My Trip to Human Touch Headquarters and Inada’s Warehouse!

I went to Southern California last week to visit the Human Touch headquarters in Long  Beach, California (11/28/12) and Inada’s warehouse in Ontario, California (11/29/12) where Inada has all their inventory and from where their chairs are shipped.

Domenic

But, before I went to Human Touch, I had breakfast with my Southern California delivery guy, Domenic. He has been delivering and setting up chairs in Southern California for me for years but this was the first time we’d actually met in person. It was great to visit with him at Denny’s in Long Beach (Lumberjack Slam…mmmmmm!).

After breakfast, I drove promptly over to Human Touch on Walnut Avenue and was greeted by a welcome sign and by Michael Hamm, Director of Commercial Accounts. Michael was so kind and warm towards me and my visit. He accompanied me the whole morning as they had set up a tour for me throughout the offices. It was so wonderfully enlightening to see how things worked there and to meet the brains behind the product that we know as Human Touch massage chairs. Continue reading “My Trip to Human Touch Headquarters and Inada’s Warehouse!”

Sleeping in a Massage Chair?

A question I frequently get from massage chair shoppers is what chair would be best suited for sleeping…that is sleeping IN. Now, I must confess I have fallen asleep in many a massage chair in my day and the word Sogno actually means “dream” (I am referring to the famous Inada Sogno Dreamwave massage chair), but to sleep the night away in a massage chair doesn’t seem all that comfortable to me.

Having said that, there are folks out there, and you may be one of them, who have terrible back or neck pain who can’t lay flat on a conventional bed. Someone may be recovering from surgery and can’t lay flat on their back or on their site. There are also people who snore and have sleep apnea who can only sleep in an inclined position. So, it totally makes sense that somebody might want a massage chair that is comfortable for sleeping.

Here are things to consider when deciding on what type of massage chair would be best suited for sleeping: Continue reading “Sleeping in a Massage Chair?”

A Good Neck and Upper Back Massage Chair?

I love getting emails from customers as they always ask questions that get me thinking and it also helps me to know what shoppers are really wanting out there. Here is a question from a fellow named Karl and I figured I’d share my answer with you, since it just might help you in your own buying process.

Question:

Hello Like the website, very interested in a chair that can offer me great neck and back massage. Other stuff not really relevant. Would I be correct in thinking the inada Hume or songo offer the BEST massage? Look forward to hearing from you. Continue reading “A Good Neck and Upper Back Massage Chair?”

HT-7120 Intro Video + Transcripts

Although I have posted the HT-7120 introduction video before, I’ve yet to post the transcripts to this video. I am including both the video and the transcripts here today.

Transcript of Video Titled “HT-7120 Massage Chair – Introduction”

[SCREEN TEXT: Introduction]

Alan: Hi, this is Dr. Alan Weidner from ‘Massage-Chair-Relief.com‘, and today we are going to introduce you to the Human Touch HT-7120 massage chair. The 7120 is an upgrade from the old HT-125, 135, 136 series, in that, it has adjusting roller intensity, adjusting airbag intensity in the calves, and it has heat. The look of it is changed a little bit as well, it’s a little bit nicer look, more executive look, it’s a faux leather, or what they call synthetic leather upholstery, feels and looks like leather, but it’s an imitation leather. It has a cloth cover here for the neck massage, you have a pillow covering over it. And you can use Velcro straps to raise or lower the pillow. Continue reading “HT-7120 Intro Video + Transcripts”

Under $4000 Massage Chair Question

I just love getting emails from massage chair shoppers. They represent what folks are really thinking about and concerned about based on their particular circumstances. I received this question from a podiatrist and it covers some good issues that many  shoppers may be considering.

Question:

I’m starting my research on massage chairs to add to my podiatry practice. I would like to find a chair less than $4000 that I can use for patients and employees as a free benefit. Also would like the chair to allow me to work on their feet while they get a massage. Any suggestions?

Answer: Continue reading “Under $4000 Massage Chair Question”

New HT-7120 Massage Chair Video Series

Previously, we have created videos for the Inada Sogno Dreamwave, the Osaki OS-6000, and the Osaki OS-7000 massage chairs. We are still adding video content for each of those chairs as the need arises, but we have started a new video series of the HT-7120 massage chair by Human Touch.

I really dig this chair. It is the newest generation of the old HT-125, which I used to have in my chiropractic clinic and was the first massage chair I ever owned. It was the impetus behind this whole business that we enjoy today.

The HT-7120 is a very simple, functional chair, without a lot of the bells and whistles that most new massage chairs boast. The HT-7120 is popular because of the following reasons:

1. Price – the chair is priced under $3000 and is produced by the biggest US massage chair company. It is a chinese-made chair which contributes to the lower cost.

2. Utilitarian – this chair is a very practical piece of furniture. It simply has rollers going up and down the back along with calf airbag massage. No airbags anywhere else. It is all you need for a basic massage in a quality-made chair. The ottoman even rotates under to obscure the calf airbags from view.

3. Aesthetics – this massage chair, along with pretty much every other product from Human Touch, looks great. The Americans are big on looks, and Human Touch delivers that in spades. This particular model looks a lot like an office chair. As a matter of fact, I have had clients purchase it for that very reason. They actually use it up against a desk in their office.

4. Improvements over the old HT-125/135/136 series – low back  heat, intensity adjustment of the  rollers, and calf airbag width adjustment spell out the improvements over the chair that I originally purchased so many years ago.

5. Great Human Touch Customer Support – I have always been so happy with the support I get from Human Touch’s customer support department. I have always been treated with respect, have always received prompt attention when I need assistance, and have never felt that I was getting a run-around when I had a problem with a chair. I believe that their customer support is one of their strongest benefits.

Here is a video that we created introducing you to the chair so that you can get acquainted with it’s functionality. I will be submitting more over time, but this will whet your appetite for more.

I have this massage chair in my showroom, so if you are a local or are planning on visiting us from out of state, drop on by and check out the HT-7120.

I hope you enjoyed that. Check out our YouTube channel for more good massage chair videos: http://www.youtube.com/massagechairrelief

Dr. Alan Weidner
www.massage-chair-relief.com

Massage Chair Remote Controls – The Basics

All About The Massage Chair Remote Control

Every massage chairthat has any electronic component has a remote control. These remote controls have some similarities and some differences, no matter the chair size or type. In this article, I will go over these basics of the massage chair remotes:

1. Type of remotes– of all the massage chairs we have in our showroom or have on our website, remote controls come in three different ways: pedestal remotes that are on a stand that protrudes from the body of the chair (usually the chair side or an arm rest), “in-line” remotes that are either built into the arm rest or fit into a slot in the arm rest, or a detached remote that can be put into a side pocket on the outside of the arm rest. An example of each would be the Panasonic 30007 (pedestal), Osaki 7000 (in-line), and Inada Sogno (side pocket).

Osaki OS-6000 remote control

Some folks can’t stand the pedestal sticking up as it does so the other two options would be more appropriate. For those who don’t care, the remote can almost always detach from the pedestal so that it can sit on your lap while you recline. That way you don’t have to get up from a reclined position to reach the remote on the pedestal.

2. No cordless remotes…yet. All the massage chairs that we carry have a cord attached from the chair to the remote itself. It is a little annoying at times to have to deal with the cord, but it is all they’ve come up with at this point. I can see a day, however, when there will be cordless, wireless remotes on all the chairs. But, nothing yet in that department.

3. Automatic vs. manual function. Every massage chair has some sort of automatic programming that allows you, with the push of one button, to get into a massage program that is pre-set by the manufacturer. I like these auto programs for that very reason…I can just sit down, push one button, and then go through a 15-20 minute pre-programmed set of massage functions. You usually can’t adjust too much when you are in one of these auto programs, but they are very convenient.

Massage chairs can have anywhere from 1-9 different auto programs, depending on the price of the chair, for the most part. For example, the HT-7120 from Human Touch has 3 auto programs, upper back, lower back, and whole body. Yet, Human Touch also has the HT-9500 and HT-7450, which have 8 auto programs, from a morning program to a night program to a stretch to a sports massage, among others.

Every massage chair also has manual settings, wherein you can set the rollers where you want them, what airbags you want on, what width, speed, and/or intensity of the rollers you want, and more. These manual settings are great is you want to focus the massage in one spot and you just want one or two massage modes working on that spot.

Some massage chairs, like the Sanyo 7700, even have a hybrid of manual and auto massages. Pretty cool, but is it too much? Personal preference I guess.

Well, that about covers the remote controls of massage chairs.

Dr. Alan Weidner
www.massage-chair-relief.com

Great Massage Chair Question (and my answer)?

Massage Chair Neck Pain Question

I received an email from a shopper yesterday with a great question about massage chairs and neck massage. I thought I’d share his question and my response with you for your own research because the question is a common one and the answer will help those of you looking for a massage chair to accommodate neck problems.

Massage Chair Question:

Dear Alan,

I am 5′ 8″ and am currently getting treated by a chiropractor. I work at a computer all day and neck gets very stiff along with headaches. Right arm gets sore during day as well as sore legs in the evening. I’m looking for a massage chair solution that will massage my neck as best as I can get as well as giving my spine, arms and legs a massage at same time. I currently use a hand held massager and works well but I’m looking a better and more effective solution.

Thanks,

Anthony

My  Massage Chair Response:

Hello, Anthony

Great questions. I have 4 suggestions for you:

1. The Panasonic 30007 is coming to mind. It has a great neck and back massage, along with arms, calves, and feet airbag massage. It is great for folks under 6′ and is a very reliable and durable chair. You can check it out here:

Panasonic 30007 Massage Chair

2. If you want to get the top notch Panasonic chair, which does an even better job on the whole spine, I would also recommend

Panasonic MA70 Massage Chair
Panasonic MA70 Massage Chair

the Panasonic MA70. Brand new model and very good. It has jade heated rollers, which we’ ve never seen before in a massage chair. It has a very vigorous massage. More pricey, but apparently worth every dollar. It has arm and foot and calf massage too. Learn more about it here:

Panasonic MA70 Massage Chair

3. A third option would be the Sanyo 7700. It has a great neck and shoulder massage as well as going down low into the low back. It also has the zero gravity feature, which is somewhat in vogue right now. Also has feet and calf massage, but no arm massage. Here is more info on this model:

Sanyo 7700 Massage Chair

The Sanyo 7700 has a phenomenal feature called “Grip” which works the shoulders something fierce. It is a great feature that you would love.

4. The Human Touch HT-7120 is a lesser priced model and has a very vigorous neck massage. You can adjust the intensity to make it more or less vigorous. The drawback is that it doesn’t have foot or arm massage. However, it does have calf massage. Here it is:

HT-7120 Massage Chair

If you are interested in the Sanyo 7700 or the Panasonic 30007, check out our home page specials for each chair. If you decide on the Panasonic MA70 or HT-7120, go to Facebook and “Like” us to get a 5% off promo code for your purchase.

Let me know if you have any other questions or if you need any assistance placing your order. Feel free to email me back or call me on my cell phone at 801-651-2026 if you need anything.

By the way, you’ll love having a massage chair. When I was a practicing chiropractor, many folks got what they needed just from sitting on the massage chairs in my clinic. They would end up buying a chair and rarely returning to the clinic!!

It will benefit you greatly.

Dr. Alan Weidner
www.massage-chair-relief.com

Massage Chair Heat Function – Helpful or Overrated?

Massage Chair Heat
Massage Chair Heat

Massage Chair Heat

A very common question from massage chairshoppers is “Does this or that model have heat?” I am going to discuss the different

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types of heat that are available in the massage chair market and whether or not it is helpful or an overrated feature.

Surprising to many is that not all massage chairs have heat. I would say it is about half and half for those that do and those that don’t (based on my experience in this industry). I will only speak of the name-brand massage chairs, which are the only ones you can consistently and regularly trust for quality and warranty support.

Most massage chairs that have a heat function have it situated in or close to the low back. For example, the Human Touch HT-7450 massage chair and HT-7120 massage chair have a low back heater in the lower lumbar portion of the spine, which is around the belt line.

The Inada Sogno massage chair has a very interesting heat function, wherein there is a small heating element at the back of the seat, in the area of the sacrum, which is the hard bone in the middle of your spine just at the top of your buttocks. Some folks say that they don’t feel the heater in the Sogno, but it is there. Inada suggests a simple test if you don’t believe them. Put a dishtowel or washcloth over the back part of the seat and then sit in the chair for a session. When you are finished with the session feel the towel and you will feel heat in that one spot where the heating element is located.

A Massage Chair With Heat in the Feet!

Sanyo massage chairs do not have heat in the back, which is intuitively where you think a massage chair heater should be, but in the souls of the feet! Yes, at the very bottom of the chair underneath both feet is located a heating element. I suspect that this is geared towards the whole reflexology aspect of foot massage, which is a pretty popular thing in alternative health systems.

The Omega Montage has heat in the low back, the buttocks, and in the legs and feet. When you sit in that chair you will feel very warm, very fast. There is no doubt of the heat function when you are using the Omega massage chair. It can almost get too hot and you may need to shut off that feature if you want to sit for an extended period of time in that model.

Does Heat In A Massage Chair Really Do Anything?

Now, the big question is…is the heat function all that important? Well, I have a couple of opinions on that. The purpose of heat is to increase blood flow to an area. Cold is used to decrease blood flow to an area. You can tell when there is increased blood flow to an area by how red that area becomes when heat is applied or, as in the example of a soft tissue injury, when you see red swelling around the injured area.

As far as massage chairs are concerned, just the repetitive action of the rollers on your back will increase blood flow to the back muscles and skin. When you are finished a massage chair session and you look at your back in the mirror you will probably see red lines from the rollers going up and down your back.  That is a sign of increased blood flow, which is indicative of increased heat to that region. That will happen with our without a heating mechanism. You will also feel hotter in the massage chair while you are getting your therapy because of that increased blood flow.

So, if you are after heat when you are in your massage chair, you will get it no matter what, so long as the chair is on and the rollers are working. Adding a heating element will, in my opinion, just speed up the effects of heat. It will be introduced to your body as soon as you turn on that function on your chair anyway.

So, when it is all said and done, you will feel heat and benefit from the effects of heat regardless of whether  your chair has a heating element or not. Of course, for every extra feature that you get on a massage chair, you will pay a little bit more too. So, if cost is an issue, reducing features like heat will most likely save you some money in the process.

Dr. Alan Weidner
www.massage-chair-relief.com

Review of the Human Touch HT-7120 Massage Chair

HT-7120 Massage Chair Review

The HT-7120 Massage Chair from the well-known Human touch is a very popular massage chair. It comes as a newer model of the HT-125, HT-135, and HT-136, all of which had their share of popularity during the last 4 to 5 years. The HT-7120 comes with new and improved features that make it a fantastic and worthwhile massage chair.

HT-7120 Massage Chair
HT-7120 Massage Chair

HT-7120 Massage Chair Features

Adjustment of roller intensity. The HT-7120 comes with a button on the remote to adjust the intensity of the rollers, to increase or decrease the intensity of the massage. The massage chair still provides a damper pillow, to further accommodate in case the lowest intensity is still not satisfactory. This model however, gives you the option to remove and hide the damper pillow in the chair back which can be zipped open and close.

Human Touch massage chairs are renowned for their intense rollers that provide nice vigorous massages. The HT-7120 possesses intense rollers just like its counterparts, but has the added benefit of being able to be adjusted to accommodate for different levels of intense massage.

Adjustment of calf airbags intensity. This is another valuable feature of the HT-7120. Older models came with default calf airbag intensity. The newer HT-7120 model enables adjustment of calf width, which regulates the amount of air pumped into the calf airbags to inflate it more or less, and adjust intensity. Additionally, as with other models, this massage chair gives you the option to remove the calf massage wells by rotating the ottoman and instead using it as a normal leg rest.

Low back heat. Previous massage chair models did not possess any form of heating. The HT-7120 features low back heat, which is a nice option for individuals who want to add extra warmth to their massage, and is especially helpful for massaging areas with chronic muscle scar tissue.

Sophisticated style and design. As opposed to older models which had very plain designs, the HT-7120 is very elegant, stylish and almost resembles an executive chair. While retaining identical bonded leather upholstery, its design is certainly an upgrade of previous models.

• The HT-7120 comes with a lever on the side of the chair to manually move the ottoman up and down, to adjust chair height.

Other notable features of the HT-7120 massage chair include:

• A swivel base feature. The HT-7120 has a swivel base that allows a 60 degree swivel of the massage chair, and is one of a handful of massage chairs that has this feature.

• Three automatic massage programs. The HT-7120 provides the basic full body, upper back and lower back massage programs, that enable effective massages for individuals.

• One year comprehensive on-site warranty.

• A ‘Stretch’ massage program. This program available with the HT-7120 is very popular among users. It involves the calf airbags working at your calves, and the rollers massage up and down your back, while the chair shifts up and down.

• No body scan technology. The HT-7120 does not have the scanning technology by Human Touch called the “Acupoint Detection System” that reads the spine and back of a user to determine a suitable massage. This feature is available in the HT-7450 and HT-9500 models.

Overall, the HT-7120 is a great massage chair that is worth its value. It costs under $3000, and manufactured in China. It is made by the giant and well-known US massage chair company, Human Touch, which provides an excellent customer service department that can assist with any enquiries about your chair. The HT-7120 is the perfect massage chair and provides an excellent and vigorous massage.

Dr. Alan Weidner
www.massage-chair-relief.com

Human Touch Massage Chair Review of HT-7120, HT-5040, and HT-3300 Massage Chairs

HT-7120 Massage Chair
HT-7120 Massage Chair

HT-3300 vs. HT-5040 vs. HT-7120 Massage Chairs

by Human Touch

If you are looking for a bargain on a good massage chair, look no further than the models produced by Human Touch. An American company with chinese-manufactured massage chairs, these quality chairs offer features once found only on more expensive chairs. For example, one of their biggest sellers is the HT-7120 massage chair, popular because of all the bells and whistles included for a reasonable price.

You can spend even less, and get either the HT-5040 or the HT-3300 with the same great roller technology. These models offer fewer features, but not everyone wants all the fancy additions found on higher priced chairs.

Since these three chairs are so closely related, I will review for you the similarities and differences between them.

HT-7120 Massage Chairs

A few years ago, the HT-125/135/136 series was popular, but improvements needed to be made. The HT-7120 was developed to include features absent from the older models, like adjustable intensity of massage rollers and calf airbags. Low back heat was not featured in older models.

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The HT-7120 utilizes bonded leather instead of real leather upholstery which helps keep the cost down. The Human Touch massage chair specialty of a 60 degree swivel is included. Also, both the ottoman and chair back operate with a power recline feature.

HT-5040 and HT-3300 Massage Chairs

The HT-5040 massage chair is essentially the same chair as the HT-7120. However, intensity adjustments for the calf airbags or rollers, power recline, and low back heat are not included.

An even more basic chair is the HT-3300 with its manual feature to recline the chair back. It does include a power benefit for raising and lowering the ottoman which keeps you from having to bend over for adjustment.

HT-3300 Massage Chair

These three models all have the same basic look. The major difference in the HT-3300 massage chair is with the arm rests. The HT-7120 and HT-5040 both have soft and rounded upholstery on the arm rests, whereas the HT-3300 has arm rests of wood.

HT-3300 Massage Chair
HT-3300 Massage Chair

To justify prices for the HT-3300 and HT-5040 at lower levels, Human Touch has not included some of the features you will see in the higher priced models. At the time of writing this article, the HT-3300 sells for $1499, the HT-5040 for $1999, and the HT-7120 for $2899.

If you have priced quality massage chairs at all, you know that these are very good prices. I am certain you have not seen many name-brand massage chairs advertised for prices like these. However, it is good to be careful when you shop. There are incredible prices on chairs out there with lots of features and they sound wonderful. But, check around and be sure to find out the warranty and customer service guarantees before you buy.

These three Human Touch models all come with a standard one year comprehensive, on-site warranty, three year chassis/structure warranty, and two year parts warranty. One thing I have found with Human Touch is that their customer service is second to none. I love the fact that after the sale, they are always there to help whether offline or online.

It is good to think about things like warranties and customer service when you consider an off brand. If you have a problem with the chair, you want the company to be there to help you get it fixed. Human Touch has a great reputation for customer service and warranty support. Whether you decide on the HT-7120, HT-5040, or HT-3300, you will find that a Human Touch massage chair will serve you well.

Dr. Alan Weidner
www.massage-chair-relief.com

 

Human Touch Massage Chairs Win Award!

Human Touch massage chair award
Human Touch massage chair award

For the third straight year, Human Touch has won an ADEX design award! Actually, they won 3 ADEX awards…the Platinum award for the HT-9500, the Gold award for the HT-7120, and the Silver award for their new PC-086 zero gravity recliner chair (we just began carrying the Perfect Chair PC-086 and will have it on our website within a few short days). Way to go Human Touch! ADEX, by the way, stands for the “Awards for Design Excellence” competition put on my the Design Journal.

“The ADEX Awards are given annually to companies that exhibit an unwavering commitment to design and innovation,” said John Platter, Director of Awards for Design Excellence. “Human Touch® continuously impresses our awards committee with its product innovation and design excellence. This year, we were extremely excited about Human Touch’s award-winning products, and in particular, by the company’s ability to morph today’s latest technologies, such as the popular i-Devices, with its new AcuTouch® 9500 massage chair, to offer consumers the highest level of comfort, wellness and convenience.”

Of course, we carry all these models and would love to answer any questions you might have about these models. To read more about these awards, click here: http://www.furninfo.com/absolutenm/templates/NewsFeed.asp?articleid=12653

Dr. Alan Weidner
www.massage-chair-relief.com

Question About the HT-3300 Massage Chair

I received a call yesterday from a massage chair shopper wondering if the Human Touch HT-3300 massage chair had a stretch function and if the width of the rollers could be adjusted. Now, the HT-3300 chair is somewhat patterned after the old HT-125/135 chairs that Human Touch has discontinued. The new HT-7120 is the current popular seller of this body design type. But, the HT-3300, at $1499, is a lower priced alternative. Similar body design, but lacking in features that a more expensive model, like the HT-7120, would have.

So, what I am saying is…the HT-3300 does not have the stretch function or a roller width adjustment feature. The stretch function is something that every massage chair manufacturer tries to incorporate into their chairs, and I might say that the Human Touch version of the stretch is very good. I love the way it feels, and have gotten plenty of the same feedback from clients, on the HT-7120. But, unfortunately, it is not available on the HT-3300.

By the way, I should qualify something here about the stretch function. In peoples minds, they see a stretch function as something that actually stretches a part of the body out, i.e. a hamstring or lumbar muscles. Nothing of the sort!! I like to think of it more as a “milking” function, as the up and down movement of the chair back and ottoman do more a “milking” motion for the spinal discs and pelvic bones. It is very comfortable and makes you feel great once the session is over. Stretch, to me, is an appropriate title for the feature, but putting “Milking” on the remote might put across a wierd connotation.

I could see it now, “Human Touch introduces the new “Milking” function, developed by engineers and farmers!!” It ain’t gonna happen 🙂

Well, have a great day.

Dr. Alan Weidner
www.massage-chair-relief.com

Inada Sogno & HT-9500 Massage Chairs Back-Ordered!

I learned yesterday that both the Inada Sogno Dreamwave Plus and the Human Touch HT-9500 massage chairs are back ordered. The HT-9500 is back-ordered for 2-4 weeks, but I am told they will be ready for shipment before the end of the month. The Inada Sogno massage chair is back-ordered as follows (based on color availability):

– Sogno DreamWave Chocolate – Orders placed now will be released by April 14 .

– Sogno DreamWave Creme  – Orders placed now will be released by April 14th.

– Sogno Dreamwave Red – Orders placed now will be released by March 14.

– Sogno Dreamwave Dark Brown – Orders placed now will be released by March 14.

The only colors in stock right now are the slate and leather black Sognos.

When it rains, it pours! Of course, I should mention that if you wait until those dates to order your chair, they will probably be on back order at that time. So, it is important to know that if you want to get one of these chairs, order it NOW before the later release date inventories are all spoken for by the time the chairs arrive  here.

As I have warned you, the Inada Sogno price increase went into effect yesterday. That chair is now $6999.

The Human Touch chairs will go up in price on April 1, 2011. By the way, did you know you can get a Free Flip Ultra HD camcorder when you order an HT-5040 or HT-7120 massage chair from us?

Dr. Alan Weidner
www.massage-chair-relief.com

Massage Chair Notes 02/25/11

I have had a few things on my mind this week, mostly from what clients are asking/saying, that I want to share with you before I forget…

1. Don’t forget that the Inada Sogno Dreamwave Plus massage chair goes up in price to $6999 next  Tuesday, March 1, 2011. A bummer, but from what Inada tells us, a necessary evil. Save $200, buy before Tuesday.

2. Human Touch has 3 models going up in price on April 1, 2011…the HT-7120 (up to $2899), the HT-7450 (up to $3499), and the HT-9500 (up to $4999).

3. The only country that has any warranty on a massage chair other than the USA for chairs purchased from a US retailer is Canada and that only applies to Inada and Human Touch chairs. Otherwise, all international orders from a US retailer (like www.massage-chair-relief.com) will not have a warranty once the chair leaves US soil. So, you, as an international shopper, will need to weigh the cost of a less expensive chair, which the US typically has compared to other countries, with no warranty. And…don’t forget customs/duty taxes!

4. I absolutely love what I do! I love having this massage chair business; I love working with massage chairs; I love working with shoppers, like you, who are seriously considering getting a massage chair for whatever reason; I love hearing back from so many happy customers telling me how much their new massage chair has helped them; I love it when I get an order from Kirkuk, Iraq, or Russia, or India; I love working with the manufacturers, I love that my back, wrists, and shoulders don’t hurt anymore now that I am doing massage chair full-time and not chiropractic!

5. If you are considering getting an Inada Sogno massage chair, please check out my videos on our product page. They go through so many neat features of the chair that most folks aren’t aware of.

http://www.massage-chair-relief.com/sogno_plus_massage_chair.html

6. It has been my experience that massage chairs can help so many body ailments. Here are just a few ailments that people have told us were helped by their massage chair: back pain, neck pain, headaches, better sleep, more energy, increased feeling in legs and feet of some diabetics, can breathe deeper, feel taller, improved circulation…and the list continues to grow. Just imagine what a chair could do for you.

Dr.  Alan Weidner
www.massage-chair-relief.com

What Massage Chairs Do We Have In Our Showroom?

MCR Showroom
MCR Showroom

We get calls all the time from folks around the country who want to know where they can go to find all the major massage chair manufacturer brands under one roof. When we tell them that we have such a showroom, many end up coming to

MCR Showroom
MCR Showroom
MCR Front Door

our showroom in Salt  Lake City,  just to try out the chairs. We’ve had people fly in from New York, Louisiana, Oregon, Illinois, California, Wyoming, Nevada, and Idaho, off the top of my head.

I figured I’d let you know what models we have in our showroom currently, just in case you were thinking of coming out for a visit (mind you, the showroom inventory changes periodically as we sell floor models of chairs that have become discontinued or that don’t get a lot of interest from our visitors, but for now this is what we have…priced from highest to lowest):

Inada  Sogno Dreamwave Plus
Inada Doctor’s  Choice 3A massage chair
Sanyo 7700
HT-9500 by Human Touch
Panasonic 30007
HT-7450 by Human Touch
HT-7120 by Human Touch
Panasonic 1285
Omega Serenity
iJoy 2580
Inada Cube

These massage chairs represent a great cross-section of prices, popularity, styles, and manufacturers. When someone calls us to tell us they are coming in for a visit, we always tell them to plan on 1-2 hours because they are going to want to sit on most of the chairs to get a good feeling for what is out there at their disposal.

Of course, the more chairs we have, the more confusing it can become when trying to find one that works. Then, if a spouse comes along too…look out, decision making gets taken to a whole new level!

I thought I’d share a couple of pictures of the showroom that I took this morning. You can see it is snowing here in Salt Lake City today!

Dr. Alan Weidner
www.massage-chair-relief.com

Some Good and Bad News for Human Touch Massage Chairs!!

I’ve got some good news and I’ve got some bad news. The good news is that from January 24 – March 31, 2011, if you purchase an HT-7120 massage chair or an HT-5040 massage chair, you will receive a FREE Flip Ultra HD Camcorder…a $150 value!! Not bad, eh? I like these promotions from Human Touch, probably because I like getting bonus gifts when I purchase something. That is one of the main reasons we have offered bonus gifts on our website since we first began selling massage chairs online in 2005. So, when you order an HT-7120 or HT-5040 on our website before March 31, 2011 we’ll make arrangements to have a new Camcorder sent to you.

Now, the bad news from Human Touch: Prices of the HT-7120, HT-7450, and the new HT-9500 massage chairs will be going up on April 2o11. The price of the HT-7120 will increase to $2899 (currently $2699), the price of the HT-7450 will increase to $3499 (currently $3299), and the price of the new Acutouch HT-9500 will increase to $4999 (currently $4799).

I get lots of calls from massage chair shoppers asking if the prices of the massage chairs will be going down. I will just tell you this much…they RARELY go down in price. If anything, as we see with Human Touch and the Inada Sogno massage chair, prices seem to only go up. If you are waiting for prices to go down…don’t hold your breath! By the way, don’t forget that the Inada Sogno increases in price to $6999 on March 31, 2011.

Dr. Alan Weidner
www.massage-chair-relief.com

More Acutouch 9500 Massage Chair by Human Touch Info

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
www.massage-chair-relief.com

HT-7120 Massage Chair by Human Touch Sale Ends Saturday!

HT 7120 Massage Chair
HT 7120 Massage Chair

I completely forgot to remind you that the sale on the HT-7120 massage chair by Human Touch ends tomorrow.
Lynn W. called me this morning to order one at the last minute at the sale price of $2499 and it suddenly dawned on me that the Human Touch special on this model ends tomorrow.

So, I figured I’d better send you out a quick reminder email before I head home for the weekend…just in case you were planning on taking advantage of this rare sale, especially with the holiday season just around the corner.

Just to recap…

The HT-7120 lists for $2999 on Human Touch’s website. Our regular price is usually $2699. Until the end of October, the price of the chair has been dropped down to $2499.

Here is a link to the chair:

http://www.massage-chair-relief.com/human_touch_ht7120_massage_chair.html

It is a beautiful leather-upholstered chair that features the swivel seat and Human Touch’s famous “Stretch” program. We sell an awful lot of this model and I can tell you it is one of Human Touch’s most popular massage chairs.

Remember that we offer f*ree shipping along with some other goodies when you get a massage chair from me at www.massage-chair-relief.com.

Don’t waste another minute!

Dr. Alan Weidner
www.massage-chair-relief.com

P.S. Don’t forget that the $2499 price on the HT-7120 massage chair by Human Touch is only good until tomorrow. Order online at

http://www.massage-chair-relief.com/human_touch_ht7120_massage_chair.html

or call us toll-free at 888-259-5380.

Human Touch HT-7120 Massage Chair and Perfect Chair Special

Human touch 7120 Massage Chairs
Human touch 7120 Massage Chairs

We just received notification for the months of September and October 2009, that Human Touch is offering the following promotions:

1. They are taking $200 off the price of their HT-7120 massage chair.  This price is good until October 28, 2009. Here is a link to see the updated price on Massage-Chair-Relief.com:  http://www.massage-chair-relief.com/human_touch_ht7120_massage_chair.html

The HT-7120 is a very popular massage chair which is an upgrade from the old HT-125, 135, 136 massage chair family. Upgrades include nicer leather, calf width adjustment, massage roller intensity, and low back (lumbar) heat. Also has the 60 degree swivel that Human Touch introduced to the world through the HT-125, 135, 136 chairs.

2. The Perfect Chair models come with a FREE accessory table:

PC-6 w/ perfect chair base and Premium leather pad, standard leather pad, and SofSuede pad

PC-075 w/ perfect chair base and Premium leather pad, standard leather pad, Sofsuede pad

PC-095 w/ perfect chair base Premium leather pad, standard leather pad, Sofsuede pad

Model numbers for the FREE accessory tables are PC-ST-401-002, PC-ST-401-003, PC-ST-401-004.

Now, we don’t carry the Perfect Chair models on our website, but we do sell them offline. Call our showroom at 801-417-8240 and we can take care of your order. You can go to www.humantouch.com to view the chairs and then give us a call to complete your order. We include free shipping and bonus gifts with all our chair orders.

I know it sounds early to say this, but start thinking about massage chairs for Christmas gifts. Better to plan now than to try to beat the mad rush that inevitably goes on in December.

Dr. Alan Weidner

www.massage-chair-relief.com

Massage Chairs In Our Showroom

It just occurred to me, after talking to a massage chair shopper, that I haven’t given a list of the massage chair models in our showroom. For the rest of America and the world, it probably doesn’t matter, but to Utah residents it just might be important to know. So, without further adieu, here is a list of the models that we carry in our Salt Lake showroom:

1. HT-1650 massage chair

2. HT-7450 massage chair

3. HT-7120 massage chair

4. Inada Sogno PLUS massage chair

5. Inada D5 Robo massage chair

6. Inada i2A massage chair

7. Panasonic 30007 massage lounger

8. Sanyo 5000 massage chair

9. ijoy 130 massage chair

10. HT-125 massage chair

11. HT-5005 massage chair (on the way!)

Please feel free to check them out on the site before coming down to the showroom so you know what to expect and what chairs you might want to take a look at while you are here.

Oh, and by the way, have a super Thanksgiving tomorrow.

Dr. Alan Weidner
www.massage-chair-relief.com

“Red” HT-125 and HT-135 Massage Chair Models To Be Discontinued!

I just thought you’d like to know that the red color in the HT-125 massage chair and HT-135 massage chair are being discontinued this week. In other words, in 48 hours the red HT-125 and HT-135 massage chair models will not  be available anymore from Human Touch. Human Touch tells me that no other colors at present will replace the red models, but may at some time in the future.

I told you a couple of weeks ago that the dark chocolate color of the HT-7120 massage chair has also been discontinued and will be replaced by the Espresso color.The Espresso is now in stock. It is up on our website, although we don’t have the image up yet (the old dark chocolate image is still up). The price on the HT-7120 is still $2699 for all models.

The colors still available in the HT-125 massage chair are black and cashew. The colors remaining in the HT-135 are black and cappucino.

Unfortunately, there is no price deal for the remaining red HT-125’s and HT-135’s. They are still $2299 and $2399, respectively, although the red is gone in a couple of days.

Dr. Alan Weidner
www.massage-chair-relief.com

HT-7120 Massage Chair Dark Chocolate Color Discontinued!

ht5005 massage chair - espresso color
ht5005 massage chair - espresso color

I received notice on Friday that the Dark Chocolate color in the HT-7120 massage chair by Human Touch has been discontinued. The company is filling back orders, but once they are filled, the Dark Chocolate will be replaced by “Espresso”, an even darker chocolate color which, according to Human Touch, looks like “semi-sweet chocolate”…a rich dark brown. I have put up an image of the HT-5005, a new chair that we carry from Human Touch, which is upholstered in the same espresso color. This will at least give you an idea of the color. It “kinda” looks like black I suppose, but it is a very dark, rich brown color.
So, although we still have the dark chocolate on the website, the color will be changed to espresso as soon as that chair color is available, and I am told that it will be around in late August or early September. If you have any other questions, feel free to contact us about it.

Sorry about the loss of the dark chocolate. My experience of it is that it was a very popular color, relative to the black, but it is a corporate decision and that is how it is!

By the way, we should have the new chairs I spoke about on my last blog entry up within a week or so.

Dr. Alan Weidner
www.massage-chair-relief.com

Another Massage Chair Question From A Site Visitor…

I have decided that as I receive massage chair questions from visitors to our site, and if the question is one that I feel would benefit my readership and visitorship, I will post the question and my subsequent answer on this blog. How does that sound? I am sure that many, if not all, of you have similar questions on your minds as you shop for a massage chair.

Here is the question and response…

“Which chair has the best features for the lowest cost?”

Hi, Brian!
Thanks for your email. A great, but loaded question. I would have to say with the temporary low price on the Panasonic 30003 massage chair, that would be the best bang for your buck. If you are quite tall, however, this chair would not be the best for stretching out and also having the foot massage. When one is too tall, over 6’2″, the leg extends beyond the foot massager and the side of the foot and ankle get massaged instead. This chair has 5 auto programs, but no heat or seat massage. It comes in black or brown and is upholstered with man-made leather.

For aesthetics and function, we would also pick the Human Touch HT-7120 massage chair, which has a very nice look, leather upholstery, and has massage intensity adjustment along with calf width adjustment. It also has low back heat. No seat massage, no foot massager. The HT-125/135/136 chairs are a step down from the HT-7120…they do not have massage intensity adjustment, calf width adjustment, or lumbar heat. They are very reasonably priced quality chairs, however, but I would still take the HT-7120 over them for the few extra hundred  bucks.

We just received the Inada i2A massage chair and have been quite impressed with the chair. It feels very comfortable to sit in it and has pre-programmed settings, but we notice that it does not have massage intensity adjustment. Folks that have tried it out thus far, have given it rave reviews. You are looking at a little more money than the HT-7120 at $3299, but a very nice chair. It is also synthetic, man-made leather and does not have heat. It has pre-programmed settings and also has a seat massage.

I hope this helps in some way. Let me know if there is anything else I can assist you with. We are currently working on a chair comparison chart which will address so many comparative issues.

Dr. Alan Weidner
www.massage-chair-relief.com

The new HT-7120 is here!

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ht7120_chocolatex100.gif

Human Touch has come out with a new massage chair that I absolutely adore! The new HT-7120 massage chair is like a glorified HT-125/135/136 model. It is a bulkier, richer looking chair than the other models I just mentioned. On top of that, it has a few features that the older models don’t have.Human Touch HT-7120 massage chair

1. Massage intensity adjustment. I have seen a few of my patients sit on my HT-125 and ask if we can make the massage less intense. The only way we could make the massage less intense was by putting the “dampening” pillow under the patient’s back (it comes with the HT-125/135/136) or by reclining the massage chair at a lesser angle. Now, the HT-7120 has a massage intensity adjustment which allows the chair to cater to all sorts of pain tolerances.

2. Dual lumbar heaters. I have always wanted to have heating pads on the backs of my patients when they are on the massage chairs. Now, we have it…built in!

3. Adjustable calf massager. Of all the features that massage chair has, the calf massager is probably the most controversial. I say controversial because folks either love it or hate it. The adjustable width now opens up the possibility of the calf massager assisting more folks because the level of comfort can be adjusted. The adjustment is right on the ottoman so you can just lean forward and push the “+” or “-” button to make it wider or narrower, respectively. A great feature!

There you have it. The HT-7120 is a great chair. It comes in a black or beautiful dark chocolate color. The dark chocolate color looks kinda like a deep red color. I love that color. This chair also comes with a 3 year warranty. You can check out the chair here:

http://www.massage-chair-relief.com/human_touch_ht7120_massage_chair.html

If you have this chair or have had any experience with this chair, or if you have any questions, feel free to add your comment to this blog.

I will discuss the anti-gravity HT-7450 chair next time.

Dr. Alan Weidner
www.massage-chair-relief.com