Infinite Therapeutics has introduced the IT-8500 massage chair as a step-up from the already popular IT-8100. In addition to a stretch program, the IT-8500 chair also boasts a spinal correction feature, full shoulder airbag massage, a headphone port for your own private music, 2 zero gravity positions, intersound technology, a more vigorous roller system, and much, much more. This is all in addition to the features you already expect from a massage chair: foot rollers, head rotation airbags, touch screen remote, mp3 music system, and full body airbags.
- Zero Gravity - 2 zero gravity positions to encourage a "weightless" position. Ideal for low back pain sufferers, the zero gravity function mimics the optimal position as determined by NASA's space program. Optimal weight distribution removes excessive pressure from any one part of your spine.
- Inversion Therapy - A full recline of the chair back, accompanied by the zero gravity seat positioning, produces an inversion effect to the spine, distracting the joints of the spine.
- Mechanical Foot Rollers - While most massage chairs have airbag compression of the feet and calves, the IT-8500 massage chair has 3 mechanical foot rollers that work the sole of each of your feet. Very soothing!!
- Foot and Calf Airbags - Airbag compression to enhance circulation of the blood and lymph from the legs to the heart.
- Spinal Correction - Shoulder airbags that compress the front of the shoulders and pin them back, while the rollers move up and down the spine. This feature will leave you feeling like you are standing taller and straighter after you have used this feature.
- Body Scan - The pinpoint body scan figures out the shape of your spine and the location of your spinal curves so that the chair can cater ever-so personally to your own particular body type.
- Seat Airbag Massage and Sway - The IT-8500 massage chair employs seat airbags that move the seat from side to side and up and down, enhancing passive motion to an area of the body that is very hard to reach without the assistance of an actual therapist. Fantastic feature if you have low back pain.
- Air Neck Massage - A gently rotation airbag massage relaxes the neck muscles and lulls you to sleep while the chair weaves it's magic.
- Accu-Roll Shoulder Massage - A full complement of shoulder airbags that will envelope your whole shoulder joint and give it the attention that is lacking in other massage chairs.
- Tru-Grip V Stretch - Airbags will grip your shoulders, arms, and lower body while the chair back and ottoman raise and lower...giving you a stretch you will both love and never forget.
- Lumbar Heat - The thickness of the body tissues in the low back makes warming up a hard thing to do. A lumbar heating element will assist in that process so that blood flows to those thick tissues a little quicker.
- Acuroll Neck & Shoulder Massage - This model utilizes 5 sensors to help assess and then provide the most accurate neck and shoulder massage.
- mp3 Music System - The music system includes a USB port for a jump drive full of your favorite music, external speakers, a headphone port so that you can enjoy your music in your own little space, and intersound technology, which basically is a speaker system that faces inward toward the user.
- 45' Program Timer - You can schedule your massage chair to be anywhere from 10-45 minutes long...the longest of any massage chair timer in the marketplace.
- 30.25" Roller Track
- 38 Total Airbags
Model Name: The Infinity IT-8500
Net Weight: 229 lbs
Power Voltage: AC110V - 120V 50Hz/60Hz
Power Consumption: 190W
Upright: 59 x 35.4 x 45.7 inches
Reclined: 74 x 35.4 x 36.2 inches
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Infinity IT-8500 Massage Chair Reviews (58)
Jan 25, 2015 at 07:25 PM
Like most consumers, massage chairs of this caliber isn't sold in my area. Researching the chairs online was my only option. I found massage chair relief's videos along with my multiple calls to Dr. Alan to be my best single source of information on the IT-8500.
Shipped from Tennessee to my location, Panama City, FL. ---- Ordered Wed, received Tuesday.
It's very heavy!! I'm not sure why they put wheels on the back of the chair, especially when you will likely hurt your back trying to lift the front of the chair in order to use the wheels to move it.
The chair sits on 4, 2X3 inch rubber feet. Save your back, put furniture sliders under the chair's feet prior to assembling the chair. Adding the sliders enables me to easily move the chair where I want it.
Before repositioning the chair back, make sure the loose air tubes are clear from pinching. Facing the chair, look where the seat and back intersect : 3 tubes on the left and 1 tube + 1 speaker on the right.
Watch Dr. Alan's YouTube Video on assembling the IT-8200. The chair comes with a long Philips head screw driver and an Allen wrench. In addition you will need a very, very short Philips head screw driver. The short screw driver will be used on the back 2 locking inserts for the arms. The front locking arm insert and the shoulder airbag/speaker sections require the long Philips head.
If you assemble this section by yourself as I did, the foot/calf section will need to be place on a 2X4 or something comparable in order to align the mounting points between the chair and the foot/calf section. You can't simultaneously hold this section up and screw in the hex head bolts.
When you install the back pad section (contains head/neck and lower back airbags) you may need to tug on the air tubes in order to get the head/neck airbag into position. In all of the videos I looked at online, the bottom of the airbag sits just above the shoulder airbags. That position doesn't fit me or my wife correctly. It becomes very obvious when using the relax program.
You can gently pull the head/neck air tubes through the back section which allows the head/neck airbag to drop down, lining its bottom up with the shoulder airbags bottom. This makes a world of difference in the neck massage using the relax program.
Use the head/neck Velcro attaching point as a reference. You should be able to pull out the air tubes to the point where you are still able to attach the airbag to the Velcro and have a 1/2 - 1" of play in the tubes.
The preset programs relax, extend.... scans your back to determine your height. The manual modes don't do this. From my research I noticed website adds referencing optical scanning for this chair. As an electrical engineer I don't any optical sensors.
What actually happens when the chair scans your back?
Basically, the massage rollers runs up your back until the pressure against the rollers is reduced. The reduced pressure position, generally your neck area, is used as a reference point for your massage.
Neck and Shoulder:
I like a good neck and shoulder massage. After extending the head/neck air tubes I get a nice squeeze on my neck. Before the air tube adjustment, it didn't.
When using the other programs I would suggest moving the head/neck airbag out of the way and locking it in place. By doing this, the scan seems to be more accurate on your neck location.
Note: If you don't lock or tie down the head/neck airbag, especially on the extend program, it will pull the shoulder/head pad off the back of the chair. Without the pad in place, the head (base of scull) massage is rough.
Shoulder Blade and Upper tail/hip bone areas may need extra padding if you lack any natural padding in these areas. Massage rollers hitting bone doesn't feel that good.
Years ago I tried a massage chair that squeezed my calves to a painful point. The calf massage on the IT-8500 is tight, but comfortable. The foot tendon airbag feels very nice, wish I could get more massage in that area.
The 1st time I tried the foot rollers they felt good most of the time, however they did put me on edge a few times. Since, I didn't want to turn off the rollers, and didn't want my massage to be interrupted by pain in my foot, I placed carpet on the rollers (carpet side facing the rollers) to reduce the intensity.
My main issue is the roller intensity in the arch of my foot. I would like more roller intensity in the heel and toe. Cutting out some of the carpet may solve this issue.
This is nice. I would like more intensity on the hand and finger areas, more on the order of someone massaging each individual finger. When I get a chance I want to make a bean bag which I can lay my hand on. The combination of bean bag and airbag may get more of the massage I'm looking for in this area.
At home, I work a lot with my hands and depending on what I'm doing, my hands get pretty sore at times.
This is my favorite. Other than issues mentioned earlier, I really like this one. On the other hand, my wife and daughters enjoy the stretch, but not the pulsing or vibrating part of the program. It would be nice if you could select another massage technique when the pulsing starts. I saw a review were the reviewer indicated you could do that, but every time I try it goes into manual mode which dis-engages the extend programs routine.
I'm not sure if I can manually simulate the extend program. When I get a chance I will look in to it.
By default the full zone massage is engaged when the manual mode is used. Without the scan reference point the rollers will run the complete length of the roller track, which may position the roller on the top of your scull, depending on your height.
What I discovered, which is not in the users manual or any videos that I could find, is that you can set your own reference point for your height.
How to set your reference point:
1. Select a function while in the manual mode
2. Push the "Zone" button to select the "point mode massage".
3. Use the "Roller Adjust" buttons to position the top set of rollers just above your shoulders, this is your reference point.
4. Quickly push the "Zone" button once to select the "Full mode massage" for a full back massage or
twice to select "Partial mode massage" to get a neck/shoulder massage.
In my 3 year search for an upgrade to my IJOY massage chair, I purchased the IT-8500 and have been using it for the past 5 days. The chair's price, and by nature, I don't buy before I try, kept me from buying. My wife, who has back issues due to car wrecks and degenerative disc, would not use my IJOY chair unless she was desperate. The chair didn't fit her right and the massage is intense.
The expectations of the extend program and neck massage pushed me into taking the IT-8500 plunge. My hope is that my wife will use the chair on a regular basis to alleviate some of her back issues. As for myself, other than issues mentioned, I'm happy with the chair.
If interested, we purchased the chocolate brown, which is very good looking rich brown. The internet pictures don't give it justice. It looks a little darker in person.
Jan 13, 2015 at 08:05 AM
Our new 8500 is wonderful. Everything we were told it would be and more. The personal service we received simplified the shopping experience. I needed my chair delivered prior to a vacation and with one simple email to the trucking company they responded immediately and made sure my needs were met. Customer service on both the buying and delivery were a 5 star PLUS!
Jan 01, 2015 at 12:19 PM
First off, I appreciate all the honest feedback that have been posted in these reviews. However, posting a review detailing that you are not mechanically inclined, that your wife doesn't want to use the chair, and that you wasted your own time is of no value. How about making an honest assessment of the massage benefits (or lack thereof) the chair provides.
Anyway, as with most folks here, I did a ton of research before making my decision. After speaking directly with Dr. Weidner and discussing my requirements I was able to narrow my decision down to the IT-8500. Great choice! I received my chair within 10 days. I opted for the white glove service, which is worthwhile in my opinion. They were able to assemble my chair and perform and operational checkout in about 30 minutes; plus, they removed all the shipping crates, boxes, etc. I was confident after reading all the reviews I would not need the boxes to be sitting around. A very small risk which paid off. The chair is working perfect.
The massage: Prior to purchasing this chair, I had a lot of tension head-aches, stemming from my middle back and trap muscles, into my neck. I use the chair every day, and no longer have these issues. Even better, my wife was prone to migraines brought on my stress and tension. She uses the chair every day as well and has not experienced a migraine since. She says "how did we ever live without one of these chairs". The massage itself can be as an aggressive deep-tissue massage as you want, but can be manually throttled down to provide a more relaxing massage. The first time you use the massage, you will probably be sore the next day. I would recommend not using the chair for three to five days after your initial session in the chair. This should be expected, as the chair really works deep to relieve the stress and tension your muscles have developed over time. Not to worry, your body and muscles will become accustomed to even the most aggressive settings of the chair. It may take two or three weeks, but you will get there.
I really enjoy the versatility of this massage chair. Even when running one of the pre-programmed massages, you can manually adjust zones, massages types, intensity, speed, heat, incline and decline, etc. You really can tailor a perfect massage that works best for you. I personally enjoy putting the chair in relax mode, declining the chair back further, raising the legs higher, and using the music sync function. It works surprisingly well. I use meditation music, and the massage rollers sync well with the rhythm of the music; very relaxing. The stretch program of this chair was a nice surprise, doing a great job of arching your back, then rolling/aligning your spine.
One other thing I wold like to note: I received a free neck and shoulder massage belt (a separate massage device) with my order. If you order this chair and receive this free massager, do not set it aside and not use it. It put the massage belt around my neck and shoulders, cranked up the intensity, and could not help but laugh! It feels as if there are two human hands in the belt, giving you a vigorous knocking massage directly on your muscles. You can use the belt around your waist, chest, middle back, or legs as well. It is AWESOME!!!
Thank you Dr. Weidner!
Dec 23, 2014 at 11:01 AM
What a mistake!!! While visiting relatives for the holidays, my wife tried out their chair (several times that day). Although theirs was a lower grade chair; with only one or two settings, she couldn't stay out of it. The next night I make my call and after a long conversation; I make my purchase. Well, the chair arrived just a little later than expected; one delivery guy who was smaller than me; and he wasn't interested in helping me get it into the house at any price. Four cartons later and yes, quite a struggle with the main box; it's inside. Let's start with no packing list to cross check. Then there were several sheets of instructions, so you could choose which you preferred (understood). One in fact noted the "red circles", the problem is they were all in black and white. The assembly was ridiculous; you can't reach where you need to; the provided screw driver was way too long; it was a nightmare. The chair has been "ready" for 10 days; and my wife has used it once. It now serves as the coat rack it was never intended to be. These were great intentions; but ultimately a total waste of time and money.
Dec 18, 2014 at 03:55 AM
Well let me start with I have an old Premier massage chair That I've had since 2003 it broke for the last time and with no part's available I started looking for a new message chair. After quite a bit of research and trying several different chairs,like the Inada Sogno Dreamwave which gave a weak massage for $8,000 At a furniture store, OSIM uDivine S Massage Chair and OSIM uAstro 2 They were Ok but was missing something me and my wife both thought so They were at Brookstone I took a chance and decided to purchase the Infinity IT 8500 Just from talking to Dr Alan Weidner. I wanted to try all the chairs But didn't have time to go to Utah from Lyndhurst Ohio, He was very informative and knew about every chair even the ones he doesn't sell, he informed me That people who come to the show room in Utah usually purchase IT 8500 he said that I would love this chair So I purchased the chair without ever trying it , But man was he right Its great can't keep the wife out it . and the difference in price between the Inada Also was able to get the Black Friday deal and extra 2 year parts warranty also IT 2020 neck massager, made it even better. This chair Is very well made and can give a very aggressive, deep tissue massage, Is what I like !! Also the foot massage is unbelievable!!! It has several preset programs, but you can also use the manual setting to get just about any kind of massage you want. It has a music system but only works with MP3 files, sounds Ok for relaxing music. It's heavy, Not easy to get upstairs. It took 2 of us about 1 hours to set it up worked perfectly after setup. If your not strong or your back is bad get the white glove delivery it's worth 199.00 the box is really big and heavy!! I ordered The chair November 29,2014 received it December 9, 2014
Dr Weidner is really great like talking to a old friend, he answers his cell phone now that's customer service !!!
Infinity IT-8500 Massage Chair