Make-A-Wish Foundation & Massage Chair Relief

Make-A-Wish Foundation logo
Make-A-Wish Foundation logo

As I’m sure you are aware, by either watching my Massage Chair Industry Updates or by visiting my site, I am a big fan of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. It all began when I was still a practicing chiropractor. We have a local MAW chapter here in Utah which I approached many years ago to see if we could sponsor a Wish Child through my practice. It was an incredibly humbling and rewarding experience, for myself and staff and patients, the culmination of which was an emotional meeting our Wish Child. I have been hooked ever since.

When I began my massage chair company in 2005, I again committed to being involved with Make-A-Wish. I began by personally donating a portion of every one of my massage chair sales to this wonderful foundation and, in two instances, actually providing massage chairs to Wish Children from other local chapters who’s wishes included wanting a massage chair.

We don’t have specific Wish Children anymore but the funds we donate are used in whatever capacity, for whatever Wish Child, they deem necessary. To date we have donated close to $60,000 to the MAW Foundation! Thank you for your help. Without this massage chair business and your continued patronage, we couldn’t have done what we’ve done. You can visit my page, with it’s updated donation amount, at this link…

Dr. Alan Weidner’s Make-A-Wish Donation Page

massage chair relief and make a wish
Mark Simonson from Make-A-Wish (left)

One of the unexpected side benefits of my relationship with MAW has been getting to know Mark Simonson, their Senior Manager of Planned Giving. Mark travels from Phoenix, which is the location of their international headquarters, a couple of times a year and brings me MAW updates as well as beautiful gifts, including books written by Wish Children, whenever we reach certain donation thresholds. It has been a pleasure to get to know him.

Well, I was in Arizona Tuesday of this week signing the lease for our next Massage Chair Relief store, and Mark invited me to come visit the world headquarters of Make-A-Wish for a tour. After all my work with the store was done, I drove to their offices and got treated like royalty. I know in the grand scheme of things my donation total is nothing compared to what other donors give, but everyone I met on the tour made me feel like what I was doing was amazing. I’ll admit I felt quite embarrassed by the accolades when I knew my contribution amount was really just a drop in the bucket. But they were all so gracious and kind to me for what we were doing, you would have thought I was their #1 donor!

(L-R) Richard Davis, CEO, Dr. Alan Weidner, Mark Simonson

Part of the visit to the MAW headquarters was a 20 minute visit with Richard Davis, the President and CEO of Make-A-Wish. I was actually shocked that he would take time from his busy schedule to meet with me, but Mark made it happen. Again, he made me feel like a million bucks for our small part in all of this, but it was wonderful to chat with him about the Foundation and what is going on around the world with their organization and with the children. A very kind and gracious man. It seems that in every picture I’m in with folks from MAW, I am always the shortest!

While I was given the tour of the new Make-A-Wish national headquarters, Mark took the time to explain to me the origins of Make-A-Wish and how it all started. I did not know this but a wish to be a police officer was granted by some policemen and the mother of a child name Chris Greicius. Some local police officers, at the request of Chris’s mother, made him an honorary police officer for a day. Chris died four days later. From that humble and tender beginning an amazing foundation was organized. In their new headquarters there is a garden at the front entrance with a statue of Chris, as well as a display with artifacts, images, and the actual uniform he was given for visitors to enjoy.

Chris Greicius – the first Wish Kid!

Thank you, again, dear reader, for purchasing your massage chair from Massage Chair Relief and being a part of my effort to pitch in to this great cause!

Dr. Alan Weidner

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Massage Chairs for Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)??

Old man suffering from knee pain
Old man suffering from knee pain

As a practicing chiropractor I had always been very sensitive to colleagues in the chiropractic profession proclaiming that they could cure various and sundry physical ailments. To be honest, it made me very nervous. I’m not denying that a chiropractor’s anecdotal experience with a patient didn’t really happen. I’m just saying that what worked for one patient and one practitioner may not work for all the others.

For example, by definition chiropractic is not a cure for ear aches, but I saw a few times in my own practice when a chiropractic adjustment/manipulation helped relieve an ear ache in a child. That does not mean it will do that for every child nor does it mean that it is a cure for that ailment. But for that incident and that patient it worked.

I find the same sort of things happening with massage chairs. I have had headaches sufferers tell me that their headaches went away after sitting for just a few minutes in a massage chair. I have heard from more than one diabetic tell me that numbness in their leg(s) had subsided after using our massage chairs. This does not mean that massage chairs are a cure for diabetic neuropathy or headaches. It obviously helped someone so it can’t be altogether discredited.

The reason I am preambling this article with these thoughts is because I recently had a new review left on my website by a customer who bought an Infinity IT-8500 massage chair from me a few years back. He bought the chair originally for his wife’s headaches, but it eventually helped much more than that.

My review is not for a recent purchase, but for years of experience with a chair that has prompted me to share some feelings that have stemmed from using a massage chair. Four years ago after an exhaustive internet search for a massage chair I stumbled across Dr. Alan Weidner – the experience then turned from me trying to buy a massage chair and sales people trying to sell me one to Dr. Weidner trying to match me with the best piece of equipment that would match my needs. It wasn’t about this chair or that chair it was about what I was looking for and how to match that need. In the end I purchased an infinity 8500 chair – I purchased it as a gift for my wife who uses it for relaxing and when she feels the onset of a headache.

However, I didn’t realize when I purchased the massage chair for my wife what it would do for myself. I have struggled with restless leg syndrome (RLS) – on a daily basis for years. When I sit in the massage chair at night before going to sleep the airbags on my legs and rollers on my feet allow me to go to sleep. Sometimes I still feel the (RLS) when I am in the chair, but I don’t have to keep myself tense – if you have (RLS) you know what I mean. This chair has changed my life in my ability to get to sleep at night. I love the Infinity 8500 chair, but honestly I think any of the higher quality chairs with the airbags and feet rollers would provide me with the relief I get for (RLS) as well as the relaxation and comforts your seeking for in a massage chair.

I appreciate Dr. Weidner’s knowledge and desire to match a persons needs with a chair that will accommodate them. About myself – I am a very active person, physically fit, for years I have run 6-7 miles a day 6 days a week. I pride myself on being self sustaining, but the massage chair is something I don’t want to live without. I love to vacation and travel and the only thing I miss when I am away from home is the massage chair at night when I am going to sleep.

Tracy King

Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) is a condition characterized by an insatiable desire to move one’s legs, typically in the evening. It is more obvious when a person is sitting or lying down, gets worse with age, and can interfere with sleep. From the testimonial above it would appear that Tracy has had this issue diagnosed and that “treatment” has not been successful. I find it fascinating that the massage chair helped him out. This is not the first time I’ve heard this, by the way. Other customers have related similar experiences to me.

Going back to my earlier preamble, does this make massage chairs a cure for RLS? No, but if it helps someone deal with their condition, that experience should not and cannot be discounted. Pretty cool stuff, though, eh?

If you’ve had any similar experiences with your massage chair, please feel free to add them to our comments section below. I’d love to hear about it.

Dr. Alan Weidner

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Where Is Your Massage Chair Really Made??

luraco made in the usa
luraco made in the usa

luraco made in the usaThe headline of this post alludes to the confusion that can come from trying to figure out where each massage chair model is made. There is so much hullabaloo about a chair being made in Japan or the USA vs. a chair manufactured in China. Typically, we understand that Japanese and American-made products are of a better quality than their Chinese-made counterparts. I am in agreement with that statement, and the numbers bare that out (Chinese-made chairs have a life expectancy of up to 10 years, a failure rate of 2-5%, and typically a 1 year parts & labor warranty. Japanese-made chairs expect to last 15+ years, have a failure rate of <1%, and come with a pretty standard 3 year parts & labor warranty).

Well, when speaking of being “Made in ____”, it may surprise you to know that it is not as simple as being made in one country. Let me explain…

When we talk about the making of a chair, we need to consider a few things, i.e. 1.) where the design and engineering of the chair is done, 2.) where the parts of the chair are made, and 3.) where chair is assembled. In some cases, all three components of the manufacturing process are done in 3 different countries.

china-flag-1444024 Most chairs, nowadays, are made in China. The design and engineering, manufacturing of parts, and assembly are all done in China. The Ogawa chairs, for example, are 100% made in China. Most of the Osaki, Titan, Apex, Omega, and Infinity chairs are made 100% in China.

But, did you know that some of the non-critical components of the Inada DreamWave chair are made in China, too, although it is rightfully claimed to be made in Japan? Did you know that the Luraco iRobotics 7 chair is an American-made, designed and engineered massage chair, but a minority of it’s non-critical components are made in Taiwan? Did you know that the new Navitas Sleep chair from Human Touch was designed and engineered by the Americans and Japanese, but the components are manufactured in Taiwan and the assembly of the chair is done in China? Furthermore, did you know that all the other Human Touch massage chairs are designed and engineered in America, but manufactured and assembled in China?

Panasonic is a Japanese company and their chairs are designed and engineered there, but all production and assembly occurs in Chinese factories. I don’t know what the situation is now, but in the recent past the factories in which the Panasonic chairs have been manufactured were Panasonic-owned factories so that the Japanese parent company could still have complete quality control.

stock-photo-13142341-japan-flagIt might surprise you to know that at the time of this writing, there is only one brand of chair that is 100% designed, engineered, manufactured, and assembled in Japan? That is the Fujiiryoki chair, one of the oldest massage chair companies in the world. Osaki carries a privately labeled Fujiiryoki model and it is called the Osaki OS-4D Pro JP Premium.

So, have I confused you? I know I was sure confused when I first started learning about all the nuances of what it means to be “Made in the USA”. When Luraco first introduced their line of chairs as being made in America, there was some pushback because a few of their non-critical components were manufactured in Asia. I found out, soon thereafter, that even Inada’s famous DreamWave, touted to be made in Japan, has some Chinese-made components in it.

Manufacturing and/or assembly in China is cost-effective. Cheaper-made product ultimately costs less to the end user…that’s you and I. So, companies have tried to integrate China or Taiwan in some of the process of making a chair to keep costs down across the board.

By they way, why can a chair like DreamWave say it is made in Japan when some of it’s components are manufactured in China? Or why can Luraco say their iRobotics 7 is made in America when some of it’s components are made in Taiwan (Taiwanese products are known to be of a better quality than their Chinese counterparts, in cases you were wondering). You may be asking yourself these questions. I know I did.

All I can say about that is that each country has it’s own guidelines as to what constitutes the term “Made in _____”. I suspect it is slightly different for each country. Below is a video recently released by Luraco that specifically addresses the “Made in the USA” standard. I hope you find this helpful.

If you have any questions about any model we carry or any other model out there, feel free to contact me anytime by phone, email, or chat. I am always at your disposal.

Dr. Alan Weidner

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Exciting Changes at Massage Chair Relief… For You!!

Lifetime labor warrantly
Lifetime labor warrantly

You may or may not have heard by now that we have made some pretty exciting changes to Massage Chair Relief. I am going to review them with you today. This stuff is especially helpful right now before the holidays.

lifetime_labor_warranty_mcr1. Peace of Mind Lifetime Labor Warranty

For every massage chair purchase, beginning Novemver 1, 2015, you will get a lifetime labor warranty included with your new chair. This means that after the factory and extended warranties expire, you will have labor coverage for your chair should anything go wrong with it. You will still need to purchase the parts, if needed, but we will arrange for the labor to help diagnose the problem and then to install any parts that are necessary.

There are some conditions that apply, which you can ready about here…

If you have any questions about our new lifetime labor warranty, please don’t hesitate to call me at 888-259-5380 and I’ll explain it all. I try to explain a lot of it in this video, posted last week on our YouTube channel:

This has been in the works for almost a year and it is finally available to you. I am so excited to announce this because I know it will give my customers peace of mind for years to come. You can see the reference to our labor warranty on every product page on our site. And, when you purchase your chair, you will see the warranty listed on the receipt that is mailed to your inbox at the time of purchase.

2. Best Return Policy in the Industry…Still!

We have always had the best massage chair return policy in the business, but last week I added something to it that will make it irresistible to buy from anyone other than Massage Chair Relief. Here is what we include already in our return policy:

  • 90 days money back guarantee – You can keep your chair for up to 90 days to decide if it is the chair you want. If you don’t, then just pack it up and send it back to us. Just make sure it gets to us by the 90 day from the date of purchase. By the way, everyone else in our industry offers you only a 30-day return policy. Advantage: Massage Chair Relief
  • b.) No restocking/handling fees – When you send your chair back, you will not be deducted a “restocking or handling fee”. Every other company does this, but not us. The only thing that will be deducted from your refund will be the merchant processing fees that were charged us at the time of your purchase. These are the fees that Visa, Mastercard, Discover, Amex, Paypal, and Synchrony Bank charge us for the privilege of accepting their forms of payment on our website. These fees range from 3-6%. You can see a listing of these fees on our website here: will be one more thing that will be deducted from your refund…
  • c.) We will split the return shipping costs with you – That’s right, I will pay for half of the return shipping costs if you choose to send your chair back. You will still need to package it up, hopefully in the original packaging, but we will arrange for the pick-up, use our own shipping accounts to get the best shipping costs, and then deduct half of the shipping/freight costs from your check.Before now, you had to arrange for your own return shipping PLUS pay the full cost of that return shipping. Everyone else does it this way. Well, now we will split those costs with you and I’ll pay for half…of our already low contracted shipping costs!

Check out my YouTube video that explains our updated Return Policy in detail…

Well, there you have it! Our new Peace of Mind Lifetime Labor Warranty PLUS our industry-best Return/Exchange Policy makes purchasing your new massage chair from Massage Chair Relief a “No-Brainer”.

If you’ve been sitting on the fence about buying a massage chair or trying to figure out from which retailer to buy it, these two things alone should convince you to jump off the fence and come on over to our site right away (not to mention that we also price match, donate a portion of your purchase price to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, have 2 actual Brick-and-Mortar showrooms, and have been around longer than almost everyone else!).

Feel free to call me if you have any questions about our awesome and exciting new developments. As you can tell, I love talking about them!

Dr. Alan Weidner

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New Massage Chair Relief Showroom in California!!

File Aug 14, 4 52 12 PMAfter years of thought and months of planning, I am so excited to announce that we are opening a second showroom…this one in Southern California!!

On Tuesday of this week, I signed the lease for the retail space at 19117 Bloomfield Avenue in Cerritos, California. You can see from the picture on the left how formal the signing was! Yes, that’s me in shorts and a golf shirt signing the lease on a concrete bench outside of the store. LOL. Continue reading “New Massage Chair Relief Showroom in California!!” »

Look What a Massage Chair Did For This Guy…

dreamwave massage chair brand
dreamwave massage chair brand

DreamWave 2_FM_3090I recently posted an interview with a customer of mine on YouTube and in the course of our discussion about the chair, I asked him if he’d noticed any health benefits from using the chair. He mentioned that he didn’t really get the chair for pain relief but that he loved the chair.

Well, after posting the interview, I got this email from another customer of mine, Dennis, who had quite a different therapeutic experience from his Dreamwave and wanted to make sure I knew about it. With his permission, I have posted the content of his letter below… Continue reading “Look What a Massage Chair Did For This Guy…” »