Our new Zero Gravity line of recliners are more than just well-styled pieces to add to your home. They feature some of today’s leading furniture technology to bring you the many benefits of zero-gravity relaxation. Let’s learn more about what zero gravity recliners are, the science behind them, and their many benefits.
What are Zero Gravity Recliners?
Despite the name, zero gravity recliners aren’t going to float off into space (even though zero gravity technology was designed by NASA scientists and mimics the posture of astronauts during space missions!). Zero gravity refers to the recliner’s ability to obtain the ideal weight distribution to optimize blood circulation, reduce pressure on your neck, back, and legs, and give you the perfect angle of full relaxation.
This reclined position is different than in a traditional recliner because it evenly distributes your bodyweight throughout the chair, which reduces the stress on different areas of your body.
Learn more about zero gravity recliners in the infographic below:
The Science Behind Zero Gravity Recliners
As mentioned above, zero gravity recliners were inspired by the position astronauts had to take during liftoff on space missions. During this intense and sudden increase in gravity, the astronauts needed to be in a safe position so escaping the Earth’s gravitational pull didn’t put too much stress on their bodies. The reclined “zero gravity” position allowed them to distribute the stresses of takeoff safely.
While this zero gravity position can be beneficial on its own, we have also combined our leading massage technology to further enhance this therapeutic experience. We married our Zero Gravity recliners with our leading SoCozi technology, which is a consumer favorite because of its revolutionary comfort and benefits. Our exclusive EXP™ technology was developed through a partnership with Cozzia, a leader in massage technology. This advanced system utilizes the latest in air cell design, heat therapy and lumbar support to relax the body and mind, improve health and renew energy — creating a massage experience like no other.
The Benefits of Zero Gravity Recliners
Zero gravity recliners are relaxing, but they also tote many other important health benefits. These include:
1. Improved Blood Circulation
One of the most obvious benefits of zero gravity recliners is that they can help improve your blood circulation. This is because when you’re elevated in the zero gravity position, your heart can easily pump blood throughout the body. When your heart doesn’t have to pump as hard, your whole body functions better.
2. Improved Lung Capacity and Function
Speaking of helping your whole body function better, another benefit of zero gravity recliners is that they can improve lung capacity and function. Not only will your lungs receive the blood that they need because of your improved blood circulation, but they will also function better because of the position itself. Your diaphragm helps your chest expand, which lets your lungs fill up with air. When you’re in a zero gravity position, your diaphragm can expand even more, meaning that your lungs can bring in more oxygen. These deep breaths are perfect for relaxation and bring more oxygen throughout the body. Deep breathing and relaxing in your zero gravity recliner can make you feel like a whole new person.
3. Reduced Joint Swelling
Improved blood circulation can also help reduce joint swelling and pain from conditions such as arthritis. According to the Northwest Float Center, which is a spa where people can float weightlessly in water, “patients in floatation chambers report significant improvement in muscle and joint pain, whether the pain is the result of injury, genetic predisposition, or is caused by stress.” A similar effect has been noted from zero gravity recliners.
4. Reduced Back Pain
If you suffer from back pain, a zero gravity recliner might do you some good. Because your weight is evenly distributed, you aren’t putting as much stress on your lower back as you do when you sit in a normal chair, stand, or go about your everyday life.
5. Reduced Spinal Cord Compression
Throughout the day, we put a lot of pressure on our backs and spinal cords. Whether you’re sitting for 8 hours a day at work, slouching in your car during your daily commute, are running errands, or standing on your feet all day, our backs go through a lot. All of this can lead to spinal cord compression, which can cause pain or stiffness in the neck, numbness in the legs, hands, and arms, and other symptoms. Zero gravity recliners help relieve this compression by taking the weight off of your spine.
Some Amazing Zero Gravity Recliner Results
All of these benefits are amazing and have the potential to change lives and our Zero Gravity line already has. One of our loyal customers, Mimi, was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer in 2003. She underwent chemotherapy, which was extremely hard on her body and caused her to have peripheral neuropathy. Peripheral neuropathy is a result of damage to the nerves outside of the brain and spinal cord and can cause weakness, numbness, and pain, usually in your hands and feet. After trying her Zero Gravity recliner, this is what Mimi had to say:
“I just want to tell you how much this recliner has helped me. I have only had it for two days and my ankles are not swollen and my neuropathy is so much better. The needle-like pain and tingling in my feet and the pain I was having at night with my feet has decreased and I’m sleeping so much better. The last two nights I have been able to sleep almost pain-free from both the neuropathy and edema (the abnormal accumulation of fluid in certain tissues within the body).”
This is an amazing story and things continued to get better for Mimi. She continued to email us and three weeks later, she hadn’t taken her regular pills to treat her condition. Her recliner became her “new place to sit all the time because it’s so comfortable and helpful for [her] feet.”
We are passionate about creating motion furniture that’s not only comfortable and stylish, but that makes a difference in the lives of our customers and their families. We’re excited about the future of zero gravity and can’t wait to see it help more people. Choose the best recliner for your needs by browsing through our Zero Gravity collection.