Human Touch iJOY 4.0 Reclining Massage Chair Review 

Human Touch iJOY 4.0 massage chair

August 30, 2019

Wouldn’t it be nice to come home to a massage after going to the gym?

You may not have the time or budget for regular massage therapy, but you can experience similar benefits by having a massage chair in your abode.

Physical Benefits of Post-Massage Workout

The good news is that there are budget massage chairs that came on the market in recent years, with some current models selling for under $300. The iJoy 4.0 Reclining Massage Chair is one entry-level massage chair that's worth checking out.

Human Touch: About the brand

Human Touch, the name behind the iJOY 4.0 Reclining Massage Chair, has been in the business of developing state-of-the-art massage products for the past 40 years. Their massage chairs are the only chairs endorsed by the World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) as a supplement to back-care therapies. WFC recognizes Human Touch products as tools that alleviate and prevent spinal stress. WFC Secretary-General Richard Brown encourages individuals undergoing chiropractic services to include massage chair therapy in between visits with their chiropractor.

The company has its own team of engineers based in California who design and develop their massage products. Human Touch has more than 65 patented wellness solutions, including robotic massage technologies. Its line of iJOY products has won the Design Journal Awards for Design Excellence (ADEX) 2018 Gold Award (iJOY Massage Anywhere), 2017 Platinum Award (iJOY 2.0 Massage Chair), and 2014 Silver Award (iJOY Reveal Massage Chair).

According to Human Touch senior VP for R&D and engineering Hans Dehli, product safety is a top priority for the company. He assures that every chair - from the source of upholstery material to the insulation around cables and the chemicals used for electronic circuit boards - is free of hazardous materials.

Human Touch iJoy 4.0 Massage Chair

Human Touch iJOY 4.0 Reclining Massage Chair, 4 Programmed Massage Modes, Bone/Gray

Stylish and compact egg chair design

The iJoy 4.0 is not your usual bulky massage chair. Its stylish design resembles the famous “egg chair” of Danish designer and architect Arne Jacobsen so it would be a welcome addition to your living room, bedroom, or study.

The 63-pound massage chair has a maximum load capacity of 285 pounds.

It is compact, measuring 40 inches (length) x 25.5 inches (width) x 33.5 inches (height) when upright and 43 inches (length) x 25.5 inches (width) x 27 inches (height) when reclined.

The iJoy 4.0 is nearly fully assembled when delivered. You just have to attach the head support using the hook and loop fasteners and the Tech Cradle, which snaps to the left side of the chair. The iJoy 4.0 comes in two-tone colors: espresso-gray and bone-gray.

Human Touch iJOY 4.0 Reclining Massage Chair, 4 Programmed Massage Modes, Espresso/Gray

FlexGlide Duo technology

The massage chair is equipped with a patented dual robot technology called FlexGlide Duo, which is composed of two separate sets of quad rollers that mimic the feeling of human hands. The L-shaped roller track is 30 inches, a little longer than the 26-inch average track length for a massage chair within the price range where the iJoy 4.0 belongs. The iJoy 4.0’s rollers can massage your back, buttocks, and thighs simultaneously. There's no friction or pinching sensation that can be experienced when using other massage chairs.

For a deeper massage in your neck area, Human Touch recommends that you flip the pillow back so you can feel the rollers run through the base of your skull and upper neck.

Human Touch iJOY 4.0 Reclining Massage Chair, 4 Programmed Massage Modes, Espresso/Gray

Auto-massage programs

The iJoy 4.0 has four auto-massage programs featuring kneading and gliding motions: upper back, lower back, and 2 different full back modes. Kneading massages your back and buttocks through small circular motion, believed to help improve circulation and eliminate any toxin buildup in the body. Meanwhile, the gliding feature lets you experience a percussion massage that rolls up and down your back. You can also pull up the recline handle to adjust the chair to your desired angle for a better experience.

Unlike higher-end and Japanese massage chairs, however, the iJoy 4.0 has no massage timer, and its auto-massages are limited to 15 minutes each. The intensity of the rollers' motion cannot be adjusted as well. The rollers also do not adjust to your body's position while seated the way more expensive massage chairs do with the aid of a 3D body scanner. Notwithstanding, during glide mode, you can set the vertical and width range of rollers via remote control so they can target pressure points.

Human Touch iJOY 4.0 Reclining Massage Chair, 4 Programmed Massage Modes, Bone/Gray

Tech cradle

You can keep your smartphones or devices conveniently within reach with the iJoy 4.0's Tech Cradle, a built-in USB port where you can charge your gadgets while enjoying your massage.


The iJoy 4.0 is covered by a two-year structural warranty for buyers in the US and Canada. The warranty applies to the product only, excluding any accessories or enhancements.

The model has an in-home service warranty of 90 days and a one-year warranty for parts.

Final Thoughts

Human Touch believes that besides offering support in between visits to the therapist or chiropractor, massage chairs can provide the relaxation you need to become more productive each day once massage chair therapy becomes part of your daily ritual.

Using the iJoy 4.0 is highly recommended as a pre-sleep activity. Just as you spend several minutes to stretch or use the treadmill to feel awake in the morning, getting a massage on an iJoy 4.0 before bedtime will help you sleep soundly and make you feel rejuvenated in the morning.

Convinced that the Human Touch iJoy 4.0 should become part of your sports and wellness routine? Visit Amazon today.

About the author 

Kevin Lee

Health and fitness have always been a passion for me; whether its being in the weight room, going for a run before work or even participating in a half iron man triathlon. ShapeJunkie was created to share to knowledge and love of fitness with others.

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