Air compression massage, for instance, is more common among massage chairs. The rise in competition probably convinced some manufacturers to incorporate this well-loved feature into the more affordable massage cushions.
One of those who took the risk is Homedics who introduced the only massage cushion so far in the market that features a less fancier version of air bags: the Homedics MCS-775H Air Compression And Shiatsu Massage Cushion.
Let’s take a closer look at this product to see if it has all the essential qualities of an ideal massage cushion.
Who is it for?
Homedics Air Compression And Shiatsu Massage Cushion offers a deep-kneading massage which may be too much for those with thinner physique or delicate back. But since you can control how deep you lean into the chair, and by putting the removable cover over the massage nodes, users can easily adjust the massage intensity according to their liking.
This massage cushion also comes with heat, a feature that may be prohibited for diabetics. If your ability to sense heat is compromised as in the case of diabetic patients, please consult your doctor before using any heated massager.
In general, this massage cushion is ideal for those with varying levels of activity—from health buffs with vigorous exercise routines to students or office workers who spend long hours sitting in front of the computer.
*Two rotating massage nodes offer deep-kneading shiatsu massage to the back. Choose from pre-set massage settings that target three key massage zones: full back, lower back, or upper back.
*Small air chambers that inflate to squeeze and provide compression massage to the lower back muscles. Choose from three intensity levels: low, medium, and high.
*Soothing heat that releases muscle tension and boosts blood circulation for faster healing.
*Removable cover lets you adjust the massage intensity, thus eliminating the need for a towel which is typically used to dampen the massage.
*Strapping system allows you to easily attach the massage cushion to almost any type of chair at home or office.
*Intuitive remote control located on the side pocket of the seat for easier access.
*15-minute auto shut-off timer ensures safety of the user and prevents overheating of the device.
Product Dimensions: 27 x 6.5 x 18.9 inches | Product Weight: 12.1 pounds
⊕Comes with 2–year limited product warranty.
⊕Although this massage cushion operates in 120v, you can also use a power inverter to make it work in your car during long trips.
⊕Instruction manual is very easy to read and will perfectly guide you in using the massage cushion.
⊗Heat feature won’t work unless you activate it along with the massagers. There’s no option that allows you to use heat only.
⊗Although it’s lightweight and easy to carry to your office, the same can’t be said when you’re traveling by air. It’s a bit bulky (comparable to infant’s car seat) and doesn’t fold up, making it a less ideal choice when riding an airplane.
⊗It seems to have been designed to massage back and shoulders, but not the neck.
⊗Air compression massage seems to be lacking in intensity and makes some annoying noise.
⊗No spot massage feature. Although it offers three types of back massage, there’s no way for you to isolate the massage and focus on specific tension spots unlike other massage cushions.
⊗The body is a bit narrower and smaller than other massage cushions, making it ideal for petite users but not so much for those with average and above-average size.
The Bottom Line.
As with any massage cushion, the Homedics Air Compression And Shiatsu Massage Cushion has its own good sides and bad sides.
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While it might be too much to expect more massage variety (i.e., rolling, percussion, etc.) from an affordable massager like this one, there’s no excuse for its lack of spot massage feature—something that is almost common among massage cushions.