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Thursday, May 27th, 2010

By Dr. James Rouse, ND

Dr. James Rouse, NDI grew up in a family were speaking your truth was not always easy or safe. Many of my patients have shared with me how they “learned” to stuff their emotions early on in their lives and many of these same people shared a similar and unfortunate history of immune dysfunction and chronic illness. It turns out that choosing to take the time to release emotions is good medicine for both mind, Body and Spirit. And if you are looking for a safe place to do your “release work” look no further than your pen and paper.

It turns out that taking as little as 30 minutes a day to write about emotional topics for four consecutive days helped to raise the immune-boosting lymphocyte count in chronically ill patients and this powerful study published in the peer reviewed journal Psychosomatic Medicine. This study may help to illustrate how holding toxic emotions inside our selves can breed disease. Another study from Santa Clara University also encourages the practice of opening up and creating safe places to share, to create friendships and relationships that can help keep our communication lines open and healthy. Researchers have found that when study participants chose to keep secrets or unhealthily hold onto embarrassing or painful personal experiences, rather than create safe places to share, they experienced more colds, higher levels of fatigue, and more frequency of aches and pains.

We have a wonderful opportunity to heal our lives. Through prayer,dreamstime_6287846 meditation, massage therapy, by writing in our journals, and by creating healthy and honest relationships personally and professionally, we can heal and release harmful memories, feelings, sadness, and disappointment, as well as foster wholeness and freedom in our lives. Take the time to notice where you may be holding onto toxic feelings, look how you may have created draining coping mechanisms that keep you from being light and free to live the way your desire. Also take the time to relax, such as by retreating to a Human Touch massage chair or Perfect Chair®, which can really help you channel your emotions in a positive way.

You are here to shine your essential perfection in and as you. Today you can choose to realize and express your brilliance by making the commitment to honest reflection and by embracing all of your wonderfulness. Celebrate the opportunity to open, to share and release, and live your life well.

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

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Take your inner calm and clarity to the next level! Like a deep massage,  good healthy yoga practice is often known to turn everyday obstacles into unique opportunities. In our modern world of yoga today there are a sundry of different styles and yoga disciplines to follow and explore.

I have been teaching a form of yoga since 2001 called Expressive Yoga, which is a creative means to a hatha based practice. There are a few distinct touches that keep this movement expressive, fresh and fun. After all, yoga is an opportunity to move some energy, deepen the breath, clean out old toxins and find fluidity and flexibility in the body and mind.  Some yoga practices can lean towards a more rigid, linear or even militant approach, which can be serving in its own way.

I personally like to move into a yoga practice knowing that I am providing a good service to my own body and mind while also setting a good, clear intention at the beginning of each practice so that I can help generate some positive energy in the outside world as well.  Yoga can be deeply spiritual, enchanting and much like a morning ritual when practiced consistently and imbued with compassion.

So what is “yoga off the mat”?  This is a phrase you may have heard before and it is in reference to the positive shift of energy that one can experience and bring with them after engaging in a yoga practice. It is very similar to an afternoon of house cleaning, recycling of old materials and refreshing the nature of your surroundings to then sit back and enjoy the good shift in energy that you have created with your dedication, patience and effort. The energy runs full circle – we feed and then are fed.

When approaching a yoga practice with good intentions, rather than seeing it as just a stretch class, there is so much to benefit from the practice. You can turn a bad mood into a good one, relax your body & mind, and even break through that layer of fatigue that sometimes lingers when we don’t get to move our body.

Embrace an added dose of patience, clarity, direction, tolerance, compassion, or creative expression into your day, and you are sure to land into something good! Giving and receiving works in cycles and the sooner we are feeling recharged and energized, we can then spill off that surplus positive energy onto others.

It is like that saying, “help yourself before you can help others”. Our creative energy works in a ripple effect motion…. Good energy is contagious, just the way a smile is!

Addressing the physical and emotional needs throughout a yoga practice can allow for some self healing, dissolution of stress, a new perspective on big and small problems and offer a greater chance at  affecting new encounters directly after a class. Chances are a yoga practice will create a fresh state for the body to function, whether a deeper consciousness strikes the mind or a state of ease sinks in- either way some energy has moved.

Sometimes a yoga practice can be humbling or difficult. Whatever the case may be, it is always wise for the student and the teacher to close the class on a positive note of gratitude, clarity or joy. Indulging in a non~invasive, lighthearted practice is a true gift!~

May we all roll up our mats and serve others as we wish to be served! Yoga can be an awesome way to take full responsibility for our own energy and turn our own obstacles into opportunities.

Find a passion for what you practice and witness the divine energy soar through your spirit!

In serving ourselves, we serve others. In serving others, we serve ourselves.

Namaste.

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

The Human Touch® Wellness ShakeUp delivers valuable wellness tips and a look into the HT-Connect™ App

Long Beach, gI_0_0_ShakeupCA – May 19, 2010 – Human Touch®, the U.S. market leader of innovative massage chairs, Perfect Chair® Recliners, and other wellness solutions, has launched its new Wellness ShakeUp app for iPhone and iPod touch, now available for free download at the Apple App Store.

At the shake of any iPhone or iPod touch, the Human Touch® Wellness Shakeup App delivers valuable wellness information and tips from Human Touch’s esteemed Wellness Council experts, while offering a preview of many of the exciting features that will be available this summer with its revolutionary new massage chair and wellness solution HT-Connect™/AcuTouch™ 9500. Both being introduced this summer, HT-Connect™ will be available as a free download  at the Apple App Store or www.ht-connect.com, and the AcuTouch™ 9500 massage chair will be sold online at www.humantouch.com and at retailers nationwide. (MSRP: $5,999)

The first massage chair and wellness solution ever to work wirelessly with the popular iPhone or iPod touch, HT-Connect™/AcuTouch™ 9500 reinvents personal wellness and the way massage chair users control and customize their wellness routine. Its multitude of features, now available for preview with the Wellness ShakeUp app, includes:

  • Limitless customization options available with HT-Connect™: Users will be able to download the HT-Connect™ app to customize their AcuTouch™ 9500 massage chair, wirelessly, based on their own personal wellness needs. HT-Connect™ remembers each individual’s favorite settings for them, even according to time of day.
  • Instant access to wellness tips and expertise from the Human Touch® Wellness Council: Through HT-Connect™, users will enjoy regular health and lifestyle tips, as well as expert-designed massage programs from Human Touch® Wellness Council members, comprising professional Chiropractors, doctors of Naturopathy, professional athletes, and more.
  • MUCH MORE: Download the Wellness Shakeup app to see many of the unique features that HT-Connect™/AcuTouch™ 9500 will offer, such as 16+ customized, auto-massage programs; Espresso Shots (five-minute, targeted-relief massage programs selected by pointing to the user’s trouble spots on their iPhone or iPod touch screen); AcuPoint® detection (scans the entire length of the back mapping key pressure points to target during your customized massage); Massage Comfort Control, (customizes the massage intensity and can also be used in non-massage mode to create a more comfortable and relaxing seating experience); Air-Pulse seat system;  and much more…

Apple iPhone and iPod touch users are now encouraged to download the new Human Touch® Wellness Shakeup App to “shakeup” how they feel, live and relax, while getting a firsthand glimpse at the exciting features soon available with HT-Connect™/AcuTouch™ 9500.

Friday, May 14th, 2010

Long Beach, CA – May 14, 2010 –Human Touch®, the U.S. market leader of innovative massage chairs, Perfect Chair® Recliners, and other wellness solutions, has announced the new hire of Billy Curtright as its Director of Sales, Furniture and Specialty Sleep. In this position, Curtright will be responsible for expanding Human Touch’s sales and dealer opportunities throughout the furniture and specialty sleep markets. He will report to President of Human Touch® Andrew Cohen, working from his home office in Mobile, Alabama.billy

“We are extremely excited to have Billy on our team,” commented Andrew Cohen, president of Human Touch, LLC. “The retail landscape in the furniture industry is rapidly changing, and thus retailers are constantly looking for new and exciting ways to present products on their sales floors. Therefore, in the weeks and months ahead, Billy’s expertise in this ever-changing industry will help us to create new and effective approaches for selling and marketing our products in furniture and specialty sleep stores.”

Curtright brings to Human Touch® 18 years of sales management and marketing experience in the furniture business, having served in previous positions, such as national sales manager for Standard Furniture Company, president of Drakeford Furniture, and most recently, account executive for Ekornes. Other companies that he has also represented during his career include Room Choices and Master Design Furniture.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alabama, College of Arts & Sciences in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Curtright added, “This position is a perfect fit for me and my background.  Originally starting in case goods earlier in my career, both imported and domestic, my interest and passion has really migrated toward products focused on heath, wellness, comfort and relaxation. The Human Touch® product assortment covers all of that.  I’m looking forward to working with the accounts and sales representatives throughout North America to help them grow their business in our specialized category.”

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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Thursday, May 13th, 2010

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By Dr. Shawn Dill, DC Doctor of Chiropractic

Our schedule is double-booked. We can’t seem to answer emails fast enough at work. Finances look tight again this month. We had yet another argument with our kids this morning. And when are we supposed to find the time to organize that birthday party / baby shower / neighborhood barbecue coming up next month? We are stressed out!

When we spend every waking moment of our day just trying to catch up, we become irritable, frustrated and angry. Instead of doing more work, we actually can’t concentrate as well and instead perform at a lower quality level. Potential flare-ups turn into full-blown fights, and we just don’t seem to have the energy or time to make things right again.

The emotional and physical strains we feel from the outside world not only affect the way we feel or act at any given moment, but stress also has a negative effect on our overall health. When we’re stressed out, we prohibit our red blood cells from working at their full capacity, which makes us more susceptible to colds and other illnesses.

We’re also more likely to turn to unhealthy habits like smoking, drinking and overeating, and we forget to take the time to eat healthily and exercise properly. As we think through the day and fret about the next as we lay in bed at night, we’re more likely to lose sleep, which is a vital component to full-body health as well.

Though we deal with stress in the moment, the negative long-term effects stick with us. Here are five easy things you can do to keep your stress in check:

  1. 1. Get a massage. Treat yourself to a periodic massage to release the physical tension in your body. Even a few minutes in a Human Touch® massage chair will provide you with the gentle touch you need to help stress melt away. Yoga and meditation are also good activities for stress reduction.
  2. 2. Take a vacation, but leave the cell phone at home and don’t check in with work. Spending quality time with your spouse, family or even by yourself allows you to relax in a new environment without all of the demands of home.
  3. 3. Learn to say no. If you can’t take on more duties at work, coach your child’s soccer team, make cupcakes for the school fundraiser and organize another event for your church, then don’t say that you can. Decide which activities are the priorities in your life, and don’t feel bad when you have to pass on others.
  4. 4. Laugh. Humor releases muscle tension and helps us maintain a positive outlook in otherwise stressful situations.
  5. 5. Don’t forget about you. If you aren’t healthy, there’s no way to provide for everyone else in your life, which adds to your stress and worry. Make sure you take the time to eat well and exercise regularly even when it doesn’t seem like you have the time or energy.