The Newest Headlines Surrounding Massage Chairs and Human Touch

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

High Point, NC (High Point Market) – April 20, 2010 – After a three year absence, Human Touch®, the U.S. market leader of innovative massage chairs, Perfect Chair® Recliners, and other wellness solutions, has returned to High Point Market (Apr. 17-22) in showroom location IHFC-H517 to showcase its exciting, new massage chair and wellness solution, HT-Connect™/AcuTouch™ 9500, in addition to its other state-of-the-art massage chairs and Perfect Chair® Recliners.

“High Point Market is one of the most important trade shows of the year for the design and home furnishings industry, and we are extremely glad to be a part of it,” said Andrew Cohen, President of Human Touch®. “Our decision to show again at High Point Market after a three-year absence was prompted by the large, forecasted attendance among furnishings dealers and retailers at this spring’s event, and the industry’s enthusiastic response to our official summer launch of HT-Connect™/AcuTouch™ 9500, the first massage chair and wellness solution in history to work with the popular iPhone and iPod touch. We’re looking forward to showing the industry this exciting, new product, and to a very successful show.”

Available this summer as a free download from the Apple App Store, HT-HT-Connect+AcuTouch9500_webConnect™ 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. 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. The AcuTouch™ 9500 will also be available for retail sale in the U.S. in June at www.humantouch.com or leading retailers nationwide (MSRP: $5,999).

Other Human Touch® products that are currently on display at High Point Market include: 

  • Zero-Gravity Perfect Chair® Recliners, sleek and elegantly designed recliners that transform the body into a total state of relaxation. Featuring zero-gravity engineering, which places the body in a NASA-inspired neutral body (virtually weightless) position, allows earth’s gravity to be eliminated from the body for a head-to-toe relaxation experience. In this physician-recommended posture, the spine, hip, and knee joints are on or close to the balanced midpoint of the muscles, resulting in maximum relaxation and minimum muscle tension.  
  • HT® Massage Chairs, including the award-winning AcuTouch™ HT-7450 zero-gravity massage chair and ThermoStretch™ HT-7120 massage chair. The AcuTouch™ HT-7450 incorporates zero-gravity engineering and patented Human Touch Technology®, which replicates the personal touch of a human massage therapist, to provide the ultimate massage therapy and wellness experience behind a beautifully designed and upholstered chair. HT-7450 also includes a built-in calf massager for an invigorating calf massage. ThermoStretch™ HT-7120 is one of Human Touch’s top-of-the-line massage chairs and the only massage chair in its price range to feature Massage Comfort Control. This advanced technology allows the user to electronically adjust the comfort setting of the backrest and transform this powerful massage chair into a luxurious comfortable home theater chair.
  • CirQlation™ foot & calf massagers, targeted-relief products designed to complement users’ Human Touch® massage chair experience by providing a therapeutic foot & calf massage. All Human Touch® foot & calf massagers feature patented Figure-Eight™ Technology, which massages calves in an upward, rolling or “wave-like” fashion, forcing blood away from the feet and toward the body’s core to improve blood flow and wellness.  

 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 http://www.humantouch.com/.

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Media Contact:

Rachel Neppes
BERKMAN for Human Touch®
619.231.9977 x306 (office)
619.405.3917 (cell)
racheln@berkmanpr.com

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

Checklist to Fitness

By Olympian Jeff Galloway

jeff-thumb-upWhether you have run a marathon, or you’re taking your first walking steps, there are a few tips that can help you avoid aches, pains and burnout. If you listen to too many people you may get confused by the conflicting opinions on just about everything. I’ve spent about 40 years analyzing methods and products that work and want to help you avoid hours of searching. Here are a few “tools” that can make the process easier.

  • Enjoy every workout!  If you take it easy from the beginning, and set up a plan, you’ll stay motivated and can avoid most of the aches and pains.   
  • HT-7120_3-4_Hero_Shot_(High_Resolution)Massage! Feel better sooner by getting a Human Touch massage chair treatment. The muscles feel better and recover faster due to better blood flow. 
  • Doctor: Just get the OK to do 30 minutes of gentle walking or walk/running on Tuesday and Thursday, gradually increasing your workout on the weekend. If your doctor tells you not to exercise then get a second opinion. Find a doctor who promotes exercise for health, and you’ll have a health coach for life.
  • Shoes are the primary investment: Get the best advice. It’s a good idea to spend a little time on choosing a good running shoe, even if you’re walking. Get the best advice you can from the staff at the best running store in your area. Bring in your most worn pair of shoes. 
  • A Training Book: There are a number of good books for every level of walking or running. Visit www.RunInjuryFree.com for books that have proven programs. WALKING has training schedules for 5K, GETTING STARTED, GALLOWAY TRAINING PROGRAMS, A WOMAN’S GUIDE TO FAT BURNING; all of these explain how to gain control over your exercise and nutrition, with tools to help you manage fatigue and motivation.
  • Training Group: There are groups in over 80 cities which have support, regular walk/run, grouped according to your ability level. Having a group or a buddy to run with each week makes the miles go by quicker and with more enjoyment.
  • Clothing: In the summer, you want to wear light, cool clothing. During cold weather, layering is the best strategy. As you get into longer sessions, you will find various outfits that make you feel better and motivate you to get in your workout even on bad weather days. It is also OK to give yourself a fashionable outfit to reward yourself for exercising regularly for several weeks.
  • A Training Journal: The journal is an important motivation tool. It will also help you set up your training plan and track your progress.

Olympian Jeff Galloway has coached over a million exercisers through his fitness schools, wonderful retreats, training groups, books, and individual consultations. Sign up for his free newsletter and join him on Facebook and Twitter.

Thursday, April 08th, 2010

By Alvin Tam

Professional Acrobatic-Fitness Coach

I love my Human Touch AcuTouch™ HT-7450 Zero Gravity Massage Chair, not only because it massages and relaxes me. My chair puts me in a state of contemplative bliss, which is today’s modern equivalent of putting your computer in standby mode. It’s an “off” mode, a few precious moments where schedules and deadlines pause and true reflections of spirit and mind can rise calmly to the surface. I begin this month’s blog with a new series of articles that I call “Ruminations From The Chair”. This month, it’s about the truth behind trust.

After 15 years of professional performing in the circus, I realize that we live in a world of trust. When I perform a high flying act, supported only by cables and carabiners, I trust that the equipment will work. When I tumble across the stage in a rapid succession of back handsprings, I trust that other artists on stage will move on time, and clear the space for me. Others trust me to catch them when I throw them into the air for a double back flip, or to correctly attach their safety lines to their harnesses 60 feet in the air. I trust myself when I light my poi on fire and spin it in rapid arcs around my body. Trust is as palpable and real as the show itself, the glue that holds together a thinly fabricated illusion of seamless choreography, characters, and story line. I am fascinated by how much we trust each other, how much we trust the machines and systems that run our lives and how horribly denying it is to our spirit to not be able to see the bountiful sea of trust that surrounds us, bathes us, and carries us.

You don’t have to be an acrobat in a dangerous circus show to recognize that trust is everywhere. Consider, and be amazed by, the many and varied acts of trust you perform when you drive to work. First, you trust that your car will start the way it was designed – you expect that the technology inside your vehicle will work correctly, and not detonate in a massive fireball on your driveway. You calmly turn the key despite the fact that you are sitting only a few feet from a bathtub full of gasoline, and that this highly explosive fuel is forcefully funneled through a super heated engine block and deliberately ignited with an electric spark.

As you drive down the road, listening to the radio, observing the weather, reading billboards, checking voicemail, and sipping your morning coffee, be astonished it is not a regular occurrence tam-fire1that no one has yet jumped the yellow line, careening wildly into you in a head-on collision. Be joyful that your fellow comrades on their way to work also acknowledge that they each command a multi-ton weapon of encased metal and rubber, capable of snuffing out the life of any pedestrian nonchalantly meandering across the street – but most of the time, don’t.

And speaking of pedestrians, rejoice in the knowledge that you can cross the street because we all made an implicit agreement that red means stop and green means go. After all, they are just random colors of the rainbow and don’t have any real meaning, except for the ones we give them.

So your successful arrival at work, or wherever you are going, depends on two things: first that we give meaning to meaningless things, and second that we agree to continuously agree to the meaning. What greater daily demonstration of trust is there than to see millions of people consciously stopping their vehicles of mass destruction when they see the color red? Think of the millions of lives that are saved every year by this collective nod.

And this is only the drive to work. Now look inwards and consider what happens within your body on a second-to-second basis. The miracle of life is the miracle of total, complete, and binding trust. Your lungs are expanding and contracting, your heart is beating and pumping, and your eyes are absorbing light patterns while your brain is expeditiously processing trillions of bytes of information. These occurrences happen thousands, if not millions of times a day under the veil of the autonomic nervous system, completely unconscious to your waking thoughts, dutifully performing their life supporting functions without so much of a complaint or gripe. You trust that when you wake in the morning, your blood will still be flowing through your arteries, and your intestinal tract will have processed enough of the late night cheesecake to provide energy for the start of your day. It’s a miracle to think that, at any point, this intricate fabric of interdependent systems can be so easily interrupted, and life as we know it will end.

Living is trusting and is the greatest testament that the values of trust are alive and well. The next time you hear someone, or perhaps yourself say, “I can’t trust…”, contemplate the millions of examples that occur every moment that are life supporting and not life taking. Then contemplate how simple it is to cut the thinly attached chords of trust with a benign act, like driving down the wrong side of the road, or throwing bags of trash out the window of your 10th story apartment. And why wouldn’t you? It’s faster than bringing garbage down the stairs, but you don’t because we’ve all agreed to the value of life, which is the value of trust.

You might be silently screaming that mistrust does exist and that horrible trespasses against our collective agreements do occur. People do get run over by cars, murders and wars happen, and hearts cease their vital beating. There is no doubt that the execution of the trust act is not total and all-pervading. Not everyone or every system functions perfectly.

You may have been lied to, manipulated by, or transgressed upon somehow in the past. The sensation of boundaries crossed and opportunities stolen is weighty and sobering. It is not helpful to simply say that the past is the past because your thoughts happen in the present.

What is helpful then is to remark that your present moment is replete with miraculous illustrations of trust. The question, how to trust again, is also the question of how to live again. And living by being, not thinking, strategizing, doing, or analyzing, is the answer to living again.

Living by being is a daily practice of conscious observation. What are you observing? You are rediscovering that ordinary events that normally occur without so much of a thought are in fact stupendous examples of trust. Begin observing simple, routine acts with an open and curious mind.

When I am on stage and a fellow artist is quick enough to catch me from an accidental fall, or remembers to correctly attach my safety line to my harness, I know that we live in a world of trust. When I drive through an intersection and see all the cars stopped at their red light, or get to work without trying to dodge an oncoming truck, I know that we live in a world of trust. And when I wake in the morning and open my eyes to the sunrise or take a deep breath in, I know that we live in a world of trust.

 Take a moment to also explore my mind-body wellness blog at www.soulacrobats.com and my fitness training program at www.acrofitsystem.com.

Thursday, April 08th, 2010

iPhone/iPod touch-controlled AcuTouch™ 9500 Massage Chair and Human Touch Perfect Chairs® Currently On Display at a Key Design/Home Furnishings Industry Trade Show

High Point, NC (High Point Market) – April 20, 2010 – After a three year absence, Human Touch®, the U.S. market leader of innovative massage chairs, Perfect Chair® Recliners, and other wellness solutions, has returned to High Point Market (Apr. 17-22) in showroom location IHFC-H517 to showcase its exciting, new massage chair and wellness solution, HT-Connect™/AcuTouch™ 9500, in addition to its other state-of-the-art massage chairs and Perfect Chair® Recliners.connect

“High Point Market is one of the most important trade shows of the year for the design and home furnishings industry, and we are extremely glad to be a part of it,” said Andrew Cohen, President of Human Touch®. “Our decision to show again at High Point Market after a three-year absence was prompted by the large, forecasted attendance among furnishings dealers and retailers at this spring’s event, and the industry’s enthusiastic response to our official fall launch of HT-Connect™/AcuTouch™ 9500, the first massage chair and wellness solution in history to work with the popular iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. We’re looking forward to showing the industry this exciting, new product, and to a very successful show.”

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. 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 HT-Connect™ app will be available for free download at the Apple iTunes Store starting in June and the AcuTouch™ 9500 will be available for U.S. sale this fall at www.humantouch.com or at leading retailers nationwide (MSRP: $5,999).

Other Human Touch® products that are currently on display at High Point Market include:

  • Zero-Gravity Perfect Chair® Recliners, sleek and elegantly designed recliners that transform the body into a total state of relaxation. Featuring zero-gravity engineering, which places the body in a NASA-inspired neutral body (virtually weightless) position, allows earth’s gravity to be eliminated from the body for a head-to-toe relaxation experience. In this physician-recommended posture, the spine, hip, and knee joints are on or close to the balanced midpoint of the muscles, resulting in maximum relaxation and minimum muscle tension.

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  • HT® Massage Chairs, including the award-winning AcuTouch™ HT-7450 zero-gravity massage chair and ThermoStretch™ HT-7120 massage chair. The AcuTouch™ HT-7450 incorporates zero-gravity engineering and patented Human Touch Technology®, which replicates the personal touch of a human massage therapist, to provide the ultimate massage therapy and wellness experience behind a beautifully designed and upholstered chair. HT-7450 also includes a built-in calf massager for an invigorating calf massage. ThermoStretch™ HT-7120 is one of Human Touch’s top-of-the-line massage chairs and the only massage chair in its price range to feature Massage Comfort Control. This advanced technology allows the user to electronically adjust the comfort setting of the backrest and transform this powerful massage chair into a luxurious comfortable home theater chair.
  • CirQlation™ foot & calf massagers, targeted-relief products designed to complement users’ Human Touch® massage chair experience by providing a therapeutic foot & calf massage. All Human Touch® foot & calf massagers feature patented Figure-Eight™ Technology, which massages calves in an upward, rolling or “wave-like” fashion, forcing blood away from the feet and toward the body’s core to improve blood flow and wellness.

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

Tuesday, April 06th, 2010

Long Beach, CA – April 6, 2010 — Human Touch®, the U.S. market leader of innovative massage chairs, Perfect Chair® Recliners, and other wellness solutions, has received an exclusive endorsement by the World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) for its massage chairs as a valid supplement to back-care therapies. The WFC is a professional organization comprised of national associations of chiropractors in 85 countries, representing them and the chiropractic profession in the international community.

After thoroughly testing the Human Touch® products, the WFC has concluded that Human Touch® massage chairs and Perfect Chair® Recliners can serve as an important tool for back pain sufferers by helping to alleviate or prevent spinal stress, which leads to back pain and disability. According to the WFC, over 80% or 8 out of 10 Americans will be disabled by back pain at some point during their lives and persistent /chronic back pain is the single most disabling condition for working-age Americans.

“The WFC is pleased to endorse and recommend Human Touch® products as a valuable tool for assisting in the treatment and care of back pain and spinal disorders due to their superior technology, quality, and ability to prevent or alleviate spinal stress,” said the WFC’s Vice President Michael Flynn, DC, Doctor of Chiropractic. “I have highly recommended and continue to recommend Human Touch® products to individuals with back pain. Combining the use of chiropractic care with the quality Human Touch® massage chair or Perfect Chair® Recliner with an active lifestyle and healthy diet is an excellent way to help back pain sufferers achieve optimum wellness.”

Among the Human Touch® products available, the Zero-Gravity Perfect Chair® Recliners and AcuTouch™ HT-7450 Zero-Gravity Massage Chairs are particularly ideal for assisting in back pain, spinal alignment, and posture.

  • Zero-Gravity Perfect Chair®: Inspired by the Neutral Body Posture studied by NASA during the SkyLab program, the Zero-Gravity Perfect Chair® places the body in a virtually weightless position to provide relaxation and minimum muscle tension. In this therapist-recommended position, the spine, hips, and knee joints are on or close to the balanced midpoint of the muscles. Its sleek and elegant design and Zero-Gravity engineering make it into a great way to relieve the soreness, tension, and fatigue caused by the earth’s constant gravitational pulling on the body. The Perfect Chair® Recliner comes in four different styles and in a variety of colors – the Zero Gravity Perfect Chair® Silhouette (PC-075), Perfect Chair Traditional (PC-085), Zero-Gravity Perfect Chair® Classic Manual (PC-6), and Classic Power (PC-095) Perfect Chair. MSRP ranges from $1,899 to $2,499.
  • HT7450withwomaninchairAcuTouch™ HT-7450 Zero-Gravity Massage Chair: This top-of-the-line, award-winning robotic massage chair defies the clutches of gravity and adjusts to the individual’s body to fit like a glove. It’s based on the patented Human Touch Technology®, which replicates the hands of a professional massage therapist. The AcuTouch™ HT-7450 Zero-Gravity Massage Chair features eight pre-programmed massage routines and a mass of customization options, as well as a built-in, adjustable-width foot and calf massager, seat massage system, and dual-lumbar heater. The adjustable headrest and a range of reclined positions allow for maximum comfort, and the Acupoint Detection System adjusts to the body for the most effective massage possible. MSRP: $3,999.

David Wood, Chief Executive Officer of Human Touch® added, “We are extremely proud to have received recognition for our products from the World Federation of Chiropractic. This endorsement serves as an important example of how Human Touch® products can deliver indispensable health and wellness benefits to millions of Americans suffering from back pain. We strongly believe that incorporating regular massage therapy, proper posture and relaxation into individuals’ everyday lives can greatly improve their overall health and wellness.”

In its ongoing commitment to enhancing the wellness of consumers everywhere, Human Touch® also offers a Wellness Council. Through the Wellness Council, Human Touch® has brought together influential individuals with a variety of wellness experiences and expertise to educate people about how to achieve a healthier and happier life by integrating massage, relaxation, sound posture, and balance into their daily routine. To learn more about the Wellness Council or to get daily, expert prescriptions on achieving a healthier lifestyle, visit http://www.humantouch.com/wellness-council.html or blog.humantouch.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.

About The World Federation of Chiropractic

The World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) has national associations of chiropractors in 85 countries as its voting members, and represents them and the chiropractic profession internationally. Many individuals and organizations support its work as associate members. The WFC has been a non-governmental organization or NGO in official relations with the World Health Organization (WHO) since 1997, and collaborates with many federations representing other healthcare professions. To learn more about the WFC, visit http://www.wfc.org.

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Media Contact:

Rachel Neppes
BERKMAN
(619) 231-9977 x306-office
(619) 405-3917-cell
racheln@berkmanpr.com