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Infinity massage chairs IT-8500 Massage Chair, Chocolate
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- Decompression Stretch: During this full-body stretch, the massage chair's airbags grip your shoulders and legs as it reclines accordingly to soothe and relieve your spine.
- USB Sound System: Simply load a flash drive with your favorite music, guided meditations and plug it into the port on chair base to enhance the mental experience of your massage.
- Lumbar Heat: Heating modules located in the back of the chair provide a soothing sensation and loosen your muscles to better prepare your body for the massage.
- Two Zero Gravity Positions: Zero gravity positioning elevates your knees above your heart
- The spinal correction feature uses powerful stretching techniques to extend and decompress your spine in order to relieve back pain
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The Infinity IT-8500 is a world apart with its state-of-the-art features and techniques. This deluxe massage chair suits a wide variety of people with its customizable and targeted massage. Escape to your personal paradise through the chair’s speaker system. Other top features include lumbar heat, a body scan sensor system, rejuvenating foot rollers, and spinal correction. The IT-8500 delivers accurate, personalized relaxation with every massage which allows the spine to decompress, provides a sense of weightlessness and maximizes the effects of the massage rollers . Experience and feel the difference in one of the most powerful (and popular) massage chairs on the market today.
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Like most consumers, massage chairs of this caliber isn't sold in my area. Researching the chairs online was my only option. I found massage chair relief's videos along with my multiple calls to Dr. Alan to be my best single source of information on the IT-8500.
Shipped from Tennessee to my location, Panama City, FL. ---- Ordered Wed, received Tuesday.
It's very heavy!! I'm not sure why they put wheels on the back of the chair, especially when you will likely hurt your back trying to lift the front of the chair in order to use the wheels to move it.
The chair sits on 4, 2X3 inch rubber feet. Save your back, put furniture sliders under the chair's feet prior to assembling the chair. Adding the sliders enables me to easily move the chair where I want it.
Before repositioning the chair back, make sure the loose air tubes are clear from pinching. Facing the chair, look where the seat and back intersect : 3 tubes on the left and 1 tube + 1 speaker on the right.
Watch Dr. Alan's YouTube Video on assembling the IT-8200. The chair comes with a long Philips head screw driver and an Allen wrench. In addition you will need a very, very short Philips head screw driver. The short screw driver will be used on the back 2 locking inserts for the arms. The front locking arm insert and the shoulder airbag/speaker sections require the long Philips head.
If you assemble this section by yourself as I did, the foot/calf section will need to be place on a 2X4 or something comparable in order to align the mounting points between the chair and the foot/calf section. You can't simultaneously hold this section up and screw in the hex head bolts.
When you install the back pad section (contains head/neck and lower back airbags) you may need to tug on the air tubes in order to get the head/neck airbag into position. In all of the videos I looked at online, the bottom of the airbag sits just above the shoulder airbags. That position doesn't fit me or my wife correctly. It becomes very obvious when using the relax program.
You can gently pull the head/neck air tubes through the back section which allows the head/neck airbag to drop down, lining its bottom up with the shoulder airbags bottom. This makes a world of difference in the neck massage using the relax program.
Use the head/neck Velcro attaching point as a reference. You should be able to pull out the air tubes to the point where you are still able to attach the airbag to the Velcro and have a 1/2 - 1" of play in the tubes.
The preset programs relax, extend.... scans your back to determine your height. The manual modes don't do this. From my research I noticed website adds referencing optical scanning for this chair. As an electrical engineer I don't any optical sensors.
What actually happens when the chair scans your back?
Basically, the massage rollers runs up your back until the pressure against the rollers is reduced. The reduced pressure position, generally your neck area, is used as a reference point for your massage.
Neck and Shoulder:
I like a good neck and shoulder massage. After extending the head/neck air tubes I get a nice squeeze on my neck. Before the air tube adjustment, it didn't.
When using the other programs I would suggest moving the head/neck airbag out of the way and locking it in place. By doing this, the scan seems to be more accurate on your neck location.
Note: If you don't lock or tie down the head/neck airbag, especially on the extend program, it will pull the shoulder/head pad off the back of the chair. Without the pad in place, the head (base of scull) massage is rough.
Shoulder Blade and Upper tail/hip bone areas may need extra padding if you lack any natural padding in these areas. Massage rollers hitting bone doesn't feel that good.
Years ago I tried a massage chair that squeezed my calves to a painful point. The calf massage on the IT-8500 is tight, but comfortable. The foot tendon airbag feels very nice, wish I could get more massage in that area.
The 1st time I tried the foot rollers they felt good most of the time, however they did put me on edge a few times. Since, I didn't want to turn off the rollers, and didn't want my massage to be interrupted by pain in my foot, I placed carpet on the rollers (carpet side facing the rollers) to reduce the intensity.
My main issue is the roller intensity in the arch of my foot. I would like more roller intensity in the heel and toe. Cutting out some of the carpet may solve this issue.
This is nice. I would like more intensity on the hand and finger areas, more on the order of someone massaging each individual finger. When I get a chance I want to make a bean bag which I can lay my hand on. The combination of bean bag and airbag may get more of the massage I'm looking for in this area.
At home, I work a lot with my hands and depending on what I'm doing, my hands get pretty sore at times.
This is my favorite. Other than issues mentioned earlier, I really like this one. On the other hand, my wife and daughters enjoy the stretch, but not the pulsing or vibrating part of the program. It would be nice if you could select another massage technique when the pulsing starts. I saw a review were the reviewer indicated you could do that, but every time I try it goes into manual mode which dis-engages the extend programs routine.
I'm not sure if I can manually simulate the extend program. When I get a chance I will look in to it.
By default the "full zone massage" is engaged when the manual mode is used. Without the scan reference point the rollers will run the complete length of the roller track, which may position the rollers on the top of your scull, depending on your height.
What I discovered, which is not in the users manual or any video that I could find, is that you can set your own reference point for your height.
How to set your reference point:
1. Select a function while in the manual mode
2. Push the "Zone" button to select the "point mode massage".
3. Use the "Roller Adjust" buttons to position the top set of rollers into a position just above your shoulders, this is your reference point.
4. Quickly push the "Zone" button once to select the "Full mode massage" for a full back massage or twice to select "Partial mode massage" to get a neck/shoulder massage.
In my 3 year search for an upgrade to my IJOY massage chair, I purchased the IT-8500 and have been using it for the past 5 days. The chair's price, and by nature, I don't buy before I try, kept me from buying. My wife, who has back issues due to car wrecks and degenerative disc, would not use my IJOY chair unless she was desperate. The chair didn't fit her right and the massage is intense.
The expectations of the extend program and neck massage pushed me into taking the IT-8500 plunge. My hope is that my wife will use the chair on a regular basis to alleviate some of her back issues. As for myself, other than issues mentioned, I'm happy with the chair.
If interested, we purchased the chocolate brown, which is very good looking rich brown. The internet pictures don't give it justice. It looks a little darker in person.
The Osaki OS4000 looked like my best deal at that time, but I am wide built and was concerned my shoulders would not fit between the air bags. Dr Weidner offered to go to his store the next day and measure the shoulder width on that chair, then call me back. He was as good as his word and that chair’s smaller form factor proved to be just too small for me (by one inch in the shoulders). At that point, I had done more checking online and already knew that with the free shipping, massage-chair-relief.com’s prices were as low as I was going to find on the web, so I was pretty much going to buy from Dr Weidner. Which chair was my big question.
Over the next few days the doctor patiently answered all my questions and, although more expensive, it’s features were so well-tuned to my physical issues, that I finally went with the Infinity IT-8500. Key features for me were the stronger neck massage and the passive spinal adjust (with the relief the foot rollers brought and the almost sublime action of many mechanisms massaging me simultaneously being most pleasant surprises).
The chair arrived quickly. A friend’s son came over and helped me put it together for twenty bucks. Dr Weidner’s assembly video came in very handy, so that process was straightforward, although I will recommend a minimum of two people for the job. I’ve had the Infinity for a few weeks now and have used it religiously every day, until yesterday. Last night I did not sleep as comfortably and after gradually feeling it become almost pain free, there is a dull ache back in my neck right now, which means I am headed for the chair as soon as I finish this review.
Through my entire purchase process, which was pretty extensive since I was spending a lot of money on a product I could not test out first (almost took him up on his offer to come visit), Dr Weidner’s knowledge and professional manner were as good as I’ve ever come across. He was extremely patient, went out of his way to be helpful and never once tried to pressure me into a buying decision. I wanted to post this review because, even in this short a period of time, my massage chair has been a blessing and last night reminded me how lucky I am to have it. If I hadn’t run across that video on Youtube, I might still be searching.