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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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