Changing Your Day with a Chair Massage
Posted 5/18/2016 by UHBlog
If you’ve noticed massage chairs at the mall and airport and thought of them as a luxury, you may be surprised to know their health benefits. A chair massage can leave you feeling rejuvenated and ready to seize the day, says massage therapist Stephanie Matlock, LMT.
In fact, research shows that a chair massage can enhance alertness, reduce stress, improve sleep and ease pain in tight and sore muscles, she says.
“A chair massage is therapeutic,” Matlock says. “By using manual manipulation, your therapist can use various techniques to identify and work on problem areas in your body.”
Massage of any kind benefits your body by increasing circulation throughout your body. It relaxes your muscles, allowing blood that carries oxygen and nutrients to flow to your cells. This promotes healing and benefits your immune, musculoskeletal, circulatory-lymphatic and nervous systems. Additionally, massage positively influences overall health and well-being, too. That’s because massage stimulates endorphins, your body’s feel-good hormones.
Unlike a traditional table massage, in a chair massage you remain fully dressed, upright and in a supported, seated position.
“Chair massage doesn't use oils as a table massage would – except for lotion on your hands and forearms,” she says.
Although you shouldn’t expect oils, you can expect relief and relaxation. According to Matlock, a chair massage eases muscle tension that is brought on by stress. Within 10 minutes, your blood pressure and heart rate will begin to drop.
“For most people, it’s their ‘aaah’ moment,” she says.
When preparing for a chair massage, Matlock recommends wearing:
- Thin clothing
- An open-neck shirt
- Short sleeves or no sleeves
“A chair massage can be done over any clothing,” she says. “However, thick or textured clothing will hinder the benefits you receive and encumber the efforts of the therapist.”
University Hospitals Connor Integrative Health Network’s massage therapists provide chair massage services at various locations throughout the UH system, as well as for local companies. For more information or to make an appointment, call 216-285-4070.
Stephanie Matlock, LMT is a licensed massage therapist at University Hospitals Connor Integrative Health Network who is certified in myofascial release and as a lymph drainage therapist. You can request an appointment with Matlock or any other UH Connor Integrative Health Network provider online.