Chair massage is a style of seated massage that is typically of short duration 15 or 30 minutes, and focuses on your back, shoulders and neck and arms. Chair massage is done over clothes and although doesn’t require any massage oil, a small amount of oil infused with essential oils, can be applied to arms will enhance the experience, if desired.
This modern form of massage emerged in the 1970’s and 1980’s, and is part of many massage practitioners repertoire. Chair massage is now available at the Essential Therapy clinic, in St. Just, near Penzance. However, it can also be seen utilised in airports, shopping malls, convention halls, corporate boardrooms, supermarkets, railway stations and health centers.
Massaging clients who are seated is not contemporary concept. Ancient Japanese block prints illustrate people in bath houses, receiving massage while seated on a low stool. Many styles of Japanese table or floor massage traditionally perform a segment of each massage session with the client sitting up, rather than lying down.
A specialist massage chair is ergonomically designed and offers full support of the head, with your face resting in a cradle, looking down towards the floor, with supports for your arms, torso and legs.
Treatment comprises of a combination of deep tissue and Swedish massage techniques, usually on the muscle groups in the neck, shoulders, back, arms and hands. Techniques, like kneading, compression and tapotement, which don’t require oil. Through proper use and combination of posture, bodyweight, and techniques, chair massage can relief muscle tension in a very short period of time.
Staying dressed and publicly visible means there is no mystery or fear of the unknown. After all, how can you relax if you are anxious about the experience? There is no reason for anyone to miss out on the many benefits of massage therapy.
Chair massage is not intended to replace treatment for injuries or medical conditions but is designed as an effective stress management method by triggering the Relaxation Response. In this calm state the body and mind are given an opportunity to re-charge and let go of stress symptoms. Chair massage deactivates muscle tension before it turns into a debilitating spasm.
Benefits of Chair Massage
Boosts immune system
Improves sleep quality
Regulates blood pressure
Generates more flexibility
Reduces anxiety & stress
Relieves muscle tension & pains
Helps prevent repetitive strain injury
Improves problem solving and creative thinking