Seated/chair massages. They exist, and are growing in popularity among the general client and in the workplace. You might’ve passed by a weary shopper at a kiosk receiving a chair massage or, maybe you’ve seen a massage therapist come into the the workplace. If you’re wondering why the prevalence of seated massages is growing, then keep reading for everything you need to learn about how a seated massage works and what the benefits are.
What is a Seated Chair Massage?
A seated chair massage is exactly what it sounds like – a massage that can be performed while the recipient is seated in a chair. This means that this type of massage can be performed virtually anywhere and doesn’t require several of the amenities that other massages do. For example, seated massages do not require the recipient to remove any clothing, making it ideal for anyone who is uncomfortable with that aspect of massage therapy. But the benefits of seated massage therapy are still similar to that of its full-body massage alternatives.
Benefits of Seated Massage
A seated massage still has many of the qualities as traditional massage therapy. This means that after a professional seated massage, you will still experience the same appealing benefits of feeling both refreshed and rejuvenated. Routine massage therapy has been acknowledged for its numerous benefits such as a reduction in stress, improved sleep, relief from uncomfortable muscle tightness/soreness and enhanced immunity.
Reducing Stress and Anxiety
With even a short chair massage performed on a regular basis, you will start to feel a huge reduction in stress and much less anxiety. And, that’s nothing to scoff at. The primary cause of stress in adults in the U.S. is caused due to the workplace and, we spend a lot of time at work. Research has proven that workplace stress can be a contributing factor in health problems and employers should know that stress has been linked to absenteeism, high turnover rates and generally overwhelmed employees. A chair massage is highly effective in combating this pent up stress and anxiety and can even prevent stress-related injuries. A routine visit from your massage therapist is a valuable weapon in an anti-stress arsenal.
Relief From Headaches and Migraines
Recent research conducted by institutions such as The University of Miami’s Touch Research Institute has found that individuals who suffer from frequent migraines will actually experience a noticeable reduction of migraine of attacks by utilizing regular massage therapy treatments. Additional findings have shown that routine massages may effectively reduce the severity of attacks when they do arise. That is one of the most appealing parts of a chair massage, it can be fit into any schedule and can be performed in most locations – making it an ideal treatment for individuals afflicted with frequent migraine attacks.
Soothing Sore Muscles
We carry stress and other aches of pains in our muscles. That tough knot in your back has probably been forming for some time, and it doesn’t plan on going away quietly. A seated chair massage is ideal for targeting troublesome areas that carry the negative residuals of stress, such as the neck and the back. Many people also suffer from lower back problems due to the nature of their work or from a previous injury. If performed on a somewhat regular schedule, a chair massage can effectively combat the negative symptoms of tight or sore muscles. There are some areas that a seated massage won’t help with such as inner thighs, but it is still a great solution for all muscle ailments from the waist up!
Seated Chair Massage – Frequently Asked Questions
Let’s say that you’ve decided that a seated massage is perfect for you. You might be thinking, “what now?” Zen Body Therapy provides seated massage services at your home, office, or at our location. When picturing your seated massage, some useful facts might come in handy. Keep reading for answers to some of the most commonly asked questions regarding seated massages.
How much space is needed for a seated massage?
Luckily, not much at all. Generally speaking, a massage chair will require a 5’ x 6’ area and some room for your massage therapist to stand and perform the massage.
Do I have to take off my clothes?
You do not. Seated massages do not require you to remove your clothing. That being said, you may be asked to remove a jacket so that you can feel the massage better as well as any jewelry that may make it difficult to perform the massage.
Are oils used?
Oils are not used when performing a seated massage. Depending on your preferences, lotion is sometimes applied if a hand massage is being included in your treatment. If you would like to steer clear of lotion, simply voice that to your massage therapist.
How sanitary is seated massage?
Very. Massage therapists are required to clean and disinfect their massage chair in addition to their hands between each and every massage. A fresh face rest cover is also provided before each massage to increase cleanliness.
Should I be worried about medical contraindications?
There are certain medical issues that you should inform you massage therapist about prior to your seated massage. This includes: uncontrolled hypertension, uncontrolled diabetes, fractures, herniated discs, malignancy, numbness or tingling in any part of the body especially the hands and feet. However, if you have any additional medical issues, it is always recommended to talk to your massage therapist before having a massage.
Contact Zen Body Therapy Today!
Zen Body Therapy is proud to offer the best seated massage therapy treatments you can find. Our professional massage therapy services can cater to all your needs, ensuring that the correct amount of pressure is applied and that you receive the maximum benefits from your treatment. To learn more about our services or, to schedule an appointment – call us directly or contact us online today.