DETERMINE THE USEFUL FUNCTIONS
The function “diffusion of heat” puts you immediately in conditions by giving you a pleasant sensation and relaxing your muscles. A bit like the application of a vegetable oil during a manual massage.
The “vibration” function offers a light massage, which stimulates the blood circulation to relax and restore energy. The vibrations are particularly pleasant to massage the glutes after a long day spent on his office chair.
Some devices (called shiatsu ) are able to reproduce classic massage gestures such as kneading, effleurage (or rolling), pressure and percussion.
You should be able to use these different functions in the order you prefer, or simultaneously, adjust the intensity of the massage, choose to massage the whole body or a fixed area.
KNOW YOUR NEEDS
To have the guarantee of an effective massage, choose your seat according to your needs, and the use that you intend to make of it.
Depending on the types of tension , the functions to be preferred or sacrificed are not the same. Thus, for a relaxation massage, the entry-level models can suffice, thanks to the diffusion of heat and vibrations. But if you are looking to relieve tension points and contracted muscles , then you will have to opt for a more sophisticated model, capable of deep massage. For that, choose a seat with more functions: bearing, circular movements that mimic the kneading, pressures.
Your morphology also comes into play : the pressure exerted by the wheelchair can be too strong for the elderly or the children, and conversely, too light for the corpulent people. You will need to choose a device whose intensity is adjustable, especially if it benefits multiple users. If you use your real relax massage chair for short periods, you do not need to invest in luxury models.
Finally, ask yourself which areas you want to massage: all the seats do not reach the neck, for example. If you suffer from lumbar or shoulder injuries, you will need a T-shaped seat so that the massage mechanisms can relieve you.
PAY ATTENTION TO THE COATING
This may seem secondary, but the quality of the coating determines the life and comfort of a massage chair. The velvet is particularly resistant and rather pleasant. While synthetic coatings are sometimes a little rough. Choose preferably a removable and machine washable cover.
THE BEST BRANDS
All brands are not equal: European manufacturers are subject to stricter quality standards, and those who have specialized for many years in the well-being and medical, such as Beurer, Homedics or Scholl are among the more reliable . In addition, products made in Asia are subject to import taxes that increase their starting price.
The entry-level massage seats cost at least 100 euros , and luxury models can reach 400 euros . Whatever the price range of the seat you choose, check that it is guaranteed, at least a year.
VIGILANCE OVER THE LIFETIME
This gives you an indication of its life, because no manufacturer wants to see a product return the time of this warranty. Beyond the warranty, the life of a massage chair depends largely on its frequency of use , and where it is stored: it is better to avoid damp places.
DISCOVER THE IMPACT OF THE MASSAGE SEAT ON YOUR BODY!
Shiatsu massage seats are therefore the only ones capable of massaging “in three dimensions”. Their massage mechanisms support your back to relieve it , as would a deep massage. When using for the first time, use the lowest intensity setting to familiarize yourself with the device.If you find the pressures too strong, add a cushion to mitigate them.
Gradually, an addictive effect will make you feel more comfortable. And if you like vigorous massages, the “percussion” function will fill you.
WHAT MASSAGE SEAT DO YOU NEED?
Install so that your back is straight against the seat , so that the entire back can be covered by the unit. A bad position could have disastrous consequences for your back: early back problems, disorders of the digestive and respiratory organs, respiratory disorders …
Once the device is running, you operate the various mechanisms using a remote control, which can be wired or wireless. The whole thing is to choose a model whose remote control is easy to use , with easy to distinguish keys, even with closed eyes.
Because of the risk of falling asleep, and because these devices offer fairly vigorous massage, they stop automatically after 15 minutes. You may want to have a second session in the process, but it is better to resist the temptation, especially if you are massaged daily. You have reached the maximum usage frequency.