Fujita SMK9600 Massage Chair Review
- Ease of Use
- Overall Massage Quality
- Customization Options
- Value for the Money
If you’re looking for a massage chair with head massage capabilities, the Fujita SMK9600 is an all-around great option. Plus, in addition to its head massage features, it also has an L-Track, full body air massage, and calf and foot rollers among other high-end massage features
Massage track style
Four massage roller heads
Body scan system
Full body air massage
Infrared heat therapy
Number of massage techniques
Number of massage programs
If you struggle with excessive tension in your head, you might be doubtful that a massage chair can bring you relief. After all, most massage chairs only offer massage for the back and sometimes the arms, legs, and feet. Right?
But what if there was a massage chair that would massage your head too?
Well, if that's what you've been searching for, today's your lucky day because in this article we bring you a full review of one of the few massage chairs that offers head massage — the Fujita SMK9600.
In this Fujita SM9600 massage chair review, you'll learn not only about its head massage system but everything else you need to know to help you decide if it's the right chair for you.
Features of the Fujita SMK9600 Massage Chair
Table of Contents
- 1 Features of the Fujita SMK9600 Massage Chair
- 2 Massage Techniques of the Fujita SMK9600
- 3 How Does it Compare? Fujita SMK9600 vs. Osaki OS-7075R
- 4 Fujita SMK9600 Massage Chair Review Final Thoughts
Head Massage Mechanism
The Fujita SMK9600 delivers tension-relieving head massage with a unique mechanism that's worn on the head like a hat. Using a patented air pressure massage system, the scalp receives a combination of compression, kneading, and acupressure massage that's designed to feel like a professional massage therapist's hands.
When not in use, the head massage mechanism of the Fujita SMK9600 sits on top of the chair's backrest out of the way. When you want to enjoy a head massage, the mechanism is placed on top of the head. Then, the small airbags in the mechanism inflate and deflate in specific rhythms and pulsations to soothe the scalp. This action is thought to increase circulation in the head and provide an overall relaxing sensation.
There are a few other massage chairs on the market that offer head massage, but we feel that the Fujita SMK9600 is by far one of the best. If you're specifically looking for a massage chair with head massage capabilities, it's hard to beat the Fujita SMK9600.
Beyond head massage, the Fujita SMK9600 offers an excellent suite of massage components that deliver comprehensive full body massage. The most noteworthy of the bunch is the chair's L-Track massage system.
The L-Track of the Fujita SMK9600 extends from the top of the backrest and down through the seat of the chair, offering roller massage not only for the neck and back, but the buttocks and thighs as well.
Four Roller Massage System
Mounted to the chair's L-Track, the Fujita SMK9600 features a massage roller system with four roller heads. The four roller heads work in harmony as they roll over the muscles of the back along the L-Track performing various therapeutic massage techniques — more on those later.
The mechanism on which the rollers are mounted allows for the rollers to remain flexible in order to adapt to the curves of the body. This creates a firm but gentle massage sensation more so than if the rollers were mounted on a rigid mechanism.
Life Power Body Scan
Greatly increasing the efficiency and therapeutic potential of the massage rollers, the Fujita SMK9600 features a special body scan system called Life Power Third Generation.
Using both the massage rollers and a series of sensors, the Life Power body scan accurately measures the size and shape of the user's body. After the scan completes, the position of the massage rollers is adjusted throughout the duration of the massage based on the measurements taken during the scan. This effectively custom-fits the massage rollers to the individual user, to more accurately apply massage pressure to the correct locations.
Weightless Recline Technology
To get the most benefit out of a massage chair program, it's important that your body is in an optimal position to become completely relaxed. In most cases, laying in a fully reclined position is the best for achieving complete relaxation to receive the full benefit of the massage — the Fujita SMK9600 achieves this with what's known as Weightless Recline Technology.
Very similar to Zero Gravity recline that's become increasingly popular in massage chairs, the Weightless Recline Technology of the Fujita SMK9600 places your body in a cradle-like position. The chair reclines almost completely horizontal while the legrest raises simultaneously to bring the legs slightly higher than the heart.
In this "weightless" position, the body's center of gravity is transferred to the hips which allow the muscles of the back and spine to completely decompress and relax. This position also brings more body weight over the massage rollers in the backrest of the chair, resulting in increased massage intensity from the downward pressure of the body.
The Weightless Recline position can be enjoyed while using any of the chair's manual massage techniques or automatic massage programs. Or, if you want a relaxing position to read a book or watch TV in, the Weightless Recline position can be used without any massage programs active.
Full Body Air Massage — 46 Airbags
In addition to the L-Track and four roller massage mechanism, the Fujita SMK9600 is complete with a full body air massage system comprised of 46 airbags.
The airbags are located in key positions throughout the chair delivering compression massage for the shoulders, arms, hands, thighs, legs, and feet. The pressure of the airbags can be adjusted with three levels of intensity available, allowing you to customize the massage to your liking.
Among the areas in which air massage is offered on the Fujita SMK9600, the most notable are the outer shoulders and the arms and hands. The outer shoulder airbags are designed to simulate Thai massage techniques, performing a variety of massage actions that relieve the shoulder muscles and relax the chest.
The arm and hand massage mechanisms are U-shaped to provide optimal massage efficiency while reducing any discomfort. Each armrest on the chair has a three-section airbag that is used to perform specific massage sequences to increase blood flow throughout the arms and hands while relieving tension and minimizing hand numbness.
Three Roller Foot Massage
Inside each foot well of the Fujita SMK9600, you'll find a three-row foot massage roller. The rollers spin under the soles of the feet, providing a stimulating massage from heel to toe.
Along with the foot rollers, the foot wells of the Fujita SMK9600 also feature airbags that apply pressure to the ankles of tops of the feet. When the airbags inflate, they press the feet down onto the rollers for even more stimulation and more intense massage pressure.
Calf Roller Massage
While many massage chairs on the market have foot rollers, only a select few feature rollers for the calf muscles — the Fujita SMK9600 happens to be one of those chairs.
Located in the leg well of the leg rest, a series of rollers perform both finger pressure and vibration massage on the muscles of the calves. This action is combined with the airbags in the legrest to provide comprehensive massage therapy for the legs.
Infrared Heating Technology
Another special feature on the Fujita SMK9600 is heat therapy. But unlike most massage chairs that use simple heating pads, the Fujita SMK9600 uses infrared heaters to deliver soothing radiant heat to three distinct areas — the waist, knees, and ankle joints.
Using infrared heating in conjunction with the chair's other features and programs is a great way to help your muscles relax quickly and deeply to get the most benefit out of the massage rollers and airbags.
Massage Techniques of the Fujita SMK9600
Using the chair's long-range L-Track and four-head massage rollers, the Fujita SMK9600 offers four distinct massage techniques. Each technique offers a unique therapeutic benefit and can be enjoyed on its own in a manual mode massage or during one of the chair's automatic massage programs.
Here's an outline of the four massage techniques of the Fujita SMK9600:
Automatic Massage Programs of the Fujita SMK 9600
While the massage techniques outlined above can be used on their own in a manual mode massage, the automatic massage programs of the Fujita SMK9600 offer a more comprehensive massage full body experience.
All massage features of the Fujita SMK9600 are incorporated into the automatic massage programs including roller massage, air massage, calf and foot roller massage, and if desired, heat massage can be added as well.
Here's an outline of the eight automatic massage programs offered on the Fujita SMK9600 massage chair:
How Does it Compare? Fujita SMK9600 vs. Osaki OS-7075R
As we mentioned before, there are only a handful of massage chair models that feature head massage in addition to the typical roller and air massage features. While we still believe that the Fujita SMK9600 is one of the best, if you're specifically searching for a massage chair that offers head massage, you should also take a close look at the Osaki OS-7075R.
These two chairs are very similar in appearance and share many of the same features. Both chairs are priced right around the $4,000 mark, so your buying decision will come down to a few small details.
Now, let's take a look at the differences between the two chairs...
The Bottom Line: Which is Better?
As you can see, it's a close call between these two massage chairs, both of which offer head massage as their key features. However, all factors considered, we feel that with the addition of L-Track and calf rollers the Fujita SMK9600 offers slightly more bang for your buck.
Fujita SMK9600 Massage Chair Review Final Thoughts
Massage chairs have long been favored for their abilities to deliver therapeutic massage for the back, arms, legs, and feet. But up until recently, it was hard to find a quality massage chair that offered relief for users who struggle with tension in the head.
Now, with the Fujita SMK9600, automatic head massage in the comfort of your home is a reality. Just climb in the chair, slip on the head massager, choose a massage program, and enjoy a high-level massage. We hope our Fujita SMK9600 massage chair review gave you the insight you needed to decide whether or not this is the chair for you.
Sources and Official Brand Websites
- Fujita Massage Chair, Official Brand Website.
- Osaki Massage Chair, Official Brand Website.
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- Massage Therapy Improves Blood Flow – The Importance of Good Circulation, Center for Massage Therapy.