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Thursday, June 17th, 2010

By Dr. Jeffrey Thompson, D.C.

DrThompsonheadshotwebBeing as this is my first blog, I wanted to take the time to introduce myself and the type of work I am doing with Human Touch®. I’ve spent the past 30 years researching and exploring the effects of sound and low frequency vibration as a healing tool in my practice. I’ve been a musician and composer since I was 12 years old and a Chiropractic Physician since 1980. Soon after I was in practice, I began experimenting with specific frequencies to make Chiropractic adjustments with sound. My approach was to target specific vertebrae with precise tones that could resonate that bone like a wine glass. The success of this attempt set the course of my life from that time until now.

My work with sound has evolved over the decades to its present form which involves the combination of a number of sound techniques applied to the Human Touch Perfect Chair body, the nervous system and the brain. I use the Human Touch Perfect Chair® as a core component in this process and retro-fit the chair with specially designed low frequency transducers which can introduce vibration frequencies directly into the cells of the body. The sensation is like nothing you have ever experienced before – a full body cellular massage with sound vibration.

I use a number of medical monitoring devices to show me how the body is functioning and where it is imbalanced and not functioning normally. I use EEG to study the brainwaves and current state of consciousness and a system called Real-Time Heart Rate Variability (RT-HRV) to show how the master control system of the body is balanced and functioning. This master control system is called the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) and includes the Sympathetic and Parasympathetic nerves with nerve branches to every organ and gland in the body. The Sympathetic Nervous System is activated during the “fight / flight” response and the Parasympathetic is activated during rest, digestion and recuperation. This system should normally be in a neutral “zero stress” state called Homeostasis. Most of the patients I see are stuck in the fight/ flight mode with the Sympathetic Nervous System chronically dominant. My work involves tuning highly specific sound frequencies, delivered through the sound modified Perfect Chair, which can cause the imbalanced ANS to go into its Homeostasis point of zero stress.

Regular sessions on the Sound Perfect Chair re-educate the ANS to strengthen its Homeostasis ability which in turn rebalances all the systems in the body the ANS controls. Since the ANS controls all systems in the body, balancing this system tends to cause global body responses and the alleviation of many types of symptoms of disease.

I believe the word disease really does say it all. Homeostasis is the ultimate state of ease in the body in which all of the body’s resources are available and at maximum efficiency of its energy and balance. Chronic lack of balance in the ANS and continual loss of homeostasis equals a chronic “lack of ease” or disease and all the symptoms that begin to spin out from this condition. Once this state of imbalance at the core goes on for too long, tissue begins to break down and the body enters into a state of pathology.

I searched for over a year for the ideal type of chair in which to build my sound system into for delivering the sound frequencies to the body for my healing technique. The day I saw the Perfect Chair® I knew this was what I had been looking for.

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Basketball legend will share wellness expertise and his experience with Human Touch massage chairs

Long Beach, CA – June 15, 2010 – Human Touch®, the U.S. market leader of innovative massage chairs, Perfect Chair® Recliners, and other wellness solutions, is proud to welcome NBA Hall of Famer and legendary sports broadcaster Bill Walton to its Wellness Council.Bill Walton

The Human Touch® Wellness Council comprises a group of esteemed individuals, all who have agreed to share their expertise and personal experiences with consumers about how regular massage therapy, relaxation, and other wellness practices can greatly improve their quality of life.

Wellness Council members range from professional athletes, to doctors of Chiropractic and massage therapists, such as PGA Golfer Tim Clark, Former Olympian Runner Jeff Galloway, Doctor of Chiropractic Shawn Henry Dill, DC, Bodyworker and Essential Oils Educator Julie Chertow, and more.

“I have had 36 orthopedic operations”, Walton said. “I have two fused ankles, my knees, hands and wrists no longer work, and my spine is now fused. Other than that– I’m doing fine. Massage, rest and relaxation are all fundamental and critical components of my daily efforts to maintain a healthy quality of life. I use my Human Touch® massage chair as much as I can to ease my way back from the sore leg, back, and neck muscles that hinder my relentless drive to remain mobile, active, and productive. Having my Human Touch® massage chair available to me 24/7 allows me to enjoy a professional, therapeutic massage on my own schedule and in the comfort and privacy of my own home. It’s pretty much better than perfect. I can’t imagine where I would be without it.”

As the U.S. leading provider of massage chairs and wellness products for more than 30 years, Human Touch® is committed to increasing awareness among U.S. consumers about how regular massage therapy, proper relaxation and posture can become an integral tool to help them improve their overall wellness for a better quality of life.

“We are extremely excited to have Bill Walton join our Wellness Council,” said David Wood, CEO of Human Touch®. “Bill is a legendary figure in basketball and highly respected among millions for his athletic achievements and contributions to sports, business and community. His ability to enjoy a productive and active life, in spite of his own daily struggles with chronic pain, is truly admirable.”

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Human Touch® Welcomes Retired NBA Star Bill Walton to Wellness Council

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William Theodore Walton, III (Bill) began playing basketball in fourth grade and asserted his dominance in high school where his team won the California Interscholastic Federation High School title two years in a row. He became the first and only high school player to ever make the USA Senior Men’s National Basketball Team and play in the World Championship and/or Olympics.

He enrolled at UCLA in 1970 where he played for the legendary John Wooden and was a member of two NCAA championship teams and a three-time recipient of the NCAA Player of the Year Award – 1972, ’73 and ’74. At UCLA, Walton was a three-time All-America College Player and a scholar-athlete who also earned Academic All-America honors three years in a row.

In 1974, Walton was the #1 overall selection in the NBA Draft by the Portland Trailblazers, for whom he played five years, winning an NBA Championship in 1977. He went on to play for two more franchises, winning another Championship in 1986 with the Boston Celtics, before ultimately having to stop playing due to several debilitating injuries.

Walton won numerous MVP awards during his illustrious career, and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1993. He was named one of the NBA’s 50 greatest players of all time in 1997.

Following his playing career, Walton began an equally successful broadcasting career in 1990. He has won a number of Emmy awards and, in 2009, Walton was named one of the top-50 sportscasters of all time by the American Sportscasters Association. Walton has been severely limited physically the past few years with unrelenting, excruciating and debilitating back pain.

Today, after major clean-out, reconstructive and fusion spine surgery, physical therapy and finding his Human Touch chair, Walton is climbing back into the game of life one more time.

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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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)

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

By Alvin Tam

alvintam2-headshotBeing an acrobat is all about the interplay between balance and imbalance and creating alignment. Probably one of the most beneficial things I can do as an athlete to create proper alignment in my body is to make sure that I stay relaxed and fluid, especially after hard trainings. Using a Human Touch® massage chair is what keeps me aligned because it keeps me relaxed, refreshed and ready.

My wife and I own and operate a yoga-fitness studio called Barefoot Sanctuary that operates out of the largest Whole Foods Market in Las Vegas. We are very lucky to partner and create a community studio space with them because we also have the opportunity to introduce very unique courses into the schedule that we wouldn’t be able to do at other studios. One of those classes is my Handstand Class.

You wouldn’t think that spending an hour on your hands would be anAlvin Tam handstand on Human Touch massage chair enticing fitness offering, but it’s become quite popular. I’ve had people from all walks, none of them acrobats, come and learn the art of inversion and staying on your hands.

Perhaps the growing success of the class is due to the benefit of getting blood to your head, or the feeling of increasing strength in your shoulders and back but I think the real draw is because it teaches you the actual meaning of finding balance in your life.

Finding balance is a common goal for anyone who is too stressed, overworked, tired, and busy. There are many books and speakers who talk about how to find balance in your life and offer a multitude of tools to do so. Some work and some don’t, but the one commonality of all these tools is that they are all metaphors. They are ideas that you apply to your life by using analogies, symbols, and concepts.

When you learn to do a handstand, however, you don’t deal in concepts or metaphors. You either achieve a balanced state or you don’t. And when you don’t, you fall over. The feedback loop is instantaneous.

When I begin teaching handstands to someone who has never tried it before, I explain that learning to do handstands is not about finding balance, which kind of surprises most people. Learning to do handstands is actually about creating proper alignment.

Think of your body as being divided into three blocks. Imagine that the first block runs from your fingers to your shoulders, the second from your shoulders to your hips, and the last block from your hips to your toes. When you’re inverted in a handstand, your job is to align the blocks on top of each other.

Pretend you are five again and you are playing with a set of Lego blocks. If you put one block on top of the other but put it on the corner, then set the third block on top, again skewed on the corner, your structure might hold only if you secure it with rubber bands and nails. In other words, you’re able to build a tower but it requires additional energy and resources to make it stay.

Another note about balance – you can balance anything, regardless of its shape. Finding balance is really about finding the center of gravity of an object and maneuvering it so that you place its center of gravity directly over its contact point on the ground. If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, try to recall images of acrobats at a circus balancing spinning plates, chairs, or even other people. They are able to balance the object even if it is shaped unusually. (I’ve balanced an unfolded six-foot step ladder, a bicycle, chairs, and people on my chin.)

The lesson is that you can find balance in anything, but that doesn’t mean you want to. What you want to do, especially in proper handstand technique, is to align the body so that balance comes naturally and almost without effort. Then you are using your structure and alignment to maintain your position while using very little energy. You are strong and efficient.

In other words, learning to do a proper handstand is about aligning the three blocks by making sure that your legs are directly over your hips, your hips directly over your chest, your chest directly over your shoulders and your shoulders directly over your hands. It sounds simplistic and it is. It’s simple, but not easy.

It’s not easy at first because aligning all these body parts requires subtle contractions of muscles that you rarely use and stretching of other ligaments that you hardly ever stretch. Most people come into the class with enough strength to hold themselves upside down, but lack the subtle strength and flexibility to position their body in a straight vertical line.

When you finally achieve proper alignment, then finding balance is not really an issue. Since gravity works only in one direction, and if your body blocks are directly on top of each other, then your handstand will be balanced. It can’t and won’t go anywhere. For example, try to balance three wooden blocks when they’re stacked exactly on top of each other. There’s nothing to balance because the alignment makes it balanced.

So, back to the metaphor of life and the issue of finding balance. My suggestion is to stop finding balance in your life and to begin creating alignment instead. Just like the crazy circus acrobats, you can find balance even if your life is a whirlwind with areas that are well over-extended and others that are completely ignored. You can find balance in an out-of-balance lifestyle – it’s just that you’re going to have a work a lot harder to keep it there.

When you create alignment in your life, you begin by identifying your values. Once you know what your values are, you line up three things, just like your body: your thoughts, your actions, and your words.

Having a set of defined values is like gravity to the handstand – you have to know how to position your body relative to the force of gravity. Once you have identified your values, you now also know how to think, act, and speak to align with those values.

Again, the process is simple, but not easy. If you have a life that is chaotic and out of control, then evaluate your ability to follow through with what you say, do, or think. Maybe you don’t fulfill commitments, which breaks your alignment, and forces you to be out of balance. Maybe you smile outwardly at people and cuss inwardly at their incompetence.

Perhaps you do act with integrity but your life is still out of balance. Then consider if your values are yours truly, and if they are reflective of who you are now. Contemplate whether or not you are still living a life based on borrowed values from parents, social circles, or religion.   

For example, one of my values is to help people. I remember writing this down on a piece of paper in grade four when we were asked what we wanted to do when we grew up. Since this is one of my core values, I make sure that my thoughts, actions, and words reflect this mission, which is why we have a yoga-fitness studio and I write on personal growth.

So you might not ever come to my handstand class or even try one on your own. I do recommend that you meditate on your values and evaluate your follow through. If you are aligned, then you end up being able to take on more and more work without exhausting yourself or working inefficiently. You experience abundant energy, daily passion for your life – and a sense of balance.

Monday, June 07th, 2010

Want to shave a couple of inches off your waistline, tone your core muscles, or perhaps drop a dress size or two?

Human Touch®, the U.S. leader of massage chairs and wellness products, is currently seeking about 6-8 consumers to trial an exciting new exercise product called the iJoy Twist that will help you achieve the gorgeous physique you’ve always wanted. This machine provides a holistic core muscle group workout, and on the higher settings, offers a pretty intense work out, too.

We are currently seeking individuals to try out this new exercise product for six weeks and then be interviewed about their experiences. If you like the product, you may also be asked to participate in an infomercial that will be produced at a location in Southern California (TBD).

Ideal candidates:iJoy-Twist-10

  • Those looking to lose a few pounds or inches without the hassle of going to the gym.
  • Brides-to-be who may be trying to drop a dress size or two for their big day.
  • Busy professionals (ages 30-55) who just don’t have time to commit to a regular fitness routine.
  • Amateur and professional athletes looking to strengthen their core muscles, such as cyclists, golfers, swimmers, surfers, dancers, etc.
  • New moms who are trying to get back down to their original figure following child birth.
  • Anyone who is looking for a healthy, convenient and effective way to get in shape or drop a few pounds.
  • Individuals with a good camera presence and outgoing personality.

Requirements:

Successful applicants will be required to commit 15 to 30 minutes a day over six weeks with a view to toning their core abdominal muscles, losing a dress size, or perhaps a few inches off their waist. Interviews will be done on the phone initially, and if you like the results of the product, you may be invited for an on-site filming of an infomercial to be produced in late July/early August at a location in Southern California (TBD). Additionally, we will ask you to submit images/video of yourself from home using the machine, so those with a personal video camera and camera are preferred.

Compensation:

In exchange for your time and commitment to this product, we will be providing you with this complimentary exercise product, which is valued at $599.  Due to broadcast regulations, we are unable to provide actual financial compensation. However, all basic expenses will be covered, including any necessary travel expenses to/from the infomercial taping site.

To inquire about this opportunity, please contact Rachel Neppes at BERKMAN, (619) 231-9977 x306 or racheln@berkmanpr.com. When responding, please submit a photo of yourself for consideration.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Friday, June 04th, 2010

There’s nFathers-Day_June0410 copyo superhero in the world with more fans than dad! He provides for and protects his family at all costs and under no circumstances will he back down from the everyday challenges of fatherhood!

The responsibilities that rest on dad’s shoulders are heavy and that’s why this Father’s Day (Sun. June 20th) Human Touch® wants to help relieve some of that pressure for one superhero dad! We will be giving away a luxurious ThermoStretch™ HT-275 massage chair (valued at MSRP $2,799) to the most deserving father who, with the support of his family, proves his “super-powers” to be superior to all the rest!

To enter to win, submit an entry, in the comments box below, telling us why your superhero dad or husband/partner (who is a dad, of course) deserves a Human Touch® massage chair this Father’s Day. Entries must be 150 words or less. Dads can also submit their own entry.

  • Please be as clever and convincing as possible, and be sure to include the following keywords in your entry: massage, superhero dad, Father’s Day, human touch massage chair, super-powers, stress relief, and HT-275 ThermoStretch™ massage chair.
  • Participants are encouraged to become a fan of the Human Touch Wellness Center on Facebook or become one.
  • Entries that include links to creative videos and photos are welcomed and appreciated.
  • We will be accepting entries starting now through Thurs. June 17.
  • The winner will be announced on Fri. June 18.

At Human Touch, the good guys always win! So this Father’s Day, give dad what he really wants – his very own HT-275 ThermoStretch™ massage chair from Human Touch®!