How To Choose a Portable Massage Chair

Portable Massage Chair

A portable massage chair is an essential piece of business equipment for massage therapists offering onsite chair massage.

When you select a massage therapy chair, important features to consider include ease of set-up and transport, client comfort, durability, and ease of use for you.

How Adjustable Is the Chair?

For client comfort, adjustability of the chair is an important factor. You want to accommodate as many people as possible, from the smallest to the largest. While a variety of adjustable parts let you more easily adapt the chair to fit any client, some therapists find too many knobs and levers can become confusing and distracting. Pick something you are comfortable learning to use.

Most chairs have an adjustable face cradle, chest pad, and arm rest, and some chairs also have an adjustable seat. Learn to work all the adjustable parts before you start seeing clients. Fumbling with a chair at a massage session can be distracting and annoying to clients.

Other Portable Massage Chair Features


Here are some other features to look for in a portable massage therapy chair:

  • Removable knee rests to accommodate clients who cannot bend their knees to place them on the knee pads.
  • Standard sternum pads are flat. Optional sternum pads are shaped like a triangle and can be more comfortable for larger clients and women with large breasts.
  • A good warranty.
  • A durable covering—most manufacturers use a durable vinyl.
  • A sturdy, steady chair that doesn’t move much or squeak during the massage.
  • A massage chair carrying case to make the chair easier to carry and keep the chair cleaner.

Popular Choices

Three of the most popular brands of massage chair are Stronglite, Oakworks, and Earthlite. All three manufacturers offer top quality chairs, and choice is largely a matter of personal preference. For a uniquely designed massage chair that adjusts to a flat position, check out the Pisces Dolphin II.

An alternative to a full massage chair is the TravelMate desktop unit. This unit is the top half of a massage chair designed to sit on a desk, table, counter, or other convenient surface. The client sits in a regular chair. The TravelMate works great for providing back massage to clients in wheelchairs or for moving around an office and giving back massages at desks.

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