I hope you enjoyed Part I of Steffanie's 3-part series on the comparison between the Inada Sogno massage chair and the new Sanyo 8700 zero gravity massage chair. Here is Part II:
Comparison between Sanyo 8700 and the Inada Sogno Dreamwave Plus Massage Chairs (Part II)
The Inada Sogno offers a full-body experience massaging, including air bag compression on the arms, forearms, hands, hips, thighs, calves, and feet. The intensity can be adjusted by body part individually which adds to the detailedcustomization of this chair. The Sanyo 8700 does not have arm, forearm, hand, or hip massage but it does do compression on the calf and foot. This model has a two part lower leg and foot ottoman which is different than the Sanyo 7700 models, where the foot and calf components are combined into one unit. The 8" extension allows for taller users to feel more comfortable in this chair.
The Sanyo 8700 massage chair has 3 specialty programs in zero-gravity reclined position. This is a very unique aspect of this chair. The zero-gravity positioning is very comfortable and relieves the gravitational strain that our backs feel every day. For anyone with chronic back problems sitting in this position for a few minutes every day can make a significance difference in your pain levels. The 3rd zero gravity position is added to accommodate a stretch program in the zero gravity position. This chair also has a very special stress sensor, in addition to the temperature, pulse, and perspiration sensors, that will determine where you are holding your stress and can detect the mental fatigue from stress. This assists you in retraining your body in dealing with stress in your daily life and can assist you in finding better coping strategies to release and let go of the stress and tension.
The Inada Sogno massage chair has several proprietary features and programs including its Signature Dreamwave program. This is where the seat moves in a slow figure eight pattern and the air cells inflate to massage and work the lower back, outer thighs, and buttocks from side to side and up and down. This facilitates passive motion and flexibility in the hip and lower back. No other chair, including the Sanyo, has this low back technology which, therapeutically, is a phenomenal feature. It also creates passive movement so that the muscles and joints in that area don’t freeze up, get stiff, or calcify. For anyone who suffers from low back pain this program truly makes a world of difference because you are not having to actively create the movement. With the passive movement you can experience the motion without the pain! It also has a unique stretch program that induces flexion, extension, AND rotational stretch. It is the only chair on the market that does that! Its Youth program is a favorite for those active families that have children over 10 years old that may play sports or dance, or may just have tight muscles. This program takes into account the child’s body size so it doesn’t recline back as far and it keeps the intensity low. Children can feel great relief from the use of a massage chair as well!
Tomorrow I will post Part III of this series.
Dr. Alan Weidner