Chair massage is a style of seated massage that is typically short — 10 or 15 minutes — and focuses on your back, shoulders and neck and arms. Chair massage is done over clothes and doesn’t require any massage oil.
For chair massage, you are seated in a special chair with your face resting in a cradle, looking down towards the floor, with supports for your arms. Your back and neck completely relax while the therapist relieves muscle tension using Swedish massage moves like kneading and compression and tapotement, which don’t require oil.
Chair massage is often offered at high-stress locations like airport spas and trade shows. It’s a great way to work out muscle tension before it turns into a full-blown spasm.
Chair massage is sometimes a free perk at corporate party or event. And some enlightened employers bring therapists in to offer chair massage to their employees. Companies can pay the entire cost, split it with employees, or give employees the time and let them pay for the chair massage themselves.