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Friday, February 25th, 2011

Laurie loves the HT-5320!

Recently, Laurie J. had tried our HT-5320 chair in hopes of relieving some discomfort in her back. Here is what she had to say:

“I wanted to write to your company and let you know that your massage chair is the best thing I have ever come across.  About two months ago, I hurt my back from sneezing. My back was in so much pain when I tried to talk around that I had to ask my husband to help hold my back, since it could not support its own weight. The second day, I didn’t want to depend on my husband so I had to crawl when I needed something.

The third day I was finally able to hold things to get around but it was very painful. I finally went to the doctor and they told me that I slipped a disc in my back and it would take time to heal. I am a very active person. I take care of not only children but also horses, and foster somekids as well. I was not able to rest my back for very long, so I have not had much relief from the pain. Until I tried your chair this past Saturday, I could not even tie my shoes without having a lot of pain. I could not pick up anything from the floor. After 10 minutes in your massage chair, I was amazed and in tears. I looked at my husband and showed him that I could touch the floor. The salesman that helped me, Don Peterson, asked me to come back before he left the Costco club. I came back on Wednesday to try the stretch program.  Again, this chair provided amazing results. The pain relief and the healing I have received is priceless. I will be buying this chair as soon as my bedroom is remodeled. My husband and I discussed it, and this chair will save me so much in the way of chiropractic expenses. I really wanted to thank you for helping alleviate the pain I was having. Please know that Don Peterson is the best!!”

Thank you so much Laurie for all your kind words. We are glad that our chair aided in the relief you needed. We look forward to hearing more about your progress!


Human Touch®


Thursday, February 24th, 2011

by Dr. James Rouse

This is your year to transcend and thrive! The right diet and lifestyle can be a blueprint to build over-the-top, fired-up metabolism, cellular vibrancy, mental and emotional clarity and inspiration. Diet comes from the Greek word diaita, which means, way of life. It is nearly impossible to sustain and thrive with a healthy diet alone; that is, in the absence of a healthy way of living. A healthy diet is integrally connected to a healthy outlook, positive daily rituals and experiences of movement, service, community, intimacy, friendship creativity and purpose. When your world is intentionally full with these practices your diet (almost magically) tends to be full of nourishment and satisfaction. When your life is more ‘sweet,’ you tend to crave less sugar. If you want to make good on your healthy eating intentions this year and beyond consider stocking your day and life with these synergistic forms of nourishment while you stock your fridge and pantry: deep friendships, unbridled play, purposeful work and service, spiritual connection and community (no additives, no preservatives and nothing artificial).

I consider myself an evolving omnivore that is a lifelong student of nutrition. I love good tasting, healthy, and nutritious food! In the last 20 years I have tried and experimented with macrobiotics, veganism, vegetarianism, pescatarianism and today I really know what works for me. I now put energy and intention on eating more locally and sustainably;  doing my best to eat clean and consciously. There is no ‘one size fits all’ way to eat. We are blessed with biochemical individuality . To a certain extent you need to be somewhat of an adventurer and investigator to discover what feeds you best. Keeping a food journal along with how you feel physically and emotionally can certainly help you discover which foods really work for you and which ones make you a little crazy, cranky or just plain uncomfortable.

The Mediterranean diet is a great place to start and the diet I personally embrace and clinically encourage. This diet emphasizes non-inflammatory foods including wild caught fish, nuts, legumes, olive oil, colorful vegetables, whole grains, local fruits, and to a lesser extent, humanely raised and harvested poultry, pork and beef; oh, and wine ( love it). Choosing a Mediterranean style of eating is supported by the scientific literature.

Evidence shows that a Mediterranean diet may help lower the risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and certain cancers. Naturally rich in fiber, antioxidants, and healthy fats, going Mediterranean should cover most all of

your New Year’s healthy diet intentions.  Calorie–wise, it’s all about portions, no matter what type of diet regime you follow.   A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that the Mediterranean diet was more effective for weight loss than a low fat diet. Hopefully you’re feeling hungry for great vitality and well-being and are inspired to make this year the beginning of a sustainable journey towards the ever-evolving you.

This is Your Year

"We are blessed with biochemical individuality . To a certain extent you need to be somewhat of an adventurer and investigator to discover what feeds you best." Dr. James Rouse

To thrive each and every day you have an opportunity to put these empowering practices to work for you:

-Feed your head first, your body second, and your emotions last. Whole-food nutrition naturally creates a chemical expression of confidence, balance and optimism. When your mind is fed well by eating real food, healthy food, and not skipping meals or snacks, your whole being is in a state of greater hormonal happiness. Strive to eat a whole food meal and/or balanced snack approximately every 3 hours throughout the day.

-Become a morning person and eat your breakfast! Breakfast eaters are the healthiest people around. They have lower rates of heart disease and obesity along with greater levels of productivity, energy and positivity.

-Add nutritious foods rather than delete the not so nutritious choices.  Your body chemistry will “adjust” and begin to want healthy foods over the junk. For example, instead of snacking on a giant bag of potato chips, consider crunching on some celery topped with almond butter or peanut butter.

-Water your happiness. Our bodies are more than 75% water. Dehydration makes us more tired and hungry and as a result we often crave sugar and caffeine when instead we should be having a glass of water.

-Sweat your prayers daily with mindful movement and exercise. Dance, play, jump or hoola hoop; it’s all good for your mind and body, memory and emotions. Exercise lowers stress, lifts positivity and raises every role you play in life, be it parent, spouse, friend, lover.

-Be grateful. Keep a gratitude journal and be healthier. Research suggests that this practice, combined with healthy eating and exercise, keeps us happier and healthier.

This month you may be romanced by a myriad of sexy and non-sustainable diets that promise results in mere days. Our egos and ‘lesser selves’ love the idea of a quick fix detox or radical interventions to heal bellies and butts gone bad. To realize your greatest mission and life expression get clear about what you are truly hungry for; peace and fulfillment, conviction with purpose and creative connection. These experiences will feed you greater than any one food or diet. Nourish and support your life with a clean, whole and sustainable eating and living plan. Trust that you are ready to take your body and your life from average to amazing.  Balance is the path and the journey is most delicious.

~Dr. Rouse

Dr. James Rouse is an esteemed member of the Wellness Council for Human Touch(r).  To learn about how to achieve balance at home along with a healthy outlook and diet, take a look at a few health and wellness tips here.

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

by Olympian Jeff Galloway

It’s natural to become focused on the big things in their life, and worry about outside forces and the reality of stress. But a few simple lifestyle actions can give everyone more control over attitude, energy, while reducing and managing stress and fatigue. These activities give you a strategy to enjoy key personal relationships, inject you with natural vitality hormones, while connecting you with powerful creative and intuitive powers inside.Young man is running along

1.      Set aside half an hour every day for yourself: Wake up 30 minutes early and go for a walk, run, or other exercise. While the exertion will wake up the muscles, you’re away from the phone, and can let the mind be free. Most who start with a blank mental state, finish their exercise session with the day planned, and a few new ways to deal with problems. Others like to walk during lunch hour, while munching on an energy bar. This can clear out morning stress and prepare mind, body and spirit for the afternoon. Many evening exercisers believe that the weight of the days stress is erased or contained with the after work workout.

2.      Allow yourself a massage at the end of the day: Some use self massage techniques on muscles that are tight, achy, or fatigued.  I use the Human Touch massage chair and it is wonderful.  As your muscles are stimulated to recover and blood flow increases, your mind can relax.  Human Touch massage chairs relax and soften injured and overused muscles, reduce spasms and cramping, increase joint flexibility, help prepare the body for workouts and reduce recovery time. Regular massage also improves blood flow to oxygen-starved back muscles and prompts the body to release endorphins – the body’s natural painkiller.

3.      Don’t sit–walk!: The addition of a few extra short walks, throughout the day, will energize the body and activate the mind. Park farther away from work, the food store, the transit station, etc. Many of the clients I’ve worked with use a step counter for motivation and calorie counting. It helps to find one that is consistent and reliable (usually @ around $30). Shoot for 10,000 steps a day. You are rewarded for getting out of your chair (or the couch) more often. These short walks burn fat, which adds up. But the best reward is the head clearing effect, which can power you through the mid morning or mid afternoon energy crises. Even a 3-4 minute “recess” walk at work, can help you think better, infusing energy and confidence. The best part is that you feel better.

4.      Eat more frequently: Each time you eat, even a small snack, you receive an energy boost. The longer you wait to eat, the more likely your metabolism will slump into drowsiness and laziness. This also means that you’re not burning many calories. If you divide up your daily calorie budget into 6-9 snacks a day you’ll burn more fat (up to 10 pounds a year). Eat a snack every 2-3 hours, and you can feel better all day. It helps to choose foods that have (percentage of calories vs total calories) about 20% protein, about 15% fat and the rest in complex carbohydrate. This combination will leave you satisfied longer with fewer calories consumed. To experience a fat loss, consumption can be managed through websites or journals.

5.      Help someone exercise: The psychological benefits are significant when you help someone improve the quality of their life. Offer to walk (run, hike) with your spouse, parent, friend co-worker, child—or all of the above. My books WALKING & GETTING STARTED have proven programs with motivation which can lead you and your “coach-ee” through the training.

Read more tips from other Human Touch Wellness Council members here.

Olympian Jeff Galloway has helped over a million exercisers to their goals through beach retreats, fitness schools, individual coaching, books and training programs.  Subscribe to his free newsletter at

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

One of the key components of constructing an effective training program is getting the timing down right. Most fitness programs focus largely on when to exercise – how many times a week, for how long, and how intense. You might start the week with weight training, do laps in the pool mid-week, then finish with a yoga session or a run. The concept of taking a break gets relegated to the back burner with a dismissive wave – Sundays off. There’s very little focus on when you should relax during your training program, but you’re missing the secret ingredient to fitness success if you ignore this key aspect.

Effective training is a combination of properly timed exercise and appropriate relaxation. Chronic injuries or stress injuries result from over training or exercising with giving any focus to recuperating. In fact, the next time you schedule your exercise sessions, consider working in your relaxation sessions as well.

When I worked with Cirque du Soleil, we had the opportunity to schedule weekly massages. They were short 20-30 minute massages, but nearly everyone in the cast took advantage of this offer. It was built into the weekly training requirements – a dedicated opportunity to relax and work out stressed body parts before they gave out. Being a performer with a high profile company like Cirque du Soleil meant that I had to keep my body in top running condition, which made me think of health from all angles.

Optimal health is not just about how fast, how far, or how long you can push your body. It’s about speed of recovery time as well, and how long you can last without sustaining an injury. Do you know someone who works out really, really hard, but then gets hurt all the time also? Is he constantly focused on how many workouts he can get in week, or even a day, and seems to run on caffeine? This is a solid recipe for the training blues. Train hard, train fast, fall hard, fall fast. Injuries catch up in no time.

Your most effective training program is the one which allows you to train consistently for the rest of your life. Unless you are paid to be an athlete or your career is entirely dependent on your physical capacity, like I was when I was a performer, then there’s probably very little requirement for you to push your body 100% for a sustained period of time. You might want to push hard – for a week or two – but then settle back into a program that focuses on longevity and quality of health, versus quick, impressive, immediate results.

Even when I performed full time, I’d put even more emphasis on getting massages, body work, pampered at spas. Not only did it feel good, but it helped my body relax, thus avoiding chronic injuries. It helped me keep doing what I was doing, and that was a good thing, because that was how I made my money!

Regardless of your level of fitness, make sure you incorporate relaxation sessions into your weekly program. As I write this blog, I’m sitting in my AcuTouch® 9500 by Human Touch® because this week’s round of training for me has been particularly intense. Tomorrow I’m getting a full body massage.

Make as much effort to recognize and act on your need for relaxation, as much you focus on losing pounds, building mass, or increasing endurance. It’s a highly overlooked and under praised habit to develop in this fast-paced, type A, driven society. You almost look weak if you make a big deal about getting massages. Not so – the best athletes I’ve known all have highly regimented massage and body work sessions built right into their training schedules. There’s no oversight, no missing a body work session, and it is a big deal. So, construct your training around a goal for longevity and make use of your Human Touch chairs by scheduling weekly sessions in your chair. Make it as important as your workout – don’t let other people interfere with your time, don’t miss it, and don’t cut yourself short by relaxing for 10 minutes instead of 30. Bring balance to your training by scheduling both your workouts and your relaxation sessions every week.

Alvin Tam

“Being a Soul Acrobat is about learning to train your body and mind." Alvin Tam - Founder, Acrofit - Precision Training, Basic Acrobatics, Handstands and More

Monday, February 07th, 2011

Free Flip UltraHD™ Camcorder with a Purchase of a ThermoStretch™ HT-7120 or a WholeBody® HT-5040

Long Beach, CA – Human Touch®, the U.S. market leader of innovative massage chairs, Perfect Chair® Recliners, and other wellness solutions, has quite the treat for couples looking for the perfect gift this Valentine’s Day.  Human Touch® offers a BONUS Flip UltraHD™ camcorder with the purchase of a ThermoStretch™ HT-7120 or a WholeBody® HT-5040 massage chair.chair2girlchair

Work can be stressful and we all need something to help us rest and get rejuvenated at home.  And instead of buying something that will take up space and be of no use, couples can now relax in an affordable massage chair that perfectly fits any décor, and delivers a life-long wellness solution. A Human Touch® massage chair makes a perfect gift for your loved one that will also help save time and money on traditional massage therapies and alternative medicine!

This Valentine’s Day, with the purchase of either a ThermoStretch™ HT-7120 or a WholeBody® HT-5040 massage chair, Human Touch® is offering a FREE Flip UltraHD™ camcorder, valued at $199.

More about these chairs:

The Human Touch® WholeBody® HT-5040 Robotic Massage chair:

  • Eases muscle pain and stress with the press of a button
  • Contains all the advantages of Human Touch’s Robotic Massage® Technology
  • Designed to be both strong and sensitive, providing a revitalizing, therapeutic massage

The Human Touch HT-7120:

  • The only chair in its price range that offers Massage Comfort Control, an advanced technology, which allows the user to electronically adjust it into a luxurious comfortable home theater chair
  • Loaded with some of the most advanced massage features on the market
  • Combines Dual-Lumbar Heat and Full-body Stretching that helps alleviate stress, tension, back pain and sore muscles

To purchase the Human Touch® WholeBody® HT-5040 Robotic Massage chair or the Human Touch ThermoStretch™ HT-7120 and receive a BONUS Flip UltraHD™ camcorder, please visit participating retail locations nationwide or go to:

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

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