Review of the DreamWave M.8 Massage Chair

DreamWave M.8 massage chair
DreamWave M.8 massage chair

DreamWave M.8The DreamWave M.8 massage chair is currently a very popular chair. It was introduced to the world officially at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas in January of this year, but was not available for general distribution until a few months later. We received ours at that time and have it in all of our showrooms.

This model also comes in a limited edition, leather-upholstered version, called the M.8LE. Other than the upholstery and an included signed certificate from the designer, the M.8 and M.8LE are the exact same in form and function. Both models are beautifully designed by Ferrari designer, Ken Okuyama. It really is a nice looking chair.

Here is a point by point discussion of a.) my observations of the chair after hours of sitting in it and taking pages of notes, b.) info from the owner’s manual, and c.) feedback from customers who have already used the chair.

  1. 3D/4D Roller System – You can adjust the depth of the rollers with three settings. 3D alludes to the depth of the rollers, the 4th “D” alludes to the speed or rhythm changes during the auto programs. Pretty much all 3D chairs integrate speed or rhythm into the massage. I tried to judge the intensity of the rollers in each of the main spinal areas. What I found is that the roller massage at it’s greatest 3D depth is mild to moderate in strength in the buttock region and neck region (without the headpiece), moderate to strong intensity in the upper/mid back region and neck region (with the headpiece rollers). The rollers in the M.8 are quad (4) rollers.
  2. Neck Traction Headpiece with Rollers – The headpiece of the M.8 comes with rollers that massage the neck as well as airbags at the bottom of each side of the headpiece that inflate and compress down on the top of the shoulders, thus creating a traction effect on the neck. The DreamWave Classic has a similar headpiece but the neck massage is done by airbags, not by actual rollers as in the M.8. The headpiece has an attached back pad that extends from the bottom of the headpiece all the way down the back of the chair. Here are two things to consider about that set up:  i.) I would recommend that when you sit in the M.8 to begin your massage session, move the headpiece/back pad all the way down to the bottom of the chair back. Lean back and then turn on your program. When you set up this way, and
    DreamWave M.8 positioning
    M.8 Proper Positioning Set Up

    depending on how tall or short you are, you will feel the bottom part of the headpiece behind your shoulder blades. It will feel unnatural at that point, but when you turn on your auto program, the chair will recline and your body will move down relative to the headpiece so that when the chair has reached it’s recline position, the headpiece is ideally sitting on your shoulders. If the headpiece is still not completely out from under your upper back, shrug your shoulders a couple of times to get your shoulders right underneath the headpiece airbags. That is how you want it to be so that the rollers in the headpiece are on your neck and not at the back of your skull.If you are so short that the headpiece won’t reach the back of your shoulder blades, pull the back pad down even further, onto the seat. That should bring the lower part of the headpiece down to your shoulder blades level. This positioning issue is important to fit on the chair optimally for your height. If you do not position the headpiece correctly, it will ride up the back of your head, causing the neck rollers to actually hit your skull as well as the shoulder airbags will be too high to effectively compress and traction down on the top of your shoulders. Plus, your head will not be cradled in the headpiece comfortably because your chin will be tucked into your chest rather than pointing up in a neutral position.  ii.) The neck rollers in the headpiece offer a nice, vigorous massage. However, the

    DreamWave M.8 headpiece & back pad
    M.8 Headpiece & attached back pad

    attached back pad is just another layer of padding between your back muscles and the chair rollers. If you want a more intense back massage, other than increasing the depth of the 3D/4D rollers (which is sometimes not enough for folks who want a strong back massage), you can lift the headpiece and attached back pad up and over the back of the chair so that you now only have one layer of padding between your back muscles and the chair’s rollers. This will increase the intensity of the back massage for you. At it’s highest intensity, though, I can still see some folks wanting more in terms of massage strength. In my opinion, it’s not that the rollers don’t have sufficient forward motion to dig in deep, but I think it’s because the material between your back and the rollers is synthetic leather. Most other chairs use linen in that place, instead of synthetic leather, which is much, much thinner than the quality grade synthetic leather used in the M.8. You would get a stronger roller massage but the linen tends to wear out easily, thus setting you up for warranty headaches later on.As an aside, there is a quick key on the remote control that turns on the headpiece neck rollers. There are 3 different massage programs for the neck headpiece, each program representing different roller direction movements. There are also 3 different speed adjustments for the headpiece neck rollers. The rollers stay in one position…they do not move up and down like the primary back rollers do. These headpiece neck rollers are stronger on the neck than the primary rollers are when you move the headpiece out of the way. The shoulder airbags do not work when the headpiece neck rollers are deployed as a manual program.The traction of the neck is facilitated when you are situated correctly in the chair with your head properly sitting in the headpiece. In this position, the base of your skull “hangs” in the middle of the headpiece while the shoulder airbags simultaneously inflate and push down on the shoulders. That constitutes the tractioning. I was hoping that the shoulder airbags would have inflated more to compress harder on the shoulders and that the airbags would have remained inflated for a longer period of time than they actually did. I feel that this would have really created a much better, more therapeutic neck traction experience .

  3. MaxTrack Roller Track – DreamWave has come up with a more versatile roller track, which is a modified version of the more traditional L-track. What makes it unique is that the rollers still go all the way down to your buttock muscles (gluteals and piriformis muscles) but still allows almost a full recline of the chair. What this means is that the user can have a better stretch program since the chair in full recline is closer to a full horizontal position. True L-track chairs don’t allow the chair to recline much further than the actual L-shape of the roller track, thus minimizing the effectiveness of the stretch program.
  4. Stretch Program – While I’m on the topic of the stretch program, what really fascinated me about the DreamWave M.8 stretch was how the chair deployed airbags on the sides and front of the seat to accentuate the stretch as well as using the forward-most seat airbags to “dig” into the belly of the hamstrings. L-tracks rarely, if ever, actually reach the belly of the hamstrings (belly = the part of the hamstrings between the knee and the hips; what most people grab when they tear a hamstring). These airbags inflate during the stretch program and compress on the hamstring belly while the rollers are also working on the glute muscles and the top of the hamstrings. Pretty cool idea, actually. I was surprised and impressed by that feature. This combination of rollers and airbags massage in the seat region was fantastic.The full stretch program has a lot going on. The chair doesn’t just have the shoulder and seat airbags inflating while the rollers are working, as mentioned above, but it also integrates neck tractioning, foot airbags, along with upper back & waist airbags. The stretch program is not a purely axial decompression, like most other massage chairs, but uses a lot of body rotation and side-to-side movement (aka translation).
  5. Shoulder Airbags – Part of a good stretch program are the shoulder airbags. The M.8 uses shoulder airbags not just to pin the shoulders back during the stretch program to accentuate the stretch, but also to move the upper torso from side to side by inflating on one shoulder and then another. I did notice, however, a small popping sound when the shoulder airbags inflated. I assumed it was just a shifting of the plastic shoulder housing when the airbags were inflating and deflating. Not terribly bothersome, but thought I’d mention it.
  6. Side Entry Doors – This feature is completely revolutionary and innovative.DreamWave M.8 massage chairIdeal for people who have trouble getting into and out of a massage chair, like older folks or for people in significant back pain, the M.8 has arm rests that swing open like car doors to allow you to enter from the side. Great idea! As a matter of fact, you will see in the owner’s manual that getting on the chair from the front, like every other massage chair, is not recommended. Getting in through the side doors is the “correct” way to enter the chair. On the outside of each door, the
    DreamWave M.8 approach lighting
    M.8 Approach Lighting

    chair also has approach lighting that turns on when the user comes within a certain distance of the chair. Ideal for dark rooms that make it harder to see the chair.

  7. Calf & Foot Rollers – Both of these sets of rollers feel very comfortable when they are in use. I didn’t feel the need for any foot pads, although some are provided with the chair. The chair also comes with heel shiatsu pads already installed. These pads are located at the inside wall of each heel well. If the heel massage feels to intense, those heel pads can be removed. The calf region also has Thera-Elliptical Kneading by the airbags, which, if you haven’t experienced that feature before, really enhances the calf massage in a wonderful way.
  8. Automatic Spool Remote Control – I love this feature. The remote is attached by a chord to the chair. Most chairs just have the cord laying around in a haphazard way. The M.8 cord is on an automatic rewinding spool that brings the cord back into the body of the M.8 and hides it. I have seen this feature in another chair model, but this one works so nicely and the cord never gets stuck. It reminds me of an iron automatic power cord spool.
  9. Remote Control – I love the remote. It is very intuitive and easy to use. It is alsoDreamWave M.8 remote control back lit, allowing for easy readability even in a dark room. The remote has a few quick keys which allow you to access certain functions, like the foot rollers, calf rollers, zero gravity, and neck headpiece rollers, without having to go into the main menu each time you want to change something.
  10. Heat – I have never sat on a massage chair that brought the heat like this DreamWave M.8. It has heated rollers, along with heating elements in the feet, seat, back, hands, and headpiece neck rollers. They all turn on by default when you turn on a chair program, but you can either turn them all off or leave some of the areas on. It was too much heat for me. I had to turn them off. In the Utah winter, I might not find it to be so hot.
  11. Program Linking – Each auto program lasts about 18 minutes. If you find that to be too short, you can link two auto programs together so that they run one after the other, thus increasing your massage time to 36 minutes. Again, it is fairly easy to navigate this functionality on the remote control.
  12. Massage Choreography – DreamWave employed the services of a master shiatsu practitioner to choreograph the M.8 massage experience. Being aware of that when I sat in the chair, I must say that the sequence of massage modes very much reminded me of what I typically felt when having massage administered by a Licensed Massage Therapist. The way the massage progressed along was very reminiscent of a real human massage experience.
  13. Arm Airbags – Each arm has 6 airbags (3 on top, 3 on the bottom) that
    DreamWave M.8 Arm Airbags
    Arm Airbags

    sequentially worked over each hand, wrist, and forearm. I love the sequential airbag massage and the intensity was great. What I found bothersome, though, was that the arm airbags tended to squeeze my arms out of the massage area. It may be because my shoulders are broader or because the synthetic leather is slippery, but I found that annoying when I was getting my arms massaged. I consciously had to push my arms back into the massage area. Hard to relax when you have to keep pushing your arms back into place.

  14. Manual Settings – I have a couple of thoughts about the manual settings that I wanted to share. First of all, the M.8 has a better variety of manual programs and manual settings. Like most chairs, you can set up a point or partial area massage with the manual setting, but what I like is that you have more massage mode options than just kneading and tapping. Secondly, you can turn on the rollers in the manual settings, independent of the air bags, and independent of the foot rollers, calf rollers. But, for the life of me, I couldn’t figure out was how to turn off the airbags once I had manually deployed them, and still keep the rollers going. I’m not saying that it couldn’t be done, I just wasn’t smart enough to figure it out (which means it wasn’t clearly intuitive on the remote control). I finally had to turn off the massage chair to get the manual airbags to stop inflating. Lastly, I really liked how, when using the manual settings, when I chose a point or partial roller massage, the roller buttons on the remote control lit up letting me know that I could move the rollers to where I wanted them. A simple thing, but made the use of the remote even easier while setting up the manual roller massage.
  15. Auto Programs – There are 10 full body auto programs with 4 more focused, regional programs. One of the auto programs is a full body air-only massage. A great program for those that just want the ultimate relaxation without the rollers moving the body around.
  16. Aromatherapy & Air Ionizer – The DreamWave M.8 is the first massage chair
    DreamWave M.8 aromatherapy module
    M.8 aromatherapy module

    that I have seen that has a built in aromatherapy plug-in. You will receive a small device into which goes a “wafer”. You drop your essential oil onto the wafer and then plug in the device into a receptacle located behind the left speaker cover (left, when sitting in the chair). You can then turn it on from the remote control.The air ionizer is located behind the right speaker cover. It doesn’t require any device to use it. You just have to turn it on from the remote control. It blow air towards your face to rid your breathing space of various pollutants.

  17. The chair also has many of the features you come to expect in a massage chair today, i.e. body scan, space saver, chromotherapy (the remote control display changes color), BlueTooth technology, a USB charging port, and zero gravity positioning

I hope this review helps you understand this new, innovative massage chair a bit better. This is a long review because there are a lot of very interesting features that I needed to mention. Even still, I have probably missed something. If you have any comments or questions about the DreamWave M.8 massage chair, please feel free to enter them below in the comments section. Discussion is encouraged.

Dr. Alan Weidner

DreamWave M.8 vs. DreamWave Classic

DreamWave M.8 massage chair
DreamWave M.8 massage chair

DreamWave M.8 vs. DreamWave Classic - dreamwave logoNow that the new DreamWave M.8 massage chair is on the market, I am getting more and more inquiries about the differences between this new M.8 model and the older DreamWave Classic. Other than the name, there are a considerable number of differences between the two models. Let me begin with the similarities.

Similarities:

  1. 3D roller mechanisms – Both have the ability to adjust the depth of the rollers to make your roller massage more or less intense.
  2. Headpiece with trapezia massage – The headpiece of both chairs offer massage of
    DreamWave M.8 vs. DreamWave Classic - IMG 0844JPG e1560366279223
    M.8 Headpiece & attached back pad

    the neck (although one of it’s differences is the type of neck massage) and the top of the shoulders (the trapezia muscles). Airbags are located at the the bottom of each side of the headpiece and, when deployed, compress down onto the top of the shoulders to massage the trapezia muscles. Not many chairs have a trap massage. This is a unique thing.

  3. Headpiece with attached back pad – At the bottom of each headpiece is an attached back pad that extends down to the low back. If you are looking for a more intense roller back massage, you can always lift the headpiece and attached back pad up and over the back of the chair so that there is less material between the rollers and your back.
  4. Warranty – Both chairs come with a 3 year parts & labor, in-home warranty.
  5. “Made in Japan” – Both models are “Made in Japan” in that their quality control testing, assembly, and programming are done in Japan. Their components are still Chinese, for the most part.
  6. Design – The M.8 was designed by world-renowned Ferrari designer Ken Okuyama, while the Classic was designed by Toshiyuki Kita, who’s world-renowned furniture designs have earned a permanent place in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and the Pinakothek der Modarne in Munich.

Differences:

  1. Neck massage in the headpiece – As I mentioned above, both chairs have the headpiece with neck massage. The difference is that the M.8 has rollers built into the headpiece while the Classic uses airbags to massage the neck.
  2. Zero gravity – The M.8 has zero gravity positioning, which involves a 30 degree tilt of the seat and a 120-128 degree articulation between the chair back and the seat. The Classic does not have that, so the seat always stays in the same position.
  3. L-Track – The Classic has an S-track roller mechanism so the rollers travel along
    L-track
    L-track

    the S-shape of your spine from the neck down to the low back. The M.8 has the L-track, which is a continuation of the S-track to under the seat. This means that the M.8 offers massage of the glutes and piriformis muscles of the buttock region.

  4. DreamWave technology – The original DreamWave name alluded to the airbag technology in the seat that moved it from side to side and up and down in a figure 8 pattern to facilitate passive movement to the pelvis and hips. The Classic has that feature whereas the M.8 does not, but has the L-track rollers working the same area.
  5. Arm rests – The arm rests of the Classic are fixed and stationary, while the arm
    DreamWave M.8 armrest
    M.8 open arm rest

    rests of the M.8 open like car doors to allow for easier access to the chair seat. Arm rests in both chair still offer airbag massage of the arms, but the dual purpose of the opening arm rest is only available in the M.8.

  6. Arm massage – Both chairs offer forearm, wrist, and hand airbag massage, but the Classic has upper arm massage while the M.8 offers shoulder airbag massage/compression.
  7. Aromatherapy & air ionizer – These are two features newly added in the M.8 and
    DreamWave M.8 aromatherapy module
    M.8 aromatherapy module

    not available in the Classic. An electronic aromatherapy component comes with the M.8 into which you can place a few drops of your favorite essential oil. You control it’s function from the remote control. The function of the air ionizer is also operated from the remote control.

  8. Bluetooth technology & speakers – Bluetooth and speakers is pretty much available in almost every massage chair nowadays. Japanese designed and engineered chairs never used to have this technology. As a matter of fact, most of them still don’t have it. The Classic is no different. However, the M.8 does employ those additional features allowing you to pair your device with the chair and then play your playlist over the chair’s speakers.
  9. Heat – Most chairs come with heat anymore, but the M.8 really excels in this department. Whereas the Classic has heating elements in the low back and seat, the M.8 has heated rollers as well as heating elements in the seat, hands, seat, and feet! That chair really warms you up.
  10. Space saving – Since the M.8 is an L-track chair, it also has a space saving feature so that you can place your chair within a couple of inches from your wall. As with all purely S-track chairs, the Classic is not a space saver and you have to place it about 16″ from the wall so that it doesn’t hit your wall during a full recline.
  11. Approach lighting & chromotherapy – Mind you, not many chairs, if any at all,
    DreamWave M.8 approach lighting
    M.8 approach lighting

    have approach lighting that turns on when you walk near the chair. The M.8 has that innovative feature, while the Classic does not. The same goes for chromotherapy lighting.

  12. Mechanical foot & calf rollers – The Classic does not have either of these features. The calf rollers are a fairly new technology that we don’t see in a lot of chairs just yet, but foot rollers are in almost every new massage chair model. The M.8 has both of these features.
  13. Color options – The Classic comes in black, dark brown, and cream colors; the M.8 comes in Walnut, Black, Saddle, Bordeaux, and Pearl colors.
  14. Thera-Elliptical calf kneading – The M.8 employs a kneading feature of the calf airbags. Pioneered by Inada’s Yume years ago, the calf kneading is becoming more popular with other manufacturers. The M.8 uses that technology to enhance even more the therapeutic value of the mechanical calf rollers.
  15. Remote control display – The M.8 has a bright LED display that lights up as soon
    DreamWave M.8 LED remote display
    M.8 LED display

    as you press the power button. It is very easy to read in a dark room. The Classic has an older push button remote where the auto buttons are backlit.

That’s a pretty good summary of the similarities and differences between the DreamWave Classic and the DreamWave M.8.

Dr. Alan Weidner

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DreamWave, Sogno, & Inada – What’s Going On?

DreamWave M.8 massage chair
DreamWave M.8 massage chair

DreamWave M.8
DreamWave M.8 Massage Chair

The new DreamWave M.8 line of massage chairs hit the market in January with a bang at the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas. The DreamWave M.8 model has very quickly become one of our top selling models. I’d like to explain the new DreamWave line up as it exists today to help you keep everything straight with the new product introductions. Plus, this article will also clarify the “relationship” of the new DreamWave name and the Inada name.

DreamWave Classic
DreamWave Classic Massage Chair

A History Lesson

Let me take you through some of the history of Family Inada, Inada USA, up to the present DreamWave brand. Back in 2006, Family Inada began a relationship with Cliff Levin to become the sole distributor for their chairs in the USA. Thus began Inada USA with Cliff Levin as it’s president. Two short years later Family Inada & Inada USA introduced the iconic Inada Sogno massage chair to the US market. One of the many unique features of that industry-changing model was the figure-8, side-to-side/up-and-down seat movement which Inada described as “Dreamwave technology.” Eventually, the chair was upgraded in 2015 and Inada USA simply named it Inada DreamWave (in part because folks had trouble pronouncing and spelling the word “Sogno”). Today that chair is still built in Japan by Family Inada and is now known as the DreamWave Classic.

The DreamWave Name

The term “DreamWave” is the brainchild of Cliff Levin. He suggested to Inada that they trademark/register the term DreamWave when that name was originally applied to the Inada Sogno model. Inada declined to follow that recommendation, so Cliff officially registered the trademark in the USA and in many other countries around the world.

He has since owned that name although it has heretofore been closely associated with Family Inada because of the popularity of the DreamWave Classic that was built my Inada.

The DreamWave M Series

Mr. Levin used his trademarked term, “DreamWave”, as the cornerstone of an entirely new line of chairs, centered around the M Series, which, as I mentioned above, was formally introduced at CES in January of this year. The M Series are models that he and his company have been developing and working on for over 2 years. It employs features commonly sought after by the US consumer, but that were never employed by Family Inada (or, might I add, by any Japanese chair maker), like foot and calf rollers, zero gravity positioning, BlueTooth connectivity, and an L-track roller technology.

Currently, there are two models in the M Series: The M.8 and the M.8LE, the LE being a limited edition of the M.8, including genuine leather exterior upholstery and a luxurious suede interior.

Even though they are made in Japan, the DreamWave brand and it’s associated M Series models have nothing to do with the Family Inada factory.

Hopefully, you will find this article helpful in explaining the evolution of the DreamWave brand.

Dr. Alan Weidner

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Which Massage Chair is the Quietest?

Southern California showroom
Southern California showroom

Which Massage Chair is the Quietest? - sound levels 1A few years ago, I downloaded a sound meter app on my phone and took readings from all of the chairs on my Utah showroom floor to determine which one was the quietest. It was an interesting study. It’s been awhile now and we have a whole new crop of massage chairs in that same showroom so I figured it would be a good time to redo this little study to see which of the current line-up is the quietest. Before I go into the results, I want to go over a few pieces of information for greater context of what these numbers are based on.

Ground Rules

  • I used the app “dB Meter” to make the measurements. My phone is an iPhone 6 version.
  • The readings are made in decibels, which are sound measurement units.
  • These measurements were made in my Utah showroom. The store is on a busy street, separated from that street by an easement and a parking lot with 2 sides of parking stalls, so there is some ambient traffic noise which may or may not have come into play within the dB ranges.
  • The measurement range takes into account air bag compressor sounds, air bag inflation and deflation sounds, roller modalities like kneading and tapping, and body sounds created by the chair back and/or ottoman moving or chair body frame sounds. It also takes into account times when the chair is relatively silent without those additional sounds.
  • The measurements began AFTER the body scan feature had completed.
  • The normal dB range, when the chairs were all off with only the ambient sounds of the showroom, was 38-39 dB’s.
  • The measurements were made with the chairs in full recline and the microphone of my cell phone facing the head area, which is location from where the user would be listening when using the massage chair.
  • I removed the highest and lowest figures of each chair.
  • The measurements were made without a body in the chairs so that all the sounds could be picked up by the phone. When an actual body is in the chair, some of those sounds will be muted by the user’s body mass.
  • All the head/neck pads (and cervical massage units, i.e. DreamWave M.8) were removed. Full back pads were also removed.
  • No changes were made to the default roller and air bag settings of each chair.
  • For chairs that had a “Demo” or “Quick” program, that particular program was deployed. For those that didn’t, the first program on the auto program list was chosen. The program for each chair is listed next to the chair model and dB range.

Chair Models & dB Ranges

  1. Luraco iRobotics 7 Plus: 46-51 dB (Demo program)
  2. Luraco Legend Plus: 48-51 dB (Demo program)
  3. DreamWave Classic: 50-53 dB (Quick program)
  4. DreamWave M.8: 48-60 dB (Quick program)
  5. Positive Posture Brio: 48-54 dB (Quick program)
  6. Human Touch Novo XT2: 50-60 dB (Demo program)
  7. Infinity Riage x3: 48-54 dB (Working Relief program)
  8. Infinity Overture: 47-60 dB (Demo program)
  9. Infinity Genesis: 48-55 dB (Sport Refresh program)
  10. Osaki Maestro: 49-54 dB (Demo program)
  11. Osaki Ekon: 51-63 dB (Sports Refresh program)
  12. Titan Jupiter: 49-63 dB (Power program)
  13. Panasonic MA73: 50-61 dB (Deep program)

Notes & Observations

The ranges are attributed to the fact that at some moments during the chair programs the air bags are being deployed or the chair back and/or ottoman are moving. During the lower end of the ranges, it was typically just the rollers that were in play. Conversely, the air bags and chair movements could be attributed to the numbers at the higher end of the ranges.

Luraco Massage ChairsOnce again, the Luraco chairs have proven to be the quietest. That didn’t completely surprise me since they are noticeably quieter than the others to everyone who sits in them. Though quieter, they were not that far ahead of some of the other models. The Brio and DreamWave Classic were very close at the higher end of their ranges.

Although some chairs were quieter than others, it surprised me how close they really all were when looking at the objective dB results. For example, I had expected the Infinity Genesis and Osaki Maestro to be quite a bit louder than the Luraco chairs since they sounded louder to my ears when I sat in them. However, they were only a few dB’s higher than the Luraco chairs.

Among the “loudest” were the Osaki Ekon and the Titan Jupiter. The Ekon’s high end can be attributed to the “creaking” of the plastic body shell of the shoulder airbags. When those air bags deploy with the body of the user offering resistance, the creaking becomes obvious. To replicate that during the testing, I used my hands to push against the shoulder airbags to mimic that resistance. Since the shoulder air bags are near the ears of the user, this was a measurement that needed to be considered when assessing sound levels. The Jupiter’s air bag deployment was the cause of it’s higher dB measurement.

I was surprised that the DreamWave M.8, Infinity Overture, and Human Touch Novo XT2 were as “loud” as they were. I had pre-supposed that they would have measured quieter at the high end.

In closing, I will say that as the massage chair user, you will be more acutely aware of the sounds of your new chair during the honeymoon phase of your chair ownership. After a short time, you will become oblivious to those sounds and the chair will be just “normal” and “perfect” for your home or business.

Dr. Alan Weidner

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The New DreamWave M.8 Massage Chair!

DreamWave M.8 massage chair
DreamWave M.8 massage chair

DreamWave M.8 massage chairAs I reported in my visits to the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) and the Las Vegas Furniture Market, Cliff Levin, the brains behind the success of Inada USA and the parent company known as Furniture For Life (FFL), has introduced a new brand to the USA massage chair market. It is called DreamWave.

The name sounds familiar because the term DreamWave was given to the Inada Sogno massage chair years ago. What I didn’t realize at the time was that Cliff had trademarked the name DreamWave after the folks at Inada declined to do so when the idea was presented to them. So, Cliff trademarked it and has now attributed that name to a whole new brand. It’s a great name, in my humble opinion.

The New DreamWave M.8 Massage Chair! - dreamwave logoThe new line of DreamWave chairs still includes the iconic Inada Sogno DreamWave, now private labeled for the DreamWave brand as the DreamWave Classic. Same chair, same price, same quality.

The exciting part of this new chair line is the flagship DreamWave M.8 massage chair, which offers everything that Inada didn’t and then some! Here are the features of the new DreamWave M.8 and the DreamWave M.8LE (limited edition). The features are essentially all the same for both models, except that the M.8LE has leather upholstery with a plush suede leather interior upholstery, whereas the M.8 has a synthetic leather  upholstery.

Top 10 List of DreamWave Features:

  1. 3D/4D L-track roller mechanism – Pretty standard stuff nowadays, but Inada, let alone any Japanese manufacturer, had not come out with an L-track, be it 2D or 3D/4D.
  2. Foot rollers – Another very common feature in today’s massage chair world that was not found on a Japanese-made chair until recently with the Synca JP1100 and the Panasonic MAJ7 is mechanical foot rollers. The M.8 has them.
  3. Calf rollers – This is an up-and-coming feature that we are seeing more and more of in newer chair models. It’s a nice feature but I have come to think that the idea of them is more enchanting than the actual customer appreciation of them. But, either way, it’s another cool feature.
  4. Side door arm rests – Now, this is really cool! I have never seen anything likeDreamWave M.8 massage chair this before, but I have seen customers have trouble getting into and out of a massage chair. This feature alleviates that obstacle altogether. With the push of a simple button, you can open either arm rest and slip into the chair just like getting into a car. Great idea.
  5. Approach LED lighting – Not chromotherapy, but an LED light on the side of each arm rest that lights up when someone approaches the chair to use it. It illuminates the area around the chair for easier access in a darker room. A very thoughtful idea.
  6. Designed by Ken Okuyama – Taking a cue from Inada, FFL commissioned a notable designer (for Ferrari), Ken Okuyama, to create the look of the new M.8. The lines of this chair are very nice. You can see it in the images of the chair.
  7. Thera-Elliptical Calf Kneading – A throwback to the old Yume model, DreamWave has incorporated calf air cells that inflate and knead the calf muscles. A wonderful therapy for the legs.
  8. Aromatherapy – There is a discreet slot in the headrest into which you can place a few drops of your favorite essential oil to elicit whatever physiological response you seek.
  9. Neck pillow rollers – Pretty much all massage chairs have a full spine length roller mechanism. But, if you need to use the neck pillow for support, you can’t really feel the rollers when they reach your neck. The DreamWave M.8 integrates rollers into the neck support pillow. Great idea.
  10. Air ionizer – Located in the headrest, the ionizer cleans the air around you, ridding it of dust, dander, spores, and other pollutants.

Well, that’s a pretty good introduction to what is new with this new massage chair. The DreamWave M.8 also comes with a 3 year parts and labor, in-home warranty.

So, here is the great news…we will have the DreamWave M.8 massage chair in both of our showrooms within the next week. Once we have our hands on it, I’ll share plenty more info about it with you.

Dr. Alan Weidner

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