When it comes to choosing the perfect model, people often ask themselves whether the massage chair will be suitable for a person of their size and weight. Adjusting the massage chair to personal needs contributes directly to the quality and comfort of the massage. So Paweł gives some tips on the best way to adjust the massage chair to your height and weight. And finally, he also addresses the age of those wishing to use a massage chair.
Maximum permissible weight in the massage chair
The heavier the user, the more strain is placed on the components and actuators, which in turn results in increased wear and tear on all the subassemblies. However, there is no exact threshold load at which the chair would stop working. Massage chairs are often equipped with load sensors which inform about the “fatigue”, the excessive stress on the actuators.
During manufacturing process, each model is also subjected to tests that determine how much load the massage chair can handle. For instance, Massaggio brand massage chairs will function properly with the following loads: Massaggio Piccolo – 120 kg, Massaggio Eccellente 2 – 140 kg, while Massaggio Stravagante 2 – 150 kg. In the Fujiiryoki JP 2000 chair, the maximum load is also 150 kg. Please refer to respective model’s Specification on the product pages for exact permissible weights. And most importantly – in the course of our entire operation, we’ve yet to have a case of any massage chair being overloaded, including chairs used commercially.
When you’re heavier, the physique is another significant factor to be considered. In the case of ladies and gentlemen with a bigger belly, a little discomfort may arise when placing hands into the massagers – some of them require placing hands sideways. With massagers where you insert your hands from above, such problem does not exist.
Optimum height of a massage chair user
The vast majority of massage chairs feature a system that scans the line of the spine and adjusts the massage according to height. However, it’s worth bearing in mind that the most compact models, such as the Massaggio Ricco or Bello 2, can be used by people up to 180 cm tall in order for the full massage range to be achieved. If you’re taller than this, you may find it difficult to position the massager in the upper back or on the nape of the neck. Taller people, up to 198 cm, will feel completely comfortable in the larger models, such as the Esclusivo 2 or Stravagante 2. If you’re short, your head may be positioned too low and the massaging arms may put pressure on it – this should be avoided. In such cases, manual control and precise positioning of the massaging arms is recommended.
For models with an adjustable footrest with calf and foot massagers, it’s enough to position the footrest so that your legs and feet can be massaged unobstructed. Shorter users should raise the footrest as much as possible, while for average height and tall users it’s recommended to position the footrest only slightly elevated. It’s very important to position the legs comfortably and to support them under the knees, and here comes the possibility to adjust only the extension of the footrest – available in all our massage chairs with foot massagers – in the Stravagante 2 model in turn, this is an automatic adjustment.
A massage chair designed to fit you
As you can see, there are a few things you should pay attention to when using a massage chair, especially in terms of adjusting it to your height or weight. If you have any doubts, or would like to check whether you would be comfortable in a particular model, you can book a massage chair demonstration service or visit one of our showrooms.
Now you know what to keep in mind and how to set up your massage chair, and if you don’t have one yet, check out our Offer. Remember that you can always contact us – we will provide you with advice and answer all your questions.
Paul, is height a factor you should consider, when you choose a massage chair?
Most people can fit into most massage chairs, but sometimes it’s not that simple, so I need to explain it a little more.
The majority of massage chairs are suitable for people who are between 1 meter 55 and 1 meter 95 tall. In some of the smaller, compact models the massage mechanisms may not reach the neck level, if the user is over 1 meter 80. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t use them, but it’s a good idea to note that with a larger chair the range of the massage will increase, and it can be more comfortable for taller people.
What should taller people take into consideration?
If you are a tall person, it is not just about the size of the massage chair or the scanning system, some models also offer an automatic or manual extension for the foot rest. This allows people to straighten their legs and be more comfortable.
From experience, it’s also a good idea for very tall users to check the size of their feet, particularly if they are choosing a chair with an enclosed foot rest with a front airbag, where the maximum comfortable size is about 48. I think that this is about a 14 in UK sizes, which is big enough for almost everyone.
Is it ok to use one of the larger massage chairs if you’re not very tall?
We need to remember that massage chairs use a scanning system which recognises the height of a user and will adjust the mechanism accordingly. If you are 1 meter 60 tall, the largest massage chair can still work for you.
What about the weight of a person, does that matter?
Usually, massage chairs are tested in the factories, standard size models have a (maximum suggested) weight of 140 kg and compact models 120 kg. If users don’t exceed these weights, then the massage chair should work properly for years.
Although bodies come in all shapes and sizes, and as I said at the beginning, massage chairs are suitable for most people. However, if you have any doubts about measurements, yours or the chairs then it is best to sit in one before you buy it.