It's amazing how many changes the product line of a company can go through over the decades, as technology and public interest soar upward and veer sideways like a kite caught in a windstorm. Take the Matsushita Electric Co., a Japanese corporation founded in 1918 to produce lamp sockets, especially for bicycles. By World War II they were making a range of electrical parts and motors, but the product that was probably most influential on their future was the vacuum tube. A standard element of electronic equipment before the invention of transistors, vacuum tubes were an essential component of radios and televisions and that's the direction in which Matsushita, by then known globally under the more western sounding name Panasonic, ended up heading. By the 1950s they were making radios in Japan and by the early 1960s they were selling televisions in North America.
But times changed and by the 2010s Panasonic's television business was faltering. Fortunately, they had diversified into everything from batteries (including large-scale lithium-ion arrays for Tesla Motors) and communications satellites. And massage chairs for your living room.
Massage chairs might sound conspicuously low-tech for a company beginning to dabble with communications satellites, but appearances are deceptive. Everything old is new again and high-end massage chairs have the robotic intelligence of a protocol droid with a dozen arms. As you lie in them, an electronic brain operates rollers and airbags to press against your flesh through their leather and plastic coverings. The Panasonic RealPro Ultra EP-MA70 can apply heat to your aching muscles using ceramic shiatsu rollers aided by airbags that extend from your neck to your feet. Needless to say it comes with a remote, which can program 108 different massage combinations.
This is our first massaging chair and we love it! I like the air bag feature, the air bags for the arms and feet are perfect for us... Complete satisfaction!
Unfortunately, when I attempt most automatic programs, when it gets to the lower back, it is so painful I cannot continue anymore, even with the intensity set on 1.
This chair is not cheap, but it is not cheaply built either. It's very versatile. and I especially like the heating element. It's a great chair!
This chair in many cases gives you a better massage than an actual "human" massage, besides you do not need to lay your face down. I'm 260 lbs and this chair is strong.
I fall asleep during a massage. We use ours right in the living room and many people have sat in it and find it the same as I did. Have used them for 5 years.