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Friday, October 30th, 2009

I have just returned from the Yoga Journal Conference in Estes Park Colorado where Young Living oils have partnered with Donna Karan’s (DKNY) Urban Zen Initiative, to integrate complimentary holistic practices into the hospital setting for all the patients, doctors and nurses.

The modalities include: Yoga, Meditation, Young Living Essential Oils, Right Diet, Healing Touch and a Higher Conscious Approach to Death and Dying.

I think a wonderful addition to this would be the Human Touch Massage Chair!

We taught a wonderful full day class to students in Urban Zen along side Richard Rosen and Dr. Baxter Bell (master yoga teachers) as well as an esteemed orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Larry Padgett.

Our part was to teach about integrating the essential oils into the yoga practice. We also went into various yoga classes anointing the yoga students with Frankincense oil as they peacefully went into the relaxing Sivasana posture. It was a new and profound experience for longtime yoga students to utilize the oils in their practice.

The benefits I always share with people are that the Young Living oils contain the highest oxygenating molecules that readily and easily pass through the skin directly into the blood, cells, tissues, organs and brain so that in just one deep inhale these therapeutic grade oils give an immediate experience of emotional and mental upliftment with better mental clarity and a calmer state of mind.

My bodywork clients and I are really enjoying using the oils right before they sit in my Human Touch massage chair at my healing studio. At a certain point I have to peel them out of the chair to get them on to the massage table. Not always an easy task!

Also, recently, I have just returned from the annual Young Living oils convention in Minneapolis that was packed with phenomenal education and the latest research from doctors and scientists. These oils deserve that we are properly educated about them. I feel very privileged as a bodyworker to use the oils in every session and watch the most astonishing transformations. I am still in awe with what I witness after using them for 13 years in my practice.

In my last blog entry, I shared a little bit about using the Young Living oils for emotional support. To continue this thread, the easiest way I can explain this is that we have a little gland in our brain called the Amygdala Gland.

It resides in the limbic region of our brain. This gland is where all the emotions (including past traumas) that we have ever experienced are stored and released from. These emotions are stored as memories that may remain unconscious for years to come.

The only way this gland is stimulated, is through the sense of smell. We all experience this every day when we smell a familiar scent and we think “hmmmm, what does that remind me of?” Whatever was initially felt on an emotional level was imprinted into the Amygdala gland.

This is where the oils work profoundly and magnificently. As we breathe in one of Young Living’s emotional blends like Release, Forgiveness, Joy, Surrender, Peace and Calming etc. the molecules travel into the olfactory neurons, into the olfactory bulb and go directly into the Amygdala Gland to assist in releasing old emotional traumas or experiences that we have had in our present or past situation in our lives.

What I experience within myself, that my clients also say they experience, is a very quick profound emotional lift; as if it is releasing the heaviness we may carry from old emotional wounds.Julie_Chertow

For all of you out there who are utilizing the Human Touch Massage Chair I cannot recommend and encourage you enough to put some of these oils on yourself or in a cold air diffuser as you sit and relax and breathe.

You will experience what I am sharing with you and be amazed at the difference!

My Motto is: “Breathe and feel the difference!”

- Julie

Saturday, October 24th, 2009

Thank you for the introduction to the Human Touch Zero Gravity Massage Chair. This is the best design combination in your family of chairs. The “zero gravity” position in combination with the robotic massage unit creates a significant advantage in the industry. It, to me, is the front runner in the market place of robotic chairs.HT-7450-ZeroG_w-Model_IMG_0

I have these chairs available for patients in my office for pre/post care with the Chiropractic adjustment. I have many patients that utilize the therapeutic effects of the chairs each visit. It is a tremendous asset in my care plan to offer the chairs benefit to calm the muscles, which are part of the vertebral subluxation complex, after an adjustment to clear interference to the quality and quantity of muscle tone.

I have many patients with an array of neuromuscular conditions like fibromyalgia. The patient notices the benefit of relaxation and I, as a Doctor of Chiropractic, notice a greater change in the tone of the muscle after the “perfect massage chair” is incorporated into a care plan. My patients certainly feel an extra benefit in my office with the use of the Human Touch Robotic Massage chairs. Thank you for your continued support and revolutionary technology.

In Good Health,

Jon L. Stucky, DC, CCST, FICA

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

Perhaps you can relate to this. When I miss out on a goods night’s sleep, I live, move and think from a place of scarcity rather than abundance. Let’s just say that when I miss my window of quality sleep I am impacted on every level, including spiritual. The research is sobering. Tens of millions of us are awake when we should be sleeping or falling asleep when we should be creating and shining.

Most cases of insomnia stem from issues surrounding stress — environmental, nutritional, emotional and spiritual. A lot of what keeps us from getting a good night sleep is the choices that we are making all day long. Have you ever noticed that watching the late night news while suppressing your heartache over world politics with Ben and Jerry’s ice cream and balancing your check book does not allow for a sound night’s sleep?! This, after asking yourself to perform multi-tasking miracles for the previous 16 hours, tethered to cell phones, voice and e-mails, negotiating with a plastic clown to give you a balanced meal through a drive thru window and wondering if an IV of Starbucks would be out of the question?!

You do have other choices. You can re-create balance and once again live with the natural rhythm that is innately yours to uncover and fully realize. Here’s how. First we need to be alright with the idea of being in the world and not of it. You do not have to subscribe to the all too pervasive “conspicuous consumption” model for living. In other words we all have choices when it comes to the things we choose to “consume.” The media (tv, newspaper, radio, magazines) that we allow into our thought atmosphere can disrupt sleep and personal balance. Many of the foods we eat (refined and empty calories) leave us unsatisfied, restless and “hungry” for more. We can establish balance and overall well-being by leveraging key practices that satisfy the spirit and nourish a healthy night’s sleep.

One way to experience greater quality of sleep is to create what I refer to as “bookends” in the beginning and the end of the day. Bookends can help to keep us mindful and centered with what truly nourishes mind, body, spirit, and sleep. Choose to begin and end each day with a personal practice for balance and peace. A morning meditation practice, even just for a few minutes, serves us and our sleep “chemistry” in a variety of ways. By establishing a healthier “belly breathing” pattern we can help support and build stress fighting neurotransmitters (our brains chemical messengers to our body) that help keep us in balance and allow us to better manage our “state” and the choices we make all day long. When we begin the day with an attitude of “Good morning God” rather than “Good God, its morning!” we tend towards more love for ourselves and others. Chronic stinkin’ thinkin’ can sabotage a good night’s rest.

Exercise is another powerful daytime energy and nighttime sleep elixir! Morning movement is one of the most important building blocks for restorative nighttime sleep. Pick your passion — pilates, yoga, walking, dancing, swimming — its all good. If you want to increase the likelihood of getting to sleep that evening take your movement outside since sunlight does even more to build healthy sleep chemistry.

During the day you can continually build healthy sleep chemistry by keeping your blood sugar in balance. Not skipping meals, avoiding “high drama” sugary junk foods and drinks and limiting your caffeine intake to a cup or two will assist the process. Build your beneficial sleep chemicals through choosing whole foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and leaner proteins from plant sources and fish. Notice each good choice you make and allow for personal gratitude and acknowledgement. A restful night sleep is supported by a peaceful mind, created and sustained by loving and affirmative thoughts.

Each night you can set the other “bookend” in place. Take a moment on your commute home to allow yourself to realize that you can begin moving from “doing” to “being.” Allow for your belly to breathe a relaxed and un-defended breath. When you arrive home you can release the days “doing” energy and allow for the “being” energy through a simple yoga pose that is helpful for re-creating balance and centeredness — Savasana or “corpse pose.” This can be done in your living room, hallway or your driveway if you cannot wait! Simply lie on your back with your arms open at your side, legs relaxed and eyes closed. Allow yourself to relax your breathing and your body into the supportive “earth” below you. Set the tone for peace and sleep by courageously choosing over television and reading something meaningful or spiritual. Give yourself the gift and pleasure of surrendering into a massage or your favorite massage chair to help move from doing to being and set a relaxed tone for a great nights sleep.

We can continue to look overly forward to the time of meditation during church each weekend to catch up on some missed sleep (disguised as deep contemplative prayer) or we can embrace the opportunity of creating supportive daily practices and mindfulness to help overcome our sleeplessness and allow for us to live our highest and most vital expression!james-headshots-005web

Begin today with acknowledging the power and peace that comes with sleeping well. Sleep is sustainable fuel that can support you on your journey to greater wholeness and holiness.


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 & Wellness Council and relaxes in his Human Touch Massage Chair daily.

Saturday, October 17th, 2009

We had an interesting experience with our Human Touch massage chairs a few weeks back. A fellow walked, or should I say limped, into our office wanting to sit on a massage chair. He said that he suffered from an Autonomic Nervous System disorder (the name of the condition escapes me now), the symptoms of which mimicked a stroke. He was very pale, had a droop on the left side of his face. He could not ambulate normally as he had a dysfunctional left leg. The bottom line is that he looked and felt terrible. His wife had to help him through the door. You’re probably wondering why he came to sit on a massage chair. Well, he had worked in the Far East for a while and had sat on a massage chair whilst there. He noticed an improvement in his symptomatology and wanted to see if it was a fluke or the real deal.

Well, you’ll get a kick out of this. He sat on a chair for only 15 minutes and when he was done, the change was absolutely remarkable. It stunned all of us. His normal palor returned, his limp was gone, his face looked normal, and his whole demeanor and energy changed. He immediately had to go to the washroom because he felt the need to void. He came out of the washroom a new man. He then knew that it was not a fluke, but that a massage chair could actually make a dramatic contribution to his good health. He is on disability and applied for coverage of a massage chair so that he can have daily, regular therapy. For those of you who think that a massage chair is purely indulgent and just an interesting piece of furniture that happens to have a little massage feature as an aside, you are sorely mistaken. A massage chair is an actual medical device that legitmately provides a significant therapeutic benefit. Try one…you’ll like it. And it just may surprise you how good you feel when you are done!IMG_0017 without logo

Dr. Alan Weidner

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009


I am the new addition on the Human Touch Wellness Council. I feel honored to have been asked.
My name is  Julie Chertow, originally born and raised in the City of the Angels, Los Angeles, Calif. I now base myself out of Ashland, Oregon which is only about 45 minutes or so from Mt, Shasta, Calif. I have been a Bodyworker for 26 years and a Young Living Essential Oils Educator for the last 12 years. I maintain a clientele in Los Angeles, New York and Ashland, Oregon.

I was always drawn to using essential oils during my sessions with my clients. I would buy them from wherever I could find them, thinking it would make my massage oil smell good. I never had any training, nor teachers, or books on this subject. I used 20 different brands of oils for 14 years in my practice not ever seeing even one result. So after awhile, I began to phase out of using them and there they went into a big zip lock baggie in my drawer. I had about 100 different essential oils.

Enter my friend Sophia who called me up very enthusiastically to tell me about these spectacular Young Living oils, I said “No Thank You, I am so happy you love them but I am not even using any of mine any more so I really don’t want to buy yours” She said, “Oh but these are entirely different” We who are healers, naturopaths, chiropractors are bombarded quite often with people telling us about the next best thing. Sophia would not give up. For the next 6 months she kept trying with me. My response was the same each time (even as she was telling me about these hard to believe sounding transformations).

Fast forward now 6 months, and I decide to go get a bodywork session from her, I walked in truly grieving from a broken heart. I saw all her oils lined up in her room. I thought she got me now! She applied 2 drops of this emotional blend called “Joy.” She put it over my heart center and had me breathe it in. Within one minute I felt the heaviness of grief lift over my chest. It was absolutely undeniable. By that night I felt the strangest sense of elation. I called her up and said; “what did you do to me?” She said; “ Julie, this is what I have been trying to tell you!” I was truly emotionally changed that I could resist no longer. This was the beginning of 12 years of studying with the founder of Young Living oils, Gary Young.

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I have now participated in 8 Lavender and Melissa Harvests in France and Idaho where two of the four Young Living farms are located. It has been so incredible to put my hands into what I love and value and help make the oils for the year. If you come back to next months blog, I am going to share with you all just how and why these oils work so profoundly for uplifting our emotional bodies. I will share with you some very important and wonderful awareness about our emotional gland that lives in our brain and how therapeutic grade essentials oils play a powerful role. I have witnessed 12 years of watching true and profound transformations both physically and emotionally with thousands of people and look so forward to sharing more with all of you!
And now off to sit in my fabulous Human Touch massage chair as I inhale my Young Living oils.
Ahhhhhh! Life is so good and so is my massage chair!

In Gratitude,