When it comes to massage chairs, the terms zero gravity, 0-gravity, anti-gravity, and neutral-posture. all mean the same thing. Are some zero gravity massage chairs more faithful to the position than others? You bet! The best massage chair brands take this claim very seriously.
If you’ve experienced that wonderful feeling of weightlessness when you lie back in a pool or a hot tub, your body knows what the zero gravity posture is all about. No, you aren’t technically floating in space, but you feel a deep relaxation that is both psychological and physiological.
In this natural reclining posture—one your body instinctively understands as healing—your weight is distributed evenly, and your spine is relieved of body weight. The legs-above-heart position of zero gravity chairs reduces the strain on your heart, allowing it to pump energizing oxygen through the body more efficiently. It also provides relief to tired, sore muscles, as well as reducing the effects of high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, diabetes, varicose veins, and edema. As your body experiences this relief, you can rest, relax, and truly heal.
You may have heard that the zero gravity position in a massage chair was inspired by NASA, or that it’s the position that astronauts sit in before take-off. That is partially accurate. NASA’s investigations into body posture began with Skylab in the 1980s, long after the seminal Mercury and Gemini missions and the Apollo lunar missions.
The Skylab video analyses formed the basis of what is today known as “neutral body posture.” So, if you’re lying completely flat, that is not “zero-G.” Quite simply, “zero gravity posture” refers to what our bodies do when relaxed in a weightless environment.
You might have noticed that your body takes this position when you’re submerged in water and totally relaxed. It’s also the position a fetus takes in the womb. It’s the most natural and relaxing body position for humans.
So, thanks to NASA, you can now enjoy the benefit of full-body massage chairs in zero gravity.
Many brands claim to offer zero gravity massage chairs. Unfortunately, not all of the claims are made by companies that are serious about massage chairs. We think this description of the zero gravity position may help you navigate the multitude of massage chair claims and ads and find the best full-body zero gravity massage chair with zero gravity characteristics.
The first 0-gravity, full-body massage chair available in the U.S. came out in 2004. The technology back then was primitive, difficult, and clunky. Today, many massage chairs are zero-G and the technology has improved considerably.
Terms you’re likely to hear include 3-D zero gravity massage chairs, 4-D zero gravity massage chairs, heated zero gravity massage chairs, anti-gravity massage chairs, Shiatsu zero-G massage chairs, and wall-hugging zero gravity massage chairs.
Our Comfort Consultants are dedicated to helping you find the best zero gravity massage chair for your needs from a selection that meets all the above criteria for zero gravity.
Furniture For Life works with multiple massage chair manufacturers and offers a wide variety of models. We want to ensure you find a zero gravity massage chair that’s everything you’ve dreamed of and more.
It’s easy to get lost in zero gravity! So, let us guide you to your perfect chair.