UPLIFT Featured in The Boston Globe!

April 17,2018

Uplift says its app can teach an accupressure technique to curb jet lag.

The vacation you’ve been planning for weeks is finally here. You step off the plane, and the first thing you want to do is . . . sleep?

When you book a trip, long flights and jet lag are often a package deal. Here’s hoping that the hotel’s beds are comfortable. Exhaustion, nausea, headaches, and insomnia associated with jet lag are felt by about 93 percent of travelers at some point, according to the American Sleep Association.

Many travelers will ease into a new sleep schedule in the days before a trip, or resort to supplements such as melatonin. But Charles Krebs contends that he has found a way to help curb jet lag symptoms naturally — with acupressure.

Traveling to teach neurology was taking a toll on Krebs, who got his PhD in biology and physiology from Boston University. So he came up with a solution and used it on himself for years. In 2016 he teamed up with CEO and cofounder Ted Finn to create the company Uplift Ventures LLC to share the technique with others.

Krebs’s method is carried out by simultaneously pressing two pressure points on the left side of the body for one minute, then repeating on the right. In January 2018, Uplift launched a mobile app to teach others how to perform the acupressure on themselves.

The app includes instructional videos and a timer. After inputting your travel itinerary, the app uses an algorithm to calculate two pressure points to use once you land. There are more than 120 combinations using 12 points on each side of the body.

Jet lag occurs when your body’s natural circadian rhythm is out of sync with the time of day, which happens when you cross time zones. According to Krebs, holding the two pressure points at the same time resets the internal body clock, easing the effects of jet lag.

Acupressure is derived from traditional Chinese medicine and is based on the belief that there are meridians, or energy channels, that run throughout the body. Acupressure is all about balancing energy.

In total, Krebs’s procedure takes about 7 to 10 minutes. For first-timers, the app suggests trying the technique in a comfortable environment, such as a hotel. Krebs and Finn, two seasoned travelers who are experienced with the technique, conduct the acupressure as soon as the plane hits the tarmac, while they are still in their seats.

“Charles and I have developed a friendship,” Finn said. “He shared the solution with me, and after traveling 40 years without it, I’m like, ‘Wow, this is really something.’ I used it on a number of trips to Europe. It was amazing.”

The points used in Uplift are all located in the wrist and lower arm, or between the arch of the foot and your lower calf. Krebs and Finn joke that finding the points is easier than playing the game Twister.

“We really wanted it to work for people,” Krebs said, who hopes Uplift will help travelers reduce their transition time after traveling long distances. A lot of quality time can be lost to jet lag, he and Finn said.

Similarly, Diane Iuliano, a professor at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences’ New England School of Acupuncture, turns to acupuncture when she flies. She said it’s an effective way to ward off her symptoms of jet lag.

Iuliano has made 24 trips to Japan, where she teaches and studies acupuncture. She and fellow colleagues will perform acupuncture on themselves before the plane takes off.

“When a group of us go to Japan, and we sit on the plane, it looks like we are studying each other’s ears,” she said.

What they are really doing is placing press balls and press tacks on acupuncture points in the ear. Iuliano leaves the tacks in for the duration of her trip. Certain acupuncture techniques can also be performed in the days leading up to the trip, to prepare for the time change, she said.

Rick Harris, associate professor in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Michigan, has studied the effectiveness of acupressure as a remedy for fatigue in cancer survivors. He thinks it is possible that acupressure could help with jet lag, too.

“Acupressure, specifically at points that make you more alert, would probably help with tiredness [and symptoms of] jet lag,” he said.

There are, of course, skeptics of acupressure. Krebs and Finn said they tested Uplift on 500 travelers, resulting in a 92 percent success rate. They did admit, though, that the trial was conducted on mostly volunteers — friends, business people, and others who sought out Krebs’s work or bought the app during its trial period.

For the skeptics, other proven measures against jet lag include adjusting your sleep schedule during the days before a trip, exposing yourself to sunlight once you land to regulate your body clock, and avoiding alcohol and caffeine before bedtime, according to the National Sleep Foundation.

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine also recommends taking melatonin. A survey by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health found that 3.1 million adults used melatonin in 2012 for sleep problems, including jet lag.

The Uplift app is available on the Apple Store and Google Play for $9.99 a year. According to Finn, the app currently has around 300 users.

Nicole DeFeudis can be reached at nicole.defeudis@globe.com.


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September 9, 2018 

Contact: Patrick Gardner

Phone: (508) 785-2300

Email: support@upliftventuresllc.com


Uplift Joins the Global Business Travel Association

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Uplift, the revolutionary mobile app designed to address the devastating effects of jet lag; thus providing solutions for global health and wellness issues important to corporate travelers. Uplift believes in enhancing your travel experience, performance, and your most valuable commodity: time. Out of thousands of travel related startups across the global, Uplift was selected to be featured on Innovation Row at the 2018 Global Business Travel Association Convention (GBTA) held last month in San Diego, California, and is now an active member of the GBTA. The GBTA supports the 9000-plus professionals in the $1.4 trillion dollar travel industry, and strives to be the world’s leading source of travel knowledge for business travelers.

This was the largest conference in the history of the GBTA, featuring over 6,700 attendees and more than 1,300 buyers. This milestone ties into Uplift’s mission of finding solutions for global health and wellness issues, as it allowed the Uplift team to engage with many executives in charge of sourcing new and innovative solutions for their traveling executives. In a large industry, buyers are now focusing more and more on productivity, wellness, and performance related solutions that promote better work/life balance for their organization. After achieving an important milestone, the GBTA Convention could not have occurred at a more opportune time as Uplift recently launched their new Corporate App, which allows travel buyers to add more value to their corporate wellness initiatives.

“Attending the GBTA Conference was certainly a wise move for the Uplift Brand. Not only did it present the perfect platform to launch our new Corporate App and educate the industry about this solution, but it strengthened our brand within the business travel community helping us grow our user-base,” says Uplift CEO Ted Finn.

For more information on Uplift, please visit www.upliftnaturally.com. If you wish to learn more about exciting news about how Uplift is impacting the global travel community please contact Ted Finn at tedfinn@upliftventuresllc.com.

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Uplift Mobile App Starts Measuring Users Annual Jet Lag!

April 17,2018

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Uplift Mobile App Starts Measuring Users Annual Jet Lag!

DOVER, MA (July 1, 2019) – Uplift Ventures announced today its consumer phone app will start measuring a user’s cumulative, annual Jet Lag by keeping track of the time zones crossed or “Zonage”.  

“For the first time, we will provide global travelers with insight and data they can share on the number of time zones they cross each year,” said Ted Finn, Co-Founder and & CEO of Uplift Ventures, LLC.

“Now that Uplift has developed a protocol to address and neutralize Jet Lag, we need to develop a vocabulary to discuss the problem and the metric to measure it”, Ted continued.  “With the latest update to our mobile app, Uplift will calculate our users cumulative, annual Jet Lag by measuring the number of time zones the user crosses. We refer to this as your Zonage and everyone should know their Zonage.”  NASA research tells us that for each time zone crossed it can take a traveler as long as 12 hours to one full day for their body to fully adjust. In his past career scaling a global shoe company, Ted would cross at least 150 time zones every year and saw the value in this new feature. The entire Uplift team is proud of this new feature as it empowers travelers everywhere with meaningful insight to track and share other layers of your travel experience.  In a recent correspondence to shareholders, CFO Bill Davlin says, “My only wish was that the Uplift Mobile App existed during the last 20 years ago, I could have spared myself countless weeks of bravely working through painful days and sleepless nights. Everyone should know their Zonage”.


Are you traveling without Jet Lag yet? What is your Zonage?

About Uplift Ventures LLC:

Uplift Ventures, LLC’s mission is to improve the health and wellness of airline travelers and night shift workers around the globe. Uplift Ventures LLC was Co-Founded by Dr. Charles T. Krebs, a world leader in Energetic Kinesiology and the creator of Biorhythmic Acupressure. Dr. Krebs is a global author and co-author of 3 books in English and 1 in German and over 50 published papers on kinesiology, acupressure and neuroscience.  Dr. Krebs is the creator of the Learning Enhancement Acupressure Program (LEAP) that is used by thousands of practitioners in 9 countries to treat dyslexia, ADD, ADHD and more. Dr. Krebs is a practitioner at the Lydian Center in Cambridge, MA where he does research and holds a PhD in Biology & Physiology from Boston University. For more information on Uplift, please visit www.upliftnaturally.com. If you wish to learn more about exciting news about how Uplift is impacting the global travel community please contact Ted Finn: tedfinn@upliftnaturally.com.


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