September 21, 2018

Our latest retirement purchase: a new Inada Chair: Flex 3S!

The all-new Inada Flex 3S is arguably one of the best massage chairs available on the market right now, the perfect combination of the Sogno and Inada’s now discontinued models. The following is a comprehensive review that explains why it is now one of the most popular chairs around and the great features it provides.

Inada Flex 3S

The Inada 3S looks very similar to the Sogno, but offers much more, going far and above what is expected to deliver on all fronts. Where it excels is in the areas that work the lower back as well as the shoulder areas. Additionally, it offers stretching functions that are definitely a bonus. Similar to the Sogno, the Inada has a roller track which extends down towards the sacral region, but once there, spends more time working the area. Many people experience pain in this region, so finding a chair that really concentrates on it intensely is a benefit to this massage chair that others fail to address. The sacrum is the hard bone at the base of the spine and when ignored, the entire back can suffer as a result, so the Inada paying attention to this area is indeed a blessing that users will love.

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The Inada 3S also comes equipped with an owner’s manual that is simply to follow and read as it’s well written and covers all areas in depth. Take about twenty minutes to read the vital information pertaining to the chair itself, and then there are other parts that explain how each function works and what to expect. Written I both English and Chinese, there is no guesswork involved about the massage chair after reading this manual and it succeeds where other brands fail by making it easy to comprehend and follow.


Again, it is quite smaller than the Sogno, taking up less space and giving you more square footage in your actual room. It is also available at a smaller height of 6’2”, as opposed to the Sogno’s 6’5”.


Most massage chairs can be quite loud when functioning, something the Inada 3S is not guilty of. Users have been quite shocked at how quiet the machine is while running, even the airbags as they inflate and deflate. Typically, airbags are the noisiest part of a massage chair, but somehow, Inada’s designers have discovered a way to significantly reduce this noise. The massage chair also offers an ‘Auto Upright’ featured button for the remote control that allows users to restore the chair to its upright position after programs end. Shutting the chair off before any program ends keeps the chair as is, meaning that it won’t auto restore to its upright position. For that to happen, it is necessary to hold down the ‘Recline’ button to re-position the chair upright. Holding the button down for 2 seconds will also restore the massage chair back to its upright position making it unnecessary to hold the remote button down the entire time.

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Inada 3S

Users have the option to adjust intensity of airbags and rollers in this massage chair in a couple of ways. First, there is the ‘Intensity’ button that allows you to adjust intensity of your preferred function, or you can utilize the ‘Max Intensity’ remote button that increases the airbag intensity and roller at the same time. Using the ‘Max Intensity’ button places airbag intensity and roller intensity on ‘High’. There is also still the option to use the ‘Intensity’ buttons to make adjustments to either ‘Low’ or ‘Medium’. The idea is to be able to offer users the option to change the intensity simply by pushing one button.
A heating element has been added to the massage chair for the hands’ palms, the feet’s soles, including fingers. Even sitting in the Inada massage chair, it is noticeably different from other brands. The majority of chairs available these days feature heating elements for the lower and middle of the back. Heating the soles is a unique characteristic that is almost exclusively featured in the Inada 3S, designed to imitate hot stone massages on hands and feet. These features and many more make the Inada 3S a true game changer in the massage chair industry and all the more reason to consider investing in one.

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How retirement is treating Nellie and I

In order to truly understand retirement, you have to experience it directly. Reading books about it and scouring through blogs can only give you much insight as to what you can truly expect. Friends and family might prove helpful, yet nothing is as deep as a personal experience. That includes taking massive amounts of courses or classes as well. These can only give you so much information and guidance as you navigate through the journey of retirement. There are no two paths identical on this road and everyone will have a singular story to tell once they reach it.


Customizing your retirement means have the freedom to pursue what you really love and having no qualms about this individuality. Imagine if you were creating a description for work for yourself that included only the things you loved. Retirees can make their own work schedule, doing exactly what they like and avoiding more stressful situations. You don’t have to answer to anyone and tomorrow is a blessing and not a headache. Doesn’t that sound wonderful?


With journey to be only yours and yours alone, here are a few discoveries you may find yourself in once you start down the path.


Taking responsibility Leads to Inspiration

motorcycle ride

Many retirees enter into a new life that is nothing near what they expected and are somewhat disappointed. With high expectations and nothing on the horizon, boredom leads to frustration and even more episodes of melancholy. But there are also others that revel in their newfound freedom, staying actively engaged and busy and able to get all the things done they never had the time or energy to do before. The primary difference is that they are not waiting for the world to inspire them; they set out on a path to attack life full throttle and thus reap the rewards. Seeking out new experiences and looking for excitement is how true inspiration occurs and these are the people able to live and appreciate life to the fullest. Simply sitting back and waiting for things to occur is not the way to learn anything new or re-discover yourself in newfound ways. Exploring dreams, using your imagination, and going beyond what you previously thought of yourself ultimately leads to a more impactful life.


Calm and Serenity with Life

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Lots of retirees discover that retirement is a blessing after a storm of upheaval involving work and family. There is lots of merit in being able to close one door firmly and enter another with open arms and eyes. In our younger years, life tends to be more stressful, be it from work family, or other pressing issues. After we reach a certain age, we don’t have to worry as much about family, we don’t feel the need to prove ourselves anyone but our self and it is this blessing that allows us to maximize the option to choose. Our skin thickens as we age and we are less likely to worry about the little, unimportant things that are by and large beyond what we can control directly.


Many people find that retirement age is the best time they have had in their entire lives as they can leave much of the stress of earlier years behind and stay focused on the positives of life and learn how to let go and let loose.


Living Within Your Means


During retirement age, you are more inclined to watch how you spend as debt reduction is a significant financial concern for this age group. For those that always practiced fiscal conservatism this may not be a problem, but for others, it can be a red flag as retirement age comes around. So whereas before you may not have thought twice about purchasing a massage chair, in later years, you may have to find a cheaper option or buy second-hand. The good news is that it will no longer be necessary to balance things like mortgage payments, education, or business clothes. These will more than likely be discontinued as you age and you can concentrate on other aspects of where you spend money. While it may sound impossible, the good news is that it just takes more effort and soon you will experience fiscal confidence instead of fear.  



My favorite news story this year–discounts for polite children in Italian restaurants!

As it turns out, it may actually pay significant dividends to have well-behaved children in public spaces. If you don’t believe it, this story may change your perception forever. A wine bar owner in Padua, Italy has found a way to compensate parents that enter his restaurant with kids that are not public disturbances to other guests.


Call it ‘penne saving’.


Parents with polite children can secure a 5% at the Italian restaurant in Padua, who has gone to great lengths to keep his place free of rowdy children. His solution to the madness is an innovative one: providing an incentive for parents to make their children behave.

child eating

When Antonio Ferrari, the owner of the restaurant, had decided that enough was enough after complaints from other patrons during lunch hours about bad behaving children, he came up with the grand idea after viewing one table in his restaurant that had 11 guests, including five kids that were sitting there but very well composed. As a token of gratification, Ferrari decided to give the large group 5% off their meal. Since then, he has kept up this practice, giving the same ‘sconto’ to families that have entered his restaurant with well behaving children.


Speaking to The Guardian, Ferrari opined that approximately 30% of the parents he encountered his restaurant during lunchtime hours didn’t know the proper way to handle their kids and more often than not, allowed them to run rampant through the establishment and pester other patrons, thereby forcing the people working for him to swerve in order to avoid running into them.


In Italy, lunches that extend for hours – sometimes up to three – are still honored and considered a social and culinary tradition, though not as commonplace as they were generations before. Meals of this length still include antipasto – platters that can include bruschetta or prosciutto – and then pasta as a dish, next followed by a dish made with meat, followed by vegetables.


The children in Pamela Druckerman’s novel Bringing Up Bébé are portrayed as well behaved and sitting quietly in restaurants as the adults around them engage in conversation. This is in France. In Italy, however, families – and by extension children – are rowdier, louder and overindulged by parents who view it as a typical part of childhood.

happy family

Ferrari has no children but points out he is not attempting to be judgmental and opines that parenting children is more difficult today than ever. Having said that, however, he also believes children should be reined in in public areas and more respectful in areas like bathrooms and also from running around inside and around tables. He relayed experiences of parents telling him that his space was public and they were therefore allowed to do whatever they wanted inside of it, but he countered that he was ultimately responsible for any accidents.
The party that he gave the discount to was delighted by his kindness and left €30 as a tip, he said.