The Newest Headlines Surrounding Massage Chairs and Human Touch

Sunday, November 27th, 2011

Long Beach, CA – November 27, 2011 – Human Touch®, the U.S. market leader of innovative massage chairs, Perfect Chair® Recliners, and other wellness solutions, has partnered with celebrity fitness trainer Tony Little to feature and sell the iJoy-2720 Swivel Robotic Massage® Chair on the Home Shopping Network (HSN) this holiday season.

Viewers can tune in to HSN on Cyber Monday, Nov. 28 at 1 p.m. EST/11 a.m. PST, then again at 11 p.m. EST/8 p.m. PST, to watch Tony Little demonstrate this iJoy® massage chair and explain its many health and wellness benefits for back pain sufferers, fitness enthusiasts, or anyone seeking a respite from their hectic and demanding lifestyles.

“If you suffer from back pain, like I do, regular massage therapy and relaxation can make a tremendous positive difference in your physical, mental and emotional well-being,” said Little. “Having sustained serious injuries to my spine and neck after a near-fatal car accident several years ago, I continuously rely on massage therapy to reduce pain, improve relaxation, increase mental focus, and speed-up my body’s recovery before and after strenuous workouts. The beauty of the Human Touch® iJoy® massage chair is that it works specifically on the muscles surrounding the spine, just the way a massage therapist would, and can be enjoyed at home, anytime day or night. Spending just 15 minutes a day in the iJoy® massage chair melts away my aches and pains to help me feel my best, everyday.”

The iJoy® Swivel Robotic Massage® Chair features patented Human Touch Technology® and a fashion-forward design, making it a great addition to any daily wellness routine and home décor. Its ergonomic design follows the contour of the spine to deliver a precise, targeted massage, as well as exceptional back support and seating comfort. Key product features include three invigorating auto-massage programs; a corded remote to control the chair’s various settings and functions; retractable cup holder; a convenient power outlet to plug-in a laptop or other electronic device; and a panoramic swivel base to provide maximum mobility while seated.

Regularly priced at $1,299 retail on www.humantouch.com, this luxurious massage chair is available for sale exclusively by Tony Little on HSN for $799.95 with free shipping and handling or five payments of $159.99 throughout the holiday season, or while supplies last.

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.

About Tony Little, “America’s Personal Trainer”™

Known as “America’s Personal Trainer,” Tony Little has been a television icon for more than 20 years. After overcoming a near-fatal car accident that nearly took his life, Tony learned how to turn adversity into victory. He first burst onto the fitness scene in 1983 by becoming an acclaimed Junior National Bodybuilding Champion, turning into a household name after he introduced the Gazelle Exercise Machine into the home fitness market. Known for his wild enthusiasm, Tony is responsible for revolutionizing direct response marketing and television home shopping. Today, his company, Health International Corporation, has sold over $3 billion dollars of product. Tony’s influence can be felt everywhere in the infomercial business, which as an industry garners over $100 billion dollars a year. Tony is instantly recognizable everywhere he goes, with a well-earned reputation as an inspiring figure to his fans throughout the world.

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Media Contact:

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

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

By Rachel Neppes
Guest blogger and new mom

Day out in Coronado with Susannah

Me and my little girl, Susannah @2 months old

If you are a new mom like I am, you probably realized very quickly after bringing your baby home for the first time that even with all of the baby classes, books and advice from friends and family, you could never have been ready enough for motherhood.

While becoming a mom is an amazing, joy-filled life experience, it also comes with quite a bit of surprise and challenges.

With all of the changes and responsibilities that come with caring for your new baby, it’s essential that you also find time to take care of yourself. Though, this is probably a lot easier said than done when you are waking up every two hours in the middle of night for feedings, running back and forth to the changing station a dozen or more times a day, coordinating with family members who are in town to see the new baby, cleaning your house, doing the laundry, preparing meals, etc., etc.

So how do you make sure that your own physical and emotional needs are met during the postpartum period? While it is a challenge, here are some strategies and tips that can help.

Assign tasks to family members and friends: Whether it’s helping with grocery shopping, cleaning the dishes or sweeping the floor, your family, friends and loved ones are likely happy to help out wherever they can. Don’t be afraid to ask favors of them. That’s what they are there for during this time. Even help with small tasks, can really make a difference.

Don’t second guess yourself: Try not to second guess yourself every time the baby cries or if you can’t constantly hold your baby: Am I a good enough mom? Why is the baby crying since I just changed her? Her diaper isn’t wet? What am I doing wrong? Don’t worry. You are doing a great job. Babies cry because it’s the only way they can communicate. Instead, try to replace these negative thoughts with thoughts of positive self-reinforcement. It can also be helpful to write it all down in a journal, so you can refer back to your thoughts later.

Create a personal calendar: When you are taking care of a baby, your time is very limited. So good time management becomes extremely important. Things like watching your favorite show, checking your email and spending time with your spouse or loved one are no longer convenient luxuries. To help manage my time better, I have found creating a personal calendar to be helpful. A calendar of events also gives you a sense of clarity and direction for how you will spend your day.

Make sure to get enough rest: Probably the biggest challenge for me during the postpartum period was sleep deprivation. Getting adequate sleep can be really tough especially at the very beginning weeks when your baby probably is not yet sleeping through the night. To make sure you get adequate sleep, you need to make it a priority. Use baby’s nap time to take a nap yourself, hire a baby nurse (if you can), so you can get more rest at night, ask dad to take one of the midnight feedings (if you are bottle feeding), and incorporate massage and relaxation techniques into your daily routine. Even just a 15 minute massage and simple breathing techniques can help you improve your sleep quality by allowing your mind and body to relax, so that you can get to sleep and stay asleep.

Don’t forget to nourish your body: Keep your body nourished with healthful foods so that you have the energy you need to take care of baby and your day’s tasks. When caring for a newborn, finding time to get to the grocery store and cook meals is probably difficult. So I have found it to be helpful to prepare a couple of dishes in advance, and then freeze individual meal portions for the week. Also, keep healthy snacks on hand, such as trail mix, fruits, raw vegetables, and cheese and crackers.

Get outside and keep moving: Even if it’s just a brief walk with the baby in the morning or at lunch time, getting outside and staying active is extremely beneficial for a number of reasons: to reduce stress, improve blood circulation, increase energy levels, and help your body get back to its pre-pregnancy shape.

Join a mommy group: Don’t confine yourself with baby in the home all day. Find a mommy group in your community where you can participate in fun activities and connect with other new moms. Socialization is important for you and your newborn.

Friday, November 18th, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Human Touch® Celebrates Maternity Wellness Month in November

Join Human Touch’s online community for expert tips, inspiration and advice about how to live and feel better® through pregnancy and beyond

Long Beach, CA – Nov. 14, 2011 – Human Touch®, the U.S. market leader of innovative massage chairs, Perfect Chair® recliners, and other wellness solutions, is celebrating Maternity Wellness Month throughout November. Expectant and new moms, and their partners and loved ones, alike, are encouraged to connect with Human Touch® @HTFeelBetter on Facebook and Twitter, and on the Human Touch® wellness blog, to learn all about how to live and feel better® through pregnancy, childbirth and beyond.

“As the U.S. leader of massage chairs and wellness products for over 30 years, Human Touch® is dedicated to helping people feel better and live better by realizing the indispensible wellness benefits of regular massage, relaxation and other healthy lifestyle practices,” says Andrew Corkill, Director of Marketing, Human Touch, LLC. “This is especially important throughout pregnancy, childbirth and the post-partum period, which is why we have dedicated our education and outreach efforts this month to help women achieve optimal wellness and balance throughout pregnancy and beyond.”

To help expectant and new moms feel their best, each week this month, Human Touch® will be featuring expert blog posts from its esteemed Wellness Council members on important wellness topics for expectant and new moms, including yoga and exercise, breathing and meditation, diet, sleep, massage techniques, aromatherapy, and back health. Human Touch’s Wellness Council members include professional athletes, fitness and yoga instructors, chiropractors and doctors of naturopathy, massage therapists, aromatherapists, and more. For instance, according to the American Pregnancy Massage Association, massage prepares an expectant woman’s body for delivery by helping to increase elasticity and range of motion in the joints and muscles associated with childbirth.

Human Touch® also recently announced the winners of its Maternity Wellness Facebook contest, whereby two lucky ladies won an iJoy® massage chair, valued at $800! So congratulations to Heather Hernandez of Freebies 4 Mom and contest participant, Barbara Shinevar Studer, who will be feeling better very soon with their own Human Touch® massage chairs.

And to help kick off the holiday season, now Human Touch® is offering an amazing deal ($300 off of the regular retail price) on this same iJoy-130 Robotic Massage® chair through Nov. 28 or while supplies last. To purchase it online or for additional details, visit Human Touch’s online store here.

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.

Please also follow Human Touch® on Facebook and Twitter @HTFeelBetter for daily wellness tips, special product promotions, company news, and fun contests.

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Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Jaime Tam pregnant

A photo of Jaime (Alvin's wife) when she was pregnant!

By Alvin Tam

When my wife was pregnant, one of the key things I learned was to become a great team player. Fitness was no longer an independent concern. It became a goal for the entire family: me, my wife, and our unborn son. Your solo approach to fitness changes into a joint effort.

This article is for pregnant women and their boyfriends or husbands who are joining them in the journey of a lifetime. While it’s important to know technically the best and safest exercises during your pregnancy, it’s equally, if not more, important to find solidarity and turn health into a family mission.

TECHNICAL

Since there are unlimited forms of exercise and movement that people employ to stay fit, it’s nearly impossible to create a list of the right types of sports. But here’s a list of concepts to adhere to when you are pregnant, to help you guide you toward the right form of exercise, or modify your existing training regime.

1. No impact on the body. This includes obvious sports, suchs kickboxing and self-defense classes, but also includes sports that have risks of falling or bumping into objects, like obstacle courses, mud runs, and high-speed cycling.

2. No twisting. Twisting creates excessive strain on your abdominal region, a section of your body that is undergoing immense and rapid physiological changes. Keep your mid-section strong with breathing exercises, and overall body toning, but remove twisting moves that strain and already fast-adapting area.

3. No harnesses. When I worked at Cirque du Soleil, the artists who became pregnant were instantly unassigned from any aerial roles. No harnesses, no belts or supporting body rigging that could impinge on sensitive reproductive organs. This includes sports like rock climbing (especially if you take a fall), parachuting (hey, if you’re already into it, you might be tempted to go for one more jump), and other aerial adventures.

4. No inversions. Try to avoid going upside down. Mostly, my wife enjoyed going upside down during pregnancy because of the additional weight, and also because of how easy it is to cause discomfort to a changing body.
So, now that you’ve eliminated pretty much everything you can do, what can you do?

A few ways my wife kept fit were:
• walking
• pre-natal yoga
The list is much smaller, but is certainly not all-inclusive. Think about what you love to do for movement and then modify it until you are sure it doesn’t cause you any pain, undue stress, and violates any of the guidelines above.

TEAMWORK

Equally as important is the change of attitude required of the entire family regarding fitness. Fitness, as often defined, is limited to what physical activity you do to stay in shape. Do you do crunches, or sit ups? Do you run, or swim? In the end, the most beneficial activity is the one you enjoy the most. Have you ever seen people exercise and be stressed about it? Wrong approach. Choose something that makes you light and happy, and even if you might push yourself during training, you must finish with the thought that your body is happy doing this.

Consider that fitness is also about your diet, and your emotional and mental state as well. This is where your partner can help out. Turn pregnancy wellness into a team effort. If your husband is eating junk food for dinner, and you’re trying to feed yourself and your growing baby healthy foods, then coordinate your meals so that everyone is eating healthy. For husbands and boyfriends — don’t try to go against the grain too much while your lady is pregnant. Follow her lead.

This doesn’t always mean that you’ll be eating a perfect diet on the ANDI score. My wife, and like most women who are pregnant, will have wild swings in diet preferences, from super healthy to super junky. We ended up eating Thai food four times a week, no chicken or turkey, and lots of watermelon. After our son was born, we almost never eat Thai food, always have chicken, and no watermelon. Don’t get too attached to the food plan: it will change once your child is born.

That said, don’t let yourself go off the deep end either and fill your days with popcorn, soda and fast food. Remember that you have a little one to feed (how could you forget?) but with cravings battling commonsense, it may be easy to succumb to the dark side of bad food. Indulge occasionally, and then lean on the support of your partner and close family members to help you stay on track.

A last interesting note for boyfriends and husbands. There’s a vague myth that the men put on some pregnancy weight. While the woman obviously gains, the man sometimes puts on a few additional pounds — something referred to as sympathy weight. I gained about 8 pounds during her pregnancy, nothing to even blink an eye at relative to what my wife endured. But don’t be surprised if your body changes somewhat also!

In the end, your fitness during your pregnancy comes down to 3 things to remember:

1. Move in a way that most inspires you, brings joy to your body and does not cause impact on your body, require you to overly twist your torso, does not put you in a harness, and has no inversions.

2. Go with your cravings and keep an eye out to abstain from totally going into junk food mode.

3. Turn fitness into a team effort with your partner supporting you through cooking, buying the food, and eating a similar diet.

Alvin.
Professional Acrobat and Coach
Owner Barefoot Sanctuary

www.barefootsanctuary.com
www.acrofit.com

Wednesday, November 09th, 2011

Jamie Tamby Jada Fire

Salutations Mommas-to-be and blessings on your transformational journey with a baby in the womb! It’s Maternity Wellness Month as the Human Touch Wellness Center. Carrying a little one within is a powerful and enlightening experience. There is so much to learn about your body and the waves of change that will come with this gestational period. You may hear an overflow of information, with many different points of view on what to do and not do during your pregnancy.

The simple advice I’d like to share with pregnant women is to first always listen to your body, your intuition, your pace, with all that you do. Your body is intrinsically wired to create new life force completely on its own and no instruction manual comes with our bodies when we take on new life and birth our babies from within. Intuition is key during this time, so find many moments to pull back, rest and recharge. You have nine months to ponder, meditate, plan, manifest and receive support and love from everywhere, so enjoy this sacred time with yourself!

As for movement, it is wise to embrace walking long stretches, such as one to three miles a day if the temperature and conditions allow. Walking is the most wonderful form of movement/exercise you can do for you and your baby during these nine months. The walk allows you to take in the fresh air, gives you time to process, and keeps your circulation flowing.

Being a yoga dance practitioner and instructor encouraged me to continue with my normal routine and to always listen to my body, stay super hydrated and know when enough is enough. Having my yoga practice throughout my pregnancy was extremely beneficial. It helped to keep me fluid and limber, energized and feeling good and healthy about myself. The movement and music is rhythmically appeasing to the babe within and is a spiritual way to develop creative connection with your baby. There are some guidelines to follow however with practicing yoga and my condensed list of things to consider is as follows. These 5 simple steps are great to keep in mind when practicing yoga:


For the Pregnant Yogini~

1. Body Temperature
A pregnant yogini should always be sure to keep her body temperature average, warm is fine, but avoid becoming too hot. Take breaks and leave the room when you feel your body temperature is getting too warm. Be sure to stay hydrated. Have water with you and drink water often throughout your practice.

2. Avoid All Inversions!
To be on the safe side we prefer at our studio that pregnant mommies stay away from going upside down in any variation. Down dogs and wide legged forward folds are great to let the baby rest and relax as if dangling in his/her own hammock, just like you would also find in a cat -cow, movement through the spine. Embrace positions like wide legged child’s pose when uncertain about the posture the rest of the class may be exploring.

3. Stay Away from Deep Twisting.
No need to take twisting to your edge. Instead get length by sitting tall and find the breath full and deep. Light twisting is okay. Listen to your body, listen to the baby!

4. Avoid Abdominal Strengthening
Let your belly relax and save the sit-ups, boat pose, and any posture that requires the abdominal region to be challenged for post pregnancy, preferably 4 months after delivery. Give your belly the buddha rub instead… the baby will like it.

5. When Reclining…
When in a relaxation (savasana) or a movement on the spine, pay attention to supine hypotension. If you feel nausea, light headed or uncomfortable lying directly on the spine, then immediately roll over to your left side of the body, recline and rest there. For your meditation, use pillows, bricks, bolsters or extra mats to get comfortable!

6. Receive a massage
After your yoga session, get your relax on by getting a massage. Avoid intense massages and instead opt for low-pressure massages that won’t agitated your baby too much. The benefits to massages are plentiful!

Remember you are the divine mother!

Most of all, enjoy your practice.
Peace, Passion and Compassion~ Namaste

Heal & Inspire!
~Jada Fire~
www.jadafire.com
www.expressiveyogadance.com
www.barefootsanctuary.com
Direct: 702.543.1018
jada@jadafire.com

“Awakening to the God/Goddess within not only electrifies the soul – yet it gives us purpose to shine as we have been designed to”~ Jada