The Newest Headlines Surrounding Massage Chairs and Human Touch

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

By Julie Chertow

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I have just finished my long day of giving massages to several clients and am now sitting in my Human Touch® massage chair with such gratitude that I can also enjoy the benefits of massage therapy to relax and feel better!

It’s hard to believe that it’s already February and Valentine’s Day is this weekend! On this special day, many people take time to show their gratitude for loving and being loved in their lives. So as a massage therapist I sell a lot of gift certificates during this time. Giving the gift of a massage, and not just a massage but one with Aromatherapy, is a beautiful gift for a loved one.

Some of my clients have also asked me if I could provide some creative ideas about how they can share the wonderful gift of massage therapy and aromatherapy to their significant other, or husband/wife, prompting me to make it my topic for this week’s blog post.

One great idea is to surprise your loved one with a hot aromatherapy bath. aromatherapypeace-calmingEssential oils do not disperse in water. Simply take a handful of Epsom salt and put your desired essential oil in the salt and swish your hand in the water. This will create a magical and heavenly aromatic bath, making your loved one feel truly pampered and cared for. Some of my favorite Young Living oils to use in the bath are the Joy™ Blend, Sacred Mountain™, Peace & Calming™ Lavender, Ylang Ylang, and Orange and Sage. Light some candles, and drop some fresh rose petals into the water. It’s a gift they’ll never forget.

Then when they come out of the bath and dry off, give them a simple neck and shoulder massage or foot massage using plain oil-like almond or coconut oil. You can also put a few drops of Young Living essential oils on their shoulders and neck and feet.

PC-075_Black_Pad_+_Walnut_BaseOr, why not surprise them with a heavenly massage chair or Perfect Chair® Recliner from Human Touch®? Browse from many Human Touch® products at http://www.humantouch.com or check out the Human Touch® wellness gift guide, offering the perfect gift recommendations for Valentine’s Day!

Massage coupled with aromatherapy is a true gift of the heart your loved one will always remember.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Julie Chertow
http://www.juliechertow.com

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Last week (Feb. 1-5) in Las Vegas, thousands of furnishings and design professionals from throughout the nation convened for one of the largest industry shows of the year, Las Vegas Market. Held at The World Market Center in three separate complexes, attendees had a chance to browse impressive showroom collections from all types of furnishing, design and accessories providers, including Eddie Bauer/Lane Home, Import Direct Furniture, Odessa collection, Orient Express Furniture, Remington/Vintage Editions, Tempur-Pedic North America, LLC , and much more.

Las_Vegas_Market_014But among all of the exciting new products on display, Human Touch’s new HT-Connect™ solution took center stage. Throughout the week, the Human Touch® Showroom was filled with furnishings retailers, buyers, and industry media all eager to check out this newest innovation in massage and wellness – the first web application designed to let users personalize the robotic massage chair to their individual wellness needs via iPhone or iPod touch.

Slated for availability in May 2010 as a free download from www.HT-Connect.com or the Apple App Store, HT-Connect™ will interface with Human Touch’s newest, most state-of-the-art massage chair, the AcuTouch™ 9500.  By seamlessly interfacing with HT-Connect™, the new AcuTouch™ 9500 massage chair will be the first robotic massage chair to offer individuals a fully customized massage and wellness experience by providing instant access to a wealth of massage programs, expertise, and user-friendly applications, all at their fingertips via Bluetooth wireless connection. People just loved it, and we’re so excited to bring it officially to the marketplace this spring!

Las_Vegas_Market_010Las_Vegas_Market_029In addition to HT-Connect™, Human Touch’s Perfect Chair® collection was also a big hit, not to mention the fish bowl.

Human Touch® will have more exciting announcements this summer, Aug. 2-6, at the next Las Vegas Market. So stay tuned…

Monday, February 08th, 2010

New CirQlation Elite provides targeted relief for tired feet & calves while doubling as comfortable footrest in a snap Las Vegas (Las Vegas World Market) – Feb. 1, 2010 – Human Touch®, the U.S. market leader of innovative massage chairs, Perfect Chair® Recliners and other wellness solutions, announced today the introduction of its new and most advanced foot & calf massager, the Human Touch® CirQlation™ Elite, providing ultimate, targeted relaxation and relief for tired feet and calves while doubling as a comfortable footrest in a snap.

Featuring Human Touch’s proprietary Figure-Eight™ Technology, the CirQlation™ Elite delivers the very latest in three-dimensional, robotic foot and calf massage with soothing vibration, ensuring a superior kneading massage that improves blood circulation to relieve sore, tired muscles. The Elite massager can be rotated to any angle and can be used with any chair for a rejuvenating massage at home or in the office. Human Touch’s patented Figure-Eight™ Technology ensures that calves are massaged in an upward, rolling or wave-like fashion, forcing blood away from the feet and toward the core of the body to improve blood flow and overall wellness. When you’re not enjoying a relaxing massage the CirQlation™ Elite rotates to transform into a comfortable ottoman.

The CirQlation™ Elite is available for purchase starting Feb. 1 (offered in black or espresso) at http://www.humantouch.com/ht-1360.html or at leading retailers throughout the U.S. and worldwide for MSRP $499.00.

“The CirQlation Elite represents Human Touch’s latest innovation in targeted relief massage products for feet and calves by providing more versatility and more comfort for today’s consumers seeking a respite from their hectic daily lives,” said David Wood, Chief Executive Officer of Human Touch. “One of our primary philosophies as a company is to develop state-of-the-art massage and wellness products that everyone can enjoy, regardless of lifestyle or budget. CirQlation Elite is a prime example of that because of its ability to offer effective massage therapy relief in an extremely compact, stylish and affordable package.”

Key features of the new CirQlation™ Elite include:

  •  On-Board Control Console: Control all the massage functions with the simple press of a button.
  • Choose from three automatic massage programs, plus three fixed speeds: Users can select relaxing kneading massage auto-programs that work out knots and tension in the foot and calf muscles. Plus choose the auto-vibration program, or two fixed vibration speeds for a soothing vibration massage that relaxes sore muscles and penetrates deep into the soles of the feet for a rejuvenating experience.
  • Full 180-Degree Rotation to double as a Comfortable Footrest: To further enhance the relaxation experience, users can conveniently rotate the massager to the desired angle then lock it in place. When not being used as a massager, the CirQlation™ Elite can then easily rotate to become a stylish, comfortable footrest or ottoman.
  • Patented Figure-Eight™ Technology: Human Touch is the only company in the world to offer Figure-Eight™ Technology, ensuring that calves are massaged in an upward, rolling or wave-like motion, circulating blood from the feet toward the core of the body. This allows fresh nutrients to re-enter the calves and feet for greater healing and soothing comfort.

“Many hip and back problems I treat often originate from people overcompensating for sore, tired feet and lower legs,” added Dr. Stephen Ward D.C., Doctor of Chiropractor and a member of Human Touch’s Wellness Council, a group of esteemed experts appointed to educate consumers about the health and wellness benefits of regular massage therapy, relaxation and proper posture. “The CirQlation Foot & Calf Massager is a great way to maintain foot and leg muscle and joint wellness, which contributes to overall physical wellbeing.”

About Human Touch®

In pushing the boundaries of its traditional massage chairs and wellness products through advanced proprietary technology and innovation, Human Touch® is focused on infusing health and wellness into everyday lives through high-quality, design-oriented and award-winning massage chairs, Perfect Chair® Zero-Gravity Recliners and other wellness products and solutions. Human Touch® has been making people feel better™ for more than 30 years by developing state-of-the-art massage and wellness products, as well as by providing valuable consumer education about the substantial health and wellness benefits of regular massage therapy, relaxation and proper posture. Stress relief, increased range of motion, pain relief, improved circulation and increased immunity are just some of the valuable health benefits associated with regular massage therapy. Human Touch products are available at back care specialty stores, fine furniture stores across the country, through international retailers and distributors in more than 40 countries, as well as online at www.humantouch.com.

Media Contacts:

Rachel Neppes
BERKMAN
619.231.9977 x306 (office)
619.405.3917 (cell)
racheln@berkmanpr.com

Kelli Herwehe
BERKMAN
619.231.9977 x312 (office)
619.993.1286 (cell)
kelli@berkmanpr.com

Wednesday, February 03rd, 2010

By Olympian Jeff Galloway

Whether you let your fitness slide a bit over the holidays or you are stuck in a lazy rut with your running, a race date on a calendar can help to rev up the motivation. If you haven’t run a neighborhood or charity based 5K, understand that these are not large events like the Peachtree Road Race or Boston Marathon. Most of these events are laid-back and fun.

1. Write the date on your appointment calendar and enter the race. These two actions have been the most common “inertia breakers”: the beginning of a fulfilling year of running.
2. Come into a good running store for a shoe check. Trained experts can often find a more comfortable shoe that responds better to the way your foot moves.
3. Use the program below to train. Make sure you are running so slow that you are not huffing and puffing–even at the end.
4. Use the run-walk-run strategies listed below on long runs to avoid aches, pains and injuries.
5. Recruit a friend to join you. Having a running partner improves motivation. Copy this article and send it to a friend.
6. It is also motivating to join a group. We have several options of Galloway groups in various locations that have pace groups at your current fitness level.
7. Get a massage every day to loosen sore and tight muscles, improve circulation, and reduce stress. Doing this will help in your training immensely. The best way to do this is what I do—get a Human Touch massage chair.
8. You’ll find more information on training from my books, particularly GETTING STARTED & 5K/10K. These books have all of the information you need and make great gifts (order, autographed from http://www.JeffGalloway.com).

The longer run is the key to fitness, and to finishing a 5K with strength. By going a bit further than 5K distance, you know that you are ready. Each long run should be so slow that you are never huffing and puffing—even at the end.

To maintain the endurance from the long run, you only need to do two other runs of 20 minutes each week. It’s best to spread out the running days—Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday—for example.

Walk breaks will allow the body to recover, even as you are increasing distance. If you walk early and often, you can erase fatigue from the beginning. Start by trying a 1-1 (run a minute/walk a minute). Some need more walking at first (run 15 to 20 seconds/walk 40-45 seconds). For those who have been running comfortably at the following paces, the run-walk-run strategies are listed below:

9 min/mi—run 4 min/walk 1 min (4-1)
10 min/mi—3-1
11 min/mi—2:30-1
12 min/mi—2-1
13 min/mi—1-1
14 min/mi—30 sec/30 sec
15 min/mi—30 sec run/45 sec walk
16 min/mi—20 sec run/40 sec walk
17 min/mi—15 sec run/45 sec walk
18 min/mi—10 sec run/50 sec walk

Note: We have a vibrating timer in the store ($20) which signals when to run and when to walk.

Long Run Schedule (done on one day each week)
Week 1–1 mile
Week 2–1.5 miles
Week 3–2 miles
Week 4–2.5 miles
Week 5–3 miles
Week 6–3.5 miles
Week 7–Race

Note: Over a million exercisers have attended Jeff Galloway clinics, running schools, wonderful retreats, training programs or read his books. To subscribe to his free newsletter and/or blog, visit http://www.JeffGalloway.com

Monday, February 01st, 2010

New HT-Connect™ app for iPhone and iPod touch offers instant, wireless interaction to customized, professional massage therapy relief and wellness information at the touch of a button

Las Vegas (Las Vegas World Market) – February 1, 2010 – Human Touch®, the U.S. market leader of innovative massage chairs, Perfect Chair® Recliners, and other wellness solutions, unveiled today its revolutionary application, HT-Connect™ for iPhone and iPod touch, designed to let users personalize the robotic massage chair to their individual wellness needs. While wirelessly responding to the personalized settings and preferences of the user, the HT-Connect™ interface also provides users with instant access to a wealth of valuable education and expertise from its Wellness Council members about how to live better through regular massage, relaxation, and a healthy lifestyle. The Human Touch® Wellness Council comprises a group of renowned experts in their fields including PGA Tour Pro Tim Clark, former Olympian Jeff Galloway, and well-known doctors of naturopathy and chiropractic, who have committed their time and expertise to educating consumers about the important health and lifestyle benefits of regular massage, Human Touch® massage chairs, and other wellness practices. connect

Slated for availability in summer 2010 as a free download from www.HT-Connect.com or the Apple App Store, HT-Connect™ will interface with Human Touch’s newest, most state-of-the-art massage chair, the AcuTouch™ 9500, which will be sold starting fall 2010 at www.humantouch.com or U.S. retailers. By seamlessly interfacing with HT-Connect™, the new AcuTouch™ 9500 massage chair will be the first robotic massage chair to offer individuals a fully customized massage and wellness experience by providing instant access to a wealth of massage programs, expertise, and user-friendly applications, all at their fingertips via Bluetooth wireless connection on an iPhone or iPod touch.

“HT-Connect™ was designed to meet the growing needs of today’s consumers who rely on their wireless, personal devices to stay connected and live better,” said David Wood, chief executive officer of Human Touch, LLC. “By making this innovative app available to consumers, we’re able to deliver a user experience that offers the same personalized and professional massage that one would receive at a spa or from a real, professional massage therapist. With HT-Connect™ and the AcuTouch™ 9500, users can now fully enjoy the health and wellness benefits of daily massage in the comfort of their own home or office simply by pressing a button on their iPhone or iPod touch. There is no other technology available in the industry like HT-Connect, and we are extremely proud to be the first company to bring this technology to the marketplace.”

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Key features of the new HT-Connect™ app include:

  • Sixteen auto-programmed massages connected to your iPhone or iPod touch: Select the expertly designed program that fits your needs and desires – Morning Wake Up, Rejuvenate, Surrender, Clarify, Sports/Back Therapy, Focus, Posture, Sore Muscle Relief, Sleep and more.
  • Instant connectivity to valuable wellness resources: Offers direct access to Human Touch’s Wellness Council experts, allowing users to feel better everywhere™. Choose from a growing number of auto-massage programs specifically created and prescribed by Wellness Council professionals and connect with these experts for education and wellness tips.
  • Personalized, real-time massage and wellness experience at the touch of a button: Sit down, press start, that’s it. HT-Connect™ knows what users need and when they need it, expertly prescribed by time of day. This intuitive interface also remembers individuals’ own settings and preferences, such as their favorite massage and favorite massage chair position, so while on the go, they can still use the app to wirelessly connect to any AcuTouch™ 9500 massage chair to enjoy a personal massage therapy and targeted relief anywhere.

  • Espresso Shots: When in a hurry, individuals can pick an Espresso Shot, short targeted massage programs, for quick and effective massage relief in just five minutes. Or if they have more time, they can combine three Espresso Shots to enjoy an automatic, personalized wellness solution.

For more information on HT-Connect™, visit www.ht-connect.com.

About Human Touch®

In pushing the boundaries of its traditional massage chairs and wellness products through advanced proprietary technology and innovation, Human Touch® is focused on infusing health and wellness into everyday lives through high-quality, design-oriented and award-winning massage chairs, Zero-Gravity Perfect Chair® Recliners and other wellness products and solutions. Human Touch® has been making people feel better™ for more than 30 years by developing state-of-the-art massage and wellness products, as well as by providing valuable consumer education about the substantial health and wellness benefits of regular massage therapy, relaxation and proper posture. Stress relief, increased range of motion, pain relief, improved circulation and increased immunity are just some of the valuable health benefits associated with regular massage therapy. Human Touch® products are available at back care specialty stores, fine furniture stores across the country, through international retailers and distributors in more than 40 countries, as well as online at www.humantouch.com.

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Media Contacts:


Rachel Neppes

BERKMAN for Human Touch®

619.231.9977 x306 (office)

619.405.3917 (cell)

racheln@berkmanpr.com

Colleen Rugg

BERKMAN for Human Touch®

619.231.9977 x305 (office)

619.997.4930 (cell)

colleen@berkmanpr.com