We believe there’s no such thing as a typical customer. Here at OSIM UK, we like to treat all of our customers as individuals.
We understand some customers know exactly what they want, while others want a little advice. But one question often lurks at the back of their minds: should I buy a massage chair at all?
We can’t answer that question, that’s for you to decide. But what we can do is provide enough information to help you to make an informed choice.
Psst … silly question, but what can they do?
No, that’s a perfectly sensible question. To understand the benefits of a full body massage chair, it's helpful to understand exactly how these chairs work.
The simplest answer is this: massage chairs use robotic elements to mimic a real human massage experience. However, there is much more to what massage chairs can do.
Modern massage chairs have come a long way, since they first appeared in the late 1940s. Vibrations, gears, motors, and rollers now work together to massage different parts of the body in the most effective ways.
Vibration is the most basic full body massage chair technique. However, other components, like rollers, give an experience that feels more like the touch of a massage therapist.
Most massage chairs with rollers move them in a pattern that's designed to target specific muscles or areas of the body.
Some rollers can only move in one direction, while others are attached to a robotic arm that allows them to move both vertically and side to side.
Some rollers can even move in circles. The different massage patterns will be recorded and stored in the chair, so you can access them whenever you want.
A full body massage chair also lets you change the intensity of the massage you receive. This adjusts how much the rollers and other moving parts will press into your body, and how fast they will move.
So the technology is really quite simple?
Well, yes and no. There are other, fancier functions offered by some of the best full body massage chairs. Many massage chairs today are able to recline, and there are also other methods of giving the massage itself.
For instance, some chairs use water instead of mechanical parts. With waterproof coverings, valves and nozzles that push jets of water against your back, and in-built thermostat – the perfect water massage, without getting wet!
Other chairs use airbags to reproduce the squeezing sensation of the massage therapist’s hands (great for the arms and legs). An air compressor inflates the airbags, and you can often adjust the intensity of the squeeze too.
Airbags can also give a tapping or rolling feeling, depending on how fast they inflate and deflate. Airbags are usually a supplement to the other mechanical parts of the chair - they can't completely replace a roller or a vibrating sensation.
Sounds very complicated to use?
These chairs are designed to be easy to control and use, so there's no need to be intimidated at all.
Most of the time, your chair will come programmed with a list of massage options. A remote control or set of buttons on the arm of the chair allows you to choose your settings.
Some chairs have other features, such as voice-activation technology or sensors that can tell exactly where your body touches the chair.
With so many different massage chair types and functions, there really is something for everyone. They are easy-to-use and adjustable for anyone's needs.
Massage chairs are usually delivered with an instruction manual. Here at OSIM UK, we’ve gone one step further and created some videos for our customers too (please visit our YouTube channel]
All in all, owning a massage chair is the next best thing to having an in-house massage therapist. And don’t be scared of all that advanced technology, as most are designed to be very user-friendly indeed.
So do your research, then take the plunge …
… you know, you’re worth it!