The Japanese swear by the curative powers of shiatsu, a massage technique involving the kneading, tapping, and pushing of 350 pressure points all over the body that are said to regulate the flow of life energy, or ki. Now, you can get a shiatsu massage at home with the INADA chair.
Available in the U.S. for $3,000 to $3,500 (www.inada-chair.com), the recliner's infrared sensors detect stiff muscles and pressure points across the neck, back, torso, hips, and legs, then direct pins and rollers to work. Set programs provide a full-body massage or home in on specific sore spots.
By Brian Bremner