The Newest Headlines Surrounding Massage Chairs and Human Touch

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

Have you ever noticed how much energy we put into remaining in our comfort zones? It is relatively easy to fall into a seductive slumber of doing just enough to maintain our status quo; be that keeping up with our house chores, sustaining “dead end” relationships, working at an unsatisfying job and/or reaching a plateau in your self care routine. It can be inspiring and at the same time daunting to consider that research again and again implores and encourages us to mix it up, raise the bar and stretch your self more and more to keep your fitness and self care needs and desires realized!

In much the same way changing perspective, switching seats at church or taking a different way to work brings freshness to that experience, exploring new frontiers within our self care and fitness routines can offer a similar boost to our bodies and spirits. Research tells us that one of the primary reasons why we stop or give up on our regular fitness routines is boredom or because we feel we are not getting the results that we desire, which can lead to frustration and the same outcome. We stop exercising and get “lax” with our commitments to eating well and honoring the body temple. I imagine that you can identify with me when I share with you that there are things that I am better or more accomplished with today than I was years ago. We are spiritually wired and gifted to align with the principle and practice of “IGG”-”Increasing greater good” and its available application in all aspects of our lives.

To utilize and leverage this cycle of increasing greater good you need to first take the time to make an honest assessment of where you are in terms of the “state of your life” and its relationship to what you desire for yourself and your present experience. What are you “getting from” and “giving to” life. Some questions that may help you with getting an honest assessment could be “is my energy level where I would like it to be?” Does my body reflect the kind of vitality and strength that I desire? Do my daily wellness choices represent integrity and alignment with my goals? Once you gather the information necessary to give you a good and thorough assessment of your present state of being you can then move on to checking in your level of commitment to change and grow what you surmised from your assessment.

I love leveraging and empowering my level of commitment by fast forwarding to the place of realizing the goal in mind. That is, see it as done, feel the experience of your accomplishment and the joy of your success. From this place it’s all about listening and looking for the feedback and all its many forms of showing up as you move forward on your journey. Are you getting the results that you intended and visioned for yourself? What are the challenges to getting the results that you are looking for? What can you do to make the necessary adjustments to move through and beyond those challenges? Now you can channel the feedback into moving forward again with clarity and ever growing commitment.


One of the things that can prevent us from reaching our goals is spending too much time in that place of where we were and where we think we should be. Sometimes we talk down to ourselves about how far we still have to go. Rather than deliberate in a self- manufactured purgatory, aspire to see the little wins along the way that have gotten you to where you are. These “little wins” are all a necessary part of the “big win.” Actively celebrate each step towards your goal. Treat yourself to a new fitness class; indulge in a spa body treatment; check out that new gourmet healthy restaurant; or go to bed real early after an aromatherapy bath…yummm!


It can be challenging to stay in the moment. With any practice of self care, our ego “likes” to compare and to judge -to make sure we know that we are not “there yet”. We can let go of our ego and take refuge in knowing that the goodness and joy come in the daily doing. A wonderfully magical part of growing your life, being mindful of the continuous improvement cycle is that it allows for us to be in constant communion with a powerful force and tenet for happiness and fulfillment in life; to daily stretch and grow, to actively pursue identifying challenges and overcoming them and acknowledge yourself and your success in doing so!To be fully alive is to be on fire with purpose.”


Dr. James Rouse, ND

“To be fully alive is to be on fire with purpose.”

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.

Friday, March 06th, 2009

If you’re experiencing pain or healing from an injury, investing in a massage chair can help accelerate the recovery process. Massage chairs can help improve your circulation and relieve stress by helping to reduce inflammation, muscle cramps and aches that accumulate in the body over time. As part of a comprehensive therapy program, daily massage can supplement traditional services and allow you frequent access to many of the same benefits that a professional masseuse provides.

As the mechanical technology in massage has improved over the years, the chairs have come to emulate some of the most effective techniques involved in hand massage. In particular, many chairs can simulate kneading around the neck, which helps to release soreness and can provide relief in an area of the body which is particularly vulnerable to stress. Advanced chairs can provide important comfort to the neck area, and can even provide compression massage along the spine, which can further reduce stress. Traditional massage chairs provide rolling techniques, which can help stimulate the nerves in the back, and Human Touch Robotic Massage® Chairs provide a number of leading innovations for this technique. Improved bio-mechanical feedback also allows Human Touch chairs to provide compression, which can help target specific high-stress areas in the body to allow your body a release from pain.

While many chairs concentrate solely on the upper body, organizations such as the American Massage Therapy Association have demonstrated the importance of full-body massage, including large muscle groups in the legs. In response to this research, Human Touch engineered its HT-7450 Zero-Gravity Massage Chair to provide a comprehensive calf massage. As a delicate, highly stressed muscle group, targeting the calf muscles can provide for improved blood flow so that injuries can heal more quickly. With enhanced general comfort, the chairs can also provide for general stress relief, taking pressure off vulnerable joints such as knees. The stresses on the body from daily life require a comprehensive set of massage therapies, so look for chairs which have automated programs that deliver a full array of relief to the body’s major pressure points.

In addition to the various movements that are associated with massage chairs, newer models offer much improved comfort and style even while in passive mode, providing an attractive addition to any living room.
While older models were less reliable over time, Human Touch® has pioneered advances in massage chair durability by providing motors, rollers and materials that are backed with warranties and support. No matter which chair model you choose, check to see the company’s policies with respect to repair and replacement; advanced engineering from companies such as Human Touch provides modular designs which allow for easy part replacement.

Although it’s important to check with a doctor in cases of severe pain, massage chairs can provide an effective means of recuperating from injuries or reducing discomfort that can come from daily activity. An affordable alternative to traditional treatment, massage chair therapy is an effective method for helping to restore the body.

About the Author: Maya Richard is a Freelance writer. She writes about technology, wireless and cell phones . She loves her blackberry and can be reached at

Wednesday, March 04th, 2009

Industry Leader Gives PGA Fans a Chance to Relax and Refresh with Massage Chair Trials and Giveaways at the
Toshiba Classic Expo

March 03, 2009 09:36 PM Eastern Time 

LONG BEACH, Calif.-(March 3, 2009)-Human Touch®, the U.S. market leader of innovative lifestyle and massage products, will be sponsoring the 2009 Toshiba Classic Tournament at the Newport Beach Country Club in Newport Beach, CA, which draws PGA pros such as Hale Irwin, Chi Chi Rodriguez, Gary Player and Ray Floyd, as well as crowds of over 80,000 to the Orange County-based event.

“Most importantly, I am able to use the chair in the comfort of my home.” – Tim Clark

Showcasing three of its top-of-the-line massage chairs at the Tour’s expo from March 2nd through March 8th, the WholeBodyTM HT-125 Massage Chair, the ThermoStretchTM HT-275 massage chair and the AcuTouchTM HT-1650 massage chairs, Human Touch will offer refreshing massages to Tour attendees and hold giveaways for merchandise signed by PGA pro and Human Touch Wellness Council member Tim Clark.

All three massage chairs incorporate Human Touch’s state-of-the-art, patented Human Touch TechnologyTM and offer full-body massages, which include pre-programmed as well as customizable back, neck, foot and calf massages. The HT-275 and HT-1650 contain dual lumbar heat and full-body stretch programs. In addition, the AcuTouch® HT-1650 massage chair includes the Acupoint® detection system, which scans the users back and accurately pinpoints the user’s problem areas and targets them for a therapeutic and relaxing massage.

Personally owned and regularly used by PGA pro Tim Clark, Human Touch massage chairs are credited with helping Clark quickly recover after being sidelined after a neck and back injury in 2007. With the ability to retreat to his massage chair daily, Clark was able to return to the Tour with a renewed passion and elevated game. Clark continues to use his Human Touch massage chair after realizing the short and long-term benefits of daily use.

“After using a Human Touch massage chair for the past 18 months, my body is really beginning to feel the long-term benefits of regular massage,” says Clark. “Most importantly, I am able to use the chair in the comfort of my home.”

The WholeBodyTM HT-125 massage chair has an MSRP of $2,499, the ThermoStretchTM HT-275 is MSRP $2,799 and the AcuTouchTM HT-1650 massage chair has an MSRP of $4,799. Human Touch massage chairs are currently available at leading retailers across the country as well as online at

About Human Touch

Human Touch, celebrating its 30th anniversary as the leading brand of high-technology, design-oriented massage chairs and products for today’s modern and traditional living spaces, offers advanced technology and designs for consumers seeking to incorporate health and wellness into their everyday routines. Appealing to back pain sufferers, sports enthusiasts, and those looking to relax from today’s hectic lifestyles, Human Touch delivers high-quality Robotic Massage® chairs, zero-gravity recliners, and other industry-leading massage products that help people feel better, play better and perform better. Human Touch products are available at back care specialty stores, fine furniture stores across the country, through international retailers and distributors in more than 48 countries, and online at