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Benefits of Seated Chair Massage

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author image Andrea Cespedes
Andrea Cespedes is a professionally trained chef who has focused studies in nutrition. With more than 20 years of experience in the fitness industry, she coaches cycling and running and teaches Pilates and yoga. She is an American Council on Exercise-certified personal trainer, RYT-200 and has degrees from Princeton and Columbia University.
Benefits of Seated Chair Massage
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A seated chair massage might be more than a luxury that leaves you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. It can have positive health implications. In just 10 minutes, your blood pressure and heart rate decrease, Dr. Tiffany Field, founder of the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine told "More" magazine. Any type of massage, including chair massage, can reduce stress, improve sleep, help sore and tight muscles and enhance immunity.

At the Workplace

Chair massage offered at the workplace can improve productivity and reduce stress. A study published in the "Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine" in 2011 found that twice a week chair massages decreased musculoskeletal aching and pain and increased range of motion after one month. "Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice" in 2012 reported a study showing that offering 15-minute chair massages to nurses during work hours significantly reduced their stress. When employees aren't hurting and aren't stressed, they're more able to focus on job-related tasks.

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