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Massage Chair Buying Guide

A comprehensive guide that will give you all the information you need on how to buy a new massage chair.
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Getting Started

Everyone needs time to relax, especially with today's busy, hectic lifestyles. One great way to relax is with your own massage chair. Instead of going to spas or other facilities for a relaxing massage, you can own a piece of furniture that will take away your knots and pains. Massage chairs help reduce stress levels and promote better health. Who imagined staying healthy could feel so good!
Most massage chairs come with three to eight pre-set programs, plus some have customization options. Below are some of the features you should know about before deciding on which type of massage chair to purchase. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our knowledgeable sales team at 800-860-3577.
In addition to a full massage chair, Abt has separate foot and calf massagers to compliment a chair. These foot and calf massagers deliver the very latest in three-dimensional, robotic foot and calf massage technology with soothing vibration, doubling as a comfortable footrest


Acupoint Detection System

Acupoint will scan the entire length of a person's back, creating a map of key pressure points to target during the massage. This is to ensure an effective and targeted massage for all body types.

Ergonomic Contours

Provide exceptional comfort and back support with or without engaging the massage function.

Seat Vibration

This feature is available on most high-end chairs, and will vibrate the hamstrings and gluteus.

Upper and Lower Back Heat

Therapeutic heat prepares muscles to receive maximum benefit from a full back massage.

Zero Gravity

This technology mimics a zero-gravity recline chair, but with the added feature of a massage. It positions the body in a neutral position that counteracts gravity's adverse effects by easing the body into a virtually weightless position, elevating the legs above the heart. By doing so, the chair's position relieves weight from the spine, empowering sore, tired muscles to relax and restore their natural balance and well-being.

Massage Types


This program will simultaneously combine two different techniques, allowing for a more intense massage.


Most massage chair come with foot/calf/ankle massagers, ensuring a superior kneading massage that improves blood circulation to relive sore, tired muscles. If the massager is not attached to the chair itself, most models can be paired with an ottoman foot and calf massager.

Full Back

Extended-reach quad-point massage system delivers a rolling and kneading massage from the lower back all the way to the shoulders.

Full-Body Stretching

Available on some models, the calf massage wells will gently hold your legs as the chair reclines to arch your back and engage in a gentle body stretching program with an active massage of your lower back.

Lower Back

The auto-massage program for the lower back provides a set amount of time for an invigorating massage, relieving your lower back tension and leaving you feeling energized.

Neck and Shoulder

The auto-massage program for the neck and shoulders, like that of the Lower Back Massage, provides a set amount of time for an invigorating massage, relieving your upper back tension and leaving you feeling energized.

Massage Techniques


The Compression technique feels like the heels of a professional therapist's hands firmly pushing on muscles alongside your spine, and inward toward the spine itself. This technique aids in improving mobility and posture.


This technique uses gentle rubbing motions across the back.


Kneading relieves tension and soreness by lifting and stretching muscles. It improves deeper blood and lymph circulation and helps bring vital nutrients to the spinal area. It also helps clear out the toxins from muscle and nerve tissue in the area. This technique kneads your back in a small, circular motion on both sides of your spine simultaneously.


Alternate rapid-taping strokes stimulate spinal muscles and spinal joint areas. Flexes spinal joints and relieves pressure on the spinal column, invigorating the entire back and releasing tension and cramping from muscles in spasm. These movements stimulate circulation and also tone and strengthen muscles, especially the soft tissue areas.


The Rolling technique applies constant pressure while rolling gently up and down your back near your spine. It warms and loosens your muscles, preparing your back for a deeper massage. Relieves muscle tension, improves circulation, and relaxes the back. This technique is especially useful for relaxing the lower back.


Swedish massage refers to a collection of techniques designed primarily to relax muscles by applying pressure to them against deeper muscles and bones, and gently rubbing in the same direction as the flow of the blood returning to the heart.

Other Things to Consider

Cup Holder

Most models have a built-in cup holder so you can have your drinks nearby as you relax.

Massage Controller

Easily personalize your massage experience to include a full-back or targeted massage, with or without heat (if applicable). Some controllers can be used while docked, or removed for convenient hand-held operation.


This depends on your preference. Most chairs are outfitted with synthetic leather, but can be customized with various types of leather.

Memory Foam Seat Pad

Visco-Elastic foam seat pad molds to the body, providing optimum comfort for each individual user.

Number of Motors

The most important aspect to a massage chair is the number of motors it has. If the unit has independently working motors, you will receive a stronger massage because of the power distribution among each motor. Also, the more motors, the stronger the massage.

Reclining Buttons

Allow the user to adjust the angles of the headrest, leg rest, and/or chair recline.