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Learning Center - Adjustable Intensity

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Deep Tissue or Gentle Massage?

Everyone enjoys a different massage and on top of that, we enjoy different massages at different times based on our needs in the moment. Because of this, the majority of chairs on the market now offer adjustable intensity, speed, position, and time frame for your massage. The manufacturers want you to be satisfied with your massage, so they include as much customization as possible.

Intensity can also differ from chair to chair and brand to brand. Osaki models can provide medium-strong to intense massages, including deep tissue, and the more compact chairs, like the Synca CirC, offer a more gentle massage experience.

When you can adjust the intensity you’ll be able to create a massage experience that you are sure to enjoy, and since this is such an important feature, it’s crucial to consider this when you’re purchasing a massage chair, especially if it’s your first time.

Adjustability in Practice

Most chairs offer intensity adjustment right on the remote. There are several that allow you to adjust the intensity of the airbags and some that also have a roller intensity adjustment.

However, it is important to understand that based on the type of roller the chair uses, you’ll be able to control the intensity in different ways. If you’ll be the only user of the chair it might not be as difficult finding a chair you like, however, if you’ll be sharing your chair, finding one that allows you to adjust the rollers between each massage will be crucial.

There are two ways, in general, that a chair can adjust intensity:


If you look at Human Touch chairs, there are airbags located on either side of the rollers. When a user increases the roller intensity, the airbags deflate so that the user is laying closer to the rollers. When a user decreases the intensity, the airbags inflate to push the body further away. Additionally, when you’re enjoying a compression massage with the airbags, controlling the intensity works in the same way by decreasing and increasing the amount of air in the bag itself.

Massage Rollers

In chairs like the Inada Sogno and Dreamwave models, the rollers move forward and backward when increasing or decreasing the intensity. This is the advantage of a 3D or 4D roller over a traditional 2D roller. Newer massage chairs are starting to offer 3D and 4D rollers more and more. For more information about how these rollers work, click here.

Testing chairs can be the only way that you’ll know what to truly expect from the rollers, but understanding the technology can help.

Adjustable Intensity Massage Chairs

Of the chairs we carry, there are several models that have roller intensity adjustment. Some of the best sellers are the Osaki OS-PRO Maestro massage chair which offers 4D massage rollers and adjustable airbag massage, the Osaki OS-PRO Maxim which has a strength button with five stages of airbag intensity and adjustable intensity when using manual mode, the Luraco i7 PLUS with adjustable 3D massage rollers and airbag massage, and the Dreamwave line of massage chairs that offer 3D and 4D rollers for superb customization.

So many of our chairs offer this feature that it can be difficult to choose, but we’re here to walk you through the process. Check out our Massage Chair Buying Guide for more information on what to look for in a chair based on your needs.

We’re also more than happy to answer any questions you might have about massage intensity and the brands since there are several out there. Don’t go it alone. Work with one of our trained professionals to ensure you find the right chair for you.

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