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I have learned of a few new models that have hit the market lately. I’m sure more will sneak onto the scene, but here are the 3 that I am aware of:
1. Titan Pro Executive
This is a new under-$3K offering from Osaki/Titan. At $2995, it really does have quite a bit to offer. It is an upgraded version of the RoboPad chair, sold by Elite Massage Chairs. Here is a list of some of it’s features:
- Mechanical foot rollers
- Movable shoulder pads
- Smart phone apps and bluetooth connectivity
- Heat in the feet and low back
- 61 airbags
- Memory function – this is something that we don’t see in a lot of chairs, yet something that a lot of customers ask for.
- 3D rollers
- Deep tissue neck massage
- Fits people up to 6’4″ tall
I have had it described to me, by the powers that be, as a better overall massage experience than the Osaki OS-4000T, with a much richer feature-set…all for a similar price. It can handle a bigger body than the Apex Ultra, another popular offering from Osaki/Titan, and is a better all around chair than the Titan 8400. The Ultra and 8400 are both priced the same as the Pro Executive.
I think we will be carrying this model at the California showroom, so when we get it we’ll have a review written and videos made.
2. Human Touch HT-Navitas Sleep
This is a relabeled Johnson Wellness chair. Johnson Wellness is a player in the massage chair market, with chairs that are manufactured in Taiwan. Osaki has the Apex Regent, which is also a relabeled Johnson chair, and now Human Touch has the Navitas Sleep model. On their website, Human Touch states that this model is part of a new line of chairs called the Ascent Series.
Taiwanese chairs are known for their quality, which some consider to be very close if not equal to the Japanese quality, and definitely superior to the Chinese-made chair quality.
Features of this new model include:
- Mechanical calf massage – this is something we haven’t seen much of in the past. Other than the Apex Ultra, the Sleep model is the only other one, that I am aware of, that has mechanical calf rollers.
- 3D roller massage
- Stretch program that utilizes the 3D rollers in the stretch
- Memory function
- Zero Gravity
- Mechanical foot rollers – Human Touch states that the foot and calf rollers in this model have 3D roller technology. If that is the case, this would be the first time I’ve seen 3D rollers in the feet.
- AcuPoint Optical Scan
- 36 Wellness programs – I’m not sure how this works, because I’ve never seen a chair with this many programs, but I am very curious and excited to see them in action.
It’s a nice looking chair. Nothing fancy about the body styling. With the Taiwanese manufacturing, I suspect the quality of this chair will be very good.
3. Human Touch ZeroG 5.0
This is an upgrade of the quite popular ZeroG 4.0. I don’t have this model in my showroom, either, but from what I can tell there are a few differences between this model and the 4.0. Here is what it has:
- An extendable ottoman – the 4.0 has foot and calf massage, but the length of the ottoman is fixed. The 5.0 has an extendable foot portion so that someone with longer legs can fit in the chair. IT also looks like the ottoman does not park under the seat, as does the ZeroG 4.0 and 2.0. The foot and calf wells are visually exposed. However, it does appear as though the ottoman can be reversed to hide the wells when it use.
- Warm Air Technology – this appears to be just like the feature in the WholeBody 7.1, which has a warm air circulation technology up and down the back. Warm air, as opposed to a heating pad which is common in pretty much all other massage chairs, is circulated up and down the length of the back to give heat therapy for a much broader coverage area than any other chair, except maybe the Panasonic MA70 and MA73, which actually has heated rollers.
And, just like the ZeroG 4.0, the 5.0 has:
- 3D rollers
- Mechanical foot rollers
- Paddle massage technology in the feet and calves with Figure Eight Technology
- Zero Gravity
- Body Map PRO for easy manual massage settings
Well, that is a brief summary of the 3 new models in the market. I will work on having these on the website within the next week.
Dr. Alan Weidner
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Alan: Hi, I’m Dr. Alan Weidner from ‘Massage-Chair-Relief.com’ and today we’re going to discuss the 3D roller technology in the ZeroG 4.0 massage chair from Human Touch. Now, 3D roller technology means that the rollers can be moved forward or back, to increase or decrease the intensity of the roller massage, respectively. Now, this is a feature that’s fairly – it’s not been common in the past, or you don’t – you didn’t find it in a lot of chairs, but now it’s becoming increasingly popular, and you see it in more and more models. Well, Human Touch is one of the pioneers of 3D roller technology, and they’ve had it on their chairs as long, as far back as, I think, since I started in this business 9, 10 years ago. Anyway, what I’m going to show you is, on this remote control, I’ve already turned on the rollers here on the neck region of the 3D, and you’ll see on the remote control, there’s a section here called ‘Intensity and 3D.’ What’s unique about this chair is that you can increase and decrease the intensity of the shoulder region, independent of the low back region. You’ll see we’ve got a low intensity here on the shoulders, and a medium intensity on the low back. That is very unique, because in every other chair that has 3D roller technology, it’s one setting for all areas of the spine.
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Alan: So, if you increase the intensity of the rollers on, say, the Inada Sogno, or on one of the Osaki chairs, like the Cyber or the Dreamer, the chair, the rollers will move forward in, for the whole spine, not just a sectional area of the spine, and that’s what this chair does. So, you’ll see, you’ve got the shoulder region, and we’re going to show that here. We’ve got the rollers now, and if I push this button, it goes to the second level, and then it comes out to the third level, and it’s really hard to see this, but the rollers have actually moved forward. Now, now they’re coming forward, you can see them coming forward a little bit more, if I retract – if I bring this back up again, if we wait until it comes back up again, and I retract it back up to setting number one, now the rollers start to – now they’ll pull back in again, now they’re pulling back in. So, it’s hard to see there, but what I’m trying to show you is that, you can move the forward and back, for the shoulders, independent of the low back, which is very unique to this chair, you don’t see that in any other chair on the market. So, if you want a very nice-priced chair that has the zero gravity, and it has a phenomenal foot-and-calf massage, and has 3D roller technology, the ZeroG 4.0 is a great option. I hope you found this video helpful. If you did, please feel free to share us and ‘Like’ us on all your social media platforms, Twitter, Google Plus, Facebook, YouTube, and please, subscribe to our YouTube channel if you’d like to be updated with subsequent videos that we put out, and we try to put out one to three videos every week. I’m Dr. Alan Weidner from ‘Massage-Chair-Relief.com,’ thanks so much for visiting today, and we will see you on the next video. Bye bye.
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Transcript of Video Titled “Massage Chair Industry Update – May 19, 2015”
One of the drawbacks of massage chairs, in general, is that they don’t look like recliners much at all. They are designed to be therapeutic devices and, with that, comes a styling that does not hide the fact that a chair is truly a therapeutic device! Some companies, like Human Touch, have gone to great design and engineering lengths to create chairs that look like recliners first, that have massage chair functions, second. Continue reading “The Pros & Cons of a Retractable Ottoman”
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”
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”
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A little over a year ago, I wrote a review of the ZeroG 4.0 massage chair from Human Touch’s new Immersion Seating line. We had just received the chair in our showroom and my review was based on the information gleaned over that short period of time. Now that I’ve had the chair for this long, I have a few thoughts and insights to share about it which may help you to decide if this chair is right for you. Continue reading “Some Additional Insights on the ZeroG 4.0”
Each year the Design Journal conducts its annual Awards for Design Excellence competition, which recognizes superior product designs of home furnishings internationally. Human Touch has won these awards before and this year they won 6 of the prestigious awards.
In the massage chair industry, Human Touch is known for creating massage chairs that aesthetically look like regular chairs and recliners but have integrated massage function into the design. Most other massage chairs look exactly like…massage chairs. With the superior aesthetic design comes a limitation in massage function in some instances (most notably the lack of airbag functionality), but the overall look is fabulous and makes it possible to integrate your Human Touch chair into almost any decorum. As long as I have been in this business it has always been so. Continue reading “Human Touch Wins More ADEX Awards!”
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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.”
Customer Email #1
Hi Dr. Alan,
On your massage chair chart you have categories for Seat Massage and Hip/Thigh Massage. Do these refer to airbag or roller massage?
Thanks, Joe Continue reading “Mail Bag – Lots of Questions About Low Backs and Butts!”
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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
arms, shoulders, legs, feet (and maybe head?) massaging as well as the trunk
a fair amount of programs and intensity settings
a great warranty & service plan
Here are things that we don’t care about:
music compatibility or lights or any fancy effects
We’ve been interested in a chair for several years so we don’t want to make a mistake when we finally buy one, which is why we need your guidance & service. If you don’t sell what we are looking for, then we would appreciate your recommendation and referral.
If the chair you suggest is due to go on sale for the next holiday, kindly let us know and we’ll wait it out a bit longer.
Thanks very much for your time – Gail Continue reading “Mail Bag – Which Chair Has All Of These Features?”
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I get so many wonderful emails from massage chair shoppers each week. I try to save those that bring something new to the knowledge base and then post them, and my answers, to this blog. Here are a couple of great questions that even you may have asked yourself whilst doing your due diligence, along with my hopefully informative answers… Continue reading “Mail Bag! Inada Sogno for 6’6″ Customer? Chair for $2500 Budget?”
I often have calls and inquiries about which chairs would be best suited for tall folks, but once in a while I get an email like this one asking for chair suggestions for someone quite short.
Hi Dr Weidner, I found your site while researching for a massage chair for my mom. Your website and reviews are truly great, the best I could find on google. My mom is very petite, only 4’10” tall. She has lower back pain close to the spine. I really want to get her a massage chair to alleviate her pains. I’m wondering which models would fit her better? I’ve seen some good reviews about osaki models, would osaki 7200h fit her size? I also saw a human touch model in costco, that chair looks pretty small but doesn’t have many fancy functionalities that Osaki does. Could you please give some suggestions on which brand/model would work better for her case? I’d really appreciate it. Thanks, Liang Continue reading “A Chair for a 4’10” Petite Woman?”
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Here is the latest news and notes of the massage chair industry…
1. Inada and Human Touch are both offering their extended 5 year warranties free through Father’s Day. Inada is offering it on all of their models and Human Touch is offering it on their ZeroG 4.0 model. You must order your chair before Father’s Day to qualify for the free warranty upgrade. Continue reading “Massage Chairs, Duck Dynasty, and More…!”
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A customer of mine asked me to compare the HT-7450 massage chair to the new ZeroG 4.0, both from Human Touch. Here is the email exchange, including a bullet point comparison of the two chairs, both of which I happen to have in my showroom.
Dear Dr. Weidner
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We’ve had the ZeroG 4.0 in our showroom for a couple of months now and thought I’d share a few thoughts about the chair with you now that I am a little more familiar with it.
I have really come to like this chair. It is not a bells and whistles type chair, in other words it is not full of airbags in various and sundry places like a lot of the other chinese-made chairs have. It is all about rollers and paddles and aesthetics, which I will get into in a moment.
Here are some of my impressions: Continue reading “The ZeroG 4.0 Review!”
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?”
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?”
In Part 1, I discussed the headband airbag massage of the Osaki OS-7075R, mechanical foot rollers, the dreamwave technology and cervical traction device of the Inada Sogno, and the heated jade rollers of the Panasonic MA70. Here are the last 5 cool things you’ll see when shopping for a massage chair: Continue reading “10 Cool Massage Chair Features Continued (Part 2)”
Here are some things of interest in the massage chair world…
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”
I will be recording a Massage Chair Industry Update this week, but here are some news and notes from the massage chair world that will whet your appetite for that recording: Continue reading “News and Notes – 01/14/13”
Last year (2012), Human Touch came out with their new Immersion Seating line of massage chairs. When I first saw them I was impressed with their outward appearance. Human Touch has always been true to the idea of creating chairs that didn’t look like massage chairs, but a piece of furniture that could fit in any room and with any decorum.
Well, they didn’t deviate from that MO with the new Immersion chairs. They have a contemporary look but not with the overt massage chair features that turn so many people off with traditional massage chairs.
The came out with three models, the lower-priced WholeBody 2.0, the mid-range ZeroG 2.0, and the top of the line ZeroG 4.0. You can check out our massage chair comparison chart to see the specific differences between the chairs, but I will focus a bit of my discussion today on the two ZeroG models.
I flew down to Southern California last month to visit Human Touch, one of my objectives being to try out the ZeroG 4.0 for the first time. I was not disappointed! Here are some of my first impressions: Continue reading “New Immersion Seating From Human Touch – My First Impressions”
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Transcript of Video Titled “Massage Chair Industry Update – December 4th, 2012”
Alan: Hi, this is Dr. Alan Weidner from ‘Massage-Chair-Relief.com‘ and today we are doing our massage chair industry update for the week of 12-04-2012. And we have some fun stuff to talk about today. First of all, I just want to, again, go over stock and we’re getting close to Christmas. Continue reading “Video & Transcripts of Massage Chair Industry Update 12/04/12”
I went to Southern California last week to visit the Human Touch headquarters in Long Beach, California (11/28/12) and Inada’s warehouse in Ontario, California (11/29/12) where Inada has all their inventory and from where their chairs are shipped.
But, before I went to Human Touch, I had breakfast with my Southern California delivery guy, Domenic. He has been delivering and setting up chairs in Southern California for me for years but this was the first time we’d actually met in person. It was great to visit with him at Denny’s in Long Beach (Lumberjack Slam…mmmmmm!).
After breakfast, I drove promptly over to Human Touch on Walnut Avenue and was greeted by a welcome sign and by Michael Hamm, Director of Commercial Accounts. Michael was so kind and warm towards me and my visit. He accompanied me the whole morning as they had set up a tour for me throughout the offices. It was so wonderfully enlightening to see how things worked there and to meet the brains behind the product that we know as Human Touch massage chairs. Continue reading “My Trip to Human Touch Headquarters and Inada’s Warehouse!”
Well, it was a very busy weekend in the massage chair industry, as it is in most retail businesses. I thought a stock update would be helpful for you this morning so you know what is available as of today:
1. Human Touch – HT-9500 (espresso color) is back ordered until the first week of December; ZeroG 4.0 (espresso color) is back ordered until late December; the ZeroG 4.0 in black is in stock but under heavy inventory pressure and will be restocked in late December. It could be out of stock long before then.
2. Inada – the red Inada Sogno is back ordered until later this week; there is about 1 week of inventory left of the Inada Sogno in creme and the black leather Sogno. So, if you want those colors order NOW. All other models and colors are shipping without delay.
3. Infinite Therapeutics – stock is good on all chair models and colors for the time being. The new IT-8100 has not arrived yet for the first shipments, although that model is available for purchase. It should be here this week.
4. Osaki – The brown and ivory OS-7075R’s are back-ordered until mid-December; the black OS-7075R is back-ordered until December 6; the OS-3000 in black and brown is out of stock, but there is no date for a new shipment; all OS-1000 colors are out of stock until the end of the first week of December; every other model is in good stock.
5. Panasonic – all available models are in stock, with some inventory pressure.
6. Omega – all chairs are in stock.
Considering that we just got through the busiest shopping weekend of the year, stock is not too bad. But, having said that, I will also say that it will change with each succeeding day as we march toward the Christmas cut-off. I feel pretty secure telling you that if you have your orders in by Monday, December 17th, there is a fabulous chance that your chair will get to you by the 24th. Of course, if you order white glove delivery or if you live in a remote place that may not be the case. But, call to be sure if you are concerned at all.
Dr. Alan Weidner