News and Notes for Thanksgiving Week!

A wonderful week ahead as we get into the Thanksgiving holiday in the USA. I know my friends and family in Canada have already celebrated Thanksgiving in October, so consider this a late holiday greeting!

I am very grateful to all of our site visitors, our clients, and our YouTube viewers. You have made this such a fun industry for me to be a part of. I absolutely love being in the massage chair industry.

Lots of stuff to talk about today, most of which I will discuss later today in my biweekly Massage Chair Industry Update video, which you will able to see on our YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/massagechairrelief/ Continue reading “News and Notes for Thanksgiving Week!”

New Osaki OS-7075R Chair Live (plus a little chat about copy-cats)

The new Osaki OS-7075R massage chair is now up on our site here:

http://www.massage-chair-relief.com/massage-chairs/osaki/osaki-os-7075r/

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.

Osaki OS-7075R

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
www.massage-chair-relief.com

Some Massage Chair News (Inc. New Osaki Model!)

A couple of things have come across my desk this week that I thought you’d like to know about…

1. Osaki has introduced a new massage chair model, the OS-7075R. This chair is exactly like the OS-7000, except for two things: a.) the new 7075R will have mechanical foot rollers. Foot rollers seem to be all the rage right now, thanks in part to Infinite Therapeutics’ success with the IT-8200 and IT-8500, both of which have mechanical foot rollers; and b.) the motor that powers the roller system in the OS-7075R has more horsepower, thus giving the roller mechanism a little more kick and firmness. So, yes, that means the OS-7075R has a little stronger roller system than the OS-7000. When I say it is exactly alike except for those two things, I also mean it looks exactly like it as well.

2. A a result of the new OS-7075R, Osaki will be discontinuing the OS-7000 once existing stock and shipments have been exhausted (I’ve got a black floor model for sale now, I guess. Give me a call at 801-651-2026 if you are interested in it!).

3. The brown Osaki OS-7000 massage chair is back ordered for 18 days for the BROWN color only and the Osaki OS-3000 in BROWN is back-ordered for 8 weeks.

4. Infinite Therapeutics is working on releasing another new model before the Christmas shopping season. I don’t know much about it, but it will probably be a tweak to the current best-selling IT-8200 and IT-8500. I will let you know the moment I learn more.

5. Human Touch is back-ordered on the Espresso-colored HT-9500 until early November. Everything else is currently in stock.

Well, that’s about it for today. You can also check out my biweekly Massage Chair Industry Update video for 10/23/12 here for more of the latest and greatest.

JUST A WARNING: we are getting close to the busiest season for massage chairs. If you are thinking of getting a massage chair for Christmas, my strong recommendation would be to buy now when stock is really good for all companies. If you want until later in November, you may be having to settle on models and colors that may not be your first choice. Just a word to the wise!

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

Massage Chair Industry Update 8/27/12 (Video & Transcripts)


Transcript of Video Titled “Massage Chair Relief Industry Update – 8/27/2012”

Alan: Hi, this is Dr. Alan Weidner from ‘Massage-Chair-Relief.com‘ for our bi-weekly Massage-Chair-Relief industry update and today is August 27th. I cannot believe how fast summer has come and gone, but we do have some updates for you this week in the massage chair industry. Continue reading “Massage Chair Industry Update 8/27/12 (Video & Transcripts)”

IT-8200 vs. Osaki OS-7000 (Part I)

This article will be the first of three articles I write reviewing and comparing the new IT-8200 from Infinite Therapeutics to each of the top 3 Osaki models, OS-7000, OS-6000 (and 7200H), and the OS-4000.

Today I am going to focus on the IT-8200 and the Osaki OS-7000. This will be a 2-part article. Currently, these two chairs have fast become two of our 3 top sellers, behind the Inada Sogno  Dreamwave. I have been getting plenty of calls and emails lately asking me about the difference between the two. With instant discounts on our site, the prices of the two are only $300 apart. What are the similarities and differences between these two models? Is the price difference justified? Well, let’s talk about these two models… Continue reading “IT-8200 vs. Osaki OS-7000 (Part I)”

Comparison Chart Tutorial Video & Transcripts

Yesterday, I created a short 5 minute video showing, step-by-step, how to use our comprehensive massage chair comparison chart. We have a lot of folks using the chart so I figured making a tutorial video would be wise. Enjoy…

Transcript of Video Titled “Massage Chair Comparison Chart”

Alan: Hi, this is Dr. Alan Weidner from ‘Massage-Chair-Relief.com‘ and today we are going to show you how our comparison chart works on our website. This is a comparison chart that we have spent three to four months putting together, and we still adjust regularly as we learn more about each chair model that we carry, or as we introduce a new model. It is a comparison chart that comprises close to 55 different features that take from each of the chair models and compare one to another. And to get to our comparison chart, all you need to do is scroll down the page on our ‘Home’ page – this is our ‘Home’ page – and here on the right-hand side you’ll see ‘COMPARISON CHART,’ and if you click on that link or anywhere in this area, it’ll take you to the comparison chart. Continue reading “Comparison Chart Tutorial Video & Transcripts”

A Chair for a Dialysis, Bodybuilding Patient (For Under $3000)?

Again, I can’t say enough how much I love questions from my readers and site visitors. They may seem so odd and specific, but you’d be amazed how many people read the questions and my responses. You just never know who has what going on in their lives when they embark on a massage chair shopping adventure. Here is a question from a concerned wife…

I would like to know the best chair for my husband that is a recent dialysis patient, and many health issues that have arose out of it. He has developed restless leg syndrome that I am hoping the chair might help alleviate. The main purpose is because he is on a b-pap machine and is only comfortable sleeping in a chair. I noticed most all models state a 265 weight capacity. He is a 290 lb professional bodybuilder, so his back is very wide. I would like a massage chair, but the main search is for something he would be able to sleep in. I was looking at the Osaki 4000? We have a GEMoney account but would really need to remain below $3000. I appreciate the advice. Thank you, Mary

Continue reading “A Chair for a Dialysis, Bodybuilding Patient (For Under $3000)?”

Massage Chair Industry Update – 07/05/12

I have been slacking off a bit with posting my massage chair industry video updates. Here is the one I did on July 5, 2012. You know, I do these updates every two weeks and you can check them all out here on this playlist: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLA9B11FE7A6361FD7&feature=plcp. I’ll post the 7/16/12 update first thing tomorrow morning. Continue reading “Massage Chair Industry Update – 07/05/12”

A Good Neck and Upper Back Massage Chair?

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.

Question:

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?”

New Warranty For Panasonic Massage Chairs

Panasonic just announced this week that they are increasing their new chair warranty from 1 year parts and labor to 3 years parts and labor. Both the old and the new warranties included in-home service. This is for all Panasonic massage chairs.

I think that ultimately the client wins and I am glad to see Panasonic step up to the plate to offer this kind of warranty. Inada introduced this warranty a couple of years ago and it has been awesome. Panasonic is only the second company to offer this type of warranty on all their chairs. Omega offers a 5 year parts and labor, in-home warranty on their new Montage Pro chair, but that is the only chair in their catalog that has this type of warranty. Continue reading “New Warranty For Panasonic Massage Chairs”

Great Tip for the Osaki OS-7000 Chair

A client of mine who bought an Inada Sogno Dreamwave from me last year recently purhcased an Osaki OS-7000.  Earlier this week he wrote a fantastic review about his first impressions of  the OS-7000. It is posted on the Osaki OS-7000 product page on our site:

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

He discusses the OS-7000 in great detail some of which is in comparison to the Sogno, which he has had for quite some time already. I think you will enjoy his assessment of the chairs.

After he posted his review, he wrote me an email with an additional observation/tip on the OS-7000 that I thought I would share with you here in my blog. Here is his comment: Continue reading “Great Tip for the Osaki OS-7000 Chair”

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

Below is the video and transcripts to my most recent Massage  Chair Industry Update video, which I recorded on June 4, 2012. I will begin posting each of these YouTube videos (and all of my videos, for that matter) on this blog along with the transcripts.

Transcript of Video Titled “Massage Chair Industry Update June 4, 2012”

Alan: Hi, this is Dr. Alan Weidner from ‘Massage-Chair-Relief.com‘ with our bi-weekly massage chair industry and ‘Massage-Chair-Relief’ store update. Today is June 4th, and we’ve got a few things to go over today, and of course, as always, I always begin with back-order status of chairs.

[SCREEN TEXT: Back Order Update]

And of course, the Inada Sogno is back-ordered again. This time, we are back-ordered until June 11th on the ‘Dark Brown’, the ‘Chocolate’ and the ‘Crème’. The ‘Red’ is back-ordered until the 13th , so the back order isn’t too far away, it’s just another week, but back-ordered nonetheless. The Osaki 7000 ‘Ivory’, as I mentioned last time, is back-ordered. They have a shipment coming in this week, but they’re all spoken for. The next shipment will be in in about 5 to 6 weeks, and apparently the ‘Taupe’ is back-ordered now as well, so we have to wait until that 5 or 6-week period come, that 5 , 6-week period comes again before we have ‘Ivory’ or ‘Taupe’ in stock. So, well, what’s new? I found out today that the ‘Butter’ color of the Human Touch 5040 massage chair has now been discontinued. Continue reading “Massage Chair Industry Update Video & Transcripts – 06/04/12”

Osaki OS-7000 Getting Started Video and Transcripts

I recently created a video demonstrating how a newcomer to the Osaki OS-7000 massage chair can get familiar with the chair quite quickly. Here is that video and, below it, the transcripts to the video for those who would rather skim than watch…

Transcript of the Video Titled “Osaki OS-7000 Massage Chair – Getting Started”

[SCREEN TEXT: Getting Started]

Alan: Hi, I’m Dr. Alan Weidner from ‘Massage-Chair-Relief.com‘, and today we’re sitting in the Osaki 7000 massage chair, very popular chair, nice chair, very, very vigorous chair. What I’m going to do is I’m just going to, this is a very brief video to show you how this chair, how you get started on this chair, because it’s a little different from most. When you push the ‘Power’ button, which is at the top of the remote control, which is embedded in to the arm rest, when you push that top button, you see the color change from red to blue, the first thing that happens is you feel a vibration in the seat, and it’s kind of ticklish [laughs], so if you don’t like the vibration, you may not like that at all. But it’s kind of ticklish, and you’ll see that the chair reclines automatically, I haven’t pushed any buttons, it automatically goes back in to the recline position, and it automatically goes, by default, to the ‘Weightless’ program, which you can see on the remote, that red light indicates what program that it’s on, the ‘Weightless’ program. Continue reading “Osaki OS-7000 Getting Started Video and Transcripts”

Sanyo Customer Support Issues and Osaki OS-7000 Back Order Fiasco!

I am writing this post today for two reasons: 1.) to notify you, my readers and massage chair shoppers, about things going on in the industry that may affect you, and 2.) to get some stuff off my chest!

1. Osaki OS-7000 Back-Order Mess

We were notified over a month ago that the Ivory and Taupe colored Osaki OS-7000 massage chairs were back ordered for about 4 weeks. We have been eagerly awaiting their arrival. Last week I was told that the chairs were going to arrive by the end of last week or the beginning of this week. Well, today I get an email saying that they are not going to be here until June 11. The only reason Osaki has for the delay is a hold up in customs. I can buy that, but why don’t the other companies I sell for have such long delays? Oh well, it is what it is and we have to live with it.

I just might mention that the Ivory chairs coming in have all been spoken for. There are no chairs available for new purchases from that shipment. The next shipment of Ivory Osaki OS-7000 massage chairs won’t be here for another 6 weeks (so they say…but, keep your fingers crossed!). Bottom line…if you are looking for an Ivory Osaki 7000, DO N OT WAIT until 6 weeks from now to order. Trust me when I say that they will all be spoken for at that time. I heard from my source that 40% of that shipment is already spoken for! So, don’t delay and order now to get in the queue.

2. Sanyo Customer Support

Here is another interesting “fiasco” that we’ve been dealing with over the last few weeks. As you may or may not know, Sanyo was bought out by Panasonic a couple of years ago. We knew that things would be different, but we didn’t really feel any effects of the corporate change…until now.

This adventure began a week ago when one of our clients ordered a Sanyo 7700 massage chair. Great chair; very reliable and durable. Well, when the chair was delivered to my client last week, she noticed that a cover plate was broken. Now, this is not a piece that is necessary for the chair function. It is just a plate that covers a hole where you can install the remote control pedestal. Well, I asked my client to call the Sanyo customer support phone number that we have on our website. She reported to me that no one answered the phone when she called.

I then contacted my Sanyo rep and he followed-up with Sanyo directly. He received an email, which he forwarded on to me, that said that Panasonic was now handling all the support issues of the Sanyo massage chairs. Included in that email was a new phone number, which I passed along to my client. My client called the number but was told that the retailer who sold her the chair had to call! (getting dizzy yet?)

So, I called the number and was given 4 subsequent numbers, each one provided by the person who answered the phone on the previous number. I eventually got to a fellow who was kind enough to take my name and number and tell me that he’d have someone get back to me. Two days later, I got a call back by a gal acknowledging that the piece we needed was available. However, I received no information about whether the Sanyo parts and labor in-home warranty would cover the piece. I am still waiting to find out if the warranty is intact. I can only imagine that the warranty is honored, but who to call for warranty support is still a bloody mystery to me.

Well, that just about does it. I know I feel better now. I hope you learned something from this. Feel free to call me anytime if you have any questions or concerns about anything in the massage chair industry.

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

 

Massage Chair Arm Airbags

Arm Airbags – Depends on the Massage Chair Model

Arm airbags is pretty much a standard feature in most massage chair models nowadays. People have come to expect arm airbags to some degree. As you may or may not know, arm airbags simply inflate and compress on the parts of the arm covered by the airbags. Most chairs will inflate and compress in a wave-like manner to simulate circulation direction from the extremity to the heart.

Omega Montage Premier massage chair

There are different modes that various massage chairs use to administer the airbag therapy to the arms. For example, the Omega Montage Premier and the Osaki 2000 massage chairs have clamps attached to the arm rests that can be slid from along the arm rests to be positioned at the forearm position or all the way down to the wrist and hand positions. When we used to have the old Inada D-5 Robochair in our showroom, I used to love using this feature on my hands and fingers. It felt wonderful. From years of knuckle popping, my fingers tend to get a little swollen and tight and this type of airbag massage felt great on my fingers.

Another style of arm airbag massage works similarly to the calf massage of the ottoman. An example of that type of arm massage would be the Osaki 6000 or 7000 massage chair. It basically has an arm “slot” wherein the arm is placed and an airbag above the arm and another below the arm squeeze simultaneously, again in a wave-like motion, to compress the arm…most from wrist to forearm. Here is a video demonstrating the use of the arm airbags in the Osaki 6000 massage chair:

Panasonic uses a nifty arm massage feature hidden underneath the arm rests. The top of the arm rest lifts up and the user slides the arms underneath the top of the arm rest. Then, airbags above and below the arm  inflate and compress. This type of arm massage works best on the hand and bottom part of the forearm.

The Inada Sogno Dreamwave massage chair is the first chair to have full arm massage. It has airbags that inflate on the hand, wrist, and forearm, but then also has an airbag on the upper arm as well.

Airbag intensity can be adjusted to the comfort of the user. Some folks don’t care much for airbags at all, regardless of whether they are on the arms or legs. But, for those that enjoy them and use them they can provide a very soothing massage of the extremities.

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

 

Massage Chair Back Order Status

Massage Chair Back-Orders

The same two massage chairs are on back order for certain colors. Here is the latest:

1. The Osaki 7000 in ivory is now back ordered for 7 more weeks. The next shipment is actually coming in within the next two weeks, but the ivory chairs in that shipment have already been spoken for. So, if you want to get an ivory Osaki 7000, order it now and get in the queue for your chair.

The Osaki 7000 taupe color is back ordered for another 1-2 weeks, but the incoming stock should be sufficient for some time. The black has been and continues to be in stock.

2. The Inada Sogno Dreamwave is backordered as follows: Chocolate back-ordered until May 14; Creme back-ordered until May 21; Red back-ordered until June 13. The dark brown color is under heavy inventory pressure and is expected to be back-ordered in the not-to-distant future. So, again, order now for any of those colors…don’t wait for them to be in, because chances are they will all be spoken for before the shipment even arrives.

Human Touch Immersion Massage Chair Promotionhuman touch massage chairs

The “Relaxing Night Out” promotion from Human Touch is in full swing. When you order one of the new ZeroG 2.0 or WholeBody 2.0 massage chairs, you will receive a $100 gift certificate from Restaurant.com. So, buy a chair and then go fill yourselves silly with $100 worth of grub. Great promotion for a very new and unique chair. I’ve not sat on one yet but I am scheduled to interview Andrew  Corkill,  Director of Marketing for Human Touch within the next week or so to get the full 411 on those new chairs. I will post that interview on my website and YouTube.com channel (www.youtube.com/massagechairrelief). By the way, this promotion from Human Touch will be available between May 1 and June 18, 2012.

Massage Chair Reviews

I’d like to invite any of you who own a massage chair model that we currently carry on our website and store to leave your review of your chair. These reviews are so helpful for massage chair shoppers and I just love reading other folks’ opinions of the massage chairs that we carry. Whether you bought your chair from us or not, I’d love for you to leave your review.

Have a super day!

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

Massage Chair LED Lighting – A New Phenomenon

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 6000 massage chair LED lighting

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
www.massage-chair-relief.com

Questions About The Osaki 7000 Massage Chair

Osaki 7000 Questions

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

Massage Chair Question:

Hi Alan,

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

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

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

Thanks,
Jonah

My Massage Chair Answer:

Hi, Jonah

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dr. Alan Weidner

Massage Chair News 04/21/12

Massage Chair Relief Weekly News Wrap Up for 04/21/12

Here is an end of the week wrap up of what has been happening at Massage-Chair-Relief.com and in the massage chair industry:

1. The Osaki 7000 is back-ordered in taupe and ivory colors. They were just back-ordered for the ivory up to a couple of weeks ago. Now, they are back-ordered again until the first week of May. So, what does this mean? It means  that this is a very popular massage chair and ivory has been hard to keep in stock over the last couple of months. It also means that if you wan this massage chair color, DO NOT wait until the chairs are in stock before ordering. Order NOW to make sure that you are in the queue when the chairs come in.

2. Inada Sogno is back ordered for the colors of chocolate and red. April 30 is the expected arrival date for the chocolate color and May 7th for the red. Again, and I’ve said this over and over regarding the Inada Sogno, if you want one of these back-ordered colors of the Sogno, order now and don’t wait for inventory. Since the price increase on February 1, sales of the Sogno have actually grown!! I was told  that March sales were 98% above a year ago (March 2011). That is why they are back-ordered again. So, get on it and order one now.

Panasonic ma70 massage chair-reclined

3. I still don’t have the Panasonic ma70 massage chair in our showroom, even though we will be making room for it in the next little while. We just delivered one in Southern California, where I have my own delivery guy. I asked him to take some pics of it since there is so little imagery available of this new chair. He took 4 and sent them to me…I immediately put them up on the website. So just go to the product page of the Panasonic ma70 and you’ll see the new images: http://www.massage-chair-relief.com/massage-chairs/panasonic/panasonic-ma70-massage-chair/

 

4. I have invited Andrew Corkill, Director of Marketing at Human Touch, to chat with me next week about the new Immersion massage chairs that they have recently introduced. The scoop I am hearing is that they are quite a departure from the traditional massage chair. The look of them is nice, but I am told that the functionality of the chairs is unlike anything we’ve seen before. So, stay tuned for that broadcast, which I will post on this blog when it comes available. I have a bunch of questions for Andrew and am looking forward to learning more about them. By the way, the chairs are on our site already, but details (i.e. functions, features, and specs) won’t be up until a little later.

5. I added “Dimensions – Reclined” to our very, very popular massage chair comparison chart. I’ve already put up the “Dimensions – upright” numbers, but many shoppers ask us for the reclined dimensions as they try to figure out where in their house or business they are going to be able to fit their new massage chair. I put up those numbers for you last week and they really enhance our comp chart.

6.  We had a remote control problem with our Osaki 600o massage chair. I called Osaki and they sent out a new remote control. I had one of my delivery guys replace it on the chair for me and report back to me on the degree of difficulty. It was a little harder than what we had hoped. He had to remove the chair back and then undo a zip tie to release the cord of the remote from the other cords under the chair. I suspect that Osaki should have sent out a technician since their 1 year parts and labor, in-home warranty would have covered it. Not sure why they didn’t. Maybe it works out that if the owner can’t do the part install, THEN they will send out a technician to do the dirty work. But, that was our experience…for what it is worth.

Have a super weekend!

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

Massage Chair Airbags – Helpful or a Waste of Air?

When the massage chair was first introduced to the market in 1962, it was Mr. Inada’s basic invention of rollers going up and down the spine. The concept of airbags did not come for some time after that. Nowadays, we see airbags in more parts of the body than there are rollers. For example, in some of the more feature-rich massage chairs, you will see airbags in the following places:

1. feet and calves
2. buttock
3. thigh
4. waist
5. shoulders – front, back, side, and rear!
6. arms and hands
7. trapezia muscles
8. neck
9. head (the new Osaki 7000 massage chair actually has a headband that you put around your skull that has airbags that massage your skull and suboccipital muscles…ideal for stress headache sufferers)

Osaki OS-6000 airbags

I’m sure there will be even more places that the manufacturing companies think of to put an airbag. Who knows, they may even be testing airbags for the front of your body for all I know.

Well, I guess the big question that I get from massage chair shoppers regarding airbags is not “How many airbags does this or that massage chair have?”, but “Do airbags really do anything?”

Great question and here is my input on that query. The primary function of airbags is to compress a body part. In some cases like in the Inada Sogno Dreamwave, airbags actually serve to also move the seat which induces passive motion to the pelvis and low back. A wonderful feature that is very unique to that model. But, for all the rest of the airbags, I can’t think of any other purpose than to compress body parts.

If you’ve tried out a massage chair, you’ve probably experienced the foot and calf massage. This is typically the most popular and commonly-seen airbag set on most chairs. You felt the compression on your calves and feet. For some of you, the compression was too much and too intense. For others, it is not enough or just right. Well, imagine having circulation problems. For poor circulation, many folks experience swelling of the feet and ankles. And, what is the typical home treatment for that? Compression hosiery/socks. Can you see how the airbags of a massage chair can mimic that compression, not just passively like with socks, but actively with motion of the airbags starting from the feet and moving upwards in a wave-like manner towards the heart?

Now, if it is helpful for swollen ankles, which we see that it is, can you see how it may serve a normal foot and ankle just by enhancing circulation back to the heart. In this case, I believe that the airbag compression encourages healthy circulation from foot to heart. I suppose the same could be said for hand and arm airbag compression, as these components also “milk” the body part towards the heart.

Massage Chair Airbags Do More Than Just Compress…

Some airbags compress not to improve circulation, but to move a body part in a particular direction. For example, we are seeing many massage chairs come into the market now that have waist airbags that push one side of the low back forward and then the other. Simultaneous to that, the airbags of the seat may inflate on one side or the other to induce a rotation of the low back. You see, on one side the waist airbag is inflated while on the other side the seat airbag is inflated. This induces rotation to the low back, which, in the past, has been a difficult motion to reproduce passively in a massage chair. I have felt that rotation in many of the massage chairs in my showroom and it is actually fantastic and appears to have a real therapeutic benefit for the soft tissues of the low back.

Now, as far as the other airbags go, I suppose it is truly a personal preference. An airbag in some body location may be just what you need to overcome some pain or other distress. What may work for one may not affect another the same way. I have heard from clients who thought that the shoulder airbag massage of the Inada Sogno or Osaki 6000 was the answer to a chronic trapezius muscle tightness. But, for others, they didn’t think it did anything but annoy them. So, as the spanish would say, “Cada cabeza es un mundo” or, in plain English, “to each his own.”

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

 

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

Osaki 6000 Rollers Video

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

Osaki 6000 Massage Chair

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a super day!

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

My Top 5 Picks for a Zero Gravity Massage Chair

Sanyo 7700 Massage Chair
Sanyo 7700 Massage Chair

My Top 5 Zero Gravity Massage Chair Picks

I was asked the other day for my top 5-10 zero gravity massage chairs (As a reminder, zero gravity means a 30 degree tilt of the seat of the chair to reduce gravitational pressure on the low back. Nothing more, nothing less). Well, I could only come up with 5. And, here is the list and my reasoning for listing them in this order:

1. Osaki 7000– a new chinese-made massage chair that fits larger folks quite well. It is a large chair and has a very vigorous massage. The thai stretch feature is also most vigorous stretch program we’ve ever seen in a chair. It is very reasonably priced and comes in ivory, taupe, and black colors. I have the black in my showroom, but my delivery boys who have set up the ivory colored 7000 say it is a very sharp looking chair.

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2. Sanyo 7700 – I normally would have suggested this one first, but it may be feel a little cramped for a 6’2″ frame like yours. If you’re all legs, it may not fit as well as the Osaki 7000. But, this is a Japanese-made chair, so the workmanship is probably a little better too. It only comes in black. This model has been around a while and has a very good reputation in the industry. I don’t know what the future holds for the 7700 now that Panasonic has bought Sanyo and they have already discontinued the Sanyo 8700, which was Sanyos answer for folks to tall for the 7700.

3. Osaki 6000 – another from the line of chinese-made Osaki chairs, this one would fit you well and it comes with a very nice range of features, including zero gravity of course. It also has a neck traction unit, imitating the iconic Inada Sogno, which you would enjoy if you have any trapezia shoulder muscle tightness. Comes in a variety of colors and also has an mp3 music system built in, with two external speakers.

4. Human Touch HT-7450 – this is the pioneer in the zero gravity massage chair niche. It has, in the past, been a very popular seller but with the advent of the Osaki line, I don’t see near as many sales of this model as before. I think that when you compare this chair, priced at $3795, to the Osaki 7000, also priced at $3795, you would be hard pressed to pass on the Osaki because of the very rich feature set of the Osaki 7000 (or Osaki 6000, for that matter). Here are the biggest differences between the HT-7450 and the Osaki 6000/7000 models:
HT-7450 Massage Chair
a.) the roller track of the Osaki chairs go way down into the buttocks. The track of the HT-7450 only goes down to the waist/belt-line
b.) no dedicated foot massager on the HT-7450, whereas the Osaki chairs have foot and calf components
c.) the Osaki models have arm massage, the HT-7450 does not
d.) the airbag system in the Osaki chairs are a little more complex in the low back area. The HT-7450 just has airbags that feel like thumbs poking up into your butt and thighs. The Osaki chairs have inflating airbags on either side of the seat as well as in the waist area to induce a rotation motion. The Osaki 6000 also has thigh airbags that inflate to the outside of each thigh.
e.) outer shoulder airbags – the Osaki chairs have them, the HT-7450 does not (I don’t think they are that impressive anyways, so I don’t know if you’re missing out much on that feature).

5. Omega Montage Pro– I have not yet sat on this chair, but there are some things, on paper, that I just love about it in addition to the fact that it boasts a zero gravity feature. Here is what I like:
Omega Montage Pro Massage Chair
a.) rollers in the feet (there are not many other chairs that have this feature and those who have it in their massage chair absolutely love it),
b.) 5 year in-home warranty comes standard with this chair. Hard to find that kind of support for a chinese-made chair as a standard warranty. Very impressive!
c.) The Omega Montage series of massage chairs have an mp3 music system with headphones. Pretty fun if you like to use music while relaxing in a massage chair.

Well, that should just about do it for my recommendations. Many readers familiar with my writings will wonder why I did not include the Inada Sogno in this list. It is because the Sogno is not a true zero gravity massage chair. It has a slight tilt in the seat, but not anywhere near 30 degrees.

I hope these help out in some way in your decision-making process. Please feel free to contact me anytime with any questions. You can also call me at 801-651-2026 if you’d like to chat on the phone. I am always around to talk.

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

Are All Chinese Massage Chairs The Same??

I got a great question from a massage chair shopper this morning about imitation massage chairs out there that look a like but are from different distributors. Here is the question and my answer:

Massage Chair Question:

Hi Alan

I have really appreciated finding the information you have provided in your blog during my journey of discovery educating myself on massage chairs. I am interested in your experience about chairs out of China. I have read your articles about the Osaki OS-7000 and your view that for the price is quite impressive. It is interesting that I have seen a number of companies trying to sell a chair that looks and reads exactly the same, under a different name! Do the Chinese factories send the same chair to any importer, or are they simply replicas that do not perform the same way? By way of example, here is a website of a company in China called Life Power that sends an identical looking chair to an Australian importer. http://life-power.en.alibaba.com/product/486151823-212080271/2011_new_zero_gravity_LP_6100.html. I am interested to get your perspective on the Chinese practices and if they are undermining the Osaki product by selling the same thing under a different badge, or if it is just copying of a good product.

Regards Scott

My Massage Chair Answer:

Hi, Scott

Thanks for your insightful email. Great questions. Here is what I know based on industry knowledge and my own experience with massage chairs…

1. Most, if not all, chinese-made chairs come out of three major manufacturing plants in China. Many companies around the world then buy the chair models from these “big 3” and then white label them under their own name. For example, Osaki does it, Fujita does it, Omega does it, etc. So, if you see a model somewhere else that looks just like another companies model, then you can be pretty sure that the chair comes from the same plant in China. I believe that most of the look-a-likes function the same, with maybe a little feature or design twist to make it look vastly different from another importers white label product from the same plant. 

Osaki 7000 Massage Chair
Osaki 7000 Massage Chair
I get emails all the time from Chinese companies wanting me to buy chairs directly from them that are “just like” other models that I already carry. And why, you ask, don’t I import them to increase my profit margin? Well, it all has to do with the kind of warranty support I am willing to give (or not give). That leads to this point…

The primary thing, in my mind, that would differentiate one US importing distributor from another is not just their warranty (they ALL claim to have great warranties!) but how good their customer support is after the sale. Can you get a hold of them by phone or do you always have to leave a message? Do they get back to you promptly when you do leave a message? Do they say one thing on their warranty before you buy, but then the story changes after the purchase when the need is there, but the legal terminology in their warranty contract is just nebulous enough that they can get out of servicing your chair. 

Those are the primary reasons why I went with Osaki over other chair companies…because I trusted their customer support department and they have taken good care of my clients. Any problems which have arisen, they have taken care of them for me. Plus, I can reach a live person almost every time I call…and that means a lot to me, as well. 

2. My experience with massage chairs have led me to believe that the Japanese-made chairs are of a better quality build than the Chinese-made chairs. I say this only because of the number of breakdowns I have witnessed in my own chairs in my showroom as well as the feedback I get from concerned owners who often will call me first when there is a problem with their massage chair. 

3. Although the Japanese-made massage chairs are better quality products, they are also more expensive as a general rule. That is why I have said in other blog posts that chairs like the Osaki 6000 and Osaki 7000 massage chair are a great bang for the buck. You get a lot of features, a good warranty and warranty support, and a screaming price. If you are looking for a good bang for your buck for a Japanese-made chair, I might suggest the Sanyo 7700, the Inada Doctor’s Choice 3A, or the remaining Panasonic 30007 stock, which is still Japanese-made (manufacturing moving to China after the current Panasonic stock runs out).

I hope this assists you in some way with your massage chair buying experience. Please feel free to contact me anytime with more questions. I am also reachable via telephone at 801-651-2026.

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

Osaki 7000 Massage Chair Assembly Video Now Available

Osaki 7000 Massage Chair Assembly Video

The Osaki 7000 massage chair has become a very popular massage chair lately. It is a relatively new chair that we have only been carrying for a couple of months at most. But, we have sold quite a few of them. We are offering an instant $300 off on the chair which seems to motivate a lot of shoppers to buy.

Well, a few weeks ago we got our own Osaki 7000 massage chair in our Massage Chair Relief showroom here in Salt Lake City, Utah. I had my delivery fellows unpack the chair and assemble it for me. I videotaped the whole assembly so that you, my visitors and clients, would have a visual reference for assembling this chair.

This Osaki is a little harder to assemble than the Osaki 3000, 4000, and 6000 models, which are all fairly similar as far as assembly goes. But, we found the Osaki 7000 to be a little tougher to put together. There are quite a few pieces and nuts and bolts to put together, plus the complication of reading an owner’s manual that is written in English with a Chinese flavor to it. What I am trying to say is that the English is not always as “clear” as it could be. The chair is manufactured in China and the instructions are written in English over there before the chairs are shipped to the US.

When you read, it is not always as clear as we’d like it to be. Thus, we have created the video tutorials to assist you in the interpretation of the assembly instructions.

I should also mention that I am not a professional videographer! So, although my video editing guy did the best he could to make this video look as smooth and slick as possible, you can only fix so much of a novice’s effort! What I am basically telling you is that the video, though educational and just what you need to get through the assembly without too much trouble, is not professionally done…IN  THE LEAST, and will not win any awards. LOL!!

Of course, if anything in the video is not clear, you can always call me at the showroom at 801-417-8240 or on my personal cell phone at 801-651-2026 for further clarification.

The video is about 30 minutes long, so it is not for the casual viewer. It was made for the buyer or owner of the Osaki 7000 massage chair.

Here you go…

I hope you enjoyed that!

To learn more about the Osaki 7000 massage chair, you can visit our website at:

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

As we make more and more videos of this chair, you’ll also be able to see those videos on our YouTube channel, http://www.youtube.com/massagechairrelief. Good stuff!! Please share our videos.

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

Massage Chair Industry Update 02/27/12 – 03/11/12

Massage Chair Industry Update Video

I recorded another massage chair industry update earlier this week and thought I’d share it here on our blog. I covered some pretty interesting stuff, from Panasonic’s massage chair manufacturing being moved completely to China to the possibility of the Sanyo massage chair line being discontinued.

I also go over some back order updates, particularly with regards to the Inada Sogno and the Osaki 7000, currently two of our most popular massage chairs.

I also mention that we have a 1 month old Inada  Sogno with a full 5 year head-to-toe in-home warranty for sale for only $6999. If you are interested in this chair, please give me a call at 801-651-2026 and I’ll get you hooked up with it right away. Pristine condition, hardly used. A client purchased it but his wife didn’t like it much. So, I have it back in my showroom waiting for a nice home to massage folks in.

ZeroG 2.0 massage chair
ZeroG 2.0 massage chair

I also discuss briefly the new Infinite Therapeutic massage chair line that we will be carrying here in the very near future. They have a couple of models that you will find interesting. One is all leather and has an inversion feature. The other is an under-$2k chair that is chinese-made with a nice set of features.

Human Touch came out with a new Immersion line of massage chairs. I talk about them a little bit. We will be carrying them on our site once new images of the products are out. I have included a photo here of one of the new models.

Here is the video for your enjoyment and information:


I hope you enjoyed this video and gleaned something from it.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Osaki 7000 Massage Chair
Osaki 7000 Massage Chair

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Osaki 7000 Massage Chair – Initial Impressions

Osaki 7000 Massage Chair Finally In Showroom!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Osaki 7000 Massage Chair vs. Osaki 4000 Massage Chair

The primary differences between the Osaki 70000 Massage Chair and the Osaki 4000 Massage Chair are as follows:

1. # of Airbags
The Osaki 7000 massage chair has 46, whereas the Osaki 4000 massage chair has only 32 airbags. The extra airbags in the Osaki 7000 are found in the head, hips and thighs, waist area, and seat. These extra airbags contribute to what Osaki calls the “swaying massage” in the 7000. The airbags move the pelvis, seat, and low back in such a way that the low back feels to be gently stretched in a rotation motion. Very soothing feature of the Osaki 7000.
Osaki 7000 Massage Chair
Osaki 7000 Massage Chair
2. Length of Vertical Roller Track
The length of the roller track on the Osaki 4000 is 30″, which is already a good length. The Osaki 7000 goes a bit further down the low back into the buttocks with a 31″ roller track. I believe this is the longest vertical track of any massage chair with which we are familiar.
3. # of Motors
The Osaki 4000 massage chair has 7 motors and the Osaki 7000 has 13 motors. More motors mean less wear and tear on one particular motor. The workload of the chair is distributed throughout more motors for less breakdowns.
4. Heat
The Osaki 4000 has low back heat, but the Osaki 7000 has a more full body heat, including heat in the head, neck, shoulders, back, arms, hips, calves, and feet. More comprehensive heat than in any other chair model that we carry.
Osaki 4000 Massage Chair
Osaki 4000 Massage Chair
5. Stretch Program
Osaki introduces a new Thai style stretching program with the Osaki 7000 massage chair. Stretching on a massage chair is more like a milking motion of the soft tissue. The chair back and ottoman raise up and down to induce a passive motion to the joints and soft tissues of the spine. The Osaki 4000 does not have this stretch function. The stretch function on most massage chairs is almost always a favorite for the user. You will enjoy the stretch function.
6. Zero Gravity
Both chairs boast a zero gravity feature, which is a great feature for low back pain sufferers. It allows for the weight of the body to be more evenly distributed in the reclined position so that less stress is placed on the low back.
7. Price
The price of the Osaki 4000 is $2895. The price of the Osaki 7000 is $3790. We always have a low price match on any of the models we carry. You just need to decide if the differences in the features is worth the difference in price.
Well, that should just about do it for a comparison between the Osaki 7000 and the Osaki 4000 massage chairs. I hope this helps you make your decision. Remember that the warranty on all Osaki massage chairs is 1 year comprehensive in-home. We offer a 90-day money back guarantee and our best price promise.

Good Question from a Massage Chair Shopper!

Another Great Question From A Massage Chair Buyer

I get questions all the time from visitors to my massage chair site. I love that people feel comfortable enough with me to call or write when they have questions or concerns about massage chairs. Here is a great question from someone suffering from neck and upper extremity concerns. His questions about the differences between the Inada Sogno and Osaki 7000 massage chairs are legitimate. I hope you can glean something from his question and my response.

Massage Chair Question:

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

Massage Chair Answer:

Wow, David, I am very sorry about your predicament. Muscle atrophy is not a good thing. It goes without saying that you would want a chair that has a decent neck massage feature. The good thing about the Inada Sogno and the Osaki 7000 is that both of them have headrests with neck airbag massage (the Inada Sogno neck airbag massage is far more discriminating and superior to that of the Osaki 7000 massage chair) but the headrests can be lifted up and over the back of the chair and you can access the massage rollers on the neck. So, you have two neck massage options for both models.I might also mention that the Inada Sogno has a more intense airbag massage of the top of the shoulders where the trapezia muscles are located. It truly feels like a massage therapist is digging his/her elbows into your traps. This is the traction portion of the Inada  Sogno, which would serve you very well with your cervical (neck) condition. The Osaki 6000 massage chair has a feature similar to the Sogno but not nearly as specific and discriminating as the Sogno airbags. I don’t believe the Osaki 7000 has the shoulder airbags for the trap muscles.

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

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

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

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

Similarities Between Inada Sogno Massage Chair & Osaki 7000

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

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

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

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

Compare & Contrast Inada Sogno Massage Chair vs. Osaki 7000

It is amazing to me how many requests I get from shoppers about the difference between the Inada Sogno Dreamwave massage chair and other models that are look-a-like massage chairs. The last review I did compared the Inada Sogno to the Omega Montage Pro. This week I received another review request comparing the Inada  Sogno to the Osaki 7000 massage chair which, by the way, I think is a pretty cool looking chair! In this review I look not only at the differences but the features they have in common.

Here is the question and my response. Since my response is over 1000 words, I took the liberty of breaking up the blog post into 2 parts. Here is part 1:

Massage Chair Question:

I am looking at upgrading massage chairs and was comparing between the Inada Songo Dreamwave and the Osaki 7000. Can you tell me several of the differences between them and also your professional advice on them. I also saw that Osaki is soon coming out with the 7200 model. Is this something I should wait to consider. Also do you offer discount pricing or do you have sales on the chairs. thanks, Chad

Massage Chair Answer:

Hi, Chad

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

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

Osaki 7000 Massage Chair
Osaki 7000 Massage Chair

differences between the Inada Sogno and the Osaki 7000 (remember that I have not sat on an Osaki 7000 massage chair at this point. We will be getting one in our showroom within the next few weeks, but my review is based on my first-hand experience with the Inada Sogno, which I do have in my showroom, and my literature review of the Osaki 7000):

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

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

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

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

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

6. Neck Traction
The Inada Sogno has a very unique feature that tractions the neck muscles while at the same time giving an airbag massage that mimicks the elbow massage of a licensed massage therapist on the shoulder muscles (AKA the traps). The airbags inflate from the bottom of the Cervical Traction Device (what I like to call the headpiece) and push down on the trapezius muscles. A very nice therapeutic massage for folks with tight shoulder muscles from sitting at a computer all day. The airbag intensity can be adjusted from Low to Medium to High so that the perfect comfort level can be reached for virtually everyone.

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

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

New Osaki 6000 Massage Chair Assembly Video

Osaki 6000 Massage Chair Assembly

We just completed a 25 minute long video walking step-by-step through the unpacking and assembly of the new Osaki 6000 massage chair. I really like this chair based on my experience so far with it. Only time will tell how it holds up to the daily wear and tear that a massage chair should expect to go through.

We shot this video in our showroom in Taylorsville, Utah and my delivery guys, Brock and Cole, did the assembly while I narrated what I saw them doing. When these two young men heard that they were going to be on a YouTube video they came to the showroom all decked out in pink dress shirts and ties!! Yes, I was shocked…and pretty impressed. They look great, eh?

For those of you who are thinking of purchasing this chair, this video will help greatly in figuring out the assembly. It comes in two boxes, with the arm rests in one box and the chair body and ottoman in another. The chair back is not attached to the seat, so the assembly basically involves attaching the arm rests and the chair back. It may seem a little intimidating at first, but once you see the video and get your chair with the written assembly instructions includes,  you will find that it will go rather smoothly for you.

When it comes to assembling this chair, as with any massage chair, I always recommend 2 people be involved in the process. The parts can be very heavy and having two people, one of them being a “spotter” if you will, can make the assembly go quite a bit smoother.

As a side note, the assembly of this model is almost exactly the same as the assembly of the Osaki 4000 massage chair. You can use this video to guide you through both assemblies.

Check out the video here:

Not bad, eh? If you have any questions, you can always give me a call on our toll-free number, 888-259-5380, or at our showroom, 801-417-8240, and I’ll assist you in any way I can.

By the way, you can see all of my massage chair videos at www.youtube.com/massagechairrelief. Lots of good stuff there, any I’m adding more videos all the time.

New Osaki Massage Chair Models

Osaki has been coming out with a whole bunch of massage chairs. The 6000 massage chair in this video is brand new. They also just came out with the Osaki 7000 massage chair and in another month or so the 7200 will be available. The 7000 is a very cool looking chair with a more intense massage than the 6000 or 4000. I am looking forward to having that model in my showroom. It retails for $3790. The 7200 is the same chair as the 6000, but with heat and a couple of additional auto programs. It will be priced $300 more than the 6000 ($3790, just like the 7000).

Have a confused you with all these massage chair models and their numbers? Don’t worry, I’ll be writing articles and showing videos about them. You’ll get the hang of them soon enough.

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

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

Here is what is going on at Massage Chair Relief this week:

1. Well, this last week has been hectic as folks went after the Inada massage chairs like crazy before the price increase last night. At midnight the price of the Inada Sogno Dreamwave massage chair jumped to $7799 and the Inada Yume went up to $5999. The Inada i1 chair also went up in price to $4499.

For those of you who got a chair at the old price…well done! For the rest of the massage chair shoppers out there, you will find the Inada Sogno massage chair to still be one of the finest chairs in the world and still worth the money (by the way, give me a call to see what I can do for you on the current price ;-)…we always have something going on at the showroom).

2. The new Osaki 7000 massage chair is now available for purchase. The entire Osaki line of massage chairs is Chinese-made and very

Osaki 7000 Massage Chair
Osaki 7000 Massage Chair

affordable, as far as massage chairs go. This new Osaki OS-7000 is quite a cool looking thing; I really like the design. I will be getting one in my showroom in the near future and then I will be able to give you the real goods on the chair. It is priced at $3790 USD. You can check out the Osaki 7000 here:

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

As I have mentioned on this blog before, we now have the Osaki 6000 on our showroom floor and we have really come to like that chair. It seems to be a quality machine. Only time will tell how well that chair will hold up with regular wear-and-tear.

3. Massage Chair Relief has a YouTube channel. I have always had the channel but it has been a mess for the longest time. I have finally cleaned up all the playlists and made the videos completely ready for your enjoyment. You can check out our channel here:

http://www.youtube.com/massagechairrelief

I’ve got a whole bunch of new videos coming online in the next few months for your enjoyment. Subscribe and stay in touch with what is going on with the massage chair industry. Later this week I will be posting a video showing the assembly of the new Osaki 6000 massage chair.

4. Did you know that you can use as many credit cards on a single purchase as you’d like? Most people use just one credit card to 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 alan@massage-chair-relief.com, too. I would just love to visit with you about massage chairs!

Have a super day!

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

Massage Chair News!

Massage Chair Relief News

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

1. Price Increase for Inada Massage Chairs

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

2. Osaki 7000 Massage Chair

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

Osaki 7000 Massage Chair
Osaki 7000 Massage Chair

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

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

3. Human Touch Acutouch 6.0

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

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

4. Massage Chair Comparison Feature

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

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

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

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

 

Zero Gravity Massage Chairs

Osaki OS-4000 Massage Chair
Osaki OS-4000 Massage Chair

Zero Gravity Massage Chair – The True Story

My 19 years of chiropractic and the last 9 years of massage chair usage bring me to some conclusions about the zero gravity massage chair. Also, termed “anti-gravity,” zero gravity has become a catch phrase with massage chair shoppers. It has become so

popular that much confusion about the term has resulted.

Unfortunately, many proponents of the feature make claims that cannot be supported. Nearly all sales people lately seem to be saying their chairs are zero gravity. Upon close examination of the chairs said to have this feature, I have to say the claims seem close to false advertising.

History of Zero Gravity Massage Chairs

Zero gravity first became known from NASA studies in the space program. The largestUSmassage chair manufacturer, Human Touch, used the concept of zero-gravity to design chairs for the home. They called the line of chairs – Perfect Chair.

To paraphrase the Human Touch website, NASA’s Skylab program discovered a body position which feels like weightlessness.  It is the point at which muscles are balanced with lessened pressure from gravity and the result is true relaxation.  The Perfect Chair recliner is designed to produce zero gravity.

There is a reason you were encouraged to avoid slumping as a teenager. Gravity exerts a horrific force on the body throughout life. If your body is not in proper alignment, gravity will cause all kinds of health problems. By positioning your body at zero gravity, pressure on joints is relieved. All those places like your knees, neck, hips, lower and upper back can relax because gravitational force is lessened. By regular sessions in your chair, you can keep your body structure aligned and healthy.

To give you an example, a common malady is a slouched shoulder posture along with a forward head carriage. Gravitational “pull” adversely affects your spine when you continue in such a body position. Fatigue sets in because it takes energy to battle the effects of gravity on your off-kilter body. The pressure on your joints causes them to wear out with such musculoskeletal conditions as degenerative arthritis the tragic result.

Perhaps you have tried out a zero gravity chair. If so, you know how the term “weightlessness” applies to such a massage chair. Your position in the chair removes pressure and is very comfortable. Sufferers of low back pain are especially helped. I have heard many people say their sleep is better in a zero gravity chair than in their own bed.

So, What On Earth Is Zero Gravity Anyway?

The best seated position to produce “weightlessness” is for the seat to tilt up 30 degrees. That’s zero gravity. A simple idea is what Human Touch used to design the Perfect Chair line. Then they applied the same concept to the HT-7450 massage chair. This was the beginning of zero gravity in a massage chair. This, along with the massage feature, spawned a whole new level of therapy from massage chair manufacturers.

Soon Sanyo introduced the Sanyo 7700 massage chair. They employed the same technology with the 30 degree seat angle along with massage therapy. The true zero gravity chairs, the Sanyo 7700 and the Human Touch HT-7450 are very popular for their respective manufacturers. I believe the tilted seat is the key to their popularity. Since then many new massage chair models have come out with zero gravity as a primary feature. Examples of some of these models include the Osaki 4000, Osaki 6000, Osaki 7000, Omega Montage Pro,

Zero Gravity Massage Chairs – False Advertising?

It is beyond me why there are so many models claiming the zero gravity feature when their seats have nowhere near a 30 degree upward tilt. It appears to be a marketing scheme to take advantage of the current zero gravity frenzy.

Regardless of the massage chair you get for your office or home, whether anti-gravity or not, it will be life changing. You will love it, and your body will thank you. If you want to own a true zero gravity massage chair, now you know enough to ask the right questions before you buy.

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