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.
- More: Health Benefits of Massage
- Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: The Effect of a Corporate Chair Massage Program on Musculoskeletal Discomfort and Joint Range of Motion in Office Workers
- Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice: Feasibility and Effect of Chair Massage Offered to Nurses During Work Hours on Stress-Related Symptoms: A Pilot Study