Modern Massage Chairs for Busy People
Over the decades, the design and basic principles of massage chairs barely
changed. However, microchips operates and controls the modern versions of these chairs. The user programs the
settings and can thus use a massage chair even without aid.
Although most of these chairs are mechanically operated with motors, some inventors have done innovative
designs. Instead of using motors, some chairs use water or airbags as actuators to ease the weary muscles and
improve blood circulation. Some chairs also mimic the massage techniques used by professional masseuses and massage
Massage chairs have been around for more than half a century. Their operation relies on a set of motors, gears,
rollers and vibrating mechanisms. Most massage chairs still use the same set of mechanisms. The main difference is
the programmable feature that is made possible by microprocessors and other electronic features. The user can
customize the settings of the chair, depending on his or her needs and preferences.
The remote controls the intensity, location, duration, and sequence of vibrations while the microprocessor
stores and retrieves the programmed settings for future use. The chairs have become more sophisticated and precise
in this manner.
The vibrators and rollers
Modern massage chairs use mechanical vibrators and rollers that are located on certain points. The rollers
inside the chair can travel along a fixed track. This motion can trace the back area of the body, creating a
soothing caress. The vibrations are made possible by the imbalance on the rollers. The rollers are not perfectly
centered on their axles. As they rotate, they create vibrations because of the imbalance.
The microprocessor can then control the movements of the rollers along the tracks. The speed of the motors can
also be controlled. Some more sophisticated chairs can be programmed to vibrate on specific pressure points and at
the right timing. Some chairs have rollers that can mimic Shiatsu and gripping actions.
Massage chairs are luxury gadgets that can cost thousands of dollars. Some of these chairs are more expensive
than a living room entertainment system. Although it is expensive and has smaller market in the U.S., it is far
more convenient and cost effective than going to the massage parlor or hiring a professional masseuse on a regular
basis. A massage chair might be expensive but if one computes the total expense that he would otherwise spend
hiring a masseuse on a year round basis, a massage chair is more affordable.
Your life with a massage chair
You go home after a whole day of stressful work at the office. You feel tired and your muscles are aching. You
have a stiff neck and your back hurts. Your feet feel like being punctured by thousands of tiny needles. You sit
back in a leather-upholstered massage reclining chair. This is not like
any other chair in your living room. It is your favorite chair. You pick up a remote but you are not intent on
watching the television. You started pushing on the buttons. The chair gently starts vibrating, giving you a
relaxing massage. At the end of the day you feel thankful that modern massage chairs were invented in your