The Newest Headlines Surrounding Massage Chairs and Human Touch

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Visit www.humantouch.com to connect to the world of Human Touch® innovations, brand vision, history, and much more

Long Beach, CA – Oct. 31, 2011 – Human Touch®, the U.S. market leader of innovative massage chairs, Perfect Chair® recliners, and other wellness solutions, is excited to announce that it has launched a new and enhanced website to improve the overall customer experience and connect users to the world of Human Touch® products, innovations, history, and brand vision.

The new site also provides users with convenient access to valuable wellness education resources from Human Touch’s esteemed Wellness Council members on how to live better through regular massage, relaxation, proper posture, and other healthy lifestyle practices. Wellness Council members include chiropractors, doctors of naturopathy and Asian medicine, professional athletes, fitness experts and massage therapists, aroma-herbalists, and more.

“The primary mission of our new Web site is to help consumers find the right Human Touch® solution to better their lives and to help them realize the indispensable lifestyle and wellness benefits that our state-of-the-art massage and wellness products provide,“ said Andrew Corkill, Director of Marketing, Human Touch, LLC.
“Life-changing benefits that our products offer include therapeutic pain relief, stress reduction, improved posture, increased blood circulation, and better sleep quality, just to name a few.”

Key new site features include:

• An easy-to-use chair selector shopping tool to help consumers find the right product to fit their needs. While shopping, consumers can sort through Human Touch’s products according to their specific criteria, from price point, to style and color, massage technology and features, and more.

• A new “World of Human Touch®” section which connects visitors to: company history, mission and vision, product and technology innovations, product benefits, and the Human Touch® Wellness Council.

• An “Experience” section featuring inspirational life-changing stories and video demonstrations throughout the site about how Human Touch® massage and wellness solutions are helping people feel better®, live better and enjoy an overall better quality of life. These stories and testimonials come from professional celebrity athletes, doctors, back pain sufferers, arthritis sufferers, and more.

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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Thursday, October 27th, 2011

By Tim Clark

2010 was my best season on the PGA Tour as I finished #11 on the money list and won the TPC.

At the end of 2010, I turned 35 which is considered the mid-point in a successful golfer’s career. Fittingly, I started making some changes to my fitness schedule. This year has proven to be a learning year in many respects and I have only been able to play a limited schedule and had a season-ending elbow surgery in August. Now I am on the mend and preparing for the 2012 season.

Through this experience, I have learned a lot and have some thoughts on helping golfers avoid injuries while also strengthening the critical areas for good golf—neck/back/core. An average golfer’s swing speed ranges from 60-100mph while a pro is anywhere from 100-125. This torque on the body makes the neck/back/core areas very important.

Step 1: Have a plan/set some goals
Meet with your doctor for a physical prior to engaging in any sort of rigorous activity level. Once you have clearance from your doctor, consult with a fitness specialist to design a program and set some goals.

Step 2: Get more fit
Cardio, stretching and light weights are traditional forms of exercise. However, now many of my peers are doing yoga and pilates to strengthen the core and back areas.

Step 3: Incorporate Massage
I cannot stress more the importance of massage. I utilize my Human Touch massage chair on a daily basis and cannot tell you how important this in keeping your body limber.

Step 4: Create healthy lifetime habits:
- Drink lots of water
- Follow a proper diet
- Get enough rest

Step 5: Enjoy the process
As you get older and your body changes, playing great golf is not easy. However, if you follow these steps, your golf will be much more enjoyable.

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

In our commitment to help people feel better® for more than 30 years, Human Touch® is a proud supporter of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. For the millions of women, and their loved ones, affected by breast cancer, this week’s blog post from our esteemed Wellness Council member Mindy Green is for you. Try to relax and take care of yourself. It’s vital to your physical and emotional wellness.

Breast Health and Essential Oils
by Mindy Green

Breast cancer … It is rare to find someone whose life has not been touched by this epidemic. During this month of awareness the most important preventive measure one can take for this or any other health disorder is reducing stress. When one is facing or wanting to prevent this particular health challenge the usual and important suggestions of regular exercise, a plant based diet, essential fatty acids, positive thoughts and extra vitamin D are important. In addition, the pleasant aromas of nature can help restore balance in our lives. In fact, research on essential oils show that they may even help mitigate the side effects of conventional treatment, such as radiation burns and nausea. Historic and empirical data suggests that many scents can also address and mitigate emotions that may accompany health challenges such as depression, fear, anxiety and more.

There is a surprising number of research papers dedicated to investigating monoterpene compounds in plants (volatile essential oils) and cancer (check PubMed to learn more). But you needn’t be a research scientist nor understand medical jargon to employ essential oils as soothing agents before, during or after treatment. Whether you are interested in maintaining breast health or reducing the worry that may accompany treatment, there are helpful measures that can be done at home for little expense. Breast massage with essential oils and active carrier oil delivers pleasant and relaxing aromas, and the complex and active chemistry of essential oils provides slip and glide for a self exam and lymphatic drainage of the area.

These essential oils are among those that have been studied for their therapeutic activity:

• Angelica
• Orange
• Palmarosa
• Geranium
• Atlas cedar
• Patchouli
• Turmeric
• Cistus
• Frankincense
• Ginger
• Neroli
• Pine
• Lemongrass
• Tea tree

Combine in any combination using 10 drops of essential oil – single oil or blended mixture – with one ounce of carrier oil, which can be used as spot treatments over affected area, in the bath, after bath treatment or a full body massage.

This blend combines oils that contribute to relaxation:
4 drops frankincense
3 drops lavender
3 drops orange

An uplifting combination to chase away worry and despair:
5 drops neroli
3 drops pine
2 drops lemongrass

This blend is wonderful to reduce anxiety and ground the psyche:
6 drops atlas cedar
2 drops cistus
2 drops patchouli

Combine for skin irritation relief:
4 drops lavender
3 drops tea tree
3 drops geranium

Choose a carrier oil with additional therapeutic activity such as cold pressed pomegranate, sea buckthorn or raspberry seed oils, or an herbal infused oil such as calendula for its many remedial benefits.

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

By Jeff Galloway

Dr. John Sarno is an orthopedist who practiced traditional medicine for years. Then he discovered a condition called Tension Myositis Syndrome (TMS), with methods of treating it. This dramatically improved his cure rate for those with debilitating pain to over 93%!. I recommend his books The Mindbody Prescription and Healing back Pain because they have helped thousands of people manage or eliminate chronic pain and get on with their lives.

When the subconscious reflex brain senses that stress is too high it triggers a constriction of blood flow to areas of the body that have some damage. In most cases studied the damage was not enough to cause the pain. But the reflex wants to reduce stress and pain forces a slowdown or stoppage of activity, reducing stress. Sarno and others have found that it’s not necessary to eliminate the stress to eliminate the pain–but one has to cognitively recognize this to shift control into the frontal lobe. By using a logical strategy, you can move from one step to the next, gaining control over the subconscious brain, opening up blood flow.

As an exerciser starts a workout, it helps to identify sources of stress and “talk them out” or just vent. As you’re moving down the road. Dr. Sarno says that you don’t have to resolve an issue to mange or cure the pain—you just need to be aware of it, and then take some conscious action to move control away from the reflex brain.

Massage helps. By increasing blood flow and stimulating endorphins, the Human Touch massage chair helps to reduce stress and to stimulate positive attitude. The time on the chair allows one to focus and get into the conscious brain.

Sarno explains how inner stress buildup activates Tension Myositis Syndrome or TMS. The reflex brain receives the continuous information flow through the peptide network, which identifies the areas of the body that have been damaged.
Each of us has certain “weak links” that tend to hurt more often than other areas. When total stress level rises significantly for the individual, the reflex brain reduces blood flow to these areas, dramatically increasing pain. But when patients take conscious control over the reflex brain by deciding to do things like make conscious statements, the blood flow can be restored and there can be a re-programming of the reflex brain.

“I know what you are doing, reflex brain, and I won’t allow it”.
“Open up the flow in my________”
“I’m in control here”
“I’m not going to let the reflex brain control the blood flow”.

Note: Not all aches and pains are due to TMS. Before exercising, when there is pain, get guidance from your doctor to ensure that some running/walking will not make the condition worse. It’s best to be under the care of a doctor who understands TMS and wants you to run if you can.

For more information on the forces behind TMS and how they apply to running, see MENTAL TRAINING available, autographed at www.JeffGalloway.com.

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

A Senior Testimonial

A Senior Testimonial - Massage Wellness for 80 yr old Claudia

Human Touch® empowers Seniors to bring themselves one step closer to improving their overall quality of life. For over thirty years, Human Touch has been making seniors, boomers, athletes, chronic pain sufferers, the stressed and overworked to feel better™ by developing state-of-the-art massage products. Human Touch recognizes its social responsibility and is proud to help individuals achieve wellness in their everyday lives, and by offering massage in affordable, accessible and stylish products.

Seniors can look forward to wellness at home and relax as they take care of body and mind while enjoying a massage in one of our chairs. Read how our customer, a senior, has used one of our chairs to help with her chronic pain and stress:

Claudia, retired secretary from UT, 80 years old

“I purchased my Human Touch® massage chair in 2004 and have been using it daily ever since to alleviate my chronic back pain as well as to reduce stress. I first tried the Human Touch® massage chair in my chiropractor’s office, and it gave me so much relief there, that I decided to purchase one for my home. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

I have quite a bit of muscle spasms in my back and the massage really seems to help reduce the pain and take the stress off of my muscles. Before I learned about the Human Touch® massage chair, my back spasms would get so bad it was like I was in a vice. By retreating to my massage chair for regular massage therapy sessions, I find that it smooths out the muscles and I’m able to be more functional. I also use it to relieve stress. Whenever I am fatigued or overly stressed I just spend a few moments in the chair and it relaxes me so I am able to return to my regular activities. I use the chair at least once a day for about 20 minutes at a time. One of my favorite features of the chair is the kneading massage, which provides a deep and soothing massage focused on my targeted pain areas.”

Are you a senior using a Human Touch massage chair? If so, please leave us a testimonial below and share how Human Touch has helped you!

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