There is little doubt that most people can pin point where their sources of stress come from. Some sources can be avoided or reduced but others, like our jobs, can be much harder to change or eliminate. Dozen of hours of stress can occur each week that can build up into tight shoulders, a stiff back or other physical manifesations.
Thankfully for many workers, there is a movement in the professional massage therapy industry to bridge the gap between relaxing, luxurious sessions and preventive healing touch that serves every profession and income level: Accupressure during a chair massage.
Simply put: Acupressure is applying pressure to specific areas of the client’s body to reduce musco-skeletal and nervous system dysfunction. This pressure, which can be effective even through clothing, can easily be modified to be effective while seated at a desk (with a massage bolster) or in a massage chair. Coupled with other relaxation massage techniques can be very helpful in clients who suffer from job related stress, fatigue and repetitive-motion injuries.
By removing the need to travel before or after work hours to a spa or massage studio, at work chair massages are becoming a popular way to improve company morale, productivity, maintain worker health and lessen the chance of work related injuries. This also increases the acceptance by making it easy to schedule: the therapist comes to you.
Chairs can be setup at the worker’s desk or in a specific location. If the therapist is using the client’s normal chair a bolster is placed on the desk to allow the client to rest comfortably forward. This will allow the therapist to work on the common areas of tension and dysfunction: the neck, shoulders and back.
Legs and arms can be easily massaged while seated using a variety of techniques to help with chronically contracted muscles, blood flow and nerve entrapment. All work can be done with the client fully clothed and doesn’t require the client to leave their office.
While table massage allows for more specific, more relaxing work - the chair massage performed regularly can assist in helping the body heal as well as restore a balance to the work environment.
Healthy, relaxed, happy employees are a great asset to any organization and by taking as little as 20 minutes to integrate healing touch into the workplace, employers are seeing the benefits after the first day of sessions.
As the realization by HMOs that massage therapy is as functional as a preventive measure as it is a supplemental to the natural healing process, we can expect to see more companies realize their bottom line is increased by the health and well-being of their employees.