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What is a Zero Gravity Massage Chair?

Updated: Jul 5, 2023

No, the chair does not defy gravity, even with all the massage elements running and in full recline, you’re not going to fly off into the atmosphere. Nor does the chair hover, float or even lose weight. So what does it mean if a massage chair is a zero-gravity model? It has to do with the recline position the chair can assume. The position mimics the posture astronauts take during liftoff on space missions. Because astronauts endure intense and sudden increases in gravity while escaping the Earth’s gravitational pull, it’s important that they position themselves so that their bodies can deal with the increase in stress. By assuming a reclined position, astronauts distribute the stresses of takeoff across their bodies in a safe way. To that end, the chairs astronauts sit in during launch use this reclined configuration.

A traditional massage chair will lean back to the same position as a regular recliner. While this is undoubtedly comfortable, it’s missing out on the enhanced health benefits of zero gravity chairs for people of all ages. In a zero gravity massage chair, you can recline all the way back to the neutral body position. This position, also known as zero gravity position, raises your legs above your heart level and evenly distributes your weight along your body.

How does zero gravity position make a difference? Your zero gravity massage chair reduces pressure along your spine, lower back, and pelvic region. This allows for spinal decompression and reduces the pressure on the sciatic nerve. As one of the most popular reasons for buying a massage chair is to treat lower back pain, the zero gravity recliner is the clear winner here.

Other health benefits of zero gravity massage chairs that make them the winner over traditional massage chairs include improving blood circulation, reducing pressure on the heart, and leading to better sleep quality.

(Article Credit: David Figler – Massage Chair Store)


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