Buying Guide: Best Massage Chairs for Exercise Recovery

New year, new you leaving you with a bit of new muscle soreness? If one of your New Year's resolutions is to take up a new exercise routine, this guide is for you!

Studies have shown that just a few minutes in a massage chair can speed muscle recovery, soothe muscle soreness, and improve flexibility so you can show up for your next training session refreshed and ready to go!

For yogis, lifters, & others primarily working their upper body, this is what you'll want to look for:

  1. Body scan technology. This technology will scan your body and make a note of your pressure points, adjusting the position of the rollers based on the scan results to give you a specialized massage where you need it most.
  2. A headrest with head and neck massagers.
  3. Heat therapy for neck and shoulders. Chairs with heating capabilities will help further relax and release your sore, tight muscles.

All that in mind, are a couple of the best chairs we recommend for targeted upper body massage!

Osaki OS-Aster Massage Chair. The Osaki OS-Aster chair has all the features you need for ultimate neck and shoulder relief. From precise body scanning to a specific program that offers targeted massage on the neck and shoulder areas, it’s a sure-fire fit for those who need a little extra upper-body TLC.

Kahuna EM-8500 King's Elite 4D Zero Gravity Heated Bluetooth HSL Massage Chair. The Kahuna EM-8500 is a neck and shoulder relief superstar. In addition to zero gravity and a 4D HSL-track with intensity adjustments, it features automatic body scan technology, upper back heating therapy, and a targeted neck and shoulder massage program. Ahhhh, sweet relief.

Cozzia® Qi SE Massage Chair. The Cozzia Qi SE Massage Chair offers the ultimate adjustable technology, allowing you to get a targeted massage where you need it most. Thanks to targeted heating technology, precise body scanning, and arm massage capabilities, it’ll loosen you up in no time!

For runners, deadlifters, and others primarily working their lower body, here's what you want to look for:

  • Body scan technology. This technology will scan your body and make a note of your pressure points, adjusting the position of the rollers based on the scan results to give you a specialized massage where you need it most.
  • Leg and foot rollers (bonus points if they’re heated!)
  • Heat therapy for the legs and feet. Chairs with heating capabilities will help further relax and release your sore, tight muscles, and improve circulation to improve

All that in mind, are a couple of the best chairs we recommend for targeted lower body massage!

Osaki OS-Pro 4D Paragon Massage Chair

The Osaki OS-Pro 4D Paragon Massage Chair features luxe technology systems (including voice command!), a sleek look, and temperature-customizable heated foot rollers. Its automatic leg extension and covered footrest feature makes it especially effective for lower body relief. It scans the legs to ensure the chair is calibrated to your leg length for proper body-area targeting based on your individual height.

Additionally, the foot component extends and retracts automatically, so you’re able to select your unique comfort position for the most optimal massage targeting. Finally, the covered footrest helps to keep your feet warmer during your chair massage, which both feels amazing and stimulates blood circulation.

Kahuna EM-8500 King's Elite 4D Zero Gravity Heated Bluetooth HSL Massage Chair

This massage chair from Kahuna offers a full suite of different massage techniques, from kneading to Shiatsu to rolling, as well as 24 target programs, to give you the ultimate massage suited to your individual needs and preferences. Plus it has auto leg extension, heating therapy for the feet and calves, and targeted leg and feet massage therapy. Ahhhh, sweet relief.

Osaki OS-Aster Massage Chair

The Osaki OS-Aster Massage Chair has a modern design with a sleek look (so it’ll look great in your living room!) and a comfortable feel, while offering a wide range of therapeutic capabilities. The OS-Aster can massage you from neck to your glutes and upper hamstrings with the SL-Track roller. Five massage techniques are available that makes you completely relaxed while the six automatic programs provide therapeutic relief.

It features a stretch program specifically for a tired lower body, where the footrest and backrest lifting together, combined with air pressure massage, to stretch the legs, remove fatigue, and recover your body.

At Sleep First, we want to help you find everything you need for your optimal sleep and relaxation for the best value possible. If you're interested in getting your own massage chair, or if you’d like to learn more about the benefits of using massage chairs, don't hesitate to visit one of our locations or even chat online with one of our massage chair experts.

Questions? Click the chat icon in the bottom corner of your screen. We promise to always take the time to listen to your needs and find the right chair for you, so you can walk away knowing you made the right choice!

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