Many companies claim to make shiatsu massage chairs but in reality the chairs offer nothing of the sort. At best, most offer a general type of massage. Genuine shiatsu is the application of pressure with fingers and thumbs on energetic pathways, called meridians to improve the flow of energy. Quite frankly, most chairs lack the technology needed. However, some do. Here’s a review of some of the best shiatsu massage chairs currently available Naipo Shiatsu Back and Neck Massager B01D2UJVGS.
The HoMedics Shiatsu massage chair and others, like the iJoy, are often touted as giving a genuine, human-like shiatsu massage. But they really don’t. The problem is that in order to get a genuine shiatsu, the chair has to be intelligent enough to know your body shape, just as a professional massager takes into account each persons height, weight and so forth. Chairs like HoMedics and iJoy are cheap and lack the technology required. Don’t get me wrong, they’re good chairs, but you simply can’t find a shiatsu chair for under $1,500.
So, how much do you need to spend? Well, if you want a chair that does deliver, then you’re talking around $1,800.
The Fujikura 2000 massage chair retails for this price and comes with an intelligent 4 roller system that conforms to the contour of your spine and a special neck massage function that directly targets stress relieving “tsubo points” on your neck. It also has other features such as 26 air bags – 20 of which are in the foot and calf massager – as well as arm massagers. The massage modes include: rolling, kneading, shiatsu results, compression and percussion, chop action and flapping. As an added bonus, the chair comes with a music therapy system