The Newest Headlines Surrounding Massage Chairs and Human Touch

Thursday, October 28th, 2010
Jamie Tam

Jamie Tam

There is nothing like indulging in a sweet and cozy, cuddling time with your baby. It is truly beneficial to nuzzle skin-on-skin with your newborn any chance you can get. This heart-to-heart human connection is a very nourishing and sacred experience for both mom and baby. Direct skin-on-skin contact, also called the Kangaroo Care Method, simulates the feeling of being inside the womb. It is a great way to regulate blood pressure, develop primitive bonding and also drop into a deep, sleepy nap.

With the luxury of having a Human Touch massage chair in my home, I find that my baby and I get to drink up that healing love hormone, oxytocin, while taking a snooze together in a calm reclined position. It has by far become my favorite part of the day when little Satori and I get to tune out the outside world and check in with our breath, comforting heart beat, scent and gentle voices.

For a newborn, the outside world is no longer overwhelming when he or she has the chance to connect, skin-on-skin, with either mom or dad. Mom’s body offers the same kind of warmth as an incubator, and also brings about the safe and loving sensations of home. Each moment of this special connection helps to create closeness and lifelong bonding.

The benefits for a mom are also rich and fulfilling. Moms who practice skin-to-skin cuddling  tend to breastfeed longer and are less likely to suffer from postpartum depression, hormonal imbalances and lack of sleep. Scientists believe that oxytocin, the bonding hormone, is responsible for this. In addition to these benefits, close physical contact with your baby allows moms to be more attuned to their infant’s signals – be it hunger, sleepiness or restlessness.

If you happen to be a new mom or dad, seize the silent opportunities to recline and recharge your energy together. Let the sound of your breath, intertwined as one, cast you into a tranquil rest. Embrace the heart-to-heart connection and drift into a slumber that relaxes your body and cultivates closeness for you and your new love!

Heal & Inspire!
Jaime Tam (Jada Fire)
www.jaimetam.com|www.expressiveyogadance.com
www.barefootsanctuary.com
702.543.1018- Skype
jaime@jaimetam.com
“When It Gets Dark Enough, I Can See the Stars”

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Jeff Galloway


  • Virtually eliminate overuse injuries
  • Enjoy every run
  • Carry-on with all life activities, even after marathons
  • Run faster in marathons and half marathons (surveys show  runners who practice the run-walk method will finish, on average, over 13 minutes sooner than those who don’t)

One of the wonderful aspects of running is that there is not a definition of a “runner” that you must live up to. There also are not any rules that you must follow as you do your daily run. You are the captain of your running ship and it is you who determines how far, how fast, how much you will run, walk, etc. While you will hear many opinions on this, running has always been a freestyle type of activity where each individual is empowered to mix and match the many variables and come out with the running experience that he or she chooses. Walking is the most important component for the first time runner, and can even give the veteran a chance to improve time. Here’s how it works.

Once a runner gets in reasonable shape, they enjoy endorphins—sometimes a bit too much. These hormones give us an enhanced feeling of well-being. Many runners push too hard for too long before the body is ready. By following the principles below and treating the occasional muscle overuse with a Human Touch massage, most runners can probably keep going until they are 100 years old.

Walk before you get tired

Most of us, even when untrained, can walk for several miles before fatigue sets in, because walking is an activity that we are bio-engineered to do for hours. Running is more work, because you have to lift your body off the ground and then absorb the shock of the landing, over and over. This is why the continuous use of the running muscles will produce fatigue, aches and pains much more quickly. If you insert a walk break into a run before your running muscles start to get tired, you allow the muscle to recover instantly—increasing your capacity for exercise while reducing the chance of next-day soreness.

The “method” part involves having a strategy. By using a ratio of running and walking, listed below, you will manage your fatigue. Using this fatigue-reduction tool early will save muscle resources and bestow the mental confidence to cope with any challenges that may come later. Even when you don’t need the extra muscle strength and resiliency bestowed by the method, you will feel better during and after your run, and finish knowing that you could have gone further.

The beginner will mainly walk at first. By inserting short segments of running, followed by longer walk breaks, the muscles adapt to running, without getting overwhelmed. As a beginner improves his or her running ability and conditioning, they will reach a point where they can set the ratio of running and walking -  for that day.

The run-walk method is very simple: you run for a short segment and then take a walk break, and keep repeating this pattern.”

To take control over fatigue in advance, walk breaks allow you to enjoy every run. By taking them early and often you can feel strong, even after a run that is very long for you. Beginners will alternate very short run segments with short walks. Even elite runners find that walk breaks on long runs allow them to recover faster. There is no need to reach the end of a run, feeling exhausted—if you insert enough walk breaks, for you, on that day.

Walk Breaks…

  • Give you control over your level of fatigue
  • erase fatigue
  • push back your tiredness “wall”
  • allow for endorphins to collect during each walk break—you feel good!
  • break up the distance into manageable units. (“one more minute until a walk break”)
  • speed recovery
  • reduce the chance of aches, pains and injury
  • allow you to feel good afterward—doing what you need to do without debilitating fatigue
  • give you all of the endurance of the distance of each session—without the pain
  • allow older runners to recover fast, and feel as good or better than the younger days

A short and gentle walking stride

It’s better to walk slowly, with a short stride. There has been some irritation of the shins, when runners or walkers maintain a stride that is too long.

No need to ever eliminate the walk breaks

Some beginners assume that they must work toward the day when they don’t have to take any walk breaks at all. This is up to the individual, but is not recommended. Remember that you decide what ratio of run-walk-run to use. There is no rule that requires you to run any ratio of run-walk on any given day. I suggest that you adjust the ratio to how you feel.

I’ve run for over 50 years and enjoy running more than ever because of walk breaks. Each run I take energizes my day. I would not be able to run almost every day if I didn’t insert the walk breaks early and often. I start most runs taking a short walk break every minute.

How to keep track of the walk breaks

There is now a timer that beeps and/or vibrates at any interval ($20). Check our website (www.jeffgalloway.com) or a good running store for advice in this area.

How to use walk breaks

  1. Start by running for 5-10 seconds, and walking 1-2 minutes
  2. If you feel good during and after the run, continue with this ratio. If not, run less until you feel good.
  3. After 3-6 sessions at the ratio, add 5-10 seconds of running, maintaining the same amount of walking
  4. When you can run for 30 seconds, gradually reduce the walking time to 30 seconds, every 3-6 sessions
  5. When 30 seconds/30 seconds feels too easy, gradually increase the running time, 5-10 sec every 3-6 sessions
  6. On any given day, when you need more walking, do it. Don’t ever be afraid to drop back to make the run more fun, and less tiring.
  7. And if you pushed a bit too far on a given run, before walking, spend a little time in your human touch massage chair.

Note: For more information, see Jeff’s books, such as GETTING STARTED, A WOMAN’S GUIDE TO WALKING & A WOMAN’S GUIDE TO FAT-BURNING, MARATHON, etc at www.RunInjuryFree.com.

Note: Olympian Jeff Galloway uses Human Touch massage chair and has coached over a million runners through his running schools, beach and Tahoe retreats, books and training programs—which are fun and offer individualized coaching from Jeff. Subscribe to his free newsletter and blog at www.RunInjuryFree.com.

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Connect to a personalized massage and wellness experience via iPhone®, iPad® or iPod® touch to feel better® everywhere

High Point, North Carolina (High Point Market) – October 19, 2010 Human Touch®, the U.S. market leader of innovative massage chairs, Perfect Chair® Recliners, and other wellness solutions, announced that its AcuTouch™ 9500 featuring HT-Connect™ is now available for U.S. retail sale.

The AcuTouch™ 9500 is Human Touch’s revolutionary new massage chair, designed to deliver a fully personalized wellness experience via the wireless convenience of any iPhone®, iPad® or iPod® touch. It will be available for sale at leading U.S. retail locations or at www.humantouch.com for $5,999 MSRP.

By downloading HT-Connect™, a free app available via Apple iTunes, the AcuTouch™ 9500 allows users to instantly connect to a multitude of massage programs, customized options, wellness tips from the Human Touch® Wellness Council, and more.connect

According to David Potter, Vice President of Design, Human Touch, LLC, “The AcuTouch™ 9500 is the only massage chair that provides an anatomic interface between the user’s needs and the advanced features of Human Touch® massage technology.  Just one touch where you want to feel better and the AcuTouch™ 9500 goes to work delivering relief in as little as 5 minutes. HT-Connect™ knows who you are, what you need, and where you need it. And it happens seamlessly through a wireless, Bluetooth® connection. It’s your own personal valet to feel better everywhere®.”

Key features of AcuTouch™ 9500 with HT-Connect™ include:

  • Instant access to wellness expertise and philosophies from the Human Touch® Wellness Council: Through HT-Connect™, individuals can enjoy regular health and lifestyle tips, as well as expert-designed massage programs from Human Touch® Wellness Council members, including Chiropractors, doctors of Naturopathy, professional athletes, massage therapists, and more.
  • Limitless customization options: Users can download HT-Connect™ to customize their AcuTouch™ 9500 massage chair wirelessly to their own personal needs. HT-Connect™ remembers individuals’ favorite settings to tailor their massage routines based on time of day.

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  • Eight Auto-Programmed Massages Extendable to Sixteen with HT-Connect™ via any iPhone®, iPad® or iPod® touch: On the AcuTouch™ 9500 remote, select from eight massage programs, or download HT-Connect™ to enjoy 16+ expert-designed programs via any iPhone®, iPad® or iPod® touch. New massage programs are continuously being added to this wellness app and are expandable through the AcuTouch™ 9500.
  • Espresso Shots: Pick an Espresso Shot, short targeted massage programs, for quick and effective massage relief in just five minutes. Or if you have more time, combine three Espresso Shots to enjoy an automatic, personalized wellness solution. With your iPhone® in hand, instantly select what part of your body needs the most relief using the Espresso Shots feature.
  • AcuTouch™ 9500 offers many functional and aesthetically beautiful features to fit your body perfectly as well as any home décor: There are a multitude of design and functional attributes of the AcuTouch™ 9500, including Premium Aniline-dyed Leather, Acupoint® Detection System (ensures an effective and targeted massage by scanning the entire length of the back mapping key pressure points to target during your customized massage), a retractable foot & calf massager, dual-lumbar back heat, and massage comfort control (customizes the massage intensity or when in non-massage mode can create a seating experience of unsurpassed comfort and relaxation).

For more information about the AcuTouch™ 9500 with HT-Connect™, visit www.ht-connect.com, or to locate a participating Human Touch® retailer, visit the Dealer locator at www.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.

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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

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

 

Peppermint OilHello!

With the fall season upon us, it’s a great time to get more active and add a fitness routine to your life. We women love to feel and look our best. Fitness and Yoga have become such an integrated regular part of our lives in this day and age, and for good reason. We feel so much better!

I have a lot of female massage clients and I really love to give healing sessions to those that are working out in some way or another. I find that massage mixed with my Young Living Essential Oils are a phenomenal dynamic duo that is so supportive in enhancing my clients’ workout. In the comfort of your own home, you can balance your life by using a Human Touch® massage chair to integrate a regular massage therapy regimen into your regular wellness routine.

With a good massage, the muscles become long and leaner and well stretched. By also using oils like Copaiba (new from a magnificent tree in Brazil) and Peppermint oil, I am able to get rid of a lot of inflammation.

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Both oils pictured contain high anti-inflammatory properties that work wonders for clients, relieving stress after having a thorough and healthy massage.

To compliment your workout routine, I think it’s time to book a well deserved massage and also look into Human Touch® to see how you can enjoy a massage everyday!  What a great way to celebrate a healthier and happier YOU!

 

 

 

Be well and enjoy!

Julie ChertowJulie_Chertow

 

 

 

 

www.bodyaliveessentials.com

 

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Furniture retailers bring wellness and relaxation to their showrooms with the new Human Touch® Wellness Studio

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High Point Market (Human Touch® 220 ELM, Showroom 302), High Point, NC – October 14, 2010 – During High Point Market, October 16-21, Human Touch®, the U.S. market leader of innovative massage chairs, Perfect Chair® Recliners, and other wellness solutions, will showcase its exciting new retail gallery program, called the Human Touch® Wellness Studio, designed to boost sales and profitability for its complete line of Perfect Chair® Recliners. Human Touch® Perfect Chairs® are sleek and elegantly designed relaxation chairs, incorporating zero-gravity engineering, to relieve soreness, pain and fatigue caused by earth’s constant gravitational pull on the body.

This new gallery program equips retailers with a fully integrated display package allowing them to create an enticing and interactive environment where the Human Touch® story can be told, strengthening brand awareness and the consumer’s decision to buy. The program includes the complete collection of Human Touch® Perfect Chairs® and accessories, point of sale materials, as well as comprehensive marketing, training, and sales support for participating retailers provided by Human Touch’s dedicated sales team.

“The Human Touch® Wellness Studio is designed to produce a strong ROI, bringing retailers better than industry average sales per square foot,” according to Andrew Cohen, President of Human Touch, LLC. “Human Touch® makes it easy for retailers to participate by keeping the Wellness Studio buy-in low and arming them with all the tools they need to succeed, including an array of models, popular price points, strong profit margins, advertising support and compelling promotions.”

The Human Touch® Wellness Studio has already started to receive an extremely positive response from participating retailers, who say that it is a highly effective way to increase sales performance in their showrooms as more and more consumers seek products, such as the Perfect Chair®, which not only enhance the beauty of their home but also improve their personal health and wellness.


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According to Bryan Miller, owner of Stone Barn Furnishings in Mt. Hope, Ohio, “We have been selling the Perfect Chairs® since June, and they have been very successful for us. We find that now consumers are more stressed than ever, and in today’s challenging economy, many of them are cutting back on luxury spending toward items, such as a retreat to the spa, to feel better. But with the Perfect Chair® consumers can create their own personal respite from life’s daily stresses right in the comfort of their own home, which is an extremely important part of their purchasing decision.”

Toby Shenefelt, owner of Unwind Back & Body in Jackson, Miss., added, “The Human Touch® Wellness Studio is the ideal turnkey solution to providing our customers with a memorable health and wellness experience when they visit our showroom, and a wide selection of high-quality chairs to meet their individual needs. With the Perfect Chair® line, we are able to fit each of our customers in the right chair for them. With this new program, we are expecting to increase our Perfect Chair® sales this year by three to four times from last year.”

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