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Friday, December 18th, 2009

Beat the Holiday Stress

Despite every attempt to remain cool, calm and collected throughout the holiday season, we all know this can be one of the most stressful times of the year. With the mile-long lines in the stores, a thinly stretched bank account, nagging in-laws and a few too many Christmas cookies, it’s possible for the holiday season stress to spin wildly out of control.

The good news is that it doesn’t have to. Here are three easy things you can do to make this holiday season a worry-free one:

1. Relax. Now more than ever, you need to take some time out for yourself. Though we try to squeeze every minute out of every day by cramming just one more get together or party into our schedules, we need to make an effort to carve out time to be alone too. Make sure you attend your weekly yoga class or commit yourself to enjoying a walk every afternoon. Treat yourself to a couple evenings by the fire with a mug of hot chocolate and a favorite book. If you don’t own one already, now may be the time to get a Human Touch Massage Chair, which will provide you with the therapeutic touch you need and deserve throughout the holiday season. Some might say it’s the gift that keeps on giving!

2. Simplify. Decide right now that you aren’t going to try to deliver the world this season. Think about the things that are most stressful for you about the holidays and figure out how you can reduce that added stress. If finances are tough, cut back on expensive presents and give the gift of time and attention to the ones you love instead. If you don’t have enough energy to throw a holiday party, cook the food and clean the house, ask for help or delegate some of the tasks by planning a potluck or cleaning only those rooms your guests will see. If you don’t think you can fit another obligation into your schedule, just say no. You won’t appreciate any of your holiday season if you’re too busy thinking about the next thing on your to-do list.

3. Enjoy. This is the time of the year when we get to visit with family we don’t normally see and catch up with old friends whom we’ve let slip through the cracks. Immerse yourself in the joy and festivities of the holiday season. If a pan of Christmas cookies burns or you don’t have time to buy the holiday stamps instead of using the standard ones to mail your holiday cards, don’t fret. Laugh and move on. Let the little things slide by, because, in the end, the holidays aren’t about the perfect cookies or postage stamps. They’re about living in the moment and being appreciative for the things and people we have in our lives. Make this holiday season one to remember because you enjoyed it … without the stress.

Dr Shawn dillI 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.

- Dr. Shawn Dill

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

Hello Fans. I hope everyone is well and everyone is getting into the holiday spirit.Tim Clark

As I write, I am flying from South Africa (where I just finished 3rd in the Nedbank Million Dollar Challenge) to Naples, Florida to compete in the Merrill Lynch Shoot-out. This week will be my final week of competition in 2009, so I am hoping to end the year on a high note.

I am excited about getting to Naples and playing in my Presidents Cup Captain, Greg Norman’s event. I really enjoyed getting to know Greg during the Presidents Cup, so I am honored he asked me to compete in his event. In addition, I am excited about playing with my partner, Chad Campbell.

As always, I appreciate your support. Happy Holidays to all my fans. I look forward to seeing you guys in 2010.


Tim ClarkTim clark in swing

“Human Touch massage chairs have helped me get my back a lot looser. …It’s been a big part of getting me back to where I am right now.
It’s like a ritual for me, it get’s me going in the morning, and really relaxes me in the evening to have a good night’s sleep.” – Tim Clark

Born in Durban, South Africa, Tim Clark, currently ranked 28th in the World Golf Rankings, has been a successful player in the PGA Tour since 2001 and is a member of the Human Touch Wellness Council promoting Human Touch Massage Chairs.

Wednesday, December 09th, 2009

The Gift of Self Care

James Rouse, ND

The holiday season can be rich with joy, thanksgiving, and community celebration. It can also be a season of outward focusing that can leave us feeling out of balance from over doing for others and forgetting about ourselves. This year set the tone for living fully in the Spirit of the season by being willing to give the gift of peace and well-being to yourself and celebrating your many blessings!

The experience of a more balanced and joyous holiday begins with looking back at your past holiday experiences. So you see opportunities for improvement? Is there a memory of dashing through the checkout at the last minute with a default gift in hand and less than “good will” in your heart? How about any memories of conscious portion distortion or conspicuous consumption with holiday buffets? I know that we can all notice an instance or two where we would love to raise our holiday game! Rather than just settling for surviving the holiday hustle and bustle-this year, let’s set the intention to truly thrive! Here are some tips (gifts) that you must add to the top of your holiday “to do” list!

Begin each holiday marathon day strong and whole by eating a supportive breakfast. Here’s some food for thought: Breakfast eaters have greater overall health; breakfast eaters are more successful with weight loss and healthy weight management (not that weight is an issue this time of year [sigh]); and breakfast eaters are better with stress management than non breakfast eaters. Picture yourself in traffic with low blood sugar and a 100 ounce latte’ in hand — is this balance? Choose to take time and nourish your mind and body with a nutritious balance of whole grain and fiber rich complex carbohydrates from cereal or whole grain breads. Add extra stress busting support with Vitamin C- and antioxidant-rich berries and healthy omega 3 fatty aids from walnuts –yum! Balance this with lean protein like eggs, cottage cheese, protein smoothies, or soy based sausages or patties and you are fueled for greatness on the go!

Next stop the mall! When you are looking for many opportunities to experience Spiritual growth and detachment look no further than the mall; the lines, the noise, the good cheer on the faces of fellow shoppers…yes…breathe. You can make your mall time much merrier with a few simple rituals that help keep stress hormones at bay. Try not to shop when you are in a hurry so that you have time to implement these strategies. Instead of stressing over getting the closest parking space to the store door, choose the spot that’s farther away and use the walking time to get in exercise and walking meditation. Breathe from your belly as your make your way across the parking lot. Do a visioning practice and set your intentions for the type of shopping experience that you are creating for yourself and those with whom you transact. When spending time in line, notice what comes up for you and see how you might bring greater love and openness into the moment by looking at the cashier, the person next to you and all beings within your energy field with “soft eyes” of acceptance and compassion. Silently bless them with a smile. You can also help to cushion the cortisol (stress hormone) by keeping your blood sugar balanced and not letting it drop too low. Pack portable stress-easing snacks in your purse, backpack or pocket. Great bets are almonds, sunflower seeds and low-fat string cheese, and healthy energy bars. This will help with keeping your mood and outlook on the up and up.

The evening party circuit can be an arena where you may find yourself caught between the battle of endless buffets. A simple tip to keep your calories in check is to have a balanced meal with plenty of fiber BEFORE you head to the party. You can be social and snack, enjoy the company and keep your head about you when the 22nd tray passes your way and passes right on by-thank you. This will also help with being more mindful and moderate with alcohol consumption too-cheers.

In the time just before bed you have an opportunity to bring all things whole once again. Allow a window with no TV or over-processing the day’s events to practice simple self nurturing with gentle yoga and stretching. james-headshots-005webBreathe into each stretch with the intention of taking in soothing light and healing energy and when you exhale, release any heaviness, any doubt or fault finding and let it all go away. This practice seamlessly turns into a perfect time to write in a gratitude journal-recording the many blessings of the day and of this most beautiful time of the year and effortlessly into a peaceful night sleep. Happy holiday and many blessings to you and yours.


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. He is a member of the Human Touch Health & Wellness Council and relaxes in his Human Touch Massage Chair daily.

Sunday, December 06th, 2009

Holiday Training Tips–by Olympian Jeff Galloway

It’s possible to keep on track for the your training goals, even with holiday distractions. Here are some tips that have helped many runners maintain conditioning even with holiday temptations. You’d be surprised, but even very short workouts on maintenance days can relieve stress, inject more energy and allow you to feel better during holiday festivities.

Plan Ahead

Write your workouts on a calendar, for the entire holiday period. Just having a plan tends to result in more workouts each week. By looking ahead, each day, you will become more focused and are more likely to make time for your scheduled exercise sessions.

Pick quiet times

Family members tend to sleep later during the holidays. By getting up and out the door early, you can finish your workout before others arise. Each day, look at the time periods that would be open for exercise.

Focus on the long ones

Endurance is the key to finishing your workout or event with strength and power. Runners or walkers, for example, should focus on getting in the long ones as a top priority. Depending upon the program, these are usually done every 14-21 days. If you have to go slower or take more rest breaks, do it. Your only mission is to “go the distance”.

Release stress with a short run or walk

Practically everyone experiences stress during the holidays. Exercise improves your attitude, increases vitality, and helps you feel better about yourself. Even a short session of 5-10 minutes can help you focus on priorities, on a busy day.

Minimal training will maintain your adaptations

When you don’t have much time, and you are scheduled for a “maintenance run or walk”, just go for 5 minutes. If you get out for 5 minutes you will probably continue for 10 or 15, which will maintain the adaptations in your feet and legs between the long runs.

Don’t be obsessive about food

If you don’t have the perfect diet during the holidays, you won’t lose any fitness. While eating a lot of sugar /fat is not the best diet, you can burn it off as you exercise. If you tell yourself that you will never eat another holiday cookie, you’ll probably be good until that day when there’s no one around—and it’s you and the cookies. If you sample and just taste foods that you like, many folks avoid deprivation binges later.

Stage social runs/walks with friends/family

When you have folks gathering from other areas, schedule a walk or run together. This promotes sharing of lives, stories, while bestowing an attitude boost. Besides, you might pick up some good gossip.

Get a massage

After a tough day or any workout, I’ve not found anything better than getting a massage in a Human Touch massage chair. It enhances the experience and sets you up for the rest of your day or evening.

When the weather is not ideal

Get to the mall before the stores open and walk (or run if possible). This will give you a preview of the sale items, while you get in some exercise. Treadmills are a suitable substitute if the weather is austere. Some runners will warm up with indoor exercise, then run or walk outside for 5-10 minutes and continue to alternate out and in.

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Note: Olympian Jeff Galloway has coached over a million runners and walkers through his running schools, Florida 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

Friday, December 04th, 2009

“We get asked all the time if Medicare (or any insurance for that matter) pays for massage chairs. I totally get why folks would ask that question…why pay if someone else will pay for me?

Well, our demographic includes seniors and many live on a limited budget and income. If Medicare would pay for the massage chair, wouldn’t that be wonderful? Well, I must say that in the over 5 years that I have been selling massage chairs to either patients or offline/online clients, I have never seen a client get a massage chair paid for by health insurance.

I know many have tried but I have never heard of anyone having any success with the attempt. That doesn’t mean that it will never happen. It just means that the medical necessity of the massage chairs has not been effectively demonstrated to the insurance industry. Perhaps an insurance code could be created, if it hasn’t already, for the massage chair.

IMG_0017 without logoThe little mobility scooters you see on television, are covered by insurance, so maybe something can be created following the mobility scooter model. If you are wanting your insurance to pay for all or part of your massage chair, perhaps it would be best for you to contact your insurance company and do the groundwork to have it covered by your insurance. I would love to hear from any readers what success (or lack thereof) they are having trying to get their massage chair covered by their insurance.

Dr. Alan Weidner