Mail Bag – Which Chair Has All Of These Features?

Hi, Dr. Weidner

Here in NY there is a dearth of information about massage chairs, and almost no place to go and see and try out the various chairs, so I rely on your information.
I believe we are about ready to purchase a chair but I need your input on what kind. I know you maintain that Japanese made chairs are the best, so I think we do want a Japanese made chair. However we are not prepared to spend what an Inada costs, so we need something reasonably priced.

Besides price, quality, and reliability, here are things that (we think) are important to us:
massage by rollers as well as airbags
large number of airbags
zero gravity
arms, shoulders, legs, feet (and maybe head?) massaging as well as the trunk
a fair amount of programs and intensity settings
a great warranty & service plan

Here are things that we don’t care about:
music compatibility or lights or any fancy effects

We’ve been interested in a chair for several years so we don’t want to make a mistake when we finally buy one, which is why we need your guidance & service. If you don’t sell what we are looking for, then we would appreciate your recommendation and referral.
If the chair you suggest is due to go on sale for the next holiday, kindly let us know and we’ll wait it out a bit longer.
Thanks very much for your time – Gail Continue reading “Mail Bag – Which Chair Has All Of These Features?”

Best Choices After the Inada Sogno?

Inada Sogno

Here is a representation of a pretty typical email conversation about chairs and wondering which one to buy. I thought you might enjoy reading this email exchange and that you may get something from them…

Email #1a:

Are there ever sales on the Inada Sogno? The price has steadily gone up on this chair since its release but has the product changed at all? I’m guessing the increasing value of the yen had something to do with the price increases, but now that the yen has fallen back, I don’t guess they will be as quick to lower their prices. Anyway, I’ve just started researching massage chairs and appreciate your web site. From my limited research the Inada ranks as the top of the line with no real apparent close competitor. The Osaki 7200H seems a distant 2nd and possibly the best value. Is there that huge of a difference between the two? $3.5k verus $8k…is the Inada really 2.5x better? I’m afraid I’d feel sick using the Inada knowing how much I spent for it…but in its defense I haven’t seen many not happy with it…although buyers of the 7200H seem to be happy with that chair as well. Thanks for any help you can provide! -Jon Continue reading “Best Choices After the Inada Sogno?”

Part 2 – Infinity Iyashi Finally In Our Showroom!! (and here is what I think about it)

Infinity Iyashi

I have sure had some fun over the last few days playing around with this new Infinity Iyashi. I have also had some customers sit on it whilst visiting the showroom and I asked for their thoughts and feedback. In Part 2 of my review today I’d like to add some more points, both from my own observations and those of my customers: Continue reading “Part 2 – Infinity Iyashi Finally In Our Showroom!! (and here is what I think about it)”

Infinity Iyashi Finally In Our Showroom!! (and here is what I think about it) – Part 1

The New Infinity Iyashi!

I finally received the Infinity Iyashi on Thursday. We spent the afternoon recording the assembly of the chair, which, I must say, was quite easy, especially when compared to the assembly of the IT-8500 and IT-8200. I should have the assembly video out next week.

I must say that the first thing that struck us when we opened the boxes is the “coolness” of the exterior of the chair. The white molded body is really very contemporary looking and really sticks out in our showroom (filled with a lot of black and dark brown massage chairs!). The young men who do my assemblies and deliveries thought it was the “coolest” chair they had seen (take that for whatever it is worth).

The assembly was a pleasant surprise. The chair comes in 3 boxes, one with the arm rests, one with the ottoman, and one with the chair body. That is pretty typical of the Infinity chairs. The thing that was nice about the assembly is the fact that each of the air hoses and electrical cords plugged into receptacles that were anchored into the body of the chair. That made is very easy to find where each one plugged in to. It really took no time at all to put this chair together. If you are contemplating White Glove Delivery when you order this chair, I must say that it is not nearly as difficult to put together as some other Infinity and Osaki chairs.

Now here is a list of other points that I noticed during my two hour “test drive” of this new and very interesting massage chair: Continue reading “Infinity Iyashi Finally In Our Showroom!! (and here is what I think about it) – Part 1”

Infinity Iyashi Expected In Our Showroom Within A Week!

Infinity Iyashi

I have been reassured by Infinite Therapeutics (IT) that it’s new Iyashi massage chair is en route to my showroom. I am very excited to have the opportunity to check out this chair first hand and begin the review process for all of you interested in the chair.

I was told by the folks at IT that the Droid app is up and running for this chair, but the Apple app is not ready yet. However, the blue tooth connectivity and everything else is ready to go.

I mentioned in one of my previous commentaries about the Iyashi that the rollers go down the seat to the knee region. I am mistaken with this, according to IT. The rollers will roll down to about half way between the waist and the knees…described to me as “mid-thigh.” Of course, I will be sitting on this chair within the week and will have a better feel for the length of the rollers.

IT-8500 vs. IT-8200 Difference of Note…

I have had the IT-8200 in my showroom for over a year now and have just recently received the IT-8500 in the showroom. I had previously thought that the roller system felt the same on the IT-8500 as the IT-8200, but I have to say that the roller intensity is greater on the IT-8500 than it is on the IT-8200. Both chairs boast the same features throughout, other than the shoulder airbags, the music system, and the stretch program variations, but the intensity of the rollers I have found to be a little more intense on the IT-8500.

By the way, I have a 2 week old IT-8200 (black) available for $2795. In the boxes, ready to ship. Just give me a call at 888-259-5380 and I’ll get you hooked up with this very, very popular model. I include free shipping with all of our massage chairs. The warranty is transferable…you are essentially getting a brand new chair that was just opened for a couple of weeks.

I will be back with you about the Iyashi as soon as I get it to the showroom.

Dr. Alan Weidner

Happy 4th of July – and some massage chair news

July 4th is tomorrow. Be safe and have a wonderful time with your friends and family!

Iyashi Update
The Infinity Iyashi has been getting lots of play since my literature review written earlier on my blog and my discussion of it on my biweekly Massage Chair Industry Update. I just got off the phone with Infinite Therapeutics and they tell me that they will send me a floor model for my showroom next week. I am quite excited about reviewing this chair in person and sharing that information with you.

I have had phone calls from as far away as the Grand Cayman Islands about this chair. The 49″ roller track down into the buttocks and thighs, along with it’s pretty cool  aesthetic appearance, seems to have the attention of the massage chair shopper. The chair has a blue tooth capability and, so far, as an app approved for the Droid operating system. The app for Apple’s OS system has still not been approved but should be by the time the chair comes to market later this month.

iRobotics 6 Price Increase July 1
Luraco announced the price increase of their iRobotics 6 massage chair a few weeks ago from $4990 to $7990. That price increase happened on Monday, July 1. I am told by Luraco that their price increase was the result of too high of a demand for their chairs. Not sure if that is truly the case, but it will remain to be seen if the demand for their chairs changes with this huge price increase.

Panasonic MA70 Status
I am awaiting to find out if the Panasonic MA70 is still back ordered. It has been out of stock for about 2 months now and the interest for the chair has waned as a result of the meager supply. I hope that when the stock has been replenished, the demand will once again return.

Used Chairs Available at Fantastic Prices
I have a black IT-8200 for sale. It is a showroom floor model and is in perfect working condition. It looks like new too. It is over the first year warranty but we have a 2 year extended warranty available for it. It retails for $3195 but we are selling our floor model for $2499. This will include shipping.

I also have a black IT-7800 available. It is also a showroom model and is about 7 months old. It is also in pristine condition and retails for $1795. I have that chair for sale for $1395, which also includes shipping.

A 4 month old creme-colored Inada Sogno is also for sale. It is still under the 3 year parts and labor, in-home warranty and is in excellent condition….hardly used before it was returned by it’s original owner.

Give me a call if you are interested in any of these chairs. I am available at 888-259-5380.

Have a great July 4th!

Dr. Alan Weidner


Infinity Iyashi vs. Infinity IT-8500

Infinity Iyashi

Up until now, the IT-8500 from Infinite Therapeutics has been our most popular selling massage chair, after the iconic and industry-changing Inada Sogno. The lower price point, the overall feel, and the mechanical foot rollers seem to be the factors that come into play in the mind of the massage chair shopper.

Well, since the announcement last week of their new Iyashi model, I wonder if there will be a big shift in popularity from the IT-8500 to this new chair. It has raised some eyebrows since I first wrote about it last week in this blog and discussed it on my biweekly Massage Chair Industry Update video I taped last week.

The 49″ roller track is what is raising eyebrows. We’ve never seen a chair with full rollers down to the knees available to the public before, although I will say that I have sat in a prototype before, manufactured by a different company, and also saw raw video footage of a model from another massage chair company, which had the full body roller track. It is something that has obviously been played with before but only now are we seeing the chair actually come to market, in the form of the Infinity Iyashi.

I am personally looking forward to seeing this chair when it arrives. I hope to have a floor model in our showroom by the end of this month to begin reviewing on video and with the written word. I will keep you posted as that comes to fruition.

So, what is the difference between the IT-8500 and the new Iyashi, both chairs from Infinite Therapeutics? I am sure many, many people will be asking that question, accompanied by the question “Are the differences between the two chair worth the $1200 price difference?” Well, here are the similarities and differences between the two models, so far as I can tell based on the literature: Continue reading “Infinity Iyashi vs. Infinity IT-8500”

Massage Chair Roller Track Length and the Low Back

The length of the roller track in a massage chair determines how high and how low the rollers will travel along your spine. It goes


without saying that the longer the roller track, the more of your spine will get massaged by the rollers. For example, the Panasonic MA70 has a roller track of 31 inches, whereas the HT-7450 from Human Touch has a roller track length of only 24 inches. When you sit on the two chairs, one after the other, and compare the feel of the rollers, it is obvious that the rollers of the HT-7450 do a great job reaching the top of the neck, but only get down to the belt line of the low back area.

The Panasonic MA70, with it’s 31 inch track, on the other hand, also reaches up to the base of the skull at the top end of the roller track, but hits the buttocks and sacral area very well. When comparing these two chair models, one can see that the difference in length of the roller track is felt primarily in the low back area. The HT-7450 only goes as low as the belt line; the Panasonic MA70 gets down into the buttocks. Now, let me muddy the waters a bit. Continue reading “Massage Chair Roller Track Length and the Low Back”