Not to toot my own horn, but I’ve given over 10,000 chair massages. If you’re in the market for purchasing a portable massage chair, I have a few recommendations worth considering.
Before you purchase a chair, make sure you know what you will be using it for. Will you be carting this thing around to weekly corporate events? Do you want to set it up in a more permanant location (like inside your office or retail space)? Unsure you’ll even like doing chair massage? Maybe you just want to try?
For the FULL TIME chair massage specialist…
Go for Oakworks Portal Pro 3. This chair is made for the traveling massage therapist. It collapses and packs up SUPER EASY, the wheels make it a cinch to cart across football-sized parking lots and it’s fairly compact-making it easy to fit through tight door spaces and crowded elevators.Durable? Oh yeah. This chair can easily handle plus size clientele. Also, very simple adjustments…not too much, not too little.
I’m not crazy about the design of the face cradle and, for some reason, the velcro that holds the cushions to the chairs doesn’t hold after a couple months of heavy use.
Now, this is going to be one of the highest priced massage chairs out there, but, in my opinion, it’s worth it.
For the SERIOUS, BUDGET CONSCIOUS chair massage therapist…
I like the Stronglite Ergo Pro. This is probably the most underrated, BEST VALUE chairs out there. This chair is the full package. Great adjustments, nice cushions, and removable knee pads.
This chair markets itself as the massage chair designed by massage therapists for massage therapists. Only after you’ve done chair massage for a while can you truly appreciate the design of this chair.
Like I said, a full range of adjustments (more so than the Portal Pro). The chest pad moves up and down, and tilts. Nice face cradle design. Great seat pan adjustments-very helpful for small to tall clientele. With all of these adjustments, it does take a little bit of time to get used to it.
But, I love this chair for the removable knee pads. This is the only chair in the market (that I’m aware of) that has this feature. This is a big plus for clients who have bad knees or feel uncomfortable in that folded knee position for a long time. Now, some argue that clients can swing their legs towards the front of the knee pads on ALL of the chairs. But, I think removing the pads altogether just makes it more comfortable for the client.
For me, it’s doesn’t feel as durable and solid as the Portal Pro but I also have put it through the wringer, so I can’t comment on the potential lifetime of this chair.
Check back soon to read Part 2 of my portable massage chair review…
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