Origins of chair massage date back to centuries-old Japan. Block prints depict bathers newly emerged from the tub, receiving seated massage on a low stool. Many styles of east Asian table or floor massage traditionally perform a portion of each session either beginning or ending with the client sitting up rather than lying down.
In 1985, David Palmer introduced chair massage. The client sat in a specialized massage chair while being completely clothed during the session. This new way of administering massage opened the doors, literally, allowing massage to be used in a more public setting. The enigma of massage had been lifted and viewed less threatening and safer. By the 1990’s, massage was everywhere. Corporate massage became more popular, and chair massage allowed therapists to perform this particular modality in offices, schools, malls, hospitals, or other workplace settings were offering 15 minute massage breaks; which in turn increased productivity and moral.
Chair massage provides a mini-relaxing break from the world and the duration can be from 10 minutes up to an hour. SeaTac airport has a massage bar stocked with a few licensed massage practitioners ready to help you relax before or after your flight. If you haven’t had the chance to experience a chair massage, Northwest Wellness will be giving free sessions during our annual food and clothing drive. You can also catch us on rare occasions at the Federal Way Farmers Market or Super Supplements at the Federal Way Crossings.
Jennifer Roldan, massage therapist at Northwest Wellness in Federal Wa