Stretch – The Massage Chair Dictionary (Video)

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dictionaryAlan: Hi, I’m Dr. Alan Weidner from ‘’ and today we’re going to define for you the term stretch, as it pertains to massage chairs. Now, stretch in the mind of a typical customer, or patient is, a hamstring stretch, a quad stretch, a low back stretch, a neck stretch, something like that, well, in a massage chair, it’s a little different. I like to think of it more of a milking, a milking motion, because what happens is the chair, as we can see on the Inada Sogno here, the feet are grabbed, by the airbags in the ottoman, and the chair ottoman is raised up and down, and the chair back is raised up and down. So, what’s basically going on is the chair is, the body is brought in to a little bit of a flexion position, and then the ottoman goes down, the chair back goes down, and it kind of arches the back a little bit, so it’s more of an extension motion, so it comes forward, and comes back. Now, the feet are inflating again on this one, the ottoman is going down, and you see that the chair back reclining as well, and now, then, you feel the stretch in your low back. Now, this is what a stretch program typically is in a massage chair.

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Alan: It does not mean that your hamstrings are being stretched, or your neck is being stretched per se. It is more of a stretching of the spine, elongating the spine, arching the spine, and in some chairs, you’ll have shoulder airbags that will also inflate, like the IT-8500, or the new Flex 3S chair from Inada, and they will actually pin the shoulders back while the chair is reclining, so it accentuates the stretch even more. You will see here on the Sogno, also, rollers, and all other massage chairs do the same thing, they either use airbags or rollers, to work the spine, and rotate the spine from side to side as well. That’s what happening to the Sogno right here, you’ll see this side inflating, this side deflates, and then this side will deflate, and this side inflates, and it rotates the spine from side to side, that’s another mode of stretch. There’s other chairs, like the Osaki Cyber, where you have your arms in the armrests, and the chair grabs your arms, and then it reclines, so it kind of stretches your arms out of the sockets a little bit as well. The Iyashi chair reclines, and it doesn’t have a full recline like this, but it’ll recline, and the zero-gravity seat will tilt up, and then the ottoman extends out, so it kind of pulls your legs, and that gives you a different type of a feel, of a stretch, as well. So, there’s various and sundry types of stretches, in the various and sundry types of massage chairs, depending on the manufacturer, but the most typical is, the chair back reclining, the ottoman going down, up, down, up, down. The new Inada Flex 3S actually brings the chair in to a full flexed position, and pulls the shoulders back, and has rollers working on you while you’re in the flexed position.

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Alan: So, stretching can include flexing now, as well as extending, or arching, and so that’s why I say it’s more of a milking motion of the spine, or of the upper back, going up and down, and the legs going up and down simultaneously, and it’s a very relaxing program. Virtually everyone loves the stretch program, in any chair, it’s a wonderful feel, and it’s very soothing, it’s relaxing, the chair is dynamically moving, it’s not just a set position, and that is essentially what a stretch does. I hope this helps you understand the definition of stretch, as it pertains to a massage chair. Some of the companies, like Infinite Therapeutics, their program is called ‘Extend,’ they don’t call it a stretch, they call it ‘Extend,’ but for the most part, all the chairs that have a stretch program, and virtually all chairs do nowadays, they call it the ‘Stretch Program,’ or ‘Stretch.’ So, I hope that helps you define the term stretch, in the massage chair industry. If you found this video helpful, please feel free to share us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google Plus, thumbs up ‘Like’ us, and of course, if you liked this video, subscribe to our YouTube channel, and you can be updated about subsequent definitions, or subsequent videos about any of the massage chairs that we carry, and you’ll be the first to know when we post one. I’m Dr. Alan Weidner from ‘,’ thank you so much for visiting today, and we will see you on the next video. Bye bye.

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