Mar 212012

Some people cry over a scratch on their car like it’s the end of the world. It’s really not. You can fix things yourself if you’ve half a mind to, and actually if your car is newer there’s even less reason to despair – your paint will easily match the touching up pot you order for the job. If you are going to commit to doing the job yourself it helps to follow a few handy hints.

The first thing to assess is whether this is a small enough job for you to do on your own. Any large areas of paintwork that need patching up – anything larger than a scratch really – will look fairly poor if you decide to fix it with a little touch up paint. For this you’ll need to either take it to a garage, or invest in a spray can and apply a comprehensive re-spray in a well ventilated area. The problem is that the paint colour of your car changes dramatically in a fairly short space of time, due to exposure to the elements, so even if you carefully choose your match pot, you’ll find it doesn’t quite fit with the existing colour of the car.

With that settled you can go shopping. In your basket there are some obvious essentials, namely the paint you’re going to use. The colour should be able to be determined easily by looking at the details beside the serial number of your car. Most pots of paint also come with their own little brush or applicator, and for tiny jobs you’re sometimes better off using a matchstick anyway. Also buy some paint primer, and possibly some rust protector, if you’ve noticed rust on the damaged area.

To prep the car for its paintjob the process is the same however severe the scrape is. Get some tape around the affected area, and rub it with some sandpaper. If the scratch goes down to the plastic or metal you’ll definitely need to put some primer on. If it goes down to the metal and it’s corroded you need to put some rust corrector on. If it’s a shallow scratch with existing paint in tact, you just need to apply fresh paint.

And then it’s just a case of applying the paint. Less is more in this instance. If you put too much on the paint will bubble or run onto the existing paint. Just put on enough to bring it to the level of the other paintwork.

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Jan 302012

There is a substantial increase in massage chair importers that are bringing in low quality chairs and selling them through various channels. In response to some of our customers that have experienced bad situations, I personally surveyed a number of venues such as the internet, home shows and county fairs for such importers. The result of input from my customer’s experience and first hand insight from my surveys has yielded the following list of 5 key tips on how to avoid being taken.

1. Massage Chair Components are Critical: Ask what country the main components are from. The critical components are the motors and the pc board. The motors should be made in Japan and the pc board should be from either Japan or Singapore. If the components are from other locations, then these components are of inferior quality and subject to short life spans or in other words – junk!

2. Beware of Over Generous Warranties: Many of these vendors promise very compelling warranties. The question is: Will they be here tomorrow to honor that warranty? One way to find out is to ask the salesperson if they have independent internet dealers, (That doesn’t mean their own website or E-bay!). Or even better, do they have retailers that have physical brick and mortar locations (preferable a known chain store). If not, then chances are they may never answer your call down the road for help. (The number you have reached has been disconnected and there is no new number–beep!).

3. We Get Our Massage Chair From Panasonic’s Factory: One of our favorite sales claims is where the massage chair comes from or where it is made. Some of our customers told us that salespeople would claim to get their massage chair from Panasonic’s factory. This is a weird claim and we see it as a tactic to get you to believe somehow their quality is the same, but of course at a substantial discount to the Panasonic chair. Now, how could this be? It must be the same as the Panasonic, be careful!

4. Can’t Find the Kitchen Sink: We were surprised at how some of the booths were set up for some vendors at Home Shows and County Fairs. There are many manufacturer’s that display at these shows and they will have 1 or 2 models to try. On the other hand, there are small importers that just got a container load of everything but the kitchen sink. Their booth is piled high with the stuff and they have a massage chair crammed in there as well. Be careful, that the chair being offered wasn’t just the last great deal he got. Because after the sale, the chair becomes your problem. They may not have a national technician service network or even parts on hand. Go with the major brands and you will not regret it!

5. The Deal is Too Good to Be True: Finally if a chair is selling way below market value of a name brand chair. You may be thinking, Wow, I can’t believe the deal I am getting. It is almost too good to be true. Well, we hate to say it, but? Chances are it is too good to be true! Stay away! You’re probably buying a refurbished chair or a piece of absolute junk. You get what you pay for!

You can really get good deals and find some of the major massage chair brands and top models at home shows and county fairs. We just want you to go with your eyes open, so you find the right massage chair for your requirements. It should last you years and provide you countless hours of soothing relaxation. Head our tips and you will be rewarded with the perfect massage chair. Happy shopping!

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Jan 182012

We present review of the Sanyo model HEC SA5000 massage chair. Our intention is to provide a massage chair buyer with an objective review and evaluation of a given massage chair. We use a 5 category system. Equal weight is given to each category. Each category can earn from 0 to 20 points. The points are then summed up to provide you with an overall score. The 5 categories cover the following: Warranty & Customer Service, Comfort/Ergonomics, Ease of Use, Features and Massage Therapy. This system gives us a disciplined process of evaluating a massage chair. We hope you find this helping in your search for the best massage chair for your needs. The Sanyo HEC-SA5000 massage chair recliner price is in the $3,000 to $4,000 range.

Warranty & Customer Service: Let us start at the company level and rate the warranty and customer service for Sanyo. Warranty coverage is a good benchmark of the manufacturer’s confidence is its product. Sanyo gives a 1 year labor, 1 year parts and 1 year in-home service. It does cover the roller mechanism for 3 years. For a company as large as Sanyo, the warranty is a little weaker than we would expect. Sanyo did start offering in-home service, which is an important service upgrade to match others in the industry. At least with in-home service they provide 1 year. Overall, customer service is competent. They have a national hot line with 24/7 service. Turnaround time on service is ok. Our Rating in this category is 15.

Comfort & Ergonomics: The SA-5000 comes with a well padded back pad on the chair back. The head support cushion is contoured and adjustable. he armrests have sufficient padding. The leg ottoman cannot be extended which may be a concern for taller users. This massage recliner was originally designed in Japan for that market and later exported to the USA. The main remote has a simple layout with one touch buttons for automatic massages. There is also a wired remote, but it has limited functionality. We give the SA5000 a 15 for ergonomics.

Ease of Use: We are always concerned with how easy a massage chair is to use. There are an ever increasing number of features and options, but the manufacturers need to make it easy to use. Everyone wants the best technology has to offer, but not at the expense of a steep learning curve. We like the Sanyo remote for the SA 5000. This is a clean and simple design. There are 4 automatic programs with one-touch buttons. If you like the massage you are getting and the area, then hit the Program Memory button and the chair will remember. This is like having additional automatic programs at your disposal. The side panel controls the lower body air system with individual controls for the lower body, calf, foot and thigh. Our rating in this category is 18.

Key Features: The prominent features in the Sanyo SA 5000 are the Stiffness Detection Sensor and the GK Rollers. The stiffness detection sensor is based on lie detection technology. This sensor detects stress points throughout your whole back. The stiffness detection gauges fatigue by monitoring changes in your perspiration and pulse rate. This information is then fed into the computer and the software will adjust the massage programs to target areas of stiffness or tight muscles. The GK Rollers are specially designed rollers that have the capability to perform a grip or grasping massage. The GK roller technology ?reaches out? and grabs you. This is especially effective for the neck and shoulder area. These rollers squeeze your shoulders and neck area to emulate the grasping and kneading of a professional masseuse. Our rating in this category is 18.

Massage Therapy: The SA 5000 comes with 4 automatic programs, 4 programs stored in Memory, 4 manual massage techniques and 4 massage courses for targeted relief of stress areas. You can select from 5 roller width setting and 5 massage speed settings. The 4 full body automatic courses include: Stiffness, Relax, Recovery and Fine. Sanyo incorporates its exclusive multi-point shiatsu massage for the legs and feet. The air system covers the lower body including the feet, calves and thighs. There are a total of 24 airbags. The air only comfort course includes a multi-point shiatsu massage is delivered to the lower body for a comforting lower body massage. There is also an ankle grip massage. The ankle grip massage is performed by holding a range of built in airbags around the foot. Our rating in this category is 18.

Overall, we rate the Sanyo SA-5000 an 84/100. The SA 5000 comes with many of the same technologies as Sanyo’s high end version the DR7700. The stroke length of the back rollers is 28 inches compared to 31 inches for the DR 7700, but most of the same technology is in the SA 5000. The factory warranty is just ok and you may want to explore an extended warranty to equal other manufacturer’s coverage. The GK rollers are a nice feature for neck and shoulder coverage. The leg rest would be more ergonomic for the American market if there was an extension built in. If you are looking for a massage chair recliner in this category, the SA 5000 is one you should check out.

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Jan 142012

Massage therapy is certainly gaining in popularity. Many people understand the important health benefits of receiving regular massage treatments. However, many people simply do not have the time or inclination to go see a massage therapist on a regular basis. Another excellent alternative to a massage therapist is using a massage chair for daily massage.

Massage chairs are very advanced in the delivery of massage therapy. They have full body massage capability. There are various systems integrated into a massage chair to deliver a full body massage.

Massage chairs are very advanced in the delivery of massage therapy. They have full body massage capability. There are various systems integrated into a massage chair to deliver a full body massage.

Massaging chairs make it convenient to receive a therapy whenever you wish. All you have to do is take a seat and push a button. The massage chair will work on relieving and relaxing your body and mind.

There are a variety of massage movements to help relieve aches, pains and discomforts in the body. Many of these movements can be pinpointed or targeted for specific relief. If you have a not in your back, then you can position the massage mechanism directly over this position and let it penetrates until it is relieved.

There are a difference of massage movements to help relieve aches, pains and discomforts in the body. Many of these movements can be pinpointed or targeted for specific relief. If you have a not in your back, then you can position the massage mechanism directly over this position and give leave to it penetrates until it is relieved.

Massage chairs can be located in your home or office. This gives you access to regular massage treatment. You effect not have to dedicate an hour a day to get a massage. Massage chairs give you flexibility to receive a massage of any time duration.

Massaging recliners help you get a full body treatment in much quicker time than a massaging therapist. A typical therapist works on one part of the body at a time. In other words they work in sequence.

There are many benefits to receiving frequent massage therapy. Some of the benefits include enhanced circulation, better concentration, and of course relief of aches and pains and soreness in the body.

Massage chairs are able to massage your body in many areas simultaneously. Unlike a masseuse, a massage chair works on many parts of the body at once. This enables you to receive your massage in a much shorter time, than using a massage therapist. This can be a great timesaver for those with busy schedules.

Relieve your tension as it arises. Massage chairs help you counteract the effects of stress and anxiety as they begin to build in the body. This enables you to better relax and relieve those tensions before they cause more aches and pains. You can see how a massage chair can benefit you. They are excellent for receiving daily massage treatments.

Why not have the most popular massage programs at your disposal. Massaging recliners are capable of delivering shiatsu, reflexology, acupressure, and even Swedish style massage. This gives you a great variety of techniques to apply when you need him.

Looking for a wide variety of effective massage therapy techniques in today’s massage chairs. Pansonic, Omega and Sanyo are the best manufacturers which design more and more massage techniques into each generation of Massage Chair. Learn more about the types of Massage Techniques currently in recliners like the famous Shiatsu technique.

Jan 032012

We have put together the best shiatsu massage chairs available on the market today. Shiatsu is a massage technique originating in Japan centuries ago. These shiatsu massage techniques have been successfully replicated by technology and incorporated into the best massage chair brands. Massage chairs got their start in Japan, but have since spread throughout the world. Many top manufacturing companies are pushing the limits of technology to bring you the best shiatsu massage therapy.

First, if you are looking for a great shiatsu massage chair, they do not come cheap. Be prepared to spend $3,000 to $5,000 on one of the massage recliners. This should be viewed as a long term investment in your health and well being. These massage chairs are designed to last between 1,000 and 2,000 hours of service. This means you could get massage therapy for as little as $3.00 per hour!

Shiatsu is a fairly complicated massage technique. It uses a variety of hand movements and it also uses acupressure. Acupressure is a derivative of acupuncture. It uses the body’s trigger points to induce relaxation of the major organs and the whole body. Replicating these techniques is not easy and requires software, mechanical movements and electronics to make it all come together.

If you are looking for the best of the best, then you should go with a name brand massage chair like Omega, Sanyo or Panasonic. These companies have solidly manufactured massage chairs and reliable warranty coverage. These companies have developed excellent technology and incorported it into their top chairs. Let us take a look at some of the top models offered by these top firms.

The Sanyo HEC DR7700 is the top of the line for Sanyo. This massage chair has a specialized roller mechanism called the GK roller system. The GK roller system can come over the top of the shoulders and thus provides an excellent neck and shoulder massage. This massage lounger is also zero gravity which takes the pressure off your spinal column. The DR 7700 can detect trouble areas and zero in on those areas automatically.

The high end Montage Premier massage chair from Omega is a paragon of massage therapy and relaxation. This shiatsu massage chair identifies your acupressure points on your back and then focuses the massage on providing soothing, whole body relaxation. The Montage Premier comes with an arsenal of tools to help you with stress management and relaxation. You can also find an MP3 music player to take your mind off the day’s stressful events. There is a lower body traction system to stretch you out and elongate those tight leg muscles.

Not to be outdone, Panasonic has their EP 30004 shiatsu massage chair. This is part of Panasonic’s Real Pro Ultra series of massage recliners. This shiatsu recliner comes with a new massage technique called Junetsu. Junetsu means ultra fine kneading in Japanese. This massage uses small circular motions and deep tissue penetration to provide serious muscle relief. The Panasonic EP-30004 is loaded with other great features as well.

Shiatsu massage chairs are evolving at an incredible rate, with these top companies pushing the technological limits. These massage chairs are simply amazing in the range of capabilities and the effectiveness of the massage therapies. They perform full body massages from your head to your toes. They can provide so many different types of massages. There is virtually no muscle that they cannot effectively soothe or relieve. These are not your father’s massage chairs!

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