I have been getting more and more interest in the Panasonic MA73 massage chair. And the more I write about how vague the descriptions of the feature-set are, the more people are quizzing me about what the chair is really like. As I mentioned in my update just a few days ago, the response from Panasonic has been less than helpful.
So, in response to inquiries from customers and to Panasonic’s own lack of information, I emailed one of my Panasonic MA73 customers yesterday and got the scoop on this model. Here is the body of the mail I received from my customer with his answers to my questions:
1. Does this chair have foot rollers or does it just have a moving plate under the soles of the feet?
No rollers, and no moving plate. It has a nub, and the air bags around the calves and feet move your foot side to side so that nub massages the bottom of your feet.
So the nub stays static, it’s the foot moving around it. It’s not so bad, but I’m sure rollers would kick its butt.
2. Is the top of the arm rests made of faux wood or the synthetic leather like the the rest of the chair?
Synthetic leather. There s a strip of that faux wood on the armrest, but the top of it is the fake leather. It makes for a pretty comfy arm rest when using the chair as a regular recliner.
3. Does this chair have any arm or hand rollers or is it solely airbags?
Just air bags, feels like a big squeeze. Actually feels pretty good, but it’s nothing fancy. Just a squeeze.
One feature that this chair has, and other chairs must have, but hadn’t seen before — the ability to move the rollers around like a joystick. Didn’t know that was possible and found the feature by accident. It’s great for focusing on that hard knot in the lower back. You can move the rollers up and down, and in and out.
Here are a couple of new pictures of the Panasonic MA73, with the faux leather arm rest covers, which I just received today:
Later in the day, I received a follow-up email from my customer with this additional information:
Got home and double checked — there is no fake wood. There’s a plastic silver strip on the front edge of the armrest, the rest is either the fake leather or black plastic
(you can see that silver strip in this picture, too).
Also, the hand massager has several air bags, so they undulate a bit. But the effect is barely noticeable. What’s most noticeable is the strong compression over the entire forearm and hand.
So, for those of you who are as intrigued as I am about this new MA73 model from Panasonic
, I hope this feedback from one of it’s owners helps out a bit. I know it did for me!
Dr. Alan Weidner
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