This Is How Zero-Gravity Chairs Work

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If you’re looking to kick back and relax, a zero gravity chair is a great way to get away from it all without going anywhere at all. Despite the name, these chairs do not actually defy the laws of physics. However, what they do is allow you to lay in the same position astronauts take during liftoff for space missions.

Pretty cool, right? Lying in this position distributes your weight evenly across the chair, which means it can relieve stress on the body and make you feel practically “weightless.” Although astronauts sit this way to prevent injury from sudden and strong increases in gravity while they’re hurtling far from Earth, you can take advantage of a zero gravity chair simply for a little R & R.


While many zero-gravity chairs are designed for outdoor use and would be perfectly at home in your backyard or patio, not all zero-gravity chairs are lounger-style.

John Fiorentino, founder of the New York City-based company Good Ones, created the Moon Pod, a beanbag-style zero-gravity chair. He says his chair, which was inspired by special sensory furniture made for kids with autism, aligns your head with your heels while supporting your back and sternum, leading to a completely blissed-out feeling.

Moon Pod

“Basically, when certain positions are maintained, your mind and body react accordingly, and this results in an overall calming feeling,” he explained in an interview with Inc.

If the feeling of floating on air is not enough for you, there are also zero-gravity chairs that double as massage chairs. The Osaki OS-4000 Zero Gravity Heated Reclining Massage Chair offers spa-like relaxation in the comfort of your own home.  It has five levels of speed and intensity for massage as well as heat therapy for your lower back.

Would you give a zero-gravity chair a try?

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