Massage Chair Industry Update – March 24, 2016 (Video)

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Transcript of Video Titled “Massage Chair Industry Update – March 24, 2016”

microphoneAlan: Hi, I’m Dr. Alan Weidner from ‘Massage-Chair-Relief.com’ and today is our biweekly massage chair industry update for Thursday, March 24th, 2016, and not a whole lot to talk about today. Of course, I always say that, and I end up yakking forever, but here’s the things that we’ve got cooking.

[SCREEN TEXT: Stock Status]

Alan: Let me get in to stock just briefly. I emailed the massage chair companies last night for information about their stock, and the only one I heard back from was Infinite Therapeutics, so – or Infinity now, as they’re more commonly known as, they have the – oh, and then Human Touch also notified me that the WholeBody 5.1 is out of stock. They didn’t have an estimated time of arrival of the new models. So, that’s the Human Touch WholeBody 5.1. They discontinued the ZeroG 2.0, and I think they’re also discontinuing the Human Touch 7450, so there are some changes there. Now, Infinity, they’ve discontinued the ‘Ivory’ IT-8500, they’ve discontinued the Iyashi, white exterior with the caramel interior, and they’ve discontinued the IT-8100, but I’m going to talk about a new model that they just introduced, to kind of replace that one, and I’ll talk about that in a moment, and also, the black on black Iyashi is just on back-order. So, that’s the only chair they have on back-order, and that’s back-ordered for two to three weeks. As far as Inada goes, I think they’re all in stock there. I haven’t heard of any other Human Touch chairs that’re back-ordered. Osaki, Titan, and, Apex, I never really quite know until I place the order, if they’re back-ordered. I believe the Ogawa chairs are all in stock. I think the Ogawa Refresh was back-ordered until the middle of March, I believe that’s in stock now. So, anyway, if you have any questions about stock at the time of purchasing any particular model, let us know, and I will say that sometimes we think that they’re in stock, or that we’re told that they’re in stock, and then you know, a week later, someone places an order, and then we send the order in, and they tell us ‘Oh, that’s back-ordered.’ Well, sometimes they don’t know fully if the chairs are back-ordered or not, at the moment – well, let me put it to you this way – at the time that they tell me that they’re stocked, or not stocked, I believe that, but the stock could disappear in a day or two, or three, or four after I do this recording. So, a week from now, the stock may be gone, and we’ll let you know if the stock, if it’s back-ordered, and usually it doesn’t take longer than one or two weeks, except for the Infinity Escape, which took like two-and-a-half months. January, February, oh my goodness, yeah, we didn’t – we got it, January, February, half of March – yeah, it was two-and-a-half months. That’s rare, that’s very bothersome to me as a retailer, and very bothersome to my customers, but sometimes that happens. So, anyway, having said that, let’s move on.

[SCREEN TEXT: New Infinity IT-8500X3 & Infinity Evoke]

Alan: Infinity, now, I told you that they were discontinuing – or that they discontinued the IT-8100 – well, they’ve made a couple of exciting announcements, one of which is very interesting to me. The Infinity IT-8500, I don’t know if you’re aware of this, but the Infinity IT-8500 is a Chinese-made chair, all the Infinity, and Osaki, and Human Touch, they’re all Chinese chairs, but their chair, the IT-8500, has been our top selling Chinese chair for as long as I’ve been selling it. I figure that’s probably five, maybe five years, and our top selling Chinese brand, or Chinese model, made model. It just continues to be a popular chair, and the one thing that it lacked, in my humble opinion, was – it was a – it didn’t have the 3D rollers. Well, people were fine with that, because, and I’ll talk about this a little later as well, as far as adjusting intensity, for a chair that does not have 3D rollers, but this chair, the IT-8500, very popular chair, good bang for the buck. It was priced, for the longest time, at $3995. Now, it’s $4295; still a very good price, for a good feature set in a chair. Well, they’ve come out now, with the new IT-8500X3, and that has – and the X3 alludes to the 3D technology – so it has the same fit, and same body. I’m just looking at the thing here, excuse me, the spec sheets, and let you know what they have. They’ve got new 3D auto programs, they’ve got an auto extend neck feature, they’ve got five 3D intensity levels. Let’s see the chair is going to be selling – it’s going to be retailing for $5795, with a $300 off promo code, so that’s – instant savings, that is, so it’s $5495. So, it’s going to be $1200 more than the IT-8500, which will have the – but it’ll have the 3D rollers, it has – oh, it says here also, it has the Bluetooth compatibility. You know, the 8500 has the older, you know, download your music to a jump drive on your computer, and then plug it in to the USB port in the back of the IT-8500. Well, now it’s going to have Bluetooth connectivity, which is great because you can just connect from your cell phone, and play your music. It has a sleeker, redesigned remote, so I don’t know what sleeker looks like, but I know the remote right now, it’s a fairly, good rectangular shape. It’s a good size, easy to see, but we’ll see how it looks, and it still has the decompression stretch, and spinal alignment. They call it spinal alignment, it’s the shoulder airbags that pin the shoulders back. The stretch program on the IT-8500 is awesome, the neck massage, awesome, foot rollers, awesome, it’s a great chair. So, I’m very curious to see how this new IT-8500X3 is, and I’ll let you know once I find out more about it. I’m sure we’re going to get it in one of our showrooms – but one, maybe both of our showrooms – but definitely we’ll have it in the California showroom. Anyway, there’s another new model they’re sending out, or introducing now, to the market, called the Evoke, E-V-O-K-E, Evoke, and here are the basic features – and again, I’m sorry for not looking at the camera, I’m just looking at the stat sheet that they sent me – zero gravity, deep tissue massage, space saver, airbags from head to toe, well, everybody seems to have that, lumbar heat, foot rollers, heel rubber, and I think that’s the same thing that they have in their Escape, which is their lower priced L-track chair. And that heel rubber kind of – it’s a great foot massage – and I don’t know if it’s going to have the same six rollers per foot that the Escape has, but the heel rubber is pretty cool, as it grabs the heel, and gives that a massage. So, anyway, that’s the Evoke, and that one’s going to be selling for $2695, so it’s going to compete price wise, with the Osaki 4000T. The Osaki 4000T is a real – it’s a workhorse, it’s been around forever – it doesn’t fit some people very well. I’ve found that the Osaki 4000T, and probably the 4000 that you can get on Costco, the Dreamer, the Osaki Dreamer, and the Osaki 7200H, and 7200CR, they have shoulder airbag housing that’s a hard stop, and so what’ll happen is when you sit in the chair, and then you put your arms out, to go in to the armrests for airbag massage, the bottom of the housing, the shoulder airbag housing, digs in to your upper arms, and it can be quite uncomfortable. It’s worse on the Osaki 4000T, and the Osaki 4000, not as bad on the Dreamer, or on the 7200 series, but it is burdensome for a large, broad-shouldered person to sit in that bloody chair, it becomes irritating. Well, this is a chair, $2695, that kind of competes with the 4000T. It has the deep tissue massage, the 4000T is the more moderate, mild massage, this Evoke seems to be more deep tissue. It’s a space saving technology, none of the Osaki 4000, or 4000T models, have it, lumbar heat, foot rollers, the foot rollers on the Osaki 4000T are pretty mild. I suspect with Infinity, knowing their other chairs, it’s going to be a good, intense foot massage. Anyway, that’s the new Evoke, so I don’t know if I’m going to be having that in my showroom either, maybe I will. The 4000T is kind of an older technology, it’s been around for years. That’s kind of – that was the flagship chair for the Osaki brand, and then, of course, they’ve now got so many other models, and model – brand lines, and you know, whatever, so anyway, just so that you know.

[SCREEN TEXT: Update on the SoCal Showroom]

Alan: Alright, what else have we got cooking? Let’s see, oh, our Southern California store, I was just down there last week. We were doing some recording for a television commercial. Well, our walls are still as bare as the day is long, I mean, and they’re long walls. So, the guy that did our buildout is going to put up some sconce lighting for us, and some nice trim, and we’ll put up some pictures, and you know, we’ll have Mona kind of pick some nice artwork, or whatever, or maybe some nice pictures of massage chairs, heaven forbid, and we’ll put that up on the wall to kind of make the wall look a little busier. But I’ll take the videotape of that when we have that done, and it’ll look sharp, but we’ll post that up for you to take a look at, but that Southern California store is a nice store. I like it, it’s wider than our store here in Utah, it’s deeper than our store here in Utah. You feel like you can have more than one person in there at a time, looking at chairs, but I really like that store, great store, and great staff. So, go down and meet Michael and Chris, they’re just awesome, and for those of you that don’t know, and of course, if you’re only Vietnamese speaking, you’re not going to understand a word of what I’m saying now, but Michael Nguyen is our showroom manager, and he’s bilingual, Vietnamese and English. And so, you know, feel free to give us a call at that – at our, well, here – our number there is 562-865-4607, 562-865-4607. Go ahead and call, and you can talk to Michael, if you’re Vietnamese, of course, talk to him, but for Anglos, you can talk to Michael or Chris.

[SCREEN TEXT: Massage Chair Tip!]

Alan: And one last thing I’ll chitchat about, just – you know, I should do this every one of these video recordings – these biweekly updates, I should give like a massage chair tip, or something like that. But one thing that people – I tell people, all the time, about in our showroom is how to use – how to change the intensity of a massage chair if it’s too intense for you, and you don’t have the 3D rollers. Even if you do have 3D rollers – by the way, 3D rollers mean that the rollers can move forward or back to increase, or decrease, the intensity of the massage – well, what do you do if the lowest intensity setting of the 3D roller is still too much? Or, what do you do if you’ve got a chair like the IT-8500, which is a deep-tissue massage chair, but it doesn’t have the intensity adjustment ability, it doesn’t have the 3D rollers, or now it does, but if you can’t get it low enough? Well, what we always recommend is using something that we call a throw blanket. Now, I don’t know if you know what a throw blanket is, but a throw blanket is like a decorative blanket that a lot of people use for, you know, to decorate a couch, or a chair, and these massage chairs aren’t the prettiest things in the world, so a lot of people use throw blankets to kind of, you know, try to camouflage the chair. But well, you can use that throw blanket, if you fold it up in quarters, or whatever, and you use that as a back pad. It’ll, you know, lay it down the length of the chair, and use that as a back pad. It’s a wonderful way to do it, because sometimes people use pillows, like sleeping, bed pillows, or couch, decorative pillows. They’re too thick, you’re not going to feel much massage at all. So, you know, if you can get a thin foam pad, or something like that, that’d be great, a memory foam pad, like the iRobotics 7 comes with a memory foam pad now, which is great, but just use a throw blanket, it’s awesome. Plus, if you’re the decorator of the house, and you look at that chair, and you go ‘Oh my goodness, that is butt ugly,’ and you want to change the look of it, use a throw blanket for that too. Anyway, there’s my intensity adjustment advice, and my decorative advice, which is so amazing.

[SCREEN TEXT: 888-259-5380]

Alan: Well, I think that just about does it for this week. If you have any questions, feel free to give me a call at 888-259-5380, there you go, and of course, you can always email me, comment on our YouTube channel, or on our Facebook page, or you can go on our chat software, whatever. You can always reach me, and if you don’t get directly to me, I will always call you back, but anyway, feel free to give us a call. If you found this video helpful, please feel free to thumbs up ‘Like’ us on YouTube, and of course, share this, or any of our other videos, on your social media platforms to help us spread the word about massage chairs, we appreciate that. Massage chairs are kind of a new thing, relatively infantile in its stage of development here in the United States, and we appreciate you helping us spread the word about it, because this is a great thing. Duh, that’s why I do it. Well, anyway, I’m Dr. Alan Weidner from ‘Massage-Chair-Relief.com,’ and I will see you in two weeks. Bye bye.

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Mail Bag – Iyashi vs. IT-8500; War Injury; Foot Roller Concerns

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Hi Doc, thanks for all your videos and a great website. In your opinion, can the Iyashi do as good a job for the neck and shoulders compared to the 8500 even without the Accuroll Function? One review says the Refresh Auto function on the Iyashi does a very strong neck and shoulder massage. Does it mean it is as capable in the neck area as the 8500, just have to learn how to turn it on??? Thanks. Regards, Simon Continue reading “Mail Bag – Iyashi vs. IT-8500; War Injury; Foot Roller Concerns”

Foot and Calf Chair Measurements

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Calf & Feet Airbags
Calf & Feet Airbags

Earlier this year I wrote an article about fitting into massage chairs. I was responding to increasing number of folks asking about whether their larger body frames would fit into these newer chairs that have hip and shoulder airbags. I listed the measurements of the distance between the airbags to help people know if a particular chair would fit them or not.

Some people have broad shoulders or larger upper bodies that will not fit between the shoulder airbag housings of a chair. Others have larger bottoms that will not fit comfortably between the hip/thigh airbags. If this information interests you, you can read that article hereContinue reading “Foot and Calf Chair Measurements”

Massage Chair and/or Recliner

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More and more folks are asking about a massage chair that doesn’t look like a massage chair, but can double as a regular recliner. I think that as more shoppers come into the marketplace, there will be more of a relative demand for that type of massage chair. Aesthetics are important to people and making a massage chair fit in with existing decorum can be quite a challenge.

There is a trade-off when a massage chair chooses aesthetics over feature-set. Obviously, you can’t have a full-feature massage chair, with all the bells and whistles, and still have a chair that doesn’t resemble a massage chair at all. So, the trade off is aesthetics for features. The manufacturers are getting more and more clever in their ability to hide blatant massage chair features, but for a full service feature-set, you will most likely have to compromise on looks.

I thought that today I might discuss some massage chair options that would provide therapeutic benefit while at the same time providing some looks that don’t so blatantly scream “therapeutic massage chair” and can soothe the savage beast of your home or business decorator.  Continue reading “Massage Chair and/or Recliner”

Mail Bag – IT-8500 vs. OS-7075R; HT-7450 vs. MA70 vs. J6800

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Can you help me make the right choice between Infiniti IT-8500 and Osaki OS 7075R? We want a good massage chair with zero gravity functions. My wife likes a stronger massage and I am more of a relaxing massage type of a person. My wife really cares about upper back and shoulers and neck. Any advice? Thanks, Martin Continue reading “Mail Bag – IT-8500 vs. OS-7075R; HT-7450 vs. MA70 vs. J6800”

HT-7450 vs. ZeroG 4.0

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A customer of mine asked me to compare the HT-7450 massage chair to the new ZeroG 4.0, both from Human Touch. Here is the email exchange, including a bullet point comparison of the two chairs, both of which I happen to have in my showroom.

Dear Dr. Weidner

I spoke with you a couple months back about the Inada series chairs but I cannot afford one at this time. I’m debating between your HT-7450 and Zero G 4.0 chair. The price is fairly similar for both models and I’m not sure which one I should purchase. I’ve read the technical specs of each, but they are of limited assistance since I cannot sit in the chairs and try them out. Can you give me the pros and cons of each?

Thanks much for your help, I appreciate it!

Massage Chair Roller Track Length and the Low Back

The length of the roller track in a massage chair determines how high and how low the rollers will travel along your spine. It goes

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without saying that the longer the roller track, the more of your spine will get massaged by the rollers. For example, the Panasonic MA70 has a roller track of 31 inches, whereas the HT-7450 from Human Touch has a roller track length of only 24 inches. When you sit on the two chairs, one after the other, and compare the feel of the rollers, it is obvious that the rollers of the HT-7450 do a great job reaching the top of the neck, but only get down to the belt line of the low back area.

The Panasonic MA70, with it’s 31 inch track, on the other hand, also reaches up to the base of the skull at the top end of the roller track, but hits the buttocks and sacral area very well. When comparing these two chair models, one can see that the difference in length of the roller track is felt primarily in the low back area. The HT-7450 only goes as low as the belt line; the Panasonic MA70 gets down into the buttocks. Now, let me muddy the waters a bit. Continue reading “Massage Chair Roller Track Length and the Low Back”

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.

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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 Client Asks – “HT-7450 vs. HT-5320 vs. Panasonic 30007?”

A great email from another massage chair shopper regarding which chair is the better choice…

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Just a few questions… What s the difference between Panasonic EP30006 and EP30007 ? Why has the EP30006 been discontinued? Which one s a better brand, Human Touch or Panasonic? I was looking the HT5320 and HT7540 It seen to me HT5320 has more features and is more complete then the HT7540… But it’s a lot cheaper… Why? Is it because the zero gravity? So, overall, what’s the best chair between these that I asked about? EP3007, HT5320 or HT7540 ? Thanks Continue reading “A Client Asks – “HT-7450 vs. HT-5320 vs. Panasonic 30007?””

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.

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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?”

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.

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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”

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).

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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

My Top 5 Picks for a Zero Gravity Massage Chair

Sanyo 7700 Massage Chair
Sanyo 7700 Massage Chair

My Top 5 Zero Gravity Massage Chair Picks

I was asked the other day for my top 5-10 zero gravity massage chairs (As a reminder, zero gravity means a 30 degree tilt of the seat of the chair to reduce gravitational pressure on the low back. Nothing more, nothing less). Well, I could only come up with 5. And, here is the list and my reasoning for listing them in this order:

1. Osaki 7000– a new chinese-made massage chair that fits larger folks quite well. It is a large chair and has a very vigorous massage. The thai stretch feature is also most vigorous stretch program we’ve ever seen in a chair. It is very reasonably priced and comes in ivory, taupe, and black colors. I have the black in my showroom, but my delivery boys who have set up the ivory colored 7000 say it is a very sharp looking chair.

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2. Sanyo 7700 – I normally would have suggested this one first, but it may be feel a little cramped for a 6’2″ frame like yours. If you’re all legs, it may not fit as well as the Osaki 7000. But, this is a Japanese-made chair, so the workmanship is probably a little better too. It only comes in black. This model has been around a while and has a very good reputation in the industry. I don’t know what the future holds for the 7700 now that Panasonic has bought Sanyo and they have already discontinued the Sanyo 8700, which was Sanyos answer for folks to tall for the 7700.

3. Osaki 6000 – another from the line of chinese-made Osaki chairs, this one would fit you well and it comes with a very nice range of features, including zero gravity of course. It also has a neck traction unit, imitating the iconic Inada Sogno, which you would enjoy if you have any trapezia shoulder muscle tightness. Comes in a variety of colors and also has an mp3 music system built in, with two external speakers.

4. Human Touch HT-7450 – this is the pioneer in the zero gravity massage chair niche. It has, in the past, been a very popular seller but with the advent of the Osaki line, I don’t see near as many sales of this model as before. I think that when you compare this chair, priced at $3795, to the Osaki 7000, also priced at $3795, you would be hard pressed to pass on the Osaki because of the very rich feature set of the Osaki 7000 (or Osaki 6000, for that matter). Here are the biggest differences between the HT-7450 and the Osaki 6000/7000 models:
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a.) the roller track of the Osaki chairs go way down into the buttocks. The track of the HT-7450 only goes down to the waist/belt-line
b.) no dedicated foot massager on the HT-7450, whereas the Osaki chairs have foot and calf components
c.) the Osaki models have arm massage, the HT-7450 does not
d.) the airbag system in the Osaki chairs are a little more complex in the low back area. The HT-7450 just has airbags that feel like thumbs poking up into your butt and thighs. The Osaki chairs have inflating airbags on either side of the seat as well as in the waist area to induce a rotation motion. The Osaki 6000 also has thigh airbags that inflate to the outside of each thigh.
e.) outer shoulder airbags – the Osaki chairs have them, the HT-7450 does not (I don’t think they are that impressive anyways, so I don’t know if you’re missing out much on that feature).

5. Omega Montage Pro– I have not yet sat on this chair, but there are some things, on paper, that I just love about it in addition to the fact that it boasts a zero gravity feature. Here is what I like:
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a.) rollers in the feet (there are not many other chairs that have this feature and those who have it in their massage chair absolutely love it),
b.) 5 year in-home warranty comes standard with this chair. Hard to find that kind of support for a chinese-made chair as a standard warranty. Very impressive!
c.) The Omega Montage series of massage chairs have an mp3 music system with headphones. Pretty fun if you like to use music while relaxing in a massage chair.

Well, that should just about do it for my recommendations. Many readers familiar with my writings will wonder why I did not include the Inada Sogno in this list. It is because the Sogno is not a true zero gravity massage chair. It has a slight tilt in the seat, but not anywhere near 30 degrees.

I hope these help out in some way in your decision-making process. Please feel free to contact me anytime with any questions. You can also call me at 801-651-2026 if you’d like to chat on the phone. I am always around to talk.

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

HT-7450 Massage Chair Review – Zero Gravity PLUS More!

Review of the Zero-Gravity HT-7450 Massage Chair

I believe that the HT-7450 massage chair is the first foray into the zero gravity massage chair market, not only for Human Touch but by any massage chair manufacturer. I think the Sanyo 7700 massage chaircame shortly thereafter, but Human Touch was the first to really make the zero gravity concept a winner in this industry.

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HT-7450 Massage Chair

Human Touch had previously introduced their “Perfect Chairs” series, which was a group of zero gravity, non-massage chairs that offered pain relief and an “anti-gravity” positioning which took pressure off the low back.

The concept of zero gravity entails tilting the seat to a 30 degree angle in the reclined position, thus putting the body in the same anti-gravity positioning that NASA first introduced in it’s space program for astronauts who were in weightless environments for extended periods of time.

Along came the HT-7450 massage chair that was the first introduction of that technology to the massage chair market. And, I might add, it has become quite a catch-phrase in this industry. It seems that every company claims to have a zero gravity massage chair, but very few have a true zero gravity feature. Human Touch has won awards for it’s zero gravity massage chair integration.

Now let’s discuss some other features of the HT-7450 massage chair, aside from the zero gravity feature, which make this chair the popular selling chair that it is today.

HT-7450 Massage Chair  Features

  1. Decent price point of $3499 (at the time of this writing). The Sanyo 7700 sells for $4999 and although it has many more features and is manufactured inJapaninstead ofChina, if it’s the zero gravity feature you are after and it is important to you, it is a lot cheaper to go with the HT-7450.
  2. Buttock and thigh airbag massage. The seat has airbags that push up into the buttock and thigh muscles. This is the same airbag massage that the HT-9500 boasts. It is nothing overwhelming but it contributes to a more full body experience.
  3. 8 automatic programs. The remote is very similar to the remote of the HT-7120, but it has 8 automatic programs instead of the 3 of the HT-7120. Instead of just full body, upper back, and lower back programs, you’ll find programs like Sore Muscle Relief, Sports & Back Therapy, Leg/Foot/Hip Therapy, Neck/Shoulders Relief, After Work Stretch, Morning Energize, Night time Soothing, and Auto Demo. It is a very comprehensive program set that caters to pretty much any body needs.
  4. Body Scan technology. Nowadays, most of the nicer massage chair models have a body scan technology of some sort. What this technology does is do a cursory scan of the user’s spine and body morphology to get an idea of the size, width, and shape of the spine and musculature. The chair will then massage according to those scan findings. Human Touch calls their body scan the “Acupoint Detection System.”
  5. Vigorous massage rollers. Human Touch massage chairs are known for their intense roller massage. The HT-7450 is no different. The intensity can be adjusted if the user finds it a little too intense, but if it is a vigorous massage you are looking for, the HT-7450 can give it to you in spades.
  6. The look of the chair does not scream “Massage Chair” to the user. It looks like an executive-type chair. When the calf massaging ottoman is rotated under, one would be hard pressed to know that it is a massage chair. Human Touch is big on esthetics in their chair models. That is evident in the HT-7450.
  7. Safety Stop on the back of the chair base. One of the features I really like about this chair is the safety stop on the back part of the chair base. If a child is behind the chair when mom or dad go to recline the chair, the chair could crush a little one. When that child sits or puts pressure on the safety stop, the chair will not function. This is a very little known detail about this chair that is fantastic. I have two grandkids who love my massage chairs. If they were to be hurt by one, I would be devastated. Great safety feature from Human Touch.
  8. Low back heat feature. I think that heating elements on massage chairs are a little overrated since the rollers will warm up your muscles within moments of starting a program, but if you are after heat, the HT-7450 has it in the low back. You will definitely feel it when it is on!

Well, that about sums up the primary features that make this massage chair so popular. Just a couple of things worth mentioning for massage chair shoppers: it comes in black and espresso (at the time of this writing), with a 1 year comprehensive on-site warranty, and with a  very easy to follow users manual.

By the way, I should mention here also that Human Touch has a fantastic customer service department. It is a well staffed department and they take care of our clients promptly and kindly. Never had a problem with them and I’ve been selling their chairs for almost 10 years.

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

Zero Gravity Massage Chairs

Osaki OS-4000 Massage Chair
Osaki OS-4000 Massage Chair

Zero Gravity Massage Chair – The True Story

My 19 years of chiropractic and the last 9 years of massage chair usage bring me to some conclusions about the zero gravity massage chair. Also, termed “anti-gravity,” zero gravity has become a catch phrase with massage chair shoppers. It has become so

popular that much confusion about the term has resulted.

Unfortunately, many proponents of the feature make claims that cannot be supported. Nearly all sales people lately seem to be saying their chairs are zero gravity. Upon close examination of the chairs said to have this feature, I have to say the claims seem close to false advertising.

History of Zero Gravity Massage Chairs

Zero gravity first became known from NASA studies in the space program. The largestUSmassage chair manufacturer, Human Touch, used the concept of zero-gravity to design chairs for the home. They called the line of chairs – Perfect Chair.

To paraphrase the Human Touch website, NASA’s Skylab program discovered a body position which feels like weightlessness.  It is the point at which muscles are balanced with lessened pressure from gravity and the result is true relaxation.  The Perfect Chair recliner is designed to produce zero gravity.

There is a reason you were encouraged to avoid slumping as a teenager. Gravity exerts a horrific force on the body throughout life. If your body is not in proper alignment, gravity will cause all kinds of health problems. By positioning your body at zero gravity, pressure on joints is relieved. All those places like your knees, neck, hips, lower and upper back can relax because gravitational force is lessened. By regular sessions in your chair, you can keep your body structure aligned and healthy.

To give you an example, a common malady is a slouched shoulder posture along with a forward head carriage. Gravitational “pull” adversely affects your spine when you continue in such a body position. Fatigue sets in because it takes energy to battle the effects of gravity on your off-kilter body. The pressure on your joints causes them to wear out with such musculoskeletal conditions as degenerative arthritis the tragic result.

Perhaps you have tried out a zero gravity chair. If so, you know how the term “weightlessness” applies to such a massage chair. Your position in the chair removes pressure and is very comfortable. Sufferers of low back pain are especially helped. I have heard many people say their sleep is better in a zero gravity chair than in their own bed.

So, What On Earth Is Zero Gravity Anyway?

The best seated position to produce “weightlessness” is for the seat to tilt up 30 degrees. That’s zero gravity. A simple idea is what Human Touch used to design the Perfect Chair line. Then they applied the same concept to the HT-7450 massage chair. This was the beginning of zero gravity in a massage chair. This, along with the massage feature, spawned a whole new level of therapy from massage chair manufacturers.

Soon Sanyo introduced the Sanyo 7700 massage chair. They employed the same technology with the 30 degree seat angle along with massage therapy. The true zero gravity chairs, the Sanyo 7700 and the Human Touch HT-7450 are very popular for their respective manufacturers. I believe the tilted seat is the key to their popularity. Since then many new massage chair models have come out with zero gravity as a primary feature. Examples of some of these models include the Osaki 4000, Osaki 6000, Osaki 7000, Omega Montage Pro,

Zero Gravity Massage Chairs – False Advertising?

It is beyond me why there are so many models claiming the zero gravity feature when their seats have nowhere near a 30 degree upward tilt. It appears to be a marketing scheme to take advantage of the current zero gravity frenzy.

Regardless of the massage chair you get for your office or home, whether anti-gravity or not, it will be life changing. You will love it, and your body will thank you. If you want to own a true zero gravity massage chair, now you know enough to ask the right questions before you buy.

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

Massage Chair Questions From A Massage-Chair-Relief.com Shopper!

I received a great email from a visitor to our site…obviously someone who has been doing their massage chair homework. Below is their email to me followed by my response to them:

“Wanted to hear your thoughts. I have been struggling with for the last 6 months to try and make a chair selection. The issue I continue to run into is that there aren’t places in my area to try all the chairs.

The basics –
Details: Myself – 5’10, wife 5’6
Issues: Myself – C4 bulging disk, straight neck spine, slight curvature at base of spine. Regular discomfort usually located behind shoulder blades or in neck. Occasional issues with lower back. I do see a chiropractor.
My wife: Slight issues with hip (stiffness) and problems with circulation in legs and feet.
What we have sat in: Inada Dreamwave, Sanyo 8700DRK, Human Touch (most of them), Panasonic EP-MA51KU, Osim Ucomfort, Osim uAstro
Favorites (Mine): 8700DRK and Dreamwave. In particular, I really like the 3D massage. My issues is whether 3D is truly worth the cost variation. I am more about utility – what will truly be theraputic and helpful. Taking a step down I did like HT-7450. Didn’t like the other Human touch chairs. Was ok with Panasonic.
Favorites (Wife): Osom Ucomfort. Liked Sanyo and Inada. Others were “ok”. Didn’t really notice 3D.

In general we both like the 5 year warranties. I have been coming back to the Elite Optima – but really unsure since I can’t sit in the thing. Do you have thoughts or suggestions?

Thanks, Robert”

Dr. Weidner’s response:

“Hello, Robert
Since I didn’t hear from you via phone, I figured I’d write up as much as I could for you to answer your inquiries.

It sounds like you have tried most of the better chairs. Your height and your wife’s height does not preclude you from any chair model, actually. If you were over 6 feet tall, that would affect some model recommendations. I would suggest the Sanyo 7700 over the 8700 since the price differential is $1000 and the 8700 is much like the 7700 but for folks over 6′.

Your spine sounds like you need a massage chair…that’s for sure. I can pretty much promise you that you will get a tremendous amount of relief from a massage chair, especially if you use it daily. Here are some thoughts about the chairs you mention and the conditions you suffer from:

1. if your wife suffers from poor circulation in calves and feet, then I would probably suggest a chair with both foot and calf massage. The Human Touch chairs, for the most part, do not have a foot massage feature…only calf massage (unless you go to the HT-9500 or HT-5320).

2. I think it is safe to say that all massage chair models massage the the mid back (thoracic) region quite well. If you want a chair that massages “way down” into the low back, i.e. the top of the butt/sacrum, then I would suggest an Inada chair or a Sanyo chair. Human Touch chairs typically only go down to the belt line.

3. For the neck and shoulders, all models are pretty good. The Inada Sogno has a cervical traction device which uses air bags to traction your neck and massage it. You can lift the cervical traction device off and let rollers work your neck and shoulders, too, if you so choose. The cervical traction device and the dreamwave technology in the seat of the Inada Sogno are incredible features, unduplicated by any other manufacturer at this point. From my perspective as a chiropractor, I must say that I absolutely love those two features of the Inada Sogno chair. There is great therapeutic value in them.

4. I don’t know much about the Panasonic MA51, other than what I have read about it. You know more about the feel of the chair than I do. I’d love to hear from you what your opinion of it is. Panasonic’s are traditionally well built chairs that are not great for taller folks. Your height, again, is perfect for any manufacturer’s chair, including Panasonic.

5. I have sat in the OSIM chairs and they are a typical, generic Chinese-made chair. Nothing out of the ordinary. I would have to classify the Elite chair the same way, though I have never actually sat in one. Feedback from clients is that it is also a typical Chinese-made chair. I have also heard from other shoppers and clients that the customer support for the OSIM and Elite chairs is questionable, based on either their personal experience or what they have found through their research on the web.

6. The uAstro chair by OSIM is a copycat look-alike of the Inada Sogno body appearance, but it is nothing like the Sogno in feature and function. The Inada Sogno is a very unique chair that does feel quite different than other traditional massage chairs.

In our business, the Inada Sogno is the most popular-selling chair, for what it’s worth. I have written quite a bit on my blog about the Sogno, the Panasonic 30007, and the Sanyo 7700, including some comparisons between the chairs. Please go to my website, www.massage-chair-relief.com, and do a search for any of those models and you’ll find a lot of info. For example, here are 3 blog posts comparing the Inada Sogno to the Sanyo 8700:

http://www.massage-chair-relief.com/blog/general/inada-sogno-massage-chair-vs-new-sanyo-8700-massage-chair-part-i/

http://www.massage-chair-relief.com/blog/general/inada-sogno-massage-chair-vs-new-sanyo-8700-massage-chair-part-ii/

http://www.massage-chair-relief.com/blog/general/part-iii-inada-sogno-massage-chair-vs-new-sanyo-8700-massage-chair/

I hope this input helps in some way. Please feel free to call me anytime on my personal cell number, 801-651-2026, and I’ll be happy to chat about any of the models you are interested in.

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

Change to Human Touch Massage Chair Warranty

I received notice today of a slight change in the warranty for the Human Touch massage chairs. Below is a chart displaying the new warranty terms:

The following warranty terms supersede any previous terms listed in Use & Care manuals for products purchased on or after April 1, 2011:

Standard Consumer Product Warranty 2011
In-Home Service Parts Structural
Elite Series 1 year 3 years 5 years
Signature Series 1 year 2 years 3 years
iJoy / Casual Series 90 days 1 year 2 years
Perfect Chair Recliners 1 year 2 years 3 years

The elite series includes the HT-9500 and the HT-7450 massage chair models. Other than the iJoy and Perfect Chairs, all other massage chair models are considered signature series and have now the 1/2/3 year warranty, as opposed to the 1/3/5 year warranty of the elite series.

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

Refurbished Massage Chairs!!

I hope you are having a super new year. We, at www.massage-chair-relief.com, just got the go ahead from Human Touch to offer some of their refurbished models to you. This means significant savings for you if you are still looking for a massage chair.

These chairs are factory refurbished AND tested. You will still get a 6 month factory warranty included with the chairs. They may have some cosmetic blemishes but, for all intents and purposes, these chairs are like brand new.

Here is what we have:

1. HT-7450 zero gravity massage chair for only $2395.

ht-7450 massage chair
HT-7450

This chair, new, goes for $3299. Available in black and dark chocolate (not espresso). I sold a used one in 2010 for $2699! So, this price is a very, very good bargain.

You can check it out here: www.massage-chair-relief.com/human_touch_ht7450_massage_chair.html

Just scroll to the bottom of the page and see the refurbished one there. Just click “Add to Cart” when you are ready to go for it!

This chair is one of Human Touch’s “Elite” chairs…top of the line.

2. HT-5320 massage chair for only $1995…normally $2999!

ht-5320 massage chair
HT-5320

Available in black, espresso, and dark chocolate. Check it out here:

www.massage-chair-relief.com/ht5320.html

Again, scroll to the bottom of the page and “Add to Cart”.

3. Omega Serenity massage chair (white color).

Omega Serenity zero gravity massage chair
Omega Serenity

Although not a Human Touch chair, this is a gently used, 1-month old massage chair that is still in the original packaging. It was hardly used by a very elderly lady and returned to us in pristine, perfect condition last month. Going for only $1699…regularly $2499.

www.massage-chair-relief.com/serenity_massage_chair.html

You’ll see this deeply discounted model at the bottom of the page. This is part of the new zero-gravity relaxation chair line-up from Omega. Very stylish, very affordable. Oh yeah, you’ll also get the rest of the 1 year comprehensive warranty
that originally came with the chair.

For each chair you will get:

a.) f*ree shipping
b.) warranty
c.) f*ree bonus gifts that we include with every massage chair on
our website.
d.) in original packaging

(gift cards and 90-day money back guarantee do not apply to used or refurbished chairs)

Please feel f*ree to call me at 801-417-8240 if you have more questions or if you would like to order over the phone.

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

Refurbished Human Touch Massage Chairs

I got a call from Human Touch on Friday offering me the opportunity to sell some of their factory refurbished products, particularly the HT-7450 massage chair and the HT-5320 massage chair. I have posted those refurbished models in our

ht-7450 massage chair
HT-7450 massage chair

close-out section. The HT-7450 normally goes for $3299, but the refurbished units are going for $2395. The HT-5320 normally goes for $2999, but we have them refurbished for $1995. Great deals from Human Touch. Includes a 6 month warranty. There may be some slight cosmetic blemishes, but nothing terrible and certainly worth the savings.

The HT-7450 refurbished chairs can be had in black and the old dark chocolate (before the espresso came along). The HT-5320 massage chair can be had in black, dark chocolate, and espresso.

I also have some refurbished HT-1350 and HT-1340 foot and calf massagers, should you be interested. You’ll have to call to order those, as we don’t typically carry them on our website (massage chairs only!!).

Free shipping is included with all of these models!

By the way, not to beat a dead horse, but if you are still thinking about a massage chair for Christmas, there is still a chance that you can get one by the 25th. Please call our office at 801-417-8240 to see if we can do it for you.

Happy Holidays!

Dr. Alan Weidner

www.massage-chair-relief.com

New Inada Massage Chair Prices In Effect

This last week, as promised, Inada raised it’s prices on the Inada Sogno massage chair and the i2A massage chair. The prices have gone up to $6799 and $3799, respectively. We have not seen that much change in Sogno interest since the price increase, so I would have to say, at this point, that the price increase has not had an immediate dramatic effect on the popularity of the chair.

Unfortunately, the slate and creme colors are still back-ordered, but not by much. If you purchase today, your chair would be here at the end of the month or the first week in March. Comparing this waiting time to the HT-7450 massage chair (black) by Human Touch, which is back-ordered until the end of March/beginning of April, the wait for a Sogno is not bad at all.

Remember, that we have also added the bright red Inada Sogno color and the genuine leather Sogno. These options have been out there before, but only recently have they become available to all Inada dealers. The bright red Sogno has been on the TV show “30 Rock” in Tracy Morgan’s office.

Well, if you have any questions about the new pricing or would just love to talk to us, please feel free to contact our showroom at 801-417-8240 and Steff, Mona, Melissa, or myself would be happy to visit with you.

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

Human Touch HT-1650 Massage Chair Wins ADEX Award

We are so excited and not really a bit surprised to see that the HT-1650 massage chair from Human Touch has received a Platinum Award in Design Journal’s 2009 Award for Design Excellence (ADEX) competition. This has been a very popular chair for us and one of the largest selling points about it is the design and the look of this very classy massage chair! It is fully featured and has all the perks a person would desire in a massage chair while also easily fitting into any décor, whether it be home or office.  This chair is also approved and recommended by the World Federation of Chiropractic.

Human Touch’s HT-7450 massage chair received the Silver Award.  This is an anti-gravity chair produced by Human touch that combines the comfort and relaxation of the zero-gravity positioning with the sophistication of the Human touch technology!  This chair maintains all this while also fitting into any home or office décor!

Both of these chairs offer features such as 8 different auto programs, seat massage, fantastic neck massage and lower leg and foot massage.  They both have the manual programmability to customize every massage chair experience to be a unique one, tailored to work those specific trouble spots! So, next time you are looking for a massage chair pick a certified Human Touch dealer and stop in and try them out, you will fall in love!
For more information go to  http://www.massage-chair-relief.com/ht1650.html

New Massage Chair Relief Showroom Hours

I hope you all had a happy and safe new year. 2010 looks to be a great year for all of us! First of all, I just want to express my deepest, most heart-felt appreciation to all of our website visitors and customers for making Massage Chair Relief the premier massage chair online store. We just love our customers and have had such wonderful experiences with you all.

We are making a small change to our showroom hours beginning this month. Instead of closing at 6:00 p.m., our showroom hours on Monday – Friday will be 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. We have also changed our Saturday hours t0 noon to 4:00 p.m.

The Human Touch massage chair warranty special has ended, so the full 5 year comprehensive warranty on the 1650 and 7450 is now off the table. Also, the extended 2 year warranty for the rest of the Human Touch massage chairs is also not available anymore.

However, we are still offering the extended comprehensive 5 year on-site warranty on the Inada Sogno and i2A massage chairs.

I have 3 black Inada Cube massage chairs in stock at my showroom and I would like to clear them out of my back office. Dang cute chair…great gift idea. And, to be quite honest with you, a great air bag massage not just in the legs, but in the buttock and low back too. Check it out here…

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

New Year = New Year’s resolutions and new beginnings. Get a massage chair this year to assist you with your health goals.

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

Omega Skyline and Serenity Massage Chairs Now On Massage Chair Relief

Regarding my blog post at the tail end of last week, the 5 year head to toe, comprehensive, in-home warranty that we are offering with the purchase of a Human Touch HT-1650 and HT-7450 massage chairs has been quite a hit! If you are considering one of these best sellers for Christmas, this $369 value is a nice perk to get the order done.

Now, we just recently put up the new Omega Zero Gravity massage chairs, the Serenity and Skyline massage chairs. Very contemporary chairs and priced very reasonably. I think that these chairs will be aSerenity Zero Gravity Massage Chair by Omega Massage home run for Omega. Take a look on my site at them and leave feedback as to what you think about what you read and see. The zero gravity massage chairs have been a hit since Human Touch came out with the HT-7450 and Sanyo followed suit with their 7700 massage chair. These new, lower priced models from Omega, competing with the Sanyo 3700 massage lounger, will be available this month, with the Skyline coming first within the next week. Apparently, they are in the port right now awaiting release to go Omega’s warehouse. The Serenity is on it’s way in just a bit.

The Omega 510 massage chair has now been officially discontinued. There are only 4 black ones left, 1 brown and 1 ivory one left.

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

Human Touch Massage Chair Extended Warranty Special

HT 1650 Massage Chair
HT 1650 Massage Chair

Hey, I just found out that Human Touch is offering a full 2 year on-site, comprehensive warranty for their massage chairs until early next year. What they have right now is a 5 year limited warranty, which is basically 1 year on-site parts and labor and 5 year structure/chasis. They are extending the 1 year on-site parts and labor to 2 years. A great offer for the holiday shoppers.

Massage Chair Relief is also offering a comprehensive 5 year warranty on the HT-7450 and HT-1650 massage chairs for the holidays! Aren’t we nice? Well, we know how much an extended warranty means to many of you, so we figured we’d offer that on the Human Touch chairs for this time of the year.

Some other massage chair notes:

1. Inada is offering a standard, factory 3-year warranty on their Sogno, i2A, and Doctor’s Choice massage chairs.
2. We have the Inada Cube massage chair in our showroom now and I sat on it for 1/2 hour last night and I must admit, for such a small and cute chair, it has a great low back and leg air bag massage. I was quite impressed. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much because of it’s deceptively small size, but the quality of the massage truly impressed me. And only $799!!
3. Your company’s FLEX plan pays for massage chairs. Take advantage of that before year’s end.
4. We have the new zero gravity massage chairs from Omega on our site…the Serenity and Skyline models. Pretty cool, eh?
5. Omega is discontinuing the Prestigio 510 model. Manufacturing costs have gotten too high so they are selling existing stock and then it will be no more! So, the bottom line is…if you want an Omega 510 massage chair, you better order now before existing stock is gone.

Have a super day!

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

HT-7450 Becomes Exclusive to Human Touch September 1st

I was quite surprised to hear this morning in a bulletin from Human Touch that the HT-7450 massage chair and HT-125 massage chair will not be allowed to be sold through distributors such as Massage-Chair-Relief.com. They will be keeping the chairs in-house and sell them solely through their website, www.humantouch.com.

What does this mean? After September 1, 2009 you can only get the HT-7450 and HT-125 massage chairs through Human Touch, directly. You will not be able to get these models through our site or any other distributor. Of course, I am stuck with a floor model of the HT-7450 but that is good for my visitors because you can get this great 1 1/2 year old chair at a very discounted price ($1999). The downside is that we like that dang HT-7450 massage chair and have enjoyed having it in my showroom.  The zero gravity feature is a great feature. Of course, I have discussed the zero gravity issue, particularly with the new chairs coming our from Omega Massage and the new Sanyo zero gravity chair.

So, the bottom line is there are options if you want a zero gravity massage chair. The best option would be the Sanyo 7700 which is a very popular model. You can check it out here:

 http://www.massage-chair-relief.com/sanyo_7700.html

Call the showroom if you have any questions about the HT-7450 that we have.

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

Lots of Massage Chair News!

A lot is going on right now with the massage chair biz! I told you last week that Inada is discontinuing their D-5 Robo Chair and D-6 Robostic massage chair models because of the popularity of their new Sogno massage chairs.

Well, I learned last week that Human Touch has dropped their Minimum Advertised Price (MAP) on the HT-1650 massage chair to $3999 (from $4795) and on the HT-7450 zero gravity massage chair to $3299 (from $3999). They have also dropped their MAP pricing on the HT-125 to $1999 (from $2299). I wondered if perhaps they were planning on discontinuing these models, too, especially the HT-1650 since they dropped the price on that chair to such a low MAP. I was frankly stunned by the low price on the HT-1650. But, it is great for you, the consumer.

The Panasonic 1285 “Urban” massage chair is now in stock. It has been a popular seller and was out of stock for quite some time. It is now in stock…but for how long, I have no idea.

We sold our Inada Sogno PLUS floor model last weekend because we wanted to bring in the chocolate Inada Sogno PLUS Chocolate with Black Interiormodel with the new black interior material. It had previously had gray interior, but I think with the ease with which that color dirtied, they decided on a black interior. Good move, if you ask me. It stays cleaner and it actually looks pretty sharp…don’t you agree? Well, we got our new Sogno PLUS on Wednesday and Steffanie and I put it together right away. It looks very handsome.

Well, that’s about it for today. Spring is finally in the air here in Utah. It has been a long and cool winter and spring so far. I am so looking forward to a warm summer (I love summer!!). I hope you all have a wonderful and rejuvenating spring.

Dr. Alan Weidner
President
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

A Great Massage Chair Question… And My Answer

I received a good question from one of my website visitors yesterday. He lives in England and asked a question that probably a lot of folks have…about low back pain, sciatica, and degenerative disc disease, and which massage chair would be most suitable. Below is the question and my response. I hope it assists you in some way…

Hello Dr Weidner,

I am 54 years old, fit and not overweight, but my surgeon has told me i have degenerative disc disease. I regular get bouts of sciatica in the legs usually after playing tennis or doing gardening activities and always suffering with stiffness in the back (stretching helps me very much).

 

Could you please advice which chair would be most helpful with my condition.

(I would want it situated in my very contempory lounge

 

Kind regards

S.D. 

Hello, again, S.D.!
Thanks for the information. Sciatica has always been a difficult condition to handle, since it can be secondary to severe muscle spasm, herniated disc, or degenerative arthritis.

The Sogno is a delightful chair, but what makes it so interesting is this new Dream Wave technology. I am including a link to my site where a video of the chair is available. Take a look at how the seat shifts and the hip airbags work the hips. The chair, at the same time, also rotates the lumbar spine one way and then the other, while the seat is shifting and the hips are being massaged. It is certainly the most thorough of any massage chair in this area that I have ever seen.

Here is the link: http://www.massage-chair-relief.com/sogno_massage_chair.html
(Just click on the “product video” section and enjoy.)

While I was in practice, I always had a concern with other massage chairs, that the buttock and sacroiliac joints didn’t
get the attention they deserved. This Sogno is the first to take a decent stab at it.
Also, the Sogno is the most contemporary looking massage chair I have ever seen.

Now, having said that about the Sogno, let me talk a little bit about the anti/zero gravity massage chairs, the HT-7450 by Human Touch and the Sanyo 6700. These chairs were born of the decompression fad going on here in the US. Spinal decompression is all the rage for low back pain sufferers, particularly those of discogenic origin (disc problems). Human Touch and Sanyo have taken that decompression idea and coupled it with regular massage chair function. It is a novel idea and my clients seem to love it. I have the HT-7450 in my showroom and on the website, but the Sanyo 6700 is only on my website. I have never sat in the 6700. We sell quite a few of them. The idea of these chairs is to tilt the whole body back, by reclining the chair back AND tilting the seat up to about 45 degrees. Most other chairs have a reclining back of course, but the seat normally stays horizontal. The antigravity chairs tilt evetything back…almost to the point where you feel like the chair is going to slide you off the back! It opens up – decompresses – the back, particularly the low back.

You can take a look at the images through the links below to see if they look contemporary enough. The HT-7450 can look like an executive office chair when it is upright. The Sanyo looks like a pretty traditional massage chair.

http://www.massage-chair-relief.com/human_touch_ht7450_massage_chair.html
http://www.massage-chair-relief.com/sanyo_6700.html

I will get a shipping quote later today for the Sogno. If you would like a shipping quote for any of these other chairs, let me know. By the way, the Sogno ships in two boxes, whereas the other two models ship in one.

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

Dang…Massage Chairs Can Be So Cute!

I just came out of the back office to check on my son, who came to work with me today and I found him, fast asleep, on the Omega Montage massage chair, apparently listening to some soothing music on the headphones from the built-in mp3 player. It was so dang cute that I had to take a picture and share it with you all. This is one of the perks of owning a massage chair…putting your kids to sleep and then being able to adore them when they fall asleep (and some times that is the only time you can adore them!!). This son loves to help out his dad and mom when he can.

By the way, we are busy getting ready for the Grand Opening this Saturday. We are excited about it. We have been doing some radio ads and have a local classic rock station coming on Saturday to do a remote broadcast from the new showroom. Today, the electrician has been over all day putting up the sconce lighting that my good wife, Mona, purchased for the showroom. All the decorating, by the way, I leave to her…she has a real knack for decorating and making things look really good. Our showroom has a real “homey” feel to it, thanks to her. It truly feels like a lovely living room of a home.

In July, I mentioned that we will be having the new Inada massage chairs in the showroom, but I failed to mention that we will also be having an iJoy chair and a Perfect Chair, both manufactured by Human Touch, in the showroom too. The iJoy chairs are a lesser priced, less luxurious chair that are great for college kids and lesser budget massage chair shoppers. It does not have a leg/calf massager and it sits low to the ground. The Perfect Chair is not a massage chair, but an anti-gravity chair that is the predecessor to the HT-7450. It is a very comfortable chair, great for low back pain, and about half the price of the HT-7450. So, you get the anti-gravity feature without the massage.

Talk to you soon. I’ve got to get back to work on the showroom.

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

HT-7450 Anti-Gravity Article on Hub Pages

I thought you’d be interested in this article we wrote for the HT-7450 anti-gravity massage chair. I put it on hub pages so that it can get a little more distribution and readership. If you read the article and like it, feel free to leave a comment on Hubpages.

http://hubpages.com/hub/Human–Touch-HT-7450-The-Worlds-First-Anti-Gravity-Massage-Chair

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me or leave a comment on this blog.

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

Our HT-7450 Massage Chair Has Arrived!

I hope everyone has had a wonderful holiday season so far. I am not a big fan of Christmas music at Halloween, but once Thanksgiving hits, I am into it all the way!

Well, our HT-7450 anti-gravity massage chair finally came into the showroom yesterday and I must say that, so far, I am quite impressed with it. The first thing I noticed about it was how small the box was. I am accustomed to bigger boxes, especially when they weigh a lot (the HT-7450 weighs about 230 lbs.). But, this box was relatively small. When we opened it up, I could see why. The back is shipped NOT attached to the bottom of the chair…it lays on top of the chair bottom. We found it to be quite easy to assemble; a couple of big screws and three wires hooked together and we were done. White glove service does come with this chair…it is included in the free shipping!

The second thing I noticed about it was how firm the seat and the back were. Because of that firmness, I was expecting a more “rough” massage than the rest of the chairs. Well, to my delight, the massage was wonderful.

With the anti-gravity feature, the chair seat reclines along with the chair back (you see, most other chairs have the seat remain stationary whilst the ottoman and the back move). I could actually feel the pressure on my back lessen as the seat tilted back. The ottoman raises to a horizontal position.

The remote is very easy to use, as are all Human Touch remote controls. It is a good blend between the HT-7120 and the HT-1650 remotes. Lots of features, but very easy to use and follow. One of our showroom visitors once mentioned the fact that they didn’t like the remotes that were sticking up on the pedestals attached to the side of the massage chair. They liked the Human Touch chairs because the remotes were stored in a side pocket and could not be seen when one happens upon the chair. Never thought about that, but an interesting point to consider when looking at massage chairs.

When I got up off the chair, I noticed that I felt quite a bit taller and straighter and I was only on the chair for about 5 minutes! It felt great. I wonder if that is a “side effect” of the massage or the anti-gravity incline. Either way, I felt great when I got off the chair.

This chair also has butt and thigh massage along with the adjustable-width calf massager. It does not have an extra foot massage attachment like the Panasonic, Sanyo, and Omega chairs.

Nice chair…it has already received some critical acclaim about it’s anti-gravity feature.

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

The New HT-7450 (Anti-Gravity No Less)

I mentioned on my blog entry about the HT-7120 that I would talk next about the HT-7450, which is the Human Touch contribution to the anti-gravity massage chair market. Human Touch has always had the “Perfect Chair”, which is an anti-gravity chair, sans the massage features. Well, now they have integrated the anti-gravity function with the massage features that they are so famous for in their long line of massage chairs.

The whole idea with the anti-gravity is to not just recline your body, but to actually “tilt” it back so that you are seated in a position where the pressure on the lumbar (low back) discs and joints is minimized. A lot of back pain is made worse by the effects of gravity on the discs and the joints of the low back. I have seen it many, many times in practice. This is why the inversion therapies are so popular with so many low back sufferers. This therapy has worked moderately well for conditions like facet syndrome and herniated discs. Well, now you don’ t have to hand yourself upside down screaming for someone to set you back up straight…now you can just recline on the new HT-7450 and get much the same effect.

Now, here are some other features of the new HT-7450:
1. massage intensity adjustment.

2. calf width adjustment on the ottoman.

3. dual lumbar (low back) heaters.

4. seat and thigh massage.

All of these features are also on the new HT-7120 model PLUS the anti-gravity feature.

You see, the HT-7120, like most massage chairs has the back recline and the ottoman raise. What the HT-7450 does is have the whole chair tilt backwards, in addition to the standard reclining features.

You are going to see a lot more of the anti-gravity chairs come out into the mainstream massage chair market, as this is all the rage now in the industry. Sanyo has it’s new 7700 model which also is anti-gravity. But, the price tag on the 7700 is about $1000 more! Both great companies, but with significant price differences if you are just looking for the basic anti-gravity feature.

If any of you have one of these models or are familiar with other manufacturer’s competing models, please feel free to add your comments to this blog. We’d love to hear from you! By the way, we just received one of the new Omega Montage Elite massage chairs in our clinic/showroom. This is a honey of a chair and quite a bit larger than the HT-125 which sits beside it in our clinic.HT-7450 anti-gravity massage chair I can’t wait to learn more about this chair and let you know about it, too.

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