Foot and calf therapy in massage chairs. Most massage chairs today have some type of foot and calf massage mechanism as part of their feature set. Some chairs may only have the calf massage, but most of them have some kind of massage function on the lower limbs. These calf and foot massage mechanisms are often referred to as an ottoman.
Different types of ottomans on massage chairs Some ottomans are designed to have the foot and calf massage mechanism all in one and fully joined as a solid unit, such as the Human Touch Actouch HT-9500 massage chair and the Omega Aires, but others have the foot separate from the massager. calves. , thus facilitating the ability of a taller person to stretch their legs by flattening the foot portion of the ottoman, making it parallel to the calf massager. An example of this type of foot and calf massager would be the Panasonic 30007. The downside to this type of foot massager use is that the foot massager ends up massaging the sides of the user’s ankles.
The vast majority of foot and calf massagers use air bags to create the massage effect. Each manufacturer has their own proprietary airbag configuration to provide their own unique sensation, but the basic essence of every foot and calf massager is that airbags compress the calves and feet in one way or another. Some of the compression happens all at once, while others inflate in a sequential mode so that it feels like the airbags are “rolling” up and down the legs.
A very small number of massage chairs claim to have rollers on the soles of the feet. Therefore, the feet end up receiving the same type of therapy as the back with the standard rear rollers. I think the Elite Optima and one of the King Kong chairs have foot rollers in addition to the air bags. Human Touch claims that their HT-9500 massage chair has “paddles” on the ottoman that create a unique feeling when you use that chair. That chair, in my opinion and based on the many, many chairs that I have sat in, has the best foot and calf massager of all the massage chairs we have seen. It is a wonderful experience for your feet.
Inada recently launched a new model, the Inada Yume, which adds an interesting twist to the entire field of Ottoman massage. They have added what they call Thera-Elliptical-Kneading, in which the sides of the calf massage wells are moved up and down in an elliptical motion to massage the calf muscles along with the compression massage of the airbag. It’s very interesting and it feels great.
A disadvantage of foot and calf function in massage chairs Massage chairs for feet and calves are the main reason why massage chairs don’t look like normal recliners. A little hard to hide a great foot and calf massager! Certainly some companies have tried to hide the “ugly” ottomans. For example, Human Touch has created a retractable ottoman in the new Acutouch HT-9500. They have also created a swivel ottoman on models like the HT-7120 and HT-7450 so that these calf-only massagers can rotate underneath thus hiding the calf holes from view
It may take some getting used to if you are not used to receiving a mechanical foot and calf massage, but once you have used it several times, you will get used to it and fully enjoy the therapeutic benefits of this feature in massage chairs.