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Thursday, August 25th, 2011

This month’s theme is about maintaining and improving the health of those who are of the Baby Boomer generation. There are tons and tons of resources that can give you recommendations on nutrition and supplements, specific exercise and stretching programs, and other wellness modalities like massage and acupuncture to increase longevity.

In this article however, you’ll discover a radical re-framing of the concept of aging, and a new definition of love.

Enjoy,
Alvin Tam, Founder Acrofit, http://www.acrofit.com/

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There is a common belief that we carry with us, either consciously, or subconsciously, that as we grow old, we become weaker and feebler. This unchallenged statement is so deep rooted, so perfunctory, that we accept this dictum as incontestable truth. Our slow, rotting decay is as dependable as the sun rising, as factual as an encyclopedia article. We are condemned by this collective supposition that growing old is withering away cell by cell, wasting away memory by memory.

But what if you were wrong? What if aging meant an increase in energy, a conservation of vitality, and a magnification of your joie de vivre? What if the mythical, elusive fountain of perpetual youth was not a magic elixir, but a series of carefully practiced habits that subtly sculpted the landscape of your senior years?

In my years of training and performing as a professional circus artist, I have been consistently astounded by one thing: the vibrancy of my teachers. My art is shaped by the passion and drive conveyed to me by my acrobatic mentors, who ranged from all corners of the globe, and spanned all ages. But the most impressive and memorable gurus were those who combined years of hardened wisdom with an irrepressible physical stamina. They were the teachers who could still show me how to flip, well into their senior years!

I recall Lu Yi, a celebrated Chinese acrobat, now 73 years old, doing handstands in the corner of the gym like he was drinking a cup of tea. His legs would rise effortlessly, his body settle into stillness – and stay – for minutes. Then there was my 65-year old Russian aerial coach Alexander, who, to demonstrate how to catch and throw a flyer, usually a young girl of 100 pounds, picked me up and threw me around like a rag doll. And of course there are the two South American brothers, well into their 50’s and 60’s still performing the Wheel of Death in Cirque du Soleil’s KA, whose lightning fast reflexes, jumps, and uncanny balance easily trump the agility of any 18-year old.

So it turns out that aging really is a question of the mind. And it is the mind that creates habits, so in a roundabout way, aging is partly a function of our habits, our way of thinking. You might readily protest – but cells die! Injuries beset life-sapping scars, mild illnesses spiral into crippling diseases, and the mind, oh the mind checks out through the back door as quick as a rabbit before the real pain of senility can rob you of any treasured memories.

It turns out that if you can still read this article, you have a chance. (Phew.) Since your mind governs your body, begin to create a new set of actionable items by which you’ll live. You don’t need to see yourself running marathons into your 80’s, climbing Mt. Everest in your 90’s, or fighting bare-knuckle in the octagon as the first centenarian. Your vision may help but your daily awareness of life-sapping habits is more crucial. Some tips on how you can change your life.

How many times have you agreed with someone that aging sucks? Or that after 40, life goes downhill? Or that your body just isn’t the same anymore when you were young? Every mindless acknowledgment of these statements is really the confirmation of the fear of impending decrepitness. These socially acceptable jokes are overlooked strikes against your chances of perpetuating a long life of high vitality and energy. Don’t accept them, don’t let them in. Let them pass and fall harmlessly by your side.

For example, the next time you recognize a life-sucking joke, don’t force the usual smile or chuckle so that you can laugh with the rest of the crowd. Just return a blank stare, with no reaction, and carry on with your day. And… voila… you have just deflected yet another arrow intended to take society, hook, line and sinker, down to the nursing home.

Perhaps you have a habit of saying something like “one more _______ won’t hurt me.” Fill in the blank – is it chocolate, cigarette, drug or mind-numbing panacea of choice? Consider that it’s not so much the substance you take that affects you but your attitude toward yourself. In that simple, seemingly innocent phrase is the assumption that the most important person in your life – you – doesn’t really matter anymore. If I showed up at your doorstep with a giant boxing glove, and told you that I was about to pack the hardest punch I could deliver to your temple, because one more _________ won’t hurt you, you’d look at me incredulously with disbelief, and say no. But how many times have you overridden your own sense of value and steamrolled your worth with just one more?

This article talks about aging. But it is really an article about loving yourself in greater depth, and in more expansive ways. Growing to a ripe old age may or may not be your aspiration, but living with vitality, stamina, and vigor without succumbing to the fearful tides of aging is actually a true and deep practice of loving yourself authentically and wholly. Loving yourself is the act of defending your mind and body against reactionary attacks by others who, out of unconscious will, try to drag you down into the muck and mire for extra company. Don’t go there.

So in the end it’s not about trying to live as long as we can or finding the potion for eternal youth. It’s about using the quality of our aging process as a barometer of our love for ourselves, a mirror to reflect the passion for our existence, and a diary of our brief experience here in this universe as human beings.

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A LIST OF 10 THINGS I DO TO LOVE MYSELF
1. Reduce or eliminate gluten or dairy in my diet.
2. Plan to die on my 300th birthday on September 26, 2274.
3. Moderate my intake of alcohol.
4. Pursue my passions relentlessly. If I lose them, I keep trying until I find them again.
5. Read constantly about what other people do to increase their health.
6. Trying to learn to control the ejaculatory response to maintain sexual vigor.
7. Breathe.
8. Exercise when my body is restless.
9. Stop exercising when my body is tired.
10. Fall in love over and over again with my wife and son.

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

By Dr. Shawn Dill

Back pain can be attributed to a number of different causes: Poor posture, unhealthy eating habits, excess weight, spinal diseases, smoking, poor body mechanics and a variety of medical conditions. But there is one thing that causes back pain that we can do nothing about, and that is the simple turn of the clock. Everyday usage and movement—standing up, sitting down, twisting, lifting, walking—naturally puts pressure on the back, and over time, the body responds to this wear and tear with back pain and stiffness. In fact, the vast majority of adults will at some time encounter back pain during their lifetime.

The spine is such an important part of the human body, yet it is also exceptionally delicate. It is made of several individual bones called vertebrae, which are stacked on top of one another. Between each of these bones is a jelly-like disc that acts as a shock absorber and prevents the bones from rubbing against each other. As the aging process occurs, these discs begin to wear away and shrink, and this causes the bones to rub together. The result? Pain and stiffness throughout the back.

Though back pain is a natural part of growing older, Baby Boomers can find some relief in knowing they don’t have to simply give in to the test of time. Depending on the severity of the situation, back pain can be alleviated through the use of one or several different treatments. The least invasive options require no medication or surgical procedures. Resting and restricting those activities that result in pain can make a big difference in back comfort. Physical therapy—including stretching, aerobics, heating, icing and massage—relaxes and strengthens the back. Chiropractic care and stress relief exercises such as pilates, yoga and meditation have also been shown to help. For those with severe back pain, a variety of medications and surgical options are also available.

As with many medical problems, however, the best cure for back issues is to prevent them altogether. No one can avoid the inevitable, of course, so just about everyone is bound to find a bit of stress on the back regardless of what they do. Nonetheless, healthy habits from an early age—or starting immediately—can have a big impact on back health throughout the remainder of life. Always be cognizant of good posture; stand and sit properly to avoid pressure on the spine. Eat a healthy diet, maintain an ideal weight and exercise in a way that strengthens the back and abdomen.

Perhaps the most important thing people can do as they age, however, is simply to be aware of their spinal column. Take care of it, and recognize when it doesn’t feel right. Ignoring back pain often only makes the problem worse, so any back pain that prevents everyday activities should be addressed right away. With acute back awareness and immediate response to tenderness and stiffness, those who suffer from back problems can mitigate issues and return to a pain-free life.

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

New wellness program helps patients enhance their chiropractic treatments with regular massage therapy and relaxation while providing chiropractors with an added revenue stream

Orlando, FL – August 22, 2011 – Human Touch®, the U.S. market leader of innovative massage chairs, Perfect Chair® recliners, and other wellness solutions, is pleased to introduce its new Healthcare Professional Program for chiropractic practices during the Florida Chiropractic Association’s National Convention & Expo 2011 (FCA National), Aug. 25-28.

“Human Touch massage chairs and Perfect Chairs are the perfect complement to chiropractic treatments. They relax the mind and body so patients can realize maximum advantage during treatments and, after, they maintain optimal body alignment and muscle flexibility to help keep them healthy and happy.” --- Dr. John K. Maltby, DC, FICA, ICA Board Chairman

The Healthcare Professional Program is a unique sales and marketing program designed specifically for chiropractic offices to enhance their patients’ overall wellness, while enjoying an additional, value-added revenue stream for their practice. Human Touch® will present this new program during FCA National, Aug. 25-28, at The Peabody Orlando, Booth # 509 (9801 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819).

“Human Touch massage chairs and Perfect Chairs are the perfect complement to chiropractic treatments. They relax the mind and body so patients can realize maximum advantage during treatments and, after, they maintain optimal body alignment and muscle flexibility to help keep them healthy and happy,” says Dr. John Maltby, DC, a member of Human Touch’s Wellness Council, as well as the past president of the International Chiropractors Association (ICA) and current ICA Chairman of the Board.

Through this program, patients can enjoy Human Touch® massage chairs and Perfect Chairs in their chiropractors’ office, which they can then purchase directly from their chiropractor to use in their own home at an attractive price. Chiropractors can sell Human Touch® chairs directly to their patients, creating an easy way to add new revenue to their practice. Human Touch® handles shipping the product directly to the customer and any customer service needs that may arise. The company also provides chiropractors with all marketing and sales materials, POP displays, and support to make the program successful and easy to manage.

In forming the Healthcare Professional Program, Human Touch® has consulted with three respected chiropractors to ensure its success, Drs. John K. Maltby, Shawn Henry Dill and Jon Stucky, who are also members of the Human Touch® Wellness Council. The Human Touch® Wellness Council comprises an esteemed panel of experts from various disciplines—including doctors, professional athletes, massage therapists and fitness experts—dedicated to educating people about how to achieve a healthier and happier life through regular massage, relaxation, sound posture, and other wellness practices.

Program Key Benefits

Enhances chiropractic patients’ health and wellness in between their treatment sessions: Human Touch® massage chairs and Perfect Chairs offer a therapeutic and comfortable seating option for chiropractic patients in their chiropractor’s waiting areas and treatment rooms. Chiropractors can then offer Human Touch® massage chairs and Perfect Chairs directly to patients for daily use in their own homes to enhance their overall wellness and treatment plan.

Offers chiropractors an easy, additional revenue stream for their practice: Chiropractors who use Human Touch® massage chairs and Perfect Chairs in their practice have found that when patients are introduced to them, they soon realize the valuable healing and wellness benefits, compelling them to purchase a chair for their own personal use. Human Touch® also provides chiropractic practices with all necessary sales and marketing materials, POP displays and support to help ensure the program’s maximum success.

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. Human Touch® is also on Facebook and Twitter @HTFeelBetter.

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Thursday, August 18th, 2011

Susan Ingebretson is a Human Touch "Friend in Wellness" and talks with others about the benefits of massage for those suffering from Fibromyalgia.

Sue talks here about her book, “FibroWHYalgia: Why Rebuilding the Ten Root Causes of Chronic Illness Restores Chronic Wellness” and of the benefits of massage for those who suffer everyday from Fibromyalgia pain.

“I discuss the healthy benefits of massage in several places in my book. I discuss how massage can be a vital and healthy part of the recovery process for those with chronic conditions. I discuss how finding the right balance of healing modalities is extremely important.”

Sue is a writer, speaker and the director of program development for the Fibromyalgia Research and Education Center at California State University, Fullerton. Her book, FibroWHYalgia: Why Rebuilding the Ten Root Causes of Chronic Illness Restores Chronic Wellness, details her own journey from illness to wellness.

Here’s a quote from page #88:
‘The key is finding the right balance — for you. Once you decide to make wellness a priority, it’s up to you to choose how to prioritize the rest of your life.’

In chapter 7 (entitled What’ll it Be — Illness or Wellness?), I detail several different healing modalities that are powerfully effective to help develop emotional wellness and provide stress relief. Massage is listed as one of these modalities. Here’s my opening paragraph from that section on page #110:

‘If you think massage is not a valuable stress-relieving tool, I’d wager you’ve never had one. A good massage soothes you physically and mentally. In fact, if insurance companies were truly interested in preventative medicine, regular massage would be covered under most plans.’ “

If you have Fibromyalgia and would like to learn more about how massage can help ease your pain, discomfort and lack of sleep, please leave a comment for Sue below and she will be happy to chat with you.

If you are not already following us on Twitter, join us here and we can point you in the direction of dozens of people who have Fibromyalgia and are a part of HTFeelBetter’s online community.

Join us on Facebook as well and submit your thoughts for the day about your pain, how you have used massage to feel better and ask our community for support – it’s our social responsibility!

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Felicia Fibro joined Human Touch as a “Friend in Wellness” as she actively shares wellness information to help people with fibromyalgia, a chronic pain disorder which is characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, tenderness in localized areas, sleepless nights and overall fatigue. Massage has been found to be one of the best solutions to help ease pain as it increases blood circulation, flexibility, range of motion and helps reduce stress and depression caused by fibromyalgia.

As a winner of our Facebook contest for Fibromyalgia Month a few months back, Felicia Fibro uses her Human Touch Foot-and-Calf massager to help manage her pain while on her quest to raise awareness and help others by sharing information and staying positive.

Have Fibromyalgia? Communicate How You Feel Using Marbles
by Felicia Fibro
Years ago The Helpful Hubby and I took a class on living with fibromyalgia offered by my local branch of the Arthritis Foundation. Our teacher, who also had fibromyalgia, taught us how we could use marbles to communicate how we feel. The idea is that you take a glass jar and fill it with marbles. A full jar of marbles should indicate how you feel on your best days, with your highest mental and physical capability. As the marble level in the jar decreases those around you can see that you are not feeling as well. You may not be feeling as well for many reasons; fatigue, pain, fibro fog, etc… The level of marbles may change throughout the day as well, so it is helpful to display the jar somewhere where your family can easily see it.

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

By communicating how you feel it lets those around you understand why you may be acting a certain way. It also lets them know that it might be nice if they could offer their help to you and work together as a team. I would suggest that it may even help you realize how you are acting. For example, if you become easily aggravated because of how you are feeling. Not communicating pain at all can make loved ones feel disconnected and uninformed.

Another way of thinking about the jar of marbles is to think of the marbles as being the amount of physical and mental capabilities you have to get through the day. When there are less marbles in the jar you won’t be able to do as many things. When this happens you have to prioritize and do what you can. This latter dimension is similar to The Spoon Theory, but I like the jar of marbles better because it is more encompassing and multi-dimensional. My teacher said she used the jar with her family and that it especially helped her kids understand.

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