Elite Massage Chairs Provides Tip Sheet to Consumers on What to Look for When Buying a Massage Chair

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The market for premium massage chairs is growing in the US, however the industry is still in relative infancy. With prospective massage chair buyers facing a dizzying deluge of websites and options, Elite released the Top 5 Things to Look for When Buying a Massage Chair.

Armed with information from industry insiders, consumers can ensure they find the best massage chair possible.

Ask the average American consumer if they've ever tried a massage chair, and the answer is typically no - despite US consumers spending between $4-6 billion annually on massage therapy. While it is estimated that 20% of Japanese households own a massage chair, many US consumers are just now contemplating the remarkable benefits of these "robotic masseuses" that closely emulate the experience of a human massage therapist.

Searching online for “massage chairs” generates a confusing multitude of manufacturers, resellers, retail outlets and sometimes, sketchy-looking websites. The question is: How can consumers know in advance the crucial things to look for when researching various massage chairs on the market today?

Elite Massage Chairs today released the Top 5 things to look for when purchasing a premium massage chair. Armed with information from industry insiders, consumers can wade into the market with more confidence to find the best massage chair possible.

1.    Warranty. This is an important one, and fairly easy to assess. The warranty is a good indicator of chair quality and the company behind it. Generally the longer the warranty, the better the chair. A 5-year warranty (without having to purchase the “extended warranty” package) is best. What about a warranty longer than 5 years? Beware of massage chair manufacturers with warranties longer than 5 years, as this can be designed just to get your attention. Warranty coverage lasting more than 5 years almost always refers only to the frame (read the fine print!). A massage chair frame should be made of structural steel, and last (almost) forever no matter what, and the possibility of getting any service that long is remote.

2.    Depth of massage. It’s better to get a strong massage chair that can be toned down easily with the remote control than to settle for a soft massage chair that can't be adjusted. Most consumers seek the benefits of deeper tissue massage, so should look for a massage chair designed for optimal therapeutic depth of motion and range. Getting a massage in a strong massage chair is a little like working out. The first day can cause a little soreness, but the body adjusts and acclimates to the routine for ongoing benefits. But strong doesn't automatically mean good if the massage feels mechanical, so consumers should seek a chair with well-designed and smooth massage mechanics to mimic the feel of human hands. While massage chairs that deliver a relaxing “dream inducing” massage is great – the best investment is a chair that has it ALL, including smooth, deep tissue relief.

3.    Ease of maintenance. Even with a one year in-home service warranty, massage chairs can require a technician to do any maintenance or repair. However most massage chair buyers never think about ease of self-maintenance. There are significant savings longer term with a massage chair consumers can easily assess themselves for periodic maintenance or even a simple repair. Consumers should seek a chair with a modular design; if unsure, Elite advises consumers ask the manufacturer how easy it is for the average person to fix if necessary. Some massage chairs are even “plug and play," meaning just about any part can be removed in a few minutes. These are the premium, well-designed massage chairs. The companies that make them have thought ahead in their design, haven’t just tossed something on the market to make a quick buck.

4.    Customization. This is about making the massage chair, and the massages it provides, just right for the distinct and personal needs of each user. Potential buyers should make sure the massages can be fully customized to each user's preferences. A one button massage is great, but without the ability to increase or decrease focus or depth on particular areas of the body, the chair won’t be able to isolate those spots each individual wants to target – or worse, the massage will be uncomfortable. Elite recommends consumers look for a premium massage chair that can store favorite massages in memory, for playback at any time. This will ensure the massage chair is “just right”, and will evolve with changing therapeutic needs for years.

5.    Don’t forget the feet! For those who have experienced a foot massage (let’s hear those pleasant “ahhhs”) they know how important and rehabilitating it can be, especially for those who spend a lot of time on their feet at work. A great foot massage can make a big difference on the overall feeling of well-being, and deliver remarkable regenerative benefits. Consumers should select a chair that addresses the whole foot — not just the sides of the feet with airbag pressure — but full rollers plus grasping and compression. There’s an old saying about Reflexology in massage chairs among industry veterans: “A massage chair without a good foot massage is only ½ a massage chair!”

For further information please contact:
Eric Henderson
800-592-0548, ext. 2

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