Got a chair massage coming up? If you've never had a chair massage before, you're probably wondering what to expect and if there's anything you should do.
For the most part, your job is to sit there and relax -- but that can be easier said than done. Here are some tips on how to get the most from your chair massage.
Seated Massage Therapy: Tips for the Client
Getting Started with Your Seated Massage
For the standard 15-20 minute chair massage, here's what you can expect.
Sit forward in the massage chair, with your arms on the arm rest in front of you. When you first settle into the chair, the therapist will ask if there are any adjustments needed to make the chair more comfortable.
For the most part, the massage therapist will be able to tell at a glance if any changes need to be made, such as raising or lowering the face rest. But it's up to you to speak up if anything feels uncomfortable, and especially if anything feels painful.
Your Job During A Chair Massage Session
Before beginning any work, the therapist will ask if there are any injured areas they should avoid or health conditions to know about. Take this question seriously. The last thing any massage therapist wants is to cause a client injury.
Next they'll likely ask if there are any areas in particular that you'd liked worked during the chair massage. Typically, chair massage clients mention their upper or lower back, neck, or shoulders. If there's no particular area you want given extra focus, that's fine too.
To get the most benefit from your seated massage therapy session, do your best to clear you mind of your to-do list, and certainly don't bring your cell phone to the chair to scroll through emails during the session.
Seated Massage Process
The massage therapist will start warming up the muscles and getting your nervous system used to what's happening.
After a brief period of warm up, it's likely your therapist will hone in on some problem areas. This could be the area of focus you told them about or another area they found with some knots and trigger points.
Massage Therapy and Pain
If something is painful, speak up.
But also keep in mind there is a difference between discomfort and true pain.
It can be a pretty uncomfortable feeling when working out a stubborn muscle knot. After all, it took a long time for that knot to get created due to poor body mechanics or stress. So you can expect to feel something when you're trying to address that issue in a few minutes' time.