What is a chair massage?
A chair massage is a bit more sophisticated than it might sound at first. It’s not just a case of a quick shoulder rub after an employee’s break, sports event or friends meting .
If you are not familiar with this type of massage, let me explain it to you. First, it involves the use of a specialist chair. These chairs are taken into the workplace. They allow the client to fully relax whilst their body weight is fully supported.
Undoubtedly, there are advantages that a chair massage brings. It can help put a patient at ease. The massage can be done fully clothed, so it feels less invasive (or you can take your shirt off if that is ok with you).
When it is performed at work or in a sports event, you can be sure there is a minimum disruption to the working day.
It is a treatment that emphasizes the back, neck, shoulders, arms, and scalp. It is both therapeutic and highly relaxing.
But how else can it help?
Some of the key benefits
Firstly, it is a great stress buster. Due to the nature of the massage, it helps to release endorphins. These are the feel-good hormones often associated with a hard workout. The release of hormones can do wonders for combating stress and anxiety.
In addition, this form of massage acts as a prompt to raise awareness of posture. Following such a massage, people tend to pay more careful attention to how they are seated. This has a compounding effect of helping to reduce conditions such as lower back pain.
Furthermore, it helps to improve circulation. This has a two-fold benefit. It can help reduce the incidence of circulatory conditions such as clots or strokes. But it also has an immediate impact on improving alertness and concentration.
There are less obvious ways in which such subtle interventions can help too. For example, a workday massage can also have benefits in terms of better digestion and even combating insomnia.
Preventing and reducing musculoskeletal issues
Many people see massage as a go-to treatment once their body starts playing up. But one overlooked aspect of massage is the ability to anticipate issues before they develop.
A chair massage is convenient, cost-effective, and time-efficient. This means, that for the most part they can be scheduled more regularly. A qualified therapist will be able to scan the upper body for any potential musculoskeletal problems. And in so doing, it can help to head off any longer-term issues. As the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a tonne of cure.
In addition, for those that are already developing musculoskeletal problems, it can work wonders. As science has shown, it helps to decrease the overload to the spine and upper limbs.
It’s no secret that stress, chronic pain, and anxiety is a major source of absenteeism in the UK. Chair Massage is a great investment in boosting staff morale and staving of work absences.
The sessions can last anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes. As such they can easily be factored into formal breaks or during lunch-time.
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