Hot Seat: A Chair That Knows Where It Hurts
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.
I tested the chair on a Tokyo shopping excursion. I don't know if a steady diet of shiatsu can ward off disease, but the contracting and expanding air bags pumped energy into my weary legs. And the neck massage felt heavenly.
By Brian Bremner