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Are you sitting comfortably? Chair massage is a massage treatment that takes place whilst you are fully clothed and sat in a specially designed chair. Usually shorter than an ordinary massage session, chair massages treat the back, neck and head and are supposed to leave you feeling energized and stress free. After hours sat behind a desk at work, it sounds like the quick pick-me-up we could all do with!
A typical chair massage may only last 15-25 minutes (and can be reduced down to fit into a mere 5 minute slot), but it focuses on the areas where people often carry the most (and most debilitating) tension. Sometimes known informally as an ‘office’ or ‘corporate massage’, the treatment is said to be invigorating due to release of endorphins it produces and the increase in blood circulation that it promotes.
Chair massage therapy is generally composed of a number of combined Shiatsu, Tui Na and acupressure techniques and is supposedly so relaxing that it is not unusual for patients to doze off in the chair (which we imagine can add to the sensation of your batteries having been charged after the treatment has finished)!
Chair massage is gentle and suitable for anyone who would like to take some weight off their shoulders during the time it takes to go for a coffee break. Some practitioners visit offices to carry out treatment on site, whereas others offer a drop in service so there is no need to book an appointment.
No oils, perfumes of products are used during massages, so those with contact allergies or breathing difficulties can safely experience chair massage.
The chairs using during the massage are cushioned, ergonomically designed to relieve pressure on the spine, hips and shoulders and also adjustable, so people of any height and weight can use them. You should be aware that you need to adopt a forward facing , upright kneeling position during treatment, so chronic conditions such as herniated discs or a well documented history of hypertension may mean that you would be advised by the practitioner to avoid chair massage
Americans alone make approximately 114 million visits to massage therapists each year.