FDA Approved Massage Chairs? Really?? Don’t Believe It!

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square grunge red fda approved stamp

If you have read any of my articles or watched any of my Massage Chair Industry Update videos in the past, you know that there are certain things that I consider my “pet peeves” in the massage chair industry. Topics like 4D vs. 3D massage chairs, chromotherapy, and no-name brand marketing tactics. Well, the subject of “FDA Approved” massage chairs is another one.

FDA & Medical Devices Background

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has specific grading standards and protocols in place to determine if a new medical device or product, that claims a health benefit, is a Class I, Class II, or Class III product and, thus, requires FDA approval of that product for the US marketplace and consumer. Of course, these grades and approvals are designed to make sure the products are safe and do not pose a potential danger or threat to the American consumer. They are in place to protect you and me.

According to www.fda.gov, examples of Class I devices present minimal potential harm to the user and include products like “enema kits and elastic bandages.” Examples of Class II devices include “powered wheelchairs and some pregnancy test kit” and have a higher risk.  Class III devices usually sustain or support life, are implanted, or present potential unreasonable risk of illness or injury. They can include products like “implantable pacemakers and breast implants.”

95% of Class I devices are “exempt from the regulatory process” and, thus, do not require FDA approval. 10% of medical devices are considered Class III do require the FDA approval. 43% of medical devices fall under the Class II category. Some of them require FDA approval and some don’t.

What Does FDA Approval Entail?

Approval involves notifying the FDA with the intent to market a Class III and, in some cases, a Class II medical device. Those companies seeking approval must first submit a PreMarket Approval (PMA) application or 510(k). The FDA will determine if the medical device seeking approval is “substantially equivalent (as safe and effective) to a device already on the market.” If the device is considered “substantially equivalent”, then the manufacturer can market the device. If it is not, then the approval process continues.

Massage chairs are considered Class I devices, therefore they DO NOT require FDA approval. They do not require a PMA or 510(k) application. If you see any advertisement from any massage chair company that says “FDA Approved”, rest assured you are seeing a classic example of false advertising!!

FDA Approval vs. FDA Registration (a big difference!)

Now, let’s talk about “registration” of a product with the FDA, which is not an “approval” by the FDA. From what I got in my research (online search and phone conversation with an FDA medical device rep), any medical device can be registered by a manufacturer or a US rep for a foreign manufacturer. Registration is a simple process that involves divulging information about the company submitting the registration, submitting the products that are being registered, and an annual renewal fee.

I went through the www.fda.gov site and searched for massage chair company registrations. I saw Family Inada, Human Touch, Luraco Technologies, Infinity, and Osaki Titan as listed massage chair companies. I also saw the manufacturing plant for the Cozzia and Ogawa (and, I assume Fujimedic) massage chairs. So, from what I gathered by reviewing those registrations, either the US distributor of the massage chairs or a US contact person for a foreign manufacturing facility can register the medical devices.

The Bottom Line

The bottom line is this: there are no massage chairs that are FDA Approved for the simple reason that they are Class I medical devices and do not require FDA Approval to be marketed in the USA. However, massage chair companies can and do register their company and their medical devices with the FDA by paying a fee and renewing that fee annually. That DOES NOT mean their chairs are FDA Approved. They are quite simply just registered with the FDA. I would say it’s safe to say that most, if not all, massage chair companies in the USA are registered with the FDA. So, when you see a company state that it and it’s products are FDA registered, know that most are and it is nothing unique to that company or products.

So, if you see an advertisement of a massage chair that says “FDA Approved”, just know that it is false advertising and completely misleading. Don’t be afraid to call out companies that do that! Also, if you see an advertisement of a massage that says “FDA Registered”, know that most, if not all, already are. If you doubt the veracity of their claim, just ask for their registration number and you can look it up on www.fda.gov.

Dr. Alan Weidner

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Massage Chairs for Businesses – Any Warranty Coverage?

Miami Skyline
Miami Skyline

Standard Residential Warranty Coverage

The vast majority of our customers purchase a chair for use in their home. The warranties for residential use are pretty standard across the board. For example, most Chinese-made chairs have a 1 year parts & labor warranty with a 2nd year of parts coverage and a 3rd year of structural/frame coverage (aka 1/2/3 limited warranty). Most of the Japanese and American made chairs have a 3 year parts & labor warranty, commonly accompanied by an additional 2 years of parts. One company (Synca) actually offers a standard 5 year parts & labor warranty and some Chinese-made chairs (i.e. Novo XT2 and all Infinity massage chairs) have a 1/3/5 limited warranty. Of course, pretty much all companies offer 1 or more extended warranty options to bring total coverage up to 3 or 5 years of parts and labor coverage. Confused? Well, that was the easy part!

Commercial/Business Warranty Coverage

When it comes to warranty coverage for a chair being used in a commercial environment (business setting), the warranties are all over the map! This article will lay out for you the coverage you can expect from each of the major brands we carry. This is very important to know if you are looking to get a chair for your commercial business that will be used by multiple employees. Most massage chair companies understand if you are using it in your office for personal use, but these warranties are for situations where the user traffic is going to be higher.

  1. Infinity – 1 year of parts and labor coverage
  2. Luraco – 6 months of parts and labor coverage, 6 more months of parts only coverage.
  3. Osaki Titan – For commercial use, coverage is limited to up to 2 service visits over the life of the chair and 3 years parts coverage from the date of purchase.
  4. Health Mate – 1 year parts and labor coverage.
  5. Synca Wellness – Synca makes a full heavy duty commercial version of the JP1100 (called the Kurodo) that has a 2 year parts and labor coverage. You can also get an optional 3rd year of parts & labor coverage for an additional $250 (for non-wear and tear components). The JP1100 is built for light commercial and it’s coverage drops down from 5 years to 2 years parts & labor (still pretty dang good!). Synca does not recommend the Kagra or the CirC for full commercial use.
  6. Inner Balance – The Jin model will retain it’s regular warranty, which is 1 year parts & labor,  2 years parts, and 5 years frame . None of the Synca and Inner Balance models are approved for malls or airports.
  7. Inada, Panasonic, DreamWave, Positive Posture – The commercial warranty is $200 per year for up to 3 years of parts & labor coverage.
  8. Ogawa, Fujimedic, Cozzia – 6 months of full parts & labor coverage. You can also purchase up to 3 additional years of parts & labor coverage for $200/year.
  9. Human Touch – The following models have 1/3/5 year limited warranty coverage for commercial use: Novo XT2, Bali, Sana, all AccuTouch models, ZeroG 4.0/5.0/5.1. Their remaining models have a 1/2/3 year limited warranty for commercial use.
  10. uKnead – For light commercial use the standard factory warranty applies. That’s 1 year parts & labor and 2 more years of parts only. Structural/frame coverage is 5 years.

Well, that just about does it for the “factory” warranties for each of the brands we carry. I should also mention just a few more important things about this topic:

a. All these commercial warranties have “in-home” repairs, just like their residential counterparts. No need to send off the chair(s) to get fixed.

b. Our very own Peace of Mind Lifetime Labor Warranty does not cover chairs used in a commercial setting.

c. In lieu of our Peace of Mind Lifetime Labor Warranty, we offer a parts & labor commercial warranty for $200/year. This can be purchased for as many as years as desired and is typically billed annually.

If you have any questions about any of these warranties, please feel free to reach out.

Dr. Alan Weidner

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The New Human Touch Novo XT2!

The Human Touch Novo XT massage chair was introduced to the market in December 2016. We received it in our showrooms in January 2017 and it has been a top selling chair ever since. As a matter of fact, at the time of this writing it has been our top selling 3D L-track massage chair. We really like it. The 3D L-track is great, but the chair fits a lot of different bodies just right. It also has space saving feature, BlueTooth technology, over 30 auto programs, a sleek and modern design, and a very versatile remote control that can navigate a lot of features that other chairs typically don’t have, like foot roller speed, length of manual massage coverage, and sub-categories of the auto programs. I really like this chair. It is also a fairly quiet chair for a Chinese-made chair.

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Novo XT & XT2 massage chair body

Well, alas, Human Touch has discontinued this model as of July 2018 and is replacing it with the upgraded Novo XT2 massage chair model. I will discuss the changes in this new model. No need to worry, though, the overall massage feel and quality is the same. The changes are what I would consider “non-critical”. Here is what they’ve changed:

  1. The biggest thing is probably the upgraded Altec Lansing speaker system. Massage chairs are notorious for having pretty weak speakers, in terms of sound quality. The Novo XT was no different. Well, Human Touch has added some pretty awesome speakers from a very well-known company to make the sound system really high quality.
  2. The lighter brown color of the Novo XT has been replaced with the darker “Espresso” brown
    Novo XT2 Espresso Color
    Espresso

    color in the Novo XT2. Espresso is a pretty common color amongst most massage chair manufacturers. It is what I like to call “coffee brown” because of it’s dark shade. The Novo XT had a lighter brown, more like a leather brown color. I think the Espresso color is a nice improvement.

  3. The Advanced Tile Remote Control allows you to easily manage the chair’s full suite of 35 auto programs as well as the myriad of features using a very intuitive interface, featuring a crystal-clear LCD screen. The remote also makes it easy to create a personalized manual massage program with customization. There was a lot of redundancy in the XT when you wanted to change some of the programming and features. This new remote will make it easier and more intuitive to navigate your way through all the options, features, and programs.
  4. The XT2 is priced $500 higher (of course).

I love the Novo XT and will love the XT2. Everything else is the same, i.e. same massage track, same airbags, same low back heat, same foot rollers, same programs, etc.

Dr. Alan Weidner

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Massage Chair Warranty Coverage in Hawaii

massage chair warranty support in Hawaii

I have more and more folks contacting me about shipping chairs to Hawaii. One of the topics that inevitably comes up when chatting about massage chair shipments to Hawaii is the warranty coverage. I had always assumed that all the brand name massage chair companies had the same coverage as they did on the mainland. Well, after a recent sale to a Hawaiian customer, I learned that this is just not the case.

I did a little homework with most of the major massage chair brands that we carry, and this is what I learned as far as each companies warranty support:

1. Human Touch – My contact at Human Touch said that they do offer parts and labor support for their massage chairs in Hawaii.

2. Infinity – They offer parts and labor support within a 50 mile radius of Honolulu. Any location beyond that is subject to extra charges.

3. Inada – Parts and labor coverage for Hawaii for Inada products.

4. Osaki Titan Apex – They have a tech on Oahu who can offer parts and labor support for that island.

5. Ogawa – Their coverage in Hawaii is limited to parts only.

6. Luraco – No warranty coverage from Luraco in Hawaii.

I hope this helps those of you who live in Hawaii and are contemplating getting a massage chair. Of course, contact us beforehand for shipping quotes as well as any updates or changes to the existing companies warranty policies.

I did not confirm this, but I suspect warranty coverage may be similar for Alaska, or at least parts of Alaska. Likewise, if you live in Alaska and are interested in a massage chair, contact us first for a shipping quote and to get up-to-date warranty information.

Dr. Alan Weidner

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

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golden microphone

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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New Massage Chair Models Update

Human Touch Navitas Sleep
Human Touch Navitas Sleep

I have learned of a few new models that have hit the market lately. I’m sure more will sneak onto the scene, but here are the 3 that I am aware of:

1. Titan Pro Executive
This is a new under-$3K offering from Osaki/Titan. At $2995, it really does have quite a bit to offer. It is an upgraded version of the RoboPad chair, sold by Elite Massage Chairs. Here is a list of some of it’s features:

  • Mechanical foot rollers
  • Movable shoulder pads
  • Smart phone apps and bluetooth connectivity
  • Heat in the feet and low back
  • 61 airbags
  • Memory function – this is something that we don’t see in a lot of chairs, yet something that a lot of customers ask for.
  • 3D rollers
  • Deep tissue neck massage
  • Fits people up to 6’4″ tall

I have had it described to me, by the powers that be, as a better overall massage experience than the Osaki OS-4000T, with a much richer feature-set…all for a similar price. It can handle a bigger body than the Apex Ultra, another popular offering from Osaki/Titan, and is a better all around chair than the Titan 8400. The Ultra and 8400 are both priced the same as the Pro Executive.

I think we will be carrying this model at the California showroom, so when we get it we’ll have a review written and videos made.

2. Human Touch HT-Navitas Sleep
navitas_earth_hero_1488This is a relabeled Johnson Wellness chair. Johnson Wellness is a player in the massage chair market, with chairs that are manufactured in Taiwan. Osaki has the Apex Regent, which is also a relabeled Johnson chair, and now Human Touch has the Navitas Sleep model. On their website, Human Touch states that this model is part of a new line of chairs called the Ascent Series.

Taiwanese chairs are known for their quality, which some consider to be very close if not equal to the Japanese quality, and definitely superior to the Chinese-made chair quality.

Features of this new model include:

  • Mechanical calf massage – this is something we haven’t seen much of in the past. Other than the Apex Ultra, the Sleep model is the only other one, that I am aware of, that has mechanical calf rollers.
  • 3D roller massage
  • Stretch program that utilizes the 3D rollers in the stretch
  • Memory function
  • Zero Gravity
  • Mechanical foot rollers – Human Touch states that the foot and calf rollers in this model have 3D roller technology. If that is the case, this would be the first time I’ve seen 3D rollers in the feet.
  • AcuPoint Optical  Scan
  • 36 Wellness programs – I’m not sure how this works, because I’ve never seen a chair with this many programs, but I am very curious and excited to see them in action.

It’s a nice looking chair. Nothing fancy about the body styling. With the Taiwanese manufacturing, I suspect the quality of this chair will be very good.

3. Human Touch ZeroG 5.0
zerog_5.0_blk_hero_1313 (1)This is an upgrade of the quite popular ZeroG 4.0. I don’t have this model in my showroom, either, but from what I can tell there are a few differences between this model and the 4.0. Here is what it has:

  • An extendable ottoman – the 4.0 has foot and calf massage, but the length of the ottoman is fixed. The 5.0 has an extendable foot portion so that someone with longer legs can fit in the chair. IT also looks like the ottoman does not park under the seat, as does the ZeroG 4.0 and 2.0. The foot and calf wells are visually exposed. However, it does appear as though the ottoman can be reversed to hide the wells when it use.
  • Warm Air Technology – this appears to be just like the feature in the WholeBody 7.1, which has a warm air circulation technology up and down the back. Warm air, as opposed to a heating pad which is common in pretty much all other massage chairs, is circulated up and down the length of the back to give heat therapy for a much broader coverage area than any other chair, except maybe the Panasonic MA70 and MA73, which actually has heated rollers.

And, just like the ZeroG 4.0, the 5.0 has:

  • 3D rollers
  • Mechanical foot rollers
  • Paddle massage technology in the feet and calves with Figure Eight Technology
  • Zero Gravity
  • Body Map PRO for easy manual massage settings

Well, that is a brief summary of the 3 new models in the market. I will work on having these on the website within the next week.

Dr. Alan Weidner

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3D Rollers – ZeroG 4.0 Massage Chair (Video)

Zero G massage chair
Zero G massage chair


Transcript of Video Titled “3D Rollers – ZeroG 4.0 Massage Chair”

[SCREEN TEXT: 3D Roller Technology]

ZeroG 4.0Alan: Hi, I’m Dr. Alan Weidner from ‘Massage-Chair-Relief.com’ and today we’re going to discuss the 3D roller technology in the ZeroG 4.0 massage chair from Human Touch. Now, 3D roller technology means that the rollers can be moved forward or back, to increase or decrease the intensity of the roller massage, respectively. Now, this is a feature that’s fairly – it’s not been common in the past, or you don’t – you didn’t find it in a lot of chairs, but now it’s becoming increasingly popular, and you see it in more and more models. Well, Human Touch is one of the pioneers of 3D roller technology, and they’ve had it on their chairs as long, as far back as, I think, since I started in this business 9, 10 years ago. Anyway, what I’m going to show you is, on this remote control, I’ve already turned on the rollers here on the neck region of the 3D, and you’ll see on the remote control, there’s a section here called ‘Intensity and 3D.’ What’s unique about this chair is that you can increase and decrease the intensity of the shoulder region, independent of the low back region. You’ll see we’ve got a low intensity here on the shoulders, and a medium intensity on the low back. That is very unique, because in every other chair that has 3D roller technology, it’s one setting for all areas of the spine.

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Alan: So, if you increase the intensity of the rollers on, say, the Inada Sogno, or on one of the Osaki chairs, like the Cyber or the Dreamer, the chair, the rollers will move forward in, for the whole spine, not just a sectional area of the spine, and that’s what this chair does. So, you’ll see, you’ve got the shoulder region, and we’re going to show that here. We’ve got the rollers now, and if I push this button, it goes to the second level, and then it comes out to the third level, and it’s really hard to see this, but the rollers have actually moved forward. Now, now they’re coming forward, you can see them coming forward a little bit more, if I retract – if I bring this back up again, if we wait until it comes back up again, and I retract it back up to setting number one, now the rollers start to – now they’ll pull back in again, now they’re pulling back in. So, it’s hard to see there, but what I’m trying to show you is that, you can move the forward and back, for the shoulders, independent of the low back, which is very unique to this chair, you don’t see that in any other chair on the market. So, if you want a very nice-priced chair that has the zero gravity, and it has a phenomenal foot-and-calf massage, and has 3D roller technology, the ZeroG 4.0 is a great option. I hope you found this video helpful. If you did, please feel free to share us and ‘Like’ us on all your social media platforms, Twitter, Google Plus, Facebook, YouTube, and please, subscribe to our YouTube channel if you’d like to be updated with subsequent videos that we put out, and we try to put out one to three videos every week. I’m Dr. Alan Weidner from ‘Massage-Chair-Relief.com,’ thanks so much for visiting today, and we will see you on the next video. Bye bye.

Click on the following link to watch this Human Touch ZeroG 4.0 massage chair tutorial on our YouTube channel.

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)”

My Recent Visit to Human Touch & Fujiiryoki

WholeBody 7.1 Massage Chair
WholeBody 7.1 Massage Chair
Me and Gino from Human Touch
Me and Gino from Human Touch

I spent 4 days in Southern  California last week visiting a couple of massage chair companies as well as checking out some other things relative to the business. I thought I’d give you a report of the visits.

Human Touch

I had a wonderful 2 hour visit with a group of folks, including CEO David Wood. We chatted about the Human Touch line, exciting things coming from them this year, the industry as a whole, as well as our plans at Massage Chair Relief for 2015. I just love talking shop with other folks in the industry. I always come away more excited about this industry and it’s future.  Continue reading “My Recent Visit to Human Touch & Fujiiryoki”

Christmas Shopping Deadlines!

delivery truck
delivery truck

truck-delivery-1042539-mAs anticipated, the Black Friday and Cyber Monday was crazy busy! Because of the number of sales and the number of people who called me to see if they could have a few more days to decide on the right massage chair (it’s not really a spur of the moment decision!), we have extended our Cyber Monday pricing to the end of this week. I can’t put the deals on the website, so you’ve got to call me at 888-259-5380 to find out what pricing is available for the rest of this week. Continue reading “Christmas Shopping Deadlines!”

Foot and Calf Chair Measurements

calf and foot airbags
calf and foot airbags
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”

New Human Touch Chair – WholeBody 5.1

WholeBody 5.1
WholeBody 5.1

I learned this week that Human Touch is discontinuing their WholeBody 2.0 model, which was the lower end model of their new Immersion Seating line of massage chairs. They are replacing it with the new WholeBody 5.1, which is a handsome, more stylish version of the WholeBody 2.0. I have not sat in the chair or seen it in person yet, but have received the images and brochure from the folks at Human Touch.

Here is what I know about the chair so far, aside from it’s nice design:

1. Swivel Base
Like the HT-125/135/136 and HT-7120 before it, this chair has a swivel base. That means that you can turn 55 degrees from one side to the other while you are sitting in the chair. This is a feature of convenience that quite a few people actually are looking for in a massage chair.

2. FlexGlide Orbital Massage Technology
I don’t know what this is exactly, but according to their brochure, it represents a patent pending roller technology where “…every contour of your body is therapeutically touched by [an] unparalleled flexibility and seamless glide.” The brochure also states that “the FlexGlide experience will have you basking in the glow of ultimate relaxation.” Sounds great. I am looking forward to checking out this new roller technology.

3. Simple, Easy-to-Use Remote Control
Not a lot of buttons encumber this remote control. It has 4 auto programs and a very simple-looking manual settings section.  It won’t take the user very long to get a handle on the functions of this chair.

WholeBody 5.1 reclined
WholeBody 5.1 reclined

4. Rotating Ottoman
In keeping with Human Touch’s attention to aesthetic detail, the WholeBody 5.1 has a retractable AND rotating ottoman. When not in use the chair can hide the ottoman from view.  When in use, the ottoman can also be rotated so that the calf wells are obscured from view.

The chair comes in only black and has the typical 3 year limited warranty (1st year parts and labor, 2nd year of parts only, and a 3rd year of structural coverage). It will retail for $1299. I hope to have it up on our website within a few days.

As I learn more about this new model, particularly the patent-pending FlexGlide roller technology, I will share it with you.

Dr. Alan Weidner

Some Additional Insights on the ZeroG 4.0

A little over a year ago, I wrote a review of the ZeroG 4.0 massage chair from Human Touch’s new Immersion Seating line. We had just received the chair in our showroom and my review was based on the information gleaned over that short period of time. Now that I’ve had the chair for this long, I have a few thoughts and insights to share about it which may help you to decide if this chair is right for you. Continue reading “Some Additional Insights on the ZeroG 4.0”

Human Touch Wins More ADEX Awards!

Adex award
Adex award

Each year the Design Journal conducts its annual Awards for Design Excellence competition, which recognizes superior  product designs of home furnishings internationally. Human Touch has won these awards before and this year they won 6 of the prestigious awards.

In the  massage chair industry, Human Touch is known for creating massage chairs that aesthetically look like regular chairs and recliners but have integrated massage function into the design. Most other massage chairs look exactly like…massage chairs. With the superior aesthetic design comes a  limitation in massage function in some instances (most notably the lack of airbag functionality), but the overall look is fabulous and makes it possible to integrate your Human Touch chair into almost any decorum. As long as I have been in this business it has always been so.  Continue reading “Human Touch Wins More ADEX Awards!”

Quick Hits – iRobotics 6S on TV; HT 35 Years Old; 18 Months Financing

rss-icon-1-970189-mThere are a few things going on in the massage chair world that I thought I’d share with you today to keep you up to date.

1. iRobotics 6S Highlighted on Television!

Luraco and their iRobotics 6S massage chair were on a brief tech segment of the History and Bio channels on the 27th of February. Below is the segment for your perusal:

iRobotics 6S is the only chair in the industry that has components made in the USA (almost half of the chair is manufactured in the USA, as well as the chair being fully assembled in Luraco’s Arlington, Texas headquarters. Continue reading “Quick Hits – iRobotics 6S on TV; HT 35 Years Old; 18 Months Financing”

Mail Bag – Sogno vs. Iyashi, WholeBody 2.0 Roller Track, Etc.

email sign with mouse
email sign with mouse

Some more great questions from massage chair shoppers…and my responses:

QUESTION #1 – “Which chair is best for us?”
Good day…I’ve been reviewing your site for the last couple of weeks and have read many of the reviews and Dr. Weider’s articles. The problem, so many chairs, so many brands, so many features. I currently have 2 massage chairs: Fuji OX-575 and a Elite Optima. I have spend over $5000 for these chairs and I am not overly impressed. The Fuji has limited features and I don’t think it’s made anymore; the Elite is a little better, but sometimes it hurts me more than make me feel better. I need help in finding a chair I would be happy with. Going to your showroom in UT is not an option, so what is the best way to do so on-line? Some data: My wife and I are 62 years old; height 5’6″ (wife is 5’3″); weight 164 (wife 123); we particularly like upper shoulder/neck massage and middle of back (end of spine). Firmness should be adjustable since I like my massage a little harder than what the wife likes. Any recommendations to narrow down the search. In addition to giving a good massage, I am looking for reliability, maintainability, and future support in a chair. Thank you. Continue reading “Mail Bag – Sogno vs. Iyashi, WholeBody 2.0 Roller Track, Etc.”

2013 Christmas Shipping Deadlines – Don’t Delay!

Massage chair shipping“Tis the season…yes the season of celebration, but also the season of procrastination! Because Black  Friday/Cyber Monday was a little later in the year than usual, your holiday shopping days have been cut down a bit. And that means that shipping deadlines have already come upon us…and in some cases passed.

The last delivery date, in MOST circumstances (but not all!), would be December 24th, which is a Tuesday this year. If you are ordering a massage, regardless of where you live in the country, you have until the end of this week to order. Even that deadline may be too generous if lousy weather hits enroute to the chair’s delivery to your home or business.

Guaranteed white glove delivery has passed for a few of the massage chair companies, depending on where you live. Continue reading “2013 Christmas Shipping Deadlines – Don’t Delay!”

Mail Bag – Best Butt Massage, Broad Chest Fit, etc.

Iyasi Massage Chair Reclined Front angle
Iyasi Massage Chair Reclined Front angle

Customer Email #1

Message to Massage Chairs:

Which chairs have the best buttocks massage that also have a great arm massage?

Thanks

Randy

My Response #1

Hi, Randy
Thanks for your inquiry. The chair that would fit your needs the best would be the Infinity Iyashi…hands down! It is a brand new model from Infinite Therapeutics and is the first chair to have a roller track that goes down into the buttocks, seat, and thighs. It is fabulous. It also has arm airbags that inflate sequentially from the forearm down to the hand to enhance circulation of the blood and lymph in the upper extremities. Not many chairs work that well on the arms. I really think this chair would be what you are looking for. Here is the link to the chair on my site…

http://www.massage-chair-relief.com/massage-chairs/infinity-5-star-comfort/infinity-iyashi/

Let me know if I can be of further assistance. I am always at your disposal.

Dr. Alan Weidner Continue reading “Mail Bag – Best Butt Massage, Broad Chest Fit, etc.”

Commercial Massage Chair Warranties

deniedI have been writing an 8 part series of reviews of the warranty coverage of each of the 8 companies I represent on my website and store. It is important to note that the discussions in those reviews pertain solely to residential chair placements and use. What about commercial coverage? Do the chairs have different coverage if they are placed and used in a business? Well, for the most  part, yes they do.

This article will address the commercial coverage offered by each company for their massage chairs. If you use the chair in a business setting where multiple employees and/or customers use the chair, then that would be considered commercial use. If you are buying a chair for your office and you are the principal user of the chair, then the normal warranty would typically apply. Some examples I have seen of commercial use meriting different warranty coverage would be spas, salons, tire stores, auto dealerships, employee perks in a business, doctor’s offices, dentist’s waiting or recovery rooms, retail outlets, gyms, teacher lounges at schools, etc.

I have contacted each of the massage chair companies that I represent and here are their commercial warranties: Continue reading “Commercial Massage Chair Warranties”

Human Touch Warranty – Fine Toothed Comb (Part 3 of 8)

human touch massage chairsToday we discuss the warranty of the Human Touch massage chairs. Now, the warranty coverage is a little different depending on the chair you are looking at. For the “Elite” Series, i.e. HT-7450 and HT-9500x, the coverage is 1 year parts and labor, in-home, 3 years of parts only, and 5 years of structural/frame coverage. For the “Signature” series, i.e. the rest of the full body massage chairs, the coverage is 1 year parts and labor, in-home, 2 years parts, and 3 years structure. For the iJoy chairs, the coverage drops to 90 days parts and labor, in-home, 1 year parts only, and then a 2nd year of structural coverage.

Now, here are the salient points of the Human Touch warranty: Continue reading “Human Touch Warranty – Fine Toothed Comb (Part 3 of 8)”

Massage Chair News and Notes

JPMedics Kumo with 4D thermal roller
JPMedics Kumo with 4D thermal roller

Lots of good stuff to go over today, so I’ll just get right into it…

1. The Panasonic MA70 is unexpectedly back-ordered until June. I guess Panasonic’s sales of this model were far greater than forecast, so we are stuck waiting for a new shipment to come in. I will notify you in my biweekly Massage Chair Industry updates about stock status of this and all other massage chair models.

By the way, I have put up some videos about the Panasonic MA70 on our YouTube channel. Take a look, it is a very nice, well-built, thorough massage chair…Panasonic’s best! Continue reading “Massage Chair News and Notes”

The ZeroG 4.0 Review!

We’ve had the ZeroG 4.0 in our showroom for a couple of months now and thought I’d share a few thoughts about the chair with you now that I am a little more familiar with it.

I have really come to like this chair. It is not a bells and whistles type chair, in other words it is not full of airbags in various and sundry places like a lot of the other chinese-made chairs have. It is all about rollers and paddles and aesthetics, which I will get into in a moment.

Here are some of my impressions: Continue reading “The ZeroG 4.0 Review!”

Customer Warranty Support – What Should You Expect!

One of the things that I hold most dear in my relationship with my customers is the ability to tell them that the chair they are buying is backed by a massage chair company with a  great warranty for their chairs. It is so important to me that my customer has the best support available when they buy a chair from me because they are committing thousands of dollars, often sight unseen, to a chair that is supposed to bring them pain and stress relief.  Continue reading “Customer Warranty Support – What Should You Expect!”

New Immersion Seating From Human Touch – My First Impressions

Last year (2012), Human Touch came out with their new Immersion Seating line of massage chairs. When I first saw them I was impressed with their outward appearance. Human Touch has always been true to the idea of creating chairs that didn’t look like massage chairs, but a piece of furniture that could fit in any room and with any decorum.

ZeroG 4.0

Well, they didn’t deviate from that MO with the new Immersion chairs. They have a contemporary look but not with the overt massage chair features that turn so many people off with traditional massage chairs.

The came out with three models, the lower-priced WholeBody 2.0, the mid-range ZeroG 2.0, and the top of the line ZeroG 4.0. You can check out our massage chair comparison chart to see the specific differences between the chairs, but I will focus a bit of my discussion today on the two ZeroG models.

I flew down to Southern California last month to visit Human Touch, one of my objectives being to try out the ZeroG 4.0 for the first time. I was not disappointed! Here are some of my first impressions: Continue reading “New Immersion Seating From Human Touch – My First Impressions”

Christmas Shipping Deadlines

Well, we are getting into the last week before Christmas, and I figured I better warn you about getting your orders in if you want any remote chance of getting a massage chair before the 25th. The problem is that the 25th falls on a Tuesday and many delivery companies are closed on Christmas Eve…which, this year, is a Monday. 

Of course, no one really delivers on Saturdays, so if you are getting a massage chair it will need to get to you by Friday the 21st, which is one week from yesterday. In other words, we are really pushing it.

It is actually quite possible to get the chair to you in one week, depending on where you live and from where your new chair is shipping, but the bottom line is you better act FAST and get your order in pronto if you want to have any chance of getting your new chair by next weekend.

If you do order a chair and there is no way it will get to  you in time, I can overnight a gift certificate to you that you can fill out and put under the tree. I can get that to you at the last minute. Then your family member or friend can look forward to getting their chair shortly after Christmas.

I will be available all weekend long and, of course, all week long next week to take your orders. You can order online or call me to process your order. I am always at your disposal…especially at Christmas delivery crunch time. We also have Christmas specials at the showroom that I can tell you about over the phone.

If you want White Glove Service, I think you just may be out of luck. If you live in Southern California and you order an Inada, Human Touch, Omega, or Panasonic chair, we can still get the chair delivered with white glove before the 25th. I have a Southern California guy who does all my deliveries there and can probably deliver all weekend long before the 24th. Who knows, he may even be able to deliver on Christmas Eve!

SOME GOOD NEWS:  The Osaki OS-7075R shipments that were held out at sea during the port strike at the LA harbor have arrived and will continue to arrive through next week. You can get a new 7075R but if you want it by Christmas, the chances are kinda slim. Order NOW to get the best possible chance of getting one.

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

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

 

California…Here I Come!

Next week I will be taking a two-day road trip to Southern California to do some massage chair business. I’m quite excited because I will be getting a 4 hour tour of the Human Touch facility in Long Beach. I’ve been there before a few years back but I’ve never really had a tour throughout. Human Touch has been kind enough to set up a visit with the CEO, David Wood, a tour of the warehouse, a visit with their VP of Design (with whom I will be able to interview about the new Immersion Seating chairs), a visit to the Engineering Lab, and a discussion with their marketing people. Dang, this is going to be great! I will also be able to videotape my visit and the interview so that I can share what I learn with you, my site visitors, and my YouTube viewers. I am quite excited.

I will also be visiting the warehouse where all the Inada chairs are stored. It is from this location that all orders are shipped to all  points USA. I am excited to see how the logistics work and what kind of system they have set up. I will videotaping that visit as well to share with my viewers and readers.

I hope to have lunch with my Southern California delivery guy, Domenic, who takes care of most of my SoCal shipments. I’ve been doing business with Domenic for years but I have never met him face-to-face. If time permits I will also visit our Panasonic supplier who is also located in Southern California.

It will be a very busy trip, but I am so looking forward to it. While I am there I just might visit some old friends, since I went to Chiropractic College in Whittier, CA so many years ago. I still have a lot of connections in that area.

Well, that’s about it. I’m looking forward to going and learning. I’m also very excited about sharing with you what I have learned.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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)”