Our Complete Guide To Shiatsu Massage Chairs

As the name suggests, shiatsu massage chairs give you a professional level shiatsu style massage in the comfort of your own home.

These are great for relieving stress, helping to recover from injuries or simply just relaxing.

Shiatsu massage originated in Japan and China centuries ago. It's been popular the world over since the 1970s

The word shiatsu means 'finger pressure', which is what the technique involves, with various pressure points, or meridians as they're traditionally called, on the body being activated. 

As this is a great home alternative to regular sessions with a masseuse the demand has shot up.

The market has become saturated with brands offering their own shiatsu massage chairs.

Our guide will hopefully help you to pick out the best chair for your needs.

MK-II Plus Shiatsu Massage Chair by RELAXONCHAIR

MK-II Plus Shiatsu Massage Chair by RELAXONCHAIR

The MK-II Plus from RELAXONCHAIR is their most advanced massage chair yet.

It now features computerized body scanning.

This determines how long your spine is so the chair knows exactly where to focus your massage.

With four automatic massage programs, three manual massage modes, three stages of zero gravity, three speed control and three levels of airbag intensity, you can find the perfect combination for you giving the ultimate shiatsu massage.

Shiatsu Massage Chair by BestMassage

Shiatsu Massage Chair by BestMassage

BestMassage’s shiatsu massage chair uses a combination of compression and heat to work away all of the tension in your body.

The smart roller system adjusts to your body so you get the most out of your massage.

This combined with 30 strategically placed airbags gives you that spa experience from the comfort of your own home.

This chair also features pre-set programs including Relax, Refresh, Extended and Recovery so you can get the right massage for your needs.

Full Body Massage Chair by Real Relax

Full Body Massage Chair by Real Relax

The full body massage chair by Real Relax is a great low budget chair packed full of features.

It has eight massage points built into the backrest to release all of the tension in your back. 

Combine this with the 35 strategically placed airbags and you have a professional level massage. This could pay for itself in as little as 10 sessions!

The chair also features heat and vibrations functions, rollers in the footrest, and it even comes with an included virtual reality headset so you can escape completely as your body is worked from head to toe.

Luxury Shiatsu Chair by Ideal Massage

Luxury Shiatsu Chair by Ideal Massage

Ideal Massage have created the Luxury Massage chair.

You can choose from 4 different massage types.

There's shiatsu, kneading, spinal rolling and vibrating. 

If you’re having trouble deciding on a program you can switch on the automatic mode, which combines all your functions.

With full control of speed, intensity and airbags, three levels of zero gravity and built in heating you can set up your perfect massage. 

There's a further level of customisation with timed massages ranging from five to 30 minutes. You can squeeze in a massage even if you’re short on time.

Full Body Shiatsu Massage Chair by Ameriwood

Full Body Shiatsu Massage Chair by Ameriwood

The final chair in our guide is the Full body Shiatsu Massage chair by Ameriwood.

This chair is an upgrade on their previous model, increasing the massage area by 60%.

This means that Ameriwood’s own super long L-track roller system combined with the foot roller covers everything from your neck to the soles of your feet.

There are several built in programs including: Relax, Extend, Recover and Refresh.

Another feature is the heat rail, which is situated at waist level which can help to relieve lower back pain, stiffness in your waist and even stomach issues.

To Sum Up...

Since the invention of modern shiatsu massage in the early 1900’s it has become one of the most popular and readily available massage methods. 

If you play a sport or find yourself regularly suffering from stress related ailments you may benefit from regular massage.

The downside to getting regular massages is the relatively high cost of multiple appointments.

You also need to arrange your schedule around them, which can be an issue for most people. 

This is where massage chairs come in, they pay for themselves fairly quickly due to the long term cost and time savings.

I hope that this guide has helped you to find the best shiatsu massage chair for you or at least helped to narrow down your choices.

About the author

Nina T

Hi I'm Nina, a mother of one and proud contributor to sleephealthenergy.com. Growing up I always enjoyed learning about my body and how I can live out a more healthy, wholesome and fulfilling life. I am super excited to be a contributor to sleephealthenergy.com as I can now channel my passions into helping educate others.

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