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Saturday, January 31st, 2009

I love January with its energy centered in fresh starts, new goals and a re-charged inspired vision to grow the life of my dreams. This is the time of the year when many of us are setting a new course for our greatest expressions: spiritually, mentally and physically. One of the most popular practices of this time of the year is the New Years Resolution, when we set up a “game plan” for transforming everything from our body fat to our finances. For many of us, the zeal and excitement that we begin this month of rich possibility is all too often replaced with feelings and experiences of failure and “higher self” abandonment by the end of the month. Leaving us with the rest of the year with greater susceptibility to “yo-yo” fad dieting, infomercial exercise miracles, and “drive-thru” self care practices that leave us less satisfied and wanting more. Much of the resolution energy is dedicated to exercise, eating better, losing weight, and taking better care of ourselves in general. I have learned both personally and clinically that there are some powerful principles that can inspire us to transcend the empty laundry list of to do’s and inspire us to truly have life breakthroughs!

First, set “whole goals”; goals can be seen as giving your dreams a “life line”. Setting whole goals gives you an opportunity to set your life in the direction of greater meaning, fulfillment and satisfaction. Whole goals can have an “outer” experience such as “to lose 20 pounds of body fat”, they are supported and fueled by an inner goal such as “reaching my goal of fat loss, I enjoy greater energy and vitality to give myself to the things that I love and value”. The inner goal can be seen as giving the energy for fueling the outer goals success. Whole goals can offer continued inspiration and sustainability in the achievement of all of our goals.

To enjoy success with all of our lives goals and aspirations we need to become aware of and skillfully master the fine art of “but reduction”. I am not referring to our behind, I am referring to our mind. With most changes, especially the more “charged” ones that center around our history with self care and love we may have a tendency to want to fall back into recycled thinking and worn out, limiting beliefs. When we attempt to make a break with an old habit or mind set such as embracing exercise as a daily ritual we can allow that big “but” of ours to stick out there and say something like” but, I never follow thru with my exercise goals”. You see , that “but” can keep us from ever moving on with our lives, healing an old wound and hiding behind our “buts” can surely keep us living a small and uninspired life of excuses.

To help with overcoming those energy stealing buts in our lives you can leverage the much more powerful “law of exposure”. You may notice that throughout your day that you are always being surrounded by things that either encourage a feeling of abundance or scarcity. The media, relationships and the various daily mirrors that we face can move our thinking and actions to fear based, small mindedness. However, you can choose to serve your mind and body all day inspiration with a simple reminder of your true self and your intended direction in life. This month dedicate a morning after you pray, exercise and eat a balanced breakfast to creating your life’s “mission reminder” card. On an index card set about writing out your daily and life’s plan and goals in the affirmative “all ready there” and accepted tense. In detail write down how your life works very well, the things you do, the people, places and abundance you are surrounded by, and the Divine vitality and love that you move with and express to the world. Now, you can use the “law of exposure” by reading your card aloud with enthusiasm and acceptance at least three times per day-I encourage you to read this with the belief and knowing that you are setting the tone and the course for your life!

Choosing to see this month as the beginning of a deeper, more committed resolve to evolve your body, mind and soul for this year, and for the rest of your life can help to heal and transcend a less than stellar history of broken commitments/resolutions. Inviting and embracing change to enable you to live your greatest life takes courage. The courage to over come the fears that often come along with change. Greater health, peace of mind and authentic happiness are ours when we dedicate our lives to stretching ourselves beyond our self limiting slumber zones and move to live each day better and more alive than the last, expressing our hearts vision and being on fire with love and purpose. Just as the word diet comes from the Greek diata meaning way of life, with these practices we set a life’s direction for eating, moving, living and thinking well that indeed become a way of life-blessings on your journey!

Dr. James Rouse is a naturopathic physician with extensive credentials in the wellness field including post-doctorate work in acupuncture, Chinese medicine and transpersonal psychology. He is a member of the Human Touch Health and Wellness Council and enjoys the relaxing benefits of massage chairs.

Monday, January 26th, 2009

I am back and on track, after a difficult month of respiratory illness that wiped me out for the month of December. I live with moderate asthma, which normally doesn’t have much of an impact on my day-to-day life. Unfortunately, whenever I get a bug, my lungs are where it settles, and this often sets off a vicious cycle of inflammation and hypersensitivity. The only exercise I could do was running, so I decided to make lemonade out of lemons and use it as an opportunity to kick start my running base. I also used the time of reduced training to let my body go through some deep recovery. I must admit that spending hours in my Human Touch massage chair, reading books and sipping chai was part of this process!
For the Christmas holidays, I made it up to see my family in Calgary, Alberta. I got to enjoy the beauty of snow and spent a day snowshoeing in the mountains of Banff (see photos), which was an incredibly uplifting experience. Many people seem to be going through periods of winter melancholy right now – but I think playing outside in the beauty of nature is the perfect antidote to this!

I decided over the holidays to try to combine my racing with visits to/with my family. So, two of my A races this year will reflect this. In the summer, I plan to do the Calgary 70.3 half ironman (part of the Ironman series), which is a first time event that looks like it will be an amazing venue. For Ultraman, I’ve invited my parents to come to Hawaii with me for a week, to cheer me on during the race and to also spend some time on the Big Island with me. Otherwise, I am filling in the gaps with local Bay area ultramarathons and multisport events.

One of the first things I did to ring in the New Year was to get rid of my car. I am loaning it out to a friend for a few months, and using its absence as an opportunity to put in more cycling miles with my 23 mile round-trip commute to/from work. So, already, my cycling training is off to a good start and combining it with my bike commute helps maximize my time usage.

As for ultramarathons, I participated in a 58km run called “The Epiphany Run” in Oakland, California on the first weekend of the month. I can’t say that I actually had an epiphany during it, but now I am back on track with doing long ultra-runs each weekend, and find that the more I do this, the more invitations I receive to do this!

Anyways, the year is off to a great start! I think I’ll need a LOT of massage this year to ward off the overuse injuries that might try to creep up with all these activities!

A manufacturing engineer by trade, turned triathlete and adventure race competitor, Iona Mackenzie has built a reputation as one of the toughest competitors on the circuit. She has been dubbed the “Queen of the Machine,” for her machine like ability to overcome physical pain during races. Iona loves Human Touch massage chairs and attributes quick rejuvenation from adventure racing to the benefits of massage while using her Human Touch massage chair.

“Our bodies are the vessels which house our souls, hearts and minds. They are here for us to live through, not just to hang clothes on. Play hard, work solid, eat well – and REST. For me, that’s the quickest recipe to happiness.” – Iona MacKenzie

Saturday, January 24th, 2009

RSNA (Radiological Society Of North America) completes its 94th annual conference, and Human Touch is a hit! Approximately 70,000 attendees from all over the planet descended upon McCormick Place in Chicago Illinois for one of the world’s largest medical meetings. 

Every year for the past four years, Human Touch has had a booth exhibiting their massage and zero gravity chairs to the delight of doctors, physicists, scientists, x-ray technicians as well as support staff, family members and all of the some 25,000 representatives from about 900 vendors. I am talking about companies such as Toshiba, GE, Phillips, Siemens just to name a few, with booths, some as large as 100,000 or more square feet, displaying equipment such as x-ray machines, MRI machines, and CT scanners, all state of the art and some costing millions of dollars!

For the last few years, many of the above mentioned attendees bought massage or zero gravity chairs for their own enjoyment and for use by their staff. (what a great perk!) Well, I am happy to report that some of these same physicians are starting to see the benefit to their patients! For example, some doctors are using HT-7120′s in their reception areas so that in the event that their schedules become backed up, (gee… that never happens), patients don’t seem to mind too much! Others are using the Perfect Chair, (zero gravity) for everything from PET scans to post operative recovery!

Some are even using massage chairs as a way to help reduce pre-exam or pre-op stress and anxiety.

So in closing, I would suggest that the next time you visit your doctor, if he or she does not have a Human Touch Massage chair or a Human Touch Perfect Chair in their waiting or recovery room,

Be sure to ask:


Happy New Year to all, see you in 2009!


Mike Nathanson, DC

Lake Worth, Florida

Dr. Mike Nathanson is a member of the Human Touch Health and Wellness Council. Human Touch massage chairs are a part of his daily regimen at Nathanson Chiropractic in Lake Worth, FL.

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

Happy New Year!!

After spending three weeks in Australia and three weeks in South Africa during the off-season, I am now back at my home in Arizona practicing and preparing for the 2009 PGA season. I am looking forward to my first event of the year which will be at the Sony Open in Hawaii.

My off-season was a good mix of fun, rest and competition. My play in Australia was encouraging and I am feeling fit in preparation for Hawaii.

This will be my first trip to Hawaii and the Sony Open since my rookie year. After this week, I plan to play in Palm Springs, Pebble Beach, Los Angeles and in Arizona. I will keep you posted and hopefully I will have some good news to report.

Tim Clark’s schedule:Jan. 12 – 18: Sony Open in Hawaii
Jan. 26 – Feb. 01: FBR Open in Scottsdale, AZ
Feb. 02 – 08: Buick Invitational Torrey Pines (South Course), San Diego, CAFeb. 09 – 15: AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pebble Beach, CA
Feb. 16 – 22: Northern Trust Open Riviera CC, Pacific Palisades, CA
Feb. 23 – Mar 01: World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship The Gallery at Dove Mountain, Marana, Arizona
March 05 – 08: Honda Classic (Florida)
March 12 – 15: WGC (Florida)
March 19 – 22: Transitions (Florida)
April 09 – 12: Masters (Georgia)
April 16 – 19: Verizon (Hilton Head)

Tim Clark

Born in Durban, South Africa, Tim Clark, currently ranked 28th in the World Golf Rankings, has been a successful player in the PGA Tour since 2001 and is a member of the Human Touch Wellness Council promoting Human Touch Massage Chairs.

Thursday, January 08th, 2009

We had a wonderful Christmas season! It has been interesting to me that during this time of recession and economic instability, interest in massage chairs has never been greater. I figure it might have something to do with folks wanting to stay at home to restrict spending, and then spending their hard earned money on personal health rather than on more expensive vehicles or costly vacations. More energy, time, and money are being put towards health improvement, particularly if that can be done in the home. And, what would be better than a full time massage therapist in your home?

Muscle spasm and tension are common problems that are addressed by massage chair rollers and air bags. Massage chairs try to mimic the hands of licensed massage therapist, but I noticed, as a chiropractor, that many of the objective findings that we can treat in a DC’s office, like muscle spasm, are resolved by a massage chair. A massage chair doesn’t preclude you from muscle stretching and strengthening, in my opinion, but it certainly does address spasm and tension.

By definition, massage works by kneading, mobilizing, and stretching muscles to relax them, and uses friction to stimulate soft tissues. This therapy can increase blood and lymph circulation while breaking up scar tissue between muscle fibers ( Massage chairs do all of these same things to your muscle fibers. It is suggested that you drink water after your massage chair session to prevent muscle soreness. Lactic acid build-up in you muscles will cause muscle soreness. The increased water intake will increase blood volume, which will, in turn, “flush” out the toxins more readily, thus preventing as much muscle pain as you might ordinarily have after a massage.

Happy New Year!

Dr. Alan Weidner