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Maximum weight and height of a massage chair user


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.

Each model is also put through tests during production process, which reveal how much load the massage chair can handle. For example, Massaggio massage chairs will work reliably at: Massaggio Piccolo – 120 kg, Massaggio Conveniente, Massaggio Eccellente 2 – 140 kg, and Massaggio Stravagante 2 – 150 kg. As for the Fujiiryoki chairs, we don’t have exact figures, but knowing their design, we can expect them to be even more robust. You can find the detailed information regarding the permissible weight for a particular model in the Specifications section of the product page. But most importantly, we’ve never had a case of a massage chair being overloaded throughout our history, 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 your spine and adjusts the massage to your height. However, it is worth remembering that the most compact models, such as Massaggio Ricco or Bello 2, in order to maintain the full range of the massage, can be used by people no taller than 180 cm. If you are taller, you may find it difficult to position the massager in the upper back or neck area. Taller users, up to 195 cm, will feel completely comfortable in larger models, starting with Massaggio Conveniente, through Eccellente 2 Pro, Esclusivo 2 to Stravagante 2. If you are shorter, the head may be positioned too low and the massaging arms may press against it – this should be avoided. In such cases, manual control and precise positioning of the massaging arms is highly 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 crucial to keep your legs comfortably positioned and to support them under your knees, and this is where the ability to adjust just the extension of the footrest proves extremely useful – available in all our massage chairs with foot massagers – in the Esclusivo 2 and Stravagante 2 it’s automatic.

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.

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Published: 2022.03.10

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