I was talking to a client this week and they asked me a question that we get all the time from people getting chair massages. They asked me if they can get massage on their legs and feet?
With chair massage, people usually just do neck and shoulders. But what happens if you really need some hip work to help with your sciatica? Or some foot massage for your achy feet?
What we are going to do is explore the different types of massage that can be done on the lower body in a massage chair.
How can chair massage help the lower body?
There are actually many different techniques for massaging the lower half of the body in a massage chair, and a good massage therapist will be able to easily accommodate your needs within the typical 10-20 minute window for a chair massage. All you need to do is tell them what you'd like them to focus on and they will take care of the rest.
Low back massage is awesome in a chair.
You might not think that would be the case, but the lower back can be very effectively worked in a massage chair. Massage therapists can get in there with their hands or elbows to relieve low back pain, and it works wonders!
Seated massage can help your hips.
You'd think that hips and glutes would be off limits in a chair, since you're sitting on them. But that's not the case at all! Some massage therapists (shorter in height) can dig in with fists and elbows, and the taller ones will use their knees to release the hips and free that sciatic nerve.
Chair massages can effectively work the quads and hamstrings.
What if you're a runner with some seriously sore quads? Well a good massage therapist can swing you around and milk those sore legs out. This helps with recovery in active people, but it's also great for flushing out the legs in people who sit all day, which helps prevent clotting and improves circulation.
Massages in a chair can even get to your calves.
Have some gastroc or soleus pain and need those calves worked out? Fear not, for chair massages can even access those tender lower leg muscles. Like the quads, working the calves is a great therapy for sedentary people working from desks all day.
Foot massage in a chair is a little bit of heaven.
And even feet aren't limited when it come to chair massages. As long as you're comfortable taking off your shoes, your massage therapist can give your feet the love and attention they need. If you're self-conscious about dirt or smell, just pack a baby wipe in your purse, or hit the restroom for a quick rinse on your way over to the massage chair.
So there really are no limitations to how much of a complete, full body massage experience you can have in a massage chair. Don't be afraid to ask your therapist to work the areas that need attention. They do it all the time.