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Friday, May 20th, 2016
  • Carissa at her Beautiful Feet booth with the Reflex2s

  • Carissa with Danielle Ventura, a regional Relay for Life event coordinator (far right), and Alexis, a Chapman student, event coordinator, and cancer survivor (seated, far left)

  • Some event participants enjoying the Reflex 2 Foot and Calf massagers

  • Luminaries surrounding the track during the event

Human Touch was recently able to show support for the American Cancer Society at the 2016 Relay for Life event. There, we donated two HT-Reflex 2 Foot and Calf Massagers to the team Beautiful Feet, which was captained by 16 year-old Carissa Dahlia. These Reflex2’s were featured in the Beautiful Feet booth at their May 1st event, offering some much-needed relief to its participants.

Relay for Life is an event that raises money for the American Cancer Society to put toward cancer research, as well as patient resources and programs. Beautiful Feet is a chapter of Chapman University’s event, in which the goal of each team was to have someone on the track walking to raise money for cancer for a full 24 hours. Carissa Dahlia also made it her goal to walk roughly 16 miles barefoot, despite the hot cement of the sidewalk route, in tribute to the hardships that cancer patients go through every day. In 2016, she increased that goal to 26 miles.

Carissa’s story is truly inspirational, as this young woman formed her team in memory of her maternal grandfather, Terry Borchard, who lost his battle with Multiple Myeloma cancer in 2014. Borchard had been a missionary and Bible translator in Papua New Guinea for over 40 years, and led a generous lifestyle that inspired Carissa and her family to also lead similar purpose-filled lives. Carissa’s team raised approximately $900 for Relay for Life in 2015, and another $1209 (so far) in 2016.

Here are a few quotes directly from Carissa throughout her experience:

“Once again I have created a Relay for Life team called Beautiful Feet. Last year I walked 16 miles barefoot at Relay for Life. Everyone thought I was crazy. It was hot. We were walking on cement. And yet I had ditched my shoes in our tent. At the time I didn’t have a real answer for why I was walking barefoot, I just knew deep down that I needed to do it. I now have the answer to why. The pain I experienced from walking barefoot on that hot cement for 16 miles was fleeting. Of course it hurt at the time and for a week or so afterwards, but it was nothing compared to the pain experienced by those fighting cancer or any other diseases. The pain I experienced was momentary and my choice. Theirs is not.”

“Walking barefooted reminds me of the real reason that we relay. We relay for the people. The people we’ve lost, the people still fighting, and the future people who might have to hear those fateful words. Relay is not just about the cancer and funding research. It’s about the people who will benefit from that research. The people it will save.”

“26+ miles completed barefoot and I am done walking. Or rather my legs are done walking. So I am reflecting on the reason that I have done this to my legs. Because of my Grandpa, both my grandmas, and countless others, I relay for them. I relay for the hope of a cure, the hope that one day all cancers will be treatable. I relay for love, the love I have for all those I’ve lost. And finally, I relay to help kick cancer into the past so that no one else has to hear those three words, “You have cancer.”

“It has been one week since Relay for Life and my reasoning for walking barefoot has changed so much. As I walked so many more reasons came flooding to me, especially at night with the luminaries surrounding the track. I realized that as you watch a loved one suffer through their treatment you constantly say that you wish you could take some of their pain from them, walking barefoot allowed me to feel as though I had taken some of that pain from them. It also allowed me to physically feel the progression as my legs went from strong to weak to unable to walk. Walking barefoot for me was similar to my grandfather’s cancer journey, like Multiple Myeloma, the pain would go away or subside, but it would always come back. I felt really connected to my grandpa during this experience, and while it hurt a lot, I will definitely do it again next year.”


Additional details on the Beautiful Feet team can be found on their Relay for Life page here:


Friday, May 13th, 2016

How much time can you dedicate to your morning ritual? Here’s a practice that will take just 5 minutes – the Morning High 5 – and includes visualization, prayer/mantras, gratitude, reading, and HIIT physical exercise.

Sunday, April 24th, 2016

By: Dr. James Rouse


Change Your Life by Focusing on Gratitude


What if I told you that you could stop negative thoughts in their tracks? Or that the solution to finding your happiest self, and becoming a more loving partner and engaging friend, is up to you??

We sometimes forget that our thoughts are actually up to us, and that we have the power to minimize negative thinking. Everybody has pessimistic thoughts sometimes, but it’s important to know that those thoughts are totally normal.

The answer to negative thinking is not to pretend that we don’t feel upset or down from time to time. The answer is to own those negative thoughts by acknowledging them, accepting them as a part of life, and then CHOOSING to turn our attention to a place of optimism.

Since it can be difficult to be optimistic when life gets tough, it’s important to actively look for things that you can be grateful for. You can see it as enduring a gloomy day and thinking “today is rainy, but the past week has been beautiful!” You might even start to appreciate the rain as it helps you to recognize your fortune during the sunny days.

Gratitude has been shown to benefit our lives in a variety of ways, including overall optimism, more energy, improved sleep, an overall feeling of peace, and a stronger immune system. It allows us to shake our minds free of cluttered and gloomy thinking, and create space for clarity, peace, and a solid foundation from which to support ourselves and our loved ones.

Some ways to turn your focus to a place of gratitude include:

Send a Thank You Note

This is truly a Win-Win, since it helps us to feel connected each other and lifts up both people’s spirits. Thank You Notes can be done a variety of ways, including through email, but a hand written and “snail mailed” version really goes the extra mile to demonstrate the gravity of the impact the other person’s actions had on you.

Start a Gratitude Journal

Gratitude journals are a place to keep track of the blessings in our lives. They encourage us to notice all of the little things that bring us joy, rather than only noticing the big/obvious things that make us happy.

These written accounts also allow us to peek back on our journaling history in order to reflect on all of the gifts we’ve been given, so that we can feel hopeful during challenging times. Gratitude Journals can be an actual diary, recorded memos on your phone, or created using one of the dozens of Gratitude Journal apps available.

Give a Gift of Gratitude

Offering our time to others allows us to show people that we are grateful for their friendship. Not only does this improve the other person’s life, but knowing that we have the capacity to brighten someone else’s day reminds us that we have the power to turn our own attitudes toward happiness. Ideas for sharing your time might include baking cookies for a friend, helping a neighbor to mow their lawn, or showing a colleague how to use the latest version of your company’s content management system.

Seek Out Beauty in the World

One way to zero in on happiness is to stop running our lives on Auto-Pilot, and observe the simple beauty that might go unnoticed but exist right in front of us. Watching a bird glide gracefully through the sky, or noticing the shape of your city’s skyline, are just a few of the things that can help us to disconnect from monotonous daily tasks and enjoy our lives with newfound gratitude and appreciation.

Monday, April 18th, 2016

Human Touch® Continues Six-Year Winning Streak
with Four ADEX Awards for Design Excellence


Long Beach, CA – April 18, 2016 – Human Touch®, the U.S. market leader of innovative massage chairs, Perfect Chair® recliners, and other wellness solutions, has been honored with four 2016 Awards for Design Excellence (ADEX). Conducted each year by the Design Journal, the annual competition draws approximately 2,852 entries from 500 companies and recognizes superior product design of furnishings marketed and sold throughout the international architecture and design industry. This is the sixth year that Human Touch products have been recognized by the ADEX committee.


“The ADEX Awards are the largest awards program in the design industry,” said John Platter, ADEX Executive Director. “Human Touch continues to impress our awards committee year after year with its product innovation and design.”


Perfect Chair® PC-610 Omni-Motion Classic Recliner

Perfect Chair® PC-610 Omni-Motion Classic Recliner

This year, the Human Touch Perfect Chair PC-610 Omni-Motion Classic received a Platinum Award for its stylish design using hand-carved wood and luxuriously crafted leather upholstery. The new dual-motor mechanism allows for infinite comfort positions, and this chair also features extended armrests, an elongated head pillow, and ergonomic lumbar support. Every Perfect Chair provides a unique balance of support and seating comfort by placing the body in a zero-gravity, virtually weightless position that physicians recommend as the healthiest way to sit.


Human Touch Novo massage chair

Human Touch Novo massage chair

The Human Touch Novo massage chair also received a Platinum Award for its sleek unibody design, which includes zero-gravity auto rocking, multidimensional stretch, and built-in Bluetooth speakers. The chair uses cloud touch acupressure, under-foot reflexology, and lumbar heat, and offers 30 Wellness Programs to relax and rejuvenate the body.


Human Touch Navitas Sleep massage chair

Human Touch Navitas Sleep massage chair

The Human Touch Navitas Sleep massage chair earned a Gold Award for its high-quality design, which incorporates Human Touch exclusive micro-sculpting massage technology, 3D foot and calf massage, 4D Stretch, ergonomic zero-gravity seating, cloud touch acupressure, and more. This innovative massage chair also offers 36 Wellness Programs, designed by the Human Touch Wellness Council, as well as 23 air massage techniques.

Human Touch ZeroG® 5.0 massage chair

Human Touch ZeroG® 5.0 massage chair

The Human Touch ZeroG® 5.0 massage chair took home a Silver Award for its modern design, which is perfect for any luxury living space. This chair provides a full-body massage with a Smart 3D FlexGlide® massage engine, which simulates the expert techniques of massage professionals, as well as zero-gravity seating, multiple auto-massage programs, a BodyMap PRO® remote, a foot-and-calf massager, lumbar heat, and more.


“Our mission is to offer life-changing health and wellness solutions, using luxury designs that people will be proud to have in their homes,” said David Wood, CEO of Human Touch. “Our continued success at ADEX stands as a testament to our ability to continually deliver tools that revitalize and restore the body, while also showcasing timeless beauty and innovative design.”


There’s no touch like Human Touch.

Human Touch has been the leading provider of high-quality, innovative lifestyle products, massage chairs, and experiences that deliver indispensable, life-changing benefits to an ever-growing number of consumers for more than 35 years. Human Touch® has been making people feel better by developing state-of-the-art massage products containing patented massage systems that replicate the hands and techniques used by massage professionals, thereby helping to reduce pain and stress caused by today’s hectic lifestyle. Products are available at fine furniture stores, back care specialty stores, and mass-market retailers across the U.S., through international retailers and distributors in more than 40 countries, and online at


Follow Human Touch® on Facebook and Twitter @HTFeelBetter.


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Monday, April 11th, 2016

Do you sometimes feel like it’s hard to measure up to what everyone else is posting online? It can be hard to compare the full-length version of your life with everyone else’s highlight reel. Watch this video with Dr. James Rouse to learn how to avoid envy, and to practice mindful engagement with others online.