Snailax Shiatsu Review
Welcome to another of our reviews, in which we’ll be discussing a handy massage chair cushion and seat pad. These are becoming more and more popular these days. The range available is also increasing.
Not only do such deep tissue massage pads offer relief from tensions to muscles and stimulate your blood flow. They are also now being recognized as beneficial if you suffer from arthritic pain, spondylosis, or other medical ailments to your back.
The focus of this feature is a very popular massager pad from Snailax, to be more specific, the Snailax Shiatsu.
So let’s take a closer look at it and find out if it’s the perfect massage chair cushion for you…
First of all, let’s explain what a Shiatsu style massage actually is.
If you do not know what is meant by Shiatsu massaging, well, this is a technique that can be traced back to early Chinese and Japanese traditional medicine practices. The word Shiatsu is a Japanese word that means finger pressure.
The technique involves pressure being applied to the body using fingers, thumbs, feet, and palms. This style of massage can be rather firm and works on stretching and manipulation of muscles.
However, the effects are very satisfying and will reduce aches and pains while increasing blood flow and circulation. The Snailax cushion is designed to replicate this style using kneading massage nodes, fitted within the pad.
Massage Zones and Nodes
There are three separate areas that the Snailax cushion focuses on. They are your upper back, lower back, or your full back.
Within the cushion are four rolling, deep kneading massage nodes. These will roll up and down across your whole back. The rolling nodes are fully flexible and adjustable to a maximum of three millimeters. So you can be sure that they will follow the curves of your back and not miss any area.
As previously mentioned, a Shiatsu style massage can be quite vigorous. If you find the rollers too intense, there is a control to reduce the pressure of the nodes. However, if you need to soften the massage even more, simply place a towel between yourself and the blanket.
If you have a direct area that you wish the massager to concentrate on, you can select the spot function. Using this, you can choose just one of the three areas for a more specific focus.
This is an ideal setting for those who have an ache or pain that requires those kneading nodes to ease and relax you. If you suffer from lower back pain, for instance, the Snailax cushion is a great solution.
It also features an optional heating function. Warmth can play a great part in helping to relax you and release muscle tension, while also increasing blood circulation. It can also increase the pleasure of a good massage immensely.
For those of you who suffer from arthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, this heating function is very beneficial to such ailments. This also applies if you have any stiffness or inflammation in your muscles.
The heat function is available whenever you require it. And you will experience a calm, soothing warmth rise up through your lumbar, entire back and shoulders.
For safety reasons, this function will turn off automatically after fifteen minutes.
This cushion also features a vibration setting. The pad of the cushion has fitted a high-frequency vibrating motor, which has three levels of intensity to select. This is only fitted to the seat pad. It does, however, send a revigorating movement through your hips and thigh region.
Design and Use
The Snailax cushion has been designed with ease of use in mind. The lightweight and portable design make it easy to carry and position. This is a really versatile cushion that you can place anywhere you choose to sit. There is also a height adjustment to suit your stature.
What we really like with the Snailax is you can use it at home, on your couch, easy chair, or recliner. It will also function in a more upright position, so you can use it on your office chair at work. For home use, there is a mains power plug and cable.
Use it on your way to work…
However, this even has a car adapter. That means you can use this in your vehicle, how cool is that? Especially so if you are going on a long trip, or if you travel regularly. As long as you’re a passenger, you can have a refreshing massage while on the move.
We need to point out from a safety point of view, do not use this while you are driving; it could prove distracting and dangerous. However, there is no reason why you can’t use it on a break from driving. It will help relax and invigorate you for the next stage of your journey.
Whichever kind of chair you choose to be seated in, the cushion has an integrated strap system to secure it in position.
The look of the Snailax cushion is very striking, and it is finished in a subtle luxury leather that is nice and soft to the touch.
It comes with a handheld remote to control all the different functions. This gives you the option to combine and adjust the massage, heat, and vibration modes. Please note, all three of these have a fifteen minute automatic cut out. This is a safety feature. If you wish to have another session, you can just set the controls to start again.
You have adjustments for the roller node intensity and vibration speeds. You can also select a pinpoint massage or full back massage.
Snailax Shiatsu Review Pros and Cons
- Very versatile.
- Powerful massaging nodes.
- Full or pinpoint massage.
- Some may find the Shiatsu style rater intense.
- This provides back massages only.
You may also be interested in our reviews of the Best Handheld Massagers, our Best Neck and Shoulder Massager reviews, our Best Head Massager reviews, and our in-depth Zyllion ZMA 14 Shiatsu Neck Back review.
Snailax Shiatsu Review Conclusion
This massage cushion certainly has some impressive features to offer, making it a great choice for the price.
However, shiatsu massage techniques can be quite forceful. Some find them to be rather an intense experience. But the benefits are very beneficial if you can let yourself sink into the flow of the style. If it is too much for you, even on the lowest setting, simply place some padding between you and the cushion. That will relieve the pressure until you get more accustomed to it.
Overall, it’s a great product and delivers what it promises impressively. So, if that’s what you’re looking for, we thoroughly recommend that you get one for your favorite chair.