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I'm shopping around for a reliable massage chair. I'm not looking to spend more than $200. Any advice on reliable brands? Not too picky, but I would prefer a chair with wheels.
I've been doing corporate/convention massage for 10 years. I use the Earthlite Avila II. It is an exceptional chair and the customer service at Earthlite has been exemplary. I think it and the Oakworks chair are the best 2.
I have a few clients over 6'6'' tall and in the range of 300 lbs. No hesitation in putting them in my chair. My chair is sturdy and well built.
I would be very hesitant to put these clients in a lightweight aluminum chair that costs 69.99. In my opinion, you get what you pay for. Hypothetical question. If you have a large person in your chair and it breaks while doing compression on the middle back (it could cause tipping over...I've seen it happen) and the client gets hurt.....does it really matter if the company says they will fix anything that goes wrong? Will they pay for the costs incurred by you when you're sued? Does having a "sturdy carrying case" matter if the chair doesn't hold up? Not being negative here....but these are serious questions to ask. Maybe you've already had a few large people in your chair already and nothing happened.....do you know if there is a point when the aluminum goes fatigue on you and collapses? My Avila had a part go fatigue on me.....if I would've had a client in my chair, they would've gotten hurt. Earthlite fixed it (a design flaw in a part) with metal, not plastic or aluminum.
At least the Grasshopper is a step up. To me, my profession dictates that I get the best equipment possible.