Ogawa Smart 3D Review
When heading to the spa for a massage, I wonder what style of massage the therapist will perform and will he/she be able to provide a good deep tissue massage. These are the same questions we all have when we are purchasing a massage chair. We want to know, will I enjoy this chair and the massage style it provides, every day, for years? It is a little more of a commitment, after all, no one will make you marry the therapist you go to! This is the beauty of the Ogawa Smart 3D. This chair is so diverse, so customizable, and so technologically advanced in its programming that you will have access to every style of massage (17 at least), and every massage intensity that you want.
First Impression of the Ogawa Smart 3D
So my first impression of the Smart 3D was how expensive it looks. The upholstery is beautifully done and the chair feels soft and seems to contour the body just right. Then it is hard not to notice that the chair uses a Samsung Tablet as a remote. The tablet gives a great view of all of the programs you have to choose from with touch screen access so that selecting your perfect massage is so easy. I was also able to create my own massage profile and the Smart 3D made me my own customized massage! Each person in your home will be able to use their own profile too since the chair has unlimited user profiles (most chairs do not have this feature or only have 3 memory settings).
Advanced Double Body Scan
The chair then scanned my body rolling first to find my shoulders, then the chair located the curve of my spine by using gentle pressure to various points along the length of my spine. This double body scan makes sure that your massage is provided to the perfect muscle group, just like a good massage therapist would.
17 Automatic Massage Programs
Next, trying to choose a massage program from the 17 on this chair! My first massage was the Thai Stretch program, which is nothing short of amazing. I was impressed with the chairs ability to achieve a true Thai style massage, with arm stretch combined with spinal stretch, then ankle, calf, and hip stretch. It is not missing even an inch of the body and it is holding the stretch for long enough that it is very effective. I then spent over an hour going through all of the various programs and found that I loved the Chinese massage for the deep pressure point style massage combining shiatsu, acupressure and rolling techniques. Swedish is gentle kneading, which you can make deep kneading by cranking up the 3D intensity (if you are like me, a gentle massage is nice, but a vigorous massage is better!)
Innovative 3D Massage Roller
Which brings me to the Smart 3D adjustable massage roller. The 3D motion of the roller forward and back gives you the ultimate control of the pressure provided. And trust me, there is such a wide range of intensity from medium pressure to very deep, everyone can find the comfortable massage stroke that they enjoy. This is a massage chair that I would feel comfortable having my grandma sit in, but also gives me the intensity I need for my neck and shoulders.
The Dual Ball roller system is Japanese style, which means that it is awesome. Ok, to be a bit more detailed, most Japanese designed massage chairs are known to have very humanlike rollers. So what I mean is that the Smart 3D yet again acts like a human masseur, but in place of human hands, the rollers glide along the muscle tissue in fluid motions with numerous massage techniques combined to feel just like heaven.
Zero Gravity Recline
Pressing the Zero Gravity button on the arm panel took me back into a restful position where massage felt even better, like floating on a cloud and having a massage. I pressed the button again and it took me further back to where I was lying down in this position where the knees are elevated and the pressure is off of the spine. The buttons on the arm of the chair are handy, you can adjust your position, pause your massage, turn the chair on or off, or choose the Quick massage if you are in a hurry.
FREE Samsung Tablet
I quickly fell in love with the tablet and the fact that I could watch a movie, play my music, or check email and set appointments in my calendar. All these things can be done while having a massage, or you can get your music playing and just relax like I choose to do. The tablet is fully functional and charges through the chair so no need to worry about charging it all the time. This chair also has foot rollers for the bottoms of your feet, heat for your back, and Chromotherapy lighting for enhanced mood.
Smart Air Compression
I cannot forget to mention the air compression massage that is combined with the roller massage for each and every muscle group, shoulders, hands and arms, low back, hips, calves, and feet. These strategically placed airbags (there are 64 of them), are all massaging away so that your entire body is massaged at once...take that massage therapist! These air chambers also help the chair to brace the body for stretching, or maneuver the body for spinal adjustments. The Smart 3D airbag pressure can also be adjusted in each area if you have a sensitive part of the body. The overall experience with 3D massage rollers, gentle air compression, heat, music, all while floating in Zero Gravity, kind of unbeatable (eventually someone came and pried me out of the chair against my will).
Recommendation - Massage Chair Experts™
In the end, there is not another chair on the market that I can say has all of these capabilities. The Smart Technology used to give you a completely customizable massage experience, just is not out there on any other massage chair. So do I recommend the Smart 3D? If it was not already obvious, yes!
Update: I went back for another massage the following day, and guess what? This chair has a button for previous massages! So I clicked previous, and it remembered the programs that I liked from the last time, and I was quickly enjoying my massage.
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