Chair Massage is performed in an ergonomically designed massage chair that is incredibly comfortable to sit in and gives the massage therapist easy access to a your neck, shoulders, back, arms and hands.
This seated chair approach to massage of bodywork was originally pioneered as ‘on-site massage’ for the workplace by David Palmer, who developed the first specialized massage chair in 1986.
Since then chair massage has expanded into shops,health food shops, airports, airplanes, health fairs, exhibtion centers, sporting events and other locations.
The beauty of onsite massage is that you remain fully clothed and your chair massage session takes less time and less cost than full table massage. It has as a consequence become a popular way to offer the benefits of professional massage to the general public
Tight muscles and knots caused by stress and sitting behind a desk all day, especially at a workstation that is not ergonomically designed, can restrict blood and lymph flow through the body.
The result is less energy and increased vulnerability to repetitive stress injuries, like carpal tunnel syndrome.
Chair massage counters the circulatory problems inherent with office work and offers a welcome break for employees.
Even 15 minutes of massage to the neck, back, arms and hands will improve circulation, restoring energy levels and helping reduce the likehihood of injury.
ROLE OF YOUR ONSITE THERAPIST
Before the massage begins the practitioner will ask some health-related questions. This is necessary to make sure chair massage is appropriate. Even though there aren’t many conditions that are aggravated by seated massage, sometimes it is better not to have a massage, e.g., pregnancy, cancer, etc. In case of localized pain such as a sprained wrist or a cut on the hand, the practitioner can usually work around those areas.
The practitioner then demonstrates/explains how to get into the massage chair and it will be adjusted until the client is perfectly comfortable.
Most often the areas worked on are the muscle groups in the neck, shoulders, back, arms and hands. These are generally the areas where most of the tension builds up.
However, it is also possible for the practitioner to work on the scalp, legs and feet. The massage typically lasts anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes (depending on the agreed upon arrangements) but can be customized to any length of time.