Panasonic MA70: Massage Chair vs. Recliner (Video)

Panasonic MA70 Massage Chair

Transcript of Video Titled “Panasonic MA70 – Massage Chair vs. Recliner”

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Alan: Hi, I’m Dr. Alan Weidner from ‘‘ and today I’m going to demonstrate the functionality of the Panasonic MA70 massage chair as a regular recliner. Now, most of the massage chairs that we do videos on, and that we demonstrate, are chairs that are massage chairs first, and so the functionality is primary, and then the look and the aesthetics, is secondary, and that’s kind of a complaint that a lot of people have. They say ‘Gee, I can’t imagine this thing in my living room or my family room, I wish it looked more like a regular chair.’ Or, people will say ‘I wish I could just use the massage chair as a regular chair, and not use the massage, like sometimes I just want to sit and read, or watch TV, and not have the massage going, and is there a chair that I can find that’ll accommodate that?’

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Alan: Well, the Panasonic MA70 actually has – Panasonic went measures to make this chair double as a regular recliner – and I’ll show you how they have done that. First of all, as with most Panasonic chairs, the arm airbags, the arm massage, is underneath the armrests. Now, the armrests are usually a faux leather, or a Naugahyde material, but it looks like more of a regular recliner armrest. You can lift it up, and there’s airbags underneath, that applies to both sides. Another thing that makes this chair double as a regular chair, is this ottoman. Now, the ottoman is usually the thing that people can’t stand about a massage chair as far as ugliness goes. Here’s this thing, with these calf and foot wells that stick out, and in the Panasonic MA70, it’s not that overt, or that gaudy, as it is in some of the other massage chairs. What you can do with this one is, there’s a lever on the side, and you can rotate the ottoman under. So, you can make it look like a regular ottoman, and when the chair works, and the chair’s on, you can elevate the ottoman up, and you can rest your legs on there, cross your legs, cross your ankles, whatever.

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Alan: You can’t really do that when your chair’s got this, it’s a little hard to cross your feet, and cross your legs, and be comfortable. So, they have done that, so they’ve made it possible for you to rotate the ottoman around, to make it look like a regular ottoman, and what they’ve done is they have a huge pillow, a back pad, on the top of the chair. It’s zipped in, and what they recommend in their user’s manual, which I agree with, is that when you are just using the chair as a regular recliner chair, bring this big pad down. You’ll see that it’s got a thick pillow for the lumbar support, it’s got some thoracic support, and it’s got extra neck support, so when that pillow is down, now you can sit in the chair, and it’ll feel like a regular chair. One of the beefs about massage chairs for just regular sitting is, because there’s a track going up and down the middle where the rollers go, there’s no support there.

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Alan: It’s just an empty cavern, if you will, where the rollers are. If it’s not being used, if the rollers aren’t being used, they’re parked down low somewhere, or up high, and there’s this big gap that peoples’ back kind of falls in to, and it’s not really comfortable to sit. Well, what they’ve done with Panasonic is they’ve put this big old back pad on here that gives you support where the cavern is, where the massage typically is. See this big old hole here, that’s what I’m talking about, the rollers are parked down here, but what about all this? Well, there’s no support, so this pillow is there to give you support, so you can just use it as a regular chair. Then, when you want to use the massage, you just flip this thing up and over the back, and you’re good to go. If you never care about using this at all as a regular recliner, you can unzip the whole thing, and just take this off, and then not even use it, but then they also have a little pillow underneath here for the neck support. So, that is how the Panasonic MA70 tries to double as a regular recliner, and they do a pretty good job of it, while still maintaining a good number of features, a good feature set. Some other chairs, they trade a lot of the features for aesthetics, to make the chairs look good, but you know, a lot of times you don’t get arm airbags, you don’t get shoulder airbags, you don’t get waist airbags.

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Alan: Well, the Panasonic MA70 integrates all those features, but also gives you the practical ability to use the chair as a regular recliner, and that is something that’s kind of cool about the Panasonic MA70. So, I hope you enjoyed this video. If you found it helpful, please feel free to share us, share the video, on any of your social media platforms, Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, YouTube, and of course, ‘Like’ us, and help us spread the word about massage chairs. Please subscribe to our YouTube channel if you want to be updated about subsequent videos on this chair, or any other chair, or any other video that we put out. Again, I’m Dr. Alan Weidner from ‘,’ thanks so much for visiting today, and we will see you on the next video. Bye bye.

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