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Saturday, June 27th, 2009

If there was a support group for people who loved to exercise in need of a lead facilitator it would be me. I have always loved exercise; when I was young I “used” exercise as a means to make me feel better, to serve as a connector to other people and for its empowering way of making life more fun-today, I use exercise for enjoying those same experiences and for many more too.

If you are in need of a mental shift to the greater and brighter, if you live better in knowing that you are leading a proactive stance in your quest for health and longevity and or you prosper In the knowing that moving your body offers a sure-fire positive return on investment then embrace exercise in all of its many blessings with enthusiasm and gratitude today. Now, I do admit to know that I may be in the minority when it comes to my zeal and commitment to exercise. A common misconception around exercise is that it takes too much time. Here is an opportunity to heal that false belief; studies confirm that we can enjoy the proactive health and disease preventative benefits of exercise in as little as two to three 10 minute bouts of exercise supportively spaced throughout your day. Dedicating yourself to mindful movement before or after breakfast, lunch and dinner is a simple way to stay present to and for the opportunity to build fitness everyday. You can take that good habit and make it greater by adding intensity to each of these 10 minute wellness windows; by simply adding interval training practices or changing speeds and the intensity to your walking, running, biking, etc., you will maximize your innate chemistry for longevity, metabolism and overall results. In much the same way we practice and affirm the connectedness of all things-exercise serves to benefit all areas systems in our bodies too; our cardiovascular, immune, cognitive/neurological, hormonal among others are served by us choosing to move.

You can see and use exercise as a catalyst to support your spiritual practices too. All motion creates positive emotion. Throughout the day you can count on exercise to support you in affirming your intentions to live a God-centered life. If you find smaller, more limited thinking creeping in on you-move and make your mind bigger with possibility.

A powerful discovery that I have made is in how in moving in the morning before I pray, meditate and do my visioning I can enjoy a whole new level of clarity and power in these practices. You may know someone or a time yourself when you were meditating and doing all you could to awaken clarity and purpose only to be drawn to a yawn and a greater desire to go back to sleep. I have been there too, and by employing a new, empowered sequence of mind-body practices my Spiritual practice has become more alive with fire and purpose. The “recipe” is simple and effective, you use the power of natural chemicals that our body’s are blessed with and put them to work; norepinephrine, serotonin and dopamine are all ready and willing partners with you in building a clear, positive and alive vision for your life. And every time we choose to move we set them in motion too and they go out about the good business of enhancing our practice with confidence and greater conviction. Motivation to move first thing in the morning may be an issue, overcoming the inertia of laying bed may appear to big an obstacle… here is more good news, in as little as 5 minutes you can ignite a chemical cascade that will serve your body and mind with an effective dose of motivational medicine to get your through every daily practice.

At my spiritual home Mile Hi Church in Denver Colorado we are encouraged to “treat and move our feet” referring to using the power of affirmative prayer and mind treatment and taking action to support the desired outcome. Let’s consider the power of adding active prayer to our practice. Active prayer is an opportunity to move our bodies which in turn move our minds to a higher place and knowing. We are given the power to choose to move, chose to move with gratitude, and with inspiration, knowing that with every step and every breath we are healing our bodies and raising our consciousness to heal the world around us.

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, June 23rd, 2009

Michigan Association of Chiropractors
Annual Meeting
Dearborn, MI May 2009

I was not sure what the turnout would be, what with the economy the way it is and unemployment in Michigan the highest in the country. As it turns out, people still need chiropractic care, and the chiropractors in MI, among the best in the world, are determined to deliver the best care possible showed up by the bus load! This annual event is one of the best of the year anywhere in the country and this year was no exception.

As usual, Human Touch was the busiest booth, but hey, who doesn’t want a good massage? The favorite chair of all was the HT-7120 ThermoStretchTM massage chair. It is becoming more apparent that this is possibly the best massage chair Human Touch has ever made, which means it is the best massage chair in the world.

When you consider such features as full body stretch, air bags to moderate the intensity of the massage, lumbar heaters, adjustable calf massagers, swivel base, elegant looks, three programs, (just to mention a few) at a price that makes it affordable to the masses, one must wonder, “Why doesn’t everyone have one”.

Well, what are you waiting for?

See you soon!
Dr. Mike

Saturday, June 20th, 2009

According to scientists who study the effect of physical exertion on longevity, you can expect to receive two hours of life extension from every hour spent exercising. If exercise were a medication, experts believe that it would be the most heavily prescribed in the history of medicine. But doesn’t exercise cause long-term joint damage? Not according to the research. In researching my book RUNNING UNTIL YOU’RE 100 I discovered that runners have healthier joints, after 2-4 decades of running, than non-runners. Our joints are designed to adapt, at any age, when we gradually add a little stress followed by sufficient rest. But balancing the two is very important-especially after a certain age.

Walking and running, the most common modes of exercise, require movements for which all humans are designed. Our ancient ancestors had to run-walk for thousands of miles a year to survive. By following a conservative training plan, most of us can cover several miles a day without hurting-and feel so much better afterward.

It is also a fact that the muscles do not recover as fast, with each advancing decade. I’ve had faster recovery during the last few years, after using my Human Touch massage chair. Massage speeds recovery!

Avoid continuous use of muscles, tendons, joints

After the age of 40, it takes longer for the legs to feel fresh and bouncy after a strenuous workout. Runners can reduce aches and pains significantly by inserting more days of rest between running days-and inserting more walk breaks into their runs. I’ve worked with many over 50 runners who have improved their times by running fewer days per week.

Recommended number of strenuous exercise days per week by age

(To avoid aches and pains)

35 and under: no more than 5 days a week

36-45: no more than 4 exercise days a week

46-59: exercise every other day

60+: 3 days a week

70+: 2 strenuous short days and 1 easy but longer workout day

80+: One longer workout, one shorter one, and one gentle and non pounding exercise

* Note that more running days are OK if there are no aches, pains and injuries from doing so.

Break up your workouts in segments to reduce aches and pains

Many runners find that they can do more on their training day by having a morning and an evening workout. Whatever your form of exercise, you’ll tend to feel better and reduce discomfort, and wear, by doing the workout in segments. Instead of running for 30 minutes (even with walk breaks), do three 10 minute runs, with a 5 minute easy walk between segments. It is important to do the long run during the same time period, however.

Runners: use walk breaks

Most runners, at any age, can feel better during and after the run by inserting a one minute walk break from the beginning of each run, after 1-5 minutes of running. This erases fatigue and allows the muscles to recharge. Here is my recommended frequency, based upon pace per mile:

9min/mi pace-run 4 minutes/walk 1 minute (4-1)

10 min/mi pace-3-1

11 min/mi pace-2:30-1

12 min/mi pace-2-1

13 min/mi pace-1-1

14 min/mi pace-30 seconds-30 seconds

15 min/mi pace-run 30 seconds-walk 45 seconds

Note: Many runners above the age of 40 find that they recover faster when they insert the walk breaks even more frequently than noted above. For example, I run marathons between 11:00 and 11:30 per mile and use a 1-1 because I recover so fast that I can run the next day. I’m 63 and do 6-7 marathons a year.

A longer warmup

As we get older, it takes longer for the muscles to “gear up” to the level of exertion needed for the workout. Be patient and ease into the workout with a gentle warmup. Walk gently for 3 minutes. Then gradually introduce the body to the running motion: If you plan to run for 3 minutes and walk for 1 minute, during the first 10 minutes use a 1-1..

Get a Massage!

Whether you use a Human Touch Massage Chair, like I do, or see a massage therapist, you can speed up the recovery by manipulating the muscles. Besides…you feel so much better after a massage.

Note: Olympian Jeff Galloway has helped over a million runners improve the enjoyment and quality of life thorough his books, beach retreats, running schools and individual consultations. For more information, visit www.RunInjuryFree.com  and sign up for his free newsletter and blog.

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

High-Technology Massage Chair Company Poised for Growth

LONG BEACH, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Human Touch®, the U.S. market leader of innovative lifestyle and massage products today has announced the successful completion of an exchange offer for its existing 7 1/4% senior notes due 2011 in exchange for cash, warrants to acquire common stock and Senior Secured Second Lien PIK Notes due in 2014 where associated interest will accrue to the principal, resulting in a net reduction of nearly 77% of outstanding debt and a substantial reduction in cash interest expense for the company going forward.

This successful refinancing of the Company’s capital structure will provide the Company with added flexibility and cash flow to pursue its marketing and growth strategies and will permit management to focus additional time and resources on expanding the Company’s product offerings and customer base. “We are pleased to have completed this exchange with nearly 95% of our bondholders on a long-term solution to improve our capital structure,” said David Wood, Chief Executive Officer. “We are committed to our mission of providing innovative lifestyle products and experiences that deliver indispensable, life changing benefits to an ever growing number of consumers and through this transaction we will be even better positioned to serve our customers and resellers now and in the future.”

Following the successful completion of the bond exchange offer, the Company’s credit agreement with Comerica Bank was extended to provide the Company with additional flexibility to fund its ongoing operations and growth. Human Touch believes its total liquidity, strong management of current assets, and mitigation of interest expense, place the company in a strengthened position during this challenging economic climate to further pursue its strategic objectives. Jefferies & Company, Inc. served as financial advisor to the Company in connection with the exchange offer and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP served as legal advisor to the Company in connection with the exchange offer and the bank credit agreement extension.

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 www.humantouch.com.

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

January 2009 

All eyes were on Las Vegas for the annual Parker Chiropractic Conference. This meeting is considered to be the gold standard of chiropractic meetings the world over. Would anybody come? With the economy the way it is currently, no one was sure. Well, as it turned out, not as many attended, but those that did turned out to be the most enthusiastic, and the most serious about improving their practice of chiropractic medicine. They came from all over the United States, Canada, and as far away as Africa and Europe!

The consistent theme was, “In tough times, how can I improve my bottom line?” “What can I offer my patients to give them more value for their dollars?” One way is to offer them products from Human Touch. With more than ten different massage chair models, and four different zero gravity chairs, there is a chair for every budget. There is also a full line of personal massage products, as well as core training machines at very affordable prices.

These are all items that can and will improve the quality of life for those that use them. In my practice, I use both the HT-7120 and HT-7450 massage chair as well as the PC-095 zero gravity recliner. My patients all appreciate the fact that I do. I not only have them for their enjoyment, but also as a therapeutic tool.

Human Touch, in business for almost 30 years, makes a quality product at an affordable price! I urge you to try one today and feel what you have been missing!

See you soon!

Dr. Mike

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.