Massage Chair Industry Update Video & Transcripts – 06/04/12

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”

Inada Sogno Dreamwave vs. Panasonic MA70 Questions

I get a lot of inquiries from shoppers about the differences between the Inada Sogno Dreamwave and the Panasonic MA70 massage chairs because of the closeness in price. The chairs are actually very different. Here is another question (and, or course, my response) regarding these two popular models…

Question:

Hello, We’re considering upgrading our older generation Panasonic Real Pro chair. We see that Panasonic has a new EP-MA70 which we are considering as well as the Inada. I see you have some preliminary reviews comparing the MA70 to the Inada but wondered if you have more insight into how they compare. We like the coverage of the Inada but are worried the massage intensity might not compare to the Panasonic. Also, the controls of the Inada seem a little more rudimentary than the Panasonic (I need to program the unit to avoid areas that are damaged and need light touch whereas other areas need strong touch). Any help you can give in helping decide between the two would be great. Also if you can tell us what each will cost that would be great (including delivery to xxxxxxxx). Thanks, Dave Continue reading “Inada Sogno Dreamwave vs. Panasonic MA70 Questions”

The 3rd and Final Part of my Interview with Pres. of Inada USA, Cliff Levin

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”

Part 2 of My Interview with Cliff Levin, Pres. of Inada USA

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”

My Interview with Cliff Levin, President of Inada USA (Part 1)

I am going to post our 45 minute interview in 3 separate parts, including video and transcripts. Here is the Part 1 video with transcripts below:

Transcript of Interview with Cliff Levin, President of Inada USA Massage Chairs (Part One)

Cliff Levin: Hello?

Dr. Alan Weidner: Hey Cliff, how are you?

Cliff: Doing fine, thanks. How are you?

Alan: Good. This is Dr. Alan Weidner from ‘Massage-Chair-Relief.com‘, and today we are visiting with Cliff Levin who’s the president of Inada USA, and Inada USA, or Inada, is the manufacturer of of our top-selling massage chair, the Inada Sogno. They also have some other chairs that they sell, the Inada Yu•Me, the i1, and also the Doctor’s Choice 3A massage chair, and we will talk about probably a good portion of those chairs today in our conversation, but Cliff, thanks for being on board with us today and taking time to visit. Hopefully, our listeners will be able to learn some things, and our viewers will be able to learn some things about Inada that I have not been able to maybe impart, or share with them, in the past, and some insights that you’ll have that I think will be beneficial to them. But, one of … Continue reading “My Interview with Cliff Levin, President of Inada USA (Part 1)”

My Interview with Cliff Levin, President of Inada USA

In Depth Discussion About the Inada Sogno Massage Chair

I had a 45 minute skype video chat with Cliff Levin, President of Inada USA, yesterday where I interviewed him about the state of affairs at Inada and where we also discussed, to some great length, the Inada Sogno Dreamwave massage chair.

Cliff is a very easy to talk to guy and was very open about everything that I asked of him. Here are a few things I learned yesterday that I found interesting:

1. Some of the cosmetic components of the Inada Sogno and Yume massage chairs were manufactured in China. He alluded to stitching, upholstery material, and other non-mechanical parts that were produced in China but assembled with the Japanese-made mechanical components in Japan. Because of the very high cost of production in Japan, Inada outsources these simpler, non-technical tasks to save money.

My Interview with Cliff Levin, President of Inada USA - Inada Sogno
Inada Sogno Massage Chair

2. When I referenced the zero-gravity, or lack thereof, in the Inada Sogno and asked if there were plans to add that feature, or any other features for that matter, to this very popular chair,  Cliff basically said if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it. So, I suspect that the Inada Sogno Dreamwave massage chair that we have all come to know and love will remain the same for the entire length of it’s life cycle.

3. Inada has no plans to introduce a massage chair that they think will trump the Sogno. I am frequently asked if Inada is going to come out with either a new edition of the Sogno or if there is another chair in the works that will be even better than the Sogno. The answer to both questions is no. So, what you see in the Sogno is what you get…and what you will get for years to come. And, don’t expect anything better than or as iconic as the Sogno.

4. As I had suspected, Inada is the only major name brand massage chair manufacturer that still produces their chairs in Japan. All others have migrated to China.

5. I was glad to know that Inada USA was just as nervous and uncertain about the economic effects of the huge February 1, 2012 price increase. Inada didn’t express concern at the time, that I could sense, but in retrospect, now that sales have been huge, Cliff admitted that they were quite concerned at Inada about the effects of the price increase on their business. Of course, as I’ve mentioned on this blog many times before, the price increase was the direct result of the weak US Dollar and the strong Japanese Yen.

I am currently editing the interview. Since it is rather long, I am working on breaking it down to 3 segments. I am not all that great at video editing, so I hope I can get this done for you in a reasonable amount of time. I will post the videos on our www.youtube.com/massagechairrelief channel for your perusal.

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

 

 

Massage Chair Arm Airbags

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.

Massage Chair Arm Airbags - omega montage premier
Omega Montage Premier massage chair

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
www.massage-chair-relief.com

 

Some Helpful Inada Massage Chair Tips

2 Good Tips for Inada Sogno and Inada Yume Users

A lot of what I know about massage chairs comes from folks who ask me questions and then I do the research to find out the answers. Sometimes my clients know more about a particular chair than I do and they enlighten me about their findings. I realized two things this week, one thing about the Inada Yume and one thing about the Inada Sogno massage chair, that I was not completely aware of before. I wanted to share these things with you in this blog.

1. I was asked if the Inada  Yume was a zero gravity chair. It is not listed as a feature of the chair, but I went to the chair in my showroom and checked it out. Zero gravity is not a feature button on the remote control so I just reclined the chair to see if the seat tilted to a 30 degree angle. You see, by definition, zero gravity is a 30 degree tilt of the seat to allow for decompression of the low back joints. Here is an article that I wrote about zero gravity in greater detail for those of you who want to learn more about this increasingly popular massage chair feature:

Inada Yume Massage Chair
Inada Yume Massage Chair

http://www.massage-chair-relief.com/blog/chair-models/zero-gravity-massage-chairs/

Well, getting back to the Yume, I reclined the seat back and did not see the seat tilt…until the chair back hit about 60 degrees. At that point the whole chair body rotated up as the chair back continued to a horizonal position. This facilitated a seat tilt of 30 degrees.

The long and short of this is YES…the Inada Yume has a zero gravity feature!

2. The Inada Sogno Dreamwave has a head piece called a Cervical Traction Device. In that head piece there are airbags that massage your neck and shoulders. It is the first massage chair, that I am aware of, that has airbags that massage the neck instead of rollers. You can  lift the headpiece up and over the back of the chair to get the rollers to work on your neck, but some folks claim that the chair rollers don’t go high enough up the neck. I was visiting with Cliff Levin, the President of Inada USA who came to visit us this week, and asked him about this. He said that all you have to do is over-ride the initial body scan of the chair by doing the following:

a.) Lift the headpiece up and over the back of the chair so that your neck is right over the rollers,
b.) Recline the chair to where you want to begin the massage,
c.) Turn on the program that you want,
d.) When the remote control display says “Fine tune SHOULDER POSITION”, push the up arrow of the button on the remote with up/down arrows until the rollers hit the top of your spine, just under your skull.

It is as easy as that. I tried it and it was awesome! Worked perfectly for me.

Hope this little tips help enrich your experience with either of these phenomenal massage chairs.

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

Questions About The Osaki 7000 Massage Chair

Osaki 7000 Questions

Some questions from a website visitor about the Osaki 7000. This chair has quickly become our second best seller, behind, of course, the Inada Sogno Dreamwave chair. The Osaki 7000 is an even bigger chair than the Inada Sogno and is a more aggressive massage. But, below is the question and my answer to my client:

Massage Chair Question:

Hi Alan,

First of all, I want to let you know your website has been by far the most useful research tool in my search to buy a massage chair.  I also appreciate your prompt responses to my questions.
Questions About The Osaki 7000 Massage Chair - os7000
Osaki 7000 Massage Chair
I have a couple more questions.  First, the Osaki 7000 seems to be a great chair, and likely the one I’ll go with, however I see there is another identical chair out there called the Fujita KN7005.  There’s also a newer version of this chair called the KN7005R, which supposedly has some upgrade to the rollers and softer cushioning for a deeper massage.  It also costs about $300 more.  Do you expect a similar upgrade to the Osaki, and a similar price increase?

Second question is about the white glove delivery.  I have no problem assembling things myself.  Actually I think it’s helpful to know how things go together and come apart.  The problem is that I live in a condo complex, with a three step walk up to my front door, and I’m concerned the term “curbside” is literal.  I’d rather not spend the extra $200, but I’d like even less to have to lug the chair myself up the steps (I do have a bad back after all).  Do you know if the delivery will at least take it to my front door?

Again, thanks for all the help.  Regardless of whether an Osaki upgrade is coming or not I’ll be sure to buy a chair from you, and hopefully soon. Your website says the Osaki 7000 is back-ordered in ivory and taupe, but the black is currently available?

Thanks,
Jonah

My Massage Chair Answer:

Hi, Jonah

Thank you for your email and your kind words about my site and how it is assisting you in making your decision. Here are the answers to your questions:

1. The Fujita seems to be the same chair, and it is made from the same Chinese factory, but I believe there are some subtle differences, but nothing noteworthy. That is what the folks at Osaki tell me. I don’t know what those differences are, but they are not too terribly significant. I will say, though, that Osaki has a better customer support history for their chairs. Fujita is not a well-known company in the industry and their chairs are not that popular. Rumor even has it, from one of Fujita’s dealers, that getting service support from Fujita is very difficult. That is a big problem for me, as a dealer. You know how I put my name and my image out there on my site and videos? If my customers can’t get support for their massage chair problems, it will reflect on me and I can’t have that.  

I do know that Osaki has a strong customer support department that won’t leave you hanging. That is the main reason why we decided to carry the Osaki massage chairs. They had asked me for over a year to carry their chairs, but I was hesitant until I knew more about their customer support. And it has been great…and that is why we now carry their models. 

2. Osaki is expecting a 7200 model this summer, but it is not an upgrade of the Osaki 7000…an upgrade of the Osaki 6000. It will have heat, which is something that the 6000 does not have. No changes in the works, that I am aware of, for an upgrade to the 7000.

3. The Osaki 7000 comes in a huge box. If you have back pain and are concerned that the lifting will mess up an already hurting back, I think you are wise to consider the White Glove Delivery. If you had a couple of young, healthy backs helping you out, then you could probably pay them $10 each to help you lift the box into the room you want. I have had clients do that in the past. “Curbside” is a very, very broad term, depending on who the delivery guy is and what mood he is in. Some guys will deliver to your door or to your garage, others to the curb, yet others, for a few bucks out of your pocket, will move the chair into your front entryway. It all depends on  how nice the guy is. 

4. Black is currently available for immediate shipping. Ivory and taupe are back-ordered for another 3-4 weeks. If you are considering one of those colors, order now because only 8 of each color is coming in and they will be spoken for long before the shipment arrives.

Thanks, again, for your email. I hope my answers to your questions helped out in some way. 

Dr. Alan Weidner

Massage Chair Remote Controls – The Basics

All About The Massage Chair Remote Control

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

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

Massage Chair Remote Controls - The Basics - osaki 6000 remote control
Osaki OS-6000 remote control

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yet Another Osaki 6000 Massage Chair Video – The Rollers!!

Osaki 6000 Rollers Video

We have really been working on a lot of massage chair videos lately. I spend every other Thursday recording features of different massage chairs. Right now, the focus is on the Osaki 6000 massage chair. We just completed a bunch on the Osaki 7000 and HT-7120 massage chairs. I will begin staggering the posting of those videos so that it isn’t all just one chair all the time, every week.

Yet Another Osaki 6000 Massage Chair Video - The Rollers!! - OS 6000 BROWN
Osaki 6000 Massage Chair

If you have any suggestions of a video that you’d like us to create regarding a chair that we have in our showroom, I’d be happy to do that for you. For example, I have some elderly clients in Houston, Texas who recently asked why there isn’t a video that comes with the Inada Sogno that would explain what to do with the chair when they sit in it for the first time. Great question!! So, I told them that I would whip something up in the showroom for them and then post it to our YouTube channel.

So, last Thursday we made a video of me using the Inada Sogno Dreamwave explaining to new users what to do on their first experience with their new chair. I think it was a great idea. That video should be ready later this week and hopefully up on Youtube.com/massagechairrelief by week’s end.

That question from my client about how to use the Inada Sogno for the first time got me thinking about some things that folks need to know when they sit down on the Osaki 7000 for the first time. It can be a little confusing…it was for me! Well, one of the videos we made last week about the Osaki 7000 massage chair was how to get started in it for the first time and what to be aware of so that one is not too confused. Good stuff! That video will be up soon on our youtube channel too.

By the way, all our videos are also located on our website on the product page for which the video was made. You can access all our videos either on the website product page or on our youtube.com channel.

Now, back to the video of the Osaki 6000 massage rollers. The roller system on the Osaki 6000 is nice and firm. Not as aggressive as the Osaki 7000 and not as gentle as the Inada Sogno. As I’ve mentioned before, the Osaki 6000 is a Sogno lookalike, but the feel of the massage is different. The roller track is 30″ so it will go all the way from the base of your skull down to your buttocks. Good range. The chair does have a roller intensity adjustment to make it more or less intense. The chair really does have a nice roller feel to it…again, nice and firm. Check out the video here:

I hope you enjoyed that. For a complete list of all our videos, go to www.youtube.com/massagechairrelief

Have a super day!

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

New Osaki 6000 Massage Chair Video – Foot and Calf Massage

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.

Osaki 6000 Massage Chair
Osaki 6000 Massage Chair

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
www.massage-chair-relief.com

Inada Sogno Massage Chair Dreamwave Technology

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.

Inada Sogno Massage Chair
Inada Sogno Massage Chair

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
www.massage-chair-relief.com

Inada Sogno Massage Chair Video – The Remote Control

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
www.massage-chair-relief.com

Osaki Massage Chair Extended Warranty Confusion – Don’t Be Fooled!

Osaki Massage Chair Extended Warranties

If you have been shopping for a massage chair and have considered the Osaki massage chair line, you may have had some confusion arise about the warranty of the Osaki chairs.

Here is where the confusion has stemmed from…

Osaki offers a 1 year parts and labor, in-home warranty on all their chairs. They also offer a second year of parts only and a third year of only the structure/frame of the chair.

Osaki also offers the option of an additional 1 or 2 years for their parts and labor, in-home warranty.

Osaki 4000 Massage Chair
Osaki 4000 Massage Chair

On our site, we mention the 3 year limited warranty as standard for the chairs. We also offer the 1 or 2 year extended warranty options before the “Add to Cart” button on the product pages.

Some other online retailers don’t mention much of the standard warranty but offer a 4 or 5 year extended warranty.

This 4 or 5 year warranty sounds like quite a bit more than the standard 3 year limited warranty or the 1 or 2 year extended warranties. Here is where the misunderstanding is routed:

If you take the standard 3 year limited warranty and add 1 year of the extended parts and labor, in-home warranty, you actually now have a 4 year limited warranty. 2 years of parts and labor, in home warranty, 1 year parts, and 1 year structure/frame….which totals 4 years.

If you take the standard 3 year limited warranty and now add the 2 year extended parts and labor, in-home warranty, you will have a 5 year limited warranty: 3 years part and labor, in-home warranty, 1 year parts, and 1 year structure/frame…totaling 5 years.

Does that make sense now? So, if you see a site that offers a “4 or 5 year extended warranty”, don’t be fooled into thinking that you are getting a 4 or 5 year parts and labor, in-home warranty. It is really a 4 or 5 year extended LIMITED warranty. That is no different than a site, like ours, that offers the additional 1 or 2 year extended warranty on parts and labor, in-home.

This same thing may be applied to any other massage chair manufacturer’s extended warranty program. So retailers, in an attempt to gain a competitive advantage, may try to lay things out for you in a confusing way to make you think you are getting more than you really are. Be wary!

Another misunderstanding that can come from extended warranties is the notion that a 5 year extended warranty, as with the Inada chairs, actually adds 5 years to the already amazing 3 year part and labor, in-home warranty. This is different than the additional 1 or 2 year extended warranty offered by Osaki, but can be just as confusing. The extended 5 year warranty actually only adds 2 years to the existing 3 year head to toe warranty.

Bottom line: make sure you are clear on the warranty you are getting and/or buying. It stinks to have confusion later on when you really need the warranty service and find out that you don’t have what you thought you were getting.

Dang, I hope I didn’t confuse anyone (I feel confused, and I wrote it!!!).

In Other Massage Chair News…

Speaking of Osaki, the ivory os-7000 model is still back-ordered…for another week.

The Inada  Sogno black leather and dark brown are back-ordered until April 16th and the chocolate back-ordered until April 30th.

The Panasonic 1285 massage chair is currently back-ordered for another week or so.

I just completed another massage chair industry update video on YouTube last night. For even more info, check it out…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmBHlbTj5AI&context=C4b907c5ADvjVQa1PpcFOZxIfRxt2mzCtOOtrmVW9fD6saOyEdN0Y=

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

Massage Chair News and Updates!

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.

Panasonic 30007 Massage Chair
Panasonic 30007 Massage Chair

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.

massage chair secret
"I've got a good deal on a Sogno!"

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
www.massage-chair-relief.com

New Inada Sogno Massage Chair Video – Moving the Chair!

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.

Inada Sogno Massage Chair
Inada Sogno Massage Chair

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
www.massage-chair-relief.com

If Not The Inada Sogno Massage Chair, How About The Osaki 6000 or 7000? (Part 2)

Osaki 6000 Massage Chair vs. Osaki 7000 Massage Chair – Part 2

UPDATE (12/02/12): 
Since this article was written, Osaki has added the OS-7200H and the OS-7075R, which are upgrades to the OS-6000 and OS-7000, respectively. The OS-7200H is the exact same chair as the OS-6000 but with a heat feature; the OS-7075R is the exact same chair as the OS-7000, but with foot rollers and a higher horsepower roller motor.  Everything discussed in this article still applies to all 4 models. 

Yesterday, in part 1, I went over some of the benefits of both the Osaki 6000 massage chair and Osaki 7000 massage chair. Two great models to consider when the Inada Sogno chair is just not feasible economically. Today, in part 2, I will go over 6 more contrasting points between the Osaki 6000 and Osaki 7000 massage chairs, in response to an email from Brian, a serious massage chair shopper:

4. Both models have a stretching program, with the stretch of the 6000 being more typical of most other models. But, the new Thai stretch is very intense. I’ve never felt anything like it before. I really pulls your body and decompresses your spine. It might be a bit much for some, especially if you are overly sensitive, but for most it will be just what the doctor ordered.

Osaki 7000 Massage Chair
Osaki 7000 Massage Chair

5. The airbag numbers are close, but the intensity and aggressiveness of the Osaki 7000 massage chair airbags seem to be more intense. Just like with the rollers for both chairs, you can adjust the airbag intensity on either model as well.

6. The neck traction on the Osaki 6000 massage chair is in imitation of the Cervical Traction Device of the Inada Sogno. The neck airbags on the 6000 are pretty weak…just two large airbags that inflate and push your head forward (nothing close to the discriminating massage of the Inada Sogno neck airbags). But, the shoulder airbags that push down onto the top of your shoulders are pretty good. That is what constitutes the tractioning action of the headpiece. Although I find it to not be as good as that of the Sogno, it certainly is better than the neck airbags. You will enjoy this feature if you or your wife work at a desk and/or computer and have tight trapezia muscles.

The Osaki 7000 does not have the neck traction at all.

7. The Osaki 7000 has the head airbag massage mechanism, which also has a neck massage as part of the contraption. I’ve never seen that before on a chair, but when I tried it out I had no idea it was going to be as intense as it was. I would be very interested to try it out when I have a headache to see what effect it might have on that pain.

8. The Osaki 7000 has full body heat, from head to foot. The Osaki 6000 has no heat at all.

9. The vertical roller track length on the Osaki is 1 inch longer than that of the 6000. The 31 inch length is, along with the Panasonic ma70, is the longest track we know of in a massage chair. The rollers go all the way from the base of your skull down to the buttocks. It is great. Even though the vertical track on the Osaki 6000 is only 30 inches long, it is still longer than most and will give you a great head to buttock massage. It just doesn’t go that extra inch down into the lower buttocks like the Osaki 7000 does.

Well, Brian, that about does it. I hope this helps you make up your mind regarding which model would be best for you. Please feel free to call me at 801-651-2026 or email me with any other questions or if you need any assistance placing your order on our site.

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

If Not The Inada Sogno, How About The Osaki 6000 or 7000? (Part 1)

Inada Sogno Massage Chair vs. Osaki 7000 or 6000 – Part 1

UPDATE (12/02/12): 
Since this article was written, Osaki has added the OS-7200H and the OS-7075R, which are upgrades to the OS-6000 and OS-7000, respectively. The OS-7200H is the exact same chair as the OS-6000 but with a heat feature; the OS-7075R is the exact same chair as the OS-7000, but with foot rollers and a higher horsepower roller motor.  Everything discussed in this article still applies to all 4 models. 

The Inada Sogno massage chair is the creme-de-la-creme of massage chairs, but is not always within the budget of many of our massage chair shoppers. Many are looking for an inexpensive alternative to the Inada Sogno, with as many features as possible (arent’ we all?!).

Here is a letter from a massage chair shopper who asks some questions that are typical of someone shopping for massage chairs, but not quite ready to fork over the big bucks for the Inada Sogno. His interest, in particular, is the in the Osaki 6000 or 7000 models.

Osaki 6000 Massage Chair
Osaki 6000 Massage Chair

Here are our emails, his question and my response, broken up into 2 parts:

Massage Chair Question:

Hi! First of all, I’d like to compliment you on your website. Since we’ve been in the market for a massage chair, your website has easily given us the most useful information. Last month we tested the Inada Sogno Dreamwave at a home and garden show in Denver and fell in love with everything but the price. I’m sure you hear that a lot.

We live in a small town in SE New Mexico and testing any other chair seems out of the question, meaning we have to trust reviews and our research to make our final decision. A couple of the key features that are important to us are the intensity of the massage (we like deep penetrating massages), the stretching and zero gravity option, hip/thigh/calf and foot massage, and heat (as extensive as possible).

Based on these, your review of the Osaki 7000 intrigued us but we still have some concerns. The head massage band, although interesting is an eye sore in every image we’ve seen. Can it be stored a different way? It also doesn’t appear to do as extensive of a massage to the shoulder area as say the 6000. We really liked the way you described how it moves and massages the hips, that and the intensity have us leaning towards it over the 6000 (that has no heat).

If the 7200H is to include heat, how would you compare them (assuming it’s functionally the same as the 6000 with added heat)? Also, if we were to consider the 7200H over the 7000, when would you expect it to become available? Any more of your thoughts regarding these chairs would be very helpful.

Thanks for your time!

Brian

Massage Chair  Answer:

Hi, Brian

Thank you for your email. Thanks for the thumbs up on our website. That means a lot to me. Heaven knows I spend a lot of time and energy on it!
Yes, the Inada Sogno is awesome…but expensive. But, if you like deep, penetrating massages and you don’t have the budget for the Sogno, the Osaki 7000 massage chair might just be the ticket for you. Man, we just got it in our showroom a couple of weeks ago and it is impressive. It stands a little taller than the Inada Sogno, but has a far more aggressive massage, both in rollers and airbags. The Thai stretch is the most vigorous and intense stretch program I have ever encountered in a massage chair. If you like intense, this chair is probably a good one for you.
Yes, the head band is a funny thing. A very intense head and neck massage but attached to hoses that can’t really be hidden. There actually is a protrusion at the top of the chair that you hand the head band on. What we have done in the showroom is hand the whole device over the back of the chair, where less folks can see it. But, yes, it is a big of a nuisance for aesthetics…even though it does a very unique and effective thing, which we’ve never seen before on a massage chair.
All the features that you list as important are found on the Osaki 7000. You are good there. The Osaki 7200H won’t be out until later in the summer, but it’s functionality and looks are apparently the exact same as the Osaki 6000, but with heat. I will list below the differences I see between the Osaki 6000 (and, therefore the Osaki 7200H) and the Osaki 7000:
1. Osaki 6000 massage chair has a music system with two external speakers. The Osaki 7000 does not.
2. The intensity of the massage is greater on the Osaki 7000. You can adjust the intensity on both of the chairs, but the default intensity of the 7000 is far greater than that of the 6000. If you want an intense massage, the Osaki 7000 if for you.
3. The look of the 6000, to me, is more sleak and has better lines. I like the LED lighting on the sides of the chair, but aesthetics don’t really have much to do with the function. The synthetic leather on the 6000 is shinier and more slick looking. The synthetic leather on the 7000 is more of a “flat” finish (I think that’s the term they use in the painting world!). The body style of the 7000 is very unique. The 6000 is patterned after the famous Inada Sogno massage chair, but the body styling of the 7000 is unique and new.
Stay tuned for Part 2 tomorrow where I go into 6 more points to consider when choosing either the Osaki 6000 or Osaki 7000 massage chair.
Dr. Alan Weidner
www.massage-chair-relief.com

International Massage Chair Orders on the Rise! What Gives?

International Massage Chair Sales

Lately, I have been getting a lot of calls from international destinations. You know what that means? It means that the US Dollar is low and foreign currencies are stronger. This happens every so often. This last week I sold a massage chair to Sweden and one to Australia. The ocean freight costs are so minimal that it makes buying and shipping a massage chair overseas very affordable.Massage Chair International Shipping

The two chairs I shipped overseas were both Inada Sogno massage chairs. The cost of ocean freight  to Sweden was about $500 and the one to Australia was about $600. Not too bad, eh? It makes purchases by my international clients very manageable. The only real drawback to the overseas shipping is that once the massage chair leaves US soil, the warranty is more-or-less void.

I say more-or-less because some companies, like Inada and Human Touch, will provide the parts over the length of the warranty period but not the labor. The client just has to pay for the shipping of the parts, but the parts are covered. That is not a bad deal.

Massage Chair Voltage Difference?

Another thing to be aware of when shopping from out side the US is the voltage of the chair vs. the voltage your country’s electrical system, i.e. 110 v or 220 v. If you have 110v in your country you will need to get a step up transformer. I would strongly suggest that you get a good quality one that will last you for a long time. Don’t go cheap on the transformer. I am sure that you can get one in your country, but if you have difficulty getting a hold of one, we have access to a very good quality one here in the US, but between shipping and the cost of the dang thing, you’d be into your purchase another $200-250 depending on where you live.

Here is the link to our international shipping page on our website, for more information:

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

By the way, in case you haven’t already figured this out, but our toll-free number, 888-259-5380, only works for US-originated calls. It will NOT work for international calls. If you want to call and chat, and I’d love to chat anytime about massage chairs with you, you will have to call our showroom number, which is 1-801-417-8240.

Have a super day!

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

Which Massage Chair is Most Comfortable to Sit in While Turned Off?

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.

Panasonic MA70 Massage Chair
Panasonic MA70 Massage Chair

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

Answer:

Hi, 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

www.massage-chair-relief.com

Panasonic 30007 Massage Chair Review (Part 2)

Part 2 of my Review of the Panasonic 30007 Massage Chair

In Part 1 of my review of the very popular Panasonic 30007 massage chair, I discussed price, durability of the Panasonic brand, the roller system, and the airbags of the hips and arms. In Part 2, I delve into many more of the features of this massage chair.

Panasonic 30007 Massage Chair
Panasonic 30007 Massage Chair

The Panasonic 30007 massage chair does not have any heat function. I’m pretty ambivalent about heat. I figure that with a few passes of the rollers over your backside your back is going to heat up anyway from the increased blood flow. Not a biggie to me, but if you love the heat function in a massage chair, the 30007 is not for you.

The chair does not fit a taller person very well. If you are over 6 feet tall, you may feel as though you are a tall person sitting in a small two-seater sports car. Your knees will be up higher than you would find comfortable. With the flexing foot massage component of the ottoman, you can always extend your legs and flatten out the foot massager, but then you have airbags squeezing on your ankles, which may not be optimal for you taller folks. This taller person issue is compounded if you just happen to have long legs. Your torso will be fine, but the legs will not like it too much. The ottoman does have a 5” extension feature but it doesn’t help much for the taller users.

More on the 30007 Massage Chair Rollers…

One thing I always look for in a massage chair is a good roller massage way down the back and even into the top of the buttocks. The Panasonic 30007 has a 30” roller track and it gets down below the belt line and into the sacral area (top of the buttocks). That is a nice feature if you suffer from low, low back pain.

The 30007 massage chair is available only in black. From the start, Panasonic said they would have black and brown models, but the brown has never been introduced to the US market in this model. If you want the brown color I suggest you look at the sister models to the 30007, which are the 30005 and 30006. They both come in the brown and there are very few differences between all three of these models.

The warranty is 1 year full, on-site comprehensive warranty with a 3 year limited warranty. Panasonic is pretty good about warranty work. Just give them a call and they have a local dealer pick up the chair, fix it for you, and then drop it back off at your home.

Next to the Inada Sogno massage chair, which covers over 1200 sq. inches of your body with massage, the Panasonic 30007 is the next highest in square inch coverage at 460+ of any name-brand chair of which we are aware.

Again, a great chair for the dollars spent. I love this chair a lot. It is very usable and functional. Gives a great massage and, if you’re not too tall, will really make you feel like you got a great work-over when your session is done. Oh, and it should last for a lot of years!

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

Panasonic 30007 Massage Chair Review (Part 1)

Part 1 of my Review of the Panasonic 30007 Massage Chair

Panasonic introduced the 30007 model as their top of the line massage chair and it’s first chair manufactured in Japan in a long, long time. When it hit the market, it retailed at $5999. As with most Panasonic massage chairs, the price eventually was chopped down to around where it is today…about $4000! Quite a difference. But, that is another story.

Panasonic 30007 Massage Chair
Panasonic 30007 Massage Chair

Today, I will review the main features of the Panasonic 30007 massage chair in this article, along with some personal opinions and observations from having used it in our showroom many, many times over the last number of years.

First of all, I’d like to say that Panasonic makes a very durable massage chair. Whenever someone comes into our showroom looking for a new massage chair to replace their old one, I learn that their old one is usually a Panasonic and they’ve had it for years.

A Little Massage Chair History…

Inada may have been the company to come out with the first massage chair, back in 1962, but I think it is safe to say that Panasonic was the first company to take the idea of a massage chair and mass produce it. They were everywhere in years past. Of course, new companies come along and we have so many manufacturers to choose from today, but Panasonic was the first big player in the massage chair market.

The 30007 model, in my opinion, is a chair that gives a great bang for your buck. At around $4000 you get a Japanese-made chair with a bunch of features that you would typically see on a more expensive chair, i.e. foot and calf massager, hip airbags, seat massage, forearm/hand/wrist airbag massage, body scan technology, among other things. I think the chair is certainly not a $5999 chair, but for $4K it is a great bargain.

The massage rollers offer a very nice, vigorous massage. When the rollers hit the shoulder area they do an interesting thing: they roll forward over a portion of the trapezia muscles (those are the shoulder muscles that get sore when you sit at a computer for too long…you know, the ones you grab with the opposite hand to rub out the tightness). Most other massage chairs will have the rollers go up the low, mid, and upper back before going on to the neck but will just move along the contours of the spine. This shoulder massage feature of the roller actually moves forward somewhat at the shoulder area to give those trap muscles a little attention. It feels fantastic.

The hip air bags are nothing more than a way for the chair to anchor your pelvis in so that the massage rollers get a better traction effect and a deeper massage to the spine. The airbags don’t massage anything, unlike the Inada Sogno massage chair thigh airbags which actually massage the IlioTibial Bands of either leg, but it just compresses the thighs so that your pelvis doesn’t move forward when the rollers come down the back. That is how it anchors your pelvis and you get a deeper massage from the rollers as a result of it.

The arm airbags are actually built into the arm rests. Lift up the top of the armrests and you slide your hands and arms into a space where airbags compress from above and below to give your upper extremities and good work-over.

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

Massage Chair Industry Update – 2/27/2012

New Massage Chair Industry Update Video!

Last night I posted a video on our youtube channel (www.youtube.com/massagechairrelief) that goes over the latest and greatest in the massage chair industry and at Massage Chair Relief. I will post the video in this blog entry, but will give you a brief written summary of what I discussed:

Inada Sogno Massage Chair
Inada Sogno Massage Chair

1. Inada Sogno dark brown and chocolate colors are back-ordered. The dark brown until March 26, the chocolate until April 19.  If you are thinking of getting one of these colors, here is my advice: Don’t wait until those dates to order your chair. They will probably all be spoken for by then. Order NOW and get in on the queue.

2. Inada Cube and Inada i2A models have been discontinued. Some colors are still available, but as soon as existing stock is gone, the chairs will be gone for good.

3. Human Touch has introduced some new products on their home page, www.humantouch.com. The Acutouch 6.0 massage chair and the Immersion massage chairs (ZeroG 2.0 and WholeBody 2.0). Nice looking chairs, as Human Touch chairs tend to be. The Immersion chairs appear to be zero gravity massage chairs that don’t look like any of their other chairs at all. A whole new design and look. You can go to their site to learn more about them. I don’t know if they are available to me as a retailer or if they are just selling them on their site.

4. We have the Osaki 7000 in our showroom and are enjoying it daily. You can read more about my initial impressions of it in the blog post previous to this one.

5. The only difference between the new Osaki 7200H and the Osaki 6000 massage chair is heat.

6. I met with the national sales rep for Infinite Therapeutics here in Salt Lake City a couple of weeks ago and tried out one of their 2 models. He was here with this chairs at the Utah  Dental Association Trade Show at the Salt Palace. We are considering carrying their chairs. I enjoyed the IT-9800, which is  zero gravity and inversion therapy massage chair. Leather upholstery makes it a rich look and feel massage chair. Priced around $4K. They have another model in the under $2K price range called the IT-7800. Apparently they will be coming out with another Sogno lookalike in the near future.

7. Osaki extended warranty confusion among retail websites. Osaki only offers a 1 or 2 year extended warranty for parts and labor. I explain the confusion in the video.

Oh yes, I almost forgot, I discuss the name change of the Inada Sogno and why it is now only called the Inada Sogno Dreamwave and it is the only Sogno model available. There has been a lot of questions from shoppers about this confusing name change.

Here is the video….Enjoy!

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

Osaki 7000 Massage Chair – Initial Impressions

Osaki 7000 Massage Chair Finally In Showroom!

Well, we finally got the Osaki 7000 massage chair up and running today. I sat on it for 20 minutes or so. Here are my initial impressions:

1. Very good, vigorous massage rollers. You will find them to be more vigorous than most other massage chairs. The roller feel was reminiscent of the Human Touch massage chair rollers. Plus you can adjust the intensity of the rollers to make them even more intense.

Osaki 7000 Massage Chair
Osaki 7000 Massage Chair
2. The airbags on the 7000 seem to be more prominent. The other chair with as many airbags, that I am familiar with is the Inada Sogno massage chair. The airbag massage on the Inada Sogno is more discriminating and gently, whereas the airbags on the 7000 really seem to play a big part of the overall massage experience.

3. Contrary to what I had been led to believe before getting the Osaki 7000, there is no music system or music synch. Bring your own iPod!

4. The head airbag massage is very interesting. I’ve never experienced anything like it before in a massage chair. I think you’d get a kick out of it, particularly if you have one of those throbbing headaches.

5. The 31″ roller track is great. It is the first chair that I have seen that has rollers that go all the way up to the back of the head as well as go all the way down to the buttocks and sacral area. Great vertical roller track.

6. I love the “Pelvic Swing” program which inflates shoulder air bags in the front of the shoulders and inflates one side of the seat at the same time. It really induces a rotation to the low back. I actually thought, for a moment during the massage, that my low back would “pop”, just like a chiropractic adjustment. It is an aggressive airbag program that will really move the low back and pelvis unlike anything you’d find on any other chair. The Osaki 7000 massage chair does not have the Dreamwave technology, which I love about the Inada Sogno, but the Pelvic Swing is the next best thing.

7.  The arms are not full arm airbags, like the Sogno, but they inflate quite aggressively. Not as thorough as the Sogno, either, but a decent airbag compression.

8. The foot and calf massage is OK, but nothing to write home about. It is pretty standard. One thing I noticed about the ottoman is that the foot and calf sections are equal in height. Every other massage chair with foot and calf components have a shorter foot massage and a longer calf massage. The height is equal for both on the Osaki 7000. It felt nice but nothing blatantly different in the feel of the foot and calf massager of the Osaki 7000.

9. The zero gravity feature, which Osaki calls the “Weightless” program on the 7000 is very nice. The seat tilts up and the legs are raised above the heart. You will enjoy that feature.

10. The Osaki 7000 massage chair does not have any neck and trapezia airbags, which is something I love about the Inada Sogno. Osaki has tried to mimic that feature in their Osaki 6000 and 5000 models, but they still don’t compare at all to the neck and shoulder airbags of the Inada Sogno.

The long and short of it is the Osaki 7000 is certainly worth the price. Although the massage is not as sophisticated and discriminating as that of the Inada Sogno, which is now the industry baseline, it is certainly a more aggressive and intense massage than that of the Inada Sogno. A very good bang for the buck.

Hope that helps in some way. I’ll give you more information as I become more familiar with the chair.

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

Inada Sogno Massage Chair Video – Dreamwave Technology

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
www.massage-chair-relief.com

Good Question from a Massage Chair Shopper!

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:

Originally I had my sights on the Dreamwave, but was somewhat put off by the price. Then the price went up. 
Since reading of the Osaki 7000 it is now the focus of my attention (thanks for your recent blogs describing the similarities/differences!), although with it only having about half of the airbags of the Sogno I’m concerned that the quality of the massage may not be comparable. 
I would like a chair that included a timer to do a massage session at night for 60min to put me to sleep, then automatically wake me up to a massage for about 30min in the morning…..none of the chairs seems to do this though.
Background:
My little finger and half of my ring finger have been numb for years since a car accident in 2003. The numbness subsided quite a bit while I was receiving chiropractic care and rehab on my neck. Yet since being cut off from treatment by the insurance co, after about 1year of treatment the numbness has become increasingly worse, and my left hand seems have weakened over the last year. One morning this past December, I woke up in bed stretching my arms out in front of me and caught a glimpse of the back of my left hand and realized that it has atrophied terribly! There is basically no muscle between my thumb and forefinger, nor on the outside of my hand between my wrist and little finger & the top of my hand is visibly not as meaty as my right. Unfortunately when the ins co cut me off from care, I was not financially able to continue it on my own and considered that the numbness in 1.5fingers (which although always there, I often don’t even notice) was not that big of a deal. However, I now believe that this has led to my hand atrophying at only 31yrs of age! My chiropractor tested my grip and said that it is only a 9# difference between my dominant right hand (within the normal 10# difference), and since I had/have been able to continue to perform all my usual tasks that that is probably why I had not spotted the problem sooner. 
My left hand, although not quite as bad, looks similar this guys http://www.tummytuckformen.com/hand_finger_muscle_atrophy_from_ulnar_nerve_damage.html
David

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.

Osaki 7000 Massage Chair
Osaki 7000 Massage Chair
The Osaki chairs have timers up to 30 minutes, which is the longest timer of any massage chair of which I am aware. The Inada Sogno only goes up to 15 minutes.
I hope this assists you in your decision-making process.
At your service,
Dr. Alan Weidner
www.massage-chair-relief.com

Comparing the Osaki 7000 Massage Chair & Inada Sogno Massage Chair (Part 2)

Review of Osaki 7000 Massage Chair and the Inada Sogno (Part 2)

In Part 2 I discuss the remainder of the differences and then a bunch of similarities between the Inada Sogno and the Osaki 7000 massage chair.
7. Arm Airbag Massage
The Inada Sogno massage chair has hand and finger, wrist, forearm, and arm airbag massage. The Osaki 7000 has forearm massage with a shoulder airbag that compresses the outer area of the shoulder (AKA the deltoid muscles). The shoulder airbag also compresses down on the FRONT of the shoulders thus pulling the shoulders back when the rollers come up the spine. This is a great feature  for posture correction. The Inada Doctor’s Choice 3A massage chair pioneered this feature. I have that chair in my showroom and the postural shoulder airbags are phenomenal. You will certainly feel taller when you get out of the Osaki 7000.
8. Zero Gravity
Zero gravity means that the seat tilts up at 30 degrees when the chair is reclined. The Osaki 7000 has zero gravity positioning in the seat, whereas the Inada Sogno massage chair does not. The zero gravity feature is very comfortable for low back pain sufferers as it takes the strain off the low back when in a seated position. Apparently NASA came up with the idea for the astronauts and massage chair companies have employed the feature in many of their models.
9. Heat
The Inada Sogno has a very subtle heating element located at the back of the seat where your sacrum is located (tailbone area). The Osaki has heating elements located in the head, neck, shoulders, back, arms, hips, calves, and feet. It is very comprehensive coverage.
10. Price
The Inada Sogno Dreamwave massage chair is listed at $7799 while the Osaki 7000 massage chair costs $3790.
Now, here are some things that both chairs have in common that I really like…
Osaki 7000 Massage Chair
Osaki 7000 Massage Chair

Similarities Between Inada Sogno Massage Chair & Osaki 7000

1. Long Roller Track
One of the things that I absolutely love about the Inada Sogno massage chair is the way the rollers hit the pelvis and massage the buttocks. That is because of an extended roller track that can go that low. I’ve not sat on the Osaki 7000 but I see that the roller track length is 31″, which is one of the longest we’ve ever seen in a chair (other Osaki massage chairs only have up to 30″ tracks). I suspect that it, too, will hit the buttocks and tailbone area. If you have any kind of muscle tightness down in that area or if you struggle with sciatica, both of these chairs should do wonders for you.
2. Massage Roller Intensity Adjustment
On both chairs you can adjust the intensity of the massage rollers. If you want it more vigorous you can increase that intensity. For most chairs you can also lift the back pad up and over the chair back to increase the roller intensity even more. Of course, if you want to decrease the intensity of the roller massage, the chair’s remote control will allow you to do that as well.
3. Airbag Intensity Adjustment
Airbags are designed to compress your muscles. Sometimes compression (or squeezing) is not that comfortable, particularly if you have damaged or really sore muscles. To be able to adjust the airbag intensity is paramount, in my opinion, and both of these chairs allow you to do that.
4. Extendable Ottoman
To accommodate both taller and shorter body types, both chairs allow for the foot portion of the ottoman to be extended to accommodate the longer legged individual. The Osaki ottoman is adjusted electronically, which sounds fancy, but I prefer the spring-like extension and retraction mechanism in the Inada Sogno.
5. Body Design
The Inada Sogno pioneered the new design that is being imitated by so many chinese manufacturers. The Osaki 3000, 4000, and 6000 models are examples of that look-a-like design. The Osaki 7000 is another twist in the modern design changes that have been going on since the Sogno came to be. I really like the look of the new 7000 and am eager to get one in the showroom to see how it really looks and feels.

Bottom Line…You Just Need To Sit In These Massage Chairs

Now, after having listed all these differences and similarities, there is really nothing like sitting in the chairs. The Inada Sogno has a special something that the other traditional chairs don’t have. It is just a totally different experience when you sit in it and experience the massage programs.
I  hope this helped you in some way. Feel free to contact me anytime by email or phone (801-651-2026) to discuss these or any other models.
At your service,
Dr. Alan Weidner

Inada Sogno Massage Chair vs. Osaki 7000 Massage Chair (Part 1)

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:

Hi, Chad

Thanks for your inquiry.
I’ll start off with the easy question. The Osaki 7200 is the same as the Osaki 6000 but with heat and a few extra automatic programs. You can learn all about the Osaki 6000 massage chair on my blog. Here is my 2-part review of that model:

The price of the 7200 will be $3790, same as the 7000. The 6000 costs $3495. Is the heat function and a few extra auto programs worth $300 to you? I guess that would be the question to ask.
I will be writing a review describing the differences between the 6000 and the Inada Sogno next week, but here are the major

Osaki 7000 Massage Chair
Osaki 7000 Massage Chair

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):

1. Manufacturing Country
The Inada Sogno is made in Japan whilst the Osaki chairs are all made in China. The general reputation of Japanese chairs, regarding innovation and quality, is better than that of their Chinese counterparts. My experience in this business has shown that Japanese chairs, be they Inada, certain Panasonic models. and the Sanyo models, have lest breakdowns than the chinese-made chairs. However, a good name brand massage chair company, like those of which we are speaking, have great customer support whether the chairs are Chinese or Japanese made.

2. Warranty Period
Inada comes with the best standard warranty in the business, which is 3 years parts and labor in-home. All other name brand manufacturer’s, including Osaki, have a 1 year part and labor in-home warranty. You can purchase an extended warranty for either chair.

3. Pelvis, Seat, and Waist Massage
Both chairs utilize airbags that inflate in the hips, seat, and waist. The airbags on both chairs inflate simultaneously and successively to induce compression of the musculature and rotation of the lower back joints. However, the Inada Sogno massage chair additionally has the Dreamwave technology which actually moves the seat up and down and in a figure-8 motion. It is extremely soothing, particularly for someone with acute low back pain.

4. Head Air Massage
The Osaki 7000 massage chair introduces something very unique that I have never seen before in a massage chair and that is the head massage. It comes in the form of an airbag belt that fits over the head like a headband. The airbags inflate and gently compress the circumference of the head, mimicking the palms of a massage therapist’s hands. I’ve never felt it, but I imagine that it could be very soothing. Most patients love the feeling of having their head massaged.

5. Total # of Airbags
The Inada Sogno Dreamwave has over 100 airbags working your body from head to toe. The Osaki 7000 has 46 airbags.

6. Neck Traction
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.

Stay tuned for Part 2, where I will discuss a few more differences between these two models and then the similarities…

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

Massage Chair Relief News Update – 02/01/12!

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

Osaki 7000 Massage Chair
Osaki 7000 Massage Chair

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:

http://www.massage-chair-relief.com/massage-chairs/osaki/osaki-os-7000/

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:

http://www.youtube.com/massagechairrelief

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 Massage Chair Relief News Update - 02/01/12! - Visa iconpurchase 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 alan@massage-chair-relief.com, too. I would just love to visit with you about massage chairs!

Have a super day!

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

Inada Sogno Massage Chair vs. Omega Montage Pro (Part 2)

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:

7. Massage Intensity Adjustment
The Inada Sogno massage chair does have an intensity adjustment button on the remote but the Omega Montage Pro does not. I have a couple of tips that will make both chairs more intense for you should you want that. Regarding the Pro, there is no intensity adjustment built into the remote control, as there is with the Inada Sogno. However, for both chairs, to get a more intense massage you can lift the back pad up and over the back of the chair so that the only material between your spine and the rollers is a thin linen cloth. I have done that on the Sogno many times and that strategy turns the Sogno into one of the most intense massage chairs I have ever experienced. You can do the same with the Omega Montage Pro massage chair.
8. Ottoman Extension
On the Inada Sogno the ottoman extension is “manual” while the ottoman extension for the Pro is electronic and can be adjusted from the remote control. The Sogno works like an accordion. It is simple to push out the foot to where the length is right for you and then when you are done your massage and you pull your legs out of the ottoman the calf and foot massagers snap back to the neutral default position. Withe the Omega Pro the extension and retraction are all done electonically through a button no the remote control.
9. Mp3 player and Synchronization
The Omega Pro has a music system that includes synchronization of the beat of the music with the massage program. The Inada Sogno does not have the feature.
10. Cervical Traction Device/Headpiece
Although both chairs have neck airbag massage in the headpiece, only the Sogno has a more discriminating massage with the airbags. It actually kneads the neck muscles, simulating the fingers of a massage therapist.  The Pro merely inflates the airbags to compress the neck. The Inada Sogno also has airbags that inflate down onto the trapezia muscles at the top of the shoulders that simulates the elbow of a massage therapist digging into your trapezia muscles. I love this feature because my shoulder muscles are very tight from sitting at a computer for most of the day.
11.Massage Chair Stretch Program
Stretch programs move the ottoman up and down while simultaneously moving the chair back up and down to actually “milk” the spine as opposed to truly “stretching” it. It is a very soothing and relaxing program and most people absolutely love it. The Inada Sogno has that feature whereas the Omega Montage Pro does not.
12. Massage Chair Manufacture Country
The Omega Pro massage chair is manufactured in China. The Inada Sogno Dreamwave massage chair is manufactured in Japan. Japanese-made chairs have a reputation of a smaller failure rate after purchase than do the Chinese-made chairs, but customer support for both companies is great.
Inada Sogno Massage Chair
Inada Sogno Massage Chair

I hope this helps. I am always available anytime to answer any other questions.

Omega Montage Pro Massage Chair
Omega Montage Pro Massage Chair
Dr. Alan Weidner
www.massage-chair-relief.com

Inada Sogno Massage Chair vs. Omega Montage Pro (Part 1)

A great question from a massage chair shopper. Here is Part 1 of the 2 part email exchange between us:

Massage Chair Question:

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:

Hi, Kevin

Thanks so much for your inquiry. I apologize for taking so long to get back to you. I have not sat on the Omega Pro yet so I put in a call to Omega to learn more about it before I answered you. Here are the main features of the two chairs that differentiate them from each other:

1. Foot Rollers
The foot and calf massage of the Inada Sogno dreamwave massage chair is more typical with airbags in the feet that compress the top of the feet down onto a nodular plate at the bottom which simulates a shiatsu type massage effect to the soles of the feet. The Omega Pro actually has rollers at the bottom of the feet. This is a rare feature by the way. The only other chair that I am aware of at this point that had rollers is the King Kong chair. But, King Kong went out of business a  year or two ago.

2. Heat
The Omega Montage Pro massage chair has heat in the foot rest, seat, and chair back. The Inada Sogno massage chair has heat at the back of the seat which is very subtle but therapeutically effective. The heat of the Montage Pro massage chair is far more obvious and is in far more places that contact the body.

3. Shoulder airbags
The airbags in the Inada Sogno inflate on the inside and outside of the upper arm, while the Pro has airbags that push on the outside of the shoulder, in the deltoid muscle region, similar to the Osaki 4000 and 6000 massage chairs.

4. Dreamwave Technology
Inada Sogno has the most sophisticated seat massage system that I have ever seen. The seat moves up and down and in a figure 8 motion from side to side which is spot on therapy for acute low back pain sufferers. It is also very relaxing for anyone, regardless of pain. The Omega Pro has airbags that inflate but are non-undulating like the Sogno. The Omega Pro also has vibration and more pronounced heat in the seat.

5. Zero Gravity 
Zero gravity is a very popular feature right now in the massage chair industry. The Pro has it in the form of two zero gravity positions. The Sogno does not have a true zero gravity feature although the seat does tilt up somewhat.

6. Remote Control
The Omega Pro has fingertip controls built into arm wells where fingers are – this is a convenience feature that allows the user to adjust the chair features without having to get up and access the main remote control, which is on a pedestal. The Sogno does not have a pedestal remote so it is easy to just lay the remote on your lap and use it when needed.

Inada Sogno Massage Chair
Inada Sogno Massage Chair
Omega Montage Pro Massage Chair
Omega Montage Pro Massage Chair

(Stay tuned for Part 2 tomorrow!)

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

1 Week Left Before Inada Massage Chairs Price Increase

Inada Massage Chair Price Increase Coming!

1 week from today the prices of the Inada massage chairs will go up…substantially! The Sogno Dreamwave massage chair goes up to $7799 and the Yume goes up to $5599. The fellows at Inada made a fun little 30 second video graphically describing the increase.  Enjoy…

If you want to beat the price increase AND get a few extra ways to save money, call me at the showroom at 801-417-8240 and I’ll take care of you.

Massage Chair Comparison Chart Now Available!

By the way, our new chair comparison chart is up and ready to access. You can go to any manufacturer category page on our site and click any massage chair to get a comparison of over 50 features. This should do wonders in helping you choose the right chair for you. Of course, knowing about a massage chair and actually experiencing one are two different things.

This new comparison chart has been in the works for 3 months and is the most comprehensive massage chair comparison chart available. I go over more than 50 features as they relate to the more than 30 models that we carry. I would suggest approaching it in two ways if you are not sure what chair to get:

1. Write down what features you know you want in a massage chair and then go to the chart to see what chairs  meet your criteria, or

2. Take a look at the chart and see what features spark your interest. Then you can get down to which model suits your fancy more than another.

Hope this helps!

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

Massage Chair News!

Massage Chair Relief News

Here is my most recent massage chair news update. I have a few things that to address today:

1. Price Increase for Inada Massage Chairs

I’ve already mentioned this ad nauseum, but it is good for you to know that the Inada massage chairs are going up in price on February 1, 2012. The Inada Sogno is jumping up $800 to $7799, while the Inada Yume is going up $500 to $5999. These are significant price increases and Inada blames the weakness of the US Dollar and the strength of the Japanese Yen for the new pricing. It will be interesting to see if the price of the Inada massage chairs come down when the US Dollar strengthens. Hmmmm…I wonder.

2. Osaki 7000 Massage Chair

The Osaki 6000 massage chair, which was just introduced earlier this month, is now  being followed up by the new OS-7000 massage chair. I

Osaki 7000 Massage Chair
Osaki 7000 Massage Chair

absolutely love the look of this chair and am excited to see how it works. I plan on getting one in my showroom soon. I have included a pic of it so you can see why I like the styling so much. Some of it’s unique features include: zero gravity, body scan technology, pelvis and hip massage, infrared heat, 13 motors, head air massage, and outer shoulder massage.

Like all Osaki models, this is a chinese-made massage chair. I believe that Osaki private labels volume-manufactured chairs from China. The price point of this model will be $3790 and will have the standard 1 year on-site parts & labor/2 year parts/3 year structural warranty. It will be available in beige, taupe, and black.

3. Human Touch Acutouch 6.0

Human Touch is coming out with a new model known as the Acutouch 6.0 massage chair. I am told that it will only be available through Costco stores at this point. On www.humantouch.com, it is priced at $4999 and the following features are highlighted:  cloud touch massage and 8 auto-immersion programs. Not sure what those mean, but they sound interesting. Nothing is mentioned about the roller system or whether the ottoman is retractable like the Acutouch 9500, but I am sure that data will come out as the chair enters the market.

This model will be available in black, espresso, and butter colors.

4. Massage Chair Comparison Feature

I have been working on this for months and it will finally be available this week. I am so excited about our massage chair comparison feature because it will be the first of it’s kind in our industry. It is a very comprehensive and detailed comparison chart that compares and contrasts 51 different massage chair features. This comparison feature will make shopping for massage chairs so much easier.

You will be able to check off a box on each massage chair model and then compare the ones you have checked off in a spreadsheet format. I believe you will be able to compare up to 5 massage chairs at a time.

That’s about it for this week. If you have any questions or any information about any old or new massage chairs that you’d like me to do a little homework on and report on this blog, let me know. You can always email me at alan@massage-chair-relief.com or call me directly on my personal cell phone, 801-651-2026.

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

 

Osaki 6000 Massage Chair Review (Part 1)

Positive Posture Brio 4D
Positive Posture Brio 4D

Some Thoughts and Pics of the Osaki 6000 Massage Chair (Part 1)

We’ve had the Osaki 6000 massage chair in our showroom for over a week now and I have some initial observations I thought I would share with you about my experience with the chair:

1. The Massage Chair Design

It is a very nice, trendy looking massage chair with great “lines” (as we’d say about a car). Their design is what I consider a

Osaki 6000 Massage Chair
Osaki 6000 Massage Chair

knock-off design of the very famous and popular Inada Sogno massage chair, but a very nice and maybe even better looking design than the Sogno. I have the black model that also has silver accent stripes on the outside of each armrest. It is made of a synthetic material (faux leather, if you want to sound hip!)

Within the silver stripes, towards the back of the chair, LED lighting is blended within the stripes. The lights are blue and look fantastic and quite stylish. I haven’t used the chair in a dark room yet to see how the blue LED lights look that way, but the integration of the lights within the design of the chair is pretty cool.

2. Music System

I love the ease of use of the music system. The Omega Montage massage chairs had a jump drive that was included with the chair. You could download music to the jump drive and then plug it into a USB port at the back of the chair. With the Osaki 6000 massage chair, you have a simple plug as part of the remote control pedestal that plugs into your cell phone or iPod.

You can pick and choose your music and listen to what you want. You just pick your music as you would any other time from your

Music speaker
Music speaker (click to enlarge)

phone or mp3 player but now the music is getting pumped through a two-speaker system built into the shoulder airbag pieces. Now you can listen to your music in stereo while you are getting a great massage.

The music system also includes a “Music Synch” program that coordinates and synchronizes the chair massage to the beat of your music! Pretty cool stuff, actually.

3. 30″ Vertical Roller Track

I love the extra long vertical massage roller track; the rollers go way down in to the gluteal muscles thus providing a massage in the sacral area (the area just above the butt-crack, if you’ll pardon my vernacular!). Most chairs don’t go down there, except for the Inada Sogno, Inada Doctor’s Choice, and Sanyo 7700 and 8700 models. Those chairs are all priced considerably higher than the Osaki 6000 massage chair.

The drawback with a longer vertical track, if you want to call it a drawback, is that the rollers go so low into the back but at the opposite end of the spine, the rollers don’t go up real high in the neck. Like the Inada  Sogno massage chair, the head piece of the Osaki 6000 provides an airbag compression massage to the neck. Unlike the Inada Sogno, which actually provides a kneading massage with those airbags, the neck massage in the Osaki 6000 is really just some pretty mild compression by the airbags.

If you want to get a neck massage using the rollers, you can just lift the head piece up and over the back of the chair and set the rollers manually to go up to the neck muscles. If you are a taller body, then you may have to slide down the chair a bit and recline the chair back all the way to get the rollers to hit the neck muscles.

I had a couple come in last week to try the Osaki 6000 in comparison to the Inada Sogno. The husband was 6’2″ and the wife was 5’7″. Both had to slide down the chair a bit to get an optimal neck massage from the rollers. A little bit of an inconvenience.

The intensity of the rollers can be adjusted from the remote control. I like  an intense roller massage so I put the rollers on full-blast. I was quite happy with the massage and the intensity thereof.

4. Seat, Thigh, Calf & Foot Massage

The chair utilizes 51 airbags (vs.  32 in the Osaki 4000 massage chair) and a good portion of those

Thigh & Arm Airbags
Thigh & Arm Airbags (click to enlarge)

airbags are found in the lower body. They provide good airbag compression massage in those areas, no difference really compared to other chairs with airbags in the same areas. I love that you can adjust the intensity of the airbags to your comfort level.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of this review. I will post it this weekend for your reading enjoyment.

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

 

New Osaki OS-6000 Massage Chair in Our Showroom!

Osaki 6000 Massage Chair On-Board!

We just received our first Osaki massage chair for our showroom! We began carrying the Osaki massage chair line a couple of months

Osaki 6000 Massage Chair
Osaki 6000 Massage Chair

ago, but didn’t have them on our website until our site redesign was completed on December 7, 2011. Well, today we received our first Osaki chair, the Osaki 6000 massage chair, and assembled it for our showroom.

I had my delivery guys unpack it and assemble it for me this morning and I video taped it. I will have the tape edited for brevity and then post it on my site so that those of you who are looking at getting this chair can see how easy it is to assemble. The Osaki 4000 and 3000 set up very similarly.

Here are some “take-aways” from the assembly of this new massage chair:

1. the chair comes in two boxes, one large box with the chair body in it and one significantly smaller box with the arm rests in it. The ottoman is already attached to the chair body. The box with the chair body is very narrow so that it should fit through almost any door, regardless of the age of the house or business into which this chair would be going.

2. it helps to have 2 people when putting on the chair back. It is heavy and one person could hold the chair back forward while the second person attaches the hoses and electrical plugs to the base of the chair at the back.

3. you will need an allen wrench to attach the arm rests to the chair body and a phillips screwdriver to attach the remote control pedestal to the inside of the left arm rest. Both of those tools come with the chair, so you shouldn’t have to use any of your own tools.

4. the chair seat velcros to the body and the back pads velcro to the chair back. Very easy to remove or attach.

5. it should take about 1/2 hour to assemble the chair.

6. once the air hoses and electrical plugs are attached between the chair back and the chair body, you will need to join a hydraulic arm on the chair body to a bracket on the chair back. It will then need a pin to be slipped in the holes to hold the attachment. It is easy to do. Once the attachment is made, simply recline the chair back into position and you will hear a little “click” that will tell you that the chair back is ready to be used.

7. the Osaki 6000 massage chair assembly was very similar, if not exactly the same, as the assembly on the Osaki 4000 massage chair (and thus the Osaki massage 3000, too).

Osaki 6000 Massage Chair Review Coming…

Other than those points regarding installation, I must say that the chair is a nice looking model. I like the lines of it. It is definitely an Inada Sogno look-a-like, but still a very  nice looking chair in it’s own right. I will write a blog post reviewing my first impressions of the chair and then a more in-depth review once I am familiar with the chair in greater detail.

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

Inada Sogno Massage Chair Video – Arm Massage

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
www.massage-chair-relief.com

Massage Chair News!

Osaki 6000 Massage Chair
Osaki 6000 Massage Chair

Up-to-the-Minute Massage Chair News

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

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

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

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

Massage Chair Price Increases!

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

Massage Chair Promotions

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

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

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

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

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

Omega Montage Pro Massage Chair – New!

Omega Montage Pro Massage Chair

Omega has come out with a new massage chair and they are calling it the Montage Pro. It is a nice looking chair, apparently patterned

Omega Montage Pro Massage Chair
Omega Montage Pro Massage Chair

after the design of the very popular Inada Sogno Dreamwave massage chair. We have seen Osaki, OSIM, and now Omega come out with Inada Sogno look-a-likes.

I can’t speak to how the Pro feels, since I’ve not sat in it yet, but I can certainly point out a few things about the chair which I feel are noteworthy.

1. Mechanical rollers in the feet. I wrote a blog post some time ago about mechanical foot rollers after a client asked me if I was aware of any massage chairs with mechanical foot rollers, and not just air bag compression massage. He had owned a King Kong chair which apparently had mechanical rollers, but they had gone out of business. Other than the “paddles” which the HT-9500 massage chair has (not rollers but air paddles), every other massage chair I could think of had only air bag compression massage in the feet. The Omega Pro HAS mechanical foot rollers.

2. 30″ Roller  Track. 30″ is a good long roller track. Some chairs have 25″ or less roller track length. If that is the case, the area that is compromised is the low, low back. The longer the track length the further down the low back the rollers will go. If you’ll pardon the pun, the long and short of what I’m trying to say is 30″ is a good long length.

3. It has an intensity control, unlike the other Omega chairs in the Montage family. So, if you want it one intensity and someone else in your home wants it at another intensity, the Pro provides that option.

4. No Stretch program. Stretch programs, regardless of the manufacturer, are usually well liked features of a massage chair. I noticed in the literature that stretch is not an available program on this chair.

5. Heat. Just like the other Montage models, heat is a big feature in the Pro.

Well, that about sums up my initial observations of this new chair from Omega. The price point is $6499. Compared to the Inada Sogno that is a bit pricey for a Chinese-made massage chair. When Inada raises the price of their Sogno to $7799 in February 2012 Omega’s price might seem a little more reasonable, relatively-speaking. Learn more about the chair here: http://www.massage-chair-relief.com/massage-chairs/omega/omega-montage-pro/

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

New Inada Sogno Massage Chair Video – Rollers

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:

http://www.massage-chair-relief.com/massage-chairs/inada/inada-sogno-dreamwave-plus/

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
www.massage-chair-relief.com

Inada Sogno Massage Chair

 

 

 

 

Massage Chair Heat Function – Helpful or Overrated?

Massage Chair Heat
Massage Chair Heat

Massage Chair Heat

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

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

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

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

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

A Massage Chair With Heat in the Feet!

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

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

Does Heat In A Massage Chair Really Do Anything?

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

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

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

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

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

Massage Chair Bliss – Inada Sogno and Inada Yume Models

Inada Sogno Massage Chair
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.

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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.

Inada Sogno Massage Chair
Inada Sogno Massage Chair

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
www.massage-chair-relief.com

Massage Chair Relief News!

Montage Pro Massage Chair
Montage Pro Massage Chair

Lots Happening in our Massage Chair World!

It is an exciting time of the year for us as massage chair retailers! Black Friday and Cyber Monday kick off the holiday shopping and it starts to get a little crazy for us…and I absolutely love the energy associated with this time of year. I love getting your calls and inquiries about massage chairs. It is so fun interacting with all of you.

I get lots of calls about whether we have Black  Friday promotions going on at Massage Chair Relief. Well, yes we do! Call our showroom at 801-417-8240 and we’ll tell you what we have going on for Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Here are some massage chair things you need to know:

1. The Inada i1 is replacing the i2A massage chair. The chairs are basically the same except that the i1 does not have arm vibration nor does it have the wood accent on the sides of the chair. Otherwise, it is the same chair. It is also a little cheaper at $3749.

2. Massage Chair Relief website redesign! Man, I am excited about this. We are completely revamping our website and it should be done this weekend. If you check in and find something lacking or anything that doesn’t work right, please let me know. It will be very easy to shop at www.Massage-Chair-Relief.com with the new design. We’ve been working on it for quite some time.

3. With the new site design, we will be adding a new  line of massage chairs to our repertoire. The Osaki line of massage chairs is a

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chinese-made line of massage chairs put out by the same company that introduced Titan chairs to the market. This line will provide a good line up of full-featured massage chair models in the under-$3000 price range. The models are the Osaki, 1000, 2000, 3000, 4000, and 5000. You can’t see them just yet…not until our site redesign is complete (see #2 above).

4. Omega massage chairsare introducing a new offering to the massage chair market. It is the Omega Montage Pro. I don’t know the

Montage Pro Massage Chair
Montage Pro Massage Chair

pricing yet, but I do know that it will be available after December 1. It appears to be, like the Osaki 3000 & 4000 models and OSIM uAstro, a lookalike model of the famous and extremely popular Inada Sogno massage chair. This is a chinese-manufactured chair with some nice features. Based on the other massage chairs already in the Omega Montage series, I suspect this chair will be priced in the $4000 range.

5. Inada has discontinued the Cube chair. A cute chair but it didn’t quite take off as they had hoped. It is still up on our website, as you can still buy inventory, but if you call me at 801-651-2026, I can get you a screaming deal on one! The Cube will not be on our site redesign. Inada massage chairs still include the Sogno, the Yume, and the i1.

Well, that’s about it. Have a fun shopping season. Please call with any and all massage chair questions. I’m always around. I told a customer last night in the showroom that my cell phone is like a body part to me…it goes with me everywhere I go and I use it at all times of the day and night.

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

Important Inada Sogno and Inada Yume Massage Chair Info

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
www.massage-chair-relief.com

Using A Massage Chair For Your Feet and Calves

Massage Chairs with Calf Massage
Massage Chairs with Calf Massage

Foot and Calf Therapy in Massage Chairs

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

Massage Chair with Calf Massage
Massage Chair with Calf Massage

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

Different Types of Massage Chair Ottomans

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Inada Sogno Massage Chair – Dreamwave/Low Back Airbag Technology

Inada Sogno Massage Chair
Inada Sogno Massage Chair

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.

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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
www.massage-chair-relief.com

Massage Chairs: News and Specials

human touch premium protection plan
human touch premium protection plan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2. Inada Sogno massage chairs stock update:

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

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

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

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

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

 

Massage Chair Intensity Adjustments For Your Inada Sogno

Inada Sogno Massage Chair
Inada Sogno Massage Chair

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.

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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
www.massage-chair-relief.com 

The Inada Yume And Inada Sogno Massage Chair – Here Are The differences

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.

Inada Sogno Massage Chair
Inada Sogno Massage Chair

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.

Inada Yume Massage Chair
Inada Yume Massage Chair

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
www.massage-chair-relief.com 

Massage Chair Neck Options Of The Inada Sogno Dreamwave

Inada Sogno Massage Chair
Inada Sogno Massage Chair

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.

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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
www.massage-chair-relief.com 

Inada Massage Chair News

Inada Yume Massage Chair
Inada Yume Massage Chair

New Inada Yume Colors…

Inada recently announced the addition of two new colors to the increasingly popular Inada Yume massage chair. It began it’s existence earlier

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this year with black and bright red. It has now added dark brown and creme, both colors that were made popular by the Inada Sogno. If you’d like to read  more on the Inada Yume, check out these blog posts I wrote a while back:

http://www.massage-chair-relief.com/blog/general/review-of-the-new-inada-yume-massage-chair-part-i/

http://www.massage-chair-relief.com/blog/chair-models/review-of-the-new-inada-yume-massage-chair-part-ii/

 

Inada Sogno Massage Chair Back-Ordered!

The Inada Sogno slate color is now completely out of stock and discontinued. It has basically been replaced by the black color, which had heretofore only been available in the genuine black leather.

Also, regarding stock of the Inada Sogno, there pretty much is nothing available until late October. Here is the back order schedule (the only color that is not on back order is the black genuine leather):

Currently on Back Order:

– HCP-10001A (RD) Sogno DreamWave Red – Submit orders immediately to insure shipping by the second week of November.
– HCP-10001A (CH) Sogno DreamWave Chocolate – Submit orders immediately to insure shipping by the week of the 14th of November.
– HCP-10001A (B) Sogno DreamWave Black – Submit orders immediately to insure shipping by the first week of November.
– HCP-10001A (BR) Sogno DreamWave Dark Brown – Submit orders immediately to insure shipping by the week of the 24th of October.
– HCP-10001A (CW) Sogno DreamWave Crème – Submit orders immediately to insure shipping by the week of the 14th of November.

Now, I should remind you that the busy Christmas season is just around the corner. If you are thinking of getting any massage chair, let alone an Inada, you should think about ordering early so that you get the best pickings of the colors and models before back order issues happen again.

We recommend buying a chair by the end of the Black  Friday/Cyber Monday weekend. It gets quite crazy after that.  The Inada Sogno is a very popular model at Christmas-time, so if you are considering that model, order ASAP and take my advice by not waiting until later in the season to get your chair. If you snooze, with the Inada Sogno, you will more often than not lose! Just my two bits worth to save you some hassle later one.

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

Fine Tune The Intensity Of Your Inada Sogno Massage Chair

Inada Sogno Massage Chair
Inada Sogno Massage Chair

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.

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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
www.massage-chair-relief.com

Inada Sogno Massage Chair and OSIM uAstro – Which Is Better?

Inada Sogno Massage Chair
Inada Sogno Massage Chair

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.

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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

uAstro Massage Chair
uAstro Massage Chair

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
www.massage-chair-relief.com

Inada Sogno Massage Chair Airbags

Inada Sogno Massage Chair
Inada Sogno Massage Chair

The Airbags of the Inada Sogno Massage Chair

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

Inada Sogno Massage Chair
Inada Sogno Massage Chair

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The New Inada Yume Massage Chair – Review Part 1

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.

Inada Yume massage chair
Inada Yume

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

1-Week Old Inada Doctor’s Choice 3A Massage Chair For Only $4999

Doctors Choice 3A Massage Chair
Doctors Choice 3A Massage Chair

I haven’t written in a while with any specials because, quite frankly, we haven’t had any returns or exchanges for a while (and heaven knows the massage chair companies never lower their prices!).

Doctors Choice 3A Massage Chair
Doctors Choice 3A

That changed this week when a recent customer experienced “buyer’s remorse” and returned an Inada Doctor’s Choice 3A massage chair to my showroom on Monday. The chair is only a week old and still has a full warranty. It is brand new, for all intents and purposes.

If you have heard of this limited-edition massage chair from Inada before, then you know how great this chair is. It retails for $5799 but I have this 1-week old, gently-used one for $4999, while it lasts.

If you haven’t heard of it before, check it out here: www.inada-3a-massage-chair.com

It was introduced in 2009 as a posture correction massage chair by Inada for Doctor’s offices, therapists, and other medical clinicians. It is in limited release and has been very popular.

I have one on display in my showroom and since we’ve had it, I’d say that folks who visited the showroom were split 50/50 on whether to get the famous Inada Sogno or the Inada Doctor’s Choice 3A massage chair.

When a customer would try this chair along with the Sanyo 7700 and Panasonic 30007 massage chairs, which are chairs in the same class and price range,  the Inada Doctor’s Choice 3A was picked virtually every time over the other two.

Yes…it is THAT good! I just love this chair.

Here are some of the cool features about the Doctor’s Choice chair:

1. It has shoulder airbags that push the shoulders down FROM THE FRONT! This allows the massage rollers to push your mid back forward while the shoulders are held back…that’s how the primary posture function works (don’t we all have slumped shoulders to some degree or another?)

2. Hand massage airbags on the SIDE of the chair and not on TOP of the armrests, like most conventional massage chairs. In a normal posture, aren’t your hands supposed to be at the SIDE of your body? Yes!

3. Seat airbags that inflate on your left side and then on your right, simulating the twisting/turning motion that your low back discs  need so badly to keep healthy and nourished…and which no other manufacturer’s chairs can do.

4. Low back stretch program that is heavenly…my personal favorite program on the chair.

5. The rollers go WAY down the back…all the way to the top part of of the buttock muscles…no other chairs’ rollers go so low in the low back (absolutely amazing if you have “sacral” or “sacroiliac” problems).

6. Like all Inada massage chairs, this chair is manufactured in Japan.

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This gently-used chair is dark gray (slate, almost black) in color and is in absolutely PRISTINE condition. I will pay for shipping to your home or office. Inada’s famous, industry-best, 3 year comprehensive, on-site warranty applies to this chair.

The price for this 1-week old massage chair is only $4999 (regularly $5799).

You will need to call me at 801-2026 when you order this chair as I don’t have it on my website at this price.

Feel free to call me anytime also if you’d like to discuss this or any other massage chair we carry. I am always at your disposal, day or night.

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

Leather on the Inada Sogno Massage Chair? Really?

One of our clients called me and was concerned that the black leather Inada Sogno massage chair he ordered was not really all leather, but that just a portion of the seat was leather. He said the rest of the black upholstery seemed to shiny and slick to be leather and he wanted to know if he paid extra for a chair that only had a leather seat and faux leather throughout the rest of the chair. Well, I had never been asked that before and didn’t believe that Inada would advertise black leather AND charge $1000 more for a chair that only had a small portion of the upholstery as leather.

So, I asked the client to call Inada himself to find out and then to get back to me so that I heard it from the customer’s mouth. I figured he’d want to hear it straight from Inada’s mouth rather than me, since he might think I am just making stuff up about something I wasn’t really sure about to begin with 😉

Well, he called me up shortly thereafter to confirm that the whole chair, in fact, was upholstered in black leather…not just any black leather, but fine, premium Italian leather! Apparently, the quality of the leather is so good that the chair actually looks artificial, if that makes any sense. My client was not only relieved about this news flash, but he was very excited about the quality of leather and workmanship that went into this Inada  Sogno massage chair.

There you have it…the black leather Inada Sogno massage chair is actually upholstered in black leather…duh (I would never, in a million years, expect a top-notch company like Inada to misrepresent anything about their products…they are too good for that).

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

Early Review of New Yume Robo Massage Chair From Inada

Yume Robo massage chair
Yume Robo massage chair

Early Review of New Yume Robo Massage Chair From Inada

I have been hearing about this chair for quite some time out of the Inada massage chair camp. Well, I finally received the Yume massage chair in my showroom this week. It is a very cool massage chair. I have sat in it once and will be recording some

Yume Robo massage chair
Yume Robo

video footage about it as I get more familiar with it.

But, for now, here are some features and observations about the chair right off the bat:

1. Smaller-looking size. The chair back does not goes as high as other chairs around it in our showroom, so it gives the chair the appearance of being smaller, although the chair width and depth is similar to comparable massage chairs.

2. Inada is known for innovation and this chair has two features that I’ve never seen before. The first one is the movable ottoman. When I say “movable” I don’t mean up and down…I mean the inner and outer “plates” of the ottoman calf massage for each leg actually rotate and massage the calf muscles in a figure 8 motion. It is really one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen in a massage chair ottoman. There is no foot component of the ottoman; there was probably no practical room for the foot component because the plates of the calf portion move around so much in this new configuration that a foot ottoman would get in the way and not be practical. It is hard to explain in text, but I will demonstrate it completely on video.

3. The second innovation is the rocking motion of the chair while it massages you. It is like a mechanical rocking chair and the rocking feature can be turned on or off while you are being massaged. I actually felt a little nausea, almost like motion sickness, the first time I sat in it. I sat in the chair with my eyes closed while I was being “rocked” and massaged. I will try again later this week to see if the feeling returns of if it was just a one-time event (no, I was not ill the day I sat on the chair…I feel the motion sickness came from the rocking motion of the chair).

4. The massage roller mechanism is rock solid! I love the massaging roller mechanism in the chair back. Like all other Inada massage chairs, the rollers go way down the low back, almost into the gluteal region. I loved that. But, beyond that, the overall feel of the chair back roller massage mechanism was very solid and firm. I really enjoyed the massage feel.

5. The neck pillow has some airbags that inflate and compress the region at the base of your neck. It took me a while to figure out how to get the rollers to massage my neck and this is what I had to do: I had to lift the neck pillow off the back of the chair and then recline the chair fully to horizontal. Next, I had to manually choose a massage function (in this case I chose “Knead and Tap”) and then move the rollers up to the very top of the roller track. Once I was fully horizontal and the rollers were moved to the very top of the track, my neck got a great massage. I suspect that the shorter you are, the less you would have to recline the chair to get your neck effectively roller-massaged. The taller you are, the more reclined you should be for a neck massage…you may even have to slide down the chair a bit to get a full neck massage. I am 5’10” tall and it worked perfectly for me in the full recline position. I didn’t have to shift my body down the chair to accommodate a neck massage.

6. Inflatable seat airbags. Very similar to the seat airbag massage of the Inada Doctor’s Choice 3A massage chair, the Yume chair has airbags that inflate together and then one side and then another to affect a rotation motion on the low back. Great feature and I’m glad to see it replicated in the Yume Robo massage chair.

7. Very simple remote control display. Inada has really made the remote easy to use, as they do with most of their chairs.

8. Price is listed at $5499, which includes free delivery and 3 year comprehensive, on-site warranty. It’s only available color is black.

Well, that’s about it for now. I will share more in text and video as I review this wonderful chair further. Because of limited stock, we have been asked by Inada to not put the chair up for sale on our site yet. But, if you are interested, just call me at 801-417-8240 and I’ll answer your questions and take your orders over the phone.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks, Robert”

Dr. Weidner’s response:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Inada Sogno Massage Chair NOW In Stock!

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smiley face

Well, it’s been a long while since I could say that, but the Inada Sogno stock came in earlier than expected and all colors, except slate, are now in stock and ready for immediate order. The slate will be in by May 9 and, if today’s news is any indication, perhaps the slate models will come in a little early too (wink, wink, nudge, nudge Inada, if you are out there!).

Feel free to order directly from our website, http://www.massage-chair-relief.com/sogno_plus_massage_chair.html, or give me a call at 801-417-8240 and we’ll take care of you over the phone. I have both our toll free number and our showroom numbers forwarded to me after hours, so I am always available to chat about massage chairs. So, don’t hesitate to call anytime.

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

Oops..I Forgot To Say There Is Lots Of Human Touch Massage Chair Stock!!

After my post yesterday decrying the lack of stock for the Inada Sogno and Panasonic 30007, I received a gentle reminder email from Human Touch to say that they have plenty of chairs in stock! I felt a little embarrassed because I focused on human touch massage chairswhat was lacking yesterday, rather than focusing on all the chairs from other manufacturers that are in stock.

Sorry about that 😉

So, if you are looking for an HT-9500 or HT-7450 or any other of the Human Touch massage chairs, order away!! Check them all out here:

Human Touch Massage Chairs

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

Massage Chair Stock Update – Panasonic 30007 & Inada Sogno

Well, our frustrations continue with regards to stock issues and back-orders. There is a little light however. Inada emailed me yesterday and said that the Dark Brown Inada Sogno Dreamwave Plus massage chair is in stock in good supply. The black leather is also available, but in very limited supply. Here is what we can expect with the rest of the Inada Sogno colors:

– HCP-10001A(HD) Sogno Dreamwave Slate – Orders placed now will be released by May 9th.

– HCP-10001A(CH) Sogno DreamWave Chocolate – Orders placed now will be released by May 9th .

– HCP-10001A(CW) Sogno DreamWave Creme – Orders placed now will be released by May 2nd.

– HCP-10001A(RD) Sogno Dreamwave Red – Orders placed now will be released by May 2nd.

Anyone interested in ordering any of these back-ordered chairs, order ASAP so that you can get whatever is available. If you wait until the chairs come in to order, you will probably not get one as those models will have already been spoken for.

Now, regarding the Panasonic 30007 massage chair. Very frustrating. We have had some orders back-ordered for almost a month, with the promise that the stock would be in “next week.” Well, today I learned that only 12 of the 35 they were expecting are coming in. I have a number of orders, but I will only get 1 chair to give to the first order. VERY FRUSTRATING! Panasonic has never been great with inventory management, to be quite frank. It is always a crapshoot. So, I should just tell you that if you want a Panasonic 30007, order it now…but expect to receive it next month. They will be spoken for very quickly.

By the way, all other chairs should be in stock, according to my suppliers (“should” being the emphasis!).

A new chair from Panasonic, by the way. I will give you the scoop in my next blog entry.

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

Inada Sogno Stock Nightmare Continues!

I received notice yesterday of the continuing back order saga/nightmare for the Inada Sogno Dreamwave Plus massage chair. Our most popular selling chair has been on back order since the first of the month and continues to be way behind (is it me, or does it seem that this chair is ALWAYS on back order?). This is the text of the notice that I received:

ON BACK ORDER NOW:

-HCP-10001A(HD) Sogno Dreamwave Slate – Orders placed now will be released by May 8th. Anyone interested in Slate is encouraged to place orders immediately.

– HCP-10001A(CH) Sogno DreamWave Chocolate – Orders placed now will be released by May 5th . Anyone interested in Chocolate is encouraged to place orders immediately.

– HCP-10001A(CW) Sogno DreamWave Creme  – Orders placed now will be released by April 14th. Anyone interested in Creme is encouraged to place orders immediately.

– HCP-10001A(RD) Sogno Dreamwave Red – Orders placed now will be released by April 14th. Anyone interested in Red is encouraged to place orders immediately.

-HCP-10001A(BR) Sogno Dreamwave Dark Brown – Orders placed now will be released by April 14th. Anyone interested in Dark Brown is encouraged to place orders immediately. We will have good quantities after April 23rd

– HCP-10001A(BKLEA) Sogno DreamWave TruBlack Leather – Orders placed now will be released by April 14th. Anyone interested in TruBlack Leather is encouraged to place orders immediately.

So, the bottom line is that EVERY color of Inada Sogno is back-ordered!! Not one bloody  Sogno to be seen. Now, this is a very popular chair. Before the price increase on March 1, we would get calls on this chair all the time…every day in fact. But, demand has died since the price increase..which may have something to do with no stock, as well. It’s pretty ugly. For me, as a retailer of this chair, it is quite bothersome that it takes so long to have inventory in stock.

Again, I reiterate as I have before, if you want an Inada Sogno massage chair, order now or else when the back-order shipments arrive, they will all have been spoken for…and we will be waiting on back-order AGAIN.

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

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

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

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

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

Hope this helps!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Massage Chair Notes 02/25/11

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Have a super day!

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

Some Questions About The Inada Sogno Massage Chair

I received an email today  from a lady inquiring about the Inada Sogno Dreamwave Plus massage chair (we’ve been getting a lot of inquiries since I announced that the price of the Sogno will be going up on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 to $6999). She asked a bunch of questions about this chair and I figured I’d share the email and my response with you for your own perusal, particularly if you are thinking about getting this great chair…

(My answers are in red)

Good Afternoon Dr. Weidner,

I  had a few questions about the Inada Sogno:

1.  Is it easy to get in and out of the chair? We find it quite easy to get in the chair and out of the chair. The chair really envelopes the user so one that has significant mobility issues might need to slide forward on the seat once the chair is upright before trying to stand up and get out.

2.  Will the Sogno hold up to daily family use? I am not sure what you mean by “daily family use”, but I can tell you that we use them like crazy at trade shows and golf tournaments, one person after another, and we’ve never had a problem with a Sogno chair.

3.  How difficult is the chair to clean? It is a faux leather…very, very easy to wipe clean with a wet rag. The cloth material which is located in a few areas of the chair can also be cleaned with a damp cloth. We clean our showroom chair all the time and have yet to see a stain or smudge that wouldn’t come off.

4.  Does it run on 120v? How many watts or amps? Yes, it runs on 120 V; 170 watts.

5.  Can several family members use it in immediate succession or does it need to cool down after each use. See #2 above for first part of this question. The chair does not need to “cool down” after each use. It can be used in succession without a problem.

6.  How long can we expect it to last with daily use? If the chair is used 1x/day, the chair is designed to last up to as long as 15-20 years.

7.  Does it need any kind of regular servicing? None at all. Should there be a problem with the chair, Inada is always at your disposal to take care of that problem.

8.  Does the unit also contain a heating unit in the seat or back? Yes, in the seat, but it is very subtle. Please read my blog post about this feature: http://www.massage-chair-relief.com/blog/tag/inada-sogno-dreamwave-plus/

9.  How does the Sogno compare to one of the high end Panasonic units? We feel that it is a more sophisticated and feature-rich chair than other models, including the Panasonic high end chairs. I wrote this blog post comparing the two chairs: http://www.massage-chair-relief.com/blog/chair-models/question-about-panasonic-30007-vs-sogno-plus-massage-chairs/

10. What does it weigh? 264 lbs.

11. Can a 6 ft. 2 in. adult fit in the chair comfortably? The chair is designed to fit folks from 4’11” up to 6’4″ comfortably.

Thank you for your help. You are welcome. I hope this assisted you in some way in your buying decision. I am always at your disposal, Deloris. Please remember that we have a 90-day money back guarantee and a 110% low price match guarantee. You can feel free to email me or call me at 801-651-2026 with any further questions or to assist you in placing your order. Make sure you do that before March 1st, though!!

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

Inada Sogno Dreamwave Plus Massage Chair Price Increase 03/01/2011

I know I have already mentioned this in my blog and I know we have this up on our website, but I know constant reminders help. Inada is raising the price of their popular Sogno Dreamwave Plus massage chair to $6999 on March 1, 2011. It has been $6799 for the last 12 months, but it is time for another price increase, apparently due to the weaker US Dollar against the Japanese Yen.

Needless to say, www.massage-chair-relief.com will always still offer our 90-day unconditional money back guarantee and our 110% low price match. What do these mean? Read on…

1. 90-Day Unconditional Money Back Guarantee – should you want to return or exchange your massage chair, you have 90 days to make up your mind. Your only cost would be the cost of shipping of the massage chair back to us. Please keep the original packaging if you are not sure about keeping the chair in the first place. It is much more expensive to ship a chair without the original packaging (and it is already kind of pricey with the regular packaging!). You will only be charged the credit card fees from the original transaction (3.0% – 3.5% depending on which credit card you used at the time of purchase). We don’t charge “restocking” or “handling” fees. Easy peasy, lemon squeasy!!

http://www.massage-chair-relief.com/order.html#guarantee

2. 110% Low Price Match – should you find the same chair for less ANYWHERE, we will not only match that competitor’s price, but we will beat it by 10% of the difference between their price and ours! You will ALWAYS get the lowest possible price at www.massage-chair-relief.com.

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

So, if you are thinking about getting an Inada Sogno Dreamwave Plus massage chair…do it before March 1, 2011 to save $200.

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

What Massage Chairs Do We Have In Our Showroom?

MCR Showroom
MCR Showroom

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

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MCR Showroom
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MCR Showroom
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MCR Front Door

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Panasonic 30005 vs. 30007 Massage Chairs

A common question we get from massage chair shoppers is the difference between the Panasonic 30005 and 30006 and 30007 massage chairs. I have previously written in this blog about the differences between the 30006 and 30007, which are relatively minor differences, i.e 30006 is made in China and has faux leather on arm rests, 30007 is made in Japan with wood on arm rests (http://www.massage-chair-relief.com/blog/chair-models/panasonic-30006-vs-panasonic-30007-massage-chairs/).

But, the differences between the 30005 and 30007 are a little more pronounced. I figured this would be a great forum to share those differences with you. The Panasonic 30000 series of chairs is their upper-echelon family of massage chairs. The are the most feature rich and more expensive of the Panasonic massage chairs army. I have been told that the Panasonic 30005 massage chair was made in conjunction with Premier Health Products. I think that they, and their family of websites, along with Panasonic’s own website, are the only retailers of the 30005 model. Here are the major differences between the two:

1. Total square inch coverage by the 30007 is 460 sq.  inches; coverage by the 30005 is only 296 sq. inches (other than the Inada Sogno massage chair, the 30007 has the most sq. inch coverage of any other of the major massage chair models – the Sogno covers over 1200 sq. inches, FYI),

2. 22 airbags in the 30005, compared to 36 airbags in the 30007,

3. Waist air massage and outer arm massage are available only in the Panasonic 30007 massage chair model. The outer arm massage is really a rear airbag shoulder massage that pushes the shoulders forward from behind,

4. The 30005 model has an “Ultra Deep Massage” feature that is not available on the 30007 model,

5. It seems as though the massage roller width is fixed on the 30005 and is adjustable on the 30007 (can be adjusted between 2″ and 8.3″),

6. Suggested retail price is $5999 on the 30007 and $4499 on the 30005. But, I can tell you that you can get the 30007 for around $4000 and I’ve seen the 3005 for around $3800.

Hope that assists you Panasonic massage chair shoppers.

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

Inada Sogno Massage Chair Base Colors

Inada Sogno massage chair
Inada Sogno massage chair

I am always grateful to our clients who point out things about our chair and our website that often escape us. One of our clients asked me about the color of the base of the Inada Sogno Dreamwave Plus massage chair. The pictures that we

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have on our website for the Inada Sogno show different base colors depending on the model. Well, we were asked by our client if it was possible to choose the base color for their new chair prior to ordering it. Well, I contacted Inada because it did appear that different color chairs had different base colors (the base is the bottom part of the chair that sits on the floor and supports the whole chair).

We were told by Inada that the base on ALL the Inada Sogno massage chairs was the light gray color. Well, that answered that! So, we naturally asked for new images from Inada that showed the true base color on all the models. They are working on that presently. We will update the images once they are sent to us by Inada, but in the meantime, just know that the base color on ALL the Inada Sogno massage chairs is the light gray color.

On another Inada side-note: the D-5 and D-6 massage chairs are officially gone. These chairs were discontinued some time ago and now all existing stock has been sold. They are now dead and gone. The i2A massage chair has also been discontinued but there will still be available stock until March or April of 2011. I’ll keep you in the loop of that inventory situation.

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

12/17 Last Day For Guaranteed Christmas Massage Chair Delivery!

snowman holding a gift
snowman holding a gift

Well, today is the last day I can guarantee Christmas delivery for your new massage chair. Now, that doesn’t mean you can’t order tomorrow or Sunday or Monday or Tuesday or even Wednesday or Thursday and still get your chair by the 25th, but I just can’t guarantee delivery to EVERY spot in the country.

But, if you order after today, I will do my “dang-dest” to get your chair to you by the 25th.

I received an email from a client of a new Inada Sogno massage chair. Rossel gave some great insights in his email that I want to share with you here (especially if you are considering ordering an Inada Sogno). Before I give that excerpt, I want to mention that Rossel ordered the chair with regular free delivery and not white glove delivery (to save money on the price of the chair). So, when he talks about the delivery guy, it is relative to free “threshold” or door-to-door delivery…and not white glove delivery.

Hi Alan,

Thank you for helping me with the chair purchase and the great pricing (and the gifts).

I did get it in with the help of  friend – delivery guy started by saying there was one package at 350 lbs so I got a bit annoyed. Turns out it was 2 boxes (and one of the boxes had 2 inside so we could have split that too to make it a bit easier). Just letting you know to help you with future orders/clients. The chair was a breeze to put together, and the video help was great. One thing I noticed was that the right (looking from the back) hand turned knob/nut only grabbed the threads with about 1/2 a turn and was tight already – was thinking thread was stripped or bolt was too short, but got it on and think all will be ok – would be nice though if they designed the bolt to be a little longer – did you find the same? The left one seemed to turn about 2 times (also on the video) before tightening.

Thanks and have a great day. I am glad to have ordered with you – most expensive thing I have ever ordered on the internet, and I am so glad that you guys were directly and easily  available (humans without going through 8 layers of menu choices – Yay!!). It was a good experience for me – keep up the great customer service. Please forward my thanks to Stephanie for the help that she supplied. Hope it is not too cold out there in Utah!

Time for a massage!
Rossel

Thanks for the input, Rossel! By the way, on my way to work this morning, it was only 19 degrees Fahrenheit.

Happy Holidays!

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

Important Inada Massage Chair News!

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
www.massage-chair-relief.com

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

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

A couple of other things to tell you:

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Heat Feature of the Inada Sogno Dreamwave

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
www.massage-chair-relief.com

New Panasonic MA51 Massage Chair

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Inada Sogno Massage Chair Video-The Headpiece

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…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yigD9kEm2J0

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

New Inada Sogno Massage Chair Color

We just received notice of a new color for the Inada Sogno massage chair model. Dark brown has been added to the repertoire of colors for this popular massage chair. The inventory is apparently quite light for this color, but it is in stock and

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Inada Sogno - new dark brown color

I should have the option up on our website within 24 hours. It is a more “traditional” brown, without the reddish tinge that the current chocolate brown color has.

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

New Inada Sogno Massage Chair Video

I just realized that it’s been a couple of weeks since my last blog entry. You are probably chomping at the bit for more massage chair info, aren’t you! 🙂 Well, nothing too terribly exciting to report. We are still waiting on the new Acutouch 9500 massage chair by Human Touch; Inada will be introducing a new color for the Sogno in a few weeks; we will finally be getting one of the new Omega zero gravity massage chairs in our showroom, now that we have sold the Montage floor model.

I also have another video to share with you of the Inada Sogno massage chair. We get asked all the time if we will make videos of other chairs. YES, we will. I am just too dang busy or lazy to get them done. But, we will be doing them later this summer on other models.

This video introduces the headpiece function of the Inada Sogno, which is very unique. It is the only chair that has a headpiece like this. Check it out…

http://www.metacafe.com/watch/4084978/inada_sogno_headpiece_functions/

Inada Sogno Headpiece Functions – Watch more funny videos here

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

Another Inada Sogno massage chair video

We added another video of the Inada Sogno massage chair to our 9-video series. It is what we call the “getting comfortable” video and goes through the basics of the chair. A great preview of the chair for those of you not too familiar with this very popular model. Enjoy…

http://www.metacafe.com/watch/3958433/getting_comfortable/

Getting Comfortable – The best bloopers are a click away


Massage Chairs Back-Ordered…And A Warning

There seems to be a lot of the popular massage chairs back ordered right now. I figured it might help some of you who are buying to know which models are back ordered right now and when you can expect to see them back in stock at the manufacturer’s warehouses. So, here is the scoop:

Panasonic 30007 massage chair
Just heard today that this chair, which has already been on back order for over a month, should arrive between May 12-16. We get calls on this chair all the time and it is very frustrating that the inventory management is so poor that we have to go for 2 months before a chair model is available.

Human Touch HT-1650 massage chair
This chair is a very popular model and the dark chocolate (cognac) color is back ordered until this week. I was told two days ago that the shipment should be in “any day now”. So, we expect to see this chair early next week at our showroom. We sold our floor model and have a list of folks who are waiting for it come in so that they can sit on it and try it out.

Inada Sogno massage chair
This chair is on back-order based on color. According to an email I received yesterday from Inada USA President, Cliff Levin, the chocolate is back-ordered until June 1st; the creme color is back-ordered until May 17th; the bright red color is back-ordered until May 10.

I should warn everyone who reads this post that if you want one of these models DO NOT wait until those dates to order your new chair!! The demand is high and if you wait until then, you may not get them because the folks who have already ordered will be in the queue to get a chair from those shipments long before you get your order in on those dates. Does that make sense? So, bottom line is that if you want one of these chairs, ORDER NOW and don’t wait until the dates I just gave you, cause you just might be too late.

Feel free to call us anytime if you have any questions or to place your order. We are always at your disposal.

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

Sogno Massage Chair For Your Pedicure!

Inada just recently announced the production of a new and modified Sogno massage chair, made specifically for the manicure/pedicure industry. I have had many clients tell us that they sat on a massage chair whilst getting a pedicure and

Inada  Sogno Spa massage chair
Inada Sogno Spa Massage Chair

that it felt fantastic. As a matter of fact, many of our clients were introduced to the concept of  massage chair through their nail technician. Of course, many of the chairs are cheap and not too feature-rich, but Inada has now come out with a model for that industry. It looks just like the typical Sogno massage chair but without the traditional ottoman. In lieu of the ottoman, is the place for the feet and the technician to go. From a marketing perspective, I think it is a great little niche for Inada to zero in on. I’m not exactly sure, but I don’t believe the other major manufacturers cater to that industry at all.

Speaking of catering to industries, I have always thought that the massage chair companies should come out with potentially interlocking massage chairs for home theaters. These two industries are natural fits but not much creativity has gone into this type of chair from the major massage chair manufacturers. Just a thought…

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

2 Week Old Inada Sogno Massage Chair Available NOW

I just received an Inada Sogno massage chair (in slate color) in exchange for another chair, from a client. It is only 2 weeks old and is in pristine condition. I have it in the back of my showroom, boxed and ready to ship. It has a 3 year full comprehensive on-site warranty with it. These exchanged or returned Inada Sognos are few and far between. If you want it, call us right away before someone else grabs it. You can call me personally at 801-651-2026 or call the showroom at 801-417-8240. Needless to say, the Sogno is our best selling massage chair. I can’t give you the price in this blog, but I can say that you would save over $1000 below the retail price. I knew that would get your attention! So, if you are interested, give me a call.

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

Hey…I Know That Guy!…Plus new Sogno massage chair video

I see our friend and Inada USA President, Cliff Levin, is in the news again, this time promoting the new Inada Cube massage chair. Check out this article in the New York Times:

www.nytimes.com/2010/02/25/garden/25qna.html

I love the picture of Cliff standing next to a “stack” of Inada Cube’s. I don’t think I’d ever imagine a stack of any massage chairs prior to the introduction of the Cube. I have the Cube in my showroom and it actually has quite a remarkably strong and firm massage in the legs and even in the butt and low back. This thing actually looks like a cooler. You can fold it up and pull it on the wheels. Very cool!

I also have put up a couple of new Inada Sogno massage chair videos on the website. One is the calf and foot massage feature and the other highlights the full arm massage feature.

I hope you enjoy the videos. You can check out all the videos for this massage chair at http://www.massage-chair-relief.com/sogno_plus_massage_chair.html. Just click on the “Video” tab.

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

New Inada Massage Chair Prices In Effect

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

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

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

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

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

New Inada Sogno Massage Chair Video

We published another in our series of 9 videos about the Inada Sogno massage chair. This one is about the full arm massage feature of this chair. It is up on youtube.com for your enjoyment:

Inada Sogno Massage Chair – Full Arm Massage

In this video, I go over the arm massage function of this unique massage chair. It is the only chair that I am aware of which has a full airbag arm massage. Arm, forearm, and hand/wrist are all covered by the airbags. Intensity of the massage can be adjusted, as can all airbag functions on this chair, to Low, Medium, and High.

We recommend taking off wristwatches and large rings or bracelets when using the arm massage, to prevent excessive pressure on those accessories…which will push them into your skin! Just a little tip!

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

Inada Sogno Massage Chairs in very low supply until February 2010!

Red Inada Sogno massage chair
Red Inada Sogno massage chair

The demand for the Inada Sogno massage chair has been so great that Inada USA has been caught with low stock of the creme and slate colors. We were just notified that these colors are out of stock until mid-February. And the

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stock that is coming is quite limited, from what I am told.
Remember, also, that the price of the Inada Sogno is being raised by Inada USA to $6799 on February 15, 2010.

What this means to you is…
1. If you are thinking of ordering a Sogno massage chair, and you like the creme or slate color, ORDER NOW so that you will have first “dibs” on the new chairs when they come in AND before the price increase.

2. With the price going up on February 15, 2010, if you wait until the chairs come in you will have to pay the higher prices. So, ORDER NOW to get the chairs at the current price of $6499.

3. Inada has made their bright red Sogno and the genuine leather Sogno available to our customers, previously exclusive to Relax the Back. We also still have the chocolate color in stock. So, Sogno’s are still available right now. T

he red Sogno is at the same price as the slate, creme, and chocolate. However, the genuine leather Sogno is priced higher at $8999.

So, Inada feels terrible about the stock issues, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that chairs are scarce right now. When they do come, they will go to those folks who have already ordered…”first come, first served”. What I am basically saying is, if you want to get this chair before the price increase and not be too low on the back-order totem pole, call me right now to get your order in.

Call me if you have any questions or if you are ready to place your order, at 801-651-2026.

By the way, here is the link to the Inada Sogno if you want to know what all the hub-bub is about (it really is a very popular chair).

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

Inada Sogno Creme Colored Massage Chairs Out of Stock!

Inada Sogno massage chair (red)
Inada Sogno massage chair (red)

I just received an email from Inada stating that the creme color of the Inada Sogno massage chair is out of stock, due to huge demand for this chair. They will be getting a new shipment in February 9, 2010 but even then the inventory of this

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color will be slim until March. Chocolate and Slate colors are in stock for sure. I’d like to also let you know that we can now offer the bright red color Inada Sogno model, which was featured on “30 Rock” television show. Tracy Morgan uses it in his office. It is a very contemporary and sharp color but not for the conservative decorator that’s for sure! We will have that color on the website product page later this week, but you can order it right away by calling us at 888-259-5380. I’ve put in a pic of the chair in this blog post for your perusal. It looks kinda like the chocolate color in this picture. Trust me that it is quite a bit brighter red color.

Just a reminder, also, that the Inada Sogno massage chair will be going up in price on February 15, 2010 to $6799. Get it now if y0u are thinking of getting it at all!

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

PART III: Inada Sogno Massage Chair vs. New Sanyo 8700 Massage Chair

Here is the final installment of our comparison between the Inada Sogno Dreamwave Plus massage chair and the Sanyo 8700 zero gravity massage chair:

Comparison between Sanyo 8700 and the Inada Sogno Dreamwave Plus Massage Chairs (Part III)

The remotes are very different.  On the Sanyo 8700 the remote stays on a remote stand pedestal and has a separate hand held sensor that detects stress, your areas of stiffness, and your height, so that it can personalize the massage

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Inada Sogno Dreamwave Plus massage chair

experience to be as unique as you are! The Inada Sogno has a hand held remote that tucks away into a side pocket on the chair when not in use.  It has a one button touch system for the 8-auto programs that you can choose from on the top.  Under the panel on the bottom of the remote you can use the many buttons to personalize your massage experience every time you use your chair! I feel that the Inada Sogno remote is easier to use and a little more intuitive.

The foot ottoman on both of these chairs is extendable.  This is great to accommodate many different users’ body types.  The Sanyo 8700 massage chair foot ottoman extends out only 8” and can comfortably fit users up to 6’4”.  The extension is made possible by a lever at the side of the seat that, when pulled back, allows the user to push the ottoman out another 8″. The Inada Sogno also has a foot ottoman that extends out to accommodate users up to 6’5”, but it is extended simply by the user extending his/her legs. To retract the ottoman of the Sanyo 8700 the user must pull the lever at the side of the seat and the ottoman will “pop” back into neutral position. The Inada ottoman will automatically retract when the user leaves the chair after the session.

The look of the chairs are very different.  The Inada Sogno is more of a rounded chair and when reclined back seems to cradle you like a hammock.  It has a very contemporary design, for which Inada won a design award at the CES show in 2008. The Sanyo 8700 sits more upright and looks more like a traditional massage chair with an attached foot ottoman.  You can recline this chair back into its zero-gravity position to take all the pressure off of your back. Zero gravity simply means that the seat tilts up to 30 degrees to allow decompression of the lower back. Also, the Sanyo 8700 covers approximately 300 square inches of the body with massage mechanisms whereas the Inada Sogno covers over 1200 square inches of the body with massage mechanisms…significant difference.

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Sanyo 8700 massage chair

So, after reading this comparison you can see that there really isn’t much in common between these two chairs, they are very different and both very good in their own rights! Best thing to do now is to get out there and try them out and see which one fits your body the best and feels the best to you! Have fun doing your research! According to our experience, the Inada Sogno massage chair outsells the Sanyo 7700/8700 series by quite a bit.

I hope these 3 posts help you in your shopping experience. I hope these posts are part of your research and due diligence. Call us at 888-259-5380 or our showroom at 801-417-8240 if you have any questions.

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

Inada Sogno Massage Chair vs. New Sanyo 8700 Massage Chair PART II

Inada Sogno massage chair
Inada Sogno massage chair

I hope you enjoyed Part I of Steffanie’s 3-part series on the comparison between the Inada Sogno massage chair and the new Sanyo 8700 zero gravity massage chair. Here is Part II:

Comparison between Sanyo 8700 and the Inada Sogno Dreamwave Plus Massage Chairs (Part II)

The Inada Sogno offers a full-body experience massaging, including air bag compression on the arms, forearms, hands, hips, thighs, calves, and feet.  The intensity can be adjusted by body part individually which adds to the detailed

Inada Sogno massage chair
customization of this chair.  The Sanyo 8700 does not have arm, forearm, hand, or hip massage but it does do compression on the calf and foot.  This model has a two part lower leg and foot ottoman which is different than the Sanyo 7700 models, where the foot and calf components are combined into one unit. The 8″ extension allows for taller users to feel more comfortable in this chair.

The Sanyo 8700 massage chair has 3 specialty programs in zero-gravity reclined position.  This is a very unique aspect of this chair.  The zero-gravity positioning is very comfortable and relieves the gravitational strain that our backs feel every day.  For anyone with chronic back problems sitting in this position for a few minutes every day can make a significance difference in your pain levels. The 3rd zero gravity position is added to accommodate a stretch program in the zero gravity position. This chair also has a very special stress sensor, in addition to the temperature, pulse, and perspiration sensors, that will determine where you are holding your stress and can detect the mental fatigue from stress.  This assists you in retraining your body in dealing with stress in your daily life and can assist you in finding better coping strategies to release and let go of the stress and tension.

The Inada Sogno massage chair has several proprietary features and programs including its Signature Dreamwave program.  This is where the seat moves in a slow figure eight pattern and the air cells inflate to massage and work the lower back, outer thighs, and buttocks from side to side and up and down.  This facilitates passive motion and  flexibility in the hip and lower back. No other chair, including the Sanyo, has this low back technology which, therapeutically, is a phenomenal feature.  It also creates passive movement so that the muscles and joints in that area don’t freeze up, get stiff, or calcify.  For anyone who suffers from low back pain this program truly makes a world of difference because you are not having to actively create the movement.  With the passive movement you can experience the motion without the pain!   It also has a unique stretch program that induces flexion, extension, AND rotational stretch.  It is the only chair on the market that does that!   Its Youth program is a favorite for those active families that have children over 10 years old that may play sports or dance, or may just have tight muscles.  This program takes into account the child’s body size so it doesn’t recline back as far and it keeps the intensity low.  Children can feel great relief from the use of a massage chair as well!

Tomorrow I will post Part III of this series.

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

Inada Sogno Massage Chair vs. New Sanyo 8700 Massage Chair PART I

Sanyo 8700 zero gravity massage chair
Sanyo 8700 zero gravity massage chair

I just had an inquiry about the difference between the new zero gravity Sanyo 8700 massage chair, which was released last month in the USA market, and the popular Inada Sogno massage chair. It seems everyone wants to compare chairs to

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the Inada Sogno. No problem. Here is Part I of a three part series on the comparison between the two chair models (written by our showroom manager, Steffanie Wistos, LMT):

Comparison between Sanyo 8700 and the Inada Sogno Dreamwave Plus Massage Chairs (Part I)

Let’s start from the top and work our way down!

The Inada Sogno Dreamwave Plus massage chair has an amazing head cradling unit, called a cervical traction unit, that not only kneads and massages the neck muscles but also provides gentle neck traction.  It also has the capability of working the muscles on the top of the shoulders (traps); this is a great way to release tension in these easily abused muscles.  This traction unit is also able to be moved and easily secured at the top of the chair and out of the way, to allow for 2 different ways to use this chair allowing for stronger intensity if so desired.   The Sanyo 8700 incorporates neck massage into the back massage created by the rollers that run the length of the track.   In other words, it does not have a separate unit to specialize in working the neck muscles, like the Sogno.  It does, however, have a neck pillow that allows for some extra support in that area if needed or you can move this pillow out of the way and that will allow for stronger intensity to be felt as well.

The back massage on the Inada Sogno massage chair is going to feel very different than the massage you get while sitting on the Sanyo 8700 massage chair.  The Inada Sogno has 3-D Roller technology.  This is a sophisticated mechanism that works the body from all different planes and not just the X-Y axis.  It feels a lot more realistic…more akin to a massage done by human hands.  The Sanyo has exclusive GK rollers that are wider and have been redesigned and reshaped from the rollers in older Sanyo models. Like most other massage chair models, it only works the X-Y axis of the body.  The track on the Inada Sogno goes very low into the mid-buttocks area and up all the way into the neck. The Sanyo track is also very long and runs from head to hip, but does not go down as low into the buttocks as does the Inada Sogno.

Tomorrow I will post Part II for your enjoyment.

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

New Massage Chair Relief Showroom Hours

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Inada Sogno vs. Inada Doctor’s Choice 3A Massage Chairs!

Inada DreamWave massage chair
Inada DreamWave massage chair
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Inada Sogno Dreamwave Plus massage chair

I received an email from a visitor to our site asking about the differences between the Inada Sogno Dreamwave massage chair and the new Doctor’s Choice 3A massage chair by Inada. I assume we will be getting a lot of questions about these two chairs in the future, since the Doctor’s Choice 3A chair was just released this month (December 2009) and will surely raise the eyebrows of many a massage chair shopper.

Below is the question from and answer to this gentleman’s inquiry:

Question:

Hi Alan,
Could you please email the brochure on the 3A.
Could you please advise briefly of the pros and cons of each model?  (Sogno vs. 3A)
Yours truly,
James

Answer:

Hi, James
Thanks for your inquiry.
There are no brochures for this chair yet.

Here are the differences and similarities between the Sogno and the
Doctor’s Choice 3A massage chairs:

1. Sogno has the full arm massage; 3A has only hand massage.
2. Sogno has cervical traction unit with air bag massage on neck and
air bag massage on shoulders (trapezia).
3. Sogno has dreamwave technology in the seat, where the seat moves

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Doctor's Choice 3A massage chair

from side to side in a figure 8 and up and down, through the use of
airbags; the Doctor’s Choice 3A has airbags in the seat that inflate
under the buttock and along the bottom/side of the thighs.
4. Sogno has thigh airbags that massage the Iliotibial bands; the
Doctors Choice 3A has the same airbag system described in #3 above.
5. Sogno is a larger, more contemporary looking chair; 3A is smaller
in size and looks more like a traditional massage chair.
6. Doctor’s choice 3A chair has the shoulder airbags that are designed
to hold the shoulders back when the rollers go up the thoracic spine;
Sogno does not have this feature.
7. Roller mechanism is similar in both chairs.

8. Both have a full, comprehensive, on-site 3 year manufacturer warranty.
9. Doctor’s Choice 3A comes in black color; Sogno comes in slate, chocolate, and creme colors.

You can check out the Doctor’s Choice 3A massage chair at
www.inada-3a-massage-chair.com.


I hope this helps. Feel free to call me at 801-651-2026 or email me
back with further questions.

Inada Sogno Massage Chair Guest Stars on “30 Rock”!

Inada Sogno Massage Chair featured on 30 Rock
Inada Sogno Massage Chair featured on 30 Rock

The wonderful Inada Sogno Dreamwave Plus massage chair will be debuting this fall in it’s new role as the massage chair of choice for Tracy Morgan on  the popular TV comedy “30 Rock.” The picture shows a red model, which I have never heard of or seen before. I am afraid that everyone will now be calling our showroom wanting the red Inada Sogno chair! I think it is a pretty cool color. What do you think? You can read the story where I learned about it here:

http://furniture.about.com/b/2009/10/15/meet-30-rocks-newest-star.htm#comment-2

The article also talks about a Cube from Inada. Never heard of it. I will find out what that is all about and get back to you on this blog with more information.

By the way, if you want a new Inada Sogno Dreamwave Plus massage chair for yourself, you have to call our showroom to place the order. Our number is 801-417-8240. You can also call our toll-free number at 888-259-5380. Inada does not allow online sales of their chair, although online display of the massage chair is ok.

Have a super day!

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

Massage Chair Relief at the Eastern Idaho State Fair

Massage Chairs in Idaho State Fair
Massage Chairs in Idaho State Fair

Our massage chairs are up in Blackfoot, Idaho this week for the Eastern Idaho State Fair. I know we have a lot of viewers from Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming. If you are in the area, we’d love to have you come visit and enjoy and massage on one of our great chairs. We have the HT-1650 and Inada Sogno massage chairs up there. Apparently, this is a big event for Eastern Idaho and folks come from all around to do their shopping. Steffanie worked there with the chairs over the Labor Day weekend and said it was swamped with folks wanting to sit on the chairs.

Other news in the massage chair industry:

1. Omega massage chairs figures that the new Serenity zero gravity massage chair will sell for $2499 and the Skyline version will sell for $1999. They tell me though that the Serenity is a better featured and looking chair.

2. Inada is coming out with another massage chair to replace the D-5 and D-6 models which were discontinued a couple of months ago. When I hear more about it, I will let you know.

3. Although the Sanyo 5000 massage chair has been discontinued, I still have access to the tan colored version. You can’t order them on my website, but you can call the showroom and place the order while supplies last. Our showroom number is 801-417-8240.

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

Cliff Levin from Inada USA visits Massage Chair Relief!

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We had the distinct pleasure of having Cliff Levin, President of the Family Inada USA, spend the day with us at Massage Chair Relief. The day started with 18 holes at Mountain View Golf Course, with Cliff beating me by 4 strokes (I could have sworn that I was ahead!! – I will keep score next time). The clouds were out, but we only got drizzled upon once. Otherwise a beautiful day for golfing. If you would like to know what kind of golfer I am, two words – Happy Gillmore!

Then it was off to lunch at Cafe Rio, a wonderful local chain of mexican restaurants. My wife, Mona, met us there and we got to talk even more about massage chairs and Massage Chair Relief with Cliff. The Cliff Levin of Inada and Dr. Weidner of Massage Chair Relieffood was spectacular. Cliff gave us some advice for our business plan and then we discussed the Sogno, the i2A, the recently discontinued D-5 and D-6, and the soon-to-be-discontinued Sogno Standard model. We also touched on future projects at Inada that may come to the USA.

Then Cliff came to our Massage Chair Relief showroom where we got to sit with Steffanie, my office manager and corporate sales manager, and chat for the next 3.5 hours. Cliff went over the Inada Sogno with her in detail while I fell asleep on an Inada prototype chair. We learned that the stretch program is best used with the cervical traction unit lifted up and out of the way, leaving just the rollers of the chair to work the head and neck. Steffanie said it was the best suboccipital lift that she had ever experienced on a massage chair (suboccipital means under the head). You see, there is something to be learned every day.

Cliff left us at 5:30 to head to the airport, but not without a photo as you can see to your right (he’s the tall one). It was wonderful to have Cliff here. He is a very good man with integrity. We have known that from the get-go of our relationship with Inada over a year ago.  But, getting to know him better has been a great experience. We look forward to a strong relationship with Inada Massage Chairs for years to come. Thanks for the visit Cliff. We thoroughly enjoyed (except for that golf score thing!).

Speaking of golf, Massage Chair Relief has been invited back to the Longest Day Golf Tournament in Midway, Utah this weekend (golfers love massage chairs…they help their game). Hope to see you up there.

By the way, one last reminder…this weekend is Father’s Day. If you haven’t got anything yet, get a doggone massage chair today or tomorrow. You won’t have the chair for Sunday but at least you can tell your father, husband, grandfather, son, self that you have one on the way. Now, get on the phone and call me right now to get the order in before the big day. Dads, TVs, and massage chairs just seem to go together really well!

Happy Father’s Day!

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