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4.0 out of 5 stars A full-featured massage chair, 3 Sept. 2012
This review is from: Homedics Shiatsu Smooth Natural Touch Back Massager with Technogel (Personal Care)
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I have actually owned two previous Homedics massage chairs and this one is the best so far. The chair offers a "rolling massage" which essentially feels like someone is pushing their hands in one motion up and down your back firmly. It also offers a "shiatsu" massage, which feels like someone is moving their hands and fingers around in a circle as well as up and down. The massage can be the full length of the back, concentrated on the top or bottom, or locked in one position for a 'spot massage'. As someone who suffers from regular lower back pain, this latter control is very useful as you can just have the massage on the exact spot that is causing you trouble. Heat is available, though I have found this can get a little too hot after a while and so you may need to use a towel behind your back with the heat option (in fact a towel behind your back may be something you want to try anyway, as it makes the shiatsu massage a bit less firm for those who find it harsh). This chair has some features that cheaper models do not:- you can adjust the width of thr massage to suit your body size/shape and you can set the top height of the massage to suit your body height. In addition, the back of the massage chair extends a bit taller than some of the lower priced Homedics models, so it can really get up to the top of your shoulders, which is good. The chair is supposed to sport the latest "gel" technology and in theory this makes the massage even more realistic - but to be honest, having compared it with two cheaper Homedics models, while I like the added features I wouldn't say that this gel technology makes the feel of thr massage that different - maybe a bit more refined/gentle, but not more realistic. The chair also offers three massager speeds, but I find that the feault first setting is the best, so the benefits of this speed control are debatable. Similarly, the chair offers a vibrate option but this seems to add little to the massage experience and if anything, is irritating, so it seems to me to be a bit of an unneccessary gimick.

As others have stated, Homedics massage chairs seem to be solidly built and they come with a two year warranty, which is good. I strongly recommend using the chair on a straight backed hard chair like a dining chair - I have tried it on an office chair and on a sofa and while it obviously works, you only really get the full effect on a hard, straight-backed dining chair that ensures all parts of your back are making contact with the massage chair. As I said above, it the massage feels a bit hard, then try a towel behind your back.

Ultimately, if used properly I think this chair is pretty good - it's not as good as a real massage by a pro, but it's nea1rly sa good, andultimately, much cheaper and more convenient. It certainly helps with my lower back problems. If you are quite tall then check out this and other models in the range that have higher backs - it's worth the extra money.
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Initial post: 10 Sep 2012 11:09:43 BDT
TheProf says:
To whoever rated this review as unhelpful - it would be nice to know what you didn't like about the review o I can improve my reviews...or are you one of the people who just always finds reviews by amazon vine members unhelpful?! Hope not!
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