Thursday, November 18th, 2010
Qigong (chee-gong), an ancient Chinese technique for strengthening the body, dates back nearly 5,000 years ago when it was formerly known as Daoyin, Tuina, Neiquan and Jingzuo. “Qi” means the vital energy, the energy of the universe, while “gong” means to gather with skill or make an effort to do something. Thus, qigong is to gather energy from the universe with practiced skill. There are over 3,000 forms of qigong with tai chi being the most commonly known form. Like tai chi, qigong appears to be a gentle slow rhythmic movement usually done while standing. The practitioner is using mental imagery, breath and movement to gather qi and bring it into the body.
The results of practicing qigong are similar to what one would experience with a Human Touch chair; both calm the mind, energize the body and help to create a sense of balance both literal and figurative. While qigong is still associated with the closely guarded martial arts and meditation routines formerly practiced by Taoist and Buddhist monks, today millions of people regularly practice qigong as a health maintenance exercise that is widely available to the general public.
Daoyin, as shown in the picture below, is the first motion of the qigong process and focuses solely on the transferring and pulling of natural body movement. Daoyin was first discovered in Mawangdui, a site consisting of tombs near Changsha in Hunan province, China. Ancient Chinese acupuncturists and daoyists practiced Daoyin faithfully, believing in the eternal life without any disease. Today, people across the globe are in the pursuit of longevity and healthy living which is why they are turning to these ancient Chinese remedies.
Recent studies have shown that controlled breathing, like that of qigong helps to regulate equilibrium between excitation and inhibition of the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS). The practice increases inner strength and improves organ function, thus strengthening the body’s resistance to disease and promoting better health. For those who suffer from Neurasthenia, a condition that causes fatigue, anxiety and depression, practicing qigong has proven to enhance relaxation and allow patients to experience a more restful sleep.
Much like qigong, the Human Touch chairs induce a state of relaxation that clears the mind of daily stresses and offers a wide range of health benefits. Check back next month for an introduction to another qigong exercise that we will practice together!
Dr. Hoon Kim
Tao of Medicine, Acupuncture and Wellness
Thursday, November 18th, 2010
“Trying out the Acu-Touch 9500/ HT-Connect for the past month has been fantastic! I love the different auto programs offered, especially Rejuvenate by Wellness Council member Jeff Galloway. Rejuvenate delivers targeted relief from muscle soreness, while greatly reducing stress. I’ve sampled every single auto program and really like the fact that there is a program for everything, from posture to relaxation to performance. There is a program on this chair for everyone from the professional athlete to the yoga enthusiast to those that are suffering from bad posture. I’m also a big fan of the heat feature, which truly adds to the therapeutic benefits of this chair. Using the Acu-Touch is the highlight of my day; its like getting a professional massage, except you can customize it exactly to your liking.”
Thursday, November 11th, 2010
Recently, I have put a lot of thought into positive thinking and the health of the human mind. My grandfather was in his ninety’s when he passed away last summer. His mind was still sharp and fully engaged when he made his peaceful transition. My grandfather was so alive – he loved life and loved to share conversation. His model for living and being has been a great model for me over the years. It has taught me to express life and to be alive every day.
I have found a passion for researching the mind’s health and discovering what contributes to healthy aging of our minds – it is truly a blessing to have your wits and wellness about you. If you are like me, then you are not about to sit back and watch your mind age “un-well” and are proactive about practicing healthy living every day in order to keep your mind thriving for years to come.
The good news is that nearly 70% of how your brain ages is determined by how you take care of your body when you are younger. Human Touch has designed world-renown massage chairs to help us take care of ourselves and relax and recharge our mind every day. Additional factors such as your diet, exercise, activities and social ties are all powerful determinants in the health and wellbeing of your mind. Eating a diet rich in colorful fruits and vegetables, whole grains and Omega-3 fatty acids from fish, nuts and seeds are powerful contributors to your mind’s overall health. While exercise is a known elixir for your mind, we often forget that relaxation and recharging is also a key player in prolonging health. Human Touch has dedicated itself to designing massage chairs that help us relax and relive our bodies of daily stresses so that we may take care of ourselves in the present and look forward to the future.
Putting yourself on the top of your “to do list” is not always an easy task. So if you need a little encouragement, take a look at your life and ask yourself… Who and what do I love? What makes me cry with joy and laugh with my belly? What makes me feel alive?
I trust that the answers to these questions will be all you need to love yourself and enjoy the adventure of celebrating you! May your day and life be blessed with peace and positivity.
Dr. James Rouse
Friday, November 05th, 2010
Dr. Stucky’s Human Touch Study
Over the last year, I have been involved in designing and coordinating a study to investigate the effects of the Human Touch chair on physiology. The study will incorporate objective scientific questionnaires and measurable components such as blood pressure, surface EMG (sEMG) and thermographic evaluation to give insight into the effects of the Human Touch chair. The trial study is intended to provide initial data in a randomized fashion.
The study will include 30 people that have not used Human Touch products in the past. Each participant will be required to undergo a pre-evaluation and screening process prior to the two week study, which will consist of four 15-minute sessions. During each visit, the participant’s blood pressure will be taken before and after the 15-minute session. After the participant has completed their fourth and final session, a post-evaluation will be conducted. sEMG and thermographic data will be utilized to conduct pre and post-evaluations that will include graphical representation of the resting muscle tone. I am looking to this collection of functional data to give rise to important parameters that could show an effective scientific model of the benefit in using Human Touch products. It will also give rise to creating larger and wider spread condition-based and population-based approaches.
This is an exciting time in the formation of this study because it could lead to a new avenue of understanding the “Human” effects of the chairs we all love.
Dr. Jon Stucky has been freeing people from pain since 1994 in his clinic in Hyrum, Utah. As a Chiropractor with experience, he is committed to promoting the health and well being of his patients.
This is a great task to add 30 new people to my thriving practice. My staff has designed the flow and continues to take care of the practice needs and demands.
Check back soon for a follow-up blog post that will provide an update to the progress and completion of this study.