People come in all different kinds of shapes and sizes, which can make choosing general equipment for bodily use difficult if you height and size is not of “the norm”. Massage chairs are no different and most seem to be of a standard size that may not be suitable for everyone. It is tricky enough to try to find the right massage chair for you based only on the shape, the style, the settings, and the type of massages offered. If, on top of all of this, you also have to find a massage chair that will suit your height and weight, it can be a real struggle.
But do not worry, it is important to take into consideration that massage chair sizes can vary and that the set standard sizes do suit most people. When paying such large sums of money for something so specific it is so important find a chair that is the perfect match for you. That is why it is so important to test chairs first if you can, or at least to check out what the standard is and how it may vary from brand to brand and model to model.
However, before considering which massage chairs would be suitable for you, it is best to know how much weight a massage chair can take and how wide standard massage chairs are. Keep on reading, and we will fill you in on everything you need to know.
These days there have been marked improvements in chair design, since people’s size and weight vary so differently. But it is also important to note that more modern massage chairs have defined leg and arm pieces that are surrounded by airbags in order to better massage the body and individual limbs. It would be wise to check the sizes of each individual piece of the massage chair before purchasing it, to see if that model can accommodate your shape and size.
How much weight can a massage chair hold?
Obviously, the weight that a massage chair can hold depends on the massage chair itself. Even within the same brand, companies make massage chairs that are capable of holding a variety of different weights. However, as a rule of thumb, massage chairs can hold between 265 lbs and 300 lbs.
The weight that the massage chair can hold does not only concern the strength of the chair itself but also the functionality of the massage mechanisms. Should a user be too heavy for the massage chair, then the chair itself will most likely remain intact, but the massage mechanisms will not work, or at least not to their full and desired effect.
However, should you be over 300 lbs, then there is no need to worry. Bigger massage chairs are available on the market these days, with some of them being able to hold up to 400 lbs. You can find them online and in certain stores.
It is important to remember that while adequate size chairs do exist out there for everyone, bigger chairs may be a little harder to come by. It is definitely not worth taking the first chair that you come across simply because it fits. It is also recommended that you discuss any weight limit concerns you may have with the seller before buying. Given the investment that you will need to make into the massage chair, it is worth taking the time to test as many as possible, even if it may take you a little longer. This way, you are better guaranteed to have a chair that serves you for as long as possible and is one that you are happy to use regularly.
How wide is a massage chair?
Again, massage chairs vary in size, weight capacity and in width depending on the make and model. However, there are standard sizes of width and they usually range between 30” and 35”.
There are, of course, massage chairs with bigger sizes and even chairs with adjustable widths. This ensures that no matter your size in width, there is bound to be a massage chair out there that suits you. In fact, the adjustable width has become far more common in modern massage chairs in order to suit multiple people who may use the same massage chair within the same household.
Today’s massage chairs are made to help relax, heal, and relieve stress from of the user, no matter the shape, size, age or ailment. The standard sizes provide a deep and efficient massage to as many people as possible.
However as mentioned there are some exceptionally sized people, and being significantly taller or shorter that average can be an issue. Not everyone may feel comfortable on the standard sizes available for massage chairs. If that’s the case for you, then you can find comfort knowing that massage chairs that can cater specifically for taller people are available. There are massage chairs made for shorter people and those that can accommodate people that are over 6’.
Be aware though that, although some massage chairs do proclaim that they can accommodate taller people, you should not take that to be completely accurate. There have been reports that they have not necessarily factored in all the information when making statements like these. The reason being that while the back and body part of the massage chair may be perfectly suitable for taller sizes, the legs and arm rests may still come up short and be unsuitable.
From just descriptions and pictures and without actually sitting in a chair, it may be difficult to discern whether a massage chair will actually be suitable for a taller person. It is essential for the whole body to feel comfortable, and be accommodated completely by the chair, in order for the massage to work successfully. Even if you are only massaging one part of your body, everything in the body is connected, and unless we are completely at ease, even a good quality massage chair may not be adequately effective.
Is a massage chair right for me?
People who are tall and/or overweight tend to benefit greatly from massage therapy as this can help reduce inflammation, relax muscles, nerves and bones that are often under a lot strain from the excess weight and height.
If you are looking around for a massage chair, no matter your weight or height, it is always best to test as many chairs as possible before making your decision. Since these chairs differ in style, design, and comfort from brand to brand, finding adequate sizes may not be enough.
Massage chairs are an investment, and with such an investment it is well worth taking the time that you need to find the perfect one for you. You should always try multiple massage chairs in retail locations near you, and then make your purchase online where it is usually cheaper.
Remember that you fitting comfortably in the chair is not all that matters. You should also take the time to test the various settings, pressures, angles and heating systems (if there is one) to ensure that the chair has everything that you are looking for.
Don’t worry, with the huge market these days it is likely that there will be the perfect massage chair out there somewhere for you. The main thing that you need to do if you are of a non-standard size or weight is look for the most reputable brands, and to make sure that you have your personal measurements and weight correct. The best thing about modern, leading massage chairs is the fact that they are generally built for all kinds of body weights and shapes. If you are unsure about anything, always check with the brand representative.
We have plenty of other great guides available here on our website to help you find your way to the perfect massage chair experience. So if you want further details and comprehensive articles on a wide range of massage products, be sure to closer look around around the various articles right here on our site.