Are there any health conditions that would inhibit participating in a chair massage?  

The gentle techniques in a chair massage session are very beneficial for most individuals, including seniors.  There are times when the chair massage could be considered contraindicated or inappropriate for people with certain health conditions.  If an individual or their family have any concerns about the suitability of a session, we encourage them to contact their primary physician and confirm that a gentle, relaxation massage would be appropriate and beneficial.*

Conditions where caution must be exercised:

  • If you have had an accident, fall or injury in the past six weeks, please advise your Chair Massage Provider.  It may be necessary to postpone treatment until you have recovered, depending on your unique situation.

  • Chair massage is not recommended for women within the first three months of pregnancy.

  • Whiplash injuries typically need a minimum of 4 to 6 weeks after injury, with no inflammation present.  Please consult your primary physician before proceeding with Chair Massage, and discuss your injury with your Massage Provider.

  • If you have a medical condition or health concern, please discuss it with your Massage Provider prior to your session to be sure treatment is right for you.


To get the most benefit from chair massage, how often should an individual participate?

Research shows that the benefits of massage are cumulative.  When an individual attends chair massage sessions on a regular basis, positive impacts on their physical and emotional well-being will carry through between sessions.

To experience continuous wellness benefits and keep Providers up-to-date and responsive to individual needs, we recommend scheduling a 20 or 30 minute chair massage weekly.  Benefits are maximized if breaks between sessions are no longer than two weeks.


Do insurance companies cover the cost of chair massages?

For most people, their insurance will not cover chair massages.  The service is paid directly by the individual to the Massage Provider, using a multi-session payment card or a pay-as-you-go single session.  In some cases, extended healthcare plans may offer coverage for “wellness-related” services.  Individuals needs to confirm arrangements with their insurance companies and request a payment receipt if needed.*

Private Health Insurance benefits are typically designed to support you in case of injury and are usually reserved for emergencies or a health crisis.  In our experience, long term clients have found value in purchasing our service independent of their Health Insurance benefits.  We sincerely strive to keep our rates affordable and provide multi-session rate cards to help each client manage their cost of treatment.

Massage Response:  Pleasant or painful?

Will it hurt?  I’ve had massage before and it was painful and unpleasant!

Chair massage is a relaxation and de-stressing technique that is not medically oriented.  The session is designed to maximize comfort and relaxation while avoiding (or minimizing) pain.  Your Chair Massage Provider will check-in with you throughout your massage to ensure the amount of pressure you are receiving is right for you.

Registered Massage Therapists are trained to deal extensively with medical conditions and use therapeutic techniques.  Some people prefer to abstain from deep tissue massage yet know they can benefit from manipulation of the muscles and tissues.  Many people who cannot tolerate deep tissue techniques find chair massage to be soothing and enjoyable.

Understanding different responses to first-time chair massage:

Individuals having a first-time massage can have a variety of reactions after their initial session, and even after several subsequent massages. For most, they feel wonderful and everything is fine. For others, it’s not unusual to feel a bit headachy, nauseous or acutely sore.

The reasons for these reactions are numerous. For some individuals, they are dehydrated and the massage further takes moisture out of their system due to the increase in circulation and the transfer of heat across the skin.  People who are already dehydrated and don’t drink enough water are the ones most likely to feel a slight headache.  Drinking water after the massage can be helpful and is highly recommended.

Soreness can be a normal response.  We describe this as a “healing transition” where the individual is starting to change what’s going on inside their body.  For most, they have maintained the same posture for many years and the massage is helping to address long-term, chronic muscle tension patterns.

It can take 4 to 5 weekly 20 minute sessions before an individual’s body will start developing its own “massage memory”.  This is the point when the individual will start to experience lasting, positive physical changes from their sessions.

So be patient and you’ll enjoy the many benefits you can receive from chair massage!

Source:  Wellness in Hand Massage®, with special thanks to Bob Hanley.


Posted November 9, 2011 by My Peaceful Wellness

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