Some big news from Human Touch this week. Here is the gist of what will be happening on October 1, 2012: Continue reading “Some Changes Coming Oct. 1, 2012 for Human Touch”
I just received the shipping notices from Human Touch for my clients who pre-purchased the new Acutouch HT-9500 massage chair, which means they are here in the USA and have shipped! Great news for those of us anticipating this new model. As soon as we get one in our showroom, we will do some reviews on this exciting new chair and share them with you through this blog and website.
A couple of other things to tell you:
1. 3-week old Serenity zero gravity massage chair from Omega for only $1899 which includes free shipping. Here is the link to learn about it and buy it, should you want it…
2. 2-month old Doctor’s Choice 3A massage chair by Inada – their latest offering in the world of massage chairs. This is a chair that focuses on postural correction. Very unique with an exceptional massage…one of my favorites!
This chair goes for $5799. This chair has very limited production and is thus very hard to come by. We have this floor model for only $4899, which includes free shipping.
Jump on them while we have them. First come, first served!!
Well, we finally have the Acutouch 9500 massage chair product page up on our website. Check it out here:
You can see from the images that this chair looks almost exactly like the discontinued HT-1650.
You can order now, but the first shipment isn’t here until the first two weeks of October. Get your dibs in now.
Dr. Alan Weidner
We got word that the Acutouch 9500 massage chair by Human Touch should be arriving the first two weeks of October. We are excited about this. Our website will have a product page up this week for you to pre-order. Our price will be $4799,
based on minimum advertised pricing (MAP) established for us by Human Touch. I recommend ordering this thing ASAP even though they are not in stock yet, or else all the chairs will be spoken for and shipped by the time you order. I have experienced this back-order game on new products before. Trust me…if you are expecting to get this massage chair when it first arrives in the USA, pre-order now to make sure you get a stake in that first shipment.
Once we get one in the showroom, we will test it thoroughly and give you a full review of the Acutouch 9500.
Dr. Alan Weidner
I learned a little about the new massage chair from Panasonic, called the EP-MA51. Here are some of my observations and thoughts about it. I haven’t sat on it or even seen it in person, but from my review of the literature out there, I have some things to say:
1. The body styling looks a lot like the Panasonic 1285 massage chair. The only markedly obvious difference would be the arm rests having the familiar Panasonic arm massage feature, which is a “flapping” arm rest that comes down on the fingers, wrist and forearms to facilitate an airbag massage on the arms.
2. Panasonic touts a pelvic tilt and trunk rotation feature which seems pretty cool. Inada introduced that idea a couple of years ago with it’s Inada Sogno and Doctor’s Choice 3A massage chairs. The idea is for the seat airbags to rotate the hips so that the lower back joints are rotated instead of just pushed forward by the rollers. I love that feature on the Inada chairs, so I suspect it will be a lovely feature on the Panasonic MA51 model.
3. They’ve added a feature called a “Leg Stretch” which looks to me like a basic stretch program, which most massage chair manufacturers now employ on at least one of their models. Stretching is a nice feature in a massage chair. I particularly like the stretch function on the Human Touch HT-7120 family of massage chairs. My clients sure love it too.
4. Seems quite pricey at $5499. Of course, when Panasonic came out with it’s highly anticipated 30007 a couple of years ago, it ‘s initial price was $5999. And as you may or may not have read in an earlier post of mine on this blog, Panasonic’s dismal pricing integrity model allowed the price of the 30007 to drift, rather quickly, down to the $4000 range. Pricing and value tend to drop with Panasonic chairs. I suspect this chair will be no different. I suspect that competing retailers will gouge the price down to below $4000 before long….if the 30007 history (or any Panasonic massage chair for that matter) is any indicator.
When you compare this chair to the Inada Sogno or Doctor’s Choice massage chair, or the new Human Touch Acutouch 9500 massage chair, you’ll probably intuitively assess that the MA51 is over-priced at $5499.
5. I called my Panasonic distributor today but he was not aware of whether this chair is even on the market yet. I await his response. I will tell you more when I hear more. I will also notify you when we have placed this chair on our site.
Here is a link to a video that explains the chair visually:
One of my competitors has a neat comparison chart that will show you the differences (and similarities) between this chair and the 30007 and 1285 which are also Panasonic chairs or any other chair you wish to compare. Here is a link to their site: http://www.massage-chairs.com/compare.php
Well, hope this helps you in some way, if you are considering this chair for your home or business. We will be posting it on my website shortly.
Dr. Alan Weidner
I have learned that the new Acutouch 9500 massage chair from Human Touch will be shipping to the US during the first two weeks of October, 2010. It has been a long time in coming and is a very much anticipated massage chair. I have read countless articles and press releases about it. I will be very eager to get one in my showroom and begin getting a sense of the public response. My guess is that it will be a hit with our customers, as was the HT-1650, it’s predecessor. It was a very popular massage chair in our showroom while we had it.
Here is somemore data for the Human Touch Acutouch 9500 massage chair:
1. The ottoman raises 6 inches off the ground. The HT-1650 stayed on the ground keeping the calfs at a 45 degree angle. It was quite comfortable but made it difficult for shorter people to sit in the chair and get a good back massage at the same time as getting a good foot and calf massage. Good change!
2. It will come in the black and espresso colors. Espresso is a dark brown color, which is quite popular on the Human Touch product line. I have an HT-7120 massage chair in my showroom in that color and I can tell you it is a very handsome color.
3. The MSRP on the chair is $5999, but it’s minimum advertised price (MAP) will be $4799. This means that you should be able to get this chair for $4799. Human Touch is very, very good at maintaining pricing integrity of their chairs. If $4799 is the MAP, that is what you will find it for…not any less.
Hope this helps build your excitement for this chair. I know we are fired up about having one in our showroom.
Dr. Alan Weidner
I saw a short review video from zedomax.com this week on the Acutouch 9500 massage chair by Human Touch. I have talked about this new model from Human Touch a few times on this blog. So far we know that:
1.) it’s MSRP will be $5999
2.) the 9500 will be an upgraded model of the popular HT-1650 massage chair by Human Touch, which has since been discontinued preparatory to the release of the Acutouch 9500.
3.) the 9500 will be released some time in the fall of 2010, perhaps as early as September.
4.) the chair look is like the HT-1650, but with a different stitching on the leather upholstery.
5.) the ottoman is supposed to lift off the floor, unlike the HT-1650, which sits on the floor in full position.
Well, I have included the video from zedomax.com for your perusal. It goes over the iPad/iTouch/iPhone interactivity with the chair, called HT-Connectivity. It has standard programs, but has also added programs designed specifically by certain professionals who have had input on the programs available through the HT-connectivity feature. I really like the feature where the user can pick three areas of focus and emphasis and the chair will work on those three areas, specifically.
Here is another video, this one created by Human Touch, which shows how to use the iPhone to control the massage:
Very cool! I will like this chair. We, at Massage Chair Relief, already loved the HT-1650 so we can’t wait for the Acutouch 9500 to hit the market.
Hhhhmmm, I wonder what percent of the population have iPhones/iTouch/iPads?
Dr. Alan Weidner
I just realized that it’s been a couple of weeks since my last blog entry. You are probably chomping at the bit for more massage chair info, aren’t you! 🙂 Well, nothing too terribly exciting to report. We are still waiting on the new Acutouch 9500 massage chair by Human Touch; Inada will be introducing a new color for the Sogno in a few weeks; we will finally be getting one of the new Omega zero gravity massage chairs in our showroom, now that we have sold the Montage floor model.
I also have another video to share with you of the Inada Sogno massage chair. We get asked all the time if we will make videos of other chairs. YES, we will. I am just too dang busy or lazy to get them done. But, we will be doing them later this summer on other models.
This video introduces the headpiece function of the Inada Sogno, which is very unique. It is the only chair that has a headpiece like this. Check it out…
Dr. Alan Weidner
I just got word this morning that Human Touch is now out of the stock on the HT-1650 massage chair and no more will be made! That is it…the end of the life cycle of one of our most popular chairs. Of course, we can all now wait for the Acutouch 9500 massage chair, which is a sister to the HT-1650, but with some improvements. Rumor has it that it will be out in September for the general public. I am excited to see this new chair. Features that I’ve heard, which differentiate this chair from the HT-1650 include the ottoman being able to be lifted off the ground, remote programming from an iphone, different stitching of the leather upholstery, and a higher price point.
Dr. Alan Weidner
I just read a review today of the new Acutouch 9500 massage chair from Human Touch. You can read the review here:
Nothing new about the technology that we haven’t already discussed. But, for the first time I see a price for this bad boy. According to the author of this piece, the chair will retail for $5999. Quite a jump from the $3999 for the sister chair,and predecessor, the HT-1650 massage chair. I am very interested to see this chair in comparison to the HT-1650.
The author also mentions that it will be a “few months” before the chair is available to the public. My sources tell me September now. I have also learned that the ottoman on the Acutouch 9500 will actually raise off the ground to facilitate a more horizontal positioning. As you may or may not know, the foot and calf ottoman on the HT-1650, which we have always felt is the best foot and calf massage in the business, always rested on the ground at a 45 degree angle because, as we were told, it was too heavy to raise off the ground. Well, the new 9500 will actually raise off the ground. I think this is a good thing.
Dr. Alan Weidner
I just heard this week that Human Touch plans to discontinue the popular HT-1650 massage chair once their stock of black models is gone. They figure another week or two and the chairs will be gone. Apparently, Huma
n Touch will replace the HT-1650 with the new Acutouch 9500 which won’t be out until summertime. I’ve not heard of anyone who has actually sat on the Acutouch 9500 massage chair, but I have heard that it looks a lot like the HT-1650. I was told by Human Touch yesterday that the ottoman will raise off the ground, which the ottoman did not do with the HT-1650. It is also supposed to be higher priced than the HT-1650.
Human Touch has told us that the new 9500 will not be sold through the usual distribution channels; it will be sold exclusively through one of their large chain retailers. Not sure who, but maybe Costco or someone like that. Hopefully we at Massage Chair Relief will be able to sell it as the HT-1650 was one of our most popular massage chairs.
You’d think that since my office is in back of the Massage Chair Relief showroom, I would be sitting on massage chairs all day long. Well, think again! I rarely sit on them because I am so busy at my desk. But, the other day I went onto one of the chairs, to do some work reading. I fell asleep and later, after I had woken up, I found a picture of me sleeping on the massage chair on my cell phone. Thanks, Steffanie! Dang, they feel so good but, man…I look like a corpse!
Dr. Alan Weidner
I’d like to thank Steffanie, my commercial sales manager, for writing this little review and giving us her input on this new AcuTouch massage chair and iPhone app from Human Touch:
Human Touch has a new technology- minded massage chair in the works to come out in May. It is called the AcuTouch 9500 massage chair. It is able to be used with your iPod Touch, iPhone, or iPad. It has an app that you can download for free to personalize and customize your massage experience while using this chair.
I, myself, have not joined the iPhone bandwagon so this doesn’t mean a whole to me except, does this mean that MY massage in this chair will not be as good since I don’t have an iPhone? However, if you do have an iPhone this app sounds pretty cool. You can use it to customize what massage auto programs you want it to perform and you also have access to lots of health advice and tips for utilizing your chair to the best of its abilities. Besides that, it will “save” the programs that you have done in your phone so that you can go back and see what program it was that you really enjoyed.
The AcuTouch 9500 has the same look and feel of the ever popular HT-1650 massage chair. This has been a top seller for us and gives the best lower leg and foot massage of any chair in the market. It has a very regal and classy look to the upholstery and can pass for a regular recliner.
Keep in mind that information on this chair has still been limited so take this blog post for what it’s worth!
Thanks, Steffanie. I like the idea of having info on the cell phone about the chair and the benefits of massage that I can access while I am sitting on the chair. I’m not sure, though, if the iPhone app is going to be that great of a deal for prospective buyers. Can the remote control be used just like with the other Human Touch massage chairs? I will be very curious to see how you, the shopper, respond to this chair when it hits the market in May. Any feedback would be appreciated from you. We will be carrying the chair if it will be available to us in May. We don’t even know what the price will be until closer to May. I’ll keep you posted.
Dr. Alan Weidner