HT-Bali vs. HT-9500 (Similarities & Differences)

8400 Cream
8400 Cream

 

I was recently asked in an email what the differences were between the two Human Touch models, the new HT-Bali and the veteran HT-9500. I thought the question was good enough to merit a blog post comparing the two models. In this article, I will cover not only the differences but the features that they hold in common. Let’s start with the differences:

Continue reading “HT-Bali vs. HT-9500 (Similarities & Differences)”

The Pros & Cons of a Retractable Ottoman

Traditional ottoman
Traditional ottoman

One of the drawbacks of massage chairs, in general, is that they don’t look like recliners much at all. They are designed to be therapeutic devices and, with that, comes a styling that does not hide the fact that a chair is truly a therapeutic device! Some companies, like Human Touch, have gone to great design and engineering lengths to create chairs that look like recliners first, that have massage chair functions, second. Continue reading “The Pros & Cons of a Retractable Ottoman”

Massage Chair and/or Recliner

HT-9500
HT-9500
HT-9500
HT-9500

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”

Video & Transcripts of Massage Chair Industry Update 12/04/12


Transcript of Video Titled “Massage Chair Industry Update – December 4th, 2012”

Alan: Hi, this is Dr. Alan Weidner from ‘Massage-Chair-Relief.com‘ and today we are doing our massage chair industry update for the week of 12-04-2012. And we have some fun stuff to talk about today. First of all, I just want to, again, go over stock and we’re getting close to Christmas. Continue reading “Video & Transcripts of Massage Chair Industry Update 12/04/12”

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!”

Post-Black Friday/Cyber Monday Stock Status!

Well, it was a very busy weekend in the massage chair industry, as it is in most retail businesses. I thought a stock update would be helpful for you this morning so you know what is available as of today:

1. Human Touch – HT-9500 (espresso color) is back ordered until the first week of December; ZeroG 4.0 (espresso color) is back ordered until late December; the ZeroG 4.0 in black is in stock but under heavy inventory pressure and will be restocked in late December. It could be out of stock long before then.

2. Inada – the red Inada Sogno is back ordered until later this week; there is about 1 week of inventory left of the Inada Sogno in creme and the black leather Sogno. So, if you want those colors order NOW. All other models and colors are shipping without delay.

3. Infinite Therapeutics – stock is good on all chair models and colors for the time being. The new IT-8100 has not arrived yet for the first shipments, although that model is available for purchase. It should be here this week.

4. Osaki – The brown and ivory OS-7075R’s are back-ordered until mid-December; the black OS-7075R is back-ordered until December 6; the OS-3000 in black and brown is out of stock, but there is no date for a new shipment; all OS-1000 colors are out of stock until the end of the first week of December;  every other model is in good stock.

5. Panasonic – all available models are in stock, with some inventory pressure.

6. Omega – all chairs are in stock.

Considering that we just got through the busiest shopping weekend of the year, stock is not too bad. But, having said that, I will also say that it will change with each succeeding day as we march toward the Christmas cut-off. I feel pretty secure telling you that if you have your orders in by Monday, December 17th, there is a fabulous chance that your chair will get to you by the 24th. Of course, if you order white glove delivery or if you live in a remote place that may not be the case. But, call to be sure if you are concerned at all.

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

 

Some Massage Chair News (Inc. New Osaki Model!)

A couple of things have come across my desk this week that I thought you’d like to know about…

1. Osaki has introduced a new massage chair model, the OS-7075R. This chair is exactly like the OS-7000, except for two things: a.) the new 7075R will have mechanical foot rollers. Foot rollers seem to be all the rage right now, thanks in part to Infinite Therapeutics’ success with the IT-8200 and IT-8500, both of which have mechanical foot rollers; and b.) the motor that powers the roller system in the OS-7075R has more horsepower, thus giving the roller mechanism a little more kick and firmness. So, yes, that means the OS-7075R has a little stronger roller system than the OS-7000. When I say it is exactly alike except for those two things, I also mean it looks exactly like it as well.

2. A a result of the new OS-7075R, Osaki will be discontinuing the OS-7000 once existing stock and shipments have been exhausted (I’ve got a black floor model for sale now, I guess. Give me a call at 801-651-2026 if you are interested in it!).

3. The brown Osaki OS-7000 massage chair is back ordered for 18 days for the BROWN color only and the Osaki OS-3000 in BROWN is back-ordered for 8 weeks.

4. Infinite Therapeutics is working on releasing another new model before the Christmas shopping season. I don’t know much about it, but it will probably be a tweak to the current best-selling IT-8200 and IT-8500. I will let you know the moment I learn more.

5. Human Touch is back-ordered on the Espresso-colored HT-9500 until early November. Everything else is currently in stock.

Well, that’s about it for today. You can also check out my biweekly Massage Chair Industry Update video for 10/23/12 here for more of the latest and greatest.

JUST A WARNING: we are getting close to the busiest season for massage chairs. If you are thinking of getting a massage chair for Christmas, my strong recommendation would be to buy now when stock is really good for all companies. If you want until later in November, you may be having to settle on models and colors that may not be your first choice. Just a word to the wise!

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

Massage Chair Industry Update 8/27/12 (Video & Transcripts)


Transcript of Video Titled “Massage Chair Relief Industry Update – 8/27/2012”

Alan: Hi, this is Dr. Alan Weidner from ‘Massage-Chair-Relief.com‘ for our bi-weekly Massage-Chair-Relief industry update and today is August 27th. I cannot believe how fast summer has come and gone, but we do have some updates for you this week in the massage chair industry. Continue reading “Massage Chair Industry Update 8/27/12 (Video & Transcripts)”

Massage Chairs and iPhone Apps

A year or so ago, Human Touch came out with the HT-9500 massage chair. It was an almost exact replica of the older HT-1650 model which was a very popular seller in our store. The biggest feature that Human Touch touted about this new HT-9500 was it’s iPhone app that allowed the user to tap into some more diverse massage programs. Here is more info on that model:

http://www.massage-chair-relief.com/massage-chairs/human_touch/human-touch-acutouch-ht-9500/

At the time I didn’t fully appreciate the use of the app and I clearly remember wondering if this would be a one-shot deal or if it would become a norm for the industry. Well, I hadn’t thought much about it again until yesterday when I saw a story in an online rag about the new OSIM chair that is operated with the use of an iPhone app, much like the HT-9500.

http://www.bloomberg.com/video/the-massage-chair-powered-by-your-iphone-7aF_ztI~Sk~L64q_6hpLaw.html

OSIM is the company that bought out Brookstone. It is a Singapore-based company that outsources it’s massage chair manufacturing primarily to China. Some of it’s models, which are exclusive to Brookstone, by the way, include the uAstro, uComfort, and now the uDivine, which is the model that is now linked to the iPhone app and the subject of the above-mentioned story.

So, we see now that two chairs from two large companies are using this iPhone app technology in concert with the function of the chair. The Bloomberg.com piece says that the purpose of the OSIM iPhone app/massage chair marriage is to attract younger buyers. I must confess that I see more and more younger folks buying massage chairs from my business. It is not just a therapy for older baby-boomers, such as myself, but is fast becoming a commonplace therapeutic instrument for people of all ages. And we all know how much apps and phones are becoming a major staple of our current culture. It appears to be a good match.

If this app is a genuinely good idea, we will see more and more copycat chairs coming out of China with this feature, including a droid app version.

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

Massage Chair News!

Osaki 6000 Massage Chair
Osaki 6000 Massage Chair

Up-to-the-Minute Massage Chair News

I’ve got a few things to go over for my readership, including some new massage chair models and price changes.

1. Osaki is introducing two new models, the Osaki 6000 and 7000. I haven’t seen pics of the 7000 yet, but the 6000 looks like an

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upgrade to the very popular Osaki 3000 and 4000 models. They are all reminiscent of the Inada  Sogno, which has become the trendsetter in the massage chair industry. The Osaki 6000 will be available on our website in the next day or two. The 7000 will be available in the first quarter of 2012.

2. We are expecting our first Osaki floor model at our showroom this week. We are going to be putting up the Osaki 6000 for our showroom visitors to test and enjoy. Although I have set up an Osaki 4000 and briefly sat in it, I am really very unfamiliar with these chairs as far as first hand experience goes. They look great on  paper and seem to be very affordable for the feature-set, but I am looking forward to trying this 6000 model out for myself.

Massage Chair Price Increases!

3. The only massage chairs that are going up in price in the immediate future are the Inada massage chairs. Their prices are going up on February 1, 2012. The Inada Sogno will be jumping up $800 to $7799, while the Inada Yume will be going up $500 to $5999. The bottom line is…if you are thinking of getting either of these high-quality massage chairs, do it before February 1, 2012 unless you want to pay even more for them.

Massage Chair Promotions

4. The Human Touch promotions are continuing for the remainder of this week. When you purchase an HT-9500 massage chair you get an iPod Touch (I know how expensive these things are because we got a used one for my son for Christmas…and even that was expensive). When you purchase an HT-7450, Ht-7120, HT-5040, or an HT-3300, you get an extra year on the head to toe warranty, making it a 2 year full coverage warranty. Great deals…but they end this week!!

5. I’ve been getting more and more calls about the new Panasonic MA70 massage chair. I shared a brief review on this blog last week from a customer who purchased it. It is at the same price point as the Inada Sogno, but have not experienced it first hand to be able to give you a true comparison. Any feedback on this chair would be appreciated. It is on our site and I have read the literature, but anyone with actual experience would be welcome to comment.

6. I have been working on a comprehensive massage chair comparison chart over the last few months. It is almost ready. When it is, my webguy, Mike, will be putting it up on our website for your to actually compare chairs feature for feature. I think it will be magnificent for chair shopping.  We hope to have that functionality up on the site ASAP. I’ll let you know when it is up.

Well, that’s about it for this week. Have a super New Year and give the showroom a call for our New Year Sale pricing. Our number is 801-417-8240.

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

Using A Massage Chair For Your Feet and Calves

Massage Chairs with Calf Massage
Massage Chairs with Calf Massage

Foot and Calf Therapy in Massage Chairs

The feet and calves massage experience you enjoy depends largely on the mechanism used in your massage chair. You can get an idea of how extensive your massage might be by examining different chairs. The more the chair looks like a regular recliner in the calf and foot area, the less likely it will provide as intense a massage.

Massage Chair with Calf Massage
Massage Chair with Calf Massage

Nearly every massage chair does include some form of lower extremity massage. The calf massage feature alone is found on many chairs. Many users insist that the foot and calf chair massage is the feature they like most in any chair. Since most of us spend a fair amount of time on our feet, massaging the lower extremeties can make a world of difference in our quality of life.

Different Types of Massage Chair Ottomans

Many creative ideas have spawned the mechanisms that provide foot and calf massage. Sometimes, rollers are used, other times, airbags. Airbags are more common and create a wonderful experience by pressing on the feet and calves, sometimes sequentially, so you get the sensation of movement from one end of the massage area to the other.

Every company has a different take on the use of airbags to produce a good massage. The apparatus for lower extremities is generally referred to as an ottoman.

This typically is all one piece that attaches to the chair. Examples are the Omega Aires and Human Touch model – Acutouch HT-9500. These chairs massage both the feet and calves. Because this is the feature that makes a recliner look less than attractive, Human Touch has produced several models to deal with the problem.

The HT-9500 massage chair boasts an ottoman that retracts. Their HT-7450 and HT-7120 both feature an ottoman that rotates. They only massage the calves, but at least the calf wells aren’t visible.

To accommodate taller statures, some models like the Panasonic 30007 offer a detachable foot massager. This allows a person to position their calves for a proper massage of that area. The problem arising is that the ankle sides are massaged by the foot massager.

Inada has dealt with the needs of tall folks by designing a flexible attachment positioned between the calf massage mechanism
and that of the foot. This lets the person stretch the legs out while the foot mechanism remains perpendicular to the massage mechanism of the calf.

Also, Inada has a new technology on their Inada Yume massage chair, I’ve not seen before. They have named it Thera-Elliptical-Kneading. Using a combination of figure eight motions of the calf wells and compression of airbags, an amazing calf massage is the result.

A few companies utilize rollers for the bottoms of the feet. The effect is similar to that you get on your back with the usual rollers. The new Omega Montage Pro, the King Kong (now defunct), and Elite Optima chairs have advertised both airbags and rollers for the feet.

Having tried many massage chairs in my years as a chiropractor, I have never found a better foot and calf massage than that of the Human Touch HT-9500 mentioned several times above. The ottoman “paddles” are one of the features that make it special.

With so many variations available, you can see why there are so many types of massage chairs in the marketplace. Every individual has needs and there are certain chairs better for you than others. That is why we recommend your investigation of all the possibilities out there so you end up with the best massage chair for your calves and feet.

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

 

Massage Chairs: News and Specials

human touch premium protection plan
human touch premium protection plan

We are getting close to the holiday season, so it is time to get geared up for it as far as massage chairs are concerned. Here are some things you need to know before it gets too late:

1. Human Touch Promotions are going strong. There are three that apply to our massage chairs:

a.) If you purchase an Acutouch HT-9500 massage chair, you will also get a free iTouch with your purchase. Human Touch will mail that gift to you separately once you purchase the chair and fill out the redemption paperwork,

b.) Free 2 year extended warranty with the purchase of any Human Touch massage chair, except the HT-9500 and the iJoy and Perfect

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Chair models. This is called the Premium Protection Plan and gives you on-site, in-home warranty support for 2 years, rather than the standard 1 year warranty. And finally…

c.) Free  Human Touch CirQlation foot and calf massager with the purchase of a PC-085 or PC-086 Perfect Chair. The bad news with this promotion is that there won’t be any PC-085 or PC-086 Perfect Chairs until early 2012. According to Human Touch’s own website…

Due to severe weather and flooding throughout Asia, our factory production is temporarily suspended. As a result, this product is out of stock online until early 2012.

So, go ahead and order anyway, so that you can still get the bonus gift when the chairs finally do come in.

2. Inada Sogno massage chairs stock update:

It seems that Inada is always backordered on one color or another of the popular Inada Sogno massage chair. Well, currently they are stocked up on every color, except chocolate which should be in next week. But, take it from me…if you are even remotely thinking about getting an Inada Sogno for Christmas, order NOW so that you can make sure to get one. They sell out like crazy!

3. Delivery of massage chairs by December 25th is a big deal.

I will be posting Christmas shipping deadlines for each  massage chair manufacturer within a week or so. That way you will know how far you can procrastinate! 😉

And, as always, please feel free to contact me by email or my personal cell phone (801-651-2026) anytime! I am always at your disposal.

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

 

Foot Rollers in a Massage Chair?

Is There A Massage Chair Out There With Foot Rollers?

UPDATE TO THIS BLOG POST (02/15/2012):  Recently, Omega has introduced a new model, the Omega Montage Pro massage chair which has rollers in the feet. You can check out this new model here:  http://www.massage-chair-relief.com/massage-chairs/omega/omega-montage-pro/

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I spoke to a gentleman yesterday afternoon who asked me about finding a replacement for his old King Kong massage chair. It had been irreparably damaged by flooding in his home and was looking to get a new chair.

The main thing he was looking for in a chair was rollers in the foot portion of the ottoman. The reason he just doesn’t get a new King Kong chair is because they exist no more. Apparently, they went out of business after they lost a law suit to Human Touch.

http://www.massage-chair-relief.com/blog/general/king-kong-massage-chairs-no-more/

Other than the Human Touch Acutouch HT-9500, which has a phenomenal calf and foot massage ottoman, I couldn’t think of any other massage chair that has actual mechanical rollers under the foot. Virtually every other massage chair that I am aware of uses airbags in the ottoman. Even though each manufacturer uses airbags differently so that the feel is unique to their particular line of chairs, it is all still airbags. By the way, of all the massage chairs we sell, I’d have to say that the foot and calf massage of the Acutouch HT-9500 massage chair is the best, hands down. It really feels awesome!

I’d like to know if any of our readers are aware of a massage chair that has foot rollers. If you do, drop me a line at alan@massage-chair-relief.com or call me on my cell number at 801-651-2026. I’d be very interested, as would my client, to find out if there are any other massage chairs with mechanical foot rollers. Here is a picture

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of the rollers, for your enjoyment and curiousity…

Massage Chair Foot Rollers
Massage Chair Foot Rollers

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

Price of HT-9500 Going Up November 1, 2011

HT-9500
HT-9500

Human Touch Massage Chair News…

Human Touch announced that the price of their popular HT-9500 massage chair will be going up to $5499 on November 1,, 2011. The

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current price is $4999. If this is a chair that you are interested in, I would encourage you to buy before that date to avoid the price jump.

http://www.massage-chair-relief.com/human_touch_ht-9500.html

Coinciding with that price increase, Human Touch is offering an iPod touch with the purchase of an HT-9500 massage chair. This is a limited promotion from November 1 – December 31, 2011.

Other Promotions by Human Touch include:

Free 2 year extended warranty with the purchase of any Human Touch massage chair, not including the HT-9500 or any of the iJoy chairs. Valid from November 1 – December 31, 2011.

Free CirQlation foot and calf massager with the purchase of a Perfect Chair 085 (Transitional) or 086 (Serenity model recliner). Valid from November 1 – December 31, 2011.

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

http://shop.humantouch.com/ht-1341.html

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

 

Human Touch HT-9500 Massage Chair Price Going Up Nov. 1!

HT-9500 massage chair
HT-9500 massage chair

HT-9500 Massage Chair Price Going Up!

We received notification this last week that Human Touch will be increasing the price of their popular HT-9500 massage chair to $5499

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from the current price of $4999.

The HT-9500 is the newly revamped version of the old HT-1650, which we found to be an extremely popular seller, on account of two things: 1.) great foot and calf massage, and 2.) the look and feel of a regular recliner. The new HT-9500 made some changes by adding an off-the-ground elevation feature of the ottoman to accommodate shorter body types and adding an iPhone app to run the chair from your iPhone.

http://www.massage-chair-relief.com/human_touch_ht-9500.html

The HT-9500 pricing of $5499 seems a little high for a chinese-made chair, but it is a great chair and we expect sales to continue without any ill-effect from the up-and-coming price increase.

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

Inada Sogno Massage Chair Airbags

Inada Sogno Massage Chair
Inada Sogno Massage Chair

The Airbags of the Inada Sogno Massage Chair

With the advent of the Inada Sogno massage chair, competition has been eliminated in regard to airbag technology.  The

Inada Sogno Massage Chair
Inada Sogno Massage Chair

additional descriptive name – Dreamwave  – is more than a marketing moniker. The previous best massage coverage of the body at 450 square inches was offered by the Panasonic 30007 and was considered pretty good.

Well, the Inada Sogno has trumped that chair by a wide margin boasting over 1200 square inches of massage coverage.  To be clear, square inch body coverage includes that provided by rollers as well as air bags.  Most massage chairs utilize the airbag concept of massage, but the Inada Sogno technological advances are truly astounding.

Here are 6 body areas massaged by Inada Sogno massage chair airbags:

1. Cervical headpiece airbags – The Inada Sogno has a wonderful feature that feels like human fingers working your neck muscles. I’m not aware of another name-brand massage chair that uses airbags for cervical massage.  There is the option of using the traditional roller massage by placing the headpiece over the chair’s back.  After using the airbags once, you will be ready to return again and again, just for that feature.

Similar to the way your licensed massage therapist digs elbows into your shoulder muscles, the cervical headpiece has airbags for both sides of your neck to push down on your upper shoulders.  For those of you that want to know, these are the trapezia muscles!  This great feature loosens those muscles that get tight and sore after working at a computer all day. The airbag massaging motion feels so relaxing.

2. Full arm airbags – includes fingers, hand, wrist, and forearm up to and including the upper arm.  I have not seen this thorough an arm massage in any other massage chair.

3. Lower lumbar airbags – airbags have been around for some time, but Inada’s technology is advanced.  For sufferers of low back pain, the rotation that mimics a chiropractic adjustment brings welcome relief.  The airbags inflate alternate sides to lift your low back forward on one side and then the other to produce rotation in that lower lumber area that so often needs corrective motion.

You can adjust the intensity of your massage experience with the remote control.  I have found that for some people, the intensity of the airbag massage can be too much.  It is easy enough to adjust to a lower setting for your comfort.

4. Seat airbags – this feature I have not seen in other massage chairs is known as Dreamwave technology.  Through airbag pressure, the seat moves up and down as well as going side to side in a figure 8 movement. The relief achieved by sufferers of acute low back pain is marvelous.

5. ITB airbags – Accompanying almost any hip, knee or back problem is tenderness on the outside of each thigh.  These sore spots are the Iliotibial Band (ITB) muscles. As you sit, the Inada Sogno ITB airbags massage your outer thighs.  At first it can be extremely sore, but with more use, the area will loosen up.  You will be pleased to find other problems in your lower quadrant resolving with regular use of this feature, not found in other massage chairs.

6. Calf and foot airbags – the Inada Sogno like most chairs does have a foot and calf massager.  These airbags are good, but nothing special.  With so many extraordinary functions that put the chair at the top of the line in most areas, my opinion is that the HT-9500 massage chair by Human Touch offers the best foot and calf massage feature.

There you have my views of airbag features in the popular Inada Sogno massage chair.

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

Massage Chairs and Surge Protectors – a good mix!

We had a lightning storm here a few weeks back and a subsequent power outage as a result of it. Well, when the storm was all said and done and the power was back on, I learned that our HT-9500 massage chair by Human Touch was “on the fritz.” It didn’t work and the red lights on the remote control were flashing incessantly. I immediately gave Human Touch a call (their customer service department is awesome, by the way) and told them about my problem. My customer support rep assumed it was a blown computer module from the storm’s power outage. They created a ticket for me and before I knew it, I was receiving emails from them noting the problem and that the damaged part was on it’s way. Within 24 hours, I received a phone call from a local technician who asked me to call him when the part arrived so that he could come out and replace it for me.

Pretty impressive service. When the part arrived and the technician replaced it for me, I was surprised to see that the part that needed replacing was just a little computer chip “thingy” and it took virtually no time to replace it. The service was great, but what bugged me was that I had to retire one of our popular massage chairs because I was ill-equipped during an electrical storm. I had to wait for about a week before my clients could sit in the HT-9500. I realized then that if I had had a surge protector between the outlet and my massage chair, the chair would never have been out of commission.

So, my message today is to get a surge protector for your massage chair! If it is under warranty, then you will still get your chair fixed at no monetary expense to you. The only expense is that you won’t be able to use your chair whilst waiting for the repair (and we all know how much we hate not having our chair available to us everyday!). If your chair is out of warranty, not only will you go without for a week or more, but you’ll also have to pay for the damaged part. That is a bummer!

I think you can pick up a cheap surge protector for a few bucks at a local store. It is worth the money!

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

New Omega Aires Massage Chair in our Showroom!

I now have the new Omega Aires massage chair in our showroom. It is a cute little thing and I love the airbag massage that it provides. It does not have rollers, but has airbags for the hips, thighs, low and mid back, and the feet and calf. The Omega Airesretractable ottoman is very reminiscent of Human Touch’s HT-9500 and it is a very good foot and calf massage. The “gray” color that we have is really more like a tan color.  I put up a bunch of pictures of me in and next to the chair for your perusal and you will see that it is definitely more of a tan color than a gray color.

The airbag massage in the hips/thighs and low/mid back is great. Nothing too intense but therapeutic, nonetheless. The chair is smaller than I thought it would be, but it really is a perfect “lounge” type chair and it will fit in any decorum, at work or home. I’ve had a few people sit in it in our showroom since it arrived and everyone really seems to  like it. If you are hoping for a strong roller massage, like the Omega Montage or any other standard massage chair, you will be disappointed. The purpose of this chair is not to work you over like those other chairs. It is a wonderful relaxation chair with some therapeutic value in the airbag massage (especially the ottoman).

It feels solidly built. Great chair…I recommend it, especially at this price.

Check it the information on the chair and the images here:

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

Enjoy!

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

New Aires Massage Chair by Omega Coming To Our Showroom!

Today I am having a gray Aires massage chair shipped to our showroom, compliments of Omega Massage. I am excited to get this cute little relaxation chair into our showroom. Omega has gone with this relaxation genre with this model andAires massage chair their two previous models…the Serenity and Skyline chairs. The difference between these chairs and the regular, full-blown massage chair, is that these are relaxation chairs, designed to fit in any decorum…with an air massage feature. The heavy duty massage chairs, like Omega’s own Montage massage chair, are pure massage chairs, which could possibly double as just a regular chair (but not very efficiently, except for maybe the HT-9500 massage chair by Human Touch).

The new Aires comes in gray, red, and black. The gray looks like it might have a “tannish” tinge to it. I’ll let you know once I get it in the showroom, which should be mid-next week. It certainly looks like a cute chair, maybe something like a lounging/lounge chair. I am eager to give it a whirl. I’ll give you a report once we’ve had a chance to check it out.

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

 

Back-ordered Inada Sogno and HT-9500 Massage Chairs – Part II

Just got notice that Inada is back-ordered on all colors of the Inada Sogno massage chair, except for slate, which will probably be back ordered in the next 7 days. That is really the only chair they carry and they are back-ordered up the ying-yang on it. Delightful! I have noticed a 15% drop in visits for the Inada Sogno on my website since the price increase on March 1st. The phones have been rather silent as well, when ordinarily the phone is always ringing about the Inada Sogno. So, based on that feedback and statistic, I suspect that Inada will have plenty of chairs available once the inventory is replenished. If you haven’t been able to tell, I am a little grumpy  about the whole thing. Not only has the price gone up, but there are no chairs to be had…all in one nugget. Double whammy.

So, again, the red, chocolate, dark brown, and creme Inada Sogno chairs are back-ordered until mid-April. Slate is available for the next 7 days and the black leather is currently not under inventory pressure. PLEASE don’t wait until mid-April to order your Inada Sogno if you want one soon. By that time, the back-order date will probably be May or June. In other words, if you want an Inada Sogno…order it now!

Regarding the new Human Touch HT-9500 massage chair, it will not be in until near the end of March. Because of the popularity of this model, again I would encourage you to order your HT-9500 now so that you can have a chair spoken for when the shipment comes in at the end of the month.

Hope this helps!

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

1-month old HT-9500 massage chair for only $4299!

I have a client who exchanged his brand new HT-9500 massage chair for another chair, so I have this 1-month old chair available for the first interested person.

As you may or may not know, the HT-9500 retails for $4799, until April 1, 2011, when it goes up to $4999. I am willing to sell this 1-month old chair for only $4299.
It is in the Espresso color and comes with the extended 5 year warranty, which alone costs $369. You can check out the details of the HT-9500 massage chair here:

www.massage-chair-relief.com/human_touch_ht-9500.html

It is in perfect, pristine condition (“like new” because it is new!). I will also ship this chair to you free of charge!

Just in case you didn’t know, the HT-9500 is the brand new, top-of-the-line massage chair from Human Touch. It has a premium leather upholstery and what we feel is the best foot and calf massager in the business. It also can now be operated by an iPhone app, which is a very unique feature.

This chair is also the only chair in our store that actually “looks” like a recliner and not like a massage chair. It has a retractable ottoman that you can’t see when it is retracted. The chair is absolutely beautiful.

You can call me to order this chair at 801-651-2026 or you can just go online and order it. You can find it in the “Close-out/Discontinued/Floor/ Used” section of our website:

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

Just click on the chair picture and you will be taken to the HT-9500 page on our website. Scroll to the bottom of the page and find the used one…click “Add to Cart” and you will be on your way.

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Just a gentle reminder that the Inada Sogno price increases to $6999 on March 1, 2011 .

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Have a super day!

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

HT-9500 Massage Chair by Human Touch Does NOT Have Arm Vibration!

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving (those of you in the US, anyway). Our family had a wonderful time together. As the kids get older and marry off, my wife and I find it harder and harder to corral every child together under one roof. We were able to do that over the weekend.

I learned something today about the exciting new HT-9500 massage chair by Human Touch. As I have discussed in previous blog posts, the HT-9500 is the latest updated version of the old HT-1650. That chair was discontinued earlier this year to make room for this new bad-boy. Well, the old HT-1650 had an arm vibration feature, which we believed was originally planned to be a part of the new HT-9500. Well, a client of ours who recently purchased that model from us a few weeks ago just emailed me to tell me that it didn’t have the arm vibration.

Surprised, I called and wrote Human Touch to get the definitive response. I have been assured by my peeps at Human Touch that there is NOT an arm vibration feature on this update model. So, we have made the change on our website and will now start preaching the truth about the arm vibration, or lack thereof. Thanks, Tim, for the head up!

By the way, we are getting our first HT-9500 massage chair in our showroom within the week. I am so excited. Steff and I will go over every aspect of it and give you the straight goods on this new, fun chair from Human Touch. I only hope I am savvy enough to know how to use my iphone with it!

Dr. Alan Weidner

www.massage-chair-relief.com

Human Touch Holiday Massage Chair Special!

Human Touch Acutouch HT-9500 Massage Chair
Human Touch Acutouch HT-9500 Massage Chair

Human Touch began an awesome promotion for their brand new, popular HT-9500 Acutouch massage chair. Beginning today, and throughout the whole holiday season, you will get a new iPod Touch AND Human Touch’s 5 year Premium

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Assurance Warranty Plan (comprehensive, on-site, head-to-toe coverage) when you purchase the HT-9500 from www.massage-chair-relief.com.

It normally comes with a 1 year comprehensive warranty…so this is really a fantastic offer.

So, if you are looking for a massage chair for Christmas, this might just be the one you would want to get…with these fantastic holiday bonuses. Check it out here:

www.massage-chair-relief.com/human_touch_ht-9500.html

It is the only massage chair that truly looks like a regular recliner. It is a very popular chair and it is fantastic…iphone app, premium leather, second-to-none foot and calf massager, massage intensity adjustment, and now a great warranty. A great buy.

By the way, for all their other massage chairs (except the iJoys) Human Touch is also offering a 2 year comprehensive, on-site, head-to-toe warranty – but NO iPod Touch on those chairs 🙁

You can order online or you can call us toll-free at 888-259-5380. Steffanie and I are in the showroom every day too, so you can reach us here at 801-417-8240.

We actually call forward all showroom calls to our cell phones after hours, so you can call anytime day or night (within reason, of course!!).

Bonus gifts and shipping are still free, too, with all our chairs. As a matter of fact, the HT-9500 comes with free white glove delivery, too!! You won’t have to lift a finger with this chair…the delivery guys will do everything for you, from delivery to set-up to taking away the packing material. You just can’t lose on this one.

Order now, while there is still stock before Christmas…

www.massage-chair-relief.com/human_touch_ht-9500.html

Oh, and don’t forget that we offer 6-month 0% interest/minimum payment financing…

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

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

The Acutouch HT-9500 Massage Chair by Human Touch Has Arrived!

I just received the shipping notices from Human Touch for my clients who pre-purchased the new Acutouch HT-9500 massage chair, which means they are here in the USA and have shipped! Great news for those of us anticipating this new model. As soon as we get one in our showroom, we will do some reviews on this exciting new chair and share them with you through this blog and website.

A couple of other things to tell you:

1. 3-week old Serenity zero gravity massage chair from Omega for only $1899 which includes free shipping.  Here is the link to learn about it and buy it, should you want it…

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

2. 2-month old Doctor’s Choice 3A massage chair by Inada – their latest offering in the world of massage chairs. This is a chair that focuses on postural correction. Very unique with an exceptional massage…one of my favorites!

http://www.inada-3a-massage-chair.com

This chair goes for $5799. This chair has very limited production and is thus very hard to come by. We have this floor model for only $4899, which includes free shipping.

Jump on them while we have them. First come, first served!!

“The Massage Chair Doctor Is In!”

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We’ve added to our website what I think is a great feature for you, the massage chair shopper. If you look on our home page or any other page of the site, underneath the video on the top right hand corner, you will see a traffic light that is

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either green or red. If it is green, and you see my name next to the light, that tells you that I am in the office and can handle your calls personally should you have any questions about any of the chairs or if you want me to assist you with placing your order. If it is red, and my name is next to the light, then I am not in.

If Steffanie is in, and I am not, you will see a green light with her name beside it. That way, you will know whenever there is someone in the showroom office with whom you can chat should you want to discuss massage chairs. Of course, you can call our toll-free number anytime and one of us should be able to take your call as well. But, this way you will know exactly who is in and who you can talk to should you have any questions or inquiries.

In other news, I will find out today the status of the arrival of the new Human Touch Acutouch HT-9500 massage chair. It has been a long time in coming and we are expecting it this week. When I learn more, I will post on this blog right away.

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

Acutouch 9500 Massage Chair Arrival!

Acutouch 9500 massage chair
Acutouch 9500 massage chair

We got word that the Acutouch 9500 massage chair by Human Touch should be arriving the first two weeks of October. We are excited about this. Our website will have a product page up this week for you to pre-order. Our price will be $4799,

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based on minimum advertised pricing (MAP) established for us by Human Touch. I recommend ordering this thing ASAP even though they are not in stock yet, or else all the chairs will be spoken for and shipped by the time you order. I have experienced this back-order game on new products before. Trust me…if you are expecting to get this massage chair when it first arrives in the USA, pre-order now to make sure you get a stake in that first shipment.

Once we get one in the showroom, we will test it thoroughly and give you a full review of the Acutouch 9500.

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

New Panasonic MA51 Massage Chair

I learned a little about the new massage chair from Panasonic, called the EP-MA51. Here are some of my observations and thoughts about it. I haven’t sat on it or even seen it in person, but from my review of the literature out there, I have some things to say:

1. The body styling looks a lot like the Panasonic 1285 massage chair. The only markedly obvious difference would be the arm rests having the familiar Panasonic arm massage feature, which is a “flapping” arm rest that comes down on the fingers, wrist and forearms to facilitate an airbag massage on the arms.

2. Panasonic touts a pelvic tilt and trunk rotation feature which seems pretty cool. Inada introduced that idea a couple of years ago with it’s Inada Sogno and Doctor’s Choice 3A massage chairs. The idea is for the seat airbags to rotate the hips so that the lower back joints are rotated instead of just pushed forward by the rollers. I love that feature on the Inada chairs, so I suspect it will be a lovely feature on the Panasonic MA51 model.

3. They’ve added a feature called a “Leg Stretch” which looks to me like a basic stretch program, which most massage chair manufacturers now employ on at least one of their models. Stretching is a nice feature in a massage chair. I particularly like the stretch function on the Human Touch HT-7120 family of massage chairs. My clients sure love it too.

4. Seems quite pricey at $5499. Of course, when Panasonic came out with it’s highly anticipated 30007 a couple of years ago, it ‘s initial price was $5999. And as you may or may not have read in an earlier post of mine on this blog, Panasonic’s dismal pricing integrity model allowed the price of the 30007 to drift, rather quickly, down to the $4000 range. Pricing and value tend to drop with Panasonic chairs. I suspect this chair will be no different. I suspect that competing retailers will gouge the price down to below $4000 before long….if the 30007 history (or any Panasonic massage chair for that matter) is any indicator.

When you compare this chair to the Inada Sogno or Doctor’s Choice massage chair, or the new Human Touch Acutouch 9500 massage chair, you’ll probably intuitively assess that the MA51 is over-priced at $5499.

5. I called my Panasonic distributor today but he was not aware of whether this chair is even on the market yet. I await his response. I will tell you more when I hear more. I will also notify you when we have placed this chair on our site.

Here is a link to a video that explains the chair visually:

http://www.panasonic.com/promos/video/massage_chairs/Panasonic-MA51.html

One of my competitors has a neat comparison chart that will show you the differences (and similarities) between this chair and the 30007 and 1285 which are also Panasonic chairs or any other chair you wish to compare. Here is a link to their site: http://www.massage-chairs.com/compare.php

Well, hope this helps you in some way, if you are considering this chair for your home or business. We will be posting it on my website shortly.

Dr. Alan Weidner
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

More Info on the Acutouch 9500 Massage Chair by Human Touch

I saw a short review video from zedomax.com this week on the Acutouch 9500 massage chair by Human Touch. I have talked about this new model from Human Touch a few times on this blog. So far we know that:

1.) it’s MSRP will be $5999
2.) the 9500 will be an upgraded model of the popular HT-1650 massage chair by Human Touch, which has since been discontinued preparatory to the release of the Acutouch 9500.
3.) the 9500 will be released some time in the fall of 2010, perhaps as early as September.
4.) the chair look is like the HT-1650, but with a different stitching on the leather upholstery.
5.) the ottoman is supposed to lift off the floor, unlike the HT-1650, which sits on the floor in full position.

Well, I have included the video from zedomax.com for your perusal. It goes over the iPad/iTouch/iPhone interactivity with the chair, called HT-Connectivity. It has standard programs, but has also added programs designed specifically by certain professionals who have had input on the programs available through the HT-connectivity feature. I really like the feature where the user can pick three areas of focus and emphasis and the chair will work on those three areas, specifically.

Here is another video, this one created by Human Touch, which shows how to use the iPhone to control the massage:

Very cool! I will like this chair. We, at Massage Chair Relief, already loved the HT-1650 so we can’t wait for the Acutouch 9500 to hit the market.

Hhhhmmm, I wonder what percent of the population have iPhones/iTouch/iPads?

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

Human Touch HT-1650 massage chair officially done!

I just got word this morning that Human Touch is now out of the stock on the HT-1650 massage chair and no more will be made! That is it…the end of the life cycle of one of our most popular chairs. Of course, we can all now wait for the Acutouch 9500 massage chair, which is a sister to the HT-1650, but with some improvements. Rumor has it that it will be out in September for the general public. I am excited to see this new chair. Features that I’ve heard, which differentiate this chair from the HT-1650 include the ottoman being able to be lifted off the ground, remote programming from an iphone, different stitching of the leather upholstery, and a higher price point.

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

Acutouch 9500 massage chair – a little more info!

Acutouch 9500 Massage Chair
Acutouch 9500 Massage Chair

I just read a review today of the new Acutouch 9500 massage chair from Human Touch. You can read the review here:

Acutouch 9500 Massage Chair

http://www.electronichouse.com/article/new_iphone_app_to_control_massage_chair/C157

Nothing new about the technology that we haven’t already discussed. But, for the first time I see a price for this bad boy. According to the author of this piece, the chair will retail for $5999. Quite a jump from the $3999 for the sister chair,and predecessor, the HT-1650 massage chair. I am very interested to see this chair in comparison to the HT-1650.

The author also mentions that it will be a “few months” before the chair is available to the public. My sources tell me September now. I have also learned that the ottoman on the Acutouch 9500 will actually raise off the ground to facilitate a more horizontal positioning. As you may or may not know, the foot and calf ottoman on the HT-1650, which we have always felt is the best foot and calf massage in the business, always rested on the ground at a 45 degree angle because, as we were told, it was too heavy to raise off the ground. Well, the new 9500 will actually raise off the ground. I think this is a good thing.

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

Now the HT-1650 massage chair is being discontinued

Dr. Weidner asleep on massage chair

I just heard this week that Human Touch plans to discontinue the popular HT-1650 massage chair once their stock of black models is gone. They figure another week or two and the chairs will be gone. Apparently, Huma

n Touch will replace the HT-1650 with the new Acutouch 9500 which won’t be out until summertime. I’ve not heard of anyone who has actually sat on the Acutouch 9500 massage chair, but I have heard that it looks a lot like the HT-1650. I was told by Human Touch yesterday that the ottoman will raise off the ground, which the ottoman did not do with the HT-1650. It is also supposed to be higher priced than the HT-1650.

Human Touch has told us that the new 9500 will not be sold through the usual distribution channels; it will be sold exclusively through one of their large chain retailers. Not sure who, but maybe Costco or someone like that. Hopefully we at Massage Chair Relief will be able to sell it as the HT-1650 was one of our most popular massage chairs.

You’d think that since my office is in back of the Massage Chair Relief showroom, I would be sitting on massage chairs all day long. Well, think again! I rarely sit on them because I am so busy at my desk. But, the other day I went onto one of the chairs, to do some work reading. I fell asleep and later, after I had woken up, I found a picture of me sleeping on the massage chair on my cell phone. Thanks, Steffanie! Dang, they feel so good but, man…I look like a corpse!

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

New Acutouch 9500 Massage Chair & iPhone App from Human Touch

I’d like to thank Steffanie, my commercial sales manager, for writing this little review and giving us her input on this new AcuTouch massage chair and iPhone app from Human Touch:

AcuTouch 9500 massage chair

Human Touch has a new technology- minded massage chair in the works to come out in May. It is called the AcuTouch 9500 massage chair.  It is able to be used with your iPod Touch, iPhone, or iPad.  It has an app that you can download for free to personalize and customize your massage experience while using this chair.

I, myself, have not joined the iPhone bandwagon so this doesn’t mean a whole to me except, does this mean that MY massage in this chair will not be as good since I don’t have an iPhone?  However, if you do have an iPhone this app sounds pretty cool.  You can use it to customize what massage auto programs you want it to perform and you also have access to lots of health advice and tips for utilizing your chair to the best of its abilities.  Besides that, it will “save” the programs that you have done in your phone so that you can go back and see what program it was that you really enjoyed.

The AcuTouch 9500 has the same look and feel of the ever popular HT-1650 massage chair.  This has been a top seller for us and gives the best lower leg and foot massage of any chair in the market.  It has a very regal and classy look to the upholstery and can pass for a regular recliner.

Keep in mind that information on this chair has still been limited so take this blog post for what it’s worth!
Thanks, Steffanie. I like the idea of having info on the cell phone about the chair and the benefits of massage that I can access while I am sitting on the chair. I’m not sure, though, if the iPhone app is going to be that great of a deal for prospective buyers. Can the remote control be used just like with the other Human Touch massage chairs? I will be very curious to see how you, the shopper, respond to this chair when it hits the market in May. Any feedback would be appreciated from you. We will be carrying the chair if it will be available to us in May. We don’t even know what the price will be until closer to May. I’ll keep you posted.

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