Whether a work occupation requires sitting at a desk all day, lifting heavy objects, or bussing tables, overworking will cause stress to the mind and body. The consequences of accumulating stress include sore muscles, low energy and built up tension. This can lead to illnesses and exhaustion if not treated.

It is therefore important to balance work, with rest and rejuvenation. Many factors are involved in a healthy balance, and the most fundamental are exercise, healthy eating, regular sleep habits and having fun; but have you heard of seated massages? These massages are growing in popularity as a convenient way to relieve muscle tension and stress during the day.

Seated Massage Defined
A seated, or chair massage, is a type of oil less massage performed on a person who is seated and fully clothed. The massage is typically performed by insured or certified practitioners. Ergonomic chairs are used which offer support to lean on and rest face down, leaving the back easily accessible. They provide support so the head, torso, legs and arms are properly aligned.

These chair massages can be commonly seen in public places such as malls, airports and office buildings, as they are a convenient way to relieve stress and muscle tension without dismantling one’s appearance.

What to Expect?
When you go to get a seated massage, you will be asked to sit in the ergonomically designed chair, which will hold your body in the proper semi-upright and relaxed position. The therapist will then apply pressure on your shoulders, arms, back and neck. They will often ask you what pressure you would prefer. The goal is to relieve tension and muscle soreness, so a little pain is okay, but you shouldn’t be cringing. Your chosen therapist will generally apply Swedish and deep tissue massage techniques such as compression and kneading.

One major advantage of this massage is the convenience; you can reap the benefits in as little as ten minutes. Expect to feel very relaxed when the massage is finished, and possibly want to stay for another one!

The Benefits
Seated massages have numerous benefits beyond relieving muscle tension and stress. Additionally, they help prevent circulatory problems as the massage can boost blood circulation and facilitate the flow of nutrients throughout the different parts of the body. This can help increase alertness and lower the risk of cardiovascular problems.

Another benefit is the effect a massage can have on mood. When working all day, sometimes employees can get stuck in a rut. By relaxing with 10-30 minutes of relief, the body is given a chance to rest. It is like a mini nap which recharges the body’s batteries. Often, this is just what is needed to approach the rest of a to-do list with a fresh attitude. This rejuvenation can also help to strengthen work relationships with colleagues.

When running on low during a long work day, seated massages can reduce stress levels, improve mood, reduce muscle pain and improve circulatory problems. This can be a very useful service to help maintain a good work-health balance. We live in an extremely fast-paced world, and it is important to take time-outs to give back to ourselves. Seated massage are a great way to do that.

Article Author: Shelly Jackson is a Registered Massage Therapist and owner of Buena Vista Massage Therapy Clinic in Vancouver, BC. On a daily basis we deal with: resolving muscle and movement stiffness and pain; injuries from vehicles or sports; post breast cancer rehab; pregnancy related discomfort; repetitive strain and overuse injuries. We work with clients to reduce their anxiety and stress, improve joint movement, sleep and quality of life. Working with qualified massage therapists is necessary for your continued health. Contact us at 604-538-7166 and we would be happy to answer any questions you have.

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