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Friday, December 31st, 2010

dreamstime_4656413Human Touch would like to wish everyone a very healthy and happy year!  We would also like to re-cap a few tips shared in 2010 from our helpful and very healthy Wellness Council members:

Julie Chertow recommended “How aromatherapy and massage can step up womens’ fitness routines.”

Dr. James Rouse, ND talked about “toxic emotions” and how writing in your journal consecutively can help your immune system profoundly: “Open and Let Breathe.”

Dr. Hoon C. Kim spoke to  us about the importance of drinking enough water everyday to transport nutrients through our bloodstream to fight dehydration, disease and regulate body temperature “Do You Drink Enough Water?

Jaime Tam shared with us the art of expressive yoga with “Yoga Off the Mat.”

See more blog posts here.

We will see you in 2011 with more tips, resources and stories from our Wellness Council members.  Thank you to all who have contributed this year to help Human Touch®  make people Feel Better Everywhere!™

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Monday, December 27th, 2010

Demos to be Held of the iPad Controlled Massage Chair at the Biggest Media

Event before CES - Digital Experience!

Long Beach, CA – Dec. 27, 2010Human Touch® will be at the 2011 Digital Experience! in Las Vegas, NV, on January 5, 2011 at Caesars Palace in the Octavius Ballroom. A 2011 CES Innovations Design and Engineering Awards Honoree, Human Touch© is the U.S. market leader of its industry, designing innovative massage chairs and offering several valuable wellness solutions.

Held each January on the night before the International Consumer Electronics Show opens, the Digital Experience! is the biggest and most important media event before CES.  DE! showcases the latest innovations in consumer electronics and computers.   Pepcom, the producer of this independent media event, expects to have 900+ press and analysts to attend this January.

Human Touch© is thrilled to showcase two of their AcuTouch™ 9500 with HT-Connect™ massage chairs at the Digital Experience!.   This AcuTouch™ 9500 is a leader in new wellness technology because:chair2011

  • The AcuTouch™ 9500 with HT-Connect™ is the world’s first massage chair to deliver a completely personalized massage and wellness experience via Bluetooth at the convenience of any iPhone®, iPad® or iPod® touch.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • · 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.
  • On the AcuTouch™ 9500 remote, users can 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.
  • 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.

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™.”  Human Touch® is proud to be recognized as a competitive innovator in the $165 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry.

The AcuTouch™ 9500 will be unveiled during the Digital Experience! media event January 5th at Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas.  It will also be displayed in the Design and Engineering Awards Showcase located in the Grand Lobby during the Consumer Electronics Show.    Please contact Colleen Rugg for DE! and CES Press Preview media event interviews.

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. Human Touch® products are available at back care specialty and fine furniture stores across the country.  To find a local or International dealer, please visit: Human Touch©

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Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

“The Heaven and Earth Standing”

Our very own, Dr. Hoon C. Kim, of the Tao of Medicine in Santa Monica, shares techniques and tips for Qigong ~ a practice of alternative medicine, which can have positive and healing effects for various ailments:

“The heaven and earth standing is the kind of zhan-zhuang-gong and one of the oldest Qigong exercises, later it became very popular and was used in martial art schools.  Zhan-zhuang-gong is the name for all of the stationary Qigong exercises, also known as standing like a tree or tree hugging.  It has been mentioned in the ancient medical text, huangdi neijing – yellow emperor’s inner cannon:

‘Ancient masters breathe the universal energy, and standing alone and keep the spirit inside and live like the nature.’”

Tao of Medicine

Tao of Medicine

No side effects. Simple, Clear and Easy

Anyone can learn and experience the health benefits of Qigong and people with health issues like post-stroke paralysis, hypertension, diabetes, atopic dermatitis, angina pectoris, arrhythmia, cardiovascular disease, hepatitis, arthritis, herniated disc, frozen shoulder, ADHD, depression, and anxiety can feel much better and relieve their symptoms.

Posture:

Place the feet shoulder-width apart.  Straighten your whole back, and pull your chin a little inward, which makes you feel as if the whole spine is stretched and elongated.  Next, bend your knees slightly – as you practice more, you will be able to bend more and lower your body more, and you feel the vertex of your head and the tip of tail bone on the same straight line. Feeling your coccyx heavy and moving downward.

Either closing your eyes or opening them is OK, however at the beginning for better concentration, close your eyes.

Duration:

Practice Qigong 1-2 times daily ~  morning and after sunset or in the evening.

Start 20 minutes and increase your time, or you can do 15 minutes and take a 1-2 min break and start another 15min routine.  When you break, walk around, do not just sit down.

Mindfullness:

At first, try to relax any tension area such as your face, neck, shoulder and abdomen, until you really feel calm.

Feel your body as a whole, starting from concentrating your facing hands.

You will feel the warmth, electric sensation, heaviness or like a pulling magnet force and so on, which is called de qi – getting the qi.  I have also felt some of the same feelings from Qigong  through Human Touch  Zero Gravity Perfect Chairs. Human Touch NASA-inspired Zero-Gravity chairs position cradle the spine in a stress-free posture and elevates the legs above the heart, improving circulation, relaxing tense back muscles and expanding lung capacity for increased oxygen intake.  I recommend finding a dealer near you to try a massage for free and consider having a Human Touch chair in your home as you practice and perfect the art of Qigong.

Breathing:

Effortlessly inhale and exhale through your nose – there are different levels of breathing techniques, and I’d rather have the beginners try the comfortable way of breathing this time.

In upcoming blog posts you will  have the chance to study more of the breathing technique with me.  Please check back soon.

Dr. Hoon C. Kim

Dr Kim

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Dr Shawn DillThe holiday season is supposed to be the happiest time of the year, and yet, somehow it often turns into a stressful, sleepless, overscheduled race without a finish line in sight. Instead of embracing holiday cheer as we should, we find ourselves dreading this time of the year.

Indeed, the holidays can be stressful but rather than letting those stresses get to you, make a commitment to yourself to actually enjoy and appreciate the holidays for what they are – spending time with the ones you love. Here are five helpful tips to keep you stress-free this holiday season:

1. Ask for help. Don’t feel the need to throw holiday parties, decorate the house and buy gifts all on your own. By teaming up with friends and co-workers to plan the office potluck, trimming the tree with your kids or asking your spouse to lend a hand when it comes to fighting the crowds in the stores, you don’t have to shoulder all the responsibility and manage all the details on your own. Asking for help is a sure way to avoid feeling overwhelmed when you have too much going on.

2. Just say no. You are likely ambushed with requests for time and money during the holiday season, but giving to everybody else means that you leave nothing for yourself. As much as you would like to (or think you are obligated to) host another party, volunteer at another function or give to another charity, you have to draw the line somewhere. Don’t be afraid to say no. Say it sincerely and with a smile, and you should be fine.

3. Don’t forget what the holidays mean. In the mad rush of the holiday season, we tend to forget about the real meaning of the holidays. Instead of making an appearance at every social gathering in the city, spend time watching holiday movies and drinking hot chocolate with your family. Decide to scale back pricey store-bought presents and give thoughtful handmade items or the gift of time. Simple is sometimes best.

4. Make a budget and stick to it. Think about how much money you plan to spend during the holiday season before you start buying anything. Set aside money for gifts, food and festivities. Don’t forget to figure in tips for service providers. Before you begin shopping, make a list of what you need to buy and don’t stray from that list. Impulse buying even if items are on sale can result in a huge financial hit over the holidays.

5. Make time for yourself. Even if you’re feeling pulled in a million different directions by a million different people, you can’t do anything for anyone else if you don’t take care of yourself first. Take care of yourself by eating healthy and avoiding overindulging in high-calorie treats (but don’t beat yourself up if you enjoy a few cookies). Be sure to make time for those important routines in your life such as yoga class or weekend runs. Treat yourself to a relaxing massage in your Human Touch chair and give yourself bonus points if you do so while enjoying the twinkling lights on your Christmas tree. Use this time to reflect on those things in your life that are most important to you. After all, isn’t that what the holiday season is supposed to be about in the first place?

To contact Dr. Shawn Dill, please visit www.thespecific.com.

Thursday, December 09th, 2010

Alvin Tam handstand on Human Touch massage chairOver my 17-year career as a professional athlete and acrobat, I have experienced a wide spectrum of injuries. The circus and acrobatic performing world is physically demanding and I’ve suffered injuries to nearly every major joint in my body! I am often asked about appropriate recovery methods and I always recommend the one thing that has helped all of my injuries– proper relaxation, and lots of it.

Whether it was a common ankle sprain or a more serious head concussion, the key to ensuring my rapid recovery was immediate rest. In today’s fast-paced culture, professional athletes are rewarded for how quickly they can get back into the game. This anxious mentality is shared by many other people even when career, money or reputation is not on the line. For the first few days after an injury, it is natural to take a break from exercising because pain is such a powerful deterrent to movement. But when the pain subsides, the desire to get back to being active can sometimes overshadow the more critical priority of maintaining a restful state. It is important to realize that the absence of pain does not mean that you are healed! We are actually putting our bodies at stake if we neglect the commitment to relaxation during the healing process.

I have repeatedly made the mistake of returning to training too quickly after an injury. Each time I began training before I was fully recovered, I was ultimately prolonging my healing process and delaying my athletic progression. Even worse, the pain from my injury would turn into a throbbing dull ache that persisted over many months, and sometimes years. The apparent benefits from training before I was fully recovered were completely lost due to the many weeks, even months, of half-effort training that followed.

My Human Touch chair was optimal for promoting that crucial deep-healing state of relaxation during my recovery. The means of reaching total recovery is not partial or temporary relaxation, but a total and complete release of the muscles and skeletal structure, leading to a gradual calming of the nervous system. This is why setting aside daily relaxation sessions help the body release tension and stress, encouraging a healthy recovery. Although certain areas of the body may need to be immobilized after an injury (for instance, a twisted ankle may not respond well to massage pressure), do not overlook the importance of ensuring a rested and relaxed body. I’ve discovered that muscles function systematically with one another. Tension in one part of the body leads to tension in all parts of the body; therefore, as you relax one part of the body, the rest of the body relaxes as well.

In some cases, sudden injuries like twisted ankles, thrown backs and concussions not only shock the affected body part but also the nervous system as a whole. For days, one may experience odd symptoms that seemingly have nothing to do with the injury – mood swings, angry rages, or moments of sadness. Recognize that the shock induced on your body can only be dissipated over time. Daily relaxation in your Human Touch chair can ease the spirit and mind as it simultaneously promotes physical relaxation.

Some believe that an aggressive deep-tissue massage is conducive to recovery, but the advantages of regular, gentle and constant relaxation sessions heavily outweigh the former. A Human Touch chair not only promotes relaxation, it also results in gradual deep healing. Your massage chair is always available to you, which is perfect for busy schedules. Using it as part of your daily healing process can be highly effective in your recovery training. Take the time you would normally spend exercising and relax in your chair instead, knowing that the blissful sensation of release is actually the best thing you can do for yourself and for your injury.

Integrating relaxation into your training is as important as nutrition, proper equipment and appropriate training techniques. Although massage is often an overlooked area in fitness and recovery programs, it is definitely one of the most essential and effective tools for all types of injuries.

Happy Training,
Alvin Tam
www.soulacrobats.com