Friday, May 22, 2009

life gear massage chair

Somehow I posted this by mistake into my blog on conscious relationships. Here it is now, in the proper blog.

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Our local massage store had Earthlite Vortex on sale for $450, regularly $490. Ouch. The owner showed me the chair - it is nice! lightweight, easy to adjust, comfortable, nice color...
Online, the same chair can be bought for $270 and shipped to Hawaii for $350 total. But it takes 2 weeks.
So, I spent 100$ in the store on other stuff, so that I wouldn't feel guilty for not spending the rest of 450$, and decided to order it online and rent the chair from the store for one day if it doesn't arrive on time.

ALso, I called ALL massage schools and asked them if anyone is selling a chair. One teacher came back with a number, I called - that woman was unwilling to spend the time to tell me what brand the chair was... it was like she was waiting for me to do all the work, come to her house when she wanted me to and just buy it.

Meanwhile, another add showed up on Craig's list, which I was carefully watching. I had a "wanted" add there that people answered in silly ways - trying to sell me body cushions or recliner massage chairs... So when this new add showed up, I immediately called - it was already Tuesday evening and I needed chair for Sunday 8am...

Luckily this woman was very professional and I made an appointment to see the chair the next day, I went there and bought it. She asked for $150. The chair was in good condition, barely used, and the lady had a good vibe so I felt ok buying the chair from her.

I have done chair massages before quite a bit but only in "controlled office environment" of people coming to me, and never for 4 hrs at a stretch; second, this farmer's market just opened this weekend and I wasn't sure how it would go - where exactly my booth would be, i.e. how much hauling I would have to do, what would heavy traffic of "people off the street" in hot sweaty weather with mascaras melting and hands sticking after eating lunch do to my chair, etc; so - I decided it was best to wait and experiment with this cheap chair and see how I like it.

It is LifeGear chair. It is rather big and heavy, hard to carry. However, I need it to go to farmer's market once, drive my car to my booth, unload right there, once a week. And work on people outdoors, in heat. I need a sturdy chair that cleans well, the weight is less important. For 150$, I can carry it once a week. IF I WERE TO DO THIS MORE OFTEN, I would definitely buy a lighter chair, it is worth it. Carrying this chair is rather difficult. I am almost 6ft and very strong, if I were smaller and/or more delicate, I would not carry this thing around at all. It could throw your back out. So, maybe down the road, I will invest into another chair. I will look on the craig's list first.

It looks very nice. The black upholstery is matted and looks like velvet; not like black plastic, whew, I was concerned about that :) The silver aluminum and the black upholstery looks suave. The chair is definitely sturdy, the aluminum bars are really huge.

The adjustments are not too many but - hey, I don't want too many. I want to quickly get people on and off. Usually they take 10-15 mins on the chair so adjusting it perfectly is not worth it. It has to be simple adjustment that can be done in 1 minute or less.

I have done chair massages before quite a bit but only in "controlled office environment" of people coming to me, and never for 4 hrs at a stretch; second, this farmer's market just opened this weekend and I wasn't sure how it would go - where exactly my booth would be, i.e. how much hauling I would have to do, what would heavy traffic of "people off the street" in hot sweaty weather with mascaras melting and hands sticking after eating lunch do to my chair, etc; so - I decided it was best to wait and experiment with this cheap chair and see how I like it.

It has to be comfortable enough - and it is.

The spas around here use this chair.... So it is definitely good enough.

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MUCH LATER:
it is kinda heavy and clunky. However, after dancing African for about 3 days, the chair seems feather light :) :) :)

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