Seated massage, or chair massage, has become an increasingly more popular form of massage that is performed while the client rests, face-first, in a specially designed supportive massage chair. You’ve probably seen seated massage being practiced at airports, shopping malls, or maybe even at your last office party or holiday gathering.
The seated massage chair is ergonomically designed similar to a massage table. The client sits in the chair with their face cradled in a foam pad and their chest, legs, hands, and arms resting on other supports. During a seated massage, a certified massage therapist can complete many of the same maneuvers as they would during a regular full body relaxation massage or deep-tissue massage, without the need to remove any clothing or the use of massage oil.
Pro’s of Seated Massage
Seated massage is a relatively recent development in the world of massage and entails a number of positive attributes not offered by other forms of massage. Below is a brief list of just a few of the advantages of seated massage.
Because the equipment required to conduct a seated massage session is relatively small and completely portable, the seated massage can be conducted in a variety of locations and settings. The special seated massage chair we use takes up no more than 5 to 6 square feet of space, and can be easily folded and stored. Additionally, because the massage is conducted without massage oil or the removal of clothes, no other equipment is required.
The mobility and ease of setup associated with seated massage has, in large part, led to its commercial proliferation. It has become increasingly common to see seated massage kiosks or booths at major public events, and even every day at shopping malls and airports.
Ease and Comfort
A major benefit of seated massage as opposed to other more intense forms of massage is that seated massage treatment does not require the removal of any clothing items or the use of massage oils. This makes seated massage more appealing to a broader audience who may have been turned off from traditional massage due to a discomfort with nudity around strangers, or an aversion to massage oil. Fully-clothed seated massage can be conducted in public places which offers a sense of safety to many clients who otherwise may have been afraid to receive a massage treatment.
Disadvantages of Seated Massage
Although seated massage does have many benefits not offered by other forms of massage, it also has some drawbacks that limit its application. Below are just a few of the disadvantages of seated massage treatment.
Limits on Healing
The massage therapist may not be able to perform some of the maneuvers typically used to relieve muscle stress and tightness because the client remains fully clothed during a seated massage. Many massage techniques are aided by massage oils and require the massage practitioner to be unencumbered by bulky fabrics. Seated massage is a great way to relax and relieve tension, however it may not offer the same, deep levels of healing and stress relief that full body relaxation massage would.
Limits on Relaxation
Seated massage is appealing to some because it can be conducted in virtually any location, from an office conference room, to a public park. However, this may also be a potential drawback as well. In more public areas, many outside sources of stimuli can distract the client and may limit their ability to fully relax their muscles and mind during the massage sessions. Rowdy co-workers at an office gathering, people playing sports in the park, or kids running through the mall, can all be distractions that detract from the client’s overall massage experience.
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Curious about hiring a certified and insured seated massage practitioner for an upcoming party or event? Contact us online or by phone today by phone or e-mail to find out more information. We offer flexible scheduling, attractive hourly rates, and can come to most any location throughout the DC metro area.