The Newest Headlines Surrounding Massage Chairs and Human Touch

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

When I first began making massage chairs available to my patients, I figured that the older baby-boomers would be the perfect demographic for this type of therapy. So, in my mind’s eye I saw folks, my age and higher (over 50), tripping over themselves to get one of these massage chairs. Well, it proved to be true…the baby boomers are perfect candidates for massage chair therapy. They have some degree of degenerative arthritis in the spine, 80% of them have or have had some form of back pain, and they, for the most part, are at a stage in their lives where they can afford a massage chair.

But, to my utter surprise, and delight, we have found through our experience, both clinical and retail, that a younger demographic really go for these chairs too. We have found that a demographic of upwardly mobile, high-stress business men and women find the massage chair therapy as beneficial as the baby boomers. Yes, they have back pain, but most of the younger crowd get the massage chairs for stress relief and not degenerative arthritis with it’s associated symptomatology. A lot of folks come home to just relax and melt away the stresses of this pressure-filled lifestyle. Of course, if they have kids on top of it all, they come home to a certain measure of stress too! So, hiding away in the back room on the massage chair is a retreat from all of life’s stresses.

An interesting observation but proof that this form of therapy is suitable for folks of all ages.



Dr. Weidner is a 1991 summa cum laude graduate of the Southern California University of Health Sciences and is a member of the Human Touch Wellness Council.

 Dr. Alan Weidner

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Packed with Innovative Acupoint® “Back Scanning” Technology and Dual Lumbar Heat, The AcuTouchTM HT-7450 Zero-Gravity Massage Chair Wins Silver Award AcuTouchTM HT-1650 Takes Home Platinum

Long Beach, CA (PRWEB) April 28, 2009 — Human Touch®, the U.S. market leader of innovative lifestyle and massage products, announced today that two of its revolutionary massage chairs have been honored by Design Journal’s 2009 Award For Design Excellence (ADEX) competition. The Human Touch AcuTouchTM HT-1650 massage chair received the highest honor of Platinum for its seamless integration of elegant style and comprehensive patented Human Touch Technology®, approved and recommended by the World Federation of Chiropractic. The AcuTouchTM HT-7450 Zero-Gravity massage chair, also integrating Human Touch Technology®, received the Silver Award for its ability to relieve soreness, tension and fatigue caused by gravity, while blending into any décor and home or office environment.


Both massage chairs offer Human Touch’s patented Acupoint® Detection System, which scans the entire length of the user’s back for key pressure points and accurately targets them during an invigorating and therapeutic massage. In addition, both chairs offer Massage Comfort Control, which allows full control over the intensity of the massage. Eight full-body pre-programmed wellness massages range from “full body sore muscle relief” to “after work stretch.” The user is able to customize each massage to include the neck, back, seat, foot and calf, and dual lumbar heat, and the ergonomically designed neck-contoured comfort pillow and memory foam seat cushion ensures ultimate personalized comfort. Both chairs come in Black or Dark Chocolate, the HT-1650 with premium leather / leather-match upholstery, and the HT-7450 with Standard leather / leather-match upholstery. Both massage chairs are suitable for any style of home or décor.

The ADEX Awards program is in its 15th year running and has become one of the largest and most prestigious awards programs for product design of furniture, fixtures and finishes. Winners are selected by a panel of judges that is comprised of professionals representing a cross-section of the design industry. Judges award points to each entry based on innovation and overall design, with the total points earned determining each product’s final score.

“We are pleased to have two of our most popular and design-driven massage chairs win such esteemed accolades,” says Andrew Corkill, director of marketing of Human Touch. “Our massage chairs incorporate original designs and unique functionalities that promote everyday wellness and we are proud that yet again our products have received an acclaimed award for this accomplishment.”

The Human Touch AcuTouchTM HT-7450 retails for MSRP: $3,999 and the AcuTouchTM HT-1650 retails for MSRP: $4,799. Both products are available at leading retailers across the country and 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

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

“To be fully alive is to be on fire with purpose” – Parmahansa Yogananda

This is your time to shine. You are given the responsibility to choose, to create and fulfill your purpose right here and now. Who and or what inspires you? When you envision yourself showing up for God-what does and it look and feel like? Your vision for your life on and with purpose is yours to step into and express for the whole world to witness and be inspired by. Always remember that the Universe brought you here to be true to Spirit.

Christian Larson said in his book “Pathway of Roses” that “True spirituality will give health and vigor to the body, power and brilliancy to the mind, strength and perfection to the character and sublime lovliness to the soul”.

When we choose to see our loving self care as integral to how well we are able to express our purpose in showing up for God you we will enjoy life’s sweetnesses deeper and more sustainably. Committed and inspired self care is integral to our spiritual development.

Losing motivation-define for yourself purpose-what gives you life? Create your day built on purpose. Choose activities that promote your purpose. Place things in your life that promote your purpose.

Declare each day to give your gifts fully to the world, to feed your body whole and empowering foods, to move your body with passion and grace and to think thoughts of wholeness, acceptance, creativity, peace and love. Set your vision into attractive motion by opening your mind and body to the infinite possibilities that loving and committed self care offers you and the world around you-let your love serve others to love with you.




Dr. James Rouse, ND



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.


Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

It has been quite interesting for me to see how massage chair interest and sales would be affected by the slowing economy/recession. I was concerned that folks would put a massage chair a lot lower on the priority scale. But, to my surprise, and delight, massage chair sales have been quite strong. The only difference from a year ago is that shoppers are far more discriminating and price conscious.

Although I don’t think any economy justifies buying cheap ebay chinese knock-off massage chairs that cost $900 and offer a ridiculous 10 year warranty (fat chance any of those businesses will be around in 10 years!!), folks are a lot more price sensitive when it comes to shopping for anything.

We get a lot of people calling for our latest “deals” and to see if we can “do any better than our store pricing”. I see that the interest is still there, just the willingness to pay full price is not. So, why are massage chair sales up in this down economy? Great question. I have spent a lot of time wondering that myself. And all I can come up with is that people like you and I are spending our money on things that will benefit our health…particularly in the long run. Perhaps less money is being spent on new cars and vacations and more money is being spent on quality-of-life products and services.

A local health spa here in Salt Lake City has also noticed record sales since the recession really hit last year. Not quite what I was expecting, but, like I said earlier, delight accompanies my surprise. Dang, those massage chairs sure feel great!

Dr. Alan Weidner

Thursday, April 09th, 2009

Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and feel like the planet is spinning way too quickly for my own sense of comfort. Time sure does fly!

Cinderella Ride

A lot has been happening in my life, on all fronts.

I attended a PacWest training camp in Napa in mid-March. The elite and developmental teams got together for a weekend of riding and running. It was a lot of fun – but made me realize that my heart and talent lie in ultra-endurance racing. So, as a result, I modified my race schedule for the year. I am going to race Ultraman Canada as my first A race, and use a couple of the half-ironman races for training during the next couple of months. My parents live in Calgary, Alberta – which is not too far from Penticton (the venue for Ultraman Canada). I didn’t get to see much of them last year, on account of all of my adventure racing. So, this year, I would like to try to race closer to them, in order to have a chance to visit with them a bit more. I am very excited about my Ultraman Preparation – but this means I have to start ramping up crazy hours right away! I started last weekend with the monster bike sessions by signing up for the Cinderella Classic – an all women’s organized ride here in northern California. I dressed up in a costume that was made by one of my friends, Darina Drapkin. It was a ton of fun and I still haven’t taken the decorations off my bike helmet! This Easter weekend, the PacWest team is having another training camp, this time at the Wildflower Triathlon venue, near Lake San Antonio. I am going to attend, but do much longer sessions.

As far as other things in my life go – things certainly are busy! The company I work for has just launched customer field trials in the remote area of India, near the Himalayas. We’ve gotten some very encouraging feedback on those trials, which means we are moving full steam ahead towards our production launch. It is very exciting for me. Our L-cell units will help save our customers a lot of money in diesel fuel (which also helps lessen green house gases and pollution).

Between work and training, I do try to fit in time for other things, such as cello lessons and English tutoring for my Burmese Refugee students. After my long run last Sunday, I attended the Burmese Water Festival with my students, where I was able to replenish my glycogen stores with many yummy types of food.
I feel like I spend so much time rushing around – that it’s nice to finally reach the end of the day and just kick back in my Human Touch massage chair (sometimes with a glass of two buck Chuck as a little reward). However, I must say things are pretty darn good, all in all!

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.