Unfortunately, the Infinity Iyashi Massage Chair has been discontinued. We recommend checking out the Infinity IT 8500 Massage Chair Review
Infinity Iyashi Massage Chair
Ease of Use
Overall Massage Quality
Value for the Money
The Infinity Iyashi massage chair is packed with top-of-the-line features like an L-Track, foot rollers, and Zero Gravity among others. Plus, it has additional massage-enhancing features like chromotherapy lights and speakers. Factor in its price, and the Infinity Iyashi is an excellent option for those seeking a high-quality massage at a great value.
Infinity Iyashi Massage Chair
The Iyashi is perhaps the most famous Infinity massage chair, but does that mean it’s the best? Or the best massage chair for you?
In this Infinity Iyashi review, we’re pulling back the curtain and showing you exactly what it has to offer — all of its features as well as what you won’t find on it — to help you determine if this massage chair is the right one for you. Let’s get started!
Who is Infinite Therapeutics?
Infinity Therapeutics is a division of a larger private company called Infinite Creative Enterprises, which is based in New Hampshire.
In 2009, Infinity Therapeutics launched the Infinity massage chair line. Although relatively young, especially compared to some of the industry’s oldest brands like Family Inada, Fujiiryoki, and Panasonic, the Infinity massage chair line has quickly gained popularity.
This is due in part to Infinity’s ability to combine some of the most sought-after massage chair features while still keeping their products affordable. In general, Infinity massage chairs incorporate advanced technologies, quality aesthetics, and is a reputable brand. They also have a US-based customer support team, which is important to many users.
Although the company is based in the U.S., their massage chairs are manufactured in Taiwan or China depending on the model.
Today, we’re focusing on the Infinity Iyashi massage chair, which is manufactured in China. The Infinity Iyashi price is $6,995, though it can sometimes be found deeply discounted on sites like Amazon.
Now that we’ve covered the company, let’s get into the features on the Infinity Iyashi...
Features of the Infinity Iyashi Massage Chair
- 1 Features of the Infinity Iyashi Massage Chair
- 2 Massage Techniques & Auto Programs on the Infinity Iyashi Massage Chair
- 3 Manual Mode Options on the Infinity Iyashi Massage Chair Zero Gravity
- 4 What’s Missing on the Infinity Iyashi Zero Gravity Massage Chair
- 5 Infinity Iyashi vs. Riage
- 6 Infinity Iyashi Dimensions
- 7 Infinity Iyashi Review Final Thoughts
Quad Rollers with 49-inch L-Track
Perhaps the most notable feature on the Infinity Iyashi is its 49-inch L-Track. But what is an L-Track and why is it important?
First of all, there are three types of massage tracks: straight tracks, S-Tracks, and L-Tracks.
Straight tracks are linear and are typically only found on lower end massage chairs. S-Tracks are “S” shaped tracks that are designed to match the curve of your spine. Think about it… is your back straight? No. So your massage track shouldn’t be straight either. S-Tracks work with the natural shape of your spine to ensure consistent contact in curved areas like your neck and lower back.
L-Tracks are a different beast altogether. They pick up where S-Tracks end around the tailbone and continue onto the seat of the chair to form an “L” shape. L-Tracks add an additional 15 inches or so to the massage range so that the rollers can massage from the neck all the way to the glutes or top of the thighs — which is why they’re such a popular feature.
The 49-inch L-Track on the Infinity Iyashi is one of the longest on the market— guaranteeing ample massage coverage. On the Iyashi, quad rollers (two on each side of your spine) move along the track. These rollers, often called dual, feel like two thumbs and two hands and move in two ways: side to side and up and down. Technically speaking, the rollers are 2D, which means there’s no way to adjust the roller depth (or intensity). The Infinity Iyashi, however, is considered a deep tissue massage chair.
The roller massage will comfortably fit users up to 6’3” and perhaps even taller. In fact, it’s one of the best massage chairs for tall users as the rollers don’t skimp on the neck.
Body Scan Technology
But most users will find the Infinity Iyashi to be a comfortable fit thanks to its body scan technology.
On the Iyashi, before a massage begins, the rollers perform a scan to detect the location of your shoulders (your height), shape and Shiatsu points before automatically adjusting the roller range to fit your unique body.
According to ancient Japanese medicine, shiatsu points are the points on the body through which life force flows. These points form networks called meridians which correspond to specific organs in the body.
It’s believed that when one of these meridians is weak or blocked an imbalance occurs which, if left untreated, can lead to illness. Traditional therapies like shiatsu-style massage as well as acupressure work to clear these blocks to bring balance back to the body’s energy system, therefore preventing illness before it begins.
Shiatsu means “finger pressure” in Japanese and describes the type of “pressured” movements typical of this style of massage therapy.
The scan on the Iyashi massage chair takes a few seconds to perform. For the most accurate results, lay completely still with your head as far back on the pillow as possible. However, if the Iyashi doesn’t locate your shoulders the first go-round or you want to refine the roller location, you can manually adjust the roller position using the remote.
Foot Roller Massage
Another compelling feature on the Infinity Iyashi massage chair. Now, these aren’t your average foot rollers. These rollers are like miniature back rollers that spin and knead under your feet.
There are three rollers for each foot — six in total — that perform reflexology massage. There are three speeds available, but no intensity adjustments so a pair of socks comes in handy if you prefer a more gentle massage. The foot massage can be added to any automatic or manual massage program or turned off altogether.
Prepare for take off! The Infinity Iyashi has two levels of Zero Gravity. So what is it?
Zero Gravity is chair position that was originally designed by NASA to help astronauts cope with the gravitational stress of taking off in a spaceship. But it turns out the technology also helps massage chair users.
In Zero Gravity, the back is reclined and the legs are elevated to put you in a neutral position. Here, your body’s weight is evenly distributed across the backrest and vertical pressure is removed from your spine, allowing your muscles to fully relax. Circulation in the lower body is increased. And your own body’s weight helps to hold you on top of the rollers for a deeper, more effective massage.
On the Infinity Iyashi Zero Gravity massage chair there are two levels — the second being more reclined. The remote has a “Zero” button which makes getting into one of the positions quick and easy.
The Infinity Iyashi is outfitted with 38 airbags. Airbags are a go-to component for nearly every massage chair manufacturer because they can go where rollers can’t — the arms, hands, etc. For the most part, the airbags perform compression massage which squeezes and releases the muscles, the most notable benefits of which is increased circulation. Unlike the rollers, the air massage has intensity adjustments. You can choose from five levels, from gentle to strong.
Let’s take a closer look at the area treated with air massage…
- Arms and Hands - Lining the arm wells on the Infinity Iyashi are airbags that press the area and inflate in a wave-like pattern to move blood toward the heart.
- Outer Shoulder - On the outsides of the shoulders are multi-layered airbags that press and squeeze the shoulders and also hold the upper body in place during roller massage and the stretch program.
- Calves and Feet - Inside the ottoman on the Infinity Iyashi are airbags that squeeze the calves and feet while also pushing to feet down onto the rollers.
Remember how we said the airbags perform compression massage for the most part? Well, on the Infinity Iyashi the airbags also have a few tricks up their sleeves. (No pun intended.)
Inside the seat of the Infinity Iyashi massage chair are airbags that inflate to swing the lower body from side to side, which helps to mobilize and stretch the lumbar area.
The Infinity Iyashi also features posture correction. It works like this: the airbags next to the shoulders inflate to pin the shoulders back against the backrest. Since most of us are prone to slouching, especially if you work at a desk all day, the posture function is a great way to help correct the tendency.
Lower Back Heat Therapy
And if your lower back wasn’t getting enough treatment, the Infinity Iyashi also has heat therapy for the lumbar area.
Heating pads in the lower back radiate warmth to the area and have two benefits: they dilate the blood vessels to increase the flow of tissue-repairing nutrients and oxygen; and they relax the muscles so the rollers can penetrate into the tissues.
There’s only one heat setting, so you can’t make it warmer or colder. But you can add heat to any automatic or manual massage program.
Although music doesn’t directly affect the quality of your massage, it can enhance your experience, which is why you find speakers included on many chairs. And the Infinity Iyashi is no exception. With built-in speakers and Bluetooth connectivity, the Infinity Iyashi lets you connect any compatible device and play your music directly through the chair.
The speakers are part of Infinity’s “Intersound Technology,” which means they are positioned to point toward your ears to create a surround sound effect. But if you want to listen to music without making any noise, the Infinity also features a headphone jack so you can plug in your headphones.
Another experience-enhancing feature on the Iyashi massage chair is chromotherapy. What is it? In simple terms: it’s mood-enhancing lighting.
Chromotherapy is another term for color therapy which uses specific colors to promote health and healing in the mind and body. On the sides of the Infinity Iyashi massage chair, LED lights cast hues onto the walls in a dark room. The lights are 100-percent automatic, so you can’t control the colors or turn them on or off. The lights cycle through four colors, including indigo, green, violet, and red. If you want a massage chair that has the “spa factor,” the experience-enhancing features on the Infinity Iyashi will not disappoint.
Space Saving Technology
Moving on to a more “practical” feature, the Infinity Iyashi features space saving technology. That is, the chair slides forward as it moves back, drastically decreasing the amount of area needed for the chair to fully recline. So rather than requiring 1 to 2-feet of space to recline, the Infinity Iyashi only needs an inch. Yes, you read that right. This very large massage chair only needs an inch to fully recline.
So if you’re worried about not having enough room for the Infinity Iyashi, the space saving design makes it possible to have both a full-body massage chair and a small footprint on your space.
On the Infinity Iyashi, not only can you adjust the recline and incline of the backrest and footrest, but you can extend and retract the footrest too. That’s great news if you have long or short legs and want to be able to customize how your feet fit into the ottoman.
Handheld LCD Remote
The Infinity Iyashi has a slim handheld remote. The remote has an LCD display screen that displays the active functions, including the remaining massage time. Most of the chair’s functions are accessed through the screen like on a smartphone. However, there are a few buttons for quick selection, including all of the recline buttons and the Zero Gravity button.
Overall, the remote is pretty simple. Each function is clearly labeled so you always know what you’re selecting (and so you don’t have to memorize the Infinity Iyashi user manual). The remote can be stored next to the seat of the chair, but there’s no pedestal.
iOS and Android Remote Control Apps
A high-tech feature you don’t find on many other massage chairs is an app. The Infinity Iyashi has both iOS and Android apps that let you turn your phone or tablet into a remote. You can download the Infinity Iyashi iOS app from the App store. But to download the Android app, you have to contact Infinity support directly because the app isn’t available on Google Play. When you do, they’ll email you the downloadable file.
The apps are essentially identical to the remote control, so there aren’t any additional features you can “unlock” if you use the apps. They just give you another way to control the chair, which is great if you’d prefer a big tablet remote.
Massage Techniques & Auto Programs on the Infinity Iyashi Massage Chair
The Infinity Iyashi massage chair has six massage techniques. Let’s take a closer look at each…
- Shiatsu applies downward, pointed pressure into the muscles.
- Tapping performs quick tapping strokes on both sides of the spine.
- Knocking taps in alternating patterns along the spine.
- Kneading performs circular gripping movements that mimic the feeling of hands opening and closing across the back.
- Music Sync synchronizes the rhythm of your massage to the rhythm of your music.
- Rhythm varies its speed to create a rhythmic massage.
You can use the techniques to build your own manual massage or enjoy a combination of them in the automatic massage programs.
Auto Massage Programs
Perhaps some of the most prized features on a massage chair are the automatic programs. After all, you’re not getting a massage chair so you have to do everything yourself. The automatic programs let you unwind and relax with little to no effort on your part. Each auto program is a choreography of roller and air massage and has it’s own intended benefit, for example, “Recovery.” The sessions run for 10, 20 or 30-minutes, but 20 minutes is the default.
The Infinity Iyashi has six auto programs, including:
- Recovery is a full-body massage that focuses on relieving sore and tired muscles after exercise. It’s great for speeding up the recovery process by increasing circulation which can aid in the removal of lactic acid build up in the muscles.
- Extend is a Thai-style stretch program that uses advanced airbag technology along with the rollers to perform one of the most effective stretches of any massage chair. During the program, the shoulder airbags and the ottoman airbags inflate and grab the body. Then, the chair reclines back and forth to pull and stretch the body, while the rollers move up and down the back.*
- Relax is a soothing full-body massage that starts strong and slowly becomes more gentle to help you get into a state of deep relaxation. It’s a great pre-bed massage,
- Refresh is an invigorating program that’s intended to revitalize the body and is a great after-work massage. It focuses on the neck, back, and waist.
- Upper Auto focuses on treating the neck, shoulders, and upper back.
- Lower Auto focuses on treating the lower back.
*You may have read in another Infinity Iyashi massage chair review about the chair featuring posture correction, Tru-Grip stretch, and “V” stretching. The Iyashi massage chair does have these features, but they are part of the technology that performs your massage — not separate. So you can’t select “posture correction” on the remote, but you can experience the benefits of posture correction during the auto programs, especially Extend.
Manual Mode Options on the Infinity Iyashi Massage Chair Zero Gravity
Although it’s nice to let the chair do all the work, sometimes you’ll need to give it a little more direction to customize the massage to fit your needs. That’s where manual mode comes in. With manual mode, you can essentially build your own program to perform the type of massage you want, where you want, and how you want it. Here’s how it works:
Building Your Own Manual Massage
To first step to building your manual massage on the Infinity Iyashi is to select a mode. A mode is a massage technique. And like we mentioned above, the techniques are: kneading, tapping, knocking, shiatsu, music sync, and rhythm.
Now, select the width of the rollers, which will determine how close they fit your spine and how focused the pressure feels. There are three widths to choose from.
If you want even more coverage, you can add an air massage. Choose from five independent areas or combine them. The areas are: full body, arms and shoulders, back and waist, legs and feet, and buttock. Then, you can adjust the intensity of your air massage by five levels.
Once you select what type of massage you want, it’s time to select where you want it. You can choose from three parts:
- Whole tells the rollers to massage your entire back
- Partial tells the rollers to massage an area or zone, e.g. lower back
- Point tells the rollers to massage a fixed point on your back
How fast do you want the rollers to move? It’s time to select the speed. You can choose from six levels.
Foot Roller Speed
Last but not least, it’s time to add foot massage. You can turn the rollers on, off, or adjust their speed by three levels.
And there you have it! You just built your own custom massage. Now that we’ve covered all the features, there’s just one part left...
What’s Missing on the Infinity Iyashi Zero Gravity Massage Chair
The infinity Iyashi massage chair has a lot to offer… In fact, it’s tough to find anything that it’s missing. However, upon further investigation, we found a few aspects and missing features you should know about...
- No Memory - While the manual options allow you to control quite a few settings, there’s one downside… no memory feature. On many massage chairs, once you select all of your settings, you can save it to the chair’s memory. On the Infinity Iyashi, however, you can’t. So you have to reselect them each time you want to enjoy a manual massage.
- Not great as a sitting chair - Today, many massage chairs are designed to double as a functional piece of furniture when not in use. The Infinity Iyashi, however, is a massage chair through and through. So you might find sitting in it when you’re not actually using it is tough, which can be a downside for many users.
- The L-Track limits how you recline - Since the track on the Iyashi massage chair is a single piece from the neck to the seat, when the backrest reclines, the seat moves with it, which means you can’t control your recline angle as much as you can on some other massage chairs.
- Automatic Return - On the Infinity Iyashi, when your massage program ends, the chair automatically goes to the upright position. The downside of which is that you don’t have the option to stay relaxed in a reclined position after your massage ends. Some users find this feature disruptive and want the option to stay reclined.
Overall, there’s not much the Infinity Iyashi massage chair lacks. But it’s good to know what you are and aren’t getting when investing in a massage chair.
Infinity Iyashi vs. Riage
One more thing...
If you’re researching about the Infinity Iyashi, chances are you’ve come across the Infinity Riage and you might be wondering… what’s the difference? Well, you’re not alone.
At first glance, the chairs seem identical, but there are actually a few major differences. If you want to know more about what sets these chairs apart, check out our full Infinity Iyashi vs. Riage review.
Infinity Iyashi Dimensions
Chair dimensions (upright)
45"H X 33"W X 60"D
Chair dimensions (reclined)
34"H X 33"W X 72"D
Recommended maximum user weight
Recommended user height
5'1" to 6'6"
Brown, Caramel and Red, Black and White, Black and Black and White and Red
Infinity Iyashi Review Final Thoughts
We’ve arrived at end and have taken you as far as we can go. We walked you through all of the features and explained what the Iyashi massage chair is missing. Now, the rest is up to you. We hope our Infinity Iyashi review has made your decision process a little easier.
Sources and Official Brand Websites
- Infinity Massage Chair, Official Brand Website.
- The Benefits of Shiatsu Massage Therapy: Chronic Pain, Acupuncture Massage College.
- Benefits of Hot Stone Massage, Live Strong.
- The incredible health benefits of Chromotherapy, Nature Healz.
- The Healing Benefits of Foot Reflexology Massage, Food Matters.