Understanding the Rolling System: Diving Deeper into the Mechanics and Function of Massage Chairs

Massage chairs are a staple in many homes and therapy offices. These wonderful pieces of therapeutic furniture can help individuals to feel better, release stress, and aid in the body’s feelings of health and happiness. Massage chairs and their techniques and functioning can vary from chair to chair. While some chairs just vibrate, others have rollers in them. This technology can greatly heighten the benefit of a chair, so it is an important part of a chair to learn about before buying.

In order to better understanding the rolling mechanisms in a chair, the following outlines and breakdowns the way in which they work in a simplistic but understandable way. The rolling system is a great way to help the body and understanding it can better help you when choosing and using a chair. It is important to note that this technology, however, is not new. The following begins with a brief outline of the massage chair’s and rolling systems, their origins, and how they work in the chair.

The Origin

While many believe that massage chairs are a new or modern invention, the truth is that massage chairs have been around for over a century. The first chair was made in the late 1940s and was simple in its design and complicated in its construction. At this time, the chair was created to stretch the person’s muscles and loosen them, by literally pulling and stretching them. For those that saw the machine, it could be quite off-putting but was the start of the modern day chair.

Knowing this highlights just how far the chair has come. There are amazing features and mechanisms on modern massage chairs that highlight the impressive techniques that have been used and incorporated to make a massage chair less intimidating and more effective, including the different features below.

The Rolling Location

Inside many modern massage chairs are rollers. These, like the first chair, are meant to lengthen and loosen the body but do so in a more gentle way. The way that these work is that they are strategically placed throughout the chair. Then, when a small processer is triggered by the push of a button, then, they begin moving up and down the body. The processor will signal the type of pattern that the rollers move in and, thus the type of massage that is provided to the user of the chair. These rollers can move in a wide variety of directions. They can move up and down and they can also move side to side, depending on how they are placed in the machine.

The Intensity

Rollers can also vary in their intensity. This is important because a stronger massage can create greater benefits for the body or it can exacerbate an existing condition. The way that the intensity of the massage is changed is again through an electrical current. In one respect, the pressure changes as a result of pushing this button. Another way that the intensity is impacted is through the speed. Combining these will change the intensity and thus the type of massage.

The Massage Patterns

Massage chairs often come with programs and pre-programming options. These are the patterns and types of massages that are available through the use of the chair. When it comes to how these programs work, it is through an electrical system that changes the way in which the rollers move. The rollers and the pattern, timing, and length at which they move up and down the body help to translate the type of massage into its impact on the body. This, then, is another way that rollers work in a massage chair.

The Benefits of a Rolling System

The rolling system is not equipped in all massage chairs. Many have only vibrating features that put pressure and intensity on specific points throughout the chair. The rolling system of the chair adds another element. It helps to push on the body and stretch and elongate the body. Knowing how they work, as described above, can better put you in a position to know whether or not you want that feature to be equipped in your chair.