A portable massage chair looks something like an ironing board with multiple personalities, but in truth, its purpose is singular–to provide an upright platform for a therapeutic massage. Professional masseuses and masseurs use them, along with chiropractors and other health professionals, when serving clients away from their offices or clinics. Portable massage chairs are light and easily handled, yet must be strong, versatile, and easy to set up. Many have convenience features like aromatherapy containers and pouches for client’s valuables and glasses that lend themselves to the overall massage experience. Accessories include carrying cases and sternum pads, and some offer instructional videos. Manufacturers like Earthlite, Stronglite, and Golden Ratio offer portable massage chairs for a few hundred dollars or less.
Stronglite produces the Ergo-Pro and
Ergo-Natural massage chairs. Both can be purchased in a package including
carrying case and other accessories. The Ergo-Pro has a semi-gloss silver
aluminum frame that will hold 600 pounds of working weight yet only weighs 19
pounds. It accommodates clients 4’6″ to 6’6″ in height and has
telescoping legs that make the job easier for the therapist, with offset nylon
wheels. Stronglite offers a 5-year guarantee on factory-assembled items and a
limited lifetime warranty on most components.
Golden Ratio manufactures the Quicklite Massage Chair and the Sport Chair, which is 15% larger and is designed for larger clients and therapists. The Quicklite is advertised as the lightest portable chair, and at only 14 pounds, that’s probably true. Its frame is welded aluminum construction with powder-coated enamel, and the covered areas can be upholstered in Levante vinyl, Sta-Soft vinyl or Ultraleather in a total of 36 colors. The Quicklite has a 5-year structural guarantee. As light as it is, a carrying strap is provided in place of wheels. A travel bag is optional, as is a sternum pad, essential for pregnant or full-sized women.
Earth lite sells the Avila II packaged with a wheeled carrying case, sternum pad, and an instructional video. The Avila II is fully-adjustable for anyone up to a 350 pound adult, yet is one of the most compact portable massage chairs when folded away. With tight joint tolerances and secure locking system, the aerospace carbon fiber blended frame is stable and is covered by a Lifetime Warranty.