massage chair are built to to recline. Reclining the chair allows you to better relax and is another way to strengthen the massage. Your own body weight is used onto the roller mechanism giving you more thorough and deeper penetration. A motor is the most common to recline most massage loungers. However, there is also some piston driven models that are pretty standard. Piston-driven is a manual system. The piston-driven system provides for assist. It will move the chair up when weight is not put on it. Reclining is by use of your body's weight. A lever is used to control the piston.
Buttocks and Thighs Massage: The seats in many massage recliners are designed to massage the thighs and buttocks. Some have air bags that wrap around the thighs and provide compression massage. Others have vibration and pulsing massages to stimulate the capillary vessels. You can also find ones with heating elements built in to help soothe and relax muscles. Many of these features are combined for maximum choice and affect.
Leg Massage: Most massage chairs are full body massage chairs. They can massage from head to toe. Many different technologies have been employed to accommodate the many areas to massage. Leg massage is generally done via a mechanical massagers. It employs a squeezing technique. Another method is using an air compressor and delivering air compression massage. Air bags are specifically designed to squeeze, hold and release the larger muscles of the body.
Leg Rest Movement: The leg rest is an important consideration. One can go with the lower end piston driven which provides an assist. Or you can go with a motorized leg rest. If you can afford it, the motorized is the way to go. That way, you can get to the comfortable position quick and easy. A manual movement makes you use a lever which may require you to lift your legs to find the right position.
User Controls: Remote controls are always a touchy subject. Most chairs have a hard wired remote that rests in a remote arm holder. Some models have the remote integrated into the armrest which can be nice. You want to have large buttons for easy access. Some now have wireless sub remotes which can run virtually the whole chair. Higher end models tend to have LCD screens where lower end chairs have just LEDs. Your remote should be simple and easy to use.
Style: Massage chair designs have lacked while technology is pushed forward. Many massage chair companies have horrible, industrial designs. The chair will get relegated to the garage. There are some beautiful designs, but the vast majority is simply tasteless. Check around and see what you like.
Massage chairs have come a long way from the first vibration massage chair. You can find full body massage, MP3 players, stretching systems and heating elements. All of these are integral to providing a soothing and relaxing environment. A massage chair is a place to get in touch with your body and have some recovery time. A few minutes here and there can be quite a blessing.