What is Seated Acupressure / Onsite Chair Massage?
Modern day Seated Acupressure (also known as Onsite or Chair Massage) is a hybrid of the ancient Oriental massage arts of Anma and Shiatsu.
The therapist uses their elbows, knuckles, thumbs and fingers to apply pressure over many of the acupressure points accessible on the back, arms, hands, neck, head and legs.
It is performed over clothing, using no oils or products, with the client supported in an ergonomically designed massage chair.
What are the benefits of Seated Acupressure?
This treatment stimulates the circulatory, muscular, nervous, immune and lymphatic systems, and promotes the release of endorphins, leaving the client feeling relaxed, energised and with a clearly focused frame of mind.
As this treatment works the whole back, both upper and lower back pain, as well as shoulder stress and tightness can be improved.
Who is Seated Acupressure for?
Seated Acupressure is gentle and non invasive, so is suitable for everyone.
Perfect for those who spend a lot of time seated at desks, cars and computers, which often results in a rounded shoulder, hunched posture, with shoulder and neck pain.
Also for those who feel mentally or emotionally stressed, those who suffer from headaches, anxiety, insomnia, eyestrain and fatigue.
Seated Acupressure in the workplace.
This is the perfect treatment for the workplace as it’s done over clothing, and with appointments lasting as little as 20 minutes, fantastic results can be achieved. The following are based on the feedback from 51 people who received a 20 minute seated acupressure appointment.
39% said they felt stressed pre treatment. This fell to 8% post treatment.
64% said they had tight shoulders/shoulder pain pre treatment. Post treatment this figure fell to 10%.
Pre treatment 37% said they had neck pain, compared to 6% post treatment.
26% said they had headaches pre treatment. This fell to a staggering 0% post treatment.
41% had lower back pain pre treatment. This was down to 2% post treatment.
37% said they found it difficult to relax pre treatment, compared to 8% post treatment.
29% said they found it difficult to switch off from work/life tasks pre treatment, and post treatment, 92% said they would benefit from regular treatments like Seated Acupressure.
The benefits of seated acupressure experienced by these employees show just how valuable this therapy is to encouraging and maintaining the physical and mental wellbeing of staff. The two largest categorises of work-related ill health are ‘Stress, depression or anxiety’ and ‘Musculoskeletal’ – Seated Acupressure addresses both of these. More information about work-related illness can be found here.