Benefits Of Chair Massage
A chair massage most often takes place in high stress environments. Easily portable, a massage chair can be set up just about anywhere. This makes them incredible flexible and convenient. They are often seen set up in airports, or events such as trade shows. However they are most common in the corporate work environment. They are becoming an increasingly popular way for employers to reduce the stress and anxiety levels of their employees, and for good reason. Benefits of chair massage include stress reduction, increase in blood circulation, immunity boost, pain and tension relief and increase in flexibility.
The average massage chair weighs around 20 pounds and can be folded into an easy to transport form. For this reason they can be easily set up and used anywhere by a massage therapist. The positioning of the seat, arm rests, chest pad and head cushion can be adjusted to make them suit most people. Conveniently, a chair massage does not require any removal of clothing or application of massage oil. This adds to their flexibility. Simply sit down and enjoy a soothing massage for as long as time allows.
Chair massages are most commonly used in the corporate world. Of the many benefits, they offer huge potential for employers to decrease workplace stress for their employees, increase productivity and retention. The effects of long work hours have been well documented. Sitting at a desk all day looking into a computer screen causes strain to the body. Employees often feel discomfort and pain in their backs, wrists and shoulders. Taking a short break for a chair massage will not only come as a welcome reprieve, it will leave staff feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, relaxed and more happy.
As little as 10 minutes in a massage chair during a work day will have a big impact.Tiffany Field, PhD, is an expert on the health benefits of massage. In 1992 she founded Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine and has since written 20 books. In an interview with More Magazine, she stated "We know that even a 10-minute chair massage can lower your blood pressure and slow down your heart rate. And your mental performance is enhanced. When we gave people math problems to solve after a massage, they did them twice as fast with half the errors".
An article posted in the Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice in 2012 studied the impact of providing working nurses with 15 minute chair massages. It found that the nurse's stress levels were significantly reduced.
Chair massages not only reduce stress and improve mental performance. There are other benefits, including:
- Reduce pain and muscle tension
- Increase blood circulation
- Relax and rejuvenate the mind
- Decrease anxiety
- Reduce blood pressure
- Increase flexibility
- Improve quality of sleep
The many benefits of chair massage can be enjoyed after as little as 10 minutes in the chair. Not only do they provide a welcome short break during a day of work, the overall result is that employees will feel more relaxed and be more productive.