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Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Mindy Green

By Mindy Green

Aroma-Herbalist

Many men take little time for their health. But what if contributing to your well-being involved doing little but scheduling and enjoying a relaxing aromatic massage? It is estimated that 90% of doctor’s visits are for stress related ailments; isn’t it great to know that one of the best stress busters is easily achieved by letting someone else do all the work? That is nearly as good and much better for you than spending the day on the couch watching sports and drinking a beer (okay, almost).

June is National Men’s Health Month and what better way to honor it than by treating yourself to an aromatic massage? Massage is not just found in spas these days. It is now offered at hospitals, sports clinics, gyms, airports and many businesses. Or if you don’t have time to schedule massage therapy treatments, or in between scheduled massage therapy sessions, having a Human Touch® massage chair in your home with a variety of essential oils on hand is also a great way to enjoy the benefits of regular aromatic massages.

Once you check with your doctor for clearance on getting a massage, you can choose a variety of massage styles including Swedish, Trigger Point, Deep Tissue or Sports massage. All types feel good and benefit the body, mind and spirit. Massage often alleviates painful injuries acquired by the weekend warrior or professional athlete, but it might surprise you to know that research has proven its benefits for a variety of issues that affect many of us including pain and stiffness, controlling high blood pressure and boosting immunity. The benefits of massage also go beyond the physical body, helping to alleviate symptoms related to stress, anxiety and depression.

Whether you are taking 15 or 90 minutes for yourself be sure to include the wonderful benefits of utilizing a massage oil that is scented with pure plant essential oils. These natural fragrances add more than just pleasant aroma; they contribute to massage benefits in a variety of ways, depending on which essential oils are chosen. For instance, rosemary, ginger and eucalyptus oils can help increase circulation, benefiting sore muscles. Small amounts of peppermint and wintergreen can help alleviate pain. Lavender, orange, and vetiver help to ground and lift the mood. Scent also has a profound impact on memory and emotion. Inhaling the aroma of the massage oil that is used during your appointment can later remind you of the relaxation that you experienced during the massage session, and momentarily relive the moment of respite.

There is no easier way to take care of yourself!

Thursday, June 23rd, 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.

Human Touch Wellness Council Member Dr. James Rouse, A.K.A “Dr. James” is a naturopathic physician with extensive credentials in the wellness field including post-doctorate work in acupuncture, Chinese medicine and transpersonal psychology. He is also a healthcare consultant to broadcast news stations, an iron man triathlete, a certified yoga instructor and an author. He owns a Human Touch massage chair and talks often about the wellness benefits of using his chair. This month he helps promote Men’s Health Month with Human Touch to share his expertise on men’s health.
Best Foods for Prostate Health with a Human Touch®
by Dr. James Rouse

This month we honor the men in our lives – fathers, stepfathers, grandfathers, godfathers, brothers and uncles and those who have been father figures in our lives. Naturally it is the time of year when we think of men’s health and making sure the men in our lives are taking the best possible care of themselves. Prostate cancer remains one of the most predominant cancers (in addition to skin and lung cancer) in American men. In 2010, statistics revealed over 200,000 new cases of prostate cancer and over 30,000 deaths relating to prostate cancer. There are over 2 million men currently living with prostate cancer in the United States alone.

Prostate cancer is most common in men over the age of 50. There is a higher incidence in men with a family history of prostate cancer and in African American men. These are risk factors that cannot be changed. Still, there are other things men can control that may benefit prostate health and decrease the risk of prostate cancer. These are the lifestyle factors like daily exercise, tobacco-free living, limited alcohol consumption and of course a healthy diet.

Thus far there are no definitive nutritional guidelines for prostate cancer prevention. There are, however, epidemiological studies and recommendations that have come from many years of clinical observations. Two of the best diets associated with decreased risk of prostate cancer and overall longevity include the Mediterranean-style diet and Japanese diet. The Mediterranean Diet includes plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits, fish, garlic, tomatoes, olive oil and red wine. The Japanese diet is high in fish, green tea, soy, and vegetables; it is also low in fat and calories. Both diets are low in red meat.

Here’s another suggestion for men looking to reduce their risk of prostate cancer. Limit your calorie intake. We’re not talking about a starvation diet, yet excess calories may encourage cancer growth. Also limiting sugar since cancer cells also thrive on sugar.

If you are more of a list person, here is a list of the top foods for a healthy prostate:
1. Fresh fish, high in omega-3 fatty acids: Wild salmon, lake trout, sardines, anchovies, halibut. Eat fish two to three times a week maximum to help prevent the possibility of mercury build up. Avoid fried fish.

2. Green tea. Many studies show the powerful antioxidant activity of green tea. Cultures that drink the most green tea also have the lowest incidence of many cancers. Aim for at least 2 cups daily.

3. Tomatoes – Lycopene has been shown to have anticancer effects and to be especially beneficial for prostate health. Tomato paste, in particular, has the best research behind it.

4. Olive oil – rich in vitamin E and antioxidants. Avoid partially or fully hydrogenated oils. Also avoid corn oil, which may be pro-inflammatory.

5. Eat like a bird – Nuts and Seeds – Brazil nuts, pumpkin seeds, walnuts – all have beneficial nutrients that support prostate health.

6. Love your legumes – Soybeans and other legumes contain phytoestrogens, which might help to prevent prostate cancer. Studies have shown a modest amount of protection from prostate cancer development was gained with increased soy consumption.

7. Yogurt – The probiotics in yogurt (preferably plain, Greek-style yogurt) may benefit the immune system and help prevent certain infections.

8.Dark, leafy greens and crucifers such as spinach, kale, and broccoli all contain a significant amount of phytonutrients and antioxidants that may help protect the body from free radical damage.

9. Pomegranate seeds and/or juice – There is enough evidence to support drinking about 4 to 6 ounces of unsweetened pomegranate juice daily. Studies have shown that it may inhibit or slow the development of certain cancers including that of the prostate.

10. Garlic and onions – Compounds in garlic and onions have been shown to prevent prostate cancer.

Everyday you are blessed with the wisdom to leverage your connection to wellness and put into action loving self-care. Choosing to be a proactive participant in your well-being and standing in your creative power can be truly transformational. Wellness isn’t about perfection. It is about a state of being. Be well. Be your best.

Peace and positivity,
Drs. James and Debra Rouse

Monday, June 20th, 2011

I Won a Foot & Calf Massager!!
by Felicia Fibro

When I saw that the Human Touch Facebook page was holding contests and giveaways for their massagers I was excited. Then, when I saw that they were for people with fibromyalgia (in honor of Natoinal Fibromyalgia Awareness Day and the weeks surrounding it) I was even more excited! Imagine how elated I was to hear that I had actually won one of their fibromyalgia trivia contests!! Shortly after I won, their HT-1341 CirQlation® Power II Foot & Calf massager was at my house.

Set up was easy, you literally plug it in, flip a switch and pick the massage program that you want to use. Although the unit is a little heavy (21 lbs) there are nice built in handles to help you move it. My favorite part of the massager is the foot massage. It uses these under-foot massage rollers that can massage better than some people I’ve known! I have fairly high arches and the massager still gets in them. Ahh, bliss! Everytime I think about it, I want to go use it again! Who doesn’t love reaping the benefits of massage?

Felicia Fibro, Human Touch's Friend in Wellness will be stopping by to share her stories about fibromyalgia, tips and inspiration. She will also share how massage has helped her ease pain and discomfort from fibromyalgia. Felica is a proud owner of the Human Touch HT-1341 CirQlation® Foot & Calf massager

There are 3 settings, P1: Gentle Relief (pulsating kneading massage that improves circulation), P2: Rapid Refresh (brisk, effective kneading massage that provides continuous relief) and Single Speed Run (continuous cycle of kneading and under-foot massage to relax and regenerate). Although it sounds like P1 might be the setting most people with fibromyalgia would like, I found it to apply too much pressure when I went into using it already feeling extra sore and sensitive. P2 is my favored setting, followed by Single Speed Run. To get more comfortable I took a hand towel and folded in half, twice and used it to cushion the top edge of the massager. I have fairly muscular calves and this made them much happier. I also found that changing seat angles made it more comfortable. My dinning room chair was the comfiest seat for me to use the massager in.

What really impressed me though? The company. How awesome is it that they helped raise fibromyalgia awareness AND also gave away feel-good-devices to some of us, who’re living in pain?!? They’re even going to start featuring monthly blog posts on fibromyalgia that I’ll be contributing to. On Memorial Day I saw that they’d also donated 47 massage chairs, 30 foot & calf massagers and 40 pieces of exercise equipment to our troops in Afghanistan!! Watching this video about it brought tears to my eyes. So, thanks Human Touch,for all that you do!

Do you have a massage device that you love?

Please post your comments and take part in the conversation! Follow Felicia Fibro on Twitter @FeliciaFibro

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

“Wellness of the body leads to a better state of mind which leads to better performance.” Tim Clark

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.

How Human Touch® helps PGA Pro Tim Clark, to Maintain Wellness

by Tim Clark

I hope this blog finds everything going well with my fans. Thus far 2011 has been a frustrating season as I have continued to struggle with a nagging elbow injury. After finishing second at the Sony Open in January, I have only played two events—the Masters and the TPC. Recently, the elbow is beginning to feel better, so I am hopeful to be back playing in July. On a personal level, the injury has given me some time at home to spend with my wife and newborn son, Jack.

In assessing my elbow injury and looking at other injured golfers (like Tiger Woods) it is interesting to analyze how injuries occur and what steps can be taken to avoid them. I linked up with Human Touch chairs in 2008, and I think their chairs have been very helpful for me in maintaining a healthy body. In addition, getting the proper rest, utilizing soft tissue massage, maintaining a good diet and some level of cardiovascular endurance are also important.

In looking to the summer months, I am excited to get healthy and back on the course. My friend Luke Donald got injured in 2008 and he claims that the time away really allowed him to refocus. Recently, Luke achieved the #1 ranking in the world. Hopefully, my time away will give me the same refreshed outlook.

Best in health and wellness to you!
Tim

Join Tim on Facebook here!

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Join our interactive online community throughout June on to help raise awareness about important health issues affecting men and enter to win a Human Touch® massage chair

Long Beach, CA – June 13, 2011 – In honor of National Men’s Health Month in June, Human Touch®, the U.S. leader of massage chairs, Perfect Chair® recliners, and other wellness solutions, is pleased to partner with the Men’s Health Network (MHN). MHN is a non-profit organization dedicated to reaching men and their families with health prevention messages and tools, screening programs, educational materials, advocacy opportunities, and patient support.

Please join Human Touch® and MHN on Facebook and Twitter to get connected and participate in an informative and interactive conversation about the health and wellness issues affecting men, ranging from fitness and diet, to stress reduction strategies, as well as common health conditions and diseases affecting men, such as chronic back pain, heart disease, and hypertension. Highlights will include health strategies and tips for men from Human Touch® Wellness Council experts, including PGA Golfer Tim Clark, former NBA champion Bill Walton, fitness trainers, chiropractors, massage and aromatherapy experts, and more. Learn more about the Human Touch® Wellness Council here.

“We are pleased to collaborate with Human Touch® to help spread awareness about National Men’s Health Month in an effort to empower men across the country and the world to achieve a healthier lifestyle through preventative measures, such as regular exercise, proper diet, stress reduction strategies, and early detection of common health conditions and diseases,” said Scott Williams, Vice President of Men’s Health Network.

David Wood, CEO of Human Touch, LLC, added, “Medical research shows that stress can contribute to a number of common and serious diseases and conditions affecting men, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and even prostate cancer. Therefore, we believe it is part of our corporate responsibility to help educate men and their loved ones about the importance of incorporating regular massage therapy and proper relaxation into their daily lives.”

Human Touch® is also running a contest through Father’s Day with TheDealScoop.com, whereby one lucky winner will get an iJoy®-2310 Robotic Massage Chair as a great gift for dad. The winner will be chosen at random and announced on Father’s Day @HTFeelBetter and @TheDealScoop on Facebook. To enter, just “Like” Human Touch on Facebook and become a follower of HTFeelBetter on Twitter. Visit TheDealScoop.com here for contest details and to enter to win, as well as for details on other Human Touch® giveaways taking place throughout the month.

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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