Frequently Asked Questions about Chair Massage

What is a chair massage?
A chair massage is a 15-20 minute massage that focuses on the high-tension areas of the neck, back, shoulders, arms, and hands.

Chair massage is performed on an ergonomically designed portable massage chair. You sit on the massage chair facing forward, with your head supported by a face-cradle.

Chair massage is especially effective at producing therapeutic results in a brief period of time by concentrating the massage on the areas of greatest tension.

How much space is needed?
Space requirements are minimal - only a small 5' x 6' area is needed for the therapist to set up their massage chair and have enough room to move around comfortably.

Do I remove my clothing?
No. During a chair massage, you remain fully clothed. At most, you may be asked to remove any jacket or obstructive jewelry during the massage.

Do you use oils during the massage?
No oils are used in chair massage. Sometimes a light and absorbent lotion is applied during hand massage. Please let your therapist know if you prefer no lotion.

What are your policies regarding cleanliness?
The massage therapist cleans and disinfects the massage chair, face-cradle, and hands between each massage.  Each massage recipient also receives a fresh face-cradle cover to ensure cleanliness.

What if I want more or less pressure?
Just ask!  Our massage therapists are trained to adapt to a wide variety of body types and sensitivities to pressure. The therapist will check in with you during the massage, but never hesitate to let them know your preference.

What can I expect in a 15-minute chair massage?
During the 15-minute session, the therapist will focus on relieving muscle tension in your neck, shoulders, and back. If you'd like work on your arms and hands please let the massage therapist know, but keep in mind that this will mean less time on the other areas.

What can I expect in a 20-minute chair massage?
During the 20-minute session, the massage therapist will work on your neck, shoulders, back, arms & hands. If you'd like more time spent on one specific area, just let the therapist know.

What can I expect in a 30-minute chair massage?
A 30-minute session allows the massage therapist do in-depth work on your neck, shoulders, back, arms & hands. Also any specific areas of concern can be thoroughly addressed.

Can I have the therapist work on just one area?
If you'd like the massage therapist to focus on one specific area just let them know. At the beginning of the massage they will ask if you have any specific concerns. Keep in mind, that the more time spent on this specific area, the less time spent on the other areas.

Will I be tired afterwards?
It's easy to mistake a sense of relaxation for fatigue. In our experience, however, after a few minutes needed to "re-adjust" to the surroundings, massage recipients are more alert and focused than they were before the massage.

In fact, research has shown chair massage recipients to be even more alert than if they did not get massaged.

I'm pregnant. Can I still get a chair massage?
Massage can be very beneficial for women during pregnancy. However, be sure to let the massage therapist know you are pregnant so that they can assure your safety and comfort. This is especially true if you are in the first trimester, when it is not physically obvious that you are pregnant.

Are there contraindications for chair massage?
Yes. Medical contraindications include but are not limited to: uncontrolled hypertension, uncontrolled diabetes, fractures, herniated discs, malignancy, numbness, or tingling in any part of the body; especially the hands and feet. Please inform your massage therapist of any acute or ongoing health conditions before the chair massage.

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Salem, MA 01970 :: 781-308-2209