Most massage chairs, nowadays, have some sort of a foot and calf rubbing down mechanism as part of their feature set. Some chairs may just have the calf massage, but most of them have some sort of lower extremity massage function. These calf and foot rubbing down things are often called an ottoman.
Different types of Ottomans in Massage Chairs
Some ottomans are made to have the foot and calf rubbing down mechanism all-in-one and completely attached as you solid unit, like the Human Touch Actouch HT-9500 robotic massage chair and the Omega Aires, but others have the foot indifferent from the calf massager, thus assisting the ability of a tall person to stretch out their legs by flattening out the 출장마사지 foot area of the ottoman, making it parallel to the massager for the calf. An example of this type of foot and calf massager would be the Panasonic 30007. The down side with this type of use of the foot massager is that the foot massager ends up rubbing down the sides of the ankles of the user.
Inada has found a happy medium by engineering an “accordion-like” addition between the foot and the calf massagers, allowing a tall person to simply extend their longer legs with the foot massager staying perpendicular to the calf massager.
The vast majority of the foot and calf massagers use airbags to create the rubbing down effect. Each manufacturer has its exclusive setup of the airbags to provide their own unique feel, but the basic gist of the massager for foot and calf is that the airbags decrease the calf muscles and feet in one form or another. Some data compresion happens at the same time, while others blow up in a sequence mode so that it feels as though the airbags are “rolling” along the legs.
A very small number of massage chairs actually claim to have rollers in the feet bottoms. So, the feet get the same kind of therapy that the back does with the standard back rollers. I believe the Elite Optima and one of the King Kong chairs have the foot rollers in addition to the airbags. Human Touch claims that their HT-9500 robotic massage chair has “paddles” in the ottoman that induce a very unique feel when you use that chair. That chair, in my opinion and based on the many, many chairs I have sat in, has the best foot and calf massager of any of the massage chairs we’ve seen. It is a wonderful experience for your feet.
Inada recently came out with a new model, the Inada Yume, which adds an interesting twist to the whole ottoman massage field. They have added what they call Thera-Elliptical-Kneading, whereby the sides of the calf massage water wells actually move along in an elliptical motion to essentially massage the achilles tendon along with the airbag data compresion massage. It is very interesting and feels phenomenal.
A Drawback of the Foot and Calf Feature in Massage Chairs
Robotic massage chair foot and calf massagers are the biggest reason that massage chairs don’t look like regular reclining chairs. It is kind of hard to hide a big foot and calf massager! Some companies have certainly tried to hide the “ugly” ottomans. For example, Human Touch has created a retracting ottoman on the new Acutouch HT-9500. They have also created a rotating ottoman on models like the HT-7120 and HT-7450 so that these calf-only massagers can switch underneath thus hiding the calf water wells from view.
It might take some being employed to if you are not accustomed to having a mechanical foot and calf massage, but when you have used it a few times you will get used to it and thoroughly enjoy the therapeutic selling point of this feature in massage chairs.