Massage Chair Selection Variables: Intensity, Programs, Upholstery

January 11, 2022
 By Dr. Alan Weidner
January 11, 2022
 By Dr. Alan Weidner

Massage Chair Selection Variables: Intensity, Programs, Upholstery

In parts one and two of this multi-part blog series, we’ve gone over a number of different important variables to consider while choosing the ideal massage chair for your needs. From the chair’s basic functions and cost to elements like warranty coverage and many others, there are a variety of factors that might play a role in the decision you make.

At Massage Chair Relief, we’re proud to assist clients as they browse through our gigantic selection of massage chair products, which includes top industry brands like Ogawa massage chairs, Kyoto chairs and dozens more. In today’s final entry into our series, we’ll go over some additional variables to consider when selecting the ideal chair for you.

Massage Intensity

Massage strength is another very important element to consider. Each chair is built with different tools that provide varying degrees of pressure, speed and intensity to provide the consumer with plenty of options in terms of massage therapy.

Try to choose a chair that comes equipped with several different settings, so you can pick one that will feel most pleasurable for your personal tastes. Settings can range from 2D massage (basic chairs with rollers on X and Y axes) up to 4D (chairs with multiple rollers and also variable roller intensity) and beyond. Achieving the ideal massage intensity is one of the biggest draws to using a massage chair, so it’s important that you take some time thinking about what kind of experience you’re looking for.

Massage Programs

Just as with strength, there are numerous settings available when it comes to programs on most modern massage chairs today. Many chairs come equipped with dozens of different programs, and while some may be more useful than others depending on your personal preferences, we always recommend getting a chair that comes equipped with at least a few different ones.

Program settings can range from basic programs like Acupressure and Shiatsu up to more advanced settings like Swedish Massage and Deep Tissue Massage. Some chairs even come with automatic programs that mimic the movements of a live massage therapist, and allow you to get an effective session without any additional effort on your part.


While some massage chairs use leather, synthetic fabric is often the preferred choice by local massagists for its durability and sanitary benefits. While you may expect leather to be more comfortable than fabric, many people find that it’s actually much less breathable and doesn’t allow the skin to breathe as well.

Leather is also harder to clean, requires regular conditioning treatments and can be much noisier than fabric when in use. While it’s ultimately a personal decision, we recommend that you choose synthetic fabric over leather if possible.

For more on the important variables to consider while selecting your massage chair, or to learn about any of our massage chair products or services, contact the team at Massage Chair Relief today.

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