So what makes massage so great anyways?
I’m glad you asked! Massage therapy centers around relieving muscles that are in a semi flexed state, i.e. they’re tight or have knots in them. Muscles are what pull at bone to cause movement right? Well chronically tight muscles can pull bones like the spine out of alignment, causing pain. If left untreated, tight muscles can contribute to disc slipping, scoliosis and other major back issues.
Makes sense, but why would I need to buy a chair when I can go see a masseuse?
It’s true, a mechanical chair will never be able to replace human hands, but consider this. When booking a massage at a parlor you have to book well in advance to get the person you normally see. Otherwise the quality of massage you get is random at best. Also with most massage subscriptions you can only get one massage a month, anything more than that and you pay extra!! Not to mention traveling to the salon, dealing with traffic and hoping to find a parking spot! A chair on the other hand will give you instant access to a massage any time of day, any day of the week. All from the comfort of your own home, no scheduling required! There are also no limits to the amount of massages you can have! Although we do recommend spending not more than a few hours getting any type of massage so as to help prevent dehydration!
What should I look for when shopping for a massage chair?
Excellent question! Over the years I’ve noticed there are price categories that massage chairs fit under. Anything under $3000 is the lowest quality massage chair and not worth your time. There’s no personalization of the massage, no researched techniques and they break down quickly. You might as well have a friend hit you a few times in the back with a blunt object, it’s pretty much the same thing. A chair priced between $3000 and $5000 is your mid ranged chair. Some chairs will personalize the massage to you, some won’t. Most don’t have the best researched techniques, but they won’t beat you up too much either. They last longer than the cheaper models, but still tend to break down.
$5000 and up is your top tier massage chairs. These chairs will scan you entire spine and give you a personalized massage. Massage heads use techniques picked up from real massage therapists and are meant to soothe you, not beat you up. Most will also allow you to adjust the intensity of your massage. Any chair in this category will provide you with the best massage experience a chair can offer!
Tip: The massage elements of the chair are the most important aspect of it of course, but most importantly you should base your purchase of a quality massage chair on the feel of the massage. How does it make your body feel, what one do you prefer? Too often those researching massage chairs to purchase base their decision on what they read on the internet about them and all the specs they found. Honestly, what you read on the internet can be conflicting and confusing. Instead, research which chairs are the best quality and then go try them out to figure out which one feels best for you.
Good to know, but why do you carry the massage chair brands you have on your floor?
After being in industry of ergonomic sales for over 25 years we at the Ultimate Back Store strive to offer the best quality and most reliable massage chairs- keeping our personal favorites on our floor. There are many brands out there that look good on paper but when truly tried and tested they just don’t match the standard we uphold at our store, so we don’t carry them. In addition, the massage chairs we offer also have a reasonable price point variation- all being in the top tier of massage chair excellence.
-The OHCO is a phenomenal massage chair made and designed in Japan and the producer strives to give you the best massage experience money can buy! They work a master shiatsu artist to help mimic real massage and stretching techniques used in the fine art of shiatsu massage. You’ll also find that each chair does an in depth scan of your back, then matches you to one of over one hundred different pre-programmed body types, ensuring you’ll get the most personalized massage experience possible!
-The Human Touch Novo XT2 and Super Novo are another customer favorite! The Super Novo is the upgraded and perfected model massage chair from Human Touch while the Novo XT2 is the model that came out before the Super Novo. They have an amazing massage program variety, have the ability to give you an impecaable deep tissue massage experience, and encapsulates you into a relaxing state of bliss.
-The Cozzia QiSe is a fan favorite at a little bit lower price point than the OHCO and Human Touch massage chairs. You still get an amazing massage, that customizes to your body with full body scanning and a wide variety of programs. It also has an amazing ease of use with the intuitive touch screen remote for operation. The Cozzia QiSE will also be one of the smaller options for our massage chairs, which is a great option if your space for your chair is a little on the smaller side.
The Ultimate Back Store is a local small business that has been around for over 25 years helping clients with their back pain relief needs. We want to help you grow your knowledge on ergonomics for your home and office so that you are able to better prevent and/or fight that agonizing back pain. We have a FREE Guide to 9 Secrets of Back Pain Relief that will help jumpstart that knowledge and would love to talk to you to help further your education on what measures you can take to keep your back healthy and happy!
If you’d like to explore the options we have at our store you can visit our site and check out our selection of Massage Chairs! Or feel free to leave a comment, call us, or email us with any additional questions that we could answer for you.