The Benefits of Chair Massage


The Benefits of Chair Massage

imageChair massage is often found in airports, county fairs, concert venues, malls, health clubs and sporting events. Since it is quick, readily available in many different locations and non-threatening in nature, chair massage is often the public’s first exposure to professional massage techniques. Recently, chair massage has also become a prominent feature in many corporate offices, where chair massage practitioners are brought in on a regular basis to work on personnel.

Humans were not designed to spend hours on end sitting stationary at a desk. Our structure evolved to dynamically respond to a full range of movements so we can walk, run, squat, lift, carry or climb as part of our regular day. However, many of us spend 8 or more hours sitting, staring, squinting, texting and typing. This type of inactivity leads to a loss of blood flow, a stiff neck, aching wrists, and shoulders scrunched in towards the ears. Chair massage is designed to target a specific groups of muscles using acupressure and improves circulation and movement within the body. Sitting in a massage chair opens up the back muscles, relieves strain on the neck and provides a gentle respite for eyes usually glued to a computer monitor. Even 15 minutes of massage to the neck, back, arms and hands can increase circulation and help keep the body injury free.

Chair Massage has several psychological functions as well. Research has validated the positive effects of massage therapy on job performance and mental alertness resulting in reduced stress-related illnesses, improved accuracy and better problem solving skills. A recent study in American Psychologist gave one group of workers a 15 minute break, and another, a 15 minute massage. The group that received the massage performed significantly better on complicated tasks like math problems. Massage also improves creative thinking and relieves fatigue. It’s better than a cup of coffee!

Wouldn’t it be nice to experience this therapeutic touch more often to combat the rigors of daily stress? Chair massage is the perfect option to share with your community. Whether your company is rewarding employees for a job well done, offering massage as a thank you to clients or friends, or making massage available as an employee perk, chair massage can easily turn a stressful morning into a calm, productive day.

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