The Newest Headlines Surrounding Massage Chairs and Human Touch

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Fibromyalgia sufferers and their loved ones share inspirational stories, health tips and coping strategies @ HTFeelBetter on Facebook and Twitter

Long Beach, CA – May 10, 2011 – Throughout the month of May, Human Touch®, the U.S. market leader of innovative massage chairs, Perfect Chair® recliners, and other wellness solutions, is honoring National Fibromyalgia Month by hosting a special social media awareness campaign that brings fibromyalgia sufferers and their loved ones together for inspiration, coping strategies, and personal stories about life with this chronic pain disorder. Human Touch® encourages all of those who are living with or affected by the disease to connect on Facebook and Twitter @HTFeelBetter.

During National Fibromyalgia Month, those who are living with or affected by fibromyalgia can get wellness tips, personal stories, and support @HTFeelBetter by joining the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Topics range from how to reduce chronic pain naturally through regular massage therapy and other holistic approaches, to strategies for achieving a better night’s sleep.

Additionally, starting on Fibromyalgia Day, May 12, Human Touch® will be showing its support by giving away a foot & calf massager on the Human Touch® Wellness Center on Facebook. At 3:30pm PST, Human Touch will ask a question on the Facebook page and choose the winning answer, awarding the recipient with a foot & calf massager on May 13. Two additional foot & calf massager giveaways will then be announced after May 13, taking place throughout the month. Featuring patented Figure-Eight Technology®, the Human Touch HT-1350 Pro Foot and Calf Massager massages calves in an upward, rolling or “wave-like” fashion, which forces blood away from the feet and toward the body’s core to improve blood circulation and overall wellness. This is very beneficial to fibromyalgia sufferers because it helps to reduce pain and stiffness, which promotes increased flexibility and better sleep patterns.

Human Touch® Wellness Ambassador Gwyn Anderson, who suffers from a rare form of fibromyalgia, will also be engaging with fans and sharing her tips for living well throughout the month on the Human Touch® Wellness Center on Facebook. Coming from the world of muskular skelatal myofacial pain, Gwyn’s daily experience is as painful as fibromyalgia, just not as easy to tame. She has been able to manage and drastically reduce her pain with daily use of her Human Touch® Massage Chair: “I have had the opportunity to use two different massage chairs and one portable foot & calf massager from Human Touch®. These are by far the best massage products I have ever used and I have tried almost everything on the market. I suffer with chronic, degenerative pain and cannot imagine life without my Human Touch® massage chair. It literally makes the difference of whether I can walk or not. It is better than gold. I am so thankful for Human Touch®.”

“This month, we are bringing many individuals together to share, inspire and educate about fibromyalgia, a chronic pain disorder that affects people physically, mentally and socially,” said David Wood, CEO of Human Touch, LLC. “We hope that through our efforts, more people will make new lasting friendships and gain more of the insight they need to feel less pain and live better. Human Touch® recognizes its social responsibility and is proud to help individuals with fibromyalgia achieve wellness in their everyday lives.”

Fibromyalgia affects an estimated 5.8 million Americans. Symptoms include chronic pain in the muscles, fatigue, sleep problems, and painful tender points or trigger points at certain parts of the body. Fibromyalgia pain and other symptoms can be relieved through medications, lifestyle changes, stress management, and other fibromyalgia treatment. (WebMD) Many with fibromyalgia have found that incorporating regular massage therapy and exercise into their disease management program can greatly reduce their pain, so they can enjoy a healthier and more productive life.

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

Monday, May 09th, 2011

Corky Carroll, legendary surfing champion

Congratulations to Lizabet Latvala, the winner of the Human Touch® “surfing etiquette” massage chair giveaway with surfing legend Corky Carroll. Over the past several weeks, Corky has asked surfers and surfing enthusiasts, alike, to tell him what they think would help make the surfing experience better on public beaches.

Here is what Lizabet Latvala wrote, which won her a Human Touch® HT-3300 WholeBody® massage chair! Lizabet’s winning entry was announced in Corky’s Orange County Register “Surf’s Up!” column this Saturday. You can read the article here.

“Kindergarten lessons apply to the line up,” we tell our 5 year old who identifies as a surfer. “Be kind, respectful, pleasant, use your manners, have fun learning, and remember: the best surfer is the one having the most fun.” He gets it, and when he’s tired of riding the whitewater, he’s quick to make friends on the beach, smiling and saying “hi” to everyone. It’s as if he knows that fellow patrons of the surfing experience are part of a lucky and inclusive group who all appreciate the truly fine things in life: sunny glassy days, dolphins in the water, the effect of a Human Touch Massage Chair, playful peaks, sandy toes, and tan lines. He’s a happy little guy, and people respond in kind. Like you, Corky Carroll, we believe surfing is a fun, happy activity- it always makes one feel better. We wish to promote this idea by instilling such values in our son, who just might be a leader in the next surfing generation because, regardless of his surfing prowess, he’ll be having so much fun!

Thanks to everyone who participated in this contest. If you didn’t win this time, though, don’t be too bummed out. We will be partnering again with Corky this summer on another massage chair giveaway. For the latest updates on this contest and other special promotions from Human Touch, “Like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @HTFeelBetter.

Thursday, May 05th, 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.

Jaime Tam is a talented artist, ethnic-fusion dancer and a spiritual yoga instructor who is available to showcase her talents at many occasions. She performs in various venues specializing in middle-eastern dance, tribal-trance dance, Polynesian fire dance and a vivid, live canvas painting performance. When Jaime is not performing at special events she is teaching her Expressive Yoga-Dance classes here in Las Vegas and worldwide! Jaime has developed the Expressive Yoga™ and Expressive Yoga Dance™ form in 2001. Right here in Las Vegas, she shares, inspires and implements her Yoga-Dance classes and teacher training certifications with many spirit seekers, students and teachers from all over the world!

How to Heal with Yoga and Human Touch Massage Chairs by Jaime Tam

After a long day of nurturing and chasing after our sweet little baby boy Satori who is now 8 months old, and having the honor of teaching and sharing in a yoga practice later in the evening a few nights a week, I find nothing more blissfully relaxing than to sink into my lofty Human Touchmassage chair back at home to tune out to tune in!

Within my yoga practice I like to offer several light healing adjustments to my students throughout the class to encourage their heart to open deeper or assist in a bigger bind or simply guide one into a more restorative place to breathe with their body. The joy of my practice is within the human heart to heart connection and that feeling of primitive connectedness with my students through movement, breath and restoration. The light healing touch I like to offer here and there may be their biggest joy within the practice, as most students just love to melt deeper into relaxation and recharge even if for just a few moments in each posture.

At the close of each class we resonate with three vibrant Oms with our mats forming a big circle and together and express our gratitude, set healthy intentions for moving forward. We then roll up our mats to get back into the world with more compassion and passion for life. Well at least this is what we seek to aim for anyhow.

Often my students say that they really feel in their bodies throughout and after class and sometimes thank me for doing them such a divine service, which is essentially to slow down, check in and get serenely grounded in mind body and spirit. I feel as though the practice allows us to weave the energy of the body and mind closer together, like a bridge providing resiliency and balance.

The nature of my yoga practice is to bring about stillness and motion, like a moving meditation. I like to say that moving slow is powerful and that energy moves with sound, so open up your voice and breathe. Upon settling in back at home I too enjoy opening and receiving to bit of that inner calm, quietude and body bliss. Although there is nothing quite like the special opportunity to connect with fellow yogis in a yoga practice, as both student and teacher, I feel immense gratitude for the option to return home to kick back, warm my body up and indulge with a little touch of healing for myself. You can check out some of the benefits for having a massage chair here.

Just about any setting on my chair will do. I push a button and trust it is just what my body is looking for. Om Shanti~

Sunday, May 01st, 2011

Dr. Hoon C. Kim is a member of the Human Touch® Wellness Council. The Wellness Council comprises a group of experts in a variety of fields, ranging from doctors, to professional athletes, personal trainers, as well as massage therapy and aromatherapy professionals, who are committed to educating the public about the importance and benefits of regular massage therapy, proper posture, and overall, achieving a balanced health and wellness lifestyle. Dr. Kim loves using his Human Touch® HT-7450 massage chair to complement his practice in Santa Monica, Tao of Medicine as well as his wellness lifestyle and philosophy of practice. He helps people live a quality of life with the least use of medicine, which include not only disease treatment but also prevention in mind and body through Qigong, meditation, bodywork, acupuncture, herbs (nutrients) and lifestyle.

By Dr. Hoon C. Kim

I am so glad to be writing about people’s perceptions of what it means to be sick. My Mother has been ill for years, and she now lives at a nursing home. She cannot walk and is bound to her wheelchair and has hemodialysis three times a week. She has hypertension and is so fragile. I started thinking about the memories I have with her and my own feelings of being sick and weak.

Should “being sick’” really mean that you have no joy or peace or compassion inside? I would like to distinguish this whole preconception differently.

We are all aging and dying inevitably, however this does not need to suggest that any of those negative ideas come to your mind such as unhappiness, failure, loss, pain and ending. I wish that I could never lose my feelings of love, joy, peace and freedom under any circumstances.

Along with a change in attitude and taking care of ourselves with exercise and daily massage, we can help to change our negative thoughts and be at peace with our bodies.

Below is a book about the attitude of witnessing the sickness from the person experiencing a long-term chronic disorder. Hopefully many people benefit from reading this:

“When I first got sick, it didn’t take long for me to accumulate a collection of healing CDs from a variety of spiritual traditions. They had one thing in common: I was instructed to breathe in peaceful and healing thoughts and images, and to breathe out my mental and physical suffering. In Tonglen practice, however, the instruction is to do just the opposite. We breathe in the suffering of the world and breathe out whatever kindness, serenity, and compassion we have to give. It’s a counter-intuitive practice, which is why the Buddhist nun and teacher Pema Chodron says that Tonglen reverses ego’s logic.”

Tonglen is Tibetan for ‘giving and taking.’ If you want to read more about author Toni Bernhard and her book How to Be Sick: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and Their Caregivers go to:

At my practice, we specialize in treating acute and chronic pain, skin disorders, anxiety, hormonal imbalances and infertility, the rehabilitation of stroke patients and weight control and anti-aging. We use our Human Touch® massage chair to help patients with stress management and chronic pain. If you are in the Santa Monica area, please come and visit us and ask to try out our chair.

Dr. Hoon C. Kim