We get this question ALOT at our showroom and over the phone when folks inquire about a massage chair.
I want to start by saying intensity is very subjective. A chair that I may feel is very intense, another person may not feel is intense enough. So, what I will share with you in this blog post is what my experience has been and the feedback that I have gotten from many customers.
Panasonic massage chairs have been known to offer a bit more of an aggressive massage overall compared to others. They have Junetsu rollers that really get into the musculature and can be quite intense. However, saying that, I have put some people on that chair fearing that it will overpower them and they have loved it, so again, who is to say!
Human Touch massage chairs are much the same way. I, personally, think that they are quite intense, generally speaking, but some folks who claim to be very delicate, sit in a Human Touch chair and find it “just right.”It is so hard to say. A lot of the nicer chairs have an intensity adjustment, just in case the chair is too intense for one person in the family or too light for another family member.
The other point that I would like to bring up about intensity is that the chair will be perceived to be more intense if it happens to roll over or work some areas on a person’s back that is already very tight, in spasm, or have trigger points throughout. These are conditions that are most likely already firing pain signals but then with the added pressure from the massage seem to bring more awareness to the person. This doesn’t necessarily mean that that chair in particular is not right for you; it just means that the chair is actually working out the areas that deserved to be worked the most, to decrease that sensitivity. Hope this helps when it comes to deciding what chair is best for you!
Dr. Alan Weidner