The Newest Headlines Surrounding Massage Chairs and Human Touch

Friday, September 25th, 2009

My experience at the Costco Roadshow was very informative & refreshing!

When I arrived at Costco, I was given a sign in sheet and told to proceed to the floor and look for the Human Touch logo. As I was walking around Costco looking for the Human Touch logo, I noticed friendly faces with smiles from the Costco employees. Immediately, I got a sense of ease and welcome that this wouldn’t be a place of frigid cold customer service.

I found our set up and was happy to help the sales reps (Mario & Luis) with getting the rest of the displays and chairs up & running. Once the displays were set up in the store “WOW, what an amazing set up!” I thought to myself. I couldn’t help but think though, maybe I was being bias, because I was an employee.

That thought was quickly overturned when our first customer stopped by and commented on how great our look was and how fabulous our chair felt!

I asked the customer if they’d ever tried our chairs before or even seen a massage chair. They stated they had seen some at a car wash or in the mall but never quite like ours! I was happy to tell the customer about how we are the leading manufacturer of the massage chair industry and that we continue to research our consumer’s needs pertaining to the innovation of our chairs. After having a dialogue for the duration of the massage the customer was getting…I came to realize that outside of the corporate world I work in, I actually was able to see for myself how much we are helping people achieve stress relief.

It was refreshing to see the customer’s excitement and happy faces as they got in our chairs and took a break from shopping. It made me feel proud of the product we sell, as if to say “…Human Touch…where a touch of relaxation is just a chair away”.

I’d do it again if I could experience the joy I got from that one satisfied customer.

- Chad
Order Management Coordinator

Human Touch

Monday, September 14th, 2009

Human Touch® Showcases its Leading Design and Innovative Massage Chair Technology at the 2009 Las Vegas World Market

The WholeBodyTM HT-5040 And The Invigorating iJoy®-2310 Combine Form, Function And Style To Lead The Human Touch® Collection Of Design-Oriented, High-Performance Massage Chairs

Las Vegas World Market, Sept. 14 – 17

Showroom B900

LONG BEACH, Calif.–Human Touch®, the leading brand of high-technology, design-oriented massage chairs and products for today’s modern and traditional living spaces, is inviting Las Vegas World Market attendees to experience industry-leading massage chair technology at showroom B900, Sept. 14-17, 2009.

Located at the intersection of form, function and style, Human Touch’s WholeBodyTM HT-5040 Massage Chair and iJoy®-2310 Robotic Massage® deliver effective, invigorating massages that rid the mind and body of the aches, pains, tension and fatigue of everyday life.

The HT-5040, a revolutionary massage chair introduced to the consumer market in 2009, is the first in the Human Touch WholeBodyTM collection, which is comprised of the most advanced full-body massage systems available. The perfect blend of high-performance Robotic Massage®, modern design and luxurious comfort, the HT-5040 seamlessly integrates three soothing pre-programmed massages with design elements complementing any home or office environment. Its three pre-programmed massages (P1-Sore Muscle Relief, P2-Stress Therapy and P3-Back Wellness) utilize the same techniques used by professional massage therapists, delivering powerful and therapeutic relief to aching muscles.

The advanced HT-5040 massage chair is engineered with an ergonomically contoured backrest that features a quad-roller that can be concentrated from the neck down to the lower back. A deep-well foot and calf massager, which can also be converted to an idle footrest, refreshes the lower body with Human Touch’s patented upward, rolling motions, forcing the blood away from the feet and toward the body.

Hailed for its superior design and advanced technology, the iJoy®-2310 Robotic Massage® chair delivers muscle relaxation and relief by employing many of the same advanced massage features found in significantly more expensive massage chairs. Designed to fit contemporary styles and color choices, the iJoy®-2310 incorporates four professional therapist techniques – rolling, kneading, compression and percussion. Users can choose between three auto-massage programs – Upper Back Massage, Lower Back Massage and Full Back Massage, or a customized massage through a built-in control panel that puts each chair’s features at users’ fingertips.

Moreover, by removing or adding the Massage-Softening Pad, the massage intensity can be adjusted, allowing users to customize massages from gentle and relaxing, to focused and invigorating. Together with the chair’s 160 degrees reclining capability, the massage chair specifically target muscle soreness and back pain and provide a revitalizing, therapeutic massage with just the touch of a button.

“Both the HT-5040 and the iJoy®-2310 are two of Human Touch’s® most innovative and revolutionary products, and we are excited to be able to once again showcase the industry’s leading massage chair technology,” said Andrew Corkill, director of marketing at Human Touch®. “By incorporating innovative massage functions and proprietary massage chair technology, athletes, professionals and ordinary consumers of all shapes and sizes will benefit from the chairs’ multi-dimensional massage functionality as it therapeutically boosts the body’s circulatory and immune systems. Both chairs are the perfect solution for consumers seeking total relief that fits seamlessly into their lifestyle and budget.”

The HT-5040 WholeBodyTM Massage Chair has an MSRP of $2,299, while the iJoy®-2310 Robotic Massage® chair has an MSRP of $699. Both are available at leading retailers and directly from Human Touch 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

Saturday, September 12th, 2009

Cadence Is Crucial 

Over the past 50 years, top coaches and biomechanical studies have concluded that as distance runners get faster, the stride length tends to get shorter. At first this does not seem right. Certainly sprinters strive for the longest stride they can manage. Biomechanically speaking, however, the explosive motion from point A to point B defines sprinting as a different sport from distance running. To “go the distance” the mission is conserving resources. Subtle reductions in effort and elimination of extra motion can maintain strength and resiliency to the end of the race, where the greatest amount of time improvement can be realized.

Over the last 35 years, at my running schools and motivational retreats, I’ve conducted running form evaluations for thousands of runners, with improvement suggestions. Their results have shown me that the mechanical key to running faster in races 5K and longer, is cadence or turnover-more steps per minute. By fine-tuning running form it’s possible to exert less effort, even when running faster. A very simple drill, mentioned below, can help you improve your turnover, as the body adapts to more efficient ways of running. For most, this improves time in races.

Cadence drills usually result in feet staying lower to the ground, touching lightly with less pounding. Running’s main propulsion muscle, the calf, doesn’t have to work as hard. As extra motion is eliminated from the running stride, there’s usually a significant reduction of aches and pains-and injuries. This drill allows the ankle to be alligned directly underneath the hips, so that it can do most of the work, mechanically-reducing the workload of the leg muscles.

Note: Before beginning any workout it is best to warm up gently to get the blood flow into the muscles and to get the neve system working well. One of the best ways to start this process is to get a gentle massage as with the Human Touch Massage Chair. I’ve found that this makes a significant difference in how I feel during my cadence drills.


The Drill:

Warm up with a slow jog of 10-15 minutes, using as many walk breaks as desired.

Time yourself for 30 seconds and simply count the number of steps taken by either the left or the right foot

Jog or walk for @ 30 seconds and then time another half minute interval, striving to increase the count by 1 or 2.

Repeat this process so that you do 4-8 of these cadence-counting repetitions, trying to increase by at least one on each

If you don’t increase the count, just try to hold at the current number

Finish the workout by jogging for the distance or time you have remaining in your run at the pace of your choice.

The most common workout venue for this drill is a short mileage day, during which there is no other “mission”.
You should not try to run faster, but as you continue to increase the number of steps, you will tend to run faster, all other factors constant. Many of my ecoach, retreat and running school clients who have continued to use this drill each week for a year, with no other speedwork, improved their times in races.

As the running form intuitively becomes more efficient, running is easier. Many runners have experienced a reduction in the aggravation of the “weak links” by counting steps in this way, each week. You’re using the ankle instead of the muscles so they can power you to the finish with strength

Note: Olympian Jeff Galloway has coached over a million runners through his running schools, beach and Tahoe retreats, books and training programs-which are fun and offer individualized coaching from Jeff. Subscribe to his free newsletter and blog at