Massage Chair Glossary

The world of massage chairs is widely filled with both acronyms and abbreviations. Hopefully, our glossary will aid you in making some critical decisions.

Airbags – These are focused mainly on the arms and legs where they encompass the larger muscles. Airbags apply pressure gently by gripping and compressing the muscles. As technology advances, the newer chairs utilise airbags in new and creative ways by rotating some body parts such as the lower back.

Motors – These devices are the core of any massage chair. The electric motors used are that of electric dc motors. These motors spin a fixed weight to create the vibrating effect of the chair. This vibration can be experienced on a smaller scale to that of a vibrating phone.

RollersRollers are used to administer deeper massages. These serve to replicate the hands of a trained massage therapist as they penetrate deep within the muscles by traveling along the back with the use of wheels. However, the wheels which are utilized within this process contain what is known as micro massage motors. These add a soothing as well as relaxing effect as they glide against you.

Shiatsu – This refers to the ancient Japanese art of massaging and translates to adding pressure with the fingers. This type of massage is still practised in various parts of the globe. This art uses a series of movements and techniques which are applied under pressure and is thought to increase the flow of chi energy throughout the body. Since it has been yet to be scientifically proven, there is no doubt that it thoroughly relaxes.

Zero-Gravity Position – This position is mainly utilising an angle at which to set the body. The legs are set at an angle above the heart where it provides many useful benefits and even reduces circulation and even varicose veins. The name Zero-Gravity originates from the position of that in which astronauts travel and race car drivers sit. They are in a reclined position where their weight and even stress is evenly distributed and spans across the body rather than down on one point. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon, the Amazon logo, AmazonSupply, and the AmazonSupply logo are trademarks of, Inc. or its affiliates.