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Friday, July 29th, 2011

After 17 plus years as a professional acrobat, one of the most important things I’ve learned is to constantly vary your training program and supplement it with a strong cardiovascular component. There are plenty of fitness systems out there, including AcroFit which focuses on power, fast-twitch strength, and dynamic movement. Acrobatics are the combination of these elements — rapid acceleration of your body over short bursts of time, resulting in back handsprings, back flips, and smooth arcs of flight from a trapeze bar. These finely controlled movements are excellent — if your job depends on maintaining a highly responsive, muscularly dynamic, fast-twitch body at all times. But if you’re not a circus artist or a professional MMA fighter, you may want to balance your training with a more rounded approach by including a consistent running regiment.

When I trained at the National Circus School, I was one of the few artists who ran consistently three to four times a week in addition to our 40 plus hours of acrobatic training. I didn’t have a penchant for extreme punishment; although being an acrobat means that you enjoy getting bruised regularly. I just knew the beneficial effects of running.

What are the benefits? It was plain and simple for me — it increased my cardiovascular capacity which meant that I had much greater endurance on stage as a performer. I was able to perform acts without fatiguing too much, and it increased my ability to stay on stage longer. For an artist, that equates to more gigs, more work, and greater marketability as an athlete. Think of a hockey player who couldn’t stay longer than a 30 second stint on the ice — professional acrobats also have to consider the endurance question as well.

From the point of view of a healthy person looking to create a sustainable training program, it’s vital to split your overall training hours so that you are doing at least 40% cardiovascular training. That could include biking, swimming, dancing, aerobics, and Acrofit Power (the class-based version of my training system), but should also include running. Running is free, can be done anywhere, and provides the maximum return for the effort you put into it. One hour of running may not necessarily translate into one hour of biking (especially if you bike downhill to work and take the bus back…).

But running is boring, right? I’ve heard this complaint from more than one person and it’s a reality to work with. Given that running can be turn into a repetitive activity, the key is to vary your training with fun little modifications. Try these suggestions:

B-Line Running
Are you tired of running along the same park pathway, with its smooth, meandering (but totally boring) curves? Do you get sick of passing the same swing set, playground, and bench? Break up the monotony with B-Line Running. In B-Line Running you visually choose a point in the near distance (300-400 yards) and run a direct line to it. If there happens to be benches, garbage cans, or trees in the way, your challenge is to stick to that imaginary direct line as much as possible by circumventing the obstacle in the most creative way possible. You may have to jump over benches, climb over a tree, scale a short wall, or climb stairs to arrive at your destination. Try it, it’s fun.

Free Running
Have you heard of “free running”? You may know if by its French name “parkour”. It’s the wild acrobatic running that you’ll see kids on YouTube participating in, careening off parked cars, jumping over barbeque tables, and scaling walls like Spiderman. For the regular health enthusiast, you can tone down the intensity of free running by taking your running path into areas with low obstacles with a ground clear of rocks, glass, and branches. Try running on low walls, hopping over bushes, and climbing over hand railings. That’s the start to free running.

As an acrobat, I practiced free running in several shows, and continue to play with it during my regular runs, making sure that I never finish a 6 mile jog without hopping over something.

Partner Running
One downfall of running is that it can be and is usually done as a solo activity. Unless you have a ton of self-motivation, running solo can degenerate into a few extra minutes in bed instead of rising early to hit the trails. Find a running partner to create accountability to your training schedule and meet at least once a week to run together. Distance and time are less important than creating a habit of running. I found my running partner on Craig’s List. There are many other creative ways to start, or join a running group, including Meetup.com, or checking in with your local REI or running store.

The bottom line is to mix running into your training program. You may be able to create massive strength through weights, plyometric activity, or other sports, but with time, strength fades as you age or stop training as intensely. Your ability to run (or walk quickly if you have injuries or are just starting) will stay with you for a very long time, much longer than your ability to lift heavy weights or do hundreds of sit-ups or pull-ups. Integrate running as a habit, a way of life, and as a method to ensure your health for a very long, long time.

Alvin Tam
Founder Acrofit – www.acrofit.com
Co-Owner Barefoot Sanctuary – www.barefootsanctuary.com

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

The Wellness Studio™ offers furniture retailers a value-added gallery program to maximize sales and profitability for Human Touch’s award-winning, zero-gravity Perfect Chairs®

Las Vegas Market (Showroom B-0900) – July 25, 2011Human Touch®, the U.S. market leader of innovative massage chairs, Perfect Chair® Recliners, and other wellness solutions, is pleased to bring its successful Wellness Studio™ retail gallery program for furniture retailers back to Las Vegas Market this summer, Aug. 1-5.

The Wellness Studio™ is a complete retail gallery program, designed to boost sales and profitability for furniture retailers of the entire line of Human Touch® Perfect Chair® Recliners. The Perfect Chairs are sleek and elegantly designed relaxation chairs that relieve soreness, pain and fatigue caused by earth’s constant gravitational pull on the body by incorporating the most innovative zero-gravity engineering. Inspired by the zero-gravity chaise position developed by NASA to support astronauts during their ascent into orbit, the Perfect Chair® elevates the legs above the heart, relieving weight from the spine and improving circulation. Consistent with physician-recommended sitting posture, the chair’s fixed-form seating position ensures maximum ergonomic posture at all recline angles.

Components of the Wellness Studio™ retail gallery program include a complete collection of Human Touch® Perfect Chairs® and accessories, point of sale materials, as well as comprehensive marketing, training, and sales support for participating retailers provided by Human Touch’s dedicated sales team.

Billy Curtright, Director of Sales, Furniture and Specialty Sleep, said, “The Wellness Studio™ creates an enticing, interactive environment whereby the Human Touch® wellness story can be told, strengthening brand awareness and the consumer’s decision to buy. This fully integrated and ROI-driven program offers furniture retailers the ability to yield higher profit margins with no inventory needed and provide consumers with improved comfort, relaxation and overall wellness.”

The Wellness Studio™ was first introduced at last summer’s Las Vegas Market, and has since been extremely successful with participating retailers. Several fine furniture retailers across the country now offer the Wellness Studio™ in their showrooms, including Havertys, Nebraska Furniture Mart, HomeWorld, Danco Modern, Sadlers Home Furnishings, and many others.

Irv Blumkin, Owner of Nebraska Furniture Mart said, “Talk about instant marketing! The Wellness Studio™ creates an enticing, interactive environment in which consumers can explore and experience Human Touch® chairs.”

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

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

The Dream Studio™ features Human Touch’s award-winning Perfect Chair® Collection and a gallery program designed specifically for the bedding retail environment


Las Vegas Market (Showroom B-0900) – July 25, 2011

Human Touch®, the U.S. market leader of innovative massage chairs, Perfect Chair® Recliners, and other wellness solutions, will introduce its new Dream Studio™ to bedding and specialty sleep retailers at the 2011 Las Vegas World Market, Aug. 1-5. This new retail gallery program is designed specifically for bedding and specialty sleep retailers to maximize sales and profitability of Human Touch’s award-winning Perfect Chair® collection.

“The Dream Studio™ features Human Touch’s state-of-the-art, award-winning Perfect Chairs® and complete POP materials to ensure maximum sales success for bedding and specialty sleep retailers, and its entire retail display takes up only the size of a mattress allowing it to fit nicely into any bedding retail environment,” said Billy Curtright, Director of Sales, Furniture & Specialty Sleep. “Our zero-gravity Perfect Chairs® are the perfect addition to any bedroom by providing consumers with a blend of beauty, ergonomics, comfort, and overall wellness for improved relaxation and sleep benefits.”

The Dream Studio™ was offered as a small pilot program this spring and has been very positively received by bedding and specialty sleep retailers, such as Bedzzz Express, a bedding retailer with 36 locations throughout Alabama and Georgia.

According to Roger Hall, VP of Sales for Bedzzz Express, Birmingham, Ala., “We sell a lot of adjustable beds. Both our sales people and consumers understand how adjustable beds impact their sleep and overall lifestyle. The Perfect Chair® does the same exact thing. It’s all of the same features and benefits, and our people love them.”

The Human Touch® Dream Studio™ is a 120-square-foot space featuring two Transitional Perfect Chairs and two Serenity® PC-086 Perfect Chairs, each available in four different colors (black, espresso, cashew or red to blend in with virtually any décor), as well as complete Point-Of-Sale materials, including a 10×12-floor and double-sided, lighted floor sign. Details are below:

Transitional PC-085 Perfect Chair® (2 per studio): The Transitional Perfect Chair® is a zero-gravity recliner that artfully blends the best of aesthetics, technology and wellness in a seating experience that transcends even the highest standards of comfort. The electric recline system of the PC-085 recliner eases the body into a virtually weightless position, elevating the legs above the heart and relieving weight from the spine.

Serenity® PC-086 Perfect Chair® (2 per studio): The Serenity® Perfect Chair takes relaxation and wellness to a new level by providing a warming and gentle massage therapy experience using jade stones and Serenity® Wave Therapy technology. The jade stones radiate far infrared heat up to three inches into the muscle tissue to create healing warmth that can be felt long after leaving the chair.

• POP materials and an introductory video to help consumers understand the wellness and sleep benefits of the Perfect Chair®.

• Lighted display beacon and 120-square-foot wood floor.

Dr. James Rouse, N.D., Naturopathic Doctor and a member o f the Human Touch® Wellness Council, comments, “Surrendering into the Perfect Chair® sets a relaxed tone for a great night sleep, which is extremely important to one’s overall health and wellness.”

About Human Touch®

In pushing the boundaries of its traditional massage and zero-gravity chairs 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 wellness products and solutions. Human Touch® has been making people feel better™ for more than 30 years by developing state-of-the-art massage, zero-gravity 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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Media Contact:

Rachel Neppes
BERKMAN for Human Touch®
619.231.9977 x306 (office)
619.405.3917 (cell)
racheln@berkmanpr.com

Monday, July 18th, 2011

Join Human Touch® and Jeff Galloway on Facebook for expert wellness and training tips and a chance to win a Human Touch® massage chair and foot & calf massager.

Human Touch®, the U.S. market leader of innovative Robotic Massage® chairs, Perfect Chair® Zero-Gravity Recliners, and other wellness solutions, has teamed-up with Jeff Galloway, renowned runner, author, coach, and former Olympian, to help runners achieve optimal health and fitness. Jeff Galloway is an esteemed member of the Human Touch® Wellness Council, comprised of experts across a variety of fields who are dedicated to helping consumers achieve a healthier lifestyle through regular massage, relaxation, and other wellness practices.

“I am excited to partner with Human Touch® to help runners achieve optimal wellness and quality of life through physical activity, body care, and eating energizing, wholesome foods,” said Galloway. “The right wellness program, including regular massage therapy, is one that includes a balance of activities to empower the individual every day. This should also include a regular massage therapy regimen to help loosen sore muscles, alleviate muscle and joint pain, improve circulation, and reduce stress.”

Throughout July, Human Touch® and Jeff Galloway will be sharing valuable wellness and training tips for runners on Human Touch’s Facebook Wellness Center @HTFeelBetter and on the Jeff Galloway fan page. Participants can also go to @HTFeelBetter on Facebook to enter to win a Human Touch® WholeBody® massage chair and a foot & calf massager by answering fun trivia questions about Jeff and running. Instructions on how to enter and the official entry form can be found here.
Winners for the WholeBody® massage chair contest will be chosen by Jeff Galloway himself and announced on Facebook on July 31, 2011 at 11 a.m. (EST). The foot & calf massage contest will take place on July 20, 2011 on Human Touch’s Twitter page – @HTFeelBetter. Time and details will be released the day of. People will be considered as long as they “follow”@HTFeelBetter on Twitter and answer one question. They will then be asked to @reply HTFeelBetter and @reply respectively @JeffGalloway.

About Human Touch®
In pushing the boundaries of its traditional robotic 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 Robotic Massage® chairs, Perfect Chair® Zero-Gravity 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, and through international retailers and distributors in more than 40 countries, as well as online at http://www.humantouch.com.

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Friday, July 15th, 2011

Mindy Green is a new member of the Human Touch® Wellness Council. 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. Mindy is a consultant known for imparting to others her firsthand experience running a botanical operation. She’s also an active, international public speaker due to her unparalleled aromatherapy knowledge. The third industry in Mindy’s natural-products triad is healthcare and wellness. It is Mindy’s philosophy that individual health translates into global health. She is a long-time environmental activist and a board member for the non-profit organization United Plant Savers, where she contributes to a wider awareness of how plants create health for us all.

Botanical Remedies for Sports Injuries
by Mindy Green

Now is the perfect time of year for getting your exercise outdoors. Running is free and is easily accomplished in the beauty of the great outdoors. It is an activity that takes in the scenery and warm weather is sure to keep you in top shape. Whether you are a daily devotee, weekend warrior or anything in between, you may want to be prepared with remedies that counter the symptoms that accompany this particular form of exercise. While jogging along your favorite path you may well be passing by the plants that can offer relief from sports injuries such as sore or strained muscles, excess lactic acid and pain. Dried herbs infused in a carrier oil make a good base in which to dilute the stronger therapeutic properties of essential oils. The king of this domain is arnica, which can be in the form of an oil, ointment, or gel for external use. Its ability to reduce swelling, pain and bruising is legendary and it is an optimal choice, but should only be applied to skin that is not broken. For road rash or other cuts, the herbal oil base of preference is calendula, also found in many forms such as oil, gel, cream or lotion. Calendula is best known for wound healing, yet also addresses swelling and pain. Either herb choice preparation is commonly available at most health food stores. Choose which base is best for your particular need and combine one ounce of this base with the following essential oil formula:

3 drops lavender (soothing antiinflammatory)
3 drops rosemary (increase circulation)
2 drops lemongrass (reduce lactic acid)
2 drops peppermint (reduce pain)

Mix together and apply liberally several times per day over the affected area. This blend can be used both pre and post workout.

There are a number of other essential oils that can be substituted such as German chamomile, sweet marjoram, helichrysum, juniper or eucalyptus, but do not exceed 10 drops total of the essential oils to one ounce of the carrier oil, ointment, cream or gel.

Relying on the remedies of nature is sure to healthfully keep you on your exercise regime with fewer aches and pains, naturally.

NOTE: Essential oils should not be used undiluted on the skin

Mindy Green uses Human Touch products along with her essential oils for optimum wellness and relaxation. Please be sure to check back on additional posts by Mindy where she will continue to share her tips and advice for essential oils and using massage to live a more balanced life at home.

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.