Did you know that you have 350 acupoints in your body, a hundred in your neck alone? That's what Panasonic says, and the Panasonic EP-MA73 automated massage chair is designed to target them all or at least the ones it can reach. The Panasonic is an expensive massage chair, though when the price is divided by the number of acupoints it works on...oh, never mind. The point is that Panasonic wants your body to feel good. And the EP-MA73 does that with airbags and massage heads that target your shoulders and back, your hips and thighs, your buttocks, and your calves and feet, so it's hitting a lot of those acupoints. Thirty-three airbags go to work on those regions like a Shiatsu masseur, compressing, stretching and relaxing them in a way that Panasonic says stimulates your lymphatic system. (Those are the tiny little tubules that deliver oxygen to your muscles and elsewhere, to keep you healthy, energetic and youthful.)
Specific massage functions that can be turned on via the chair's remote control include shoulder blade stretch, leg stretch, pelvic stretch and tilt, and you can recline the chair back as far as 170 degrees, which is practically upside down. Heated rollers run along an S-track from your neck to the base of your spine, while "3D air cushions" (as opposed, presumably, to the flat kind) squeeze your feet at the same time as the footrest warms them up. The controls include preset functions for six massage combos that Panasonic calls Refresh, Deep, Shiatsu, Hip, Neck and Shoulder, and Lower Back. Wherever it hurts the most, that's where you can tell this massage chair to go (or, in cases of extreme pain, avoid). You can create your own preset massage combos based on the chair's basic body manipulation functions: Junetsu Ultra Kneading, Shiatsu, Kneading, Swedish, Rolling, and Tapping, depending on how hard you want your body parts pummeled, er, rubbed.
As long as you're floating along at this price range, you might want to look over at the next chair in the showroom, which might be an Adako Zenith or an Inada Dreamwave, but hold your breath before you look at the price on that last one.
The head tilts back too much and it doesn't really have a separate function for head elevation. But otherwise great chair with gentle or strong massage.
This chair is always surprising me with the smoothness of the movements and how much I can control everything. I also love that its a great lounger.
The back massage could be adjusted to light to very strong massage. The heat built into the roller felt great. This one literally put me to sleep it was so relaxing.
One of the problems I experienced in other chairs was how narrow they seemed at the shoulders or at the hip. This is great I'm not a tiny person and this chair is amazing.
Absolutely the best massage chair I have ever tried and ever used. The massage features are fantastic and the overall experience is amazing!
The controls are daunting at first but now I can set user preferences, and move the massage heads exactly where I want them. It's always a great item when having guests over.