How to Use a Massage Chair Effectively?

by Eric Cotten | Last Updated: February 27, 2017

effective massageThis might seem like an unnecessary question when you have an automatic massage chair just sitting there, and all you have to do is press a button to get your massage going.

However, while this great invention can magically manipulate your whole body in a way that feels “oh so good”, there are actually a few tips to using a massage chair that will assure you get the best massage.

Tip #1 – Make Sure You and the Chair Are Ready

Make sure you setup your massage chair on a hard and level surface. See that the chair is plugged into its own outlet; meaning, no extension cords, two-way, or three-way plugs. Prepare for your massage by wearing comfortable clothing. No tight collars or chokers.

Tip #2 – Sit Evenly in the Chair

This is a robotic massage chair, not human hands, so make sure you get massaged in the right places by not leaning to one side, slouching, using extra pillows or trying to share the seat with someone else.

Have the remote, control pad and everything else you might need within reaching distance. Sit back, rest your neck, head, arms, and feet in their respective rests making sure all body parts are pushed deep into place and select the type of massage you want.

Now, there might be a setting where the chair scans your body and adjusts the rollers to align to your specific bodily proportions. If you have this setting, do use it, and use it before each massage, if you are not the only one using the chair.

Tip #3 – Make Sure You Have Enough Time for The Full Massage

You won’t feel good if you have to get up halfway through your massage, so look at the settings or the user’s manual that comes with your chair and choose the appropriate massage.

Tip #4 – Don’t Put Up with Pain and Discomfort

Just because it’s a massage chair doesn’t mean it should cause you undue pain. This is especially true if it only causes you pain on one side of your body or you can’t breathe through the pain. Have yourself checked out by a professional to see what’s wrong. Have the chair looked at too to make sure it doesn’t have some sort of problem. This is especially true if you are not the only one experiencing pain from it.

If the overall massage is too intense, then lay a blanket over the chair before using it. Or, put cushioning in the foot rests so the foot massage isn’t so intense.

Tip #5 – Do Elevate Your Feet

Most massage chairs have a setting where they can elevate your feet above your heart level during your massage, and besides the zero gravity position feeling like you’re floating on clouds, it is important to elevate your feet 6 to 12 inches above heart level to take stress off of your heart; improve function of the immune system; reduce swelling in the feet, ankles, and legs; and improve your memory by increasing blood flow to the brain.

Tip #6 – Consider Wearing Earphones

Some massage chairs can be quite loud, which prevents you from relaxing and fully enjoying your massage. Remedy this problem by wearing headphones and listening to some relaxing music.

Tip #7 – Use It Anytime You Like

We recommend that you use the chair to your heart’s content. After all, having a robotic massage chair is like having your own personal massage therapist on call 24/7. You could use it when you get home from work, before and after a workout, or before you go to bed at night. Most importantly, use it whenever you feel stressed or anxious or if you just want to be pampered.

Tip #8 – Do Get a Massage from a Human Every So Often

While a massage chair can do wonders for you, nothing beats getting a real massage with someone who you can talk to about your specific problem areas, and there is definitely immense mental and physical benefits to the human touch, which serve to make us more human, intelligent, brave, happy, confident, and the list goes on.

So basically, just follow your instincts and the instructions that came with your massage chair, and you should have no problem getting effective results from each massage session. Children under 18, pregnant women, and those with health conditions should talk to their doctor before using a massage chair.