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Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Human Touch’s Wellness Council is committed to educating professionals, sports-enthusiasts, back pain sufferers and consumers alike on the importance and benefits of taking control of their daily lives, maintaining a healthy balance of mind, body and spirit and maximizing their overall health and wellness lifestyle by incorporating regular massage into their “wellness” routine through the use of personal massage products. 

Alvin Tam, Human Touch Wellness Council Member: “I am part of Human Touch’s Wellness Council.  As a member, I post helpful information about health and wellness with a focus on strength, training, the benefits of massage, martial arts, acrobatics and more.   I have found my advice and direction to be helpful and sometimes eye-opening for our readers.  I have helped many to achieve their own wellness goals.”

Each Human Touch Wellness Council Member serves as an ambassador for the importance of daily massage, communicating their key wellness messages through online and offline media, community events and public forums.

Principle Training Versus Technique Training

by Alvin Tam

When I train my students, my number one goal is not to help them lose weight, show them different exercises, or improve their endurance. My main goal is to cultivate in them a mindset of principle based training. Training from principle is understanding how the body works, versus how to physically copy and execute a movement.

Many exercise forms focus on technique. Yoga focuses on postures, bootcamp runs you through circuit drills, and swimming makes you do laps. In most classes, you follow the instructor move for move, copying as closely as you can the form of the exercise. You imitate the placement of the toes, the fingers, the arch of the back, and depth of the squat. Unfortunately in many classes, it resembles a factory production line where student after student forces herself into a carbon copy of the instructor.

Learning technique is important but only if it is accompanied by principle training. Learning the principle of a movement frees your mind from training by rote and teaches you to develop self-awareness and creativity. Here are a few examples of the principles behind the technique:

Technique            Principle
Handstand                Placing your center of gravity over your foundation
Tree Pose (yoga)    Placing your center of gravity over your foundation
Warrior Pose            Placing your center of gravity over your foundation
Punch                          Generating power by rotating your center of gravity
Kick                              Generating power by rotating your center of gravity
Running                     Off balancing your center of gravity
Squats                        Compressing and expanding the body
Crunches                  Compressing and expanding the body
Back flip                    Compressing and expanding the body

There are thousands and thousands of movement techniques but only a few principles. Once you begin to understand how the body moves, you can begin to apply the principles across multiple exercise forms. For example, my two main movement specialty areas are acrobatics and martial arts. How do principles cross over between the two?

Martial arts is based on two primary principles: generating power by rotating your center of gravity and compressing and expanding the body. The speed and power behind any punch, kick, knee, or elbow comes from rapidly torquing your waist – your center of gravity – and extending a limb. As you extend your punch, kick, knee or elbow, you expand your body, then quickly compress it again.

Acrobatics is based on two primary principles: generating movement by off balancing your center of gravity and compressing and expanding your body. A back handspring requires you to fall off balance first, then rapidly expand your body backwards in an arch, while firing your legs. You expand to your maximum range and then return to a normal range, standing.

Other exercise forms may have only one main principle. Running is the act of constantly falling off balance and catching yourself.  You move your center of gravity, the waist, forward and wait for your feet to catch up. Then you repeat over and over again – and suddenly you’re running. Your speed is not determined by how quickly you move your feet, but by the degree to which you’re willing to be imbalanced.

Benefits of Principle Training

When you begin to actively seek to understand the principle behind all your movements, you increase your body awareness. Instead of being distracted by techniques, you become much more in tune with what you are doing and if you are overdoing a movement, or if you can go further with it. You learn faster because you see the similarities across multiple moves and you become more creative as an athlete because you can make up exercise routines instead of following rigid programs that lead to boredom and chronic injury.

“Being a Soul Acrobat is about learning to train your body and mind."

Once you understand movement based on principle, you also learn faster. Instead of dissecting a technique, you seek automatically to understand the physics and dynamics of the movement. The technique happens to be the specific requirements of that sport or exercise form, so your learning accelerates because you already understand what 90% of your body has to do.

Spiritual Parallel
On a spiritual parallel, principle training is like having a clear set of values versus a rulebook to dictate your actions. For example, you might value kindness, courage, and community contribution. All your actions stem from these simple values. You’ll choose to help people instead of hindering them, encourage others in need, and volunteer your time, money, or expertise to your community.

On the other hand, if you haven’t identified your values, you’ll struggle with your daily choices because you won’t have an internal compass to guide your actions. You’ll rely instead on a rulebook, which by its very nature is inflexible and can’t adjust to new circumstances. For every new situation or variable, you’ll need a new rule. That’s why life gets laborious when you don’t have clear values – there are too many rules to remember and some of them will end up contradicting each other!

For example, I used to have a strict rule that I should never drink alcohol. It was a belief I inherited from my upbringing, and I applied it dogmatically to my life without question. I thought I valued health but I was really locked into a rule that I had never thought to ask it if served me.

My non-drinking rule probably saved me from a lot of heartache, nights of regret and an overtaxed liver. On the other hand I missed out on a lot of fun as well. If I had defined my value as enjoying life through healthy moderation, then I would have made choices that allowed me to drink when I wanted to, but not overdo it to cause long term damage. I finally replaced this rule with a value at the age of 33, when I finally had my first hangover. :)

So any rule, when not backed by a value you truly care about, results in rigid, robotic behavior. You end up enforcing your rule with aggression because you don’t really have options, unless you write more rules to accommodate a changing situation. Then you end up with a personal rule book thousands of metaphoric pages long, and, instead of aggression, you experience exhaustion.

Physical training is the same. When your mind is flooded with thousands of techniques without principles, you become overwhelmed with the choices and you simply shut down. Perhaps you stop training, or resort to the boring forms of training, like watching the same video over and over again because your entire program is dictated to you and no thinking is required. Without principle-based training, the attrition rate on an exercise program is high because you don’t have variations – you can’t slow down on a long day, or speed up on an energetic day. With principle-based training, you have the knowledge to show you how to make a movement easier or more challenging, apply it to another form of movement or another sport, and even create your own form of exercise.

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Human Touch Partners with Icon Surfer for Social Media Contest

Best Idea on How to Improve the Surfing Experience will win a Human Touch® Massage Chair in the Corky Carroll Contest

Long Beach, CA – March 28, 2011 – Human Touch®, the U.S. market leader of innovative massage chairs, Perfect Chair® Recliners, and other wellness solutions, is coordinating a social media contest with one of their best fans – surfing icon Corky Carroll. Human Touch® will provide its state-of-the-art HT-3300 WholeBody® massage chair to one lucky winner who submits the best piece on “surfing etiquette.”

On Facebook, Corky Carroll shares his surfing adventures, wellness advice and fun-loving attitude with over 5,000 friends. He also has a column with the Orange County Register, where he talks about his Human Touch® massage chairs and how they help him loosen up before surfing and then recover after a long session in the waves.  A baby boomer, nothing slows him down, and because of his attention to wellness and daily massage, he is able to enjoy his active lifestyle.

When asked by Human Touch® what he wanted his contest on Facebook to be based on, he said: “Surfing etiquette,” to touch on the subject of how the surfing experience can be better. “It is my strong feeling that surfing is meant to be a happy and extremely fun experience and that too many surfers are forgetting that in today’s overcrowded surf zones.”

Details for the contest:

1.     Log on to Facebook, hit the “Like” button on the Human Touch page: facebook.com/HTFeelBetter

2.     Go to Massage Chair Contest Page for details and to enter to win.  This is where contestants will enter a 200 word essay about how they think the surfing experience should be improved and what it means in order for surfers to enjoy time out in the ocean.

Corky will read all entries and decide on a winner.  The contest is open now and ends at midnight April 23.  The winner will be announced in Corky’s column with the Orange County Register on Sat, May 7.

(Pictured at right) Corky at home in his Human Touch® chair!

 

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. 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 Contact:

Rachel Neppes

BERKMAN for Human Touch®

619.231.9977 x306 (office)

619.405.3917 (cell)
racheln@berkmanpr.com

 

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Corky Carroll

Surfs Up!  Icon Surfer Corky Carroll is Giving Away a Massage Chair

Human Touch® will provide its state-of-the-art HT-3300 WholeBody® massage chair to one lucky winner chosen by Corky Carroll this May.  That means a free massage dudes, everyday, in your house!

This social media contest is based on Corky’s idea: “Surfing etiquette,” to touch on the subject of how the surfing experience can be better. “It is my strong feeling that surfing is meant to be a happy and extremely fun experience and that too many surfers are forgetting that in today’s overcrowded surf zones” said Corky.

Here are the narly details for the contest:

1.     Log on to Facebook, hit the “Like” button on the Human Touch fan page: www.facebook.com/HTFeelBetter

2.     Then submit your entry in the Comments Box below on this page about how you think the surfing experience should be improved. Entries must be 400 words or less. We also encourage you to incorporate the following keywords: Human Touch massage chair, surfing experience, and feel better.

Corky will read all entries and decide on a winner.  The contest is open now and ends at midnight April 23.  The winner will be announced in Corky’s column with the Orange County Register on Sat, May 7.

Good luck!

Feel Better™ with Human Touch®!

Corky at Home with His Human Touch Chair. Corky likes to use his chair before he surfs to loosen up, and after to recover and relax.

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Surfers Taking Time to Exercise and Enjoy the Ocean. San Diego, CA

Everyday massage is important to help reduce stress, relax and let go of the many checklists and “to do’s” we all have.  Human Touch® makes more than massage chairs, we also make it an important part of our culture to share tips and resources and help people find ways to incorporate wellness into their every day.

Achieving wellness comes from massage and exercise and also from the way you take care of your mental health as well as your nutritional needs.  The foods you choose have a direct impact on the way you feel, simple.

There are more and more healthy and easy to make recipes showing up all over the web.  Dr. James Rouse, a very healthy and positive member of our Wellness Council, has a few healthy and delicious recipes on his website – Optimum Wellness.

Try this recipe next time for breakfast or lunch and skip traditional quiches, which more often than not are loaded with excess fat and calories. Opt for this extremely light, nutritious and flavorful frittata recipe by Dr. Rouse instead!

Arugula Portobello Frittata

Serves 6
Ingredients:
6 eggs
salt and pepper to taste
1 teaspoon butter
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 cup rinsed and chopped Portobello mushrooms
5 ounces arugula leaves (1 bag prewashed or about 7 cups)
1/2 cup shredded cheese, we used sheep’s milk cheese but Fontina works deliciously

Directions:
Whisk eggs together in a medium size bowl and season with salt and pepper if desired.
Heat butter and oil over medium heat in a well-seasoned cast iron skillet. Add onion and mushrooms to skillet and stir-fry until onions begin to turn translucent and mushrooms are starting to “sweat,” about 3 minutes. Add arugula and continue to stir-fry until arugula is completely wilted and the entire mixture is evenly distributed over the bottom of the skillet.
Preheat oven to broil.
Whisk shredded cheese into scrambled eggs. Pour this egg-cheese mixture over the arugula mixture so that the vegetables are covered. Cook on the stovetop over medium heat for another 5 minutes.
Finish cooking the frittata under the broiler for an additional 2 to 3 minutes until the top of the frittata is beginning to turn golden and the egg is fully cooked through.

Per Serving: 104 Calories; 7g Fat (2 g saturated); 8g Protein; 4g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 214mg Cholesterol; 85mg Sodium.

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Extreme Sport Meets Extreme Comfort

Long Beach, CA – March 17, 2011 - Human Touch®, the U.S. market leader of innovative massage chairs, Perfect Chair® Recliners, and other wellness solutions, is pleased to announce its partnership with Planet X TV, a popular station covering extreme sports and well-known athletes.  Through this partnership, Human Touch® has provided its state-of-the-art massage chairs to help educate athletes and extreme sports enthusiasts about the importance of integrating massage therapy, proper posture, and relaxation into their active lives.

Planet X Co-Founder and Executive Producer, Meredythe Dee Winter stated, “Planet X believes in all things extreme, including extreme comfort and relaxation. Human Touch’s well-designed massage chairs are a perfect fit for our new interview format as per our recent shoot,” she added, “We look forward to working with them this year on more TV programming in the sports and fitness category.”

Two Human Touch® iJoy-2580 massage chairs were set up on the site of Planet X’s “beach set,” at the Beach House restaurant in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, with the Pacific Ocean as the background.  Joining show host Brian Spencer, a variety of well-known athletes and sports industry leaders were interviewed and filmed for six new “Planet X” episodes to air this April nationally in over 90 million homes and locally on Cox 4 San Diego and MyNetwork 13.  On other upcoming shows, Planet X TV will also showcase an additional iJoy-2580 as well as other Human Touch health and wellness products.

Planet X’s weekly television series covers extreme sports and other active lifestyle entertainment themes (music, gaming, fitness, adventure travel, fashion, etc). Planet X airs daily in numerous markets around the USA and also airs a three-hour block per week on NBC’s Universal Sports Network (the Olympic Sports TV Channel reaching over 64 million homes).

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. 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:

Colleen Rugg

BERKMAN for Human Touch®

619.231.9977 x305 (office)

619.997.4930 (cell)
colleen@berkmanpr.com

 

Rachel Neppes

BERKMAN for Human Touch®

619.231.9977 x306 (office)

619.405.3917 (cell)
racheln@berkmanpr.com