The Newest Headlines Surrounding Massage Chairs and Human Touch

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

Love That HT-1650!

It never fails that when folks come to our showroom, the HT-1650 goes right to the top of the list as “wanted” massage chairs. Interestingly enough, over the internet the response to the HT-1650 is lukewarm, but once folks see it and sit in it they are taken by the chair. It is such a handsome massage chair, with it’s leather upholstery and recliner-like esthetics. But, it really is the retractable ottoman that users fall in love with. There isn’t another massage chair that can touch the feel or even the therapeutic value of the foot and calf massager of the HT-1650. It is not uncommon for us to hear users say that their feet are tingling and itchy after a session with the HT-1650. That is what increased circulation in our dormant feet can do!

The vertical track on a lot of the Human Touch chairs does not go very low. It hits the lumbar spine pretty good, but it doesn’t really hit the sacrum. But, on the 1650, with the thigh and butt air massage it IMG_0017 without logosimulates sacral massage to compensate for the lack of vertical track down there. The neck and upper back massage is phenomenal. The fabric over the cervical section allows for a far more intense massage than most other massage chairs. This is a comment we regularly get from our showroom visitors.

Great chair, great therapy….

Dr. Alan Weidner

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

HUMAN TOUCH® UNVEILS NEWLY REDESIGNED WEB SITE Becomes More Consumer-Oriented With Added Resources And Capabilities

Long Beach, CA  – (Nov. 18, 2009)Human Touch®, the U.S. market leader of innovative lifestyle and massage products, announced today the launch of the company’s redesigned Web site ( that gives visitors easier and quicker access to quality health and wellness information by improving navigation, functionality, and user-friendliness.

The redesign provides users with information on how to achieve a healthier lifestyle, offers up-to-date product information and product selection assistance that helps users find the best massage product for them, gives access to current promotions and helpful gift guides, as well as online exclusives offering factory renewed products and chairs not available in stores. In addition, visitors will have the ability to search for dealers internationally where they can experience Human Touch® products prior to purchase.

Additional features of the Web site and company offerings include:

  • Additional ways to reach customer service by phone or online chat.
  • 90-day “Better Back or Give It Back” guarantee on all massage chairs purchased on the Human Touch Web site.
  • Two and five-year warranty options for all massage chairs.
  • Wellness news section, which is consistently updated with the most up-to-date news regarding healthy living and wellness lifestyles.
  • Press release section with the most recent news from Human Touch.
  • “Where to Buy” section to guide visitors to in-store availability where they can experience the massage chair first hand.
  • “Keep me informed” section, which gives visitors the ability to stay current on the latest news and trends regarding massage chairs and the wellness product industry.
  • Revamped check out page making purchasing a massage chair or massage accessory quicker and easier than ever.
  • Wider network of partners and distributors, including Sharper Image Online.

The look and feel has also been updated to evoke a feeling of wellness with the use of lighter colors, which reflect Human Touch’s mission of providing relaxation, rejuvenation and stress relief to their consumers.

“Human Touch is constantly striving to provide our consumers with top quality, design-oriented products that are easy to use. This extends into our desire to provide a Web site that is easy to navigate from the beginning of a visit to the end,” said Mia Costa, Director of Direct Marketing at Human Touch®. “Our goal with the new Web site is to provide users with a resource that helps them make the right choice when purchasing a product or simply incorporating wellness into their lives.”

The site will continue to host blogs written by the Human Touch Wellness Council members, including PGA pro Tim Clark, former Olympian Jeff Galloway, chiropractor Shawn Dill, and former MLB pitcher “Whitey” Ford, as they use their own experience and practice to educate the public about the benefits of integrating massage into their everyday routine.

Human Touch has also launched social media components in tandem with the launch of the new Web site. The company can be found on Twitter (@HTFeelBetter) and on Facebook with The Human Touch Wellness Center, which aims to give consumers insight into ways to approach and attain greater wellness.


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 30 countries and online at

Sunday, November 15th, 2009

No More Excuses by Olympian Jeff Galloway

OK, there are days when you need a day off, due to sickness, or too much physical activity. But when exercisers are tempted to skip the workout is most often due to laziness. The left brain monitors stress and sends you a stream of communication that steers you toward the couch. Each message is perfectly logical but may not be accurate. You don’t have to believe the bogus messages. Once you quickly decide that there is no medical reason for these blasts, use the following to be positive, get going, and feel better in every way .

Sometimes it’s hard to tell whether there is a reason for the excuse. The following is a guide to help you sort this out. In most cases you will find yourself moving ahead, experiencing the productivity increase in everything you do because you have taken “your time to yourself”. As a first step, I like to use the Human Touch Massage Chair. This not only warms up the muscles for exercise. This is a meditation time when the stress is off and things can be sorted out.


Most of us have several “weak links”. These areas of the body are the first to hurt when we are stressed and talk to us more on the days when we have more stress. If there is no inflammation, loss of function, or real pain, it is usually OK to exercise. Indeed, exercise releases the stress which can erase or reduce the pains. But if you have any medical concerns, talk to a doctor who wants you to keep exercising.

It’s a physiological fact that stress can greatly aggravate the symptoms of your weak links. Read more about this in MINDBODY PRESCRIPTION by Dr. John Sarno. While there is almost always some aggravation in an area, stress can reduce the blood supply and aggravate the nerve response, producing an increase in the intensity of the symptoms. Gentle exercise can bring blood flow to the area while it releases stress.

“I don’t have time to exercise”

Most of the recent US Presidents have been regular exercisers, as well as most of their vice presidents. Are you more busy than the President? You don’t have to exercise for 30 minutes straight. You will get the same benefit from your weekday workouts by doing them in pockets of time: 5 minutes here, 10 minutes there. Many who have been exercising for 6 months or more don’t need as much sleep as they get in better shape. They set the alarm clock to ring half an hour early, and exercise beore the day gets started. Ask yourself “Are you going to take control over the organization of your day or not?” Spend a few minutes in the morning to plan the day, and the next day. Some do this during the time on the treadmill. By making time for exercise, you’ll also tend to be more productive and efficient, and will “pay back” the time you spend. You have the time—seize it and you will have more quality in your life. Your loved ones will appreciate this too, because after a workout, you’re nicer.

Tip: Cramped for time? Just walk for 5 minutes

The main reason that beginners don’t make progress is that they don’t exercise regularly. Whatever it takes to keep you going every other day—do it. Even if you only have 5-10 minutes, you will maintain most of the adaptations. Besides, if you start with the idea of going for 5 minutes, you’ll usually stay out for 10 or 15.

“People will talk about me”

Many beginners deprive themselves of the fat-burning, the vitality enhancement and the attitude boost of their workout because they are afraid that someone driving by will see them exercising, and judge them in some way. Actually, most people admire and respect those who spend the energy to exercise—whether they look like athletes or not. Besides, it’s not a good idea to let the opinions of unknown people stop you from doing something that can enhance your life.

Exercise makes me tired

If this happens, you are the one responsible. You have almost complete control over this situation. By starting each workout with a good blood sugar level, paced conservatively, with sufficient “recovery” breaks, then you will feel better and more energized than before you started. If you have a bad habit of going too fast in the beginning, then get control over yourself! As you learn to slow down, you’ll go farther and have more energy at the end—and afterwards.

I don’t have the right build (or technique) for exercise

Just go to any large gym and you’ll see an amazing diversity of body types—often including those who weigh more than 300 pounds. Virtually every one of us is genetically designed to walk and run, and when we do so regularly, our movements become more and more efficient and natural. Even if you don’t have smooth form, you can enjoy the way you feel during and afterward. With all of the different pieces of equipment, you can find one that will work for you.

I need to spend some time with my kids

There are a number of exercise strollers that allow parents to walk with their kids. My wife Barbara and I logged thousands of miles with our first child, Brennan, in single “baby jogger”. We got a twin carrier after Westin was born. With the right pacing, you can talk to the kids about anything, and they can’t run or crawl away.

You can also walk or jog around a playground as you watch them play, or around a track while they play on the infield. Home equipment allows busy moms and Dads to get in their workout as they watch kids napping or watching TV, or talk with them while they are playing.

I’ve got too much work to do

There will always be work to do. Several surveys have found that exercisers get more work done on days they work out. A gentle workout (when paced correctly) can leave you with more energy and a better attitude. All of this comes with an erasure of stress. Hundreds of morning exercisers have told me that during the quiet morning exercise, they plan their day and solve problems. Others say that the after-work workout relieved stress, tied up some of the mental loose ends from the office, and allowed for a transition to home life. You will get as much (probably more) work done each day if you work out regularly.

I don’t have the energy to exercise today

This is one of the easier ones to solve. Most of the exercisers who’ve consulted us about this excuse, had not been eating enough times a day. We don’t mean eating more food. In most cases, the quantity of food is reduced. By eating about every 2-3 hours, most inprove their energy level all day. Even if you aren’t eating well during the day, you can overcome low blood sugar by having a “booster” snack about an hour before a workout. Caffeine, taken about an hour before exercise, helps (as long as you don’t have caffeine sensitivities). The dynamic food duo that we use is an energy bar and a cup of coffee. Just carry some convenient food with you at all times.

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Load an old bag or backpack with a pair of running shoes, a top for both winter and summer, shorts and warmup pants, towel, deodorant, and anything else you would need for exercise and clean up. Put the bag next to the front door, or in the trunk of your car, etc. Then, the next time you are waiting to pick up your child from soccer, etc, you can do a quick change in the restroom and make some loops around the field, school, etc.

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

Jeff Galloway is a member of the Human Touch Wellness Council and enjoys relaxing and rejuvenating in Human Touch massage chairs.

Monday, November 09th, 2009

Seize Your Metabolic Opportunity

SOM Magazine

Dr. James Rouse

I am always looking for ways to maximize my energy; to show up lean and clean, for myself, my family, my work and for Spirit. Knowing how and what to eat after exercise can be the biggest difference-maker in terms of how well and effectively our bodies burn fat, sustain high levels of energy and recover well enough to do it again day after day!

As a life athlete, exercise is just one key to creating and sustaining life-long health and well-being. A healthy eating plan is another essential. Emerging science encourages a synergistic blend of timing with both exercise and eating to get the greatest return on these wellness investments.

In order to actualize improved results with your daily movement practice, simply dedicate yourself to eating within 45 minutes after your workout. Researchers call this the “glycogen window” or the metabolic window of opportunity. Whether your exercise of choice is walking, running, biking, yoga, pilates or lifting weights, studies show that we can increase our bodies’ ability to recover, burn fat, build lean, beautiful muscles, and support our immune systems by filling that 45-minute post-workout window with nourishing, conscious calories.

What are conscious calories?

The metabolic window is “best dressed” by choosing the right kind of carbohydrates and proteins and eating them in the right ratio. It’s simple and delicious! Set your intention and your stopwatch and aim for a carbohydrate to protein ratio of 2 to 1 within 45 minutes after you workout. For every 30 grams of carbohydrates, eat 15 grams of protein. You can choose whole grain cereal, waffles or toast balanced with eggs, yogurt or whatever protein makes you happy and healthy.james-headshots-005web

Our bodies are either building or breaking down; experiencing either a state of empowerment or decline at every stage. Employing active faith, affirming Spiritual lifestyle habits, sweating your prayers with exhilarating exercise and feeding your mind, body, soul with nutrients that bless your body and your greater being is a gift to present to yourself everyday! Begin today with stepping up and actively presenting your faith in action. Show up big and demonstrate your love of life and Spirit by being on fire with passion and purpose, alive and very well!

Dr. James Rouse

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. Dr. Rouse relaxes to rejuvenate in his Human Touch massage chair.

Thursday, November 05th, 2009

Hello World!

Welcome to the first of my monthly series of entries here at the Human Touch Wellness Council blog. My name is Shawn Dill, D.C. and I am proud to be the newest member of the Human Touch Wellness Council.

This partnership was a natural for me as I have been using Human Touch products in my practice for the past five years. I am proud to be associated with Human Touch and look forward to sharing some thoughtful and provocative information with you that will help you to make better health and wellness lifestyle choices.

My experience as a chiropractor first began in the beautiful country of Costa Rica. Upon graduation from Chiropractic College I opened my first practice in the capital city of San Jose. While there I built what many consider to be the largest upper cervical specific chiropractic practice in the world. Also, one of my greatest accomplishments was the authoring and passage of the law that currently regulates chiropractic practice in Costa Rica.

In 2004 I moved back to the United States where I began a full time faculty assignment with Life Chiropractic College West (, in Hayward, California. My job duties at the College now include teaching and serving as the Director of The Institute for Advanced Care in Chiropractic.

I am also the owner of The Specific Chiropractic Center (, which now operates eight clinics around the United States.Dr Shawn dill

Ever since my return to practice in the United States I have utilized Human Touch Zero Gravity Chairs as a vital part of our post-adjustment recovery process in each of the clinics I oversee. I am excited to share with you my perspectives on health and wellness through my monthly postings here on the Human Touch Wellness Council blog.

In the meantime, please feel free to connect and interact with me through social media! I can be found on Facebook at or on Twitter at @shawndill.   Also, you can contact me through my website,