The lowdown on massage chair technology

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The lowdown on massage chair technology
Remember those days when massage chairs first started meagerly penetrating the market? People didn’t know the difference between a vibrating massage and a kneading one. Some even thought that deep-tissue massages are supposed to hurt!
But with time people became more educated and interested in the massage chair benefits. That’s why companies started adding more features to singularise their products. From Shiatsu massages to heat therapy, chromotherapy, and vigorous Yoga stretches, these companies spared no effort in producing top of the line massage chairs for every budget.
Technology keeps evolving, so these chairs have to keep up to cater to an increasingly demanding public. “We are living in the exciting times,” said Robin Hamilton from Wellness Wires website. “I can’t wait to see what massage chair models are next in line.”
To be honest, neither can I. We already see a huge technological advance, so I’m excited to see what the future has in store. Let’s start with three of the most interesting and effective ones.

Technology 1: AI-driven Technology

Ogawa values technology, innovation, and customer service, which is why they patented a lot of their technologies.
For instance, the Vario Motion roller movement is said to target all those difficult-to-reach places on your body, like the nape. They also feature medical-grade biometric screenings, to adapt the massages to your needs after measuring vital stats like oxygen levels or blood pressure.
“Master Drive AI massage chair is far surpassing its competitors such as Luraco and Ogawa Panasonic,” says Jill Roberts, editor at Wellness Geeky
Here’s why…
  • This technology allows you to personalize your massage during your session by simply asking Alexa. No more bending down to reach the controls or fiddling with the screens, which is very lucky because you have 500 massage combinations to choose from.
  • In the package, you’ll find a Samsung Tablet, which you can use as both a remote or stand-alone tablet. This tablet allows you to play your favorite tunes while enjoying your massage.
  • AI technology has a memory feature that remembers all your saved features and programs. Some high-end massage chairs usually came with 5-10 memory slots, but this AI makes it easier to save a lot of favourites.

Technology 2:  Four-Hand Massage Technology 

You can test this four-hand massage technology by trying the uLove2 massage chair by OSIM, which is supposed to offer a very life-like massage, much like what your therapist would do.
Scratch that and replace it with what two therapists can do.
If you try old massage chairs, you’ll notice that their rollers feel very robotic and mechanic, whereas a therapist’s hands knead and roll according to your pressure points and needs.
OSIM has tried to incorporate this level of adaptability and realness into their uLove 2, so people can feel rejuvenated and completely relaxed. Here’s how:
  • The technology uses four sets of rollers.
  • The rotating rollers are dynamic and powerful.
  • The rollers are flexible and life-like, focusing on deep knots because the rollers do a full rotation in both directions to get to all the tricky spots.
  • Your upper body and lower body massages are synced for the best experience and complete relaxation.
  • The patented V-Hand massage technology is based on the Eastern practices of four-handed massage. This holistic practice supposes that the only way to achieve full relaxation is by relaxing your entire body at once.

Technology 3:  VR Technology

VR Technology is patented by OHCO, a company that takes pride in its innovative and hi-tech Shiatsu massage chairs. OHCO worked with Esqapes to produce the world’s first massager aided by Virtual reality.
This technology is supposed to increase the relaxation effect as well as your health benefits because the VR headset will transport you in ten different places.
You will have a holistic sensory experience, including smells, sounds, and temperatures, to immerse yourself in the massage.
These exotic environments are the result of careful research. Wellness and health are holistic concepts, and you already know this if you’ve tried getting a massage with a toddler banging against the door of your neighbors getting DIY-ing their home.
Here’s why VR Technology works in massage chairs:
  • It helps you immerse in the massage experience so that you can enjoy all its benefits.
  • It works on different areas in your brain to achieve a full relaxation effect.
  • The combination of sensory experiences isn’t serendipitous. The different sensory stimuli for sight, sound, touch, and smell are carefully chosen to create a state of mind that fits with the massage.
  • In this context, the massages feel extremely life-like.
  • The research conducted by OHCO and Esqapes suggests that a life-like, holistic massage has increased benefits on your health and relaxation.

In conclusion

Now that we’ve reviewed these technologies, aren’t you excited about the future of massage chairs too? AI, virtual reality, personalised and predictive medicine, plus computer vision, will make our massage chairs safer, more effective, and ultimately more human.
With that in mind, which massage chair technology sounds best for your needs? What would you choose? I already have my heart—and budget plan set on a VR chair!
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