Panasonic EP30007 Discontinued

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All the Panasonic massage chairs sold in the USA are now being distributed by Furniture For Less, which is the umbrella company that also distributes the Inada and Positive Posture chairs. Since they became the distributors for Panasonic in the US, they have discontinued the Panasonic EP30007 model. They only carry the MA70 and the MA73 models now.

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Panasonic EP30007

When I first got started in this business in 2005, Panasonic was one of the brands available for me to sell and the EP30000 series was, at that time, the new line that Panasonic was promoting. It began with the EP30003, 30004, and 30005. Eventually those models faded into oblivion and the 30007 was all that remained from that line. That was their top-of-the-line model. It has not been a big seller over the years but provided a good massage at a good price, with Japanese design and engineering behind it.

The MA models are a much better chair than what the EP line offered, in my opinion. The massage experience is superior, the arm airbags are newer and more innovative, the heated rollers is a really cool innovation, side shoulder airbags instead of posterior shoulder airbags, and the programming is more sophisticated. The ottoman extends without the need of a lever, like the one that the 30007 has. The MA chairs have a self retracting and extending ottoman. The MA chairs also double really well as regular recliners, which is a very innovative idea in the massage chair business.

So long EP30007, my old friend. Wish I could say I’ll miss you, but I’d be lying!!

Dr. Alan Weidner

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Review of Panasonic MA73 Massage Chair

Panasonic MA73
Panasonic MA73

EP-MA73_angle3_080114_700I’ve had the Panasonic MA73 massage chair in my showroom for quite a few months, but have not taken the time to write a comprehensive review on this great chair until now. It is a very versatile chair that offers a wonderful massage experience. I will say that the more I sit on this chair, the more I like it. Here are my observations and thoughts of the feature-set.

  1. It is a very easy chair to operate – Getting started is a breeze. Just sit in the chair, press the power button, and select one of the auto programs. The chair will auto recline and the body scan will begin. Very simple.
  2. Only available in the black color – It does not have the creme option that you can find on the MA70.
  3. Pedestal Remote Control – easy access, but annoying if you don’t want anyone to see a remote control sticking up from the chair. By the way, the remote control display is very easy to read. It has labels for buttons and a body caricature to show what is being done by the massage rollers and where on your body…and it is all quite easy to follow and read. There is also a timer on the remote to show you how much time is left on your session (20′ sessions, by the way).
  4. 3D Roller Technology – You will have the benefit of 3D rollers to give you the option to increase or decrease the intensity of the roller massage. The chair defaults to a pretty vigorous roller massage, so it’s nice to have the ability to change that for a more sensitive back.
  5. This chair has the ability to double as a regular recliner – you can rotate the ottoman around to hide the calf and foot wells, as well as use the large, pillowed back pad to support your lumbar and cervical spines if you want to use the chair as a recliner. The arm massage is hidden quite well by the arm rests, as well.
  6. Heated Jade Stone Rollers – This is a unique feature. Pretty much all other massage chairs that have a heating element use a heating pad of sorts. The MA73 has little heating units attached next to each of the 4 jade stone rollers. These heaters warm up the rollers which, in turn, give you a thorough heat experience up and down the entire roller track length. Good stuff! The chair also has foot heaters but, to be honest, I’ve never really noticed them.
  7. Great neck and shoulder massage – This one of the few, of not the only massage chair that gives the user a trapezia massage. As the rollers move up from the upper back to the neck, they roll forward over top of the shoulders and do a fantastic massage for the traps. I love this feature! The neck massage is far superior to it’s predecessor, the MA70. You get a fabulous neck and shoulder massage with this model.
  8. When you turn off the massage chair in the middle of an auto program, the ottoman will first restore to it’s default position, and then the rollers will park at the bottom of the back. It won’t be until the rollers park that the chair back will restore itself to the default position. If you don’t know this, you might get frustrated and hit the power button on and off a few times trying to get the chair back to restore. Just be patient when you shut off a program before it’s done and you will find yourself upright with the chair completely stopped and restored.
  9. Soft to Hard Auto Programs – Panasonic added a gradient scale on the remote control to show the softer programs relative to the harder programs. This is good to know as the more vigorous programs, particularly without the back pad, can be quite overwhelming for a new user…especially a tender one!
  10. Great Arm Airbag Massage – This is another feature that Panasonic improved over the MA70. I love the arm and hand massage in the MA73. With the newly innovated air cells, it seems as though the contact is more broad so that it feels like more of the forearm and hand are getting massaged.
  11. Good Foot & Calf Massage – The airbags are great in the feet and calves. There is a fairly large, solid knob under the sole of each foot which may tend to feel a bit uncomfortable when the outside airbags are inflating onto the outside of your feet, thus pushing your feet down onto the knobs. Just beware of that little discomfort. If it is uncomfortable to you, you will find that you’ll get accustomed to it rather quickly.
  12. Seat Airbags – The seat airbags are located under each thigh and buttock and inflate consecutively and concurrently, depending on the desired therapeutic effect. Panasonic uses the seat airbags in a clever way when the neck stretch program is on. I’ll explain that in point #13.
  13. Stretch Program – Most chairs have a stretch program that is what I would call a “whole body stretch”, where the chair back reclines and elevates, the ottoman lowers and raises, while the airbags simultaneously inflate. In most chairs that have that feature, the stretch is a very nice program. However, in the MA73, the stretch program is a series of consecutive regional stretches that work the neck, the midback, and the hip/pelvis areas. I love it! The neck stretch involves all the seat airbags inflating at the same time and then the rollers positioning themselves under the skull. Then the seat airbags deflate and the rollers stay under the skull while the seat drops. It is a great feature that I’ve never seen before in a chair. The midback stretch is intense and uses the rollers while the shoulder airbags pin the shoulders in. Overall, I really like the stretch program of the MA73, even if it is different from the norm. I might also mention here that the remote control allows you to turn on each segmental stretch on it’s own if you don’t want to use the full body option.
  14. Shoulder Airbags – As I mentioned above, the shoulder airbags inflate to the outside of the shoulders, thus pinning the upper back in place while the rollers go up and down the upper back. This makes for a very good, intense upper back massage.
  15. 32″ Roller Track – Because of a longer roller track, the neck and sacral areas get great attention from the rollers. As I mentioned previously, the neck massage is great on this chair, but the sacrum and tailbone get great attention too.
  16. Memory Function – The MA73 is one of the few chairs that will memorize any custom program you create from the manual settings. You can memorize up to 3 different programs for yourself or up to 3 programs for 3 different users.
  17. Voice Response – Although I have turned it off now that I’ve had the chair for so many months, it is a great idea for getting a new user accustomed to how the chair works and what is going on during each program. I would strongly recommend having the volume up so that you can get great instruction while experiencing the chair as a newbie.
  18. Thigh Airbags – These airbags serve a dual purpose: 1.) to hold the hips in place, particularly during the stretch program, much like the shoulder airbags do for the upper body, to increase the intensity of the rollers, and 2.) to massage the IlioTibial Bands (ITB) on the outside of the thighs. The ITB’s are quite tender in folks who have ever had back, knee, or hip problems. And, you won’t know they have a problem until these airbags inflage up against them. It will be a little uncomfortable if they are really tight, but the benefits are awesome!

The more I sit on this chair, the more I like it. Because it is Japanese designed and engineered, the quality is second to none. The warranty is a 3 years parts and labor warranty plus this chair has a less than 1% failure rate. The smaller size of this chair makes it easier to fit in any room. It was built to handle the taller body; it can comfortably and effectively massage anyone from 4’10” up to 6’3″ tall.

You just can’t go wrong with it.

Dr. Alan Weidner

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Massage Chair Industry Update – May 19, 2015 (Video)

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Massage Chair and/or Recliner

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HT-9500

More and more folks are asking about a massage chair that doesn’t look like a massage chair, but can double as a regular recliner. I think that as more shoppers come into the marketplace, there will be more of a relative demand for that type of massage chair. Aesthetics are important to people and making a massage chair fit in with existing decorum can be quite a challenge.

There is a trade-off when a massage chair chooses aesthetics over feature-set. Obviously, you can’t have a full-feature massage chair, with all the bells and whistles, and still have a chair that doesn’t resemble a massage chair at all. So, the trade off is aesthetics for features. The manufacturers are getting more and more clever in their ability to hide blatant massage chair features, but for a full service feature-set, you will most likely have to compromise on looks.

I thought that today I might discuss some massage chair options that would provide therapeutic benefit while at the same time providing some looks that don’t so blatantly scream “therapeutic massage chair” and can soothe the savage beast of your home or business decorator.  Continue reading “Massage Chair and/or Recliner”

Mail Bag – Iyashi Neck Massage; Arthritic Hip and Low Back

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EMAIL QUESTION #1

emailHi, I am researching massage chairs and have a few questions: I’m a fitness enthusiast and exercise often. I often have sore glutes, quads, and hamstrings after an intense lower body workout. That’s why the 49″ roller track on the Infinity Iyashi is very interesting to me. My only concern is its shoulder and neck massage capability. My day job involves sitting in front of a computer all day, so I have tight neck and trapezius muscles. I’m reading conflicting reports on whether the Iyashi gives adequate massages in those areas. 1. Dr. Weidner mentioned that the auto-program isn’t as intense as he likes in those areas, but later mentioned that the manual program is pretty strong. He also once mentioned that the rollers seems to come forward a bit (like the Panasonic MA70) on top of the shoulders, but this was not mentioned again anywhere else. Can you confirm whether the Iyashi gives good massages on the neck and top of the shoulders? 2. Given my requirements, do you recommend anything other than the Iyashi? 3. What happens if something breaks down on the Iyashi in the 2nd year (when it’s under parts warranty, but not labor). Does Infinite Therapeutics still send someone out, but I’d just have to pay for labor myself? Roughly how much would it cost labor wise, for an in-house service visit? Thanks, Trent Continue reading “Mail Bag – Iyashi Neck Massage; Arthritic Hip and Low Back”

Quick Hits – Black Iyashi Back; Montage Pro Warranty; Visiting IT

We are heading into the 4th quarter of the year and soon massage chairs will be flying “off the shelves.” I might suggest you start thinking seriously about getting your chair early to avoid a run on colors and models that leaves you without an option for the holiday gift-giving season.

Here are some things of note going on in the industry as of late: Continue reading “Quick Hits – Black Iyashi Back; Montage Pro Warranty; Visiting IT”

Mail Bag – OS-4000T vs. IT-8500; MA70 vs. OS-Pro Intelligent

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Hi, I’m continuing to research and look for the chair that will be best for me at the best possible price. Initially the Osaki OS-4000t was on the top of my list. My research is making me concerned about the ability of the OS-4000t to massage the shoulders and neck. This is where I carry my stress… I’ve found the Infinity IT-8200 and it sounds very similar to the OS-4000t, but with inversion therapy and hip stretch. It doesn’t look like you carry the IT-8200 anymore, but will ask if you can get the Infinity IT-8200 as well as the best price on this chair. Another chair that is much more expensive, but keeps coming up is the Panasonic EP-30007. Mostly because it seems it does a great neck massage and has foot massage rollers. Panasonic also has the reputation and brand familiarity. I’m not sure if the foot rollers are under the foot or above the foot? I’ve also read the OS-4000t roller range is really more like 26″ instead of the 30″ advertised. I’m not against the OS-4000t, but am trying to uncover its weaknesses. Is the OS-4000t going to give me a better bang for my buck than the IT-8200 and EP-30007? Or, will I be frustrated I didn’t get everything I wanted? And finally, design… Seems in this aspect the Infinity in Taupe is the most attractive and the OS-4000t looks a little space-age for a liviing room. Too bad the Panasonic isn’t available in Taupe or brown. On the other hand, smaller is better so the chair isn’t the “elephant in the room”, putting the OS-4000t back in favor. Is there one that, in person, has nicer leather, materials, and design over the others? Sorry for so many questions but I don’t have the ability to sit in or see any of these chairs near where I live, Fort Collins, Co. Thanks again, Doug. Continue reading “Mail Bag – OS-4000T vs. IT-8500; MA70 vs. OS-Pro Intelligent”

Mail Bag – Panasonic MA70 vs. Dreamwave; Pro Cyber vs. Short Folks; DreamWave Remote Idea

Panasonic MA70 Massage Chair
Panasonic MA70 Massage Chair

CUSTOMER EMAIL #1
Dear Alan, I have scoliosis and arthritis and had initially thought to buy a Panasonic EP-30007. I am 5’tall and like firm massages and a good stretch to get me out of spasm. I’ve had one lower back surgery thus far ( synovial cyst ) and one bout of shots to numb nerves for sciatic and severe pain.

 

Years ago at a Las Vegas trade show I thought the Panasonic was the best chair but as I recently started looking around for a showroom ( east coast NYC area) to try one I discovered out of three showrooms, NY, NH and PA, no one had a Panasonic on their floors even though they sold their chairs. I was told consistently that they had old technology and people didn’t seem to like them so the owners did not want to take up space on them. I tried contacting the Panasonic Website for a place to try them in my area but got no response. Continue reading “Mail Bag – Panasonic MA70 vs. Dreamwave; Pro Cyber vs. Short Folks; DreamWave Remote Idea”

Mail Bag – Inada Sogno Timer; Compact Chair; Intense Massage

emailEmail Question #1

Hi there. Is there any way to get around the built-in 15 minute timer on the Inada Sogno?

My Response #1

Thanks for your email. The sessions can last from 15-20 minutes in length depending on the body scan findings, but other than that you can’t adjust the session timer. The good thing with the Sogno, though, is when the program stops the chair will not come back up to the parked position but stay where you had it reclined. You just need to push the program button again and it will start up with you in the very same position. Continue reading “Mail Bag – Inada Sogno Timer; Compact Chair; Intense Massage”

Mail Bag – Inada Sogno vs. MA70; Chinese vs. Japanese; Iyashi vs. Pro Dreamer

emailCustomer Email #1
Hi there! love the site, couldn’t find this here: Could you compare the Inada sogno to the Panasonic Ma70? I have SI joint dysfunction which do you think would be better for me in that regard? (I saw that you mentioned that you liked the sogno for that as you have the same problem but didn’t see a mention on the Panasonic side) Secondly, I have golfer’ sand tennis elbow in both arms – which do you feel is better here and does the airbag actually make that much of a difference in the arms? I tried the Ma70 and it just seemed to compress my forearms and hands is it really beneficial for my issues? Thanks!!! Paul Continue reading “Mail Bag – Inada Sogno vs. MA70; Chinese vs. Japanese; Iyashi vs. Pro Dreamer”

New Panasonic MA73 Model Now Available!

Panasonic recently announced that they have a new model in the USA called the MA73. I don’t have any high res images yet for it, but I can tell you it looks exactly like the MA70 model. The feature set is pretty much the same except for a few additions, some of which I do not fully understand and am awaiting explanation from the powers that be at Panasonic. Here is a rundown of the features that are similar to the MA70: Continue reading “New Panasonic MA73 Model Now Available!”

Will You Fit In A Massage Chair?

measuring-tape-detail-3-1285564-mOne of the most frequently asked questions I get from massage chair shoppers lately is whether the chair they are interested in will fit them. I suspect that with a larger body frame, broader shoulders, and higher weight, some folks are concerned about getting a chair that doesn’t fit them right. When you take into consideration all the chairs that have integrated thigh and shoulder airbags, this becomes a valid concern.

I find myself running down to the showroom more and more, taking measurements of distances between shoulder airbags and thigh airbags to see if a chair will fit for a particular customer. Earlier this week I was doing that very thing when the thought came to me that I should take a measurement of each chair in my showroom that has thigh and/or shoulder airbags and post those measurements here on the blog so that it becomes a resource for you, the massage chair shopper. So, without further adieu, here is the list of chairs along with their accompanying measurements. The first number is the distance between the inside of each thigh airbag; the second number is the measurement between each shoulder airbag. If the chair does not have shoulder airbags, I put “N/A”, representing “Not Applicable”: Continue reading “Will You Fit In A Massage Chair?”

Mail Bag – IT-8500 vs. OS-7075R; HT-7450 vs. MA70 vs. J6800

emailCUSTOMER EMAIL #1
Can you help me make the right choice between Infiniti IT-8500 and Osaki OS 7075R? We want a good massage chair with zero gravity functions. My wife likes a stronger massage and I am more of a relaxing massage type of a person. My wife really cares about upper back and shoulers and neck. Any advice? Thanks, Martin Continue reading “Mail Bag – IT-8500 vs. OS-7075R; HT-7450 vs. MA70 vs. J6800”

Shoulder Airbags: What and How

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Iyashi shoulder airbags

I think that the first time I ever saw shoulder airbags was on the Panasonic Ep30007 chair. I remember being curious as to why the airbags were in the chair back and pushed the shoulders forward, as this seemed rather counter-intuitive to a chiropractor who worked on correcting forward slumping shoulders. Why on earth would a chair push the shoulders forward, when they obviously needed to be pulled back? That was exactly my sentiment when I saw that feature on that chair.

Then, a few years later Inada introduced the Doctor’s Choice 3A massage chair, which had a shoulder housing on either side of the body that had airbags that inflated to the FRONT of the shoulders, thereby pinning the shoulders back. Now, that made sense to me. I remember being so impressed with the idea of airbags pinning the shoulders back in an effort to improve posture. I also remember sitting on that chair for the first time and feeling taller (and less “slumped” when I stood up afterwards. I was excited to have a chair to offer customers that had a feature like this. I felt it was very much needed and that it complimented the spinal correction I did as a chiropractor.  Continue reading “Shoulder Airbags: What and How”

Mail Bag – Chair for low back and neck pain; Iyashi vs. Cyber; Titan vs. Omega Pro

emailEMAIL #1
Hi Dr. Weidner, I was wondering if you could help me narrow my search for a chair based upon my specific issues. I currently have lumbar pain – which moves into the hip/buttocks as the day moves on. IT band and hamstrings are really tight. I have a long term tightness and pain in my neck- a result of a degenerated C5-C6. I enjoyed lounging on my brother in law’s Sanyo massage chair while in Santa Barbara for Thanksgiving. We visited a local store and I tried out a Cozzia and Human Touch as well as one that had a feature called Dream Wave. The last one was the priciest, but was frustrating to me if I pulled my hand out for any reason, I was unable to re-insert it into the arm cradle. I live in West Michigan, an area that doesn’t seem to have retailers willing to invest in our market. The thought of traveling hours via plane to SLC makes my hip hurt, just wanted to see if you had any ideas for me. thanks for your consideration and ideas. Sue Continue reading “Mail Bag – Chair for low back and neck pain; Iyashi vs. Cyber; Titan vs. Omega Pro”

Quick Hits – OS-3D Pro Dreamer change, J6800 colors, Used chairs

rss-icon-1-970189-mI have a few things to go over today in our “Quick Hits” segment. I will post updated news and notes in this segment as they come over the wire to me. I also discuss most news and notes in my biweekly Massage Chair Industry Update videos which you can see on our YouTube channel. Please feel free to SUBSCRIBE to our channel so that you can be updated the moment we post a new video. Continue reading “Quick Hits – OS-3D Pro Dreamer change, J6800 colors, Used chairs”

Quick Hits – Black Iyashi Discontinued, Used MA70, Make-A-Wish Update

A new year is upon us and we, at Massage Chair Relief, have a lot of wonderful things planned for 2014. I will keep you posted throughout the year as new things are introduced or changed. The Weidner family had a fun, massage chair filled New Year’s Eve at the showroom. My whole family came to the showroom, including grandchildren, and we sat on chairs for a couple of hours before everyone went their separate ways to bring in the New Year. I will say that we used up every chair in the showroom! Here are a couple of pics from the event (I absolutely love the picture on the left of my granddaughter Olive on the Panasonic 30007…what an angel!)… Continue reading “Quick Hits – Black Iyashi Discontinued, Used MA70, Make-A-Wish Update”

Mail Bag – Sogno vs. Iyashi, WholeBody 2.0 Roller Track, Etc.

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Some more great questions from massage chair shoppers…and my responses:

QUESTION #1 – “Which chair is best for us?”
Good day…I’ve been reviewing your site for the last couple of weeks and have read many of the reviews and Dr. Weider’s articles. The problem, so many chairs, so many brands, so many features. I currently have 2 massage chairs: Fuji OX-575 and a Elite Optima. I have spend over $5000 for these chairs and I am not overly impressed. The Fuji has limited features and I don’t think it’s made anymore; the Elite is a little better, but sometimes it hurts me more than make me feel better. I need help in finding a chair I would be happy with. Going to your showroom in UT is not an option, so what is the best way to do so on-line? Some data: My wife and I are 62 years old; height 5’6″ (wife is 5’3″); weight 164 (wife 123); we particularly like upper shoulder/neck massage and middle of back (end of spine). Firmness should be adjustable since I like my massage a little harder than what the wife likes. Any recommendations to narrow down the search. In addition to giving a good massage, I am looking for reliability, maintainability, and future support in a chair. Thank you. Continue reading “Mail Bag – Sogno vs. Iyashi, WholeBody 2.0 Roller Track, Etc.”

What Makes Each Massage Chair Unique?

Not all massage chairs are created equally! We carry so many different models of massage chairs, and each one has it’s own unique feature which each company has employed to try to differentiate that chair from the competition. I thought I would make a list of each of our top-selling and/or game-changing chairs and briefly list the feature(s) that differentiates them from the rest of the pack or, at the very least, makes them unique. Now some  of these chairs innovated a technology that was very unique at the time, but have since been imitated by others on this list. I will mention both in that case. Continue reading “What Makes Each Massage Chair Unique?”

Mail Bag – Which Chair Has All Of These Features?

Hi, Dr. Weidner

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

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

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

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

Happy 4th of July – and some massage chair news

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a great July 4th!

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

 

Panasonic Warranty – Fine Toothed Comb (Part 1 of 8)

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Panasonic Logo

I rattle off warranties to customers all the time, based on the warranty basics of each company. For example, I will tell customers that Inada and Panasonic have 3 year parts and labor,  in-home warranties and that the chinese-made chairs have a 1 year parts and labor, in -home warranty. But, to be honest, there is a little more to it than that.

I thought I would write a series of articles on the warranties of each of the companies for which I am an authorized dealer, each article discussing the finer points of the warranty of each company. I will start this adventure today by reviewing the Panasonic warranty. Continue reading “Panasonic Warranty – Fine Toothed Comb (Part 1 of 8)”

Massage Chair Roller Track Length and the Low Back

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

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

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

Massage Chair News and Notes

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JPMedics Kumo with 4D thermal roller

Lots of good stuff to go over today, so I’ll just get right into it…

1. The Panasonic MA70 is unexpectedly back-ordered until June. I guess Panasonic’s sales of this model were far greater than forecast, so we are stuck waiting for a new shipment to come in. I will notify you in my biweekly Massage Chair Industry updates about stock status of this and all other massage chair models.

By the way, I have put up some videos about the Panasonic MA70 on our YouTube channel. Take a look, it is a very nice, well-built, thorough massage chair…Panasonic’s best! Continue reading “Massage Chair News and Notes”

Top of Shoulder Massage – Which Chairs Have It?

When people ask me about whether a chair does a good shoulder massage, I always have to ask “What do you mean by “shoulder”?” You see, a shoulder to one person could mean between the shoulder blades, to another it could mean the outside of the shoulders (where the deltoid muscles are), and yet to another person the shoulder could mean the shoulder blades.

For today’s article, I am going to chat about the top of the shoulder, or the location of the trapezia muscles. There are not many chairs that cater to this part of the spine, but those that do, do a nice job. Continue reading “Top of Shoulder Massage – Which Chairs Have It?”

A Good Massage Chair For A Dentist?

Inada Sogno

Here is an email I recently received from a dentist who is complaining of upper back, neck, and shoulder pain. He wants to know what chairs might work for him. This information could apply to anyone who suffers from these symptoms…

I am a dentist in Colorado and I have been looking into a massage chair due to some work related back, neck and shoulder pain. The Inada really looks to be the rolls royce of chairs but I want to know if any of the other chairs can do the same things. 8K is alot of money but if there truly is that much of a difference I would like to know. If you think the Osaka or Infinity will help me out in similar fashion I would like your opinion. Thanks. Ken Continue reading “A Good Massage Chair For A Dentist?”

What To Consider For A Chair In A Commercial Setting?

Some people want to get a massage chair or two (or more) for a commercial setting, i.e. a dentist office, a spa, or a chiropractic office. I have plenty of calls for situations like this. The typical questions involve what chair or chairs would be optimal for that type of a setting and what factors should be considered when making that decision. I answered one such question in an email from a fellow named George who is looking for some chairs for a dental office and thought I’d share my response with you here. Continue reading “What To Consider For A Chair In A Commercial Setting?”

10 Cool Massage Chair Features (Part 1)

I was just thinking about some of the cool and unique functions and features that I see on some of the chairs I carry. It is amazing to me how interesting and innovative some of these features are. Pretty smart designers and engineers have made the massage chair industry  a lot of fun. I will discuss 10 things between Part 1 and Part 2 of this article.

Here are the first 5 things I’ve found to be kinda cool in some of the chairs we carry: Continue reading “10 Cool Massage Chair Features (Part 1)”

News and Notes – 01/28/13

Here are some things of interest in the massage chair world…

ZeroG 4.0

1. We have the ZeroG 4.0 and the Panasonic MA70 in our showroom now. These are two chairs I’ve wanted to have in the showroom for a long time and now we have made the room and budget for them. Both great chairs. I will write a brief prelim review of both chairs in the weeks to come. Videos will also be coming soon for both models.

2. We added the 6 Cozzia massage chairs to our website. I still don’t have the details but the images and pricing is up. The Cozzia line is another Chinese-made line with a very low price point. It serves a niche in the industry not well served by other lines…most of their chairs are under $2000 making massage chairs very affordable for pretty much anyone. With PayPal’s “Bill Me Later” financing program along with our GE Capital financing, almost anyone can get a massage chair in their home or business.

I don’t have a Cozzia chair in my showroom yet, but hopefully will have one soon to write about and make videos about. I will be meeting with Cozzia VP, Greg Hunsucker, on Wednesday at the Las Vegas Furniture Market. I will be interviewing him about the chairs and the company. I am looking forward to becoming more familiar with this brand and learning more about how they came into existence. Continue reading “News and Notes – 01/28/13”

Visit From Ed Cini of Panasonic Wellness Division

I had a wonderful visit from Ed Cini, sales manager for the Panasonic Wellness Division, yesterday. We spent the better part of the day together discussing massage chairs (or course), learning about the Panasonic way of doing things, and their flagship chair, the Panasonic MA70 massage chair. Ed had an MA70 shipped to my showroom, where it now sits.

I played around with the chair a bit and really enjoyed it. I will be doing a preliminary review of it in the days to come. We will also be recording some videos, as I do quite regularly on YouTube.com/massagechairrelief, to visually demonstrate particular features about the chair.

Ed has been with Panasonic for about 20 years and certainly had a thorough understanding of how things work over there. One of the reasons I was so excited to meet Ed was because in the 6 years that we have been carrying Panasonic products, I have never actually met a representative of the company before. I have dealt with my Panasonic distributor through the years, but they are not literal employees of the company. Whenever I had an issue or question about a Panasonic chair, i.e.  warranty concerns or model rumors, my distributor would always have to “get back to me” with the information. Obviously, they had a direct line of communication with Panasonic.  Continue reading “Visit From Ed Cini of Panasonic Wellness Division”

Sleeping in a Massage Chair?

A question I frequently get from massage chair shoppers is what chair would be best suited for sleeping…that is sleeping IN. Now, I must confess I have fallen asleep in many a massage chair in my day and the word Sogno actually means “dream” (I am referring to the famous Inada Sogno Dreamwave massage chair), but to sleep the night away in a massage chair doesn’t seem all that comfortable to me.

Having said that, there are folks out there, and you may be one of them, who have terrible back or neck pain who can’t lay flat on a conventional bed. Someone may be recovering from surgery and can’t lay flat on their back or on their site. There are also people who snore and have sleep apnea who can only sleep in an inclined position. So, it totally makes sense that somebody might want a massage chair that is comfortable for sleeping.

Here are things to consider when deciding on what type of massage chair would be best suited for sleeping: Continue reading “Sleeping in a Massage Chair?”

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?”

Inada Sogno Dreamwave vs. Panasonic MA70 Questions

I get a lot of inquiries from shoppers about the differences between the Inada Sogno Dreamwave and the Panasonic MA70 massage chairs because of the closeness in price. The chairs are actually very different. Here is another question (and, or course, my response) regarding these two popular models…

Question:

Hello, We’re considering upgrading our older generation Panasonic Real Pro chair. We see that Panasonic has a new EP-MA70 which we are considering as well as the Inada. I see you have some preliminary reviews comparing the MA70 to the Inada but wondered if you have more insight into how they compare. We like the coverage of the Inada but are worried the massage intensity might not compare to the Panasonic. Also, the controls of the Inada seem a little more rudimentary than the Panasonic (I need to program the unit to avoid areas that are damaged and need light touch whereas other areas need strong touch). Any help you can give in helping decide between the two would be great. Also if you can tell us what each will cost that would be great (including delivery to xxxxxxxx). Thanks, Dave Continue reading “Inada Sogno Dreamwave vs. Panasonic MA70 Questions”

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 News and Updates!

The Latest & Greatest Massage Chair News!

I hope you are enjoying this blog. I put an awful lot of time and attention into it, primarily for your benefit. It is my desire that massage chairs are in every home and business, but also I want every massage chair shopper to have the most information at their fingertips so that the decision to get a massage chair is supported by data and experience.

If you enjoy these massage chair updates, I would encourage you to subscribe to my YouTube channel. Every two weeks I put out a 10 minute or so video where I discuss in greater detail what is going on in the massage chair industry and in our store. We get a lot of views from folks just like you who want to know the latest and greatest. I will be putting out another one this Monday. Here is the channel address: http://www.youtube.com/massagechairrelief/

So, here is the latest I have for you:

1. The Sanyo 8700 massage chair has been discontinued. We learned of that earlier this week and I have already had that model removed from our site. Sanyo is going through some changes with their massage chair line…and it is something that doesn’t really surprise me. Since the merging of Panasonic and Sanyo a couple of years ago, I have been expecting some changes to the massage chair lines.

2. In the last Massage Chair Industry Update video, I mention that all the Panasonic massage chairs are now being manufactured in China. Even the Panasonic 30007 and ma70, which were previously manufactured in Japan, are now being made in China, too. I received a call from my Panasonic rep this week to tell me that although the Panasonic 30007 massage chair is now being created in China, the existing stock, of which there is plenty of chairs, is still all Japanese-made.

Panasonic 30007 Massage Chair
Panasonic 30007 Massage Chair

So, if you want a Japanese-made chair at a very, very good price, get a Panasonic 30007 massage chair before the current stock is all gone. When that happens, the 30007 will be a Chinese-made chair.

3. Human ‘Touch has a new line of massage chairs, called the Immersion chairs. In a nutshell, these are zero gravity chairs in a very nice looking chair design. Human Touch is notorious for making very nice, aesthetically pleasing massage chairs. These are no different. We should have these chairs up soon on the site. The models they are offering are:

a.) ZeroG 2.0 – this chair will be available next month and retails for $2499. It will come in black and espresso colors.

b.) ZeroG 4.0 – this chair will be available in the fall of 2012. It will retail for $3299 and comes in the following colors: black, espresso, and ivory.

c.) WholeBody 2.0 – this massage chair is currently available and retails for $1799. It comes in a black PU/Sofsuede combo upholstery.

I should have these chairs up on the website within a week or so.

4. We completed filming our assembly video for the new Osaki 7000 massage chair. This is a very popular massage chair so far but is a bit of a “bear” for assembly. This video will help with that. I should have it posted to our YouTube channel early next week, if not by the end of this weekend.

massage chair secret
"I've got a good deal on a Sogno!"

5. Inada is back ordered on the following models: Dark brown Sogno (until April 16), chocolate Sogno (April 30), black leather Sogno (April 16).

(By the way, here is a little secret! Call me at 801-651-2026 if you want a really good deal on a 2 month old perfect creme Inada  Sogno.)

Well, that should just about do it for today. Stay tuned for my Massage Chair Industry Update video this Monday.

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

Sanyo Massage Chairs Finished? Panasonic Now Made In China?

Panasonic and Sanyo Massage Chair News!

I had been hearing rumors for a few weeks that Sanyo massage chairs were being discontinued. I knew that Panasonic had acquired Sanyo a while back, but until now I had no idea how that would affect the Sanyo massage chair line, i.e. the Sanyo 7700 and 8700 models.Sanyo massage chair

Well, I called my Panasonic and Sanyo distributor and asked for an update on what was going on. This is the long and short of what he told me…

1. The Sanyo line of massage chairs was most likely going to be discontinued, if it hasn’t already been. I know that the Sanyo 8700 is not available to me at the present time and that the Sanyo 7700 is out of stock…and my distributor has no idea when that model will be in stock, and

2. The full line of Panasonic massage chairs, including the Panasonic 30007 and the new ma70, are all now being manufactured in China. The 30007 and ma70 had previously been manufactured in Japan, but now it is all being done in China. As a matter of fact, I am told that the Panasonic manufacturing plant in Japan has been shut down altogether.panasonic massage chair

I have also been told that this change in manufacturing locale is not limited to massage chairs but to many Panasonic products that were heretofore being manufactured in Japan.

I suspect that the reason for this is the strength of the Japanese Yen and the weakness of he USD. I have discussed in a previous blog post that the Inada chairs went significantly up in price because of that very reason…but they continue to manufacture in Japan.

So, I suspect that rather than increase the price of their massage chairs in the US, Panasonic decided to move their manufacturing to China, where the cost of production is apparently much lower.

Thus, the only massage chairs that are still manufactured in Japan are the Inada models.

We will probably be dropping the Sanyo models on our website soon. If either of the two models survive, I will probably then add it to the Panasonic category page since they are now one-in-the-same company.

New Massage Chair Line for Massage-Chair-Relief.com

We will begin carrying the Infinite Therapeutics line of massage chairs. I have discussed my meeting with Kirk Jennings, IT’s sales manager, in one of my biweekly Massage Chair Industry Update videos (see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxpzfv5ENts&context=C40cdaa5ADvjVQa1PpcFOZxIfRxt2mzAgw7OEz0A9W7-YvRwSmBcc=). Kirk came to my showroom last week and we further discussed his line. Currently, they carry the IT-9800, which is a Taiwanese-made massage chair. It is made by the same manufacturing plant as the old Neox massage chair, which we used to see at all the local trade shows. A lovely, leather-upholstered chair that has an inversion feature and a side-to-side “swaying-like” calf massaging ottoman. Nice chair.

They also have the IT-7800, which is a Chinese-made model with a very reasonable price point. I will be having these models put up in the next couple of weeks or so. I understand they will also be coming out with a new model to add to their line, which allegedly will be a Sogno-lookalike model, which all the chinese plants seem to be coming out with.  Here is their website: www.infinitetherapeutics.com. You can go there to learn more about their chairs.

Hope this info assists you in your massage chair shopping experience.

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

Panasonic ma70 Massage Chair vs. Inada Sogno Dreamwave

Comparing the Inada Sogno and the Panasonic ma70 Massage Chair

It seems that when the discriminating massage chair shopper contacts me, it is usually a question about the Inada Sogno Dreamwave massage chair, either a question specifically about it or how it compares to some other massage chair model. This is the email I received from a massage chair shopper asking for a comparison between the Sogno and the Panasonic ma70. I make a point by point comparison between these to higher-priced but popular models.

Panasonic MA70 Massage Chair
Panasonic MA70 Massage Chair

Massage Chair Question:

Hi Dr. Weidner

I am interested in a top of the line chair.

Obviously the inada sognio is not a bad pick.

I wondered about the panasonic ma70. You have not written a review on your page.
How does it compare to the inada?
I kind of like the sleeker design, but obviously that is not the main issue with a massage chair.
Thank you for your help.

Kind regards,
Marc 

Massage Chair Answer:

Hi,  Marc

Thanks for your inquiry.
The Inada Sogno has typically been our top seller. However, the Panasonic ma70 is drawing a lot of interest and the clients of mine who own it…love it. The reason I haven’t done a review of it yet is because I don’t have one in my showroom at this point. When I do get one in the showroom, I will be doing written and video reviews of it.
Inada Sogno Massage Chair
Inada Sogno Massage Chair
I have written a brief literature review of the ma70 on my blog. Here is the link to that:

I also had a client buy the Panasonic ma70 massage chair after comparing it to the Inada Sogno. He wrote a brief review about his experience of the new ma70. Here is that review:

Here are the major differences between the two chairs, as I see them:

1. # of Airbags
The Inada Sogno has 100 airbags, while the Panasonic ma70 has 33. Once you see the Inada Sogno, you totally understand why there are more airbags. Between the calf, feet, full arms, seat, thigh, neck, and shoulders you will see more airbags than you have ever seen on any other chair.

2. Neck Traction
The Inada Sogno pioneered the idea of airbags in the neck area with its Cervical Traction Device, which really is a very fancy head piece. Airbags knead your neck muscles and it feels like fingers of a person massaging your neck. It also has the shoulder airbags that inflate and push down on the top of your shoulders (on the trapezia muscles). This is one of my favorite features of this chair. It feels like the elbows of a Licensed Massage Therapist digging into my trap muscles. Great for desk workers, by the way. 

The Panasonic ma70 does not have the cervical traction device, but does have some shoulder airbags that inflate towards the outside of the upper arm/shoulder area (deltoid muscles).

3. Dreamwave Technology
The Inada Sogno also pioneered airbags in the seat that make up what is known as Dreamwave Technology. These airbags move the seat from side to side in a figure-8 motion, as well as up and down. It is very soothing for the low back and pelvis, particularly if you acute low back pain. The ma70 has seat airbags which massage the buttock and thighs, but without the dreamwave motion.

4. Arm Massage
The Panasonic ma70 massage chair has arm rests that lift up and allow the user to slide their arms underneath for an airbag massage. It will massage the fingers, wrists, and forearms. The Inada Sogno has airbags that massage the fingers, wrists, forearms, and upper arms. 

5. Rotating Ottoman
One thing I really like about the ma70 is the rotating ottoman. It is a full foot and calf massager but you can rotate the ottoman when not in use to hide the calf and foot wells. This helps make the chair look more like a regular chair and not so much like a therapeutic massage chair. The user can just rotate the ottoman and lay their legs on the ottoman just like a regular recliner. The Inada Sogno has calf and foot wells in the ottoman but the ottoman is not reversible.

6. Heat
The Inada Sogno massage chair has heat in the form of a little element in a small area at the back of the seat. It is hardly noticeable when in use, but the heat creates the desired effect, which is to increase blood flow to the area. However, on the Panasonic ma70 massage chair, a new innovative heating system is built into the massage rollers. The rollers are actually jade stones that have a heating element built into the jade rollers. This provides a moving heat as the rollers go up and down the spine. It is a very deep heat as well.

7. Length of Roller Track
Because the Inada Sogno uses the airbags of the Cervical Traction Device (head piece), the roller track is shorter (28.4 inches) and extends deeper into the buttock area. You will love how low the rollers go in the buttock. This is a great massage for the Sacro-Iliac area, where many sciatica and buttock pain problems originate. The Panasonic ma70, on the other hand, has a 31 inch roller track, the longest of any chair we carry (along with the Osaki 7000 massage chair). The roller goes from the base of the skull down into the top of the buttocks. A nice long track that hits everything between the head and the buttocks.

8. Manufacturer Warranty
Inada has the best all-around parts and labor in-home warranty in the business. It is 3 years, whereas the head to toe in-home warranty for the Panasonic massage chairs is only 1 year, which is more typical of most other massage chairs in the market.

9. Auto Programs
The Inada Sogno has 8 automatic, pre-set programs, whereas the Panasonic ma70 only has 6. I don’t think that affects therapy too much, but it is fun to have different auto programs. 

10. UPDATE (03/10/12): I just learned that the Panasonic ma70, along with all other Panasonic massage chair models are now manufactured in China, and not in Japan as initially it was. So, this is another difference between the two models. The Inada Sogno is manufactured in Japan, while the Panasonic ma70 is now being made in China.

Some other minor differences include: massage speed adjustment in the Panasonic ma70, junetsu massage in the Panasonic ma70, less power consumption by the Inada Sogno, the Inada Sogno is a heavier chair, greater color selection with the Inada Sogno. 

I hope this helps you in your research, Marc. Please feel free to contact me if you have other questions or if you need assistance placing your order. You probably know this already, but we are offering $700 off on the ma70 for a limited time. You just have to check off the $700 discount box on the product page:

Dr. Alan Weidner

Which Massage Chair is Most Comfortable to Sit in While Turned Off?

Best Massage Chair Turned On OR Off?

I received an email from a massage chair shopper recently who asks this question…one that I just happen to get quite a bit from other shoppers. I thought that since I’m asked this a lot, I’d share it and my response with all of you since you may be asking the same thing.

Panasonic MA70 Massage Chair
Panasonic MA70 Massage Chair

Massage Chair Question:

Hi, Is the Inada Sogno DreamWave massage chair comfortable enough to use as an every day recliner/tv chair for stretches of a few hours at a time? I am interested in getting a massage chair yet want one that can also replace my lounge chair (just a simple Ikea Poang chair) in my bedroom which I use for tv use and reading. I am interested in this chair and the Panasonic MA70 which I see has that removable extra back pad when using it as a regular recliner. It is that added pad that makes me wonder if sitting in the Sogno for an extended period of time would start to get uncomfortable. I think the Sogno on paper seems like it would be more to my liking in terms of its massage features so it’d be nice to know it can also do the double duty as an every day chair. Oh and aesthetics do not matter to me. Thanks Rob

Answer:

Hi, Rob

Thanks for your email. Great questions!

The Inada Sogno massage chair, in my opinion, is the best therapeutic massage chair out there. But, it is certainly not optimal when it comes to just sitting to watch TV or read, unless it is turned on. It is not the most comfortable chair just to sit in…it is hard enough sit comfortably on any massage chair when it is off because of the big empty space down the middle of the back where the rollers go when the chair is turned on.

Now, the Panasonic ma70 massage chair is a new model from Panasonic and is a very nice therapeutic massage chair. It has the jade heated rollers, which we have never before seen in a massage chair. However, with its extra pad, which you mentioned, its rotating ottoman, and its arm rests, it would definitely be a better chair to just sit on for relaxation purposes, without the chair actually turned on.

I hope this helps. Again, it is just my opinion, but based on my experience with both chairs, I’d have to say the ma70 is the better massage chair for using as a regular recliner/lounger.

Please feel free to contact me with any other queries or if you need assistance with your order. You can email me or call me directly at 801-651-2026. I am always available to chat about massage chairs! 

Dr. Alan Weidner

www.massage-chair-relief.com

Great Massage Chair Question (and my answer)?

Massage Chair Neck Pain Question

I received an email from a shopper yesterday with a great question about massage chairs and neck massage. I thought I’d share his question and my response with you for your own research because the question is a common one and the answer will help those of you looking for a massage chair to accommodate neck problems.

Massage Chair Question:

Dear Alan,

I am 5′ 8″ and am currently getting treated by a chiropractor. I work at a computer all day and neck gets very stiff along with headaches. Right arm gets sore during day as well as sore legs in the evening. I’m looking for a massage chair solution that will massage my neck as best as I can get as well as giving my spine, arms and legs a massage at same time. I currently use a hand held massager and works well but I’m looking a better and more effective solution.

Thanks,

Anthony

My  Massage Chair Response:

Hello, Anthony

Great questions. I have 4 suggestions for you:

1. The Panasonic 30007 is coming to mind. It has a great neck and back massage, along with arms, calves, and feet airbag massage. It is great for folks under 6′ and is a very reliable and durable chair. You can check it out here:

Panasonic 30007 Massage Chair

2. If you want to get the top notch Panasonic chair, which does an even better job on the whole spine, I would also recommend

Panasonic MA70 Massage Chair
Panasonic MA70 Massage Chair

the Panasonic MA70. Brand new model and very good. It has jade heated rollers, which we’ ve never seen before in a massage chair. It has a very vigorous massage. More pricey, but apparently worth every dollar. It has arm and foot and calf massage too. Learn more about it here:

Panasonic MA70 Massage Chair

3. A third option would be the Sanyo 7700. It has a great neck and shoulder massage as well as going down low into the low back. It also has the zero gravity feature, which is somewhat in vogue right now. Also has feet and calf massage, but no arm massage. Here is more info on this model:

Sanyo 7700 Massage Chair

The Sanyo 7700 has a phenomenal feature called “Grip” which works the shoulders something fierce. It is a great feature that you would love.

4. The Human Touch HT-7120 is a lesser priced model and has a very vigorous neck massage. You can adjust the intensity to make it more or less vigorous. The drawback is that it doesn’t have foot or arm massage. However, it does have calf massage. Here it is:

HT-7120 Massage Chair

If you are interested in the Sanyo 7700 or the Panasonic 30007, check out our home page specials for each chair. If you decide on the Panasonic MA70 or HT-7120, go to Facebook and “Like” us to get a 5% off promo code for your purchase.

Let me know if you have any other questions or if you need any assistance placing your order. Feel free to email me back or call me on my cell phone at 801-651-2026 if you need anything.

By the way, you’ll love having a massage chair. When I was a practicing chiropractor, many folks got what they needed just from sitting on the massage chairs in my clinic. They would end up buying a chair and rarely returning to the clinic!!

It will benefit you greatly.

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

Massage Chair News!

Osaki 6000 Massage Chair
Osaki 6000 Massage Chair

Up-to-the-Minute Massage Chair News

I’ve got a few things to go over for my readership, including some new massage chair models and price changes.

1. Osaki is introducing two new models, the Osaki 6000 and 7000. I haven’t seen pics of the 7000 yet, but the 6000 looks like an

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upgrade to the very popular Osaki 3000 and 4000 models. They are all reminiscent of the Inada  Sogno, which has become the trendsetter in the massage chair industry. The Osaki 6000 will be available on our website in the next day or two. The 7000 will be available in the first quarter of 2012.

2. We are expecting our first Osaki floor model at our showroom this week. We are going to be putting up the Osaki 6000 for our showroom visitors to test and enjoy. Although I have set up an Osaki 4000 and briefly sat in it, I am really very unfamiliar with these chairs as far as first hand experience goes. They look great on  paper and seem to be very affordable for the feature-set, but I am looking forward to trying this 6000 model out for myself.

Massage Chair Price Increases!

3. The only massage chairs that are going up in price in the immediate future are the Inada massage chairs. Their prices are going up on February 1, 2012. The Inada Sogno will be jumping up $800 to $7799, while the Inada Yume will be going up $500 to $5999. The bottom line is…if you are thinking of getting either of these high-quality massage chairs, do it before February 1, 2012 unless you want to pay even more for them.

Massage Chair Promotions

4. The Human Touch promotions are continuing for the remainder of this week. When you purchase an HT-9500 massage chair you get an iPod Touch (I know how expensive these things are because we got a used one for my son for Christmas…and even that was expensive). When you purchase an HT-7450, Ht-7120, HT-5040, or an HT-3300, you get an extra year on the head to toe warranty, making it a 2 year full coverage warranty. Great deals…but they end this week!!

5. I’ve been getting more and more calls about the new Panasonic MA70 massage chair. I shared a brief review on this blog last week from a customer who purchased it. It is at the same price point as the Inada Sogno, but have not experienced it first hand to be able to give you a true comparison. Any feedback on this chair would be appreciated. It is on our site and I have read the literature, but anyone with actual experience would be welcome to comment.

6. I have been working on a comprehensive massage chair comparison chart over the last few months. It is almost ready. When it is, my webguy, Mike, will be putting it up on our website for your to actually compare chairs feature for feature. I think it will be magnificent for chair shopping.  We hope to have that functionality up on the site ASAP. I’ll let you know when it is up.

Well, that’s about it for this week. Have a super New Year and give the showroom a call for our New Year Sale pricing. Our number is 801-417-8240.

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

Brief Review of New Panasonic MA70 Massage Chair!

Panasonic MA70 Massage Chair
Panasonic MA70 Massage Chair

Panasonic MA70 Massage Chair Review!

I’ve been getting a lot of calls lately about the new Panasonic MA70 massage chair. I have done a couple of  literature reviews of it in the

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past (http://www.massage-chair-relief.com/blog/tag/panasonic-ma70/) but you never really know how a chair feels until you sit in one or, at the very least, read about another person’s experience with the chair.

Well, I finally got some feedback from a recent customer who purchased the MA70. We delivered the chair to him last Saturday and he was kind enough to give me a preliminary review of his experience with it. Below is that review (unedited, in his own words)…

Install went fine. Chair is really cool and spent some time yesterday working it.

Keep u posted on my findings, I think I made the right choice. Already registered the product and extended my warranty by 2 yrs.

It’s a “mans mans” chair. Looks like a recliner which is also awesome (unlike some of the others that are not aesthetic)

Aside from looks, its super strong in the delivery of the massage, which to me is very important and the rollers are “3d” so they move around well to find that right spot on your neck or traps/shoulder area in manual mode to hit just the spot you may need work done on. The rollers may not feel “exactly” like a hand but its pretty darn close to “grasping” the shoulders if you ask me especially for a machine obviously and it definitely loosened me up.

There are basic stretch feature modes as well that it seems the instructions don’t describe well that seem to be auto modes unto themselves that are relaxing and nice.

Ill tell you more later but the biggest differences I can find between this and the inada involve looks, remote, and the rollers hit you like bricks (in a good way). Inada is more soothing and you can fall asleep in it (just like the ads say)

You wont fall asleep in this puppy.

The heating is nice too…it does not get “too” hot so no worries.

Great feedback and information for all of you checking out the new Panasonic MA70 massage chair. It sounds like it is a very vigorous massage which, to many, is ideal. I suppose that if you are looking for a gently pampering this may not be the massage chair for you.

Save $75 On Your Massage Chair Purchase

I hope this assist you in your buying massage chair decision. By the way, if you want to get $75 off the price of this chair, click on this Facebook image Follow Massage-Chair-Relief.com on Facebook which will take you to our Facebook page. When you get there click on the “Like” button. You will then be given a promo code to use on our website shopping cart that will get you an instant $75 off the price of the chair that you want.

Just thought you’d want to know 🙂

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

More Info on the New Panasonic MA70 Massage Chair!

I have been getting a number of calls about this massage chair for a couple of months now and I finally got the go ahead to be one of the few online retailers for this new Panasonic MA70 massage chair. It is a very hard to get chair with a very limited number of them in circulation here in the USA. I received a pdf brochure from Panasonic yesterday and wanted to share it with you right away. It is attached to this blog post for your enjoyment and learning.  I will have my webguy put up some of the images from that brochure on our site so that everyone can check it out.

Some of the features of this chair which I find very interesting and for which I am excited to try out in person include:

1. I really like the idea of thermal massage heads. Massage chairs that feature “heat” typically have a heating pad within the massage chair section that offers heat, i.e. back, butt, and/or legs/feet. What the Panasonic MA70 has is massage roller heads that incorporate a ceramic heating mechanism as well they showed us the ceramic donut. It is reminiscent of the jade roller heads in the Ceragem roller tables, which I really used to like (although I didn’t enjoy the roughness of the rollers in those tables).

2. Human Touch has had rotating ottomans for years, and for the aesthetically sensitive folks who don’t want their massage chair to look quite so “therapeutic”, the rotating ottoman feature is a nice touch. To allow for ottoman rotation, Human Touch has not incorporated foot massage, but only calf massage, because I assume it was too difficult to rotate an ottoman that had the bulky foot massager component sticking out. Well, Panasonic has figured out a way to rotate the whole mechanism, foot and calf massagers included. I like that feature.

3. I like the 7.2″ extending ottoman feature too. The major drawback on the Panasonic 30000 series has been that the chair is designed ideally for folks 5’10” and less. For people that are over that height, particularly over 6′, the chair feels a little too much like sitting in a small sports car with your knees up too high. Well, hopefully the 7.2″ extension deals with that issue (of course, now with the rotating ottoman, I suppose that people who are still too tall for the this chair can rotate the ottoman under and lay their legs on the flat surface of the ottoman underside, giving the taller person the ability to stretch out their legs…they just won’t get a leg and foot massage in this scenario).

4. Lateral shoulder airbags – now their are airbags at the side of the shoulders that massage the outside of the upper arm and shoulder. The 30007 just had airbags that pushed the shoulders forward…never could figure out the biomechanics in that feature (sorry…that’s the chiropractor in me trying to make sense of an airbag feature that probably didn’t need to be there). But, now with the MA70 it looks like there are airbags laterally that inflate and “massage” the outside of the upper arms and shoulders. Not the best, but better than what they had in the Panasonic 30007 massage chair.

5. Sliding arm rests when you recline. Now, there’s a good idea! The other Panasonic models with arm massage had a little problem when you reclined the chair all the way back…the arm rests didn’t move back with you. So, by the time the chair was reclined all the way, only your hands could fit in the arm rest massager. Now, with the new MA70, it looks like the arm rests recline with the upper body so that you can still get a full arm massage when you are fully reclined.

That’s about it so far, based on what I read and see in the brochure. Panasonic has never been terribly big on buttock massage. It looks like this one has extensive thigh and buttock airbag massage. They are also touting 3D massage in the brochure. So far as I know, Inada is the only other company to boast a 3D massage feature. I’ll be interested to see if it is a true 3D massage. Once we have the chair in our showroom, I can give a more thorough review. I think I will like this chair. It seems to address a few things that were lacking in previous Panasonic models. Price point is high at $6999, same price as the Inada Sogno. I won’t know if it is comparable until I try it out myself. It seems as though the typical 1 year comprehensive warranty will be applied to this chair. Panasonic’s are known for durability and toughness. I have no doubt that the MA70 will the much the same and last for years and years.

Hope this helps. For more information, check out http://www.massage-chair-relief.com/panasonic_ma70_massage_chair.html

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

Panasonic 30005 and Panasonic MA70 Massage Chairs Added to Massage Chair Relief!

We are pleased to announce that we have added the Panasonic 30005 massage chair to our Massage Chair Relief website. This chair had been previously available only through certain retail distribution channels, but is now available to us! It is comparable to the Panasonic 30007, but with less airbags and an Ultra Deep Massage feature. The chair retails for less than the 30007, but functions much the same way. You can check it out here:

http://www.massage-chair-relief.com/panasonic_ep30005_massage_chair.html

This chair is manufactured in Japan.

Also, we have added the new Panasonic MA70 massage chair  which has come to the USA under a bit of a shroud of mystery. We are currently asked not to promote it too much and keep it under wraps. Why, I don’t know why. It is a very restricted model. It is manufactured in Japan, as well. I have had some calls about this model, inquiries from folks who have heard about it and want to know what it is like. But, to be honest with you and them, I’ve never seen it in person and it is nowhere to be found in the country, as far as I understand. Hopefully, we will see one in the next month or so. I have also been told that some stock will be in a week or two for purchase.  Here is the link:

http://www.massage-chair-relief.com/panasonic_ma70_massage_chair.html

Feel free to call me if you have any questions. Oh, and by the way, a “bunch” of Panasonic 30007 massage chairs are now in stock (whew…finally!!). So, order anytime and you’ll get what you’re looking for right away.

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