“Oh my,” I catch myself moaning out loud. Over and over. I’m sitting in the brand-new Human Touch Super Novo luxury massage chair. I don’t care what massage chair you’ve ever tried before in any store or at any rich friend’s home. This is like that chair on steroids. It’s billed as the world’s first massage chair to implement Amazon Alexa’s voice recognition to provide you with your very own virtual therapist — a distinct experience that anticipates your preferences for a unique and personalized massage. At $9,999, I was expecting the best. And it delivers.
We’ve been testing it in our home for the past 10 days. It’s substantial — took two strong delivery men to get it through our front door and set it up. One of them told me it weighs more than 300 pounds. But it was ready to get to work in an instant. At least a dozen people sat in it, during our test period. Each one of them declared it was worth every penny of its hefty price tag. My wife wanted me to write a check, the first through 30th time she sat in it. I think she may have even given it a dude’s name. We found ourselves becoming addicted to it, as it always seemed to know just the spot to hit — using it first thing in the morning, then again after a workout. And two other times each day. So what makes it so special — especially considering we didn’t even have the Alexa function activated for our test period?
Well for one thing, it’s comfortable. Made of what feels like high-end leather, the seat part of it just kind of molds to your body when you sit down. It can also recline to beyond horizontal if you want — I felt like an astronaut in it at times, but it’s just so comfortable I couldn’t resist. It’s called zero-gravity positioning and it aims to cradles your back in a neutral position to relieve any pressure.
It massages pretty much every part of your body. I particularly liked the foot and calf massage — that alone made it worthwhile for me. Had I used this while my plantar fasciitis flared up, it may have been a religious experience. Then there’s also the arm and hand massages — you just rest your arms in the provided slots, and the chair closes in long roller-filled flaps over and under them, seemingly uses compressed air for a custom fit and then massages away. You can set Super Novo to zero in on your lower back, upper back, shoulders, legs, butt, calves, etc. — setting the massage depth and speed along the way. It does Swedish massages and shiatsu — whatever you want. The rollers underneath aim to simulate human hands.
There are 38 pre-set auto-wellness programs, including deep tissue, full body immersion and recovery. A 4D setting soothes and stretches your entire body. Then there’s dual-lumbar heat that provides targeted warmth to loosen tight muscles and relieve pain, wherever you need it. And yes, you can set the temperature level via the included remote and its screen. There’s also a built-in Altec Lansing Premium Sound System that fully immerses you in sound — from the many built-in sound meditation settings to your own playlist.
Trust me, this is as close as you can get to a live massage, without having anyone touch you. But beware: Once you try it in a store, be prepared to buy it on the spot.