I received an email from a client last night concerning the “fit” of an arm in the arm rest of the Inada Sogno Dreamwave massage chair. It is something that I’d never really thought about before and it just may be something that others are asking about the arm airbags of this chair. So, here is the question and my response for your benefit.
I have a couple of issues that I think may only come from not understanding how to properly “sit” in this chair. Pre-statement: I have watched all the videos related to proper seating and read all the documentation about proper seating and the adjustments for the headrest. In fact, I studied them thoroughly and repeatedly making various tweaks to how I was sitting and adjustments to how I was sitting.
1. After having my chair for a couple weeks, it seems that either the chair isn’t put together properly or my arms are not designed correctly for this chair. I am an average height male, 5′ 10″. I have a medium frame. Yet when I sit in the chair and recline, my fingers never seem to reach the area where the fingers are supposed to go. I even slide out a bit of the seat to try to get my arms in a comfortable position, but i’m constantly having to reach during the massage — not relaxing.
2. The air bags for the fore arms just keep pushing my arms out of the arm section. I thought the airbags were supposed to wrap and compress the forearms. The place where the arms rest is too wide as well.
Are there some adjustments for the Inada Sogno Dreamwave that I can make to bring the armrests up a little and perhaps move them further back so that my fingers will actually make it into the finger section?
I am otherwise happy with the sale and the delivery and the price (comparing to other businesses).
Thanks for your email. I appreciate your feedback. I am your height and have a similar frame. After having read your email, I went to my Sogno in our showroom and sat on the chair to try to see what you are experiencing. Regarding the fingers, I noticed in full incline and recline that my fingers were always on the forward-most air bladders. When I reclined, my fingers slid back a bit but they were still, for the most part, on those bladders. My fingers were never all the way forward to the front of the bladder but, then again, I think Inada made allowance for those at the top end of the height scale, i.e. 6’4″. So, my feeling is that everything is set up correctly, but you may be expecting your fingers to be all the way forward in the arm massage component. I tried to slide my fingers all the way to the front of the arm piece when I was in full recline, but found that I could not achieve that without compromising my total body position comfort.
In the past, I have also noticed the forearm air bladders feeling like they were squeezing my forearm out from between the top and bottom bladders. I’ve thought too much about it because a lot of the other chairs with forearm massage do the same thing. I am thinking of the Osaki OS-6000 and OS-7000 models in particular. I would venture to guess, based on my experience of arm massage, that the arm air bag function on chairs like the Omega Montage Premier or the Osaki OS-2000 or the old Inada D-5 RoboChair would be the only chairs that might hold your forearm in the component without squeezing it out (although I must say, according to my dim recollection of the Inada D-5, which we used to have in our showroom, I believe my arm was squeezed out of that device as well from time to time).
So, I guess the long and short of my answer regarding the forearm is, I’m not sure there is a perfect fit yet for that extremity. I know that doesn’t help overcome the “squeezing out” feeling, but that may put your mind at rest about whether your chair is set up correctly or not.
Having said that, if you feel as though there might have been an error in set-up, give Inada a call at 888-769-0555 and ask for Brandon at ext. 106 and he can make sure everything is set up correctly for you.
I hope this helps in some way, Jeffery. Again, thanks for your email and your observations. Feel free to call or email me anytime. I am always at our disposal.
Arm airbags is pretty much a standard feature in most massage chair models nowadays. People have come to expect arm airbags to some degree. As you may or may not know, arm airbags simply inflate and compress on the parts of the arm covered by the airbags. Most chairs will inflate and compress in a wave-like manner to simulate circulation direction from the extremity to the heart.
There are different modes that various massage chairs use to administer the airbag therapy to the arms. For example, the Omega Montage Premier and the Osaki 2000 massage chairs have clamps attached to the arm rests that can be slid from along the arm rests to be positioned at the forearm position or all the way down to the wrist and hand positions. When we used to have the old Inada D-5 Robochair in our showroom, I used to love using this feature on my hands and fingers. It felt wonderful. From years of knuckle popping, my fingers tend to get a little swollen and tight and this type of airbag massage felt great on my fingers.
Another style of arm airbag massage works similarly to the calf massage of the ottoman. An example of that type of arm massage would be the Osaki 6000 or 7000 massage chair. It basically has an arm “slot” wherein the arm is placed and an airbag above the arm and another below the arm squeeze simultaneously, again in a wave-like motion, to compress the arm…most from wrist to forearm. Here is a video demonstrating the use of the arm airbags in the Osaki 6000 massage chair:
Panasonic uses a nifty arm massage feature hidden underneath the arm rests. The top of the arm rest lifts up and the user slides the arms underneath the top of the arm rest. Then, airbags above and below the arm inflate and compress. This type of arm massage works best on the hand and bottom part of the forearm.
The Inada Sogno Dreamwave massage chair is the first chair to have full arm massage. It has airbags that inflate on the hand, wrist, and forearm, but then also has an airbag on the upper arm as well.
Airbag intensity can be adjusted to the comfort of the user. Some folks don’t care much for airbags at all, regardless of whether they are on the arms or legs. But, for those that enjoy them and use them they can provide a very soothing massage of the extremities.
Dr. Alan Weidner
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