Chair and table massages have their advantages and areas where they are more effective and useful than the other but there are differences. A table massage is generally good for a full body treatment, complete relaxation and de-stressing, allowing the therapist to work through all areas and muscle groups. A chair massage is good for addressing specific conditions related to back area, arms, shoulders and neck,
working in shorter sessions and being less time constraining than a table massage.
Differences between chair and table massages
Benefits – Chair massages focus primarily on relaxing tense muscles in the shoulders and back, while providing a brief relaxation and boost of energy to deal with the rest of the day. Table massages is to provide the entire body with a full and in depth relaxation while addressing tensions and chronic problems.
Areas Focused – When receiving a chair massage it is primarily focusing on the back, shoulders, neck and arms . The seated position allows for easy and effective access to these areas. Seated massage is not effective for a comfortable massage of the legs, feet, hips and chest due to the position the client sits in. During a table massage, the whole body is treated. The therapist has easily access to all muscle groups, and can address the tensions and soreness effectively.
Techniques – Due to the nature of seated massages where the client is fully clothed, kneading
and pressure are the two techniques used most often, combined with stretching and tapping. Due to the clothing it is not easy to work on an entire muscle at once. Table massages can use a wide number of techniques depending on which method is used during a session. Long soft strokes, deep kneading, pressure, rubbing and stretching are the techniques most commonly used. During a table massage the therapist can easily work on an entire muscle at once with long deep strokes, or work on isolated spots as she pleases.
Location and Time – Chair massages are very flexible in regards to locations and can be done practically everywhere and can last from 10 minutes to 40 minutes, although typical length is 15-20 minutes. This allows the therapist to effectively address the issues in the back area. A table massage usually takes place in a clinic, spa or at the client’s location. Ideal table massages typically lasts one to one and a half hours, though some offer shorter session specifically aimed at one area of the body.
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