Massage chairs come in two main types.
Traditional massage chairs
Chair Massage is done in an ergonomically designed portable chair. Chair Massage focuses on the head, neck, shoulders, back, arms and hands. Massage therapists are able to offer on-site massage to many corporate environments because of the portability of the massage chair, and clients do not need to disrobe to receive a chair massage. Due to these two factors, chair massage is often performed in settings such as business offices, Employee Appreciation Events, Trade Show Events, Conferences and Trainings, Corporate Golf Outings and Corporate Wellness Events.
Robotic massage chairs
A robotic massage chair is a chair that contains internal electronic motors and gears designed to massage the person sitting in them. Most robotic massage chairs have some form of controller to vary the type, location, or intensity of massage.
Massaging chairs most frequently resemble recliners. There are many different types and brands, including office-style chairs that operate from internal batteries. A less expensive option is a separate massaging pad that may be used with an existing chair. Some of the available brands include Infinity, Hinata India, Fujiiryoki, One Life, Family Inada, Tokuyo, iRest, Masse, Omega, Kyokei, Masseuse, Back Doctor, NEOX, Sanyo, Panasonic, SHSS,OSIM, OTO, VGO, OGAWA, Homedics, and Oregon Scientific.
Robotic massage chairs were first brought to market in 1954 by the Family Fujiryoki company. Today, Japan is the largest consumer of massage chairs with some surveys suggesting that over 20% of Japanese households actually own a massage chair. By comparison, massage chair penetration in the US market is estimated to be in the neighborhood of 1%. The current massage chair market is dominated at the top by four dominant manufacturers: Infinity, Fujiiryoki, Family Inada, and Panasonic. After the purchase of Sanyo by Panasonic, Panasonic announced plans to eliminate Sanyo as a brand for all current Sanyo consumer products.
Massaging chairs vary tremendously in price, style and intensity, from cheap "vibrate only" chairs to full intensity Shiatsu models for people who require as close to a real invigorating massage as possible.
Smart phone massage chairs
With the revolution of the smart phone era, massage chairs' company OSIM created integrated massage chair (OSIM uInfinity )with Apple iPhone and Android phones. Massage chair not only massages, it could now pair with smart phone to play audio through the speaker. Massage chair could also be controlled by the smart phone. New massage program could be also downloaded through the app stores to the massage chair.
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