The Newest Headlines Surrounding Massage Chairs and Human Touch

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010
080221-A-0613R-001

US Army Photo

Earlier this year, we received a polite and humble request from a military member asking if we might have a used massage chair we would consider donating to Minnesota Air National Guardsmen who were deploying to Afghanistan. It didn’t take us long to decide that, yeah, we did want to help but we didn’t think a single chair would cut it. So, after jumping through some bureaucratic hoops–Who knew you can’t just give a military unit massage chairs?–we ended up sending 47 massage chairs, 30 foot and calf massagers and 40 pieces of exercise equipment to the USO at Bagram Airfield, the largest coalition base in Afghanistan.

We called the project Operation Massage Chair and it seems to have been a success. We thought we’d share a few comments we’ve received from the troops who were kind enough to send us notes about how the chairs have helped them.

Lieutenant Colonel Bob Kotula, a C-130 navigator, wrote:

Thank you so much for your generous gift of message chairs. They are a huge hit with the troops!  After a hard day of flying nothing beats a 15 min back massage in a Human Touch chair. Thanks again.

Jill Shepard

Tech Sgt. Jill Shepard

Tech. Sgt. Jill Shepard is a C-130 loadmaster and the airman (and HT-125 fan) who first reached out to us. She says:

Can you even imagine!  What a morale boost for the troops like me who are experiencing their 5th, 6th and more deployment to have a company reach out in such a tangible way. It is heart-warming to say the least!

Chaplain (LTC) Gary Williams of the 359th Theater Tactical Signal Brigade:

Thank you all for your VERY GRACIOUS donation to our Soldiers here at Bagram Air Field.  Your donated Human Touch Chair makes everything seem like HEAVEN.  We already have some who gravitate over here on a daily basis.  This is good because the more they come in the more opportunities for us to care for their emotional, spiritual, and physical well being.

Nick, who says he’s a Minnesota Air National Guardsman, wrote:

I am currently deployed to Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. I am writing to express my gratitude for your recent donation of massage chairs. You have given an amazing gift to my fellow airmen and I. I can’t explain how great it feels to come home from a long days mission and relax in these amazing chairs. It’s a great a moral boost and gives me something to look forward to at the end of the day. Thank you very much for all you have done, we truly appreciate it!

Nick, you don’t have to thank us. It’s we who owe a debt of gratitude to you and all of your fellow airmen, soldiers, sailors and Marines.

It doesn’t take a truckload of massage gear to help out the troops, though. If you’d like to help, consider donating to the USO, answering a service member’s request for useful stuff at AnySoldier.com or by donating a “care package for the mind” through Books for Soldiers.

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

SummerEnd-GiveAwayFINALWhether you’re heading off to college, gearing up for a demanding work schedule, or getting your kids ready to go back to school, saying goodbye to summer can be a stressful time for many of us. That’s why Human Touch®, the U.S. leader of massage chairs, Perfect Chair® Recliners and wellness products, wants to help you feel better™ by giving you a chance to win a FREE iJoy®-2310 Massage Chair!

To enter to win, please submit a short entry (300 words or less) along with a compelling photo OR tell us in a short, creative video (2 minutes or less) about what stresses you out about saying goodbye to summer. Your entry can be in the form of a short essay, poem, or just a plea for why you need a Human Touch® massage chair to relieve some of your end-of-summer stress. However, only entries with an accompany photo or video will be considered. In your entries, also be sure to incorporate the phrase “Human Touch® Feel Better™” and the following relevant keywords: massage, human touch, iJoy-2310 massage chair, stress relief, end of summer, back to school, etc.

You can submit your entry directly in the Comments Field below, along with a link to your photo or video (via a video or photo sharing site, i.e. Facebook, YouTube, Shutterfly, etc.) OR feel free to submit your entry directly to racheln@berkmanpr.com and it will be posted promptly. Deadline for entries is Wed. Sept. 22 by 5 pm PST (the official last day of summer) and the winner will be announced on Thurs. Sept. 23 at 5 pm PST.

Other specific contest guidelines are as follows:

  • Please be sure to submit your name and email address along with your photo or video link in the Comments field, so we know how to get in touch with you if you are selected as the winner.
  • Keep entries brief (videos must not exceed two minutes)
  • You must be a Fan of Human Touch® on Facebook at www.facebook.com/htfeelbetter.
  • Be as creative as possible.
  • You must be at least 18 years of age to participate.

Don’t let the end of summer get you stressed. Stay relaxed all year long with your very own Human Touch® massage chair. Good luck!