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 (54)
Dec 07, 2013 at 02:16 PM
I started researching massage chairs after seeing one at a Brookstone store. That one was nice but after researching further I realized that there were better ones available. After spending many hours reading online and watching vidoes, I bought the IT-8500. I found the information on www.massage-chair-relief.com and the videos on youtube by Dr. Weidner to be very helpful in helping make my decision. However, the reviews posted by other customers were the best because thier descriptions of the IT-8500 and experience mactched what I was looking for. The massage experience is exactly what I expected, a vigorous massage. When I get home from work and my muscles are tense I want a massage that works out the knots when and where I need it. When I don't need that level of massage and just want to relax I use the air bag only massage to relax or a use a custom massage to target areas where I need it or use a less aggressive massage technique such as the tapping or knocking. I especially like being able to target the area around my neck and the base of my skull where I have trouble with tight muscles. One thing that suprised me was how the rollers feel when they are massaging my shoulders, it actually feels like someone's fingers are massaging them. I can customized my massage with this chair to however I like and am extremely pleased with the features it has. My wife tried it and commented that it was one of the best purchases that I have ever made. Also, customer support from Dr. Weidner was excellent. The shipping company was having trouble reaching me for some reason and Dr. Weidner contacted me by email right away to I could call them to schedule delivery. Assembly was no problem for me and everything works great!
Oct 24, 2013 at 06:01 PM
I'm a surgeon and I stand for several hours a day often bending over. I was on vacation and happened to attend a convention in which there was a demonstration of one of the infinity massage chair (the IT8800) . I was interested because my back tightens from time to time. The salesperson was using a "hard sell" but I typically do my research. While on vacation I went online and quickly found out that Dr. Alan Weidner was an expert on Massage chairs. I called him from the convention and spoke to him several times. His advice to go with the 8500 was great advice. I love the chair. The foot rollers, back and shoulder massages are unbelievable. The music system is a great touch. I have programmed nice soft, relaxing music. I am in seventh heaven when I return home from the OR and sit in my chair listening to Yanni. Everyone who sits in it loves it. I love the chair. More importantly, I would strongly recommend buying it from Dr Weidner. He's knowledgeable and answers all your questions. HE RETURNS PHONE CALLS WHICH IS AMAZING.
Oct 18, 2013 at 11:00 AM
First of all, the customer service: Dr. Weidner made me feel comfortable choosing which chair I wanted even without seeing them. The only chairs I had a chance to try were those at Brookstone. I knew I could do better than those, but my budget would not permit buying a Sogno Dreamwave. So I did a lot of research and then called him with three chairs (in different price ranges) in mind. He asked the right questions and of the three steered me toward the Infinity IT-8500 because it would be the best for neck issues that my wife and I suffer from. I ordered it without ever trying it, and I'm convinced it is the right chair for me.
The chair: I've had it for about 3 weeks now and it has completely changed my neck and back. The first few days every massage left me feeling a little sore and bruised on both my feet and back. But I figured that would pass, and it did. I also came to notice that the places that were sore were the knots that I had. I am a frequent visitor to a chiropractor, and I think of all my sore spots as misalignment of my vertebrae that I am unable to correct (and do more harm than good if I try). Perhaps they are, but as I've started to work the knots in my muscles out through daily or twice daily massages, they have loosened up and the adjustment of my spine often happens on its own, naturally. I'll still go to the chiropractor occasionally, but I'm sure I'll recoup the cost of the chair in the number of times I don't go.
At first I only used the auto programs, and I still use them a lot, but now I am learning how to customize my massage according to specific needs. The chair is comfortable and gives a very intense massage. At first it was too intense for my wife so she threw a pad over the rollers, but she uses it without the pad now. The foot rollers were torture for me at first--they both tickled and hurt. But after about a week they are one of my favorite parts. I cannot imagine ordering a massage chair without foot rollers.
In short, this is an incredible massage chair at a reasonable price. You will not regret it at all.
Aug 25, 2013 at 04:26 PM
I received my IT-8500 chair on Friday. In just a little over 48 hours I have spent countless hours enjoying the many different settings available. I have chronic neck, back and foot pain for various different reasons. This massage chair can reach the intensity I need to get at the deep-seated areas of tight muscles. I have been a frequent massage patient with bi-weekly, monthly or quarterly visits. Now I have the ability to get a massage as many times a day as I want. This chair will pay for itself in no time. For years I have dreamed of getting a massage daily—now that is possible.
Normally when I go to the chiropractor there are a couple of areas that are not moveable and it is painful. I am looking forward to getting an adjustment this week!
I appreciate the personal attention that I received from Dr. Alan Weidner and quick responses to all of my questions. He made the shopping process painless and easy. I explained what I wanted and the doc told me the best options for my needs.
The white glove service was the best too! I didn’t have to worry about reading any heavy lifting or tedious assembly. The delivery company (All Points Inc. out of Jacksonville, AR) was very friendly and did a great job of putting my chair together quickly. They even offered to hold my packaging materials for 30 days if for some reason I need to send the chair back which I don’t see that happening – I love my chair!
The IT-8500 cost $3,895, including the White Glove Service. I ordered my chair late on a Friday night and was sitting in it 3 weeks later. The White Glove Service adds a little more time to the delivery wait but it is well worth it. The chair is very heavy and I would hate to have to deal with the boxes and assembly. My IT-8500 has amazing roller ball technology that reaches from the back of my head, down the sides of my neck and all the way to my lower back. I don’t have to worry and wonder if a human given massage will hit the right spots, I have all the controls. The foot/leg massage is pretty intense and will take some getting used to but I am looking forward to that. I have plantar fasciitis which is a very painful foot condition. I believe this chair will in time take away much of that daily pain.
I’m heading back to my chair now. Thank you Dr. Alan!
Jul 26, 2013 at 08:35 AM
We just wanted to let you know that we received our IT-8500 on Tuesday. Setup was simple (thanks to your video). We love it. Now, not sure if you remember, but I tried to cancel this order because of a great deal on a used Sogno Dreamwave locally. Well, since this chair already shipped I told him I couldn’t do the deal on the Sogno. Well, he came down on his price for the dreamwave to make up for the difference. Well I couldn’t pass it up for that price, so I bought the Sogno, fully intending on returning the Infinity to you.
Now let me say, the Sogno is a wonderful chair. I loved it, my wife liked it. Of course I am the one who’s had back surgery and a whole slew of lower back issues. We both felt the stretch feature was lacking in intensity and wished it would at least last a few seconds longer. The foot massage was ok, but not great.
Flash forward…the IT-8500. Now I know it’s no Inada, but I just believe it feels better for us. Sure the Inada is more “refined”, but the Infinity is a wonderful chair. Foot massage with the rollers is just amazing. I believe I like the back rollers on the Infinity better as well, although I can’t put my finger on why. The arm airbags are another area where I prefer the Infinity. I like the full length arm bag over the separate hand, wrist, forearm ones. It feels nicer to me. The hand and wrist bag on the Inada feel great, but the forearm one to me just pinches my arm out of the way. Lastly, the stretch! The stretch on the Infinity is simply hands down better than the Sogno. Now again, that is for US. Some may prefer the Sogno, but to me the intensity and length of the stretch just does wonders for my lower back.
So long story short, I am keeping the Infinity over the Inada. Blasphemy to some, but bliss for us. Thanks again for everything. Your website and personal attention made this a great experience!
Infinity IT-8500 Massage Chair