The Panasonic EP-MAJ7 vs the Human Touch Super Novo

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Which Chair Is Right For You?

These massage chairs have a lot to offer and are both brought to you by leading manufacturers, Panasonic and Human Touch. The EP-MAJ7 and the Super Novo have been made with expert choreography to provide incredible massages, but which one is right for you? When you’re searching for L-Track massage, 3D rollers, and want a chair from a manufacturer that’s been making chairs for years both these options could serve your needs. But what makes one better for you over the other?

First, let’s discuss why L-Track massage and 3D rollers are so sought because these features are the main draw of both chairs.

3D Massage Rollers

A 3D massage system is an advancement of the 2D system and is found in the two chairs we’ll be discussing below. The 3D system works deeper into your shoulders and back, massaging well into the muscles for an intense, more productive massage.

These rollers can also project further out from the track and reach places that the ordinary chair usually can’t, especially the upper neck and between the shoulders.

The rollers can travel left and right, up and down, and in and out. This movement serves to replicate the effect of human hands delivering a massage. With 3D massage chairs, you can adjust the intensity of your massage as well. This means you can make it as intense or as gentle as you like, as much as the chair itself allows. If more than one person will be using the chair, this feature is truly beneficial.

L-Track Massage

The way a roller track on a massage chair works is basically like a train. A long roller track extends from the head & neck section down to the lower back and, in the case of an L-Track, the glutes and hamstrings. The rollers guide up and down along the track at the back of the chair like train wheels and from there deliver your massage.

When you’re receiving a massage from a chair, these rollers do the majority of the work, especially on your back. The rollers glide along the track and based on its shape they can work in different areas.

Whether the track is an S or an L will determine where it can massage.

As advancements in massage chairs improved over time, the S-Track was extended into the L-Track. The L-Track can reach beneath the seat to reach the glutes and hamstrings. The first L-Track prototype was an Inada.

However, Inada took time to perfect their chair, and so Infinite Therapeutics, or Infinity, was able to introduce its Iyashi model, which then became the first commercially available massage chair with an L-Track. Since then, the L-Track has become a customer favorite.

Now, let’s discuss what each chair offers and give you a better idea of which one will be right for your needs.

The Panasonic MAJ7

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The Panasonic MAJ7 is a massage chair that will literally make you feel like you have a personal masseuse in your home. The MAJ7 harnesses the power of modern design and innovative 3D massage systems to deliver the ancient healing art of massage at the press of a button. The Panasonic Real Pro Ultra mechanism is at the heart of the MAJ7’s performance, constantly feeding information to the chair’s Position and Force Micro Processor, adjusting massage movements and pressure based on this real-time feedback. This responsiveness allows the Panasonic MAJ7 to faithfully replicate the intricate kneading movements of a human masseuse and customize the intensity for each user. Sensitive enough to detect tension in your muscles and monitor massage pressure at a rate of 100 times per second, the MAJ7 automatically adjusts to provide the most rejuvenating experience for you. All with a finely crafted style and 3D massage system that’s equally luxurious.

Features

Acupoints

You have roughly 350 acupoints in your body, with nearly 100 in your back and neck. From the soothing palm style of Swedish massage to deep tissue kneading to Shiatsu, the MAJ7 uses a variety of techniques to target acupoints and reinvigorate the body and mind.

Heated Massage Rollers

The massage rollers are designed with built-in ceramic heaters to produce heat therapy everywhere the roller can reach. This feature is truly unique to the MAJ7 and is the highlight feature of its "hot stone" massage experience. A typical massage chair usually provides heat by using stationary heating pads, which can only produce heat to specific areas. These massage rollers provide heat to every muscle they massage, which includes your entire back!

Body Scan Technology

Using pressure sensor technology, the Panasonic MAJ7 massage chair creates a virtual map of your entire back to deliver a massage contoured to your spine’s curves. The 3D massage system features floating massage rollers that glide over each vertebra, knowing precisely where to massage.

Advanced Lower Core Massage

The air cells of the MAJ7’s seat gently lift and reposition your whole body allowing the chair to work the glutes and upper hamstrings effectively. Relief for stiff, tight hips is achieved by targeting the right acupressure points. This is a huge benefit for post-workout massage sessions.

Unique 3D Massage System

The Panasonic MAJ7 massage chair can switch between massage styles, reach above the shoulders, and soothe each square inch of your back. As a result, the MAJ7 can switch between massage styles, reach above the shoulders, and soothe every square inch of your back. The 3D massage on this chair is unlike anything you will find elsewhere.

Intensity Sensing and Adjustments

The individual massage features of the MAJ7 are adjustable from gentle to firm. The intensity of air cell compression, foot massage, and roller massage are each independently controlled. Up to three users can program and save their favorite settings to get a truly custom massage experience for your entire family.

Professional Sole Massage

Deep, therapeutic massage is delivered to the soles of your feet by fusion of cutting-edge technology and reflexology techniques. Full coverage air cells hold your foot in place as the 3D massage system replicates the hand movements of a professional reflexologist. Capable of plantar arch massage, sole kneading, and sole shiatsu, the sole mechanism in this 3D massage system can adjust the intensity and style to suit you. The intense massage found in the MAJ7 is unique to this chair and a step up from the MA73. However, since this massage has been upgraded, this chair does not provide a rotating ottoman.

Massage Programs

The Panasonic MAJ7 massage chair comes with six automatic programs that can be combined to create the ultimate personalized massage experience, including Refresh, Deep, Shiatsu, Hip, Neck/Shoulder and Lower back. Six manual programs include Ultra Kneading, Shiatsu, Kneading, Swedish, Rolling, and Tapping.

Now, let’s cover the Ohco M.8.

Super Novo

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Upgrade the way you experience home massage with the Human Touch® Super Novo. It offers an unbelievable design that delivers 3D massage across your entire back down to your thighs. Plus, you can increase the intensity even more with the 4D massage programs.

Plus, the Super Novo is also “the first chair of its kind to implement Alexa capability with the help of Virtual Therapist™.” Ask Alexa through the Virtual Therapist for a customized massage and this wonderful new chair will sweep you away into true relaxation.

The Super Novo features unibody construction, 3D and 4D massage, and Meditation programs that combine a soothing soundtrack with relaxing strokes to help you focus your breathing and ascend to a place of healing tranquility. You’ll also find the Yoga Studio, which uses deep stretching and pressure to loosen tight muscles and reduce pain.

Features

Virtual Therapist

Start up the chair and let the Virtual Therapist help you perfect your massage. It’ll ask you a few questions, including your physical needs and massage preferences. After that, the Super Novo will provide you with a massage tailored to your precise requirements any time you like, just by saying "Alexa, ask my Novo to give me a massage."

S- and L-Track Massage

For a massage that runs down your neck down to your thighs, the Advanced Multi-Dimensional Massage Technology in the Super Novo’s combination S/L-Track System will serve you right.

Extending and Heated Knee, Calf, and Foot Massager

With underfoot rollers and adjustable intensity in both the feet and calves, the heated extendable leg rest automatically adjusts to your height for an incredible massage experience. The calf massage also extends up to your knees for even greater massage coverage. Amazing when you’ve been on your feet all day.

3D and 4D Massage Programs

Go beyond 3D with the Super Novo. It offers 4D programs that up the anty with variable speed. The massage rollers speed up and slow down mid-stroke to create the feeling a real person massaging you. It’s perfect when you want different pressure and speed in different areas of your body without having to push a button to achieve it.

Altec Lansing Premium Sound System

The Super Novo’s Altec Lansing sound system, with built-in Sound Soothe, plays immersive sounds of nature, narrated guides, and allows you to listen to your own music, TV, or audiobooks right through the chair during your massage. It’s great when you want a soundtrack for your massage. The chair also offers Bluetooth connection so listening to your music is as easy as possible.

Advanced Fingertip Controls

Control key functions easily with the fingertip panel in the armrest. You can use Power On, auto-program startup, adjustable recline position, heat, speaker volume, and returning upright without having to lift your arm out of the chair to use the remote. You’ll remain comfortable during your entire massage.

Built-In USB Port

The built-in USB port allows you to charge your smart device while you listen to music, watch videos, or enjoy an eBook.

38 Auto-Wellness Programs

The Super Novo’s 38 programs- including full-body immersion, deep tissue, and an effective collection of therapeutic relaxation and recovery programs, to relax, unwind, and de-stress- are perfect for a soothing, pre-bed ritual or an invigorating morning routine.

Cloud Touch Acupressure

Targeted air cells use gentle pressure on healing points and apply manipulation to stretch muscles. This airbag compression massage adds another dimension to your massage and helps to improve circulation.

Dual-Lumbar Heat

Controllable, targeted heat reduces backaches and loosens tight muscles. When your lower back is particularly tight or if you just want to enjoy the warmth and benefit from increased circulation and relaxation, this feature is perfect.

Unibody Track

The Super Novo’s unibody track attends to around 60% more of the back than conventional chairs. This is the best for users who want the most from their massage chair coverage.

Zero-Gravity Seating

Zero-gravity cradles your back and raises your legs above your heart to support improved health. This position is promoted as the healthiest way to sit by physicians everywhere.

Space Saving

The Human Touch design team created space-saving tech here that outdoes the Novo XT2. You’ll only need two inches behind the chair to fully recline.

App Functionality

Download the Novo App to your Android or iOS device and your phone becomes a controller for the chair. Then, of course, there is the Virtual Therapist.

Deciding Factors

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These two chairs include comfortable recline, 3D massage, airbag massage, foot massage, and technology backed by the American Chiropractic Association. However, there are a few deciding factors that can sway you from one chair to the other. 

The EP-MAJ7 has been known to offer a very good foot massage. If you work on your feet all day, walk or run often, or deal with lower extremity swelling or numbness, the enhanced MAJ7 foot massage could be an excellent option for you. Additionally, it is known for being a very intense chair. The Novo is supposed to very decently intense, but may not reach the levels of intensity you want.

When it really comes down to it, your budget and what you really want from the chair is going to make your decision for you. The EP-MAJ7 has been designed with such precise mechanisms that it has been shown doing calligraphy at the CES Convention. The Novo offers wonderful supplementary features, including Alexa capability, cloud touch massage, and much more music and sound abilities, including Bluetooth and high-end speakers. 

If you want a very intense massage, the EP-MAJ7 may be better for you. If you want all the tricks, you may prefer the Super Novo.

Let your desires be the guide and go with the chair that calls to you most.

If you have any questions about these massage chairs or any others on our site, you can contact us over the phone or through email at info@massagechairplanet.com. We can also offer you financing options that can make taking home either of the best-sellers much more doable. After all, nothing should stand between you and ultimate relaxation.