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Thursday, May 26th, 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.

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.

Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care & Massage for Fibromyalgia
by: Dr. Shawn Henry Dill, Human Touch® Wellness Council Member

“It is never enough to only address one component of your health. It is very important to incorporate wellness principles into one’s daily routine. I recommend that people focus on four main areas: diet, exercise, rest and having a healthy nervous system.”

More than 12 million Americans suffer from fibromyalgia, the second most common arthritis-related illness after osteoarthritis. Though so many people suffer from this debilitating condition, it is still heavily misunderstood and undiagnosed, primarily because there are no specific tests that can be conducted to determine if a person has it.

Those who have the condition frequently suffer from anxiety or depression, decreased pain threshold and tenderness, debilitating fatigue and widespread pain throughout the body. It is a frustrating, painful condition that can result in decreased sleep, an inability to concentrate and a general drop in quality of life.

Because diagnosing fibromyalgia is done through a test of exclusions, meaning medical doctors must rule out other conditions that can cause similar conditions, it can take months and even years to conclude what the problem is. And, even once a diagnosis is made, there is no cure or treatment that addresses all of the symptoms of fibromyalgia.

Due to the complexities of fibromyalgia, we have found that a lot of people who suffer from an array of symptoms including pain, tenderness and fatigue respond well to upper cervical chiropractic care. As a full-body wellness practice, upper cervical chiropractic is able to allow the body to treat its own symptoms with simple, frequent and pain-free adjustments, and because upper cervical chiropractors are not interested in diagnosing fibromyalgia per se, we don’t need long periods of time to run blood tests and laboratory screenings. Rather, we simply want to determine what the symptoms are, provide the appropriate adjustments and let our patients’ bodies heal themselves.

We aren’t interested in drawing out the painful process so many sufferers go through, and we find that we are able to help our patients in a more efficient and effective manner simply because of the laundry list of symptoms they have. The pain associated with this condition is widespread, and, in addition to the symptoms I noted above, people may suffer from chronic headaches, numbness or tingling in the hands and feet, painful menstrual cramps and stiffness. These symptoms occur all over the body, which means that when an upper cervical adjustment is made, the communication channels that lead everywhere from the head to the toes are opened and accessible to the body’s self-healing messages.

The body wants to naturally heal itself, and those suffering from fibromyalgia may find that gradually that numbness goes away and the joint stiffness begins to wane. Perhaps they don’t become as fatigued anymore, and their cramps and headaches slowly begin to diffuse over time. Sufferers may experience relief from one or two symptoms at first, but once the body reteaches itself how to send messages and begins to maintain alignment on its own, pain will decrease, movement will become easier and life before fibromyalgia can be resumed. And a happy and healthy life is what we as upper cervical chiropractors ultimately hope for in all of our patients.

Included in our recommendations for fibromyalgia sufferers to enjoy a happy life, is the use of a Human Touch massage chair. There are many massage chairs out on the market but Human Touch chairs have made the best impact on the health of our patients. Massage is extremely important to help with fibromyalgia pain and its recommended because it not only helps with pain and flare-ups, it also helps to relax the body and ease negative thinking. If you are thinking about getting a Human Touch massage chair, take a look at the Chair Selector. It’s an easy way to see which chair will suit your lifestyle, needs and home or office space.

Please send comments to this blog and our team will be happy to respond to any questions you may have.

Best regards,
Dr. Shawn Dill

REFERENCES

Levesque, Marc C., MD, PhD. What is Fibromyalgia? WebMD.com. (August 23, 2009) Retrieved April 28, 2011 from http://www.webmd.com/fibromyalgia/guide/what-is-fibromyalgia.

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Long Beach, CA – May 25, 2011 – On Memorial Day 2010, Human Touch®, the U.S. market leader of innovative massage chairs, Perfect Chair® recliners, and other wellness solutions, was contacted by massage chair owner and Minnesota Air National Guard member, Jill Shepard. She asked about the possibility of having a refurbished massage chair donated to her and her fellow troops for their upcoming deployment to Afghanistan. Human Touch quickly responded, delivering more than one chair – the company gladly donated 47 chairs, plus 30 foot and calf massagers and 40 pieces of exercise equipment. Although the Guard could not receive such a generous gift directly, the chairs made it to Bagram Air Base through other channels to be enjoyed by all those serving in Bagram.

Human Touch® is committed to supporting the brave men and women who selflessly devote themselves to protecting and preserving our nation’s ideals and freedom. This is why Operation Massage Chair was initiated, to instill wellness options to the troops, so that they could see the benefits of massage, and how taking care of the body in this way helps with overall physical and mental well-being. Jill and her fellow guardsmen have found the program and Human Touch® products to be an “attitude changer” among many other wellness benefits.

Said MSgt Curtiss Jones, 133rd AW/OSO, Current Operations/Loadmaster, “One of the many challenges we faced during our two month deployment was a place to go and unwind that didn’t require a gymnast-like contortion into recycled office furniture. There were few places on base that offered anything resembling comfortable seating, but the opportunity to settle into a Human Touch® chair for 15 minutes before or after a 14-hour mission (or if we were lucky enough, to watch a movie or a ball game back home) was a veritable morale boost.” MSgt Curtiss Jones went on to say, “A residual benefit of the chairs was that it got people out of their small 7×7 sleeping rooms and into an environment besides the mess hall, where they could interact and relax with other crewmembers and staff. Long after the chairs have offered their last calf massage, the benevolence and outreach of Human Touch® will be remembered by thousands of deployed soldiers and airmen. Thank you.”

“Nothing better after a 12-plus-hour day of engine running offloads and the stress of operating in a combat zone than relaxing in a massage chair,” said MSgt Aran Stromberg, Loadmaster. “Nice to know that there are people/businesses that truly do “support our troops” and back up those words with truly generous actions.”

David Wood, CEO of Human Touch, LLC said, “We believe that it is our company’s duty and responsibility to give back to our service men and women for their bravery and dedication to the nation. We are extremely happy that we can help our nation’s soldiers improve their overall wellness and relaxation under such stressful and demanding conditions.”

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 www.humantouch.com.

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Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

In this photo (left to right): Andrew Cohen, President - Human Touch; Dick Palfreyman, President & CEO - Relax The Back; Michael Hamm, Director of Sales - Human Touch

Congratulations to Human Touch for an outstanding year of sales with Relax The Back!

Relax the Back, a leading nationwide retailer specializing in products and solutions that relieve and prevent back and neck pain, and one of Human Touch’s largest retail partners, recently honored Human Touch® with the 2011 Vendor Recognition Award at their recent convention in Phoenix, Arizona. Select vendors which had the highest percentage retail sales volume increase over last year, by volume category, were honored with this award. This benchmark measures product adoption/penetration in the Relax the Back stores.

Human Touch sells many products through Relax The Back including Perfect Chairs, Massage Chairs and Foot & Calf massagers.

 

 

Thursday, May 19th, 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.

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.

Use Essential Oils and Human Touch® Massage for Fibromyalgia
by: Julie Chertow, Human Touch Wellness Council Member

As those with Fibromyalgia know, it is a very debilitating disease.

The main symptom being ongoing uncontrollable pain. Other symptoms are sleeplessness, depression, brain fog and more.

There is no magical solution for the cure-all but there is GREAT help and support with essential oils. Essential oils are steam distilled from plants, trees, flowers, roots etc., and many of the oils have powerful compounds that are highly supportive for inflammation and pain.

Young Living Essential Oils - Deep Relief

Essential oils can help penetrate within seconds to give relief to inflammation and pain. As a body worker, I can honestly say this is not hearsay. For years I have watched my client’s pain and inflammation subside while using essential oils on a consistent basis.

The best place to apply oils are at the back of the neck and of course by deeply inhaling. I like to apply my oils first and then use my Human Touch massage chair to relax and take the time to truly let the oils heal and work into my skin as I get a soothing massage. There are many benefits for people with chronic pain like Fibromyalgia to use massage chairs. Read what the experts at Human Touch® have to say: “Regular massage is an integral part of many physical rehabilitation programs and chiropractic treatment plans. It has proven beneficial for many chronic conditions, including low back pain, arthritis, bursitis and Fibromyalgia.”

Read more about the benefits of massage for chronic pain by clicking here

Fibromyalgia can also cause depression, and Frankincense has been scientifically studied and documented to be very supportive for depression. I usually advise my clients to use in combination, Frankincense and Rutavala which works wonders for uplifting depression. Diffusing the oils is a wonderful way to support emotional exhilaration. I recommend diffusers to for these oils and for brain fog, peppermint oils are very effective to bring oxygen into the brain and bring much better feeling of clarity.


If you are suffering with Fibromyalgia it is imperative to make big, necessary changes like cleaning the body of toxins and changing harmful foods and additives that compromise the body. I personally know many people that have been greatly supportive in their healing journey to wellness using the essential oils. Please feel free to contact me if you need any advice or suggestions for oils to use and how to buy them.
Essential oils are so restorative and harmonize so easily and quickly with our bodies.

May all those suffering with Fibromyalgia find the positive support you need to heal.

Many Blessings,
Julie Chertow CMT,
Young Living Essential Oils, Essential Oils Educator

http://www.bodyaliveessentials.com

Oils recommended: Deep Relief Roll On™, Peace & Calming, Peppermint, RutaVala, & Lavender, Joy™, Clarity™

*Study of Frankincense & Depression

Thursday, May 12th, 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.

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.

The Importance of Relaxation In Acrofit Power
By Alvin Tam

When I first began training in the circus, I thought I had a strong physical background. I was 18 years old, had already run a marathon, practiced martial arts for 9 years, lifted weights, ate well, and was flexible. I thought that I would adapt easily to the circus training and excel.

I did do well – but only after putting in ten times as much effort as I thought I would need. Circus training is about taking all known physical limits and then radically blowing those limits out of proportion. When I entered the circus school, I thought that doing a handstand was a sizable achievement. I quickly learned that it was only a basic movement for the rest of my training, much like the letter “a” is to an entire paragraph. It was only the beginning.

Students Practicing Acrofit before Using Human Touch Chairs


Circus training is by far the most intense and effective exercise form I have ever encountered. It sculpts and shapes your body, drastically improves your ability to balance in any position, increases your power, flexibility and coordination – all without the use of weights, machines, or fancy equipment. Your movement becomes efficient and effective. You don’t develop extra muscles just to look good – you develop them because they help you achieve a specific move. Everything serves a purpose.

A few years ago, I was inspired by the idea of combining two complementary movement disciplines: acrobatics and yoga. In acrobatics, you develop power, speed, coordination and balance. In yoga, you develop flexibility, calmness, and awareness of breathing. The genesis of the two forms became “Acrofit Power” – a class that combines explosive plyometric exercises with the calming and meditative spirit of yoga. Since 2009, I’ve had multiple teacher certifications and hundreds of students experience Acrofit.

AWAKENING
The Acrofit Power class begins with a centering breathing exercise called “Ying Yang Centering”. Students empty their minds of daily distractions and focus on drawing in full, deep inhalations since the ability to control and expand breath capacity is key for any aerobic activity. The next few sequences warm up the arms, neck, shoulders, and legs in preparation for the first of the acrobatic movements.

SUNRISE
The first acrobatic exercise is called “Candle Series”. From a seated position, you roll backwards, extending legs vertically into the air, drop and roll forward, and hop into a mini-handstand. It’s a move that teaches you how to use existing momentum and gravity to facilitate the move. It’s a typical example of what Acrofit training is all about – using existing forces like body momentum, gravity, or counterbalances to make your movement more efficient and effortless. Acrofit is not about blindly pushing or muscling through a move. In advanced acrobatics, that generally results in injury, because coordination, body awareness and appropriate power, not ballistic power, is required. Correct power levels, timing, and speed are more valued attributes.

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.”



POWER
The Power sequence focus primarily on basic acrobatic moves and core strengthening exercises, like cartwheels, forward rolls, and a deceptively simple, but challenging core training routine called “Breakdance Basics”. It’s the piece de resistance of the class with five separate movements that combined, radically increase your aerobic and plyometric capacity.

We also practice a concept called “Active Resting”. Active resting is the practice of gaining maximum recovery while maintaining a posture of readiness. Typically, athletes will collapse in exhaustion after a demanding exercise. You’ll see the tired pose: hands on knees, body hunched over, heaving gasps for air. In active resting, you kneel, sit, stand, or even go into a headstand and manage your recovery in that position. You deny yourself the tendency to show fatigue and in doing so, strengthen your psychological will to continue. Acrofit, despite its unique physical demands, is a practice more for the mind, than for the body.

SUNSET
Headstands and child’s poses follow to bring down the pace of the class. Headstands allow you to develop balance, and internal awareness of core positioning – is your body straight, curved, piked? Highly oxygenated blood comes rushing to your head, rejuvenating, refreshing, and invigorating your brain. After another core training exercise, the class re-centers with a adapted deep breathing exercise and wrist and forearm strengthening sequence.

MEDITATION
Following in the structure of a yoga class, you return to a state of savasana or lying down position. By lying down after a workout and intentionally calming your mind and breath, you allow the accumulated lessons of the training to integrate into your body. It’s allowing your unconscious mind to assimilate the movements by relaxing the controlling aspect of the conscious mind, and removing it from the learning process. Ultimately, movement becomes natural, spontaneous and most efficient when it becomes unconscious and instinctive.

Meditation is one of the most overlooked components of a well-rounded, effective training routine. By relaxing your body and mind before completing your practice, you are associating relaxation with training. The state in which you leave your training is the state in which you’ll enter your next one. Maximum learning, progress and physiological efficiency is best achieved in relaxed states. Acrofit Power, which demands high levels of coordination, balance, and induces increased levels of stress because of the acrobatic exercises, is best approached from a calm, focused and relaxed mind and body. I also find using my Human Touch massage chair helps me to relax in ways I could not before; it’s a great addition to the meditation I already practice, sitting in silence on my mat. My students like the benefits of using the chair and find it helps them prepare for a long-lasting, restful day. Massage should definitely be a part of everyone’s life. It’s a great investment to quell stress and live a super healthy life.

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Acrofit Power is a combination of the best acrobatic exercises I learned through the National Circus School of Canada, Cirque du Soleil and the many other tours, projects, and workshops I participated in throughout my career. It’s designed to be tough enough for the seasoned athlete, but accessible for the complete beginner. It’s also not a watered-down version of acrobatic training for the general public – they are exact exercises that I practiced amongst professional acrobats to prepare for our routines. With Acrofit Power, you can expect a fun, challenging, authentic and highly unique practice.

Alvin Tam
www.acrofit.com
www.barefootsanctuary.com