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Massage Cushion | Reviews and Tips

Updated on September 16, 2015

If you've stepped into a store at the mall that sells all kinds of interesting and neat gadgets, then you've probably took the chance to sit in one of their chairs with a massage chair pad,

You tried out different settings and pressed a few buttons and suddenly you thought you were in heaven.

There are several different versions of massage chair cushions, from ones that vibrate, to ones that have rolling balls, to some with heat, so its important that you know what to look for and find one that fits your needs.

people assume that many of their body aches and pains come from sore joints and bones, while this may be true in many cases, muscles are more often responsible for the aches and pains you can have on a daily basis.

A simple massage chair cushion can go a long way in reducing the strain ad stress cause caused by poor position or overly worked muscles.

Most of these cushions focus on the shoulders neck, back, lumbar region, shoulders and head, but it depends mostly on what model and features you get.

The rotating knobs and vibrations within the cushion simulating the actions, and strokes that you could get from a professional masseuse. These cushions usually come with straps to old them in place making them convenient to use at home, and office chair, a bed, or a recliner.

Benefits of Massage Cushions

  • Many Massage Styles – Massage cushions just like massage chairs can have various type of massaging styles depending on how much you want to pay. Some just vibrate, some have rotating balls, and some both,
  • Portability – Massage chairs are a great way to relieve stress, but they take a lot of space and cant be moved very easily.Massage cushions are a great alternative because they can easily be picked up and moved without having to ask neighbors. Many have the option of being plugged into your car for extra comfort behind the wheel.
  • Affordability – The price for a good massage therapist can range from $40 to $100 an hour depending on their level of expertise and location. Massage chairs can cost you anywhere from $200 to $2000. A massage cushion can can be as cheap as little as $50 if you don't want to have to save to get some back or neck relief.
  • Convenience – Today, the world we live in is just too fast and there are so many things to get done. After a long hard day at work, you just want to come home and relax, a massage chair cushion lets you do just that. No need to go out to the masseuse or physical therapist.

Features and Options to Look For When Buying a Massage Cushion

  • As I mentioned before, it is important to have a cushion that will reach the places where you need relief the most.
  • This is especially important if you are taller or shorter than average
  • Make sure you check for a heat option if that is important to you, this can a great feature for colder climates. Some units also have a special spot massage option for those more stressful areas
  • You may want to consider one that has an automatic shut-off feature. Too much massaging when you fall asleep can be too much of a good thing and overwork your muscles leaving them feeling worse than before.
  • Some models can provide you with a rolling massage as well as Shiatsu which uses a kneading technique.
  • Sometimes a massage cushion can be too gentle and make the massage non-effective. if you have some tough knots that needs a good massage, make sure you get a higher-end models that will provide that type of strength.
  • Likeswise, you wont want to get a masage cushion that is too intense for you, if you are a bit more sensitive, try to look for a cushion that provides a soft, rolling, or even vibrating motion.

Zyllion ZMA Shiatsu Massage Pad

One of the most popular and all-around great performer is from a company with a good history of massage solutions, Zyllion, their ZMA 14-BK model provides a gentle massage that vibrates with heat.

It gives you the option to control the level that you would like and you have the ability to incorporate a spot massage.

This particular unit has a total of 4 adjustable massaging nodes as well as a heating option that can be turned on and off as you find your comfort level.

it also has a vibrating massage feature that helps for total body relief.

A convenient auto shutoff features lets you relax and even fall asleep while it goes to work without having ot worry about muscle fatigue from over massage.

The air bags provide gentle massage by squeezing your sides and lumbar area.

For the back, the massaging cushion features two rollers that travel up and down and give you a deep kneading massage. The massage zones include lower, upper or entire back.

So using the included remote control you can set the cushion to focus the massage on a specific area of your back. The customizability also includes the intensity, though it’s only for the air massage.

There are three levels of intensity, which you can adjust from low or medium to high. You also have an option to enhance your relaxation by adding the soothing heating to your massage experience.

If you are looking for the best back massager for chair, be it an office chair, car seat, or any other home chair, with a good level of adjustability, then this is a great choice.

The difference between The Sharper Image MSI-CS775H and the above mentioned cushions is that it also adds air massage. The air bags provide gentle massage by squeezing your sides and lumbar area. For the back, the massaging cushion features two rollers that travel up and down and give you a deep kneading massage. The massage zones include lower, upper or entire back. So using the included remote control you can set the cushion to focus the massage on a specific area of your back. The customizability also includes the intensity, though it’s only for the air massage. There are three levels of intensity, which you can adjust from low or medium to high. You also have an option to enhance your relaxation by adding the soothing heating to your massage experience. If you are looking for the best back massager for chair, be it an office chair, car seat, or any other home chair, with a good level of adjustability, then this is a great choice.

Final Thoughts on Massage Cushions

Whatever massage cushion you decide on, they are a great first option before a more expensive option such as a massage chair.

they are also a convenient and portable solution if you want to take in your car or on a road trip. However, it is important to know the many features that are available to you and what you are really trying to get out of the massage cushion.

A good idea may be to make a list of the features you really want out of a massage cushion before even trying out the different options available. For example, if you are looking for a massage cushion that focus mostly on your neck and shoulders for relief, then you are not going to care to much how well it can massage your lower back.

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