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Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

In honor of Runner’s Month, our Human Touch® Wellness Council Member and U.S. Olympian Jeff Galloway is sharing a few helpful wellness tips for runners of all ages and abilities on our Facebook page and he’s also hosting a contest! Jeff will be giving away a HT-3100 WholeBody® Massage Chair to one lucky runner. The entry rules are simple. Simply check the “Jeff Galloway Contest” tab here on Facebook for the trivia questions. Find the answers to those questions in the blog post below. Then include your name, email and the answers on the form included within the “Jeff Galloway Contest” tab and hit “submit form.” Good luck!

“My mission is to help people improve the quality of their lives through physical activity, body care, and eating energizing foods of quality. The right wellness program is one that includes a balance of activities to empower the individual every day.” Jeff uses his Human Touch® massage chair for overall wellness – for before runs and especially after long runs, races or strenuous workouts. He talks about the benefits of massage for runners here.

Jeff Galloway is a world-class athlete. As a member of the 1972 Olympic team, Jeff competed against the world’s best athletes in Europe, Africa, and the former Soviet Union. He broke the U.S. 10-mile record (47:49) in 1973 and has a six-mile best of 27:21. Among his victories are the Peachtree Road Race (in 1970 he became the first winner),Honolulu Marathon, Atlanta Marathon and top place finisher in many prominent U.S. races such as the Boston Marathon. He is the Founder of the Galloway Marathon Training Program and he coaches over 200,000 runners and walkers and is the inventor of the Galloway RUN-WALK-RUN™ method. Jeff is an inspirational speaker to over 200 running and fitness sessions each year.

“A marathon begins with a single step . . . a lifestyle change begins with a vision and a single step.” From Jeff Galloway’s Training Journal, Phidippides Publications, 1998.

Jeff has written monthly columns for Runner’s World magazine and has also written a few books including: Galloway Training Programs; Galloways’ Book of Running; Half-Marathon, You Can Do It and more. In 1984, Jeff published his first book and then Shelter Publications took it over.

Jeff has competed in countless races and has many memories to go along with those amazing experiences. In 1966 he had his favorite marathon experience with his dad at the Boston Marathon. Kenji Kimihara grabbed the victory wreath that year with a time of 2:17:11. When running marathons, Jeff uses a run:walk interval he invented. It is 30 seconds: 30 seconds – 30 seconds running, following another 30 seconds walking. His usual approximate finish time is five hours.

Jeff used to run marathons without eating anything at all and then at the end of these rcaes, his blood sugar was so low that he “hardly enjoyed the exhilaration” when finishing. For his last 40+ marathons he started using energy bars as his blood sugar booster and says he’s “enjoyed the afterglow of each – even the tough ones.” Speaking of sugar, Jeff eats very well but makes sure to treat himself to some Breyer’s® Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream very so often!

Picking out shoes and running gear can sometimes be a daunting task and many still need help in figuring out what to buy. Jeff advises: “You want (a running store) that has a reputation for spending time with each customer to find a shoe that will best match the shape and function of the foot. Quality stores are often busy, and quality fitting takes time. Be prepared to spend at least 45 minutes in the store.” So where was Jeff’s first running store? In Tallahassee, FL. Jeff says: “Getting good advice can save your feet. The experienced shoe staff can direct you toward shoes that give you a better fit and work better on your feet. I hear from people about every week whom have purchased a ‘great deal’ but had to use them for mowing the lawn because they didn’t work on their feet.”

Did you know? Jeff is not his given name. What is it and how did he come to be called Jeff? John Franklin became JF, which became Jeff when JF was said with a Southern twang. ☺

Good luck to everyone entering the Jeff Galloway contest sponsored by Human Touch®!

We are always looking for new “Friends in Wellness,” guest bloggers who are passionate about wellness. To be considered, please send an email to: htfeelbetter@humantouch.com and be sure to “like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and don’t miss our videos on YouTube!

Thursday, July 07th, 2011

In honor of Runner’s Month, our Human Touch® Wellness Council Member and U.S. Olympian Jeff Galloway shares a few helpful wellness tips for runners of all ages and abilities. Jeff also uses a Human Touch® massage chair for his overall wellness – for before runs and especially after long runs, races or strenuous workouts.

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.

Need Motivation? Join A Training Group
by Olympian Jeff Galloway www.RunInjuryFree.com

As I write this, training groups are forming across the US to prepare for marathons and half marathons in the Fall and Winter. The most common reason I’ve heard from thousands of group members is that they would not have completed the training or the race without the support of their training group. Here are some of the other benefits of group running:

As you get to know the others in your group you’ll establish genuine and lasting friendships. You’ll pull one another along as you push back endurance barriers. Many secrets are shared on the run. Just remember, what’s said in the group stays with the group.

You’ll tend to stay with the program because you are supported by your group. It will give you great satisfaction to complete each long one-and to help other team members. We connect with some positive and powerful instincts from our ancient heritage as we pull one another through the challenges and share the accomplishments.

A world-class athlete. As a member of the 1972 Olympic team, Jeff competed against the world’s best athletes in Europe, Africa, and the former Soviet Union. He broke the U.S. 10-mile record (47:49) in 1973 and has a six-mile best of 27:21. Among his victories are the Peachtree Road Race, Honolulu Marathon, Atlanta Marathon and top place finisher in many prominent U.S. races such as the Boston Marathon.

I hope that you can join one of our Galloway Training groups–or start one in your area. We offer a wide variety of paces, in most places. If you don’t live in one of our 90 cities, we can help you set up a program, or you can join my personalized, e-coaching program that allows for weekly check-ins and updates. (www.JeffGalloway.com) There is also a virtual trainer available from www.breastcancermarathon.com to prepare for the Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer in February.

CAUTION: Sometimes runners choose groups that are running faster than they are ready to run. This usually results in injury, constant fatigue or burnout. Here are some suggestions and “ground rules” for running with others which are used in our Galloway program.

Run with a partner or group that runs your pace or slower. The long run needs to be run at least 2 minutes slower than you can run in the marathon. If you have a 5K time, compute your per mile average and add 4 minutes. Or, run 4 laps around a track (not all out) and add 4-5 minutes. It is OK to go slower than this.

Slow down for heat: 30 sec per mile slower for every 5 degrees of temperature increase above 60F.

Insert walk breaks as noted below. Pick a partner or group that will use the run-walk-run strategy associated with the pace per mile of your long run:

9 min/mi-run 4 min/walk 1 min (4-1)

10 min/mi-3-1

11 min/mi–2:30-1

12 min/mi–2-1

13 min/mi–1-1

14 min/mi–30 seconds-30 seconds

15 min/mi–run 20 seconds-walk 40 seconds

There may be a number of different marathon/half marathon goal dates in a running group. Make sure that you will have the right schedule of long runs leading up to your goal race.

Those who live in remote areas have innovated by taking their cell phone on long runs. At periodic intervals they will call one another: comparing notes, describing the course, complaining about the weather and support one another as they share the experience. Most members of our Galloway Training Programs find that they accomplish a lot more with fewer motivation issues because of the support and the fun along the way.

Jeff Galloway

Thursday, July 07th, 2011

nullAcuTouch 9500 massage chairLong Beach, CA and Beltsville, MD – July 6, 2011 – Human Touch®, the U.S. market leader of innovative massage chairs, Perfect Chair® Recliners, and other wellness solutions, has partnered with Healthy Back®, to sponsor a national social media contest, whereby one lucky winner will win a HumanTouch® AcuTouch® 9500 massage chair featuring HT-Connect™. Healthy Back® is a leading specialty retailer that provides high end comfort solutions and ergonomic products for back pain and other physical condition, and is one of Human Touch’s most valued retail partners.null

The AcuTouch® 9500 is a state-of-the-art massage chair offering a completely personalized massage and wellness experience at the wireless convenience of the popular iPhone®, iPad® or iPod® touch. AcuTouch® 9500 retail value is $6,299 MSRP and HT-Connect™ can be downloaded for free from HT-Connect.com or directly from Apple iTunes.

Now through July 31, Human Touch® and Healthy Back® encourage everyone to visit their local Healthy Back® store for up to three chances to win this amazing massage chair! A minimum 1,000 participants are required in order for someone to win the AcuTouch® 9500 massage chair.

Entry requirements are as follows:

• For One Contest Entry: Participants need to visit their local Healthy Back® store and take a photo of themselves in a Human Touch® massage chair or Perfect Chair®. Then they need to share the photo on Facebook @HTFeelBetter and @HealthyBack with “Human Touch” mentioned somewhere in the caption. Participants also need to include in their entry the Healthy Back location they visited, sales associate name, and how they enjoyed their experience.

• For Two Contest Entries: Follow the above instructions and “Like” HealthyBack on Facebook.

• For Three Contest Entries: Do both of the above and “Like” HTFeelBetter on Facebook.
The lucky winner will be announced on August 3rd on Facebook @HTFeelBetter and HealthyBack.

For additional contest details, please visit www.humantouch.com/socialpromo.

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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Friday, July 01st, 2011


By Bill Walton

NCAA, NBA and Sports Broadcasting Legend

As a long-time NCAA and NBA basketball player and athlete at the highest levels, I have certainly had my share of pain and sports injuries. I have had 36 orthopedic surgeries. Both my ankles are fused. My knees, hands and wrists don’t work and now I have a fused spine. Other than that—everything is fine.

It was four and a half years ago that my life literally came to an end as my spine failed and collapsed.

After I broke my spine playing college basketball for UCLA in 1974, I fought the debilitating pain for decades. While chasing my dreams on the road to the promise land for 37 years with 200 nights a year in bad hotel beds, with low ceilings, bad chairs, too small airplanes and all the other nightmares of life on the move, my spine ultimately gave out. I could no longer move or function. I fought it for 2 years. I had no life. I was on the floor in excruciating, debilitating and unrelenting pain. I can only describe it as being submerged in a vat of scalding acid with an electrifying current running through it—and you can never get out—ever. My life was over. It was not worth living. The pain and disability were just too much. I was standing on the edge of the bridge, looking for a way to stop the pain.

In a New York Times interview last spring, I discussed my battle with chronic pain and injuries. When you’ve been where I’ve been—when you go through the stages of thinking you’re going to die, then wanting to die, then being afraid that you’re going to live, you’re never really the same again. The pain was so fierce and intense that it literally destroyed my life. When you are in such constant pain it wrecks everything, physically and emotionally.

But now I’m better. I have been able to get my life back thanks to a life-changing spinal surgery and wellness routine that keeps me going strong. I had no idea what life was like without back pain.

Because of my great fortune in climbing back to the top of the mountain on more time, it is extremely important to me that I share my experiences with others. I know firsthand how difficult it is to try to live in constant pain and with severely limited mobility. I hope that some of my experiences and lessons will help others deal with pain, particularly men who are active or athletic.

Here are some of the wellness strategies that I live by to try to help me feel great every day:

• Don’t ignore the problem – If you are constantly in pain, don’t suffer in silence, get professional help! See a doctor and get the issue properly diagnosed. There are wonderful new medical treatments and technologies that can help you. It’s not about being tough, hard work or a macho attitude, it’s about being smart and getting your full and pain free life back.
• Lean on others for support – Get support from family, friends, or others who are dealing with similar pain issues. Knowing that there are others who care or are going through a similar experience can really be comforting. The Human Touch Wellness Center is a great place to go for expert wellness tips, inspirational and personal stories from other pain sufferers, etc.
• Stay active and keep moving – Even if it’s just taking a brisk walk for 15 minutes each day, or a short workout on the treadmill, staying active is extremely important. It strengthens your muscles, boosts your endorphins and energy levels, and keeps you limber, helping to feel better and reduce pain.
• Minimize the stress – Emotional stress plays a direct and significant role in your physical wellbeing. Reduce the stress through deep breathing, daily activities, and regular relaxation. One great relaxation tool is massage therapy. Using my Human Touch® massage chair just once or twice a day for 10-15 minutes not only helps to alleviate my aches and pains, but also allows me to relax and unwind, allowing me to improve my overall health and quality of life.
• Shoot for the stars – Don’t let pain stop you from living. You can achieve your goal or dream as long as you don’t give up. Take small and realistic steps and remember that anything in life is possible!

Good luck, I’ll see you on the long hard climb back to the top.