The Newest Headlines Surrounding Massage Chairs and Human Touch

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

High Point, NC (High Point Market) – March 17, 2010 – Human Touch®, the U.S. market leader of innovative massage chairs, Perfect Chair® Recliners, and other wellness solutions, will showcase its revolutionary application and wellness solution, HT-Connect™ for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, at High Point Market, April 17-22, one of the world’s largest, bi-annual furnishing industry events. connect

Available this summer as a free download from the Apple App Store, HT-Connect™ is the first wellness solution allowing users to personalize the robotic massage chair to their individual wellness needs. HT-Connect™ will interface with Human Touch’s newest, most state-of-the-art massage chair, the AcuTouch™ 9500, slated for U.S. availability this fall. 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, iPod touch or iPad. The AcuTouch™ 9500 will also be available for retail sale in the U.S. in fall 2010 at or leading retailers nationwide (MSRP: $5,999).

“We first introduced HT-Connect™ in February and received a tremendously positive response from the furnishings industry,” commented Andrew Cohen, President of Human Touch®. “We look forward to continuing that same excitement for this product at High Point Market next month.  HT-Connect™ truly responds to the needs of today’s consumers seeking a completely customized, professional massage and wellness experience all at their fingertips via the wireless device in their pocket.”

While 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 Human Touch® Wellness Council members about how to live better through regular massage, relaxation, and a healthy lifestyle. The Wellness Council comprises a group of renowned experts in their fields, ranging from PGA Golf Pro Tim Clark and former Olympian and professional runner Jeff Galloway, to well-known doctors of naturopathy and chiropractic.

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

  • Sixteen auto-programmed massages connected to your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad: 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® 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.


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  • 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 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.

Also during High Point Market, Human Touch® will be showcasing its award-winning, state-of-the-art massage chairs®, Zero-Gravity Perfect Chair® Recliners, and targeted-relief products. All of these exciting Human Touch® products will be on display at High Point Market in showroom location- IHFC- H517.

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

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Media Contacts:

Rachel Neppes

BERKMAN for Human Touch®

619.231.9977 x306 (office)

619.405.3917 (cell)

Colleen Rugg

BERKMAN for Human Touch®

619.231.9977 x305 (office)

619.997.4930 (cell)

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

By Jaime Tam

IMG_4095As an ethnic dancer, belly dancer, African dancer and yogi, I have learned much about the extraordinary power we carry in our hips and our pelvic floor.  It is when we become fully submerged with a physical discipline that we learn so much about our own body knowledge, kinesthetics, and just how powerful it is to move energy.

Moving our hips in a circular motion and exploring pelvic tilts, shimmies and sways awaken our innate primal energy.  This movement helps release toxins, frees up anxiety, and can also orchestrate the sound of live percussion as a sense of direction when leading a class or drum circle.

Every Thursday night our studio offers an Expressive Yoga Dance class that is highlighted with the primitive sounds of live percussion, rhythm sticks, and crystal healing bowls for the relaxing meditation at the close of each class.  Our drummer friend Joe Montelbano often says “I just follow your hips and they tell me the rhythm I need to play”.  The nature of the class is free form, yet guided with creative dance instruction.  Both women and men indulge in this class opportunity and together, we awaken our inner fire utilizing sound, dynamic animal movements, barefoot dancing, and a whole lot of hip action!

My most sacred experience while dancing with live percussionists was an evening where several artists had been displaying paintings inside a cozy lounge-type setting here in Las Vegas.  There was an inspiring energy in the air, lots of live music, and a fabulous group of drummers in a circle reaching these waves of ecstatic energy with one another. 

I was drawn to the musical circle and dove right into the sound bath of rhythm.  I began to dance, to let go, loosen and undulate, feel the music, and dance inside the music.  Together the dance and the live percussion wove a bridge of pure harmony; it felt as though each movement had been choreographed, yet we were only improvising and simply exploring while having fun.  As time passed it seemed as though a trance state came over us and we continued to express ourselves through movement and sound. 

It was then that I had been drawing slow circles through space with my hips in sync with the tempo and flow of all ten drummers.  It was like a slow trance movement, yet the music streamed faster like a deep droning sound, calming everyone in the room.  Other dancers became engaged outside the circle and the energetic journey progressed.  It was a very powerful feeling I experienced that evening, dancing in the very center of the drum circle almost guiding the percussion with the direction my hips would move.

Just then something fascinating happened.  I suddenly changed the direction of my dance.  My hips had been circling to the right for a few steady moments along with the movement of my hands, fingers and ribcage.  When I rotated my hips in the opposite direction the sound of the 10 drummers in trance state instantly disengaged and turned into the sound of a warped record playing in reverse motion.  All the parts collided and tumbled into a very brief moment of silence.  After a short moment of hesitation, the drums picked right back up and a new rhythm was created, just like that.

We laughed for a bit as we all found our way back in motion and on track.  The drum circle went on and on that evening and everyone enjoyed it.  I had walked away later on remembering that very special moment, the transition that had been dictated by the power of my hips.  I hadn’t been so aware until that night that the power we carry in our hips is like our creative life force, a pulse of fire that is so very powerful!  It was an incredible sensation and I realize now that we all carry that same primitive power in our hips, we just need to tap into it and bring it to life. 

I later learned from a few midwives during a pre-postnatal training that women preparing for birth are highly recommended to keep that circular movement alive in the hips and best done to the sounds of percussion or getting real earthy, like gardening outdoors to good music.  I soak in that advice now, as I am pregnant with my first child and dancing my way through all the emotions and joys of the full experience.  I also very much cherish my ability to enjoy a therapeutic massage regularly in my Human Touch® massage chair.  This combo of dance and massage has been very helpful for me in my pregnancy.

Thursday, March 04th, 2010

By Olympian Jeff Galloway

jeff-thumb-upThe year after I competed on the U.S. Olympic team I was on a track and field tour of Norway and Sweden.  I got to know several of the top athletes there, as we traveled together and competed about every 3-4 days.  At first, I ran some of my fastest times.  But by the third week, my new Scandinavian friends were finishing farther ahead of me, race after race.  One day, as we relaxed in the Sauna after a very hard race, one of the better runners from Finland divulged his secret: massage every day. He believed that he would not have achieved world-class status without these sessions.running

After looking through the research on massage and distance running, I learned that tired/exhausted muscles could be returned to top capacity quicker by massage.  An exhausting workout or race damages several areas of the most-used muscles, such as the calf.  It may take 7-14 days to recover from one of these workouts/races without massage.  Several resource sources noted that massage can allow healing after a really tough workout in as little as 48 hours by moving the “junk” out of the damaged area.  This stimulates the muscle to repair itself and the recovery of the muscle is noticeable.  Experienced massage therapists can manipulate the muscle to promote better blood flow which delivers healing agents and rebuilding material.

HT-7450_Hero_Shot_Wells_Up_(High_Resolution)_I have found that the Human Touch® massage chair stimulates the muscles in the same way as a massage therapist.  Furthermore, you can choose the area of the body that you want worked on.  You are in control over the process, recovering more quickly. 

As one who likes to run every day, I appreciate my Human Touch® massage.

Thursday, March 04th, 2010