Corporate chair massage as applied by a licensed massage therapist is one of the best ways of getting quick muscular relief and relaxation in an office setting. The benefits of having a massage therapist on site in a business, factory, or warehouse are beyond therapeutic imagination. To learn how to become a massage therapist by attending massage therapy school, please call Houston School of Massage at (713) 681-5275.
Many companies have finally realized that a happy, stress less employee(s) is more advantageous for productivity and creates a healthy workforce in a healthy environment. The massage therapist that performs corporate chair massage can be mobile as well. Today's' massage chairs are very durable and light for transport, faster set-up, quicker break down and can be readily adjusted to fit nearly every body type including expectant mothers.
The primary area of the body that gets treated during a corporate chair massage is mainly the upper torso. This includes the cranium or head, shoulders, arms, hands and the back. The seated massage does have a basic protocol that is followed however experienced massage therapists develop their own 'style' or method of addressing the seated client via massage application.
The client is first 'seated' on the massage chair by straddling the stool and simultaneously leaning forward and bending down to rest his/her knees on the padded platforms below. Next the client's face is positioned into what is called a 'face cradle'. This face cradle is designed to support the client's head and keep the neck straight. The design of the chair is such that the person sitting on the chair is in a slightly 'fetal position' which is said to be the most comfortable.
The types of therapeutic movements applied to the massage client are petrissage, tapping, rocking or jostling, compressions and some passive stretches to the upper extremities. Petrissage is characterized by a 'gripping and releasing' motion applied to the trapezoid regions of the shoulders. Next is tapping which is 'beating' type motion the therapist enacts on the client using closed fists or the lateral portion of the palm in a 'chopping' rhythm up and down the back ensuring that the spine itself is not struck.
Rocking or jostling can be accomplished by taking a firm hold of the shoulders from behind or in front of the client and merely giving a light 'shake'. Compressions are defined as a 'pressing' down and then lifting off the muscle(s) that are being massaged. Lastly, while the therapist massages the client's arms he may then apply a light stretch.
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Jose E. Carrillo
Houston School of Massage