What Makes a Good Chair Massage?

What makes a Good Chair Massage?

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In corporate environments, chair massage can be employed to reduce stress, to provide protection from sick days and repetitive stress injuries, or to provider customer satisfaction.

What makes a good chair massage is a great massage therapist.

Portland Massage Arts makes sure that all of our therapists have that great touch!

 

What makes a Great Massage Therapist?

1. Does the therapist clean their hands and equipment thoroughly between each session? Most everybody cleans their massage chair between sessions, but sometimes you can't help but wonder...did they do a good job? A skilled massage therapist will ensure they are cleaning all the crevices and corners of the chair or table between clients.

2. The face cradle is the most important part of the massage chair, for both comfort and safety. It's important to use fitted cradle covers, rather than draping the cradle with paper towels. It is more expensive for a therapist to provide fitted covers, but it's important for safety & hygiene, and that safety provides the most top-notch client experience.

Drape covering, some times people literally use Paper towels.

Drape covering, some times people literally use Paper towels.

Fitter version

Fitter version

 

3. A good therapist, with a great personality, can make a bad situation a better one. Equipment breakdown? No problem, good therapists are there to protect their clients safety and health. Is the room too hot/too cold? Again, a good therapist is responsive to their client's needs and adjusts to make sure the experience is everything the client hopes for. Like doctors, cars, or houses, not all massage therapists are created equal. A good Massage therapist will be able to mesh with a wide variety of people and personalities and deliver an extraordinary massage to every client.

Portand Massage Arts goes to great lengths to identify the most talented therapists and assigns them to meet your needs. Whatever your criteria (dress code requirements, fragrance sensitivities, professional demeanor) Portland Massage Arts is proud to provide therapists who fit the assignment!
 

 

 

Massage Boosting the Immune System

A growing body of research indicates massage therapy can benefit the immune system, especially important during winter months

People looking to fend off cold and flu as the winter months arrive should speak to a massage therapist about prevention strategies. Regular massages have been shown to make the immune system stronger, according to studies.

“Researchers working with patients with compromised immune systems have found massage therapy can improve how the immune system functions,” said Jeff Smoot, 2015 President of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA). “Those same benefits can translate to people seeking to fight off the common cold, flu and other seasonal illnesses.”

Massage therapy increases the activity level of the body’s white blood cells that work to combat viruses. According to research from Cedars-Sinai, participants in a Swedish massage group experienced significant changes in lymphocytes, which play a large role in defending the body from disease. A lymphocyte is one of the three subtypes of white blood cells in the immune system.

Remember, only receive massage therapy when you’re healthy.

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What the Research Says

In a controlled study composed of HIV-positive adolescents, participants who received massage therapy showed enhanced immune function by the end of the 12-week study. The immune changes included increased white blood cells knowns as natural killer (NK) cells, which provide rapid responses to viral-infected cells.

An additional randomized study found women with stage 1 and 2 breast cancer may benefit from massage therapy for enhancing dopamine and serotonin while also increasing NK cell number and lymphocytes. Immediate massage benefits included reduced anxiety while the long-term impact increased serotonin values, natural killer cell numbers and lymphocytes, which work to strengthen the immune system and cognitive function during sickness.

 

Thank you and credit to AMTA for the Image and Article.

https://www.amtamassage.org/research/Massage-Therapy-Research-Roundup/Research-Roundup0.html

NON-Traditional Thai Massage in Portland

Traditional Thai Massage in Portland, Oregon.

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Here at Portland Massage Arts, we care deeply about the health and well-being of all our clientele, new and returning. One of the massage techniques that we are excited to share with you is traditional Thai massage. Thai massage is a branch of traditional Thai medicine that has been incorporated in preventive medicine in Thailand for many thousands of years. We have found that Thai massage can be an extremely rewarding pathway to physical freedom as it helps to treat aches and pains as well as keep us limber.

 

What is Thai Massage?

Thai massage is a unique and extremely effective style of therapeutic massage that utilizes a wide range of strokes, stretches, and holds to treat your individual needs. Some of the treatment methods used in Thai Massage include:

Thai massage is an incredibly diverse treatment method, and as such can easily be used to treat distress points in the body or give the patient a relaxing and nurturing overall experience. Whether it is a physical issue that you are having problems with or a mental one, we are confident that we can share a positive solution with you through Thai massage.

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How Does Thai Massage Work?

The word “massage” misses the mark a bit as this technique is more like a wide range of physical therapy tools that we use to bring you to a state of improved wellness. What you can expect when receiving a Thai massage from Portland Massage Arts is a session that is customized to your particular needs.

We will invite you to lay on a mat on the floor where you will stay clothed. We recommend wearing loose, stretchy clothing that is comfortable.

We use our thumbs, arms, hands, elbows, knees, and even our feet according to what is most effective to place pressure on your body and help you passively stretch. We will apply our body weight to certain parts of your body to achieve the desired effects.

 

Benefits of Thai Massage

We are so passionate about bettering our wonderful Portland, Oregon community here at Portland Massage Arts, and we <i>know</i> that our Thai massage can help to better you! Thai massage is so diverse and multifaceted (just like you) that its benefits are many. The benefits of Thai massage include:

Following any massage that you receive from Portland Massage Arts, we suggest that you stay well hydrated. Drinking plenty of water will help to wash away the toxins and scar tissue within your body that we knock loose during our treatment sessions. Being well-hydrated will serve to keep you from experiencing post-massage head and muscle aches.

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Fend off the Winter Blues with Massage

One in five Americans are impacted by seasonal change

Massage therapy shown to improve mood and elevate energy levels

People looking to fend off the winter blues may find relief by integrating massage therapy into their health maintenance routine. Shorter days and colder temperatures leave many Americans feeling depressed and lethargic, yet studies show that regular massages improve mood and reset circadian rhythms, leading to better sleep and more energy.

Credit to AMTA for image.

Credit to AMTA for image.

Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, is recognized as a major depressive disorder with seasonal patterns. A less severe form of seasonal mood disorder, known as the winter blues, impacts an even larger portion of the population. Combined, the two disorders affect as many as one in five Americans, and may be aggravated by the change to Daylight Savings Time. Symptoms include reduced energy, difficulty rising in the morning and a tendency to eat more, especially sweets and starches.

“As we approach the colder, darker months, massage therapy may be an effective method of deflecting common seasonal challenges,” said Jeff Smoot, 2015 President of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA). “Massage benefits the way our bodies react to negative influences, whether that’s weather, anxieties or disorders.”

Thank you to the AMTA for this article.

https://www.amtamassage.org/research/Massage-Therapy-Research-Roundup/Massage-Therapy-Can-Help-Reduce-Winter-Blues.html