Giving chair massages is part of the massage therapy training at the Salter School’s massage clinic
Getting a full-body massage can be a luxurious treat that lasts for nearly an hour. But what do you do if you don’t have an hour to spare? Or what if you just want a little “touch-up” in between your regular massages? In these cases, many people have found that chair massages are an inexpensive and time-efficient way to relieve stress and promote relaxation.
What is a chair massage, and how does it work? A chair massage takes place in a chair that is specially designed for the comfort and safety of the client. It allows the massage therapist to reach the shoulders, upper back, neck, arms, hands, and the top part of the lower back. With the client in the seated position, the therapist can deliver a massage that helps the muscles in those regions of the body to relax.
Chair massages are normally shorter than full body massages, lasting anywhere from 10 to 15 to 30 minutes. Often times practitioners will bill you by the minute, for example, $1 per minute. This makes it easy to choose the length of massage you want and know what it will cost.
The other interesting thing about chair massages is that you see them being offered in a variety of places, such as shopping malls, corporate offices, and airports. If you find yourself waiting for your plane, why not treat yourself to a 15-minute massage?
Some of the great reasons to get a chair massage are:
1. You can save time and money
Giving a chair massage is not as complicated as a full body massage, so a practitioner can offer the massage at a lower rate. Often times you see chair massages being offered for as low as $1 per minute. With options as short as 10 or 15 minutes, you don’t need to spend much time or money to treat yourself to some relaxation. True, the benefits won’t be as great as a full-body massage, but you will still feel terrific!
2. It’s conveniently located
If you are having a busy week, you may not have time to make it to your usual spa. Chair massages are often set up in convenient locations where people may be waiting in line, such as airports, malls, or department stores. By taking just 15-20 minutes of time, you can decrease your stress, improve your comfort, and contribute to your overall wellness.
3. It’s simple and streamlined
Unlike longer massages where you lie down under special massage linens, chair massages are usually done fully clothed. All you have to do is walk up to the chair, have a seat, and let the massage begin. Many people like this “no fuss” aspect of getting chair massages.
A word of advice: Remember that a chair massage is still a massage, so it’s important to communicate with your massage therapist about what you need. The therapist needs to know how much pressure feels right to you in order to deliver a massage the leaves you feeling relaxed and ready for the day.
With these thoughts in mind, why don’t you try it out? Next time you see a massage therapist offering a chair massage, take a chance, and step up to the chair!
This article is a service of the Salter School. The Salter School provides massage therapist training at three campuses in Massachusetts: Fall River, Malden, and Tewksbury. The campuses run on-site massage clinics that are open to the public. The opportunity to work with clients from the public gives our students real-world experience in the field of massage therapy. To learn more about our training programs, fill out our simple information form.