Chair Massage usually focuses on the muscle groups in the neck, shoulders, back, arms and hands.
The massage chair is completely portable and only requires a 5x6 foot area. Which allows chair massage to take place anywhere; a cubicle, conference room, spare office or quiet room are perfect but if need be, the massage chair can be set up right in front of a desk. This, and the fact that the client remains fully dressed, makes chair massage very convenient and also eliminates the need for total privacy.
Staying dressed and publicly visible has had a tremendous impact on how people perceive massage. With seated massage there is no mystery or fear of the unknown. After all, how can you relax if you are anxious about the experience. Now everyone can enjoy the many benefits of massage and it is perfectly acceptable to watch someone, or be seen, getting a chair massage.
The Actual Massage
Before the massage begins the practitioner will ask a few health-related questions. This is necessary to make sure there are no contraindications. Even though there aren't many conditions that are aggravated by seated massage, sometimes it is better not to have a massage, e.g., fever or flu. In case of localized pain such as a sprained wrist or a cut on the hand, the practitioner can usually work around those areas.
The practitioner then demonstrates how to get into the massage chair and it will be adjusted until the client is perfectly comfortable.
Most often the areas worked on are the muscle groups in the neck, shoulders, back, arms and hands. These are generally the areas where most of the tension builds up. However, it is also possible for the practitioner to work on the scalp, legs and feet.
A chair massage should never hurt and the practitioner will adjust pressure to the client's preferred level. The massage typically lasts anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes (depending on the agreed upon arrangements) but can be customized to any length of time.
Brief History of Chair Massage