If you are ready to take charge of your wellbeing and overall health, both physically and mentally, you've probably done enough research to know massage is a key necessity toward that end.
To name just a few of the many health benefits, myriad scientific studies have borne out that among other things, massage is helpful for people who suffer from headaches, back and neck pain, anxiety, high blood pressure or hypertension, stress-related maladies such as insomnia and anxiety; muscle fatigue and pain, arthritis, and sports-related injuries.
Gone are the days that massage was reserved for only the rich and famous, those able to hire their own private masseuse, or afford high-end health spas and fitness clubs.
It's now more accessible than ever, with the emergence of many affordable day spas and private practitioners, as well as at the office--both work and your doctor's--pharmacies, hospitals, and even shopping malls and airports. The prevalence of massage speaks not only to their popularity but to the health benefits they afford.
The good news is you don't have to shell out a lot of money to go to a day spa once or twice a week--even an affordable one will run up the bills--or make an appointment with your doctor or physical therapist just to get a massage. And no one wants to go hang out at the airport when they don't have to! high quality, technologically advanced chairs such as Panasonic massage chair are now available to purchase for use in your own home.
There are literally thousands of styles, brands, and colors to choose from. They look sharp, will save loads of money in the long run, and the health benefits speak for themselves.
One of the best manufacturers and designers working in the industry today, and the first to be endorsed by the American Chiropractic Association for massage chairs, is Panasonic. Here's a rundown of the latest in their product line.
Top Panasonic Chairs Product Line
Urban Collection EP-1285K
While many massage chairs manufactured today offer somewhat similar features, as you can well imagine, your mileage may vary.
There's a huge range of styles, quality, materials, massage types, craftsmanship, and technology going into what's currently out there.
While most offer various types of massage like kneading, tapping, rolling, deep tissue, reflexology, Swedish, and Shiatsu, every once in a while, something new and interesting pops up.
In the Urban, one did. It offers Hawaiian massage as one of the choices in the feature list. Talk about being transported to your happy place.
If you happen to have some soft lighting and a swaying ukulele number on your MP3 player, you're on your way to bliss town. Another facet I particularly like is the fact that the three built in programs aren't just styles or types of massage strokes.
They are different types of massage aggregated into different programs that are designed for a specific purpose. In this one you can choose from instant relief delivered by way of rubbing, the way a massage therapist would; severe fatigue and stiffness relief; and relaxing and stretching muscles that are overly tired because of bad posture.
You can manually position the neck roller to fit the curvature of your neck and cervical spine just right, and you can recline to a fully flat position, taking the stress and weight of gravity off your spine.
The ottoman features an air massage system, and you get leg stretch as well as a convenient place to tuck away the remote control. Oh, and if Hawaiian massage isn't in your wheel house, of course there are other techniques you can choose from, including Swedish.
Urban Collection Full Body EP-MA10K
Panasonic sets itself apart in this genre by picking specific features, techniques, or massage styles, and then building them into each piece of furniture they offer, making every one unique.
Just like the Urban with the delivery of Hawaiian massage, the Urban Collection Full Body offers up the time-tested practice of Chinese massage techniques.
Targeting the spine, you get direct and absolute focus on delivering pressure to all of the various and critical pressure points on the neck and spine that are responsible for holding tension, muscle fatigue, and pain.
It also uses acupoint stimulation to increase circulation and increase the flow of blood and hence energy to your entire body.
The remote control screen has a back light and uses the full seven colors for easy viewing, day or night. You can choose from four different programs directed to your neck and shoulders or lower back specifically, using either the Swedish or deep tissue massage technique.
The area usage is broad as well as wide, filling up almost the entire chair, and running the gamut from leg stretching, targeted neck massage, and air compression massage for your lower legs in the built-in ottoman.
Urban Collection EP-MA03K
Often times one of the biggest complaints is that home massage chairs just don't quite work for people who are taller than average. Not so with the Urban Collection EP-MA03K.
Designed to fit a range of heights, even those over six feet, no matter how tall or short you are, you can receive the relaxing and rejuvenating whole body massage that is made to accommodate the exact contours of your neck and back.
You receive neck massage, as well as shoulder and back via a specially designed and manufactured curved body frame chassis that adapts to your own body dimensions and curves.
It also delivers massage to your calves and feet and you can not only choose the program you want, but also if you want to target just select areas on your body, like the shoulders or neck. The four different available programs allow you to choose from deep tissue or firm, and if you want to use the manual mode, you can pick tap and back roll, neck roll, or neck knead.
Real Pro Ultra Intensity Plus Massage Lounger EP-30004K
True to its form, the Panasonic builds into the Real Pro Ultra Intensity Plus a few exclusive new features: ultra-fine kneading massage known as "Junetsu," a flexible ottoman that accommodates different heights, and a new type of massage technique that emulates a closed fist and soothing grasp application for your neck and shoulders.
The automatic body scan system analyzes your tension and pain points and targets the areas you need the most.
You can choose from four different programs, each lasting fifteen minutes: arm and leg stretch, Swedish, Shiatsu, and deep tissue.
There is air massage delivered to 296 square inches of the surface area and 200 square inches of back surface area covered.
You control the speed and intensity to get the precise areas and depth you want. There are 22 air bags in total, delivering air massage to the seat, hands and arms, soles of your feet, and calves. You can create any program you want by building from the features, intensity, and styles of your choosing.
Up to six different programs can be held in the memory for up to four people. There's a voice guidance system, and if you're short on time, there's a refresher option that delivers a quick, effective, stress-relieving five-minute massage.
Real Pro Ultra Total Body with Heated Massage Rollers EP-MA70C
Like the Real Pro Intensity Plus, this features the "Junetsu" ultra-fine massage technique. And, as the name states, if heat does the trick for what ails your back, these heated rollers will melt away the fatigue and stress that's bottled up in your joints, muscles, and spine.
There are new 3D massage techniques that deliver Shiatsu, gentle or ultra kneading, tapping, and rolling.
The leg and foot rest contains multiple action capabilities, and this one features a wider shoulder and neck range area of almost five inches.
It utilizes professional stretching techniques for both the pelvis and shoulder blades, and the shoulder positioning is automatic. You can select from six programs that feature deep tissue, targeted neck and shoulder or lower back, refresh, or Shiatsu.
It offers 108 styles and techniques, which you can combine in any way you like for a customized massage that suits you and your body perfectly. You can adjust the intensity to match. It reclines to a full flat one-hundred-and-seventy-degree position for the ultimate in spine decompression.
Now newer model is available: Panasonic EP-MA73
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Panasonic EP-MA73 & EP-MA70 - Comparison Video:
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EP-MAJ7K Real Pro ULTRA Prestige Total Body
You know what they say about saving the best for last? Well here it is. Panasonic calls this their "most intuitive personal luxury massage experience" for a reason.
It is all of those things. Utilizing thermal technology, this is the top of the heap. It offers professional-grade stretching techniques for your chest, legs, hips, and neck, and you get the exclusive "Junetsu" feature for ultra fine kneading massage where you need it.
There's a 3D control for intuitive or high speed digital control, or choose automatic for the intensity and let the sensor do the work.
There are multiple kneading programs, so you're not limited to a single delivery, and among the built-in programs, you can choose from neck and shoulders or low back, deep tissue, shiatsu, or Swedish.
All of this, and of course, the ability to recline to the full flat position.
Panasonic covers all their all of their Massage Chairs with a 5 year limited warranty.
The first 3 years, parts and labor are covered and the unit will be serviced in your home with no additional cost.
The remaining 2 years are parts repair only, and you will be responsible for the labor.
This only covers the massage block and electrical components.
Many used models are available for purchase but we do not recommend to get used massage chair, unless you are really limited by your budget.
No matter which model you choose, and for which reasons--style and design, features, or price--the Panasonic massage chair line is highly advanced and will serve your body and mind for decades.
Welcome to the new, healthier you.
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