The Osaki Massage Chair: Oh My….

6 Jul

An awesome, awesome chair. As it should be for the price!

I’ve had back problems for what seems like my entire life and a lot of things that are supposed to help my back often hurt. This has sadly been the case many times I’ve had a professional massage and almost always the case when I sat in a massage chair at Sharper Image, trying to cash in on some free massage action.

The other day though I was at the mall, passed Sharper Image, and couldn’t resist: I had to milk that massage chair. Or at least give it a try.

Again, I should say these chairs often hurt my back – not because of the rollers or kneading techniques, but because they don’t allow me to sit up straight, which inflames the L1 problem portion of my spine.

But something about the Osaki Massage Chair worked just right when it came to sitting down and being in a good posture. And the damned thing felt awesome to be completely blunt about it. It was a seriously good massage. Curious, I decided to look it up online and see what I found. Turns out this chair is real popular and it considered one of the best new chairs out there doing “robotic massage.”

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Fast Facts About the Osaki Massage Chair

It feels freaking amazing. Seriously. It was the best chair massager I’ve ever experienced. (And I’ve probably sat in every single one at Sharper Image for the last 10 years.) I had tingles in my head. Tension in my lower back was released. It seriously made me feel good for the rest of the day.

It has a “Zero Gravity Design. What the hell does that mean? Sounds like marketing talk to me. Or maybe that’s why it was one of the only comfortable massager chairs I’ve ever sat in.

It’s got all the good massage options an expensive chair should have Like rolling, kneading and clapping (!?) moives, shiatsu and Swedish massage techniques, and the ability to combine these options. You can press the “Focus” button and have it focus in on a certain area (gold) and you also can set things up on a 5 level scale for how intense or soft you want to be massaged. It’s also got this interesting but semi-weird “Air Pressure” option where airbags fill up aronud the neck and shoulder.

It’s got a bunch of pre-set programs – just push a button and go. This is standard for any good massage chair but of course you should know that it’s set up here too.

It’s got an awesome Japanese sounding name. Which of course makes us Americans feel like we’re privy to some amazing secret from the Orient. =) Actually it is pretty neat reading about some of the research put into the chair. Oh, and for the record, there are a few different models: the Osaki OS-4000 Executive Massage Chair and the Osaki OS-3000 Zero Gravity Massage Chair.

You do have to put it together to some extent. D’oh. It doesn’t ship entirely as one piece. That’s unfortunate.

It’s an expensive luxury item. Yea but you knew that already, right? Right. 🙂

There’s a really good review for it here..

If you’ve used this chair, give me a shout. What’d you think? Any reason someone should not buy it and go for a different chair?

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