Transcript of Video Titled “Massage Chair Industry Update – June 3, 2016”
Transcript of Video Titled “Massage Chair Industry Update – March 10, 2016”
Transcript of Video Titled “Massage Chair Industry Update – November 17, 2015”
Transcript of Video Titled “Massage Chair Industry Update – October 6, 2015”
Transcript of Video Titled “Massage Chair Industry Update – December 11, 2014”
Earlier this year I wrote an article about fitting into massage chairs. I was responding to increasing number of folks asking about whether their larger body frames would fit into these newer chairs that have hip and shoulder airbags. I listed the measurements of the distance between the airbags to help people know if a particular chair would fit them or not.
Some people have broad shoulders or larger upper bodies that will not fit between the shoulder airbag housings of a chair. Others have larger bottoms that will not fit comfortably between the hip/thigh airbags. If this information interests you, you can read that article here. Continue reading “Foot and Calf Chair Measurements”
Transcript of Video Titled “First Time – Inada YuMe Massage Chair” Continue reading “Inada Yume – First Time Use (Video)”
Transcript of Video Titled “Cliff Levin Inada USA Interview – October 1, 2013 (Part 3)” Continue reading “Interview with Cliff Levin, Pres. of Inada USA – 10/01/13 (Part 3)”
Transcript of Video Titled “Cliff Levin Inada USA Interview – October 1, 2013 (Part 2)” Continue reading “Interview with Cliff Levin, Pres. of Inada USA – 10/01/13 (Part 2)”
Transcript of Video Titled “Cliff Levin Inada USA Interview – October 1, 2013 (Part 1)” Continue reading “Interview with Cliff Levin, Pres. of Inada USA – 10/01/13 (Part 1)”
I just received these video files today and immediately posted them to our YouTube channel. One is of the “rocking” Yume chair while the other is of the iconic Inada Sogno Dreamwave massage chair. You can tell immediately that these are not my videos!! These are high quality, nicely edited videos with cool music…plus they are short (only a minute or so long!). LOL!
Transcript of Video Titled “Rocking Feature – Inada YuMe Massage Chair” Continue reading “Inada Yume “Rocking” Feature (Video & Transcripts)”
Transcript of Video Titled “Calf Massage – Inada YuMe Massage Chair” Continue reading “Inada Yume – Thera-Elliptical Kneading Calf Massage (Video & Transcript)”
It’s been over 5 years since the Inada Sogno was introduced to the US market, after having been tested and tried in Japan. I remember first seeing the chair and being so dang impressed with it’s design. I also remember getting phone calls immediately after the chair was introduced to the US for the first time at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas early in 2008. Folks wanted to know about this new chair as soon as they laid eyes on it.
Well, it finally came to my showroom in July of 2008, one of the first in a retail showroom in America and it has been our top-selling model ever since. Even today, with all the lower-priced Chinese imitations and the newer innovations in the industry, like mechanical foot rollers, butt and thigh rollers, and zero gravity, the Sogno still continues to be the iconic chair in the massage chair world. Why is that? What makes this chair so special? I get calls every week from massage chair shoppers asking me if there is anything comparable to the Sogno (for a lesser price, of course) and if I still feel that this chair at the top of the class. Well, let me try to explain a few things about the chair that I believe make it STILL the top massage chair that money can buy: Continue reading ““Hey Doc! Do You Still Think The Inada Sogno Is All That…After All These Years?””
Things just come in waves. In the course of 2-3 days I had 3 inquiries from customers that had to do with size and weight and which chair would work. I had two folks that were over 6 feet and weighed between 300 – 350 lbs. On one of the days when I received an inquiry, I had a salesman at the showroom who overheard me talking on the phone with this customer about his size concerns. The salesman just happened to be 6’5″ tall and weigh 350 lbs and he just happened to offer to sit in all of my massage chairs in the showroom and give his honest opinion of which chairs fit OK and which did not. Continue reading “Over 6′ Tall & 300 lbs – Which Massage Chair Is Right?”
Transcript of Video Titled “Massage Chair Industry Update – May 22, 2013” Continue reading “Massage Chair Industry Update 05/22/13 – Video & Transcripts”
A question from a massage chair shopper dealt with the differences between the Inada Yume and the Panasonic EP30007. Here is the
email exchange. By the way, Inada announced last week that they dropped the price of the Yume by $700 to $5299! Great news for Yume shoppers.
Hi Dr Weidner, Need your assistance please, I was looking @ Panasonic EP30007 and Inada Yume and need to know which is better in terms of full body massage and real bang for bucks, I have tried Yume but didn’t get chance to try EP30007. Thank you Chintan Continue reading “Inada Yume vs. Panasonic 30007”
Transcript of Video Titled “Massage Chair Industry Update – April 10, 2013” Continue reading “Massage Chair Industry Update – April 10, 2013 (Video & Transcripts)”
Transcript of Video Titled “Inada YuMe Massage Chair – Introduction” Continue reading “Introduction to the Inada Yume – Video & Transcripts”
Transcript of Video Titled “Massage Chair Industry Update – February 12th, 2013” Continue reading “Massage Chair Industry Update – 02/12/2013”
In Part 1, I discussed the headband airbag massage of the Osaki OS-7075R, mechanical foot rollers, the dreamwave technology and cervical traction device of the Inada Sogno, and the heated jade rollers of the Panasonic MA70. Here are the last 5 cool things you’ll see when shopping for a massage chair: Continue reading “10 Cool Massage Chair Features Continued (Part 2)”
I went to Southern California last week to visit the Human Touch headquarters in Long Beach, California (11/28/12) and Inada’s warehouse in Ontario, California (11/29/12) where Inada has all their inventory and from where their chairs are shipped.
But, before I went to Human Touch, I had breakfast with my Southern California delivery guy, Domenic. He has been delivering and setting up chairs in Southern California for me for years but this was the first time we’d actually met in person. It was great to visit with him at Denny’s in Long Beach (Lumberjack Slam…mmmmmm!).
After breakfast, I drove promptly over to Human Touch on Walnut Avenue and was greeted by a welcome sign and by Michael Hamm, Director of Commercial Accounts. Michael was so kind and warm towards me and my visit. He accompanied me the whole morning as they had set up a tour for me throughout the offices. It was so wonderfully enlightening to see how things worked there and to meet the brains behind the product that we know as Human Touch massage chairs. Continue reading “My Trip to Human Touch Headquarters and Inada’s Warehouse!”
Transcript of Video Titled “Massage Chair Industry Update – November 19th, 2012” Continue reading “Massage Chair Industry Update Video – 11/19/2012”
The new Osaki OS-7075R massage chair is now up on our site here:
This chair is exactly the same chair as the Osaki OS-7000 except for the addition of mechanical foot rollers and a higher horsepower motor running the massage rollers. Of course, the foot rollers have been becoming increasingly popular, particularly with the early success of the IT-8200 and IT-8500 from Infinite Therapeutics. The Omega Montage Pro is the only other chair we carry that also has the foot rollers.
Pursuant to Osaki’s announcement of the new chair model, they also said that the OS-7000 will be discontinued. No new inventory of that model is coming in and as soon as the colors are all sold out, that chair will be removed from their list of available models. I understand that the brown and taupe colors are already gone so if you still want the OS-7000, which is $300 less than the new OS-7075R, than black and ivory are the only colors available…and, as I just said, they will only be available until they are sold out. Then, no more OS-7000.
I had an interesting experience this morning as I was perusing the world of massage chairs on the internet. I came across a website that had my comparison chart available for their clients, virtually word for word, without giving credit to the soure of the chart. Fascinating! I am told and have read that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery but I must say I’m not sure if I’m flattered or bothered. I put about 4 months of research and work into that chart and love it like it’s my own child (now, that’s weird). I hope people appreciate the time and effort that went into it but I also hope that when content is plagiarized, that credit is given when credit is due. There…I got that off my chest. Now onto some true massage chair news…
Inada announced today that the price of their extremely popular Sogno Dreamwave will be going up AGAIN next year. This time the Minimum Advertised Price will go up $200 to $7999. It continues to amaze me how the price of this one model goes up every year and, yet, it continues to be a top seller. People just love this chair, especially the discriminating shoppers.
We are told that it is going up because of “ongoing exchange rate pressure, higher transit costs, and increased manufacturing expense.” The question I have is “Why is the price of the other Inada chairs staying the same if they are subject to the same “ongoing exchange rate pressure, higher transit costs, and increased manufacturing expense”?” The Yume and the i1 will remain at the same price schedule. Who knows?
The Sogno price increase will happen on February 1, 2013.
Dr. Alan Weidner
In the last article, I discussed the similarities, today I discuss the differences between these two very popular models: Continue reading “Part II of Osaki OS-6000/7200H vs. Infinity IT-8200”
I love getting emails from customers as they always ask questions that get me thinking and it also helps me to know what shoppers are really wanting out there. Here is a question from a fellow named Karl and I figured I’d share my answer with you, since it just might help you in your own buying process.
Hello Like the website, very interested in a chair that can offer me great neck and back massage. Other stuff not really relevant. Would I be correct in thinking the inada Hume or songo offer the BEST massage? Look forward to hearing from you. Continue reading “A Good Neck and Upper Back Massage Chair?”
Here is the 3rd and final video of my interview with Cliff. I hope you have enjoyed this series and learned much of the Inada products and the Inada way of doing things:
Transcript of Interview with Cliff Levin, President of Inada USA Massage Chairs (Part Three)
Dr. Alan Weidner: Well, I think also it intimidates, I think the most intimidating thing about a massage chair for the new buyer is the remote control, thinking that they can’t learn it or they can’t get it. But, yeah, I’d say that the Sogno and the Yu•Me are very, very simple to use. I found the Human Touch remotes also to be very simple. I think the Panasonic and the Sanyo are probably the most complicated ones to deal with, but again, all remotes, you get accustomed to it over time. But boy, just for ease-of-use right off the bat, Yu•Me and Sogno are quite easy. Now, one thing I was just thinking of, we talked about any upgrades to the Sogno, if there’s any plans for that, but I was thinking about this the other day, people ask now more and more about zero gravity. This is a feature that we’re seeing in more and more chairs. I think it’s a bit of a fad right now. It was kind of pioneered maybe, or introduced to the market primarily by Human Touch, I think, but it seems like everybody’s kinda gotten on the zero-gravity bandwagon, even the Yu•Me has a zero-gravity feature, though not explicit on the remote, in the rocking motion it does go to a zero-gravity position. Is that something that you think the Sogno may ever, they may ever integrate in to the Sogno? Or have they discussed it, is it even a topic of conversation? Continue reading “The 3rd and Final Part of my Interview with Pres. of Inada USA, Cliff Levin”
Here is part 2 of my 3-part interview with Cliff Levin, President of Inada USA massage chairs:
Transcript of Interview with Cliff Levin, President of Inada USA Massage Chairs (Part Two)
Dr. Alan Weidner: The Japanese, because of the cost of the Japanese manufacturing, we have seen other companies moving from Japan to China. Panasonic’s now moved all their manufacturing to China. I believe, I could be wrong on this, you may correct me on this, but I think Sanyo’s also moved to China. Of course, Osaki, Omega, Human Touch, are all Chinese-made chairs, and do you think there’s going to be a trend, where one day that Inada might start manufacturing some chairs in China, or they may already do, for other parts of the world, how does China fit in to Inada’s manufacturing picture, if at all? Continue reading “Part 2 of My Interview with Cliff Levin, Pres. of Inada USA”
I 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)”
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.
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
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:
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
Calf Massage of the Inada Yume
Nowadays, pretty much every massage chair has a calf massage of some sort. Not every chair has foot massage, but calf massage is pretty standard. Even on chairs like the Serenity or Skyline by Omega, there are small airbags that push against the back of your calves even though those chairs don’t have traditional calf wells.
Calf massage typically has airbags within 2 calf wells that surround, inflate, and then compress the calf muscles. Most of the technologies of the massage chairs have the airbags compress in a distal to medial direction. In other words, the airbags inflate initially at the bottom of the calf and then, in a milking or figure 8 pattern, move up the calf towards the heart. The idea here is to enhance circulation from the legs to the heart (of course, for some folks, swollen ankles is an example of poor circulation that is readily visible and for which calf airbag massage has worked wonders).
Thera-Elliptical Kneading of the Calves…
This has been the way that calf massage has worked for as long as I have been in the business. Inada has recently added a very cool twist to the calf massage experience. In their new offering, the Inada Yume massage chair, Inada has introduced what they coin “Thera-Elliptical Kneading”, or TEK, which adds a very interesting and, what I feel, a very therapeutic tweak to the existing airbag massage. Here is how it works:
The airbags inflate, as with any other massage chair. These airbags compress the leg musculature. But, then something unique happens…the inside wall of each calf well begins moving up and down, along the length of the leg thus inducing a kneading motion to the large calf muscles. So, now you have not only a compression feature coming at you from the side, but it is accompanied by an up and down kneading motion along the leg’s axes.
And, I ‘ve got to tell you that it is fantastic. I have large calf muscles and I do a lot of walking. This TEK is fantastic! It gives my legs a workout that leaves my legs feeling alive and tingling. It is an intense massage but nothing like anything you’ve ever experienced in a leg massage.
Inada has always been a progressive innovator in our massage chair industry. They are the oldest massage chair company in the world (heck, Mr. Inada invented the first massage chair in 1962) and have been the pioneers of many of the features that are considered standard on massage chairs today. This TEK is one of those innovative ideas that will probably be copied in the near future.
The only drawback is that to allow for the TEK, their is no foot massage component on the Inada Yume chair. When you see the calf massage in motion, you’ll understand why it is so. But, you can always bend your knees and put your feet into the calf wells, which will still give you a very good and very unique massage experience for your feet.
Dr. Alan Weidner
Massage Chair LED Lighting Feature
A fairly recent innovation in massage chairs is LED lighting. The first time I saw it was last year with the Inada Yume, the latest offering from the Japanese massage chair manufacturer. It had some strip lighting on the outside of the ottoman, both sides. The user could not directly see the lights while sitting in the chair, but could, when the lights were off and the chair running, see an ambient light throughout the room within which the chair was situated. Kinda cool actually.
Osaki has since come out with 2 of their chinese-made massage chairs, the Osaki 6000 and the Osaki 7000, which both have LED lighting as a feature. The Osaki 6000 has it on the outside of the arm rest, while the Osaki 7000 has it on the outside of the lower side frame of the chair…both chairs have it on both sides of the chair.
Massage Chair LED Lighting = “Chromotherapy”
The name that has been used to describe this feature is “chromotherapy”, that is therapy based on color. I’m not too terribly familiar with chromotherapy, but I remember going to a Continuing Education seminar many, many years ago when I was a practicing chiropractor, wherein the instructor, a Dr. Brimhall, spent a fair amount of time discussing the therapeutic effects of color therapy for all sorts of conditions. It was fascinating although I never ended up using any of it in practice.
The gist of it was that flashing lights, of varying colors and speeds, had a physiological effect on the brain and, thus, on various and sundry health conditions. I can’t recall which conditions in particular, but I do remember that depression was one of the conditions mentioned. Of course, the lights were used in conjunction with other therapies, including sound, tapping, chiropractic adjustments, nutrition, etc. to give the patient a whole body wellness experience.
Well, seeing these lights on the massage chairs immediately brought me back to that chiropractic training class so many years ago. Now, I can’t say for sure if these lights on the massage chairs really do much in the way of physiological or psychological therapy, but I can say that they are really cool!! The lights look great and the ambient affect they have on the hosting room in your home or business is neat, especially when the room’s lights are all turned off.
I actually like the look of the lights on the Osaki 6000 massage chair the most. They are built into the side stripes of the chair adding to the aesthetic appearance of that chair. They are blue, which is also very nice looking. Blue is supposed to be a very soothing color…many marketers use blue in ads to induce a relaxed, comfortable feeling in potential buyers.
Here is a video we made demonstrating the LED lighting in the Osaki 6000…
Pretty neat, eh?
Dr. Alan Weidner
Here is what is going on at Massage Chair Relief this week:
1. Well, this last week has been hectic as folks went after the Inada massage chairs like crazy before the price increase last night. At midnight the price of the Inada Sogno Dreamwave massage chair jumped to $7799 and the Inada Yume went up to $5999. The Inada i1 chair also went up in price to $4499.
For those of you who got a chair at the old price…well done! For the rest of the massage chair shoppers out there, you will find the Inada Sogno massage chair to still be one of the finest chairs in the world and still worth the money (by the way, give me a call to see what I can do for you on the current price ;-)…we always have something going on at the showroom).
2. The new Osaki 7000 massage chair is now available for purchase. The entire Osaki line of massage chairs is Chinese-made and very
affordable, as far as massage chairs go. This new Osaki OS-7000 is quite a cool looking thing; I really like the design. I will be getting one in my showroom in the near future and then I will be able to give you the real goods on the chair. It is priced at $3790 USD. You can check out the Osaki 7000 here:
As I have mentioned on this blog before, we now have the Osaki 6000 on our showroom floor and we have really come to like that chair. It seems to be a quality machine. Only time will tell how well that chair will hold up with regular wear-and-tear.
3. Massage Chair Relief has a YouTube channel. I have always had the channel but it has been a mess for the longest time. I have finally cleaned up all the playlists and made the videos completely ready for your enjoyment. You can check out our channel here:
I’ve got a whole bunch of new videos coming online in the next few months for your enjoyment. Subscribe and stay in touch with what is going on with the massage chair industry. Later this week I will be posting a video showing the assembly of the new Osaki 6000 massage chair.
4. Did you know that you can use as many credit cards on a single purchase as you’d like? Most people use just one credit card to purchase their new massage chair, but we have used as many as 4 on one transaction!! It just takes a little back-office juggling and we can put your chair purchase on as many credit cards as you’d like.
Other Massage Chair Payment Options
Did you know you can also purchase a massage chair through Massage Chair Relief with a check? Most folks don’t do that in today’s day and age, but we still get checks mailed to us for a massage chair. With a check, though, we have to wait for the funds to clear before I can order the chair for you from the manufacturer.
Oh, and you can wire funds, too! That only takes minutes from the time you submit the wire at your bank. If you pay by check or wire, I can save you some money on your chair purchase. I can pass my savings, from not having to pay credit card fees, along to you. Just let me know if you want to use cash, checks, or wiring and I’ll explain the savings available to you.
We only accept wire transfers from international orders, by the way.
Well, that about does it for this week. Thank you, thank you, thank you for making this massage chair business so fun for my family and I. We all work in the business in one way or another. We just love working with our clients.
If you have any questions whatsoever, you can always reach me on my cell number 801-651-2026 or our showroom number 801-417-8240 or our toll-free number 888-259-5380. Of course, you can always email me at email@example.com, too. I would just love to visit with you about massage chairs!
Have a super day!
Dr. Alan Weidner
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call me directly on my personal cell phone, 801-651-2026.
Dr. Alan Weidner
Inada Sogno and Inada Yume – Massage Chair Innovation!
Inada is the first name in massage chairs – literally. Mr. Inada, the founder of the company, actually invented the first massage chair in 1962. This year, the company bearing his name has produced two chair models that are simply superior to anything else on the market – the Inada Sogno and Inada Yume massage chairs.
Inada Yume Massage Chair
Pronounced “You Me”, the Inada Yume massage chair exemplifies the quality and innovation Inada devotes to its creations. The Yume at first appears a bit smaller than previous models, but this impression is misleading. The chair actually comes with significant new innovations, but everything is designed to be more compact and efficient. As a result, fluff items like arm chair air bags are no longer present, while new innovations that provide a better experience take their places.
There are three new elements to the Yume that make relaxing in it truly blissful. The first is an innovation that allows the chair to actually knead your calves. Other massage chairs use air bags to massage the calf area. Personally, I’ve found such an approach to be fairly useless, much like someone running balloons up and down your leg. The new kneading innovation on the Yume, titled Thera-Elliptical-Kneading, feels like a massage from a therapist. The calves are actually kneaded up and down as well as side to side to give one the sensation a person is doing the work. It is a delight, particularly if your feet and calves are barking from standing up all day.
The second innovation of note is the rocking mechanism. The Yume literally rocks the stress off of you. If you have ever spent time in a rocking chair, you will know what we mean. The Yume uses patented rotary rocking to lightly move you about. There is a something about the rotational rhythm that just brings on a sense of calm, something you will not find in any other massage chair.
The third innovation of note is the use of LED lights on the exterior of the ottoman. You can lower the lights in the room you are in and let the LED lights take over. Their soft glow adds to the atmosphere of bliss. It may sound like a little thing, but when combined with the calf kneading and rocking sensations, it makes for one amazing experience.
Inada Sogno Massage Chair
The Inada Sogno Dreamwave massage chair has undoubtedly been the standard bearer for Inado the last four years. The innovations in the chair are so advanced that it was actually introduced in the United States at CES, the Consumer Electronics Show, in 2008. It was an instant hit, particular for all the show goers who definitely needed to take a load off after walking around in the crowds and heat of Las Vegas for a few days.
The first innovation that sets the Sogno apart from other chairs is the Dreamwave technology it contains. This technology is designed to provide lower back relief by taking a new approach. It uses airbags to move the hips and lower back area in slow, slight vertical and horizontal movements. This loosens up the back muscles, allowing the inherent tightness found there to dissipate. This in turn loosens up the buttocks, hamstrings and upper back. I find it feels as though one’s body is actually unwinding from being in a tight ball. It is simply amazing.
The second major innovation with the Sogno is the approach it takes to dealing with cervical stress. If you sit at a desk all day, you are familiar with cervical tension. You experience it as tension across your shoulders and in the middle of your upper back just below the neck. This tension can cause you to hunch and can easily lead to blinding headaches. The Sogno uses an airbag process to massage these areas. Most people don’t realize how tense they are through the shoulders and upper back, so the massage of these areas provides a sense of almost immediate relief.
Inada Massage Chairs
Inada is the leader in massage chair innovations and quality. In addition to the highlighted elements of the Yume and Sogno mentioned above, each chair comes standard with the usual high quality elements you would expect to find in an Inada product – heating, deep back massage access and thigh massage airbags. Each serves as a part of the overall massage experience.
Inada was the first name in massage chairs when they were invented. Fortunately, neither Mr. Inada nor his company has rested on their laurels. Nearly half a century later, they continue to set the pace in the field of massage chairs. The Yume and Sogno models simply carry on this traditional of excellence.
Dr. Alan Weidner
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
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
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
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
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.
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
Inada Sogno vs. Inada Yume Massage Chair
Inada comes up with a new massage chair every few years. These offerings are not rehashed old models, but are marked by advances in technology and innovation. The Inada Sogno Dreamwave massage chair came to market in 2008, with the Inada Yume following in 2011.
Inada has lived up to its pioneering reputation with these two models. They boast functions not seen up to now in the massage chair industry. I will go through the differences between these very popular Inada chairs, so you can see what works better for you.
Inada Sogno Massage Chair
1. Thigh massage with airbag compression (works the ITBs – Ilio-Tibial Bands).
2. Full arm massage with airbag compression (includes hands, wrists, forearms, and arms).
3. Cervical Traction Headpiece – airbag massage for neck and upper shoulder (trapezia) muscles.
4. Dreamwave technology for the seat (provides side to side with up and down pelvic movement with low back airbags). This feature especially is beneficial for acute low back pain. The technology is revolutionary enough that Inada chose to use Inada Sogno Dreamwave as the full name of this model.
5. Airbag massage for foot and calf.
6. Rollers move below the lower back to the upper buttocks via a vertical track. They reach lower than other massage chairs.
7. The seat includes a heating mechanism.
8. Contemporary design (Award winning).
9. Colors offered include black leather, creme, red, chocolate, dark brown and black.
10. White glove delivery offered, including setup and removal of shipping materials.
11. This is a very large massage chair – with two boxes (324 lbs. total) required for shipping.
12. Comprehensive standard three year on-site warranty.
13. Price is $6999 (at this writing).
Inada Yume Massage Chair
1. Rocking chair motion (5-7 rocks per minute)
2. Therapeutic Calf Massage – Calf Muscles are massaged with a Thera-Elliptical-Kneading process. The calf wells move up and down in a kneading motion along with airbag compression to produce an intense massage.
3. LED lighting on the sides of the calf wells to produce a relaxing atmosphere when room lights are turned off.
4. Neck airbags to stretch the neck by alternating inflation on the head and shoulder on one side at a time. Less sophistocated than the Inada Sogno, but still effective.
5. Seat airbags for low back rotation. (The Inada Sogno gets this effect with low back airbags.
6. No thigh, arm, or foot airbags like those found with the Inada Sogno.
7. No heating mechanism.
8. Usually regular door-to-door delivery.
9. Comprehensive standard three year on-site warranty
10. Colors include black, dark brown, creme, and red.
11. Much smaller massage chair than the Inada Sogno. It ships in one box at 271 lbs.
12. Price (at this writing): $5499.
To sum up, the Inada Yume and Inada Sogno primarily differ as follows:
1. Inada Sogno employs Dreamwave technology in the seat, a cervical traction device or headpiece, calf and foot airbag massage, thigh airbags, and full arm airbags.
2. Inada Yume uses airbag technology for neck stretching massage and seat massage. There is no foot, arm, or thigh airbag massage. It does include thera-elliptical-kneading for the calves and rotary rocking.
3. No heating mechanism in the Inada Yume while the Inada Sogno includes a subtle heating mechanism at the back of the seat.
4. More color choices with the Inada Sogno.
5. The Inada Sogno is a much larger chair than the Inada Yume.
6. Price – There is a $1500 difference.
There you have a comparison of the two most popular Inada chairs. You cannot go wrong with either of them; it simply depends on what features of these high quality massage chairs will meet your needs.
Dr. Alan Weidner
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
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:
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
Part 2 of my Review of the Inada Yume Massage Chair
In Part I of this article I shared the features that initially impacted me when I used the new Inada Yume massage chair. The Japanese firm, Family Inada, has produced a chair with two remarkable features that place it miles ahead of other chairs in the massage chair arena.
1. Thera-Elliptical-Kneading (TEK)
TEK is what I referred to in Part I of this Inada Yume review as a solution to leaving out the foot massage feature. This elliptical calf massage is a new twist on an older chair massage feature. Traditionally, ottoman airbags press on the calves from the outside in. Not only does the new TEK accomplish that, but at the same time the sides of the ottoman elliptically move along both sides of each calf. The result is a surprising and innovative calf massage.
For those of you suffering with leg circulation maladies, this massage chair is worth every penny. Many users report that this feature alone is worth the price of the Inada Yume. My sessions in the chair resulted in my calves tingling more than any other part of my body. Elliptical calf massage is a true advancement for massage chairs that will delight every user.
Yes, the Inada Yume rocks, really rocks in the traditional sense of the word. It rocks back and forth like a rocking chair and is the first massage chair to do so. One client that tried it out in our showroom said he was reminded of his grandmother rocking him in his youth. In addition to the physical effects of the session, he enjoyed even more relaxation by experiencing that memory from his childhood.
The speed of this rocking motion is between 5 and 7 rocks in a minute. With this feature, the chair also moves to a 142 degree tilt up to a 157 degree tilt. I must confess, the first time I tried this rocking feature with my eyes closed, I did experience some nausea. After one or two sessions, though, the nausea disappeared. All things considered, this is a feature that many of you will enjoy.
Not covered in Part I, here is more information for you about the Inada Yume Massage Chair
a.) Inada offers a 3 year warranty which covers both labor and parts. If desired, you can purchase a 2 year extended warranty. The basic factory warranty included with your purchase is the best in the business.
b.) Because the Inada Yume is made inJapan, the cost is greater than the cost of a Chinese made chair. It is common belief that the quality ofJapan’s manufacturing is better than that fromChina.
c.) As mentioned in Part I, the two colors available are black and bright red. The material is faux leather.
d.) The back rollers are very helpful for SI joint pain or low back pain. They are situated lower than on some chairs so that they reach down into the top of the buttocks. Some patients with sciatica even find relief with this feature.
e.) Like most massage chairs, the Inada weight limit is 300 lbs.
f.) By using the chair once a day, your chair should last about 24 years.
g.) A great feature for those of you with low back pain is the zero gravity seat. The seat tilts at an angle to produce the “weightless” sensation when you use the chair.
h.) At last, a remote control that is easy to use. The Inada Yume massage chair remote is not at all complicated and slips easily into the side pocket after use.
The Inada Yume massage chair retails for $5999 and is available at www.massage-chair-relief.com, where you can also learn more about the chair. Just go to the top of this page and click “Inada”. You can then click on the Inada Yume chair.
Dr. Alan Weidner
Part 1 Review of the Inada Yume Massage Chair
By producing the new Inada Yume Massage Chair, Inada has once again remained true to its desire for all new models to feature unique benefits not seen before in the massage chair industry. This company philosophy of innovation has earned Inada a reputation for excellence that other companies tend to copy.
The new Inada Yume (pronounced “You Me”) massage chair showcases two features I’ve not seen in other chairs, elliptical calf massage and rocking.
I will elaborate on those two features in Part II of this article. Here, in Part I, I want to share with you my initial impressions of this latest model from Inada.
The first thing I noticed about the Inada Yume…
The first thing I noticed is the dramatic size difference compared with the Inada Sogno Dreamwave massage chair, its predecessor. The Inada Yume is narrower and a bit shorter, however, it is not tiny at all. The smaller design allows this new chair to fit better into tight spaces. This model was designed to meet the complaint that massage chairs take up too much room. If you are looking for an ample massage chair that takes up little space, the Inada Yume may be for you.
The rolling mechanism differs quite a bit from other Inada chairs, yet is comfortable and firm. I found it to be quite an enjoyable roll. Your neck is stretched by pillow airbags that inflate and alternate pushing on each shoulder. It is a little different from the roller massage on the neck you may have been used to in the past. However, I did figure out how to get that roller massage effect with this chair.
I found that by moving the neck stretching pillow over the back of the chair out of the way and reclining the chair as far as it would go, I could manually set the roller. Then I moved the rollers up as high as possible and enjoyed a wonderful neck massage. This may not work as well for a taller person, but with some body maneuvers most of you can accomplish a good roller neck massage with this chair.
Like the Inada Doctor’s Choice 3A massage chair, the airbags in the Inada Yume seat inflate one side and then the other to rotate the pelvis. I am impressed with this feature because many massage chairs do not provide any low back rotation. The closest thing you may find in a chair is a feature that pushes you forward without any rotation.
For some reason, the color choices, are limited to red and black with the Inada Yume. Note that the red is not burgundy or maroon, but bright red.
Another feature is the LED lighting on the sides of the ottoman. It is not visible from the chair unless the room lights are off. The idea is to produce a relaxed ambiance for your session in the chair.
There are some features you may expect to find in a massage chair that are not included in the Inada Yume. There is no arm massage. Many people think the airbag arm massage feature is unimportant, so it depends on your preference. Interestingly, it has been included in the last two Inada models, the Doctor’s Choice 3A and Sogno.
In addition, foot massage is not included because the Inada Yume provides calf massage for the leg. Elimination of foot massage in this chair will make more sense to you when you see how calf massage works.
Elliptical calf massage and rocking will be discussed in Part II of this article on the new Inada Yume massage chair.
Dr. Alan Weidner
The new Inada Yume massage chair is scheduled to arrive in the US on the last week of July. It will be ready to ship out the first week of August. We have this chair in our showroom and it has been very well received so far. Most people who
come to the showroom gravitate to the Sogno right away, but now they are checking out the Yume because of it’s looks and the feature set, which, once again and as expected from Inada, is quite unique.
I received a customer email last week that I thought I’d share with you. We get asked alot about the old Sogno Standard model and the current Inada Sogno Dreamwave Plus massage chair. This email inquires about them. I tie in the new Yume chair into my response:
Dear Dr Alan Weidner,
I’m still interested in the Sogno Massage chair but the price is still too high, however will you tell me the differences between the Inada Sogno Dream wave and the Sogno Dream wave Plus (the newest Inada product).
Thank you very much.
Thank you for your inquiry.
When the Sogno first came to the USA in 2008, there were two models, the Sogno Standard and the Sogno Dreamwave Plus. Because of the popularity of the Sogno Dreamwave Plus, the Sogno Standard was discontinued by the end of that year. Now, the Sogno Dreamwave is the only Sogno model that Inada still has available. If you’d like to know the difference between those two models, you can read this blog entry I wrote back when they first came out: http://www.massage-chair-
Just two weeks ago, Inada came out with a new massage chair, called the YuMe massage chair. I have written a review on it and you can see what it is about here, on my Facebook page (the chair won’t be available in stores until mid July, so we are asked not to have the chair on our site yet, although we can take orders for it over the phone): http://www.facebook.com/home.
and here is a bit more about it: http://www.massage-chair-relief.com/blog/chair-models/more-on-the-new-inada-yume-massage-chair/
The price of the new YuMe chair is $5499. It is not nearly as feature-rich as the Sogno, but a great chair with new and unique features on it (like the rocking and the calf massage).
I will be writing a review comparing the two chairs in the near future. If you have any other questions, or would like to place an order for either chair, please feel free to email me back or call me on my personal cell number 801-651-2026.
Thanks, again, for your inquiry.
Dr. Alan Weidner
P.S. By the way…the Yume massage chair is now up permanently on our website, where you can go and place your order: http://www.massage-chair-relief.com/inada_yume.html
More On The New Inada YUME Massage Chair
Inada just came out with an English translation of a previously Japanese-only video of the Inada Yume. I watched it this morning and it looks great. It clarifies and highlights a couple of things that I alluded to in my previous post on the Inada YUME massage chair and a couple of other things I wasn’t aware of at the time of that blog post.
Here are some highlights…
1. There are some lights on the outside of the ottoman, which Inada calls “Color-Kinetic Light Emitting Diodes.” Inada says it “Adds visual calm to your massage.” Actually it may add some calm to someone watching you sit in the massage chair as the lights are not visible from the seated position in the chair!
2. The cool calf massage I told you about in my previous post is called “Thera-Elliptical Kneading” (TEK). The Inada Yume is the only massage chair that has this innovative feature.
3. The neck pillow with the airbags is actually designed to stretch the neck muscles by inflating on one side and then the other. This is how it is designed to work: there are airbags that push down on the shoulder while another pillow tractions at the base of the skull, thus creating a stretching or elongating motion of the neck muscles. It does it on one side and then the other. But, again, to get a good neck massage with the rollers, recline the chair fully, lift up the neck stretching pillow out of the way, and use the manual settings to move the rollers as high as possible.
I hope you enjoy the video. I think it’s pretty cool how the narrator goes over the history of the Inada massage chairs. You will see that the oldest massage chair company in the world also pioneered many of the standard massage chair functions that you enjoy in almost any manufacturer’s massage chair models.
Dr. Alan Weidner
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
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