Massager Chair Positioning Apparatus
Category: Household, health, massage, relaxation, chair, lounge, kneading shiatsu massager, furniture
Problem: I bought a kneading shiatsu massager, and quickly learned that it really required another person to apply it to the back and neck area so it could be moved around and pressure could be easily adjusted. I tried lying on the floor, but then of course it was hard to adjust the pressure, and move around. I tried putting it up against the back of the couch, but of course it would slip down or it was difficult to put it into position. And that result is I stopped using the massager.
Action: I happened to have a zero gravity lounge chair with a metal frame that I decided to rig with ropes and pulleys as a way of adjusting the height of the massager on the back of the chair.
Result: It worked pretty well! After the height was adjusted it was very easy to move side to side, and because I was sitting upright, it was easy to adjust the pressure against the massager and to locate it precisely at the tense muscle spots.
Additional Thoughts: So while the lounge chair has the metal frame where it was easy to place pulleys and cleats, it was somewhat difficult to sit in and get out of. Also, I live in a small space, and it was taking up space because while I could easily unclip the massager, it got to be kind of a hassle.
When idea was conceived: 4/2/11
How much time it took to develop: 3 hours
How much money it took to develop: None – Had pulleys and rope
Current status: Available for use.
Since it was originally done: The next step would be to find a high back chair that was easy to get in and out of and create a similar kind of positioning rig and leave it on that chair out of the way for its specific purpose. To that end, something like that was attempted and is now in use, solving the issues mentioned above. That took about an hour and a half. The cost was nothing.