Regular massages offer increased circulation and lower blood pressure, along with increased relaxation. If you’ve been asking yourself, Should I buy a massage chair for my home? Here are six things to consider.
1. Do you have room for a massage chair?
Massage chairs take up quite a bit of room, so look around your home to decide where a chair would go. Popular spots include the bedroom, bonus room, or home office. Those with an extending ottoman or a reclining seat back will need a larger space. Does the chair’s appearance look out of place with the rest of the furniture in the room?
2. Will you need help moving it?
Massage chairs are heavy and require more than one person to lift or move them. Once in place, you’ll likely need help to move it somewhere else unless you’ve chosen a model that comes on wheels.
3. Will, you (or a family member) actually use it?
What you don’t need is another clothes hanger such as the abandoned treadmill in the corner. If you put a massage chair in your office, will it relax you and make you more productive — or will it serve as a distraction?
Most chairs are designed for an average height of 5 feet 10 inches. For those who are much taller or more petite, the chair may not work as intended. Try out the chair in a store, if possible, to make sure it will work for your height or opt for an adjustable model.
4. What features are important to you?
Choose a chair that works on areas of the body where you have the most pain. Consider a programmable unit that would easily allow family members to share a chair.
5. What’s your budget?
Massage chairs range in price from a few hundred dollars to several thousand. If a chair is out of your price range, consider a massaging pad that can be laid on a chair or bed.
6. Don’t forget about the warranty.
Read the warranty policy so you know what’s covered and for how long. Make sure to put your purchase materials and receipt in a safe place for reference.