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.
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”
Transcript of Video Titled “Trapezia/Shoulder Massage – Panasonic MA70 Massage Chair” Continue reading “Panasonic MA70 – Trapezia/Shoulder Massage (Video)”
EMAIL QUESTION #1
Hi, I am researching massage chairs and have a few questions: I’m a fitness enthusiast and exercise often. I often have sore glutes, quads, and hamstrings after an intense lower body workout. That’s why the 49″ roller track on the Infinity Iyashi is very interesting to me. My only concern is its shoulder and neck massage capability. My day job involves sitting in front of a computer all day, so I have tight neck and trapezius muscles. I’m reading conflicting reports on whether the Iyashi gives adequate massages in those areas. 1. Dr. Weidner mentioned that the auto-program isn’t as intense as he likes in those areas, but later mentioned that the manual program is pretty strong. He also once mentioned that the rollers seems to come forward a bit (like the Panasonic MA70) on top of the shoulders, but this was not mentioned again anywhere else. Can you confirm whether the Iyashi gives good massages on the neck and top of the shoulders? 2. Given my requirements, do you recommend anything other than the Iyashi? 3. What happens if something breaks down on the Iyashi in the 2nd year (when it’s under parts warranty, but not labor). Does Infinite Therapeutics still send someone out, but I’d just have to pay for labor myself? Roughly how much would it cost labor wise, for an in-house service visit? Thanks, Trent Continue reading “Mail Bag – Iyashi Neck Massage; Arthritic Hip and Low Back”
Transcript of Video Titled “Massage Chair Industry Update – October 2, 2014” Continue reading “Massage Chair Industry Update – 10/02/2014”
Transcript of Video Titled “Massage Chair Industry Update – September 18, 2014” Continue reading “Massage Chair Industry – September 18, 2014”
We are heading into the 4th quarter of the year and soon massage chairs will be flying “off the shelves.” I might suggest you start thinking seriously about getting your chair early to avoid a run on colors and models that leaves you without an option for the holiday gift-giving season.
Here are some things of note going on in the industry as of late: Continue reading “Quick Hits – Black Iyashi Back; Montage Pro Warranty; Visiting IT”
Transcript of Video Titled “Massage Chair Industry Update – September 4, 2014” Continue reading “Massage Chair Industry Update – September 4, 2014”
Last Thursday we had a film crew come into our modest massage chair showroom to film footage for some new TV commercials that will be airing next month. We also recorded some of the footage in a beautiful home to show just how dandy these chairs can look in a residential setting.
It was a long day as we started at 6:30 a.m. and didn’t finish until after 5:00 p.m. We had to arrange for the “talent” to be there at certain hours of the day and my two sons showed up to move the chairs wherever the director asked them to go. Murphy’s Law also participated in the day’s events, as the air conditioner of our store malfunctioned and poured water through the ceiling tiles onto one of the chairs we were using in the shoot! Continue reading “New Massage Chair Relief TV Commercials”
Transcript of Video Titled “Massage Chair Industry Update – August 7, 2014” Continue reading “Massage Chair Industry Update – August 7, 2014”
Transcript of Video Titled “Dreamwave Technology – The Massage Chair Dictionary” Continue reading “The Massage Chair Dictionary – Dreamwave (Video)”
CUSTOMER EMAIL #1
Dear Alan, I have scoliosis and arthritis and had initially thought to buy a Panasonic EP-30007. I am 5’tall and like firm massages and a good stretch to get me out of spasm. I’ve had one lower back surgery thus far ( synovial cyst ) and one bout of shots to numb nerves for sciatic and severe pain.
Years ago at a Las Vegas trade show I thought the Panasonic was the best chair but as I recently started looking around for a showroom ( east coast NYC area) to try one I discovered out of three showrooms, NY, NH and PA, no one had a Panasonic on their floors even though they sold their chairs. I was told consistently that they had old technology and people didn’t seem to like them so the owners did not want to take up space on them. I tried contacting the Panasonic Website for a place to try them in my area but got no response. Continue reading “Mail Bag – Panasonic MA70 vs. Dreamwave; Pro Cyber vs. Short Folks; DreamWave Remote Idea”
Hi there. Is there any way to get around the built-in 15 minute timer on the Inada Sogno?
My Response #1
Thanks for your email. The sessions can last from 15-20 minutes in length depending on the body scan findings, but other than that you can’t adjust the session timer. The good thing with the Sogno, though, is when the program stops the chair will not come back up to the parked position but stay where you had it reclined. You just need to push the program button again and it will start up with you in the very same position. Continue reading “Mail Bag – Inada Sogno Timer; Compact Chair; Intense Massage”
Customer Email #1
Hi there! love the site, couldn’t find this here: Could you compare the Inada sogno to the Panasonic Ma70? I have SI joint dysfunction which do you think would be better for me in that regard? (I saw that you mentioned that you liked the sogno for that as you have the same problem but didn’t see a mention on the Panasonic side) Secondly, I have golfer’ sand tennis elbow in both arms – which do you feel is better here and does the airbag actually make that much of a difference in the arms? I tried the Ma70 and it just seemed to compress my forearms and hands is it really beneficial for my issues? Thanks!!! Paul Continue reading “Mail Bag – Inada Sogno vs. MA70; Chinese vs. Japanese; Iyashi vs. Pro Dreamer”
MY RESPONSE #1
Good morning, Mike.
Here is my response to the 3 points brought up in this article: Continue reading “Mail Bag – Inada Sogno Questions; Osaki OS-4000T; 5’2″ User!”
This last week I had two customers email me about two different Inada products, both of which we don’t discuss a whole lot. I thought I’d share these questions and my responses with you today, FYI… Continue reading “Some Great Inada Questions”
This is a question I get asked a lot. It is a tough question to answer, particularly if you do not have the opportunity to sit in a chair and play around with it. But, here are some points to consider: Continue reading “What’s The Best Massage Chair For Me If I Am Overweight?”
I will be recording a Massage Chair Industry Update this week, but here are some news and notes from the massage chair world that will whet your appetite for that recording: Continue reading “News and Notes – 01/14/13”
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.
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!”
A question I frequently get from massage chair shoppers is what chair would be best suited for sleeping…that is sleeping IN. Now, I must confess I have fallen asleep in many a massage chair in my day and the word Sogno actually means “dream” (I am referring to the famous Inada Sogno Dreamwave massage chair), but to sleep the night away in a massage chair doesn’t seem all that comfortable to me.
Having said that, there are folks out there, and you may be one of them, who have terrible back or neck pain who can’t lay flat on a conventional bed. Someone may be recovering from surgery and can’t lay flat on their back or on their site. There are also people who snore and have sleep apnea who can only sleep in an inclined position. So, it totally makes sense that somebody might want a massage chair that is comfortable for sleeping.
Here are things to consider when deciding on what type of massage chair would be best suited for sleeping: Continue reading “Sleeping in a Massage Chair?”
Transcript of Video Titled “Massage Chair Relief Industry Update – September 11, 2012” Continue reading “Massage Chair Industry Update 09/11/12”
Two very similarly priced chairs, the IT-8200 and the Osaki OS-6000 (and 7200H) are fast becoming very popular chairs in the massage chair industry. Since the Osaki OS-6000 and the OS-7200H are exactly the same chair except for heat in the latter, I will refer to both of them as the OS-7200H, so that I don’t have to continually write both models down. Here is part 1 of a 2-part series on the two chairs…how they compare and contrast.
I thought I’d begin with the similarities of the two chairs in Part I (Part II will cover the differences): Continue reading “Infinity IT-8200 vs. Osaki OS-6000/7200H (Part I)”
Transcript of Video Titled “Inada Sogno Dreamwave Massage Chair – Fitting Properly In The Chair” Continue reading “Fitting in the Inada Sogno – Video & Transcripts”
Yesterday, I created a short 5 minute video showing, step-by-step, how to use our comprehensive massage chair comparison chart. We have a lot of folks using the chart so I figured making a tutorial video would be wise. Enjoy…
Transcript of Video Titled “Massage Chair Comparison Chart”
Alan: Hi, this is Dr. Alan Weidner from ‘Massage-Chair-Relief.com‘ and today we are going to show you how our comparison chart works on our website. This is a comparison chart that we have spent three to four months putting together, and we still adjust regularly as we learn more about each chair model that we carry, or as we introduce a new model. It is a comparison chart that comprises close to 55 different features that take from each of the chair models and compare one to another. And to get to our comparison chart, all you need to do is scroll down the page on our ‘Home’ page – this is our ‘Home’ page – and here on the right-hand side you’ll see ‘COMPARISON CHART,’ and if you click on that link or anywhere in this area, it’ll take you to the comparison chart. Continue reading “Comparison Chart Tutorial Video & Transcripts”
Transcript of Video Titled “Inada Sogno Dreamwave Massage Chair – Your First Time” Continue reading “Inada Sogno Video & Transcripts – First Time Use”
Here is the latest scuttlebutt in the massage chair industry.
Transcript of Video Titled “Massage Chair Industry Update 07/30/12” Continue reading “Massage Chair Industry Update Video & Transcripts 7/30/12”
I get this question a lot, so I figured I’d share a recent email from a client and my response to it so that you can all understand the difference…if there even is one (hint, hint!)…
What is the difference between the ( Inada Sogna Dreamwave Chair ) and the ( Inada Sogna Dreamwave Plus Chair )? Both are mentioned on your web site but I can’t determine the difference between the two chairs. Continue reading “Difference Between Inada Sogno Dreamwave and Inada Sogno Dreamwave Plus?”
I have been slacking off a bit with posting my massage chair industry video updates. Here is the one I did on July 5, 2012. You know, I do these updates every two weeks and you can check them all out here on this playlist: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLA9B11FE7A6361FD7&feature=plcp. I’ll post the 7/16/12 update first thing tomorrow morning. Continue reading “Massage Chair Industry Update – 07/05/12”
I love getting emails from customers as they always ask questions that get me thinking and it also helps me to know what shoppers are really wanting out there. Here is a question from a fellow named Karl and I figured I’d share my answer with you, since it just might help you in your own buying process.
Hello Like the website, very interested in a chair that can offer me great neck and back massage. Other stuff not really relevant. Would I be correct in thinking the inada Hume or songo offer the BEST massage? Look forward to hearing from you. Continue reading “A Good Neck and Upper Back Massage Chair?”
A client of mine who bought an Inada Sogno Dreamwave from me last year recently purhcased an Osaki OS-7000. Earlier this week he wrote a fantastic review about his first impressions of the OS-7000. It is posted on the Osaki OS-7000 product page on our site:
He discusses the OS-7000 in great detail some of which is in comparison to the Sogno, which he has had for quite some time already. I think you will enjoy his assessment of the chairs.
After he posted his review, he wrote me an email with an additional observation/tip on the OS-7000 that I thought I would share with you here in my blog. Here is his comment: Continue reading “Great Tip for the Osaki OS-7000 Chair”
We have recently begun carrying the Infinite Therapeutics massage chairs, their flagship chair being the IT-9800 model. A very nice chair which boasts some pretty neat features:
1. Leather upholstery – Very few of the chairs we carry have a leather upholstery or a leather option. Most chairs are covered in faux or synthetic leather. This chair looks great and could almost pass as a regular recliner. The leather upholstery contributes to that look and feel.
2. Inversion therapy – We commonly see zero gravity features nowadays, but inversion is not so common. Zero gravity is a feature highlighted by a 30 degree tilt up of the chair seat. Inversion, on the other hand, is the chair back reclining past horizontal when you put it all the way back.
You may or may not be familiar with inversion therapy where a person can clamp their feet into brackets on a frame that then swings upside down to provide a decompression of the discs and other soft tissue of the spine. The Teeter commercials on TV recently demonstrate this type of inversion therapy. The IT-9800 chair offers a past-horizontal recline which is an attempt to simulate that inversion therapy. The only other chair I’ve sat on that offers that feature is the OSIM uAstro, which is sold through Brookstone stores only. Continue reading “Infinite Therapeutics – Notes and Changes”
Below is the video and transcripts to my most recent Massage Chair Industry Update video, which I recorded on June 4, 2012. I will begin posting each of these YouTube videos (and all of my videos, for that matter) on this blog along with the transcripts.
Transcript of Video Titled “Massage Chair Industry Update June 4, 2012”
Alan: Hi, this is Dr. Alan Weidner from ‘Massage-Chair-Relief.com‘ with our bi-weekly massage chair industry and ‘Massage-Chair-Relief’ store update. Today is June 4th, and we’ve got a few things to go over today, and of course, as always, I always begin with back-order status of chairs.
[SCREEN TEXT: Back Order Update]
And of course, the Inada Sogno is back-ordered again. This time, we are back-ordered until June 11th on the ‘Dark Brown’, the ‘Chocolate’ and the ‘Crème’. The ‘Red’ is back-ordered until the 13th , so the back order isn’t too far away, it’s just another week, but back-ordered nonetheless. The Osaki 7000 ‘Ivory’, as I mentioned last time, is back-ordered. They have a shipment coming in this week, but they’re all spoken for. The next shipment will be in in about 5 to 6 weeks, and apparently the ‘Taupe’ is back-ordered now as well, so we have to wait until that 5 or 6-week period come, that 5 , 6-week period comes again before we have ‘Ivory’ or ‘Taupe’ in stock. So, well, what’s new? I found out today that the ‘Butter’ color of the Human Touch 5040 massage chair has now been discontinued. Continue reading “Massage Chair Industry Update Video & Transcripts – 06/04/12”
Here is the 3rd and final video of my interview with Cliff. I hope you have enjoyed this series and learned much of the Inada products and the Inada way of doing things:
Transcript of Interview with Cliff Levin, President of Inada USA Massage Chairs (Part Three)
Dr. Alan Weidner: Well, I think also it intimidates, I think the most intimidating thing about a massage chair for the new buyer is the remote control, thinking that they can’t learn it or they can’t get it. But, yeah, I’d say that the Sogno and the Yu•Me are very, very simple to use. I found the Human Touch remotes also to be very simple. I think the Panasonic and the Sanyo are probably the most complicated ones to deal with, but again, all remotes, you get accustomed to it over time. But boy, just for ease-of-use right off the bat, Yu•Me and Sogno are quite easy. Now, one thing I was just thinking of, we talked about any upgrades to the Sogno, if there’s any plans for that, but I was thinking about this the other day, people ask now more and more about zero gravity. This is a feature that we’re seeing in more and more chairs. I think it’s a bit of a fad right now. It was kind of pioneered maybe, or introduced to the market primarily by Human Touch, I think, but it seems like everybody’s kinda gotten on the zero-gravity bandwagon, even the Yu•Me has a zero-gravity feature, though not explicit on the remote, in the rocking motion it does go to a zero-gravity position. Is that something that you think the Sogno may ever, they may ever integrate in to the Sogno? Or have they discussed it, is it even a topic of conversation? Continue reading “The 3rd and Final Part of my Interview with Pres. of Inada USA, Cliff Levin”
Here is part 2 of my 3-part interview with Cliff Levin, President of Inada USA massage chairs:
Transcript of Interview with Cliff Levin, President of Inada USA Massage Chairs (Part Two)
Dr. Alan Weidner: The Japanese, because of the cost of the Japanese manufacturing, we have seen other companies moving from Japan to China. Panasonic’s now moved all their manufacturing to China. I believe, I could be wrong on this, you may correct me on this, but I think Sanyo’s also moved to China. Of course, Osaki, Omega, Human Touch, are all Chinese-made chairs, and do you think there’s going to be a trend, where one day that Inada might start manufacturing some chairs in China, or they may already do, for other parts of the world, how does China fit in to Inada’s manufacturing picture, if at all? Continue reading “Part 2 of My Interview with Cliff Levin, Pres. of Inada USA”
I received an email from a client last night concerning the “fit” of an arm in the arm rest of the Inada Sogno Dreamwave massage chair. It is something that I’d never really thought about before and it just may be something that others are asking about the arm airbags of this chair. So, here is the question and my response for your benefit.
Arm Airbags – Depends on the Massage Chair Model
Arm airbags is pretty much a standard feature in most massage chair models nowadays. People have come to expect arm airbags to some degree. As you may or may not know, arm airbags simply inflate and compress on the parts of the arm covered by the airbags. Most chairs will inflate and compress in a wave-like manner to simulate circulation direction from the extremity to the heart.
There are different modes that various massage chairs use to administer the airbag therapy to the arms. For example, the Omega Montage Premier and the Osaki 2000 massage chairs have clamps attached to the arm rests that can be slid from along the arm rests to be positioned at the forearm position or all the way down to the wrist and hand positions. When we used to have the old Inada D-5 Robochair in our showroom, I used to love using this feature on my hands and fingers. It felt wonderful. From years of knuckle popping, my fingers tend to get a little swollen and tight and this type of airbag massage felt great on my fingers.
Another style of arm airbag massage works similarly to the calf massage of the ottoman. An example of that type of arm massage would be the Osaki 6000 or 7000 massage chair. It basically has an arm “slot” wherein the arm is placed and an airbag above the arm and another below the arm squeeze simultaneously, again in a wave-like motion, to compress the arm…most from wrist to forearm. Here is a video demonstrating the use of the arm airbags in the Osaki 6000 massage chair:
Panasonic uses a nifty arm massage feature hidden underneath the arm rests. The top of the arm rest lifts up and the user slides the arms underneath the top of the arm rest. Then, airbags above and below the arm inflate and compress. This type of arm massage works best on the hand and bottom part of the forearm.
The Inada Sogno Dreamwave massage chair is the first chair to have full arm massage. It has airbags that inflate on the hand, wrist, and forearm, but then also has an airbag on the upper arm as well.
Airbag intensity can be adjusted to the comfort of the user. Some folks don’t care much for airbags at all, regardless of whether they are on the arms or legs. But, for those that enjoy them and use them they can provide a very soothing massage of the extremities.
Dr. Alan Weidner
Massage Chair Back-Orders
The same two massage chairs are on back order for certain colors. Here is the latest:
1. The Osaki 7000 in ivory is now back ordered for 7 more weeks. The next shipment is actually coming in within the next two weeks, but the ivory chairs in that shipment have already been spoken for. So, if you want to get an ivory Osaki 7000, order it now and get in the queue for your chair.
The Osaki 7000 taupe color is back ordered for another 1-2 weeks, but the incoming stock should be sufficient for some time. The black has been and continues to be in stock.
2. The Inada Sogno Dreamwave is backordered as follows: Chocolate back-ordered until May 14; Creme back-ordered until May 21; Red back-ordered until June 13. The dark brown color is under heavy inventory pressure and is expected to be back-ordered in the not-to-distant future. So, again, order now for any of those colors…don’t wait for them to be in, because chances are they will all be spoken for before the shipment even arrives.
The “Relaxing Night Out” promotion from Human Touch is in full swing. When you order one of the new ZeroG 2.0 or WholeBody 2.0 massage chairs, you will receive a $100 gift certificate from Restaurant.com. So, buy a chair and then go fill yourselves silly with $100 worth of grub. Great promotion for a very new and unique chair. I’ve not sat on one yet but I am scheduled to interview Andrew Corkill, Director of Marketing for Human Touch within the next week or so to get the full 411 on those new chairs. I will post that interview on my website and YouTube.com channel (www.youtube.com/massagechairrelief). By the way, this promotion from Human Touch will be available between May 1 and June 18, 2012.
Massage Chair Reviews
I’d like to invite any of you who own a massage chair model that we currently carry on our website and store to leave your review of your chair. These reviews are so helpful for massage chair shoppers and I just love reading other folks’ opinions of the massage chairs that we carry. Whether you bought your chair from us or not, I’d love for you to leave your review.
Have a super day!
Dr. Alan Weidner
Massage Chair Relief Weekly News Wrap Up for 04/21/12
Here is an end of the week wrap up of what has been happening at Massage-Chair-Relief.com and in the massage chair industry:
1. The Osaki 7000 is back-ordered in taupe and ivory colors. They were just back-ordered for the ivory up to a couple of weeks ago. Now, they are back-ordered again until the first week of May. So, what does this mean? It means that this is a very popular massage chair and ivory has been hard to keep in stock over the last couple of months. It also means that if you wan this massage chair color, DO NOT wait until the chairs are in stock before ordering. Order NOW to make sure that you are in the queue when the chairs come in.
2. Inada Sogno is back ordered for the colors of chocolate and red. April 30 is the expected arrival date for the chocolate color and May 7th for the red. Again, and I’ve said this over and over regarding the Inada Sogno, if you want one of these back-ordered colors of the Sogno, order now and don’t wait for inventory. Since the price increase on February 1, sales of the Sogno have actually grown!! I was told that March sales were 98% above a year ago (March 2011). That is why they are back-ordered again. So, get on it and order one now.
3. I still don’t have the Panasonic ma70 massage chair in our showroom, even though we will be making room for it in the next little while. We just delivered one in Southern California, where I have my own delivery guy. I asked him to take some pics of it since there is so little imagery available of this new chair. He took 4 and sent them to me…I immediately put them up on the website. So just go to the product page of the Panasonic ma70 and you’ll see the new images: http://www.massage-chair-relief.com/massage-chairs/panasonic/panasonic-ma70-massage-chair/
4. I have invited Andrew Corkill, Director of Marketing at Human Touch, to chat with me next week about the new Immersion massage chairs that they have recently introduced. The scoop I am hearing is that they are quite a departure from the traditional massage chair. The look of them is nice, but I am told that the functionality of the chairs is unlike anything we’ve seen before. So, stay tuned for that broadcast, which I will post on this blog when it comes available. I have a bunch of questions for Andrew and am looking forward to learning more about them. By the way, the chairs are on our site already, but details (i.e. functions, features, and specs) won’t be up until a little later.
5. I added “Dimensions – Reclined” to our very, very popular massage chair comparison chart. I’ve already put up the “Dimensions – upright” numbers, but many shoppers ask us for the reclined dimensions as they try to figure out where in their house or business they are going to be able to fit their new massage chair. I put up those numbers for you last week and they really enhance our comp chart.
6. We had a remote control problem with our Osaki 600o massage chair. I called Osaki and they sent out a new remote control. I had one of my delivery guys replace it on the chair for me and report back to me on the degree of difficulty. It was a little harder than what we had hoped. He had to remove the chair back and then undo a zip tie to release the cord of the remote from the other cords under the chair. I suspect that Osaki should have sent out a technician since their 1 year parts and labor, in-home warranty would have covered it. Not sure why they didn’t. Maybe it works out that if the owner can’t do the part install, THEN they will send out a technician to do the dirty work. But, that was our experience…for what it is worth.
Have a super weekend!
Dr. Alan Weidner
When the massage chair was first introduced to the market in 1962, it was Mr. Inada’s basic invention of rollers going up and down the spine. The concept of airbags did not come for some time after that. Nowadays, we see airbags in more parts of the body than there are rollers. For example, in some of the more feature-rich massage chairs, you will see airbags in the following places:
1. feet and calves
5. shoulders – front, back, side, and rear!
6. arms and hands
7. trapezia muscles
9. head (the new Osaki 7000 massage chair actually has a headband that you put around your skull that has airbags that massage your skull and suboccipital muscles…ideal for stress headache sufferers)
I’m sure there will be even more places that the manufacturing companies think of to put an airbag. Who knows, they may even be testing airbags for the front of your body for all I know.
Well, I guess the big question that I get from massage chair shoppers regarding airbags is not “How many airbags does this or that massage chair have?”, but “Do airbags really do anything?”
Great question and here is my input on that query. The primary function of airbags is to compress a body part. In some cases like in the Inada Sogno Dreamwave, airbags actually serve to also move the seat which induces passive motion to the pelvis and low back. A wonderful feature that is very unique to that model. But, for all the rest of the airbags, I can’t think of any other purpose than to compress body parts.
If you’ve tried out a massage chair, you’ve probably experienced the foot and calf massage. This is typically the most popular and commonly-seen airbag set on most chairs. You felt the compression on your calves and feet. For some of you, the compression was too much and too intense. For others, it is not enough or just right. Well, imagine having circulation problems. For poor circulation, many folks experience swelling of the feet and ankles. And, what is the typical home treatment for that? Compression hosiery/socks. Can you see how the airbags of a massage chair can mimic that compression, not just passively like with socks, but actively with motion of the airbags starting from the feet and moving upwards in a wave-like manner towards the heart?
Now, if it is helpful for swollen ankles, which we see that it is, can you see how it may serve a normal foot and ankle just by enhancing circulation back to the heart. In this case, I believe that the airbag compression encourages healthy circulation from foot to heart. I suppose the same could be said for hand and arm airbag compression, as these components also “milk” the body part towards the heart.
Massage Chair Airbags Do More Than Just Compress…
Some airbags compress not to improve circulation, but to move a body part in a particular direction. For example, we are seeing many massage chairs come into the market now that have waist airbags that push one side of the low back forward and then the other. Simultaneous to that, the airbags of the seat may inflate on one side or the other to induce a rotation of the low back. You see, on one side the waist airbag is inflated while on the other side the seat airbag is inflated. This induces rotation to the low back, which, in the past, has been a difficult motion to reproduce passively in a massage chair. I have felt that rotation in many of the massage chairs in my showroom and it is actually fantastic and appears to have a real therapeutic benefit for the soft tissues of the low back.
Now, as far as the other airbags go, I suppose it is truly a personal preference. An airbag in some body location may be just what you need to overcome some pain or other distress. What may work for one may not affect another the same way. I have heard from clients who thought that the shoulder airbag massage of the Inada Sogno or Osaki 6000 was the answer to a chronic trapezius muscle tightness. But, for others, they didn’t think it did anything but annoy them. So, as the spanish would say, “Cada cabeza es un mundo” or, in plain English, “to each his own.”
Dr. Alan Weidner
Ottoman Video for Osaki 6000 Massage Chair
I have put out another in a series of videos showcasing the new Osaki 6000 massage chair. As I have mentioned before that the Osaki 6000 is an Inada Sogno look-a-like, but at less than half the cost. For the most part, it is very difficult to see these two chairs being equals, particularly with the fine, discriminating, refined massage of this Japanese-made Sogno, but as far as the foot and calf massage goes…well, it is probably sixes.
This new video goes over the foot and calf massage of the Osaki 6000 massage chair ottoman. A relatively simple component of the whole massage chair experience, but it is something that most folks have come to expect in a massage chair and, for the most part, it is a feature that people love.
The foot and calf massager in the Osaki 6000 is a two part ottoman, one for the calves and one for the feet. It is a purely airbag compression massage. As with airbag massage in most chairs, the compression may be a little intense for some. This chair has an airbag intensity adjustment that eases the pressure if it is so needed, but also can be jacked up to the maximum for those of you who like full-blown compression on your calves and feet.
The soles of the feet have a rubber-like plate with nibs that protrude up into the sole of the user’s feet. It is s form of reflexology, I am sure, but if you ask a reflexologist it is probably pretty weak in the therapy department. Pretty much all massage chairs with foot massage have something similar to these foot plates.
The ottoman on the Osaki 6000 extends quite a few inches for those of you who are taller. The ottoman extension and retraction is all done electronically from the remote control. It is not a manual extender, as with the Inada Sogno massage chair. When you turn on the zero gravity program of the chair, and as the chair reclines and the seat tilts up to 30 degrees, the ottoman will fully extend and then retract to meet your feet and then through sensors it will stop when it has sized up your leg length. Pretty cool, actually. After you are set up for any of the programs, you can adjust the length of the ottoman with the same electronic controls on the remote.
Here is the video now. I hope you find something of interest in it for your massage chair research needs.
So, there you go. I would strongly suggest not wearing shoes or boots of any kind when you use your foot and calf ottoman. They tend to wear out the linen material that lines the foot and calf wells. Bare feet or, as we use in our showroom, little slip on socks are perfect when using any chair with a foot and calf massager feature.
Dr. Alan Weidner
What is the “Dreamwave” in the Inada Sogno Massage Chair?
The Inada Sogno Dreamwave massage chairhas a very unique feature to the chair that you won’t find on any other manufacturer’s massage chairs. It has a seat that moves to allow for passive movement in the lower back and hip joints. It is called “Dreamwave” technology and is unique to and proprietary to Inada.
This is a tremendous feature for anybody who may have chronic or acute low back and hip pain. Typically, when a person has chronic or acute low back pain they tend to not want to move a whole lot, but what this does overtime is allow those joints to stiffen up, lose range of motion and possibly calcify so that they stay frozen permanently. This only keeps the pain cycle progressing and perpetuating. So, when a feature like this seat is utilized it can keep those joints free and loose and since it is inducing passive movement it doesn’t send off those pain signals!
The seat movement is something that is featured in the “Dreamwave” program, this chair’s signature program and namesake. Throughout this program the seat will move in a slow figure-8 pattern and then at various times the air cells will inflate to work the lower back and create hip and thigh compression. Airbags also continue to work the lower leg and foot while the Dreamwave technology is in play. This is a very relaxing program even for people who do not have chronic low back pain. If you need something to help you relax at the end of the day, to calm the mind and body, this is definitely the program that you want to use!
Massage Chair Seat Also Used in Inada Sogno Stretch Program
Another function of this rotating seat is felt when the client is using the “Stretch” program. This is an amazing program on the Inada Sogno massage chair because it not only does a flexion and extension stretch of the spine but it also does a rotational stretch. What I mean by this is that the seat will shift and tilt to one side and then the air cells inflate to lean you to that side. After a few moments the seat will shift and tilt to the other side and then the air cells will inflate on the other side of the chair and lean you the other way! It is truly an effective stretch and one that will leave you feeling loose and flexible!
The air cells are used in this chair in a much more sophisticated way than in most other manufacturer’s chairs. Typically in the past, massage chair airbags were just used for straight compression but Inada has revolutionized how these air cells are used and, in turn, felt by the client. If you have the opportunity to sit in an Inada Sogno Dreamwave Plus massage chair, try the above mentioned programs and see for yourself how far this technology has come!
Dr. Alan Weidner
Osaki 6000 Massage Chair Intro Video
I have been working steadily on creating a bunch of videos on the Osaki 6000 massage chair. I really like the look and feel of this chair. I have already written a fair bit about it on this blog, so you already know about my opinion on it. It is an Inada Sogno massage chair look-a-like, the likes of which have been popping up all over the place.
This chair is a nice looking chair in the Sogno genre, but it’s massage is not quite as discriminating as that of the Sogno. But, having said that, it is a great chair for the price…which is less than half of the price of the Sogno.
In this video I go over a general introduction to this model. I hope you find it beneficial in your massage chair research and shopping. Please feel free to call me or email me should you have any questions that pop up after watching this video. If you need any assistance ordering the chair from our site, I am available for that too.
Osaki 60000 Massage Chair Remote Control Problem
I had a problem with the remote control a couple of weeks back. The display on the remote would fade out once I started the chair. Then a week or so later, the whole chair would not start when I pressed the start button on the remote. I called Osaki and they have sent me a new remote. I just received that earlier this week. The remote control did not have any instructions with it, which bothered me a bit. I am not a handy man AT ALL, so I need instructions to install anything, just like I need a step-by-step recipe to cook anything…and that includes oatmeal!!
We had to remove the chair back to access the plug-in point for the new remote control, which is a pain in the rumpus. We noticed also that a zip tie will have to be cut in order to pull out the old remote control and it’s cord. We will have to get a new zip tie to tie up the cords that are being bundled before we can put the chair back on again. We will be completing the install of the new remote next week and I will tell you how it went. As a matter of fact, I will report all customer service experiences with all the chairs in our showroom. I think that is a great idea and will show to massage chair shoppers how the warranty support is for each chair that we need work on.
Customer service has always been my biggest worry when taking on a new massage chair line. This is my first experience with the folks at Osaki regarding a repair. I hope it all goes well. I’ll keep you posted as we complete the remote install next week. One thing that I love about Osaki, is the accessibility of my contact over there. I call whenever I have an issue and the phone is answered every time. I like that very much. I suspect that repairs and warranty work will be easy to get done with that kind of a response from Osaki.
Have a super weekend!
Dr. Alan Weidner
Stretch Programs in Massage Chairs
As a chiropractor the term “stretch” has a totally different meaning than the term “stretch” does in the massage chair industry.
When I was a practicing chiropractor, we found that lots and lots of patients had imbalanced muscles groups. Some muscles were too tight and others were too weak. I spent an awful lot of my time coaching patients with stretching and strengthening regimens. Of course, the stretching was for tight muscles and the strengthening was for weak muscles.
For example, when a person had low back pain, almost in every case that person had tight hamstrings and hip flexors along with weak abdominals and gluteals. So, our treatment always included stretching those muscles groups in the clinic and then teaching the patient how to do it at home.
When patients followed the home exercise protocols that I prescribed, they almost always felt better and were pain-free in a fairly short period of time.
Stretch Done by a Massage Chair? No Way!
Well, then I got into the massage chair business. The first chair I ever owned and used in my clinic was the Human Touch HT-125, a very basic but durable massage chair. I noticed that it had a program on it called “Stretch”. I thought, “Holy Mackerel, how on earth did this company incorporate stretching into a massage chair and what muscles does this chair stretch?”
I had heard a few of the patients telling me how much they loved the stretch program. I had not used that program to that point (most massage chairs come with many different automatic programs and I always use the “Full Body” program, if there is one, so that I get a good once-over in a short period of time). I figured I’d better give this stretch program a shot.
It turned out to be nothing like what I had expected nor what I had been clinically trained for in my profession.
This is what I experienced: the chair would recline to 170 degrees (almost completely horizontal) and the ottoman would come up to a horizontal position. The, at that point, the airbags would inflate around my calves and hold them tightly. Once that happened, the ottoman would go down thus tractioning my whole body and the rollers would start to roll up and down my spine.
It was a little uncomfortable at first because my body was not used to being put in an “arched” position, which is how it felt. It seemed to hyper-extend my back. Now, I already have a lumbar (low back) spine curvature that is exaggerated, so the arching isn’t best for my type of spine. But for those clients who have a normal or decreased lumbar curve, the stretch function is awesome.
Oh, So That’s What They Meant by a Massage Chair Stretch!
So, regarding the HT-125, the stretching is more of an arching and tractioning of the spine.
When I began carrying other massage chairs, like the Inada Sogno and the Panasonic 30007, I noticed that they, too, had stretch programs. But, when I tried out their programs they were nothing like that of the Human Touch HT-125 massage chair.
The stretch programs in these chairs were more of a gently “milking”, as I like to call it, of the spine and discs. The ottomans went up and down while the chair backs alternately reclined and inclined. It was a very lovely feeling to have that going on with my spine. I actually loved the way it felt. But, again, very different from the HT-125 massage chair.
It really is a very personal preference, but it seems as though the stretch program is a popular one and will most likely be on many future massage chair models for years to come. I can not recall one person ever coming to our massage chair showroom and not enjoying the stretch program on at least one massage chair. And, in many cases, it was one of their favorite programs.
Dr. Alan Weidner
Inada Sogno Massage Chair Remote Control
The remote control on a massage chair can be a very, very intimidating thing. For me, the remote control for a Panasonic 30007 or a Sanyo 7700 was quite intimidating when I first had these massage chairs in my showroom. On the other hand, the Inada and Human Touch massage chairs were quite user-friendly for me and I had little trouble getting used to working them.
Today, I am going to show you a video we made discussing the remote control of the Inada Sogno Dreamwave massage chair. For such a sophisticated massage chair the remote is relatively simple and easy to use. It does not take much time to get accustomed to it.
It has the automatic programs visible on the top half of the remote and the manual settings under a cover on the bottom half of the remote. The only confusing things that take a bit of getting used to are:
1. The power lights. When the power button is green or yellow, the chair can be reclined and inclined. The button must be green to use any of the programs. The yellow light is more of a standby signal. But, when the button is red, nothing works on the chair. I look at it as an emergency position where nothing will function, including the recline and incline functions.
2. You cannot adjust anything on the chair until the initial body scan has been completed by the chair. As soon as you turn on an automatic or manual program you must wait about 45 seconds for the chair to perform it’s sophisticated body scan, which determines what your body needs from the chair. During the scan nothing can be adjusted. You must wait. If you try to push another button, text will appear on the display that says something like “That function is not available.” It doesn’t mean it is broken…just that it won’t be available until after the scan is completed.
One thing I like about the remote control of the Inada Sogno massage chair is the side pocket into which you can hide the remote when not in use. Some massage chairs have a pedestal remote which has the remote up on a stand that makes it look rather spaceship like, IMHO. The remote is a little more discreet with the Sogno.
Below is the video to which I have alluded. Enjoy…
I hope you learned something from that video. You can check out all of our videos on the Inada Sogno massage chair at our youtube channel, http://www.youtube.com/massagechairrelief
Dr. Alan Weidner
The Latest & Greatest Massage Chair News!
I hope you are enjoying this blog. I put an awful lot of time and attention into it, primarily for your benefit. It is my desire that massage chairs are in every home and business, but also I want every massage chair shopper to have the most information at their fingertips so that the decision to get a massage chair is supported by data and experience.
If you enjoy these massage chair updates, I would encourage you to subscribe to my YouTube channel. Every two weeks I put out a 10 minute or so video where I discuss in greater detail what is going on in the massage chair industry and in our store. We get a lot of views from folks just like you who want to know the latest and greatest. I will be putting out another one this Monday. Here is the channel address: http://www.youtube.com/massagechairrelief/
So, here is the latest I have for you:
1. The Sanyo 8700 massage chair has been discontinued. We learned of that earlier this week and I have already had that model removed from our site. Sanyo is going through some changes with their massage chair line…and it is something that doesn’t really surprise me. Since the merging of Panasonic and Sanyo a couple of years ago, I have been expecting some changes to the massage chair lines.
2. In the last Massage Chair Industry Update video, I mention that all the Panasonic massage chairs are now being manufactured in China. Even the Panasonic 30007 and ma70, which were previously manufactured in Japan, are now being made in China, too. I received a call from my Panasonic rep this week to tell me that although the Panasonic 30007 massage chair is now being created in China, the existing stock, of which there is plenty of chairs, is still all Japanese-made.
So, if you want a Japanese-made chair at a very, very good price, get a Panasonic 30007 massage chair before the current stock is all gone. When that happens, the 30007 will be a Chinese-made chair.
3. Human ‘Touch has a new line of massage chairs, called the Immersion chairs. In a nutshell, these are zero gravity chairs in a very nice looking chair design. Human Touch is notorious for making very nice, aesthetically pleasing massage chairs. These are no different. We should have these chairs up soon on the site. The models they are offering are:
a.) ZeroG 2.0 – this chair will be available next month and retails for $2499. It will come in black and espresso colors.
b.) ZeroG 4.0 – this chair will be available in the fall of 2012. It will retail for $3299 and comes in the following colors: black, espresso, and ivory.
c.) WholeBody 2.0 – this massage chair is currently available and retails for $1799. It comes in a black PU/Sofsuede combo upholstery.
I should have these chairs up on the website within a week or so.
4. We completed filming our assembly video for the new Osaki 7000 massage chair. This is a very popular massage chair so far but is a bit of a “bear” for assembly. This video will help with that. I should have it posted to our YouTube channel early next week, if not by the end of this weekend.
5. Inada is back ordered on the following models: Dark brown Sogno (until April 16), chocolate Sogno (April 30), black leather Sogno (April 16).
(By the way, here is a little secret! Call me at 801-651-2026 if you want a really good deal on a 2 month old perfect creme Inada Sogno.)
Well, that should just about do it for today. Stay tuned for my Massage Chair Industry Update video this Monday.
Dr. Alan Weidner
How To Move An Inada Sogno Massage Chair Through A Door
Moving a massage chair is not an easy thing. They are big and bulky and can cause the very back pain you are probably trying to get rid of by getting one in the first place! Most massage chairs, when assembled, can fit through a regular 32″ door frame, but some, like the Inada Sogno Dreamwave massage chairare too wide to fit through.
So, what to do? Well, there are two options really:
1. Remove the arm rests and unplug the hoses and plugs and then roll the chair through on it’s two rear wheels. This sounds easy, but removing the arm rests is too much work for me (I am not a very good handy man!). I choose option #2, which is what this video is all about…
2. Get a 4-wheeled dolly for about $20 and roll the chair over on it’s side onto the dolly. Then, roll the dolly through the door. Sounds hard, but it’s actually quite easy. I have done it so many times when moving the chair out of the showroom to a trade show, home show, golf tournament, etc. It is very easy to do and saves you the trouble of having to remove the armrests, which is something I refuse to do (knowing my luck, I’d never get it put together again!).
The thing that you must remember to do when you roll the chair over on it’s side, as I am describing it, is to fully recline the chair and raise the ottoman. Otherwise, it will still be too wide to fit through a normal door width.
I know, I’m making it sound complicated. Have a look and see what you think…
Not too tough, eh?
That’s all there is to it. I might also mention that with the many, many number of times that I have moved the Inada Sogno massage chair this very way, I have never seen the chair malfunction or break down. It has taken this kind of moving and tilting many times without any ill-effects.
Thanks for watching. To see any of our other videos, on the Inada Sogno or anything else we have created, visit our YouTube channel, http://www.youtube.com/massagechairrelief
Dr. Alan Weidner
Massage Chair Industry Update Video
I recorded another massage chair industry update earlier this week and thought I’d share it here on our blog. I covered some pretty interesting stuff, from Panasonic’s massage chair manufacturing being moved completely to China to the possibility of the Sanyo massage chair line being discontinued.
I also go over some back order updates, particularly with regards to the Inada Sogno and the Osaki 7000, currently two of our most popular massage chairs.
I also mention that we have a 1 month old Inada Sogno with a full 5 year head-to-toe in-home warranty for sale for only $6999. If you are interested in this chair, please give me a call at 801-651-2026 and I’ll get you hooked up with it right away. Pristine condition, hardly used. A client purchased it but his wife didn’t like it much. So, I have it back in my showroom waiting for a nice home to massage folks in.
I also discuss briefly the new Infinite Therapeutic massage chair line that we will be carrying here in the very near future. They have a couple of models that you will find interesting. One is all leather and has an inversion feature. The other is an under-$2k chair that is chinese-made with a nice set of features.
Human Touch came out with a new Immersion line of massage chairs. I talk about them a little bit. We will be carrying them on our site once new images of the products are out. I have included a photo here of one of the new models.
Here is the video for your enjoyment and information:
I hope you enjoyed this video and gleaned something from it.
Dr. Alan Weidner
Comparing the Inada Sogno and the Panasonic ma70 Massage Chair
It seems that when the discriminating massage chair shopper contacts me, it is usually a question about the Inada Sogno Dreamwave massage chair, either a question specifically about it or how it compares to some other massage chair model. This is the email I received from a massage chair shopper asking for a comparison between the Sogno and the Panasonic ma70. I make a point by point comparison between these to higher-priced but popular models.
Massage Chair Question:
Massage Chair Answer:
Best Massage Chair Turned On OR Off?
I received an email from a massage chair shopper recently who asks this question…one that I just happen to get quite a bit from other shoppers. I thought that since I’m asked this a lot, I’d share it and my response with all of you since you may be asking the same thing.
Massage Chair Question:
Hi, Is the Inada Sogno DreamWave massage chair comfortable enough to use as an every day recliner/tv chair for stretches of a few hours at a time? I am interested in getting a massage chair yet want one that can also replace my lounge chair (just a simple Ikea Poang chair) in my bedroom which I use for tv use and reading. I am interested in this chair and the Panasonic MA70 which I see has that removable extra back pad when using it as a regular recliner. It is that added pad that makes me wonder if sitting in the Sogno for an extended period of time would start to get uncomfortable. I think the Sogno on paper seems like it would be more to my liking in terms of its massage features so it’d be nice to know it can also do the double duty as an every day chair. Oh and aesthetics do not matter to me. Thanks Rob
Thanks for your email. Great questions!
The Inada Sogno massage chair, in my opinion, is the best therapeutic massage chair out there. But, it is certainly not optimal when it comes to just sitting to watch TV or read, unless it is turned on. It is not the most comfortable chair just to sit in…it is hard enough sit comfortably on any massage chair when it is off because of the big empty space down the middle of the back where the rollers go when the chair is turned on.
Now, the Panasonic ma70 massage chair is a new model from Panasonic and is a very nice therapeutic massage chair. It has the jade heated rollers, which we have never before seen in a massage chair. However, with its extra pad, which you mentioned, its rotating ottoman, and its arm rests, it would definitely be a better chair to just sit on for relaxation purposes, without the chair actually turned on.
I hope this helps. Again, it is just my opinion, but based on my experience with both chairs, I’d have to say the ma70 is the better massage chair for using as a regular recliner/lounger.
Please feel free to contact me with any other queries or if you need assistance with your order. You can email me or call me directly at 801-651-2026. I am always available to chat about massage chairs!
Dr. Alan Weidner
Osaki 7000 Massage Chair Finally In Showroom!
Video of Inada Sogno Massage Chair Dreamwave Function
I created a short video describing and demonstrating the innovative Dreamwave technology of the Inada Sogno massage chair. It is an airbag system that moves the seat from side to side in a figure-8 motion and up and down. It is a wonderful therapeutic benefit of this chair. All chairs will have rollers that go up and down the spine, some even down into the buttocks, but this is the first massage chair to have this style of airbag motion in the seat.
This feature is ideal for acute low back pain sufferers as it provides a passive way to move that terribly painful area when it has flared up. The gentle swaying motion of the seat gives the muscles a chance to relax and release. As a chiropractor, I used to agonize with my patients who came in with such intense low back pain that they couldn’t even get on the treatment table, let alone allow me to manually treat their spine. It was a very laborious and painful experience to try to adjust the bones or even just apply some soft muscular pressure to the affected muscles.
The dreamwave technology can take care of much of that, once the user is in the chair. I suppose that getting in the chair could be a task for someone in that acute pain stage, but once you are in, the massage chair will take over from there.
Here is the video. I hope you glean something useful from it:
You can check out all of my videos on the Inada Sogno massage chair or any other chair we’ve reviewed on my youtube channel: www.youtube.com/massagechairrelief
Dr. Alan Weidner
Another Great Question From A Massage Chair Buyer
I get questions all the time from visitors to my massage chair site. I love that people feel comfortable enough with me to call or write when they have questions or concerns about massage chairs. Here is a great question from someone suffering from neck and upper extremity concerns. His questions about the differences between the Inada Sogno and Osaki 7000 massage chairs are legitimate. I hope you can glean something from his question and my response.
Massage Chair Question:
Massage Chair Answer:
Wow, David, I am very sorry about your predicament. Muscle atrophy is not a good thing. It goes without saying that you would want a chair that has a decent neck massage feature. The good thing about the Inada Sogno and the Osaki 7000 is that both of them have headrests with neck airbag massage (the Inada Sogno neck airbag massage is far more discriminating and superior to that of the Osaki 7000 massage chair) but the headrests can be lifted up and over the back of the chair and you can access the massage rollers on the neck. So, you have two neck massage options for both models.I might also mention that the Inada Sogno has a more intense airbag massage of the top of the shoulders where the trapezia muscles are located. It truly feels like a massage therapist is digging his/her elbows into your traps. This is the traction portion of the Inada Sogno, which would serve you very well with your cervical (neck) condition. The Osaki 6000 massage chair has a feature similar to the Sogno but not nearly as specific and discriminating as the Sogno airbags. I don’t believe the Osaki 7000 has the shoulder airbags for the trap muscles.
Review of Osaki 7000 Massage Chair and the Inada Sogno (Part 2)
Similarities Between Inada Sogno Massage Chair & Osaki 7000
Bottom Line…You Just Need To Sit In These Massage Chairs
Compare & Contrast Inada Sogno Massage Chair vs. Osaki 7000
It is amazing to me how many requests I get from shoppers about the difference between the Inada Sogno Dreamwave massage chair and other models that are look-a-like massage chairs. The last review I did compared the Inada Sogno to the Omega Montage Pro. This week I received another review request comparing the Inada Sogno to the Osaki 7000 massage chair which, by the way, I think is a pretty cool looking chair! In this review I look not only at the differences but the features they have in common.
Here is the question and my response. Since my response is over 1000 words, I took the liberty of breaking up the blog post into 2 parts. Here is part 1:
Massage Chair Question:
I am looking at upgrading massage chairs and was comparing between the Inada Songo Dreamwave and the Osaki 7000. Can you tell me several of the differences between them and also your professional advice on them. I also saw that Osaki is soon coming out with the 7200 model. Is this something I should wait to consider. Also do you offer discount pricing or do you have sales on the chairs. thanks, Chad
Massage Chair Answer:
differences between the Inada Sogno and the Osaki 7000 (remember that I have not sat on an Osaki 7000 massage chair at this point. We will be getting one in our showroom within the next few weeks, but my review is based on my first-hand experience with the Inada Sogno, which I do have in my showroom, and my literature review of the Osaki 7000):
The Inada Sogno has a very unique feature that tractions the neck muscles while at the same time giving an airbag massage that mimicks the elbow massage of a licensed massage therapist on the shoulder muscles (AKA the traps). The airbags inflate from the bottom of the Cervical Traction Device (what I like to call the headpiece) and push down on the trapezius muscles. A very nice therapeutic massage for folks with tight shoulder muscles from sitting at a computer all day. The airbag intensity can be adjusted from Low to Medium to High so that the perfect comfort level can be reached for virtually everyone.
Here is what is going on at Massage Chair Relief this week:
1. Well, this last week has been hectic as folks went after the Inada massage chairs like crazy before the price increase last night. At midnight the price of the Inada Sogno Dreamwave massage chair jumped to $7799 and the Inada Yume went up to $5999. The Inada i1 chair also went up in price to $4499.
For those of you who got a chair at the old price…well done! For the rest of the massage chair shoppers out there, you will find the Inada Sogno massage chair to still be one of the finest chairs in the world and still worth the money (by the way, give me a call to see what I can do for you on the current price ;-)…we always have something going on at the showroom).
2. The new Osaki 7000 massage chair is now available for purchase. The entire Osaki line of massage chairs is Chinese-made and very
affordable, as far as massage chairs go. This new Osaki OS-7000 is quite a cool looking thing; I really like the design. I will be getting one in my showroom in the near future and then I will be able to give you the real goods on the chair. It is priced at $3790 USD. You can check out the Osaki 7000 here:
As I have mentioned on this blog before, we now have the Osaki 6000 on our showroom floor and we have really come to like that chair. It seems to be a quality machine. Only time will tell how well that chair will hold up with regular wear-and-tear.
3. Massage Chair Relief has a YouTube channel. I have always had the channel but it has been a mess for the longest time. I have finally cleaned up all the playlists and made the videos completely ready for your enjoyment. You can check out our channel here:
I’ve got a whole bunch of new videos coming online in the next few months for your enjoyment. Subscribe and stay in touch with what is going on with the massage chair industry. Later this week I will be posting a video showing the assembly of the new Osaki 6000 massage chair.
4. Did you know that you can use as many credit cards on a single purchase as you’d like? Most people use just one credit card to purchase their new massage chair, but we have used as many as 4 on one transaction!! It just takes a little back-office juggling and we can put your chair purchase on as many credit cards as you’d like.
Other Massage Chair Payment Options
Did you know you can also purchase a massage chair through Massage Chair Relief with a check? Most folks don’t do that in today’s day and age, but we still get checks mailed to us for a massage chair. With a check, though, we have to wait for the funds to clear before I can order the chair for you from the manufacturer.
Oh, and you can wire funds, too! That only takes minutes from the time you submit the wire at your bank. If you pay by check or wire, I can save you some money on your chair purchase. I can pass my savings, from not having to pay credit card fees, along to you. Just let me know if you want to use cash, checks, or wiring and I’ll explain the savings available to you.
We only accept wire transfers from international orders, by the way.
Well, that about does it for this week. Thank you, thank you, thank you for making this massage chair business so fun for my family and I. We all work in the business in one way or another. We just love working with our clients.
If you have any questions whatsoever, you can always reach me on my cell number 801-651-2026 or our showroom number 801-417-8240 or our toll-free number 888-259-5380. Of course, you can always email me at email@example.com, too. I would just love to visit with you about massage chairs!
Have a super day!
Dr. Alan Weidner
Part 2: Comparative Review of the Inada Sogno Massage Chair and Omega Montage Pro
Yesterday, in Part 1 of my comparison review between the Omega Montage Pro massage chair and the Inada Sogno massage chair, I went over 6 points that differentiate the two massage chairs. Here are 6 more points for you to consider when considering these similar looking but quite different models:
I hope this helps. I am always available anytime to answer any other questions.
A great question from a massage chair shopper. Here is Part 1 of the 2 part email exchange between us:
Hello, I am trying to find a top end massage chair that will do a great job on a full body massage. I really want to have one that does a great job on the hands/forearms and the legs/feet. I had a chance to try the Sogno chair and like it a lot. But I was a little disappointed with the intensity of the massage and I was hoping the foot massage would be more mechanical than just air bags. So with all of that said, I was hoping you could give me more information in comparing the Sogno vs the Omega Montage Pro. Can you tell me more about the Omega’s intensity of massage and if the foot and forearm massage is better than the Sogno? Any other info. you have would be helpful. Thank you! – Kevin
Massage Chair Answer:
(Stay tuned for Part 2 tomorrow!)
Arm Airbags of the Inada Sogno Massage Chair
I have another video for the Inada Sogno massage chair. This time I discuss the full arm airbag massage. We have always been accustomed to arm airbag massage in the past with other models. Many chair models have a forearm or hand/wrist massage, but this is the first time we had seen a full arm massage, including arm, forearm, hand, wrist, and finger massage.
The chair comes in two boxes, one of which has the ottoman and the arm rests. The reason the arm rests need to go into another box is because of their size…and their larger size can be attributed to the air bag massage. The airbags inflate not just on the outside of the arms, but also on the inside. Thus, the arm rests are attached in such a way that the arm rests will expand when the arm airbags inflate…of particular benefit for broad-chested users who will not be “crushed” or “squished” by the inflating airbags on either side of the arms.
Here is the video…
Inada Sogno Massage Chair Intensity Adjustment
Airbag intensity on the Inada Sogno massage chair can be adjusted to “Low”, “Medium”, and “High” settings. These settings also apply to all airbags in the chair. It has been my experience that many people can handle high intensity roller massage, but many folks also struggle with discomfort from airbag massage that is too intense, particularly in the arms and calves. These can all be adjusted in the Inada Sogno massage chair.
Although the arm rests in the Inada Sogno have this sophisticated airbag arm massage, the chair is really not designed to use the arm rests as true arm rests. You would find it a bit un-natural to sit leisurely in the chair reading or doing something with your hands with the bulky arm rests and arm airbags.
But, therapeutically speaking, there is no other chair like this currently in the market. There are knock off lookalikes to the Sogno which even have shoulder/upper arm airbags but they only apply compression to the outside of the shoulders and arms. It is not a true bilateral airbag massage to the upper arms.
To see all of our videos on the Inada Sogno Dreamwave massage chair, go to www.youtube.com/massagechairrelief.com. You can also learn more about the Inada Sogno chair here on our website.
Dr. Alan Weidner
Inada Sogno Massage Chair Rollers
I created a bunch of short videos going through many of the more subtle aspects of the popular Inada Sogno massage chair. I have one that I haven’t featured on this blog before so I figured I’d tell you about it. It discusses the roller system on the Inada Sogno. The rollers are very comfortable but can be made to quite vigorous, depending on what you are looking for. This video explains the rollers in greater detail.
You can check out more details about the Inada Sogno massage chair here:
A couple of things I really like about the rollers in the Inada Sogno massage chair is the fact that they go quite far down the back, even into the sacral/buttocks area. Compared to all the other chairs we carry, this the roller track on this model goes lower than any other manufacturer’s chairs. I also like the 3D function, wherein you can adjust the intensity of the rollers for those of us who enjoy a more vigorous massage.
Inada Sogno Price Going Up!!
Currently, we are offering the white glove delivery and 5 year extended warranty with the price of the chair. You should know that on February 1, 2012 the price of the Inada Sogno is going up to $7799. FYI!
Dr. Alan Weidner
Inada Sogno Massage Chair
Inada Sogno and Inada Yume – Massage Chair Innovation!
Inada is the first name in massage chairs – literally. Mr. Inada, the founder of the company, actually invented the first massage chair in 1962. This year, the company bearing his name has produced two chair models that are simply superior to anything else on the market – the Inada Sogno and Inada Yume massage chairs.
Inada Yume Massage Chair
Pronounced “You Me”, the Inada Yume massage chair exemplifies the quality and innovation Inada devotes to its creations. The Yume at first appears a bit smaller than previous models, but this impression is misleading. The chair actually comes with significant new innovations, but everything is designed to be more compact and efficient. As a result, fluff items like arm chair air bags are no longer present, while new innovations that provide a better experience take their places.
There are three new elements to the Yume that make relaxing in it truly blissful. The first is an innovation that allows the chair to actually knead your calves. Other massage chairs use air bags to massage the calf area. Personally, I’ve found such an approach to be fairly useless, much like someone running balloons up and down your leg. The new kneading innovation on the Yume, titled Thera-Elliptical-Kneading, feels like a massage from a therapist. The calves are actually kneaded up and down as well as side to side to give one the sensation a person is doing the work. It is a delight, particularly if your feet and calves are barking from standing up all day.
The second innovation of note is the rocking mechanism. The Yume literally rocks the stress off of you. If you have ever spent time in a rocking chair, you will know what we mean. The Yume uses patented rotary rocking to lightly move you about. There is a something about the rotational rhythm that just brings on a sense of calm, something you will not find in any other massage chair.
The third innovation of note is the use of LED lights on the exterior of the ottoman. You can lower the lights in the room you are in and let the LED lights take over. Their soft glow adds to the atmosphere of bliss. It may sound like a little thing, but when combined with the calf kneading and rocking sensations, it makes for one amazing experience.
Inada Sogno Massage Chair
The Inada Sogno Dreamwave massage chair has undoubtedly been the standard bearer for Inado the last four years. The innovations in the chair are so advanced that it was actually introduced in the United States at CES, the Consumer Electronics Show, in 2008. It was an instant hit, particular for all the show goers who definitely needed to take a load off after walking around in the crowds and heat of Las Vegas for a few days.
The first innovation that sets the Sogno apart from other chairs is the Dreamwave technology it contains. This technology is designed to provide lower back relief by taking a new approach. It uses airbags to move the hips and lower back area in slow, slight vertical and horizontal movements. This loosens up the back muscles, allowing the inherent tightness found there to dissipate. This in turn loosens up the buttocks, hamstrings and upper back. I find it feels as though one’s body is actually unwinding from being in a tight ball. It is simply amazing.
The second major innovation with the Sogno is the approach it takes to dealing with cervical stress. If you sit at a desk all day, you are familiar with cervical tension. You experience it as tension across your shoulders and in the middle of your upper back just below the neck. This tension can cause you to hunch and can easily lead to blinding headaches. The Sogno uses an airbag process to massage these areas. Most people don’t realize how tense they are through the shoulders and upper back, so the massage of these areas provides a sense of almost immediate relief.
Inada Massage Chairs
Inada is the leader in massage chair innovations and quality. In addition to the highlighted elements of the Yume and Sogno mentioned above, each chair comes standard with the usual high quality elements you would expect to find in an Inada product – heating, deep back massage access and thigh massage airbags. Each serves as a part of the overall massage experience.
Inada was the first name in massage chairs when they were invented. Fortunately, neither Mr. Inada nor his company has rested on their laurels. Nearly half a century later, they continue to set the pace in the field of massage chairs. The Yume and Sogno models simply carry on this traditional of excellence.
Dr. Alan Weidner
Inada Sogno and Inada Yume Going Up In Price!
The latest news from Inada is that their chair prices will increase on February 1, 2012. The price increase doesn’t surprise me, as they have increased their prices each year since the Inada Sogno was introduced to the market (and it still continues to outsell everything else!).
What surprises me is the amount of the increase this time around. Regarding the Inada Sogno Dreamwave massage chair, it has always been around a $200 jump in price each year. This year the price will jump from $6999 to $7799! Yeah, I know…kinda shocking. But, apparently the US dollar is still very weak against the Japanese Yen and weakening so relative manufacturing costs continue to climb.
The leather Sogno price will increase to $8999 from $7999.
The new Inada Yume, which just came out in May of this year, will jump from $5499 up to $5999.
All I can say is that I hope their prices go down when the US dollar gets stronger! It is interesting to me that the Panasonic and Sanyo chairs that are manufactured in Japan have held their pricing for the last 3-5 years. I wonder if they will ever go up in price, like the Inada chairs have. If they do, you can be sure I’ll be the first to break the news to you.
So, bottom line is if you are thinking of getting a new Inada massage chair, order soon so that you get in on the current pricing schedule. If you snooze, you will definitely lose ($800 on the Inada Sogno and $500 on the Inada Yume).
It is the holiday season, so go get your massage chairs now.
Dr. Alan Weidner
Dreamwave and Low Back Airbag Technology of the Inada Sogno Massage Chair
I am a chiropractor that has treated numerous patients that suffer with pain in their lower back. Naturally, as a chiropractor, I employed the rotary lower back adjustment which helps to loosen the joints in the lower back area, and also to stimulate normal motion for the lower back joints. If you have been to a chiropractor before then you know all about “the move.” This is the move when the chiropractor tries to twist your body into a pretzel, in order to get your back to “pop.”
Most of the time, this is the chiropractic manipulation or adjustment that is used to alleviate low back pain. It usually takes a couple of office visits to receive the complete benefits of the effective treatment.
For anyone who has used a massage chair in the past, you are aware that the primary feature of just about every massage chair are those up/down rollers that basically move from your skull’s base and go down to the very bottom part of your back. The problem that many massage chairs have is that they do not have any rotary motion that is applied to your low back.
I really never expected any types of massage chairs to “pop” a person’s bones, but I always thought lower back rotary motion would be very helpful. I never thought a massage chair could do this until I saw the new Inada Sogno massage chair that just became available in market. This chair featured not one, but two, low back functions that absolutely grabbed my attention. First of all, the waist airbags inflated alternately which induced a rotation motion for the lower back. Secondly, I was impressed by the advanced technology of the Dreamwave feature in the seat because it passively and very effectively moved the pelvis.
The Waist Airbags of the Inada Sogno Massage Chair
Other types of massage chairs also have the waist airbags feature, however, for the first time ever, I saw airbags that inflated on one side first and the other side next, in other words, alternating. Right away I noticed the chair’s motions felt very much like the technique that a chiropractor uses when performing the side posture for the low back adjustment. Naturally, it did not give the same kind of torque that chiropractors apply manually, but it was amazing to see a massage chair manufacturer attempt to imitate that very same motion.
Technology Of The Inada Sogno Dreamwave Massage Chair
The Dreamwave Technology gives that passive motion that’s so very difficult to carry out in most clinical situations. All you have to do is sit down on the seat and this massage chair will work its wonders. When you use the Dreamwave feature, right away you will notice the chair seat starts moving in a smooth undulating figure-8 motion that goes sideways.
Needless to say, you do not have to be experiencing any debilitating pain to appreciate this feature. It’s so gentle and soothing that you’ll really enjoy experiencing it. The motion that is applied is a very gentle motion that is passive, which helps to hydrate the discs in your lower back, as well as, to relax your pelvis and the areas of the lower back. It’s an extremely remarkable feature and will most likely be replicated by different manufacturers in the future.
Both of these features that Inada Sogno massage chairs have really do make it, quite possibly, the most distinctive and effective therapeutic massage chair ever made.
Dr. Alan Weidner
Inada Sogno Massage Chair Intensity Adjustments
Loaded with features, this is the most incredible massage chair we have seen enter the marketplace. By massaging over 1200 square inches, the closest competitor only covers about 450 square inches.
While most people like the Inada Sogno immediately, there are those folks who feel like more intensity is needed. In order to please more users, Inada has made the roller default setting lower than some people might like. They wanted to be sure sensitive folks didn’t experience too intense of a massage the first time they used the chair.
To one not accustomed to massage, the powerful features available in this chair could be overwhelming with all settings in high gear. To borrow a phrase from the automotive industry, “This is not your father’s massage chair.”
Most folks don’t realize that there are several easy ways to increase intensity. By making these simple adjustments, you can enjoy a much more rigorous massage with your chair.
Here are a few other ways to increase the massage chair intensity:
1. Adjusting the 3-D roller system. Older massage chairs used pretty simple roller technology. The Inada Sogno massage chair features a three dimensional system called 3-D. Without getting too technical, there are different motions along 3 axes to produce a thorough and intense massage. These 3 features are rarely found together in chairs.
The z-axis motion is less often found. You can regulate it with your remote. Push the “+” to increase and the “-” button to decrease the intensity. If you want a more vigorous massage, push the “+” button. You will see the movement of your chest forward in response. To get less intensity, just press the “-” button and the rollers will pull back.
While this is the easier way to regulate intensity, you may prefer an even more vigorous massage. There is yet another way to impact your massage experience.
2. The place where you rest your head on your massage chair is detachable. It can be lifted up and flipped over the chair or buttoned onto the chair back.
With that piece and its pad removed, there is nothing but thin material separating you from the rollers from your neck down to your lower back. You experience a very rigorous massage with this feature in motion.
Now, by pressing the 3-D “+” button again, the intensity is increased all the more. Experienced massage chair users say that with the 3-D rollers on highest intensity along with the headpiece and pad removed, it is the most vigorous chair massage they have experienced. With so many intense systems for massage available, that is saying a lot.
3. 100 airbags are featured. With so many airbags ccompressing your thighs, legs, or arms all at once, it can be pretty intense.
The good news is that Inada gives you options for adjusting the intensity. Every airbag can be changed from Low to Medium to High settings by remote. Adjust everything at once or one area of your body at a time.
These are some simple ways to make your massage experience as gentle or as intense as you like. The options are many, as you can see, in this amazing massage chair.
Dr. Alan Weidner
Inada Sogno vs. Inada Yume Massage Chair
Inada comes up with a new massage chair every few years. These offerings are not rehashed old models, but are marked by advances in technology and innovation. The Inada Sogno Dreamwave massage chair came to market in 2008, with the Inada Yume following in 2011.
Inada has lived up to its pioneering reputation with these two models. They boast functions not seen up to now in the massage chair industry. I will go through the differences between these very popular Inada chairs, so you can see what works better for you.
Inada Sogno Massage Chair
1. Thigh massage with airbag compression (works the ITBs – Ilio-Tibial Bands).
2. Full arm massage with airbag compression (includes hands, wrists, forearms, and arms).
3. Cervical Traction Headpiece – airbag massage for neck and upper shoulder (trapezia) muscles.
4. Dreamwave technology for the seat (provides side to side with up and down pelvic movement with low back airbags). This feature especially is beneficial for acute low back pain. The technology is revolutionary enough that Inada chose to use Inada Sogno Dreamwave as the full name of this model.
5. Airbag massage for foot and calf.
6. Rollers move below the lower back to the upper buttocks via a vertical track. They reach lower than other massage chairs.
7. The seat includes a heating mechanism.
8. Contemporary design (Award winning).
9. Colors offered include black leather, creme, red, chocolate, dark brown and black.
10. White glove delivery offered, including setup and removal of shipping materials.
11. This is a very large massage chair – with two boxes (324 lbs. total) required for shipping.
12. Comprehensive standard three year on-site warranty.
13. Price is $6999 (at this writing).
Inada Yume Massage Chair
1. Rocking chair motion (5-7 rocks per minute)
2. Therapeutic Calf Massage – Calf Muscles are massaged with a Thera-Elliptical-Kneading process. The calf wells move up and down in a kneading motion along with airbag compression to produce an intense massage.
3. LED lighting on the sides of the calf wells to produce a relaxing atmosphere when room lights are turned off.
4. Neck airbags to stretch the neck by alternating inflation on the head and shoulder on one side at a time. Less sophistocated than the Inada Sogno, but still effective.
5. Seat airbags for low back rotation. (The Inada Sogno gets this effect with low back airbags.
6. No thigh, arm, or foot airbags like those found with the Inada Sogno.
7. No heating mechanism.
8. Usually regular door-to-door delivery.
9. Comprehensive standard three year on-site warranty
10. Colors include black, dark brown, creme, and red.
11. Much smaller massage chair than the Inada Sogno. It ships in one box at 271 lbs.
12. Price (at this writing): $5499.
To sum up, the Inada Yume and Inada Sogno primarily differ as follows:
1. Inada Sogno employs Dreamwave technology in the seat, a cervical traction device or headpiece, calf and foot airbag massage, thigh airbags, and full arm airbags.
2. Inada Yume uses airbag technology for neck stretching massage and seat massage. There is no foot, arm, or thigh airbag massage. It does include thera-elliptical-kneading for the calves and rotary rocking.
3. No heating mechanism in the Inada Yume while the Inada Sogno includes a subtle heating mechanism at the back of the seat.
4. More color choices with the Inada Sogno.
5. The Inada Sogno is a much larger chair than the Inada Yume.
6. Price – There is a $1500 difference.
There you have a comparison of the two most popular Inada chairs. You cannot go wrong with either of them; it simply depends on what features of these high quality massage chairs will meet your needs.
Dr. Alan Weidner
Roller or Airbag Massage of the Inada Sogno
You will find yourself amazed more than once at the versatility of the Inada Sogno Dreamwave massage chair. An incredible feature for neck massage allows you to control intensity by repositioning the cervical traction device (headrest) along with the pad attached to it. With the headpiece in its normal position you experience a more gentle massage on your neck. When you easily remove it for more vigorous massage, traditional roller technology will aggressively work your neck and upper shoulder muscles.
The neck and head traction device uses air cells to massage your neck and head. At the same time, airbags at the bottom of the headpiece massage the upper shoulder muscles. There are nodules attached there to simulate the kneading of human fingers. Along with pressure on the shoulders is a stretching of the neck. It is a fabulous experience to relax in your Inada Sogno massage chair and feel tensions melt away from your neck and upper shoulders.
Deeper Neck Massage With The Inada Sogno Massage Chair!
You may enjoy the gentler airbag massage, but still want a deeper working of your neck muscles by using traditional rollers. This is where the versatility of moving the airbag apparatus (cervical traction device) up over the back of the chair comes into play. After snapping the headpiece onto the top of the chair back you are ready for a serious neck massage.
You cannot beat the intensity of a good roller massage. By lifting the head piece with its padding from the rollers, there is only a thin layer of material separating your body from the rollers. This position will aggressively massage the sore muscles of your neck and upper back.
Most folks, when they first experience the Inada Sogno massage chair, do not realize this more intense roller massage feature exists beneath the fancy headpiece. Some shoppers, after trying the chair in the usual position, have told us they thought the massage experience was too gentle for them. The great thing about this versatile chair is that you can have it both ways, gentle or intense, with a flip of the headpiece.
Check out this video we made to explain it visually to you…
The Stretch Program of the Inada Sogno Massage Chair
The “stretch” is another feature to enjoy with the head unit placed over the chair back. What I love about this automatic program is the way the rollers start rolling from the lowest part of your back (sacrum) near the top of your buttocks and work their way up your spine to the base of your head. At that point, the position is held so your muscles can relax, making the stretch more effective and long lasting.
If you find yourself using the more vigorous massage features for your neck and upper back, be sure to pay attention to the clearance behind your chair. When you reposition the headpiece (cervical traction device) out of the way, and fully recline, you will need more room behind your chair.
The advanced neck massage features alone are what draw many shoppers to this amazing chair. The versatility offered for both gentle and more vigorous massage is fantastic. Members of the same family can experience their own unique style of massage from the same chair. The Inada Sogno is a wonderful massage chair that will look great in your home or office and will be certain to improve your life.
Dr. Alan Weidner
Adjusting the Massage Intensity of the Inada Sogno
The Inada Sogno Dreamwave massage chair offers unique features so you can control the intensity of your massage from day to day. On some days, you may want a good muscle work out from an aggressive massage. You can experience the kind of massage that leaves you with some lingering soreness for a day. This is not for everyone, but it is attainable for those of you who prefer it.
On other days, especially after an intense massage, you may prefer to dial down to a more gentle massage. Of course, there are many of you that prefer a gentle massage every day you use your chair. It is up to you. That is what makes the Inada Sogno massage chair so great!
The versatility of this wonderful massage chair gives you many choices on how you can experience your massage. An integral part of most massage chairs is the roller mechanism. The Inada Sogno includes rollers that move from the base of your skull all the way down your spine to your upper buttocks. Most other chairs only reach the lower back.
To achieve massage in the areas of your body not reached by rollers, airbags are employed. These air cells can produce incredible compression on your hands, arms, thighs, legs, hips, waist, and buttocks. You control the intensity and areas of your body you want massaged.
Three Ways To Adjust Your Inada Sogno Massage Chair Roller Intensity
1. Here are several adjustments you can make with your remote to change back roller intensity on your Inada Sogno. On the top half of the remote, you can see the arrows pointing up and down beside the “Back 3-D” button. By pushing this button you can control the intensity of your back massage. It causes a forward motion of the rollers when you push “up” which feels like you are being pushed forward as you lie in the chair.
2. Another way to increase massage intensity is to flip the cervical traction device and pad over the back of the chair. In its usual position, the padding serves to provide a gentler massage. When it is no longer in place, only unpadded material separates your body from the rollers. For those of you looking for an intense massage, this may be one of your favorite features on the Inada Sogo massage chair.
3. The third way to fine tune your massage chair is to take advantage of gravity. By completely reclining the chair (180 degrees), your body will be exerting more pressure down onto the chair. You will feel the increased intensity of a horizontal massage when contrasted with one in a sitting position.
Two Ways To Adjust Your Inada Sogno Massage Chair Airbag Intensity
The Inada Sogno massage chair offers you even more versatility in controlling the intensity of your massage. The airbags are designed to reach those areas of the body not massaged by the back rollers.
1. With your remote you can control the strength of the airbags. As you look at the lower portion of your remote, you will see a door opening to several manual settings. You can change the setting on any part of the body the airbags touch to get the desired intensity. For example, just push the button for arm air and only that area will respond to your command.
The default setting as you start your program is “Medium.” By pushing the button it will change to “High” (more intense). Push it again and you will see “Cancelled.” Yet another push will bring you to the least intense setting, “Low.” This simple method allows you to achieve your desired massage level with the push of one button!
2. Even though it is nice to have the option of setting intensity for individual areas of the body, at some point in your massage chair program, you may want to change all the airbags at the same time. There is a button marked “Air Level” on the top portion of the remote just above the door opening the bottom part of the remote.
By pushing this button you control the intensity of all the air cells at once. It is a one button control and works like the one I explained above. From whatever setting a part of your body is on, this button will take it and the other settings to whatever the next level is. Press it again and it will move to the next level and so on.
It is wonderful to have this ability to change intensity so easily as you progress through your program. If you are wondering about any of the functions, your owner’s manual will go into more detail for you.
You May Be Surprised At The Intensity Of The Inada Sogno Massage Chair
As you can see, adjustments on this magnificent massage chair can take you all the way from gentle to aggressive massage experiences. By using some of the techniques and settings I’ve mentioned in this article, you may be surprised at the intensity you can achieve with your Inada Sogno massage chair.
Dr. Alan Weidner
Inada Sogno Massage Chair vs. OSIM uAstro from Brookstone
We get questions quite often about the similarities and contrasts between the Inada Sogno Dreamwave massage chairand OSIM uAstro. Since the Inada Sogno Dreamwave Plus chair (made inJapan) has become popular, other companies are producing look-alikes in hopes of gaining sales in this market. The uAstro is made in China and distributed by Brookstone.
At first glance, the two chairs may look the same, but you must sit in them and turn them on to detect the differences. I have experienced massage sessions in both of these chairs, so here are my thoughts.
One of our customers tried the Inada Sogno massage chair in our showroom and shortly thereafter the UAstro at Brookstone. When he ordered the Inada Sogno from us the next day, he compared our massage experience with getting into a Mercedes and the uAstro with driving a Chevy. It was at this point I decided it was time to give each of these chairs a real try.
I found immediately that there is a huge difference in the roller design. The rollers working my back in the uAstro seemed awkward and slightly uncomfortable. The Sogno 3-D rollers feel better and go down into the buttocks. The uAstro rollers only go to the area around the sacrum.
For those of you with larger statures or wider hips, the uAstro may be uncomfortable due to the much smaller seat. If you don’t fit easily into your chair, your massage experience will be compromised.
In addition, the design of the arms is markedly different. The uAstro air cells put pressure only on your outer arms. Constrasting with this sensation is the Inada Sogno design which squeezes your upper arms both on the outside and inside. The uAstro felt like a bear hug enclosing my upper body and I didn’t like it.
Do the Inada Sogno and uAstro Massage Chairs Have True Zero-Gravity?
Although the uAstro is marketed with zero gravity as a feature, I never felt it. True zero gravity involves a 30 degree seat tilt which
causes you to feel rather weightless.
Coupled with this sensation, is the effect of raised legs that gets more blood to your heart. The position takes the force of gravity off your back and it feels great.
Not once did I experience this in the uAstro; even with the ottoman raised, my legs were still quite low in relation to my body as a whole. Inada does not promote zero gravity as a feature of the Sogno chair. In spite of their not claiming it, I felt closer to the sensation as I reclined fully in the Sogno than in the chair from Brookstone.
One of the Sogno features I’m most impressed with is the alternation of air cells to mimic an incredible kneading and massaging effect on the feet and lower legs. There is a definite contrast with the uAstro’s simple compression from air cells.
Also, The Sogno Dreamwave program incorporates sophisticated technology to produce a side-to-side along with an up-and-down movement of the seat not found in the uAstro. This Inada Sogno seat movement makes possible the incredible Stretch program which is therapeutic for the hip and lower back pain common to many of our clients. The program includes rotation, extension and flexion, making it one of the most popular features of this wonderful massage chair.
A Few Things We Liked About The uAstro vs. the Inada Sogno Massage Chair
The uAstro remote control display is more user friendly than that of the Sogno. As you go into different modalities, it shows you as it does them. The Sogno LED screen brings up unfamiliar symbols you have to learn to know what is going on with your body.
Heaters are included in both chairs. As I compared the two, I noticed a somewhat stronger effect in the uAstro as I experienced a pretty warm lower back by the end of my 15 minute massage session. The warmth of the Sogno is more subtle with a wider reach throughout the entire seat and radiating up to the sacral area.
To sum up, the chairs may look similar, but the Inada Sogno’s sophisticated technology produces the more advanced experience. If you are a novice consumer looking to step up from a Homedics pad used on your home chairs, perhaps you would be satisfied with the uAstro.
If you are determined to purchase the best chair for your money, I have no hesitation in recommending The Inada Sogno Dreamwave. The question to ask yourself is whether you want the kind of quality that will ensure many years of excellent massage. Personally, I would rather pay a little extra to get the best chair available than spend $3,500 and be sorry later.
With any purchase it is good to add up any extra or hidden costs when making your comparisons. Warranty and delivery charges can add up quickly. By ordering through Massage Chair Relief, the Inada Sogno price includes free and careful guaranteed delivery anywhere in theUS. Brookstone charges an extra $400 to deliver the uAstro.
Factory warranty is another issue you should investigate before making a purchase. The Inada Sogno massage chair has the best comprehensive warranty in the business with in-home service included. Like most massage chair manufacturers, uAstro has only a one year warranty. You must pay $429 extra to get the extended warranty of 3 years.
When you compare these two chairs and include extra charges, the uAstro price is higher than at first glance. Compared with the 3 year warranty and standard white glove delivery of an Inada Sogno purchased from Massage-Chair-Relief.com, you would pay $4,124.00 to Brookstone and that does not include sales tax. As a sophisticated consumer you must decide whether the Inada Sogno massage chair and OSIM uAstro differences in technology with overall massage experience are worth the higher outlay for your long term health.
Dr. Alan Weidner
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
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
Part 1 Review of the Inada Yume Massage Chair
By producing the new Inada Yume Massage Chair, Inada has once again remained true to its desire for all new models to feature unique benefits not seen before in the massage chair industry. This company philosophy of innovation has earned Inada a reputation for excellence that other companies tend to copy.
The new Inada Yume (pronounced “You Me”) massage chair showcases two features I’ve not seen in other chairs, elliptical calf massage and rocking.
I will elaborate on those two features in Part II of this article. Here, in Part I, I want to share with you my initial impressions of this latest model from Inada.
The first thing I noticed about the Inada Yume…
The first thing I noticed is the dramatic size difference compared with the Inada Sogno Dreamwave massage chair, its predecessor. The Inada Yume is narrower and a bit shorter, however, it is not tiny at all. The smaller design allows this new chair to fit better into tight spaces. This model was designed to meet the complaint that massage chairs take up too much room. If you are looking for an ample massage chair that takes up little space, the Inada Yume may be for you.
The rolling mechanism differs quite a bit from other Inada chairs, yet is comfortable and firm. I found it to be quite an enjoyable roll. Your neck is stretched by pillow airbags that inflate and alternate pushing on each shoulder. It is a little different from the roller massage on the neck you may have been used to in the past. However, I did figure out how to get that roller massage effect with this chair.
I found that by moving the neck stretching pillow over the back of the chair out of the way and reclining the chair as far as it would go, I could manually set the roller. Then I moved the rollers up as high as possible and enjoyed a wonderful neck massage. This may not work as well for a taller person, but with some body maneuvers most of you can accomplish a good roller neck massage with this chair.
Like the Inada Doctor’s Choice 3A massage chair, the airbags in the Inada Yume seat inflate one side and then the other to rotate the pelvis. I am impressed with this feature because many massage chairs do not provide any low back rotation. The closest thing you may find in a chair is a feature that pushes you forward without any rotation.
For some reason, the color choices, are limited to red and black with the Inada Yume. Note that the red is not burgundy or maroon, but bright red.
Another feature is the LED lighting on the sides of the ottoman. It is not visible from the chair unless the room lights are off. The idea is to produce a relaxed ambiance for your session in the chair.
There are some features you may expect to find in a massage chair that are not included in the Inada Yume. There is no arm massage. Many people think the airbag arm massage feature is unimportant, so it depends on your preference. Interestingly, it has been included in the last two Inada models, the Doctor’s Choice 3A and Sogno.
In addition, foot massage is not included because the Inada Yume provides calf massage for the leg. Elimination of foot massage in this chair will make more sense to you when you see how calf massage works.
Elliptical calf massage and rocking will be discussed in Part II of this article on the new Inada Yume massage chair.
Dr. Alan Weidner
Some big news out of Inada this week that I thought you should know about:
1. Inada i.2 Massage Chair to be Discontinued on April 1, 2011
A remarkable 10-year run of the world’s best selling massage chair is coming to an end. If any customers have ever expressed an interest in the i.2, there is no time like the present. This product’s official discontinuation date is April 1, 2011.
As is the case with all discontinued product, we will provide parts and product support for a minimum of 5 years from its official discontinuation date. We will most likely run out of the i2 in Chocolate and Black by year end 2010. Beige should be available through the first quarter of 2011.
2. Inada Sogno Dreamwave Plus Massage Chair Price Going Up
It’s official! Due to the devalued US Dollar and the strength of the Japanese Yen, the price of the Inada Sogno Dreamwave Plus will increase by $200 to $6999 on March 1, 2011. The MSRP will be $8499, but our price will always be the Minimum Advertised Price, which will be $6999. This price increase will occur on March 1, 2011.
The price of the Genuine Black Leather Inada Sogno Dreamwave Plus will not increase. It will remain at $7999.
By the way, all colors are in stock right now for the holiday shopping season. Order soon so that you don’t miss out on the color or model you want.
Dr. Alan Weidner
I got this email from a customer earlier this week and thought it was important enough to share with you, regarding the heating feature of the Inada Sogno Dreamwave Plus massage chair:
“I thought you may be interested in learning something about the Sogno. I recently purchased one and absolutely love it. However, I did not think the heater was working, so I called Inada. They said they get this kind of call often, but the heater is probably working as they’ve only had one ever in the world actually not work. They said there is no heater in the back. The only heater is a small square section in the back of the seat the feels like it is in the low back. He said you don’t really feel it much because a) it’s not all that hot, and b) the massage gets your blood flow going and body head up, so you don’t really notice. He said to put a pillow or blanket on the seat of the chair, turn on the heat, check it in about 10 minutes and see if it has warmed up the pillow or blanket. I did and can now confirm that the heat does work. I think you do a great job with your site and share a lot of good info, so wanted to share this with you.”
We learn something from our clients every day, it seems. Thanks, Dave, for this tidbit of info for other Inada Sogno shoppers!
Dr. Alan Weidner
Inada calls their headpiece on the Sogno Dreamwave Plus massage chair a cervical traction device. Maybe a little too technical or medical for most of us, but just a fancy name for a headpiece. But, this headpiece does some pretty interesting stuff which differentiate it from other massage chairs. First of all, it has airbags that massage your neck like fingers and airbags that push down on the shoulders, i.e. the trapezia muscles. This is where the “traction” title comes from…the airbags push down on your shoulders thus tractioning your neck, while it is being massaged by those airbags.
But, if you like the old-fashioned roller massage on the neck, the headpiece can be lifted out of the way and the neck can be then massaged by the underlying rollers. I love the trapezius massage. It is very unique to this model and feels great on tight shoulder muscles. Check it out here on this video we created discussing this feature in more detail…
Dr. Alan Weidner
Steffanie and I have created 9 videos here in our showroom to go over every aspect of the Inada Sogno Dreamwave Plus massage chair. We get calls all day long about the chair, from prospective clients and clients alike. Some want to know about the chair before they buy it and some of our clients don’t get everything about the chair once they have it set up in their home or business.
So, we figured we’d put together some “training videos”, if you will, that will take folks through every aspect of this amazing chair from top to bottom. So far, we have published 3 of them and will put out a new every 2 weeks. They are on our website on the Sogno product page, but I will put them up here on this blog entry for easy access right now. You can always call us at 888-259-5380 if you have any further questions about the chair or if you didn’t get something I was trying to explain on the video. If you have any other questions that I didn’t answer we can maybe create another short video for your convenience and for others who may have the same questions.
By the way, I posted a video about the assembly of the Sogno massage chair on the product page too, for those of you who want to assemble your own chair and save money on the white glove delivery. Here are the videos:
Enjoy ( I hope you weren’t expecting professional acting!)
Dr. Alan Weidner
I received a good question from one of my website visitors yesterday. He lives in England and asked a question that probably a lot of folks have…about low back pain, sciatica, and degenerative disc disease, and which massage chair would be most suitable. Below is the question and my response. I hope it assists you in some way…
Hello Dr Weidner,
I am 54 years old, fit and not overweight, but my surgeon has told me i have degenerative disc disease. I regular get bouts of sciatica in the legs usually after playing tennis or doing gardening activities and always suffering with stiffness in the back (stretching helps me very much).
Could you please advice which chair would be most helpful with my condition.
(I would want it situated in my very contempory lounge
Hello, again, S.D.!
Thanks for the information. Sciatica has always been a difficult condition to handle, since it can be secondary to severe muscle spasm, herniated disc, or degenerative arthritis.
The Sogno is a delightful chair, but what makes it so interesting is this new Dream Wave technology. I am including a link to my site where a video of the chair is available. Take a look at how the seat shifts and the hip airbags work the hips. The chair, at the same time, also rotates the lumbar spine one way and then the other, while the seat is shifting and the hips are being massaged. It is certainly the most thorough of any massage chair in this area that I have ever seen.
Here is the link: http://www.massage-chair-
(Just click on the “product video” section and enjoy.)
While I was in practice, I always had a concern with other massage chairs, that the buttock and sacroiliac joints didn’t
get the attention they deserved. This Sogno is the first to take a decent stab at it.
Also, the Sogno is the most contemporary looking massage chair I have ever seen.
Now, having said that about the Sogno, let me talk a little bit about the anti/zero gravity massage chairs, the HT-7450 by Human Touch and the Sanyo 6700. These chairs were born of the decompression fad going on here in the US. Spinal decompression is all the rage for low back pain sufferers, particularly those of discogenic origin (disc problems). Human Touch and Sanyo have taken that decompression idea and coupled it with regular massage chair function. It is a novel idea and my clients seem to love it. I have the HT-7450 in my showroom and on the website, but the Sanyo 6700 is only on my website. I have never sat in the 6700. We sell quite a few of them. The idea of these chairs is to tilt the whole body back, by reclining the chair back AND tilting the seat up to about 45 degrees. Most other chairs have a reclining back of course, but the seat normally stays horizontal. The antigravity chairs tilt evetything back…almost to the point where you feel like the chair is going to slide you off the back! It opens up – decompresses – the back, particularly the low back.
You can take a look at the images through the links below to see if they look contemporary enough. The HT-7450 can look like an executive office chair when it is upright. The Sanyo looks like a pretty traditional massage chair.
I will get a shipping quote later today for the Sogno. If you would like a shipping quote for any of these other chairs, let me know. By the way, the Sogno ships in two boxes, whereas the other two models ship in one.
Dr. Alan Weidner
I was invited back to the Studio 5 noon hour television show again on local channel KSL 5 here in Salt Lake City. This time I brought along the new Sogno Dream Wave PLUS massage chair by Inada and it was quite well received. Folks are typically quite surprised by how much the chair actually does to your body. Virtually every part of your back and side are massaged by some airbag or roller. When choosing the best indoor tv antenna make sure you check what channels you are getting so you can watch us on studio 5.
This time we had both hosts gathered around the chair and before the taping even began I had them both go through a session with the chair. They absolutely loved it.
I will be going on the show every 6 weeks or so to showcase a new model or a feature from a previous model.
Here is the link to the clip:
Notice the way the Dream Wave technology moves the hips from side to side and front and back. The seat works like a shifting plate…very unique.
Enjoy (a bit of my Canadian accent comes out in this one)!
Dr. Alan Weidner