Bringing the health and wellness benefits of massage into the convenience and comfort of your home has never been easier.
And if you have gotten this far, you know the Kahuna LM6800 is hard to beat.
Here's a comprehensive account of this, one of the best rated, most affordable, top-selling models available.
Features and benefits
This technology is a breakthrough for relieving comprehensive body pain and muscle tension by putting the body into a neutral position.
This takes all the weight off the spine and joints. There's a reason you think astronauts and NASA when you hear the term.
They invented it, and doctors, scientists, and therapists have been using it to treat pain for years. The 6800 enables you to recline to three different positions of full zero gravity. The air bag massage targets your hips, waist, shoulders, and arms.
Body scan and massage programs
The computerized body scan technology is used to assess the dimensions of your body for exact targeting of massage and pain relief.
Whether you have swelling, joint pain, muscle tightness, or stiffness, this makes for a more customized massage that will most effectively address and reduce the pain, no matter your body type.
There are 36 air bags, which work in concert to massage your entire body.
There are five different massage programs to choose from. You can opt to target lower back and waist, buttock and neck, buttock and lower back, middle back and buttock, or neck and waist. If you prefer automatic programs that do the thinking and work for you, there are six built-in automatic programs.
One of the automatic programs is yoga-inspired, delivering superb, all-body stretching. This works wonders on tight shoulder blades and neck pain. All the programs, settings, and features are easily accessed and adjusted using the wireless remote control.
Massage pressure, speed, and heat
There are four massage rollers that work on the L-track system, which enables a full body Shiatsu massage.
The rollers form the shape of an L, supporting your neck, down the full length of your spine, and then curving under the buttocks. These rollers help to decompress the vertebrae and increase the benefits delivered by the massage. You can adjust the pressure and speed based on three levels.
If you like heat incorporated into your massage, you're in luck. You can turn on the quick heating feature, to immediately warm the back, legs, and calves. This is a huge benefit if you have tight muscles or knots. The heat soothes out kinks, relaxes muscles, and increases circulation and oxygenated blood flow.
There are rollers in the buttock region for hitting the gluteus muscles, and in the feet for excellent arch, heel, and foot reflexology massage.
The footrest stretches and flexes to accommodate your height. The legs tilt to twist the pelvic region, which is good for stretching hard-to-reach muscles deep in the sides and back. Shoulders, hips, thighs, arms, calves, legs, and feet are all massaged via air bag compression. You get more surface body coverage in the 6800 than in competing models.
The chair rests on a built-in castor so it moves easily and smoothly. This also tilts you into any of the three zero gravity positions without taking up excess space in your room. You only need five inches of distance between a wall and the chair for full recline ability.
Kahuna offers one of best and most comprehensive warranties available. You must register online within a year of owning your chair. Once you're registered, the warranty lasts for three years.
For the first year, all labor and parts are fully covered. If something breaks or malfunctions, you pay nothing. And a technician will come out to your home to do the repairs or replacement.
For the second year, only parts are covered, and you either have to make the repairs yourself, or ship the unit to Kahuna. You are responsible for the shipping costs. In the third year, only the framework structure is covered.
Kahuna makes high quality chairs, and they have a very good reputation. You can spend upwards of three times the amount on comparable models made by other companies, so for the price, you cannot get a better home massage chair.
The three levels of zero gravity is a great feature. Most of the similarly well made products of this type offer zero gravity technology, but three levels sets the Kahuna apart.
The space-saving nature is also a plus. Many chairs have similar offerings, but five to six inches of needed space is hard to beat. Finally, the yoga stretching and comprehensive surface area massage are stand outs.
Resistance between the shoulders and neck is a crucial way to decompress the overworked, tired, and often sore muscles behind the shoulder blades, which is where most people carry stress. Being able to stretch this area and relieve pain and tension makes this feature well worth the purchase.
It also comes with an easy to follow Kahuna massage chair manual, and installation is demonstrated via a video tutorial:
If you prefer a very light massage, you might want to explore other options.
There are variable speeds and pressure options available via the programs, but for some, the massage rollers simply apply too much pressure, especially to the calves and feet.
Self-assembly is not ideal and rarely preferred. It does come with the manual, and you can watch the video, but putting it together isn't non-trivial.
The timed programs have also been a source of dissatisfaction for some. The programs last up to 15 minutes, as opposed to usual thirty minutes or more.
Finally, if you are very tall, give this a test run in the showroom before you buy. Some people over six feet tall complain that it's not big enough to accommodate their frame.
Does this fit tall people?
Height considerations come up quite often. Short answer, if you're over six feet tall, try before you buy.
What about short people?
For those five feet fall, it works great. If you're under five feet, give it a test run before purchasing, just to be safe.
Can you turn off the rollers?
Yes. If the rollers are too aggressive, you can opt for a roller-less program.
Is there a weight restriction?
It's recommended for up to 220 pounds.
Is it loud?
This is highly dependent. Some report that they can hear the compression, others find it completely quiet. On average, we put it at medium to medium-high.
Does it come in more than one color?
No, it only comes in brown.
Is it hard to assemble?
Again, it depends on your tolerance level. It's not overly difficult, but it takes some time, and you need to follow the installation instructions in the manual and online video tutorial.
No longer do you have to head to the spa or your favorite physical therapist to relieve stress, muscle, or joint pain.
With excellent and cost-effective options available, you can now get a high-quality massage at home without spending a fortune. And the Kahuna 6800 massage chair is packed with great features, delivers excellent massage, including the yoga stretch, and only costs about as much as a mid-range chair made by another company.
You also get a warranty that keeps you protected for years.
Optimal health and wellness is within reach and one of the best things you can do for your body and mind.