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The Technical Jargon Of The Sanyo Intelligent Massage Chair Explained

If you want the best robotic shiatsu massage chair then you ought to be looking to buy a Japanese model. Japan is the most competitive market place - over 22% of households own one - and Sanyo has emerged as one of the market leaders. However, the company uses a lot of techno-sales jargon in its advertising. Here's what you get, broken down into simple terms that we all can understand.

There are quite a few Japanese massage chair manufacturers including, Panasonic, Fuji, Inada and Fujikura to name a few. They all occupy a certain niche in the market and pitch their sales accordingly. Sanyo is known as a technical innovator and to offer high-end, high-priced chairs. Because of its introduction of new technical features, the company likes to dumb down somewhat the technical concepts and what we end up with is a series of catchy, pseudo-technical sound-bites.

In some ways its understandable why this is done but I do think it would still be better to just take the effort to explain the technical ideas that have been incorporated into the chairs rather than wrap them up in sweet sales spiel.

Anyhow, here are some of the features you get on a Sanyo massage chair in, I hope, easy to understand language.

AntiGravity - Many manufacturers are using this term, usually followed by some blurb about NASA astronauts blasting off into space. What antigravity means for users of robotic massage chairs is that when fully reclined the feet are positioned above the heart, while the back is being fully supported, allowing oxygen and blood to flow easily throughout the body.

GK Rollers - all expensive chairs come with various numbers and configurations of rollers to do the massaging. GK stands for 'Grasp and Knead' and the rollers are meant to replicate the real-life feeling of a masseuse when massaging the head and shoulders.

Stiffness Detection Sensors - now this is a pretty neat bit of technology. These sensors use perspiration and pulse - with more then 1 million patterns of stiffness measurement - to gauge areas of stiffness and then automatically adapt the massage accordingly to deliver a pin-point massage that is designed to relax these areas. This kind of technology was first used in galvanic skin response technology used in lie detectors.

Physical Shape Sensors - pretty self-explanatory, but what these do is to measure and gauge body shape before the start on each massage so that the rollers can be automatically moved to fit an individual's exact body shape.

4-way multi roller - this means that the roller can move in four directions, up/down and from side to side. Different brands have differing amount of back rollers; starting from 2 up to about 6. Some like the Inada massage chair comes with 3D rollers - as well as 4-way these move in and out.

Currently Sanyo makes the following models of robotic massage chair; HEC-SR1000K, HEC-SA5000K and HEC-DR7700K. They retail from around $3,000, $4,300 and $5,300 resp. They offer different massage programs, number of air bags, foot massage configurations etc. But, they all come with the above features except for the HEC-SR1000K which comes without GK Rollers.

Follow the links for the Sanyo massage chair or another robotic massage chair like a Shiatsu massage chair.

Source: www.isnare.com