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.